Updated Favorite Baby Products

I haven’t written one of my baby lists in a while and as my baby is turning one in a few days, I began to look around and make a mental list of all my #1 baby products that I would go to directly for my next baby. If there will be one… So let me dive right in!

  1. Dr. Brown’s Options Narrow Feeding Set, clear– These bottles are my holy grail!! The straw in them helps to reduce air bubbles and makes the whole feeding process smoother. It is a little more to clean but so worth it.
  2. Dr. Brown’s One Piece Silicone Pacifier, 0m+, Blue, 3 Pack– If you are going to use pacifiers there are so many ones out there to choose from and every baby is different but these work like a dream for me. It is shaped just like the bottle nipple so it just works so well. You can easily go from bottle to paci with no crying in between.
  3. Gerber Good Start Gentle Non-GMO Powder Infant Formula, Stage 1, 23.2 Ounce (Pack of 6)– If you are choosing to use formula or if you aren’t able to breastfeed for as long as you would like, as in my case, you will need to pick out a formula. I did a ton of research and compared ingredients and prices amongst many different brands and decided to use gerber myself. It worked so well for my son but of course every baby is different.
  4. Baby Dove Tip to Toes– This is the BEST baby wash! Super gentle and smells so good. I found that some washes could be a little drying but this one is amazing! I would definitely recommend to everyone!
  5. Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme 5.0 Ounce – If your baby ever gets dry patches, look no further. They don’t have to have eczema to use this body creme. It really is amazing and you will notice a difference so quickly!
  6. Desitin Baby Diaper Rash Maximum Strength Original Paste, 4 Oz Tube– Eventually every baby needs a little diaper rash cream and desitin is my personal go to. It can be used for more than just red bums, I’ve used it in little mans neck where it would get a little raw from drool. It can be a full time job just trying to keep babies dry.
  7. HUGGIES Little Snugglers Baby Diapers, Size 1, 216 Count– I mean… You have to diaper your baby.. I like huggies and after trying pampers and honest brand, I personally just can’t use any other brand but huggies. They are my favorite!
  8. Fisher-Price Deluxe Bouncer, Soothing Savanna– Having a little chair like this one while little man was small was a life saver. I would definitely recommend investing in a bouncer chair.
  9. Lansinoh Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers, 1.41 Ounce (Pack of 2)– Lastly I had to add this for my breastfeeding mamas. This stuff beats anything out there for saving your nips and I even use it for saving chapped lips!!! It seriously can’t be beat!!

That is all my tops at the moment. I know there are lots more but things like cribs and rockers are going to be up to your personal style. I am sure I will do more of these. Please let me know in the comments if you like these types of lists!

 

xoxo Erin

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My Son is Turning ONE!!

Hello everyone!! I hope your October is going so well! I can’t believe that I have done so well with posting every day so far! haha So today marks the one month mark to my son’s first birthday and as most moms I am so excited!!! I have been planning this birthday party for a while now but everything is closing in on the big day. I wanted to share some of my ideas and party planning tips.

DECOR: I am doing a Dr. Suess themed birthday. I found some decor at Target that I can use to label food in cute Suess ways. I picked up some fabric at Hobby Lobby to create a “banner” to go around his high chair. At the dollar tree I picked up blue and red table cloths and blue, red, and white poster board. I cut up the poster board to create a banner that will display his month by month baby pictures.

FOOD: We are doing a BBQ and grilling lots of yummy foods. I am going to be doing lots of Dr. Suess themed sides, snack, sweets, and drinks.

  • Pink Yink Ink Drink- pink lemonade
  • New Blue Goo- blue punch
  • 1 fish 2 fish red fish blue fish- colored gold fish in a fish bowl
  • poodles with noodles- pasta salad
  • green eggs and ham- pretzels with white chocolate and green candies
  • Dr. Suess Soup- homemade chex mix/ trail mix
  • Truffala Fruits- fruit tray

There are so many ideas that you could do, these are just some that I am doing. I am also making a smash cake and cupcakes. I also ordered a party pack that includes plates, napkins, cups, cutlery, and a table cloth all in my theme.

I consider myself crafty so I am doing my best to make and craft everything that I can instead of buying a lot of the things. I have lots of ideas and I have been working away to make this a great party!

(all photos are courtesy of pinterest, i take no credit but hope to recreate some of these and do them justice. After Baby K’s birthday I will add my own pictures and share how the party went!!)

xoxo Erin

Bath Time Troubles

I have recently made a discovery that should have been super obvious but it wasn’t until it happened to me and my family! While going through our normal night time routine of giving baby K a bath I realized that some of his bath toys were dark inside. They were growing mold!!!! GROSS! One squeeze of our bathtime basket balls and black gross-ness was in the bath water. I quickly removed the toys and drained the water. This is when I decided that there will be no more bath toys with holes in them.. which is surprising a lot to ask for.

Most bath toys I found were squeeze toys that squirt water. Knowing that I wasn’t just going to keep buying bath toys that could grow mold on the inside and that are very difficult to clean, I kept searching. I finally found a set of plastic boats that can’t hold on to moisture at walmart and found rubber duckies at target that don’t have a pesky hole in the bottom!

Moms make sure you are checking bath toys for mold and drying toys out if they do have holes!!

Be back tomorrow friends! Hope your October is rocking so far!!!

xoxo Erin

Baby Proofing

I have my hands full now that my little man is on the move. And since he is climbing and standing on everything and so close to walking it was time we baby proofed the house. This is how we baby proofed our fire place without spending much at all.IMG_1845We purchased a foam mattress topper and a few pool noodles. We lined the brick of our fireplace base with the foam and edged the edges with the pool noodles. As you can see it doesn’t look beautiful but it works!IMG_1844Next we used a blanket or whatever you want to use to cover it and make it look a little prettier haha. Since mine is getting covered in toys I was not that concerned.

till next time loves

xoxo Erin

New Family Member!

Alright if you follow me on twitter or instagram you would have already seen this new member. We got a kitten!!!! We were worried about introducing a new animal to Baby K because you never really know what kind of personality you will get with an animal. I had a pet rabbit for the past few year and after we brought the baby home he started acting out because of jealousy. It truly broke my heart to get rid of him but he went to a great home and gets all the love he can handle now. Anyways we have waited 6-7 months before getting a new pet. It has been raining non stop for days here in Alabama the last week or two so we have been stuck in the house. My husband is always bringing up getting a kitten and so we are always looking on line for people getting rid of them. I never really thought we were going to get one so soon but my husband out of no where said “Let’s go to the shelter tomorrow and look.” I of course got super excited because I love cats! It didn’t rain at all saturday and so we went to the shelter to take a look. I let Baby K pet the kittens and one let him attempt without any hesitation, he is a little rough with animals. Then she got up and climbed in my arms with Baby K. It was so cute. I knew she was the kitten for us. We adopted her instantly and went to the pet store to get her lots of goodies.

He have been trying to show Baby K how to be a little more gently with her but we really couldn’t have gotten more lucky. This kitten is so loving and puts up with all of us. She always wants to be snuggled up with any of us. I would suggest to anyone introducing baby to pets or vice versa is to always be supervising. A lot of pets are not as kind to take the loving abuse of babies or kids and may snap back. Anyways I love this little kitten so much! She is too precious and a perfect addition to our family!IMG_1566Also I would suggest to everyone looking for a new friend to adopt don’t shop!! The humane society is not a super sad place like some people think! So donate money or items if you can or even volunteer! June is national adopt a cat month!

xoxo Erin

The Perfect Schedule

First off let me say I am sorry I was MIA this past Friday and Monday. My family and I left for the beach on Thursday evening and we came home on Monday. We were wore out and I like to unpack immediately so I didn’t get to posting. Sorry!sleeping-baby(Pic from google images, not my own (: )            So who doesn’t want a baby who sleeps all night?

As the title suggests I have created the perfect schedule for MY family. And this baby schedule may work well for yours as well. If I haven’t said it before then I will say it now.. we live by a schedule in my house. Blame it on the military or just liking to know a routine but a schedule or routine can make a big difference. Being a health professional who specialized in children and pregnancy I wanted to analyze everything, especially with my first baby! Let’s admit it, babies make us crazy.

So on to my routine. Every morning baby K wakes up somewhere between 6:30am-8am. We take our bottle when we wake up even when it is early which it has been lately.

At 8am I make some baby cereal either rice or oatmeal and I mix in a little fruit. I usually try to get baby K to take a little snooze around 10am.

At 11am I give a partial bottle and 2oz of fruit. Back to play time!

At 2pm I give another full bottle and then it is nap time. Baby K usually takes about a 2 hour nap between now and his next meal.

5pm we get another partial bottle and 2oz of veggies. Play time is full swing.

By 7:30pm we are taking our bath and getting ready for bath time. (Of course I have a bath time routine!) Then a full bottle and off to bed to get a full nights sleep and start it all over again the next day!

I don’t use many measurements because your baby may be younger or older. Every baby is different so please use your own reason when it comes to your babies found amounts. Of course follow your pediatrician orders.

This schedule has been implemented even since I was breastfeeding. It has allowed us to get baby K to sleep all night and knows when it is time to eat. I know he is getting full and all the nutrients needed to grow.

Hope y’all are having a great week! Talk to you soon!!

xoxo Erin

Baby Hack!

This is a new series I am going to start. I read hundreds of life hacks on pinterest but how about some baby hacks?! Do you have a little one who is teething? Or maybe he or she is just out on a super hot day? I started making my little one baby Popsicles and they are so easy to make!!! And they are a huge hit with babies and toddlers!

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And as kids get a little older you can get a Popsicle mold at walmart or target to make big kid popsicles! image1(2)This chunky butt doesn’t lie and baby pops are the sweet solution to hot summer days and sore gums!! Don’t forget the bib tho!!!

xoxo Erin