Baby faves

Hey friends!  Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite baby products.  I’ve been meaning to share some baby favorites every couple of months, but here we are, with Ruby at 10 months old already.  Life happens, but better late than never, right?!

I’ve got lots to share.  Hmmm…where should we start?

Bathing and diapering:

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one.  Cetaphil GENTLE SKIN cleanser & Moisturizer.  All of my girls have sensitive, eczema prone skin.  The pediatrician recommended this brand to us.  I use the gentle skin cleanser as a body wash.  I just pump some right into my hand and rub it directly on her body.  Then I rinse.  I must admit it is a little weird at first using a body wash with no suds, but it leaves her skin feeling soft.  After bath time, we follow with either the moisturizing lotion or cream, depending on the season.  You will find these products with the face washes and moisturizers.

two.  Baby Bum Brush  This is a diaper cream “brush.”  It may seem like a silly product, but I loved it.  I hated having cream get stuck under my nails.  Even though I washed my hands, diaper creams are meant to be somewhat water resistant, and I would hate the residue of the cream under my nails.  I also found that I could use less cream when using this brush.

three.  A+D ointment.  This has been our diaper cream of choice.  There are essentially two types of diaper creams, the white kind with zinc oxide, and the vasoline-type ointment.  For our girls, the vasoline-type A+D ointment worked best.

four.  Water wipes.  I like these wipes because they are made of 99.9% water.  As I mentioned, my girls have sensitive skin, so I like that these are chemical free.

Accessories:

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one.  DenverDarlings head wrap & bows.  I absolutely love these big bows!  They are just so cute, and well made!

two.  ManeMessage baby headbands.  I loved these tiny bows for Ruby when she was a newborn.

(We really loved our personalized blanket by Audrey’s Bear as well!)

three.  Freshly Picked moccasins.  These are just so darn cute.  The are really soft on the outside and even softer on the inside.  They’re easy to put on, but harder for baby to pull off.  Genius!

Toys:

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one.  Mula stack & nest cups from Ikea.  These are only $2.99, and my daughter loves them.  She loves to knock them all down when we stack them up for her.  You also get lots of toys in one!

two.  Tomy hide & squeak eggs.  This is the cutest little toy set!  Ruby loves holding the eggs, and emptying out the cartoon!

three.  Moo, Baa, La La La!  We really love Sandra Boynton board books, but she likes this one best!  You can see that it’s well loved.  This was also my middle daughter’s favorite, and she wore her copy out!

Feeding:

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one.  Yobaby yogurt.  It’s organic, tastes good, and baby likes it!  Win win!

two.  Olababy spoon.  These spoons are the softest and most flexible I’ve found.  They’re really easy for baby to hold.  I also like the shape, as it’s easy to get every last drop of baby food out of the bowl.

three.  Baby fresh food feeder.  I loved putting pieces of fruit in this for my daughter.  We tried pears, apples, strawberries, peaches, and bananas.  The cold fruit was great for teething and it was a great intro to solids.  I have seen these in the stores before with the mesh.  I like this silicone option better…so much easier to clean!

four.  Zoli gum massager.  My baby loved this when she was teething.  It was so cute, we called it her little lollipop or popsicle!

five.  Gerber Organic Puffs.  Baby girl goes crazy over these puffs!  The gerber brand puffs dissolve better than some of the other brands.  They are perfect for beginners.

six.  Baby Mum-Mum.  These snacks are good for baby to hold on to.  Just like the gerber puffs, this snack dissolves really easily.  My daughter enjoys holding onto this snack and taking little bites.  It is the cutes thing!  I also like that they are individually wrapped.  It’s great to stick one in your diaper bag for on the go snacks.

seven.  ComoTomo baby bottle.  I bought this bottle as a last resort.  Baby girl is exclusively breastfed.  I only pump and give her the bottle once in a while.  When she was a younger baby, she took the bottle fine, but all the sudden at about 3 months, she wouldn’t take the bottle anymore.  We tried all kinds of bottles, Avent, Mam, Dr. Brown, but she just wouldn’t take it.  I came across the comotomo bottle, and it claims to be a bottle made to closely mimic breastfeeding.  It is a different kind of bottle for sure.  The bottle itself is made of silicone, so you can squeeze it.  My daughter really likes this bottle!

Speaking of breastfeeding…

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one.  Spectra S2 breast pump.  I got to choose between a few brands of breast pumps through my insurance.  I did some research, and read a lot of reviews, and decided on the Spectra, a brand I had never heard of before.  With my first daughter, I had a Medela, and with my second daughter, I had an Avent.  By far, the Spectra is my favorite.  I like that you have the option of double pumping, or pumping just one side.  It is a hospital strength pump, and it is quieter than my previous pumps.  You can change the strength of the suction, and the speed.  I also like that it’s a closed system, so you don’t get liquid through the tiny tubing.  I highly recommend this pump!

two.  Oat Mama lactation granola bars & tea… a great snack for nursing mothers!  My favorite granola bar flavor is the chocolate almond coconut.  I had previously bought some lactation cookies from the grocery store, and they tasted like cardboard.  These granola bars are really yummy.

Misc.

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Fisher-Price Animal Party Bouncer.  We have had this type of vibrating bouncer from Fisher Price for each of my girls, and they all loved it!  My older girl had a fish themed one, my second girl had a safari themed one, and Ruby has this rain forest theme.  Not only does the chair vibrate, but when baby startles, the legs cause the chair to slightly bounce.  Perfect for newborns!

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Antilop highchair with tray, and pyttig pillow from Ikea.  This little highchair is so affordable, minimalist, easy to clean…everything I want in a highchair!  I loved this highchair for all my girls, and it’s no different this time around!

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Dockatot.  You can read all about why I loved this for Ruby in this post.

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Milkmaid nursing poncho & car set cover.  I loved this as a car set cover when Ruby was younger, and now it’s a diaper bag essential, as I use it as a nursing cover.  You can read all about in this post.

That’s it for now!  These are products that we are loving.  I hope it helps you out, if you’re a new mom, or need baby shower ideas.  What products are you loving, or have loved for your sweet babes?

Happy Sunday y’all!

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100 days Korean baby tradition, and hello RUBY layout featuring My Mind’s Eye

Hello friends!

Today is Ruby’s 100th day, and oh what a whirlwind it has been!  Time sure does fly!

It is a Korean custom/tradition to celebrate a baby’s first 100 days, or “back-il.”  A long time ago, survival rates for babies were very low (due to childhood diseases, no easy access to healthcare, etc), so babies were kept at home for the first 100 days.  My parents told me that “back then,” baby’s births weren’t even recorded until they reached 100 days old.  Making it to 100 days signified that the baby would survive, so families celebrated with food, and baby was introduced to friends and neighbors.

It is a tradition to eat rice cakes for the 100th day, so we will eat rice cakes today!

Here is Miss Ruby on her 100th day:

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And here is all 3 of my girls on their 100th day:

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I also have a scrapbook layout to share.  Isn’t it fitting that on Ruby’s 100th day, I am sharing a layout featuring a photo of our family of 5 in the hospital on Ruby’s birthday?!

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For this layout, I used the My Mind’s Eye’s Sugar Plum Collection.  Even though this line is a holiday collection, you can use a lot of the products on non-holiday layouts.  I love how this layout turned out, and I’m so glad that I have a layout for Ruby’s baby album!

Thanks for dropping by friends, and

Happy Tuesday!

Baby products I love: Finn + Emma

Hey guys!

I’m back with another blog post in my series: baby products I love.  Today, I am featuring Finn + Emma organic baby clothes and toys.  I am by no means fully organic, but I do like to choose the organic route when I can; I like to think that it’s better for baby and the environment.  I had the opportunity to try out a few items from Finn + Emma, so I chose the dreamcatcher coverall, fairytale bandana bib, and amelia and piper stroller toy set.

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I ordered the 0-3 month size one-piece, so baby girl has some room for growth.  She is now already 1 month old…{sigh} time sure flies!  The organic material is super soft, the outfit is well made, and it washes really well.  I love the soft colors too!

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How cute is that wooden elephant?!  It is so smooth, with no hard edges, and I can imagine sweet girl gnawing on it when she eventually starts teething.  The other animal toy is made from organic yarn and is a rattle…great for her car seat.

I hope you have been enjoying my favorite baby products series!

Happy Monday!

P.S. you can get 15% off your Finn + Emma order of $50 or more using this link.

Baby products I love: DockATot

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing another favorite baby product.  This is definitely one I wish I had with my other two girls!  It’s a DockATot!  This product has made nighttimes so much easier!

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I chose a DockATot Deluxe, which is perfect size for babies 0-8 months old, in the silver lining (chevron) cover.

I was so excited when the box was delivered!  It came perfectly packaged in a clear storage bag with handles.

My girls have sensitive skin, so the first thing I did was was remove the cover and washed it.  I was so impressed with how easy it was to remove the cover.  The bottom cushion has it’s own zippered compartment, and I love how the zipper goes all the way around the bumper section.  I let it air dry, and then easily put the cover back on.

I couldn’t wait to try it out!  I am exclusively nursing my newborn, and we have been using a bassinet that I keep by the bed, so she could be close to us.  I was excited to try the DockATot out for cosleeping.

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At night, after nursing, I put her in the DockATot between my husband’s and my pillow, and she sleeps great…even better when I swaddle her too!  I love how the unique bumper shape keeps her feeling snug and helps her with the startle reflex.  It’s also comforting to look over at her with any little noise she makes.  Cosleeping is not for everyone, but it definitely works for us.

The DockATot is great for naps, and when she gets a little older, it’ll be great for tummy time as well.

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(Look at those baby toes!)

While on the pricey side, we absolutely love the DockATot!  It is worth every penny!  It comes in two sizes, and there are many covers to choose from.

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Happy Monday friends!

Baby products I love: Milkmaid Goods Nursing Poncho & Car Seat Cover

Hello everyone!

Baby girl is here!!!  Friends, meet Ruby!

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She came 2 weeks early, weighing in at a healthy 7 lbs 11 oz.  She’s now just a little over 2 weeks old, and we love her so so much!

Since we have a baby in the house, I thought I would share a few of my favorite baby products, and products that I wish I had with my other two girls, through a series of blog posts.  Hopefully, you guys will find these posts helpful or interesting.

Today, I’ll be talking about my Milkmaid nursing poncho and car seat cover.  I love my black and white stripes…this is the one that I got.

This product is genius!  I love that it’s a 2 in 1 product.  The poncho is made out of stretchy, breathable, jersey fabric, and it covers our carseat beautifully!  I love that it protects our newborn from germs when we’re out in public.

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As it turns out, the poncho is perfect for keeping bugs (specifically mosquitos) away from our baby too.  I wanted to get some air the other day, so we took the baby for a walk around the block.  I seem to be a magnet to mosquitos, and I got bit a few times…baby was safe though!

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I can already see that this will be perfect for keeping out the wind and cold air when we Texans finally get cooler weather.

I also love that the poncho serves as a nursing cover.  I like that it covers me all the way around, and not just the front like most nursing covers.  I don’t need anyone catching a glimpse of my muffin top, lol!

If not already on the car seat, the poncho folds/rolls up easily and I can toss it into the diaper bag.

Yep, loving this product, and I wish I had it with my other girls!  You can check out the nursing ponchos on the Milkmaid Goods website.  They have lots of gorgeous prints!

That’s it for me today!  Gonna go take a nap while baby’s still sleeping.

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

Today layout, featuring Scrapbook Circle

Hey guys!  Today, I’m on the Scrapbook Circle blog with a layout documenting our trip to Inner Space Caverns using the October The Weekender kit.

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Recently, my younger daughter was looking through an older scrapbook album, and came across a layout I did of the last time we went to Inner Space caverns 6 years ago.  She sadly pointed at the picture, and said “Where am I?”  I pointed at the baby carrier strapped to my husband, and you can see a tiny bit of her legs poking out.  I told her we went there when she was a baby.

 

Here’s a quick iPhone shot of the layout:

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Since then, she has been begging to go to the cave.  We finally took a trip out there, and of course I bought the over-priced, low quality souvenir photo.  I’m so glad I did though, since they told us to avoid flash photography (because of the bats), and I didn’t get any good photos.

This is why I love scrapbooking.  I’m sure the next baby girl will come across the new layout and wonder where she is.  Then, I’ll point to my belly in the picture and say that she was growing in my tummy.

Happy Saturday y’all!

baby quilt for girl #3

Hey guys!  I just wanted to pop in real quick to share the quilt I made for baby girl #3!

I finally finished it at 35 weeks pregnant!  First, I couldn’t decide on a color scheme, then I couldn’t decide on a quilt pattern…so I decided to keep it simple and chose colors I have been loving lately, and chose simple, classic squares.

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I go into more detail on quilts in this blog post if you’re interested, as well as photos of a few other quilts I have made.

Here are a few process photos:

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I bought the fabric for my quilt from Hobby Lobby and JoAnn fabrics.

I love making baby quilts, and it’s extra special when I get to make one for my own baby!  I am super happy with how this quilt turned out!

Happy Monday friends!