Baby Things I Regret Buying

So I did not purchase all of these things, some of them I received of my registry. Live and Learn right?

So the first thing I regret getting and it literally sits in a drawer and that is these munchkin spoons. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.43.35 AMI am not saying they are awful but they just don’t work for me! They are flatter than other spoons and make feeding difficult. ESPECIALLY if you are trying to feed cereal. Way to runny and you get no food staying on the spoon.

Next is the munchkin suction bowls. Now let me first say that I use these bowls every single day. but I just don’t like that I can’t microwave and the suction portion doesn’t always work. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.47.23 AMAgain I love the design and the colors, I just wish they could be microwaved and suction better.

Okay next up is multiple nursing covers. I got one that I love that is a style of an infinity scarf. But I really used it maybe 4 or 5 times. I was never really in a situation where I was going to be flashing the world. And if I was then I would have used a blanket. I had multiple covers and it just wasn’t necessary.Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 9.57.41 AM Maybe it is for you but just not for me!

So this next product I don’t necessarily regret buying but it doesn’t get much love at my house. I know some people use them every single day but that is just not going to happen in my world and that is the beloved pack n’ play. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 10.03.33 AMI have this particular one because it was not ungodly expensive. We did use it when Baby K was first born as his bassinet to sleep in our room. But when he turned about a month or 2 old he went to his crib and this bad boy was packed up and not for play. We literally only use it if we travel, which sadly isn’t very often.

Lastly is our Bumbo. Screen Shot 2017-05-12 at 10.07.10 AM          I loved this thing for a minute and then I got a high chair and I barely use this thing. I don’t really have a reason or use for it?! I want to love it so much but I just don’t now that I have a high chair.

What do you regret buying? I am so curious to know!!

xoxo Erin

I Finally Got It!!!!!!

Guys I finally got it. What you ask? My dream diaper bag!! It was a little on the pricier side when it comes to some diaper bags but just wait! If you are interested in getting your own you can find it here : timi & leslie Rachel 7-Piece Diaper Bag Set, Caramel. Okay so this bag is awesome. first it is vegan leather and my favorite thing is that it looks like a beautiful purse, not a diaper bag. I personally feel like the diaper bags you see in stores are plastic-y and bulky. IMG_0828

It comes in 4 colors, I chose the caramel color. It is 159$ but I have to say it is totally worth it. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap so that you can wear it as a crossbody if you choose. It also comes with 2 stroller straps so you can easily attach it to your stroller. You also get an insulated bottle tote to keep babies bottle warm or cool. A zippered sac is also inside to place any soiled clothes that may happen throughout the day and a changing pad that has a spot to hold diapers is also inside. There is also a super cute matching wristlet for mom inside!FullSizeRender(9)(Picture credit: Timi and Leslie)

The bag itself has 5 large pockets on the inside and 4 super cute pockets on the outside. The handle is braided. The whole bag is water resistant and literally fits everything! There is even a key chain clip on the inside so you won’t loose your keys!!IMG_0827I seriously am so glad I finally broke down and got this bag. It took me weeks to finally commit to this purchase. Check out my video to get an updated version of what’s in my diaper bag!! Click Here!

Please let me know what bags you are loving!!!

xoxo Erin

The Crafting begins..

I have always loved crafting whether its photography and scrapbooking or restoring furniture. With little man growing everyday I thought I would start sewing my own projects. I have always known how to sew and I’m great at mending little things in clothing and making things like pillow cases but I have stepped it up!

The first project I have done is a teether bib.

I made them in this super cute bandana style and they are even reversible!! I was very proud of my self. I even hand sewed the teether on! So you can buy them online (Nuby 2 Piece Bibs) I did and they are cute and that is definitely the easy way! I bought  10pc Teether Bibs baby Teether for 10$ on amazon (like everything I own, I’m obsessed with amazon) and I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some fabric on sale. Now I can make tons of bibs. I probably invested about 20$ but can make about 15 bibs vs paying 5$ for one.

Either way I am super proud of myself!! and Bub loves it!!!

xoxo Erin

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Milk Supply Booster Tips

If you have decided to breastfeed then you may encounter the dreaded dip in milk supply like I did. These are my tried and true milk booster tips that helped me through that low. Some people are blessed with the overflow of milk and can stock freezers. I was not that lucky. I made just enough to keep my little going but I had a couple issues and decided pumping was the best option for me. So here are the tips that helped me raise my supply while I was pumping/breastfeeding.

  • Boobie Cookies- There are tons of recipes on pinterest to check out. You can check mine out, I have pinned tons of them. Also you can check out my personal cookie recipe that I have posted under tasty bites here on my blog! They are delicious, I still make them now even tho I stopped pumping because they have lots of protein.
  • Organic Mother’s Milk Tea– This tea really works! I love it and drank so much of it! Some people ( like my husband ) say it tastes bitter, I don’t agree at all. I don’t think it has much of a taste at all.
  • Brewer’s Yeast– This is the main milk boosting ingredient in those cookies I told you about earlier! You can easily add it to other recipes like smoothies as well! It tastes awful but it really works so make sure you add lots of other flavors!
  • Pump, pump, pump! Make sure you are pumping on schedule with babies feeding schedule. You have to make sure your boobs think baby is needing to eat so they continue to produce.

I hope this helps someone like it did me! Enjoy!!

xoxo Erin

Milk Boosting Cookies

Every now and again you need a boost, and these will help you with just that. Whether you need a little sweet treat, protein bite, a milk supply boost, or all 3 these have got that!

I got this recipe from my sister in law and made some tweaks to it for myself.

Boobie Cookies:

In one bowl beat together:

  • 1c butter
  • 1c sugar
  • 1c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs

Let 4tbs water and 2tbs ground flax seed sit together for 5 minutes.

In another bowl mix together:

  • 2c flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2-3 tsp cinnamon
  • 4tbs brewers yeast

Combine all of the above

then mix in:

  • 3c oats
  • 2c dark chocolate chips
  • 3tbs peanut butter

bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

These are so good! Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you would like me to send you a PDF of the recipe (:

 

xoxo Erin

What to Expect After Birth

The scary part is giving birth right? Nope, not in my opinion. The healing afterwards is way worse. There are definitely some things you can do to make it a little better though. As I have said before, take what you can and as much as you can from the hospital!! You just pushed a bowling ball out of your hoo-ha, of course you are gonna have some pain and recovery unless you are a super model with some super powers. In that case I applaud you. Things that make things a lot easier:

  1. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mommy409-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B002MCD16O&asins=B002MCD16O&linkId=12d2d06368122ad0a3d637161b0e3121&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff Dermoplast cooling spray. Emphasis on the cooling. This stuff is bomb at relieving the stinging from stitches.
  2. Tucks Medicated Pads– Witch hazel pads keeps everything cool and clean. They will probably give you a small thing of these at the hospital and if you have any issues with your bum, this will make everything better.
  3. Carex Sitz Bath– These things look ridiculous but I tell you what they feel pretty great when you can’t do a lot of scrubbing down there. Trust me it’s cheap and helps the stitches heal up.
  4. Ibuprofen- for when everything still hurts.
  5. Mom Panties- Trust me you don’t want to ruin your nice skivvies, go to wally world and get you a pack of what I call mom panties. They are comfy and necessary to hold those jumbo pads from the hospital.

These are a few necessities from my experience. It isn’t that bad. They best thing I was told to prepare myself was that your butt is going to hurt. It feels like your tailbone got broken. But everything is worth it when you have your little!!!

Leave me comments about what you thought was necessary after birth!!

xoxo Erin

Baby Registry List

Hey everyone! So I decided to put together what I think is the most important items to register for. As you know I am a compulsive list maker. I make lists for absolutely everything and then some. So I wanted to make this list for my first time mommas or those who wanted a more condensed list of what is necessary and what is nice extras.

I personally registered mostly at Target and they give a fantastic free goodie bag when you register with them. It’s a bag with a bottle, nursing pads, a Paci, lots of coupons, and lots of other samples including Honest diapers and wipes! I also registered at babies r us which I honestly only got my furniture, rocker, and stroller from. It also seemed that no one really shopped there but it was definitely worth getting those big ticket items because I ended up getting babies r us rewards which for me ended up being a 100$!  Another great place to register that gives free goodies is buy buy baby. I didn’t register there because there is not one anywhere near me.

Alright so here is my bare minimum list of what to register for or make sure you get before baby!

1. Diapers and wipes! Of course you are going to be going through a lot of these. Some people like to stock up (like me) and others just get a few packs to start of because you never really know what sizes you will exactly need or how fast baby will grow.

2. A Crib or safe place for baby to sleep. I personally got the sorelle vista elite from babies r us. This particular one is a convertible crib so my baby can grow with the bed. A mattress does not typically come with the crib so you will have to purchase this separately. There are of course much less expensive and much more expensive cribs. Some people like to have a bassinet in their room for the baby to sleep when you first bring him home before transferring him to the crib. I bought a graco pack n play that had a bassinet built in to put in my room. I found this to be a less expensive option especially since we travel a lot and the pack n play will easily go with us.

3. A Carseat. Alright so this one is pretty self explanatory. You can not bring your baby home without one. I chose a combo option where you get the carseat and stroller together. This is another one of those things that you can spend a lot of money or not as much. I knew for myself I wanted to get a jogger stroller so I purchased the Baby Trend Expedition GLX travel system. I love it. It was super easy for me to put together and collapses easy too! Installing the car seat in the car was very easy as well. Not that it is necessary but the stroller has great options like bluetooth and storage space.

4. Onsies. Now I put this on the main list because we can’t have naked babies 24/7! But when I say don’t register for clothes, it is because that is about 70% of what you will get at your baby shower if you choose to have one. I had 3 because my family being in Ohio and Tennessee and me and my husband living in Florida and majority of what I got was clothing. Our parents purchased a couple big items for us like the crib, dresser, and rocker.

Now this is extreme minimalist list. Below I am going to quickly add items to the list that I am soooo happy that I have and glad I got.

1. Diaper bag- see my last post all about diaper bags

2. Diaper Genie– a lot of people say you don’t necessarily need and you probably don’t but I am so glad I do. I use this non stop and I literally never ever smell diapers!

3. Changing Pad- I got one of these with a few covers instead of a changing table. It sits right on top of the dresser we got and saves space.

4. Baby Carrier- I got the Eddie Bauer one, it wasn’t crazy expensive and is more versatile. I am not a fan of the wraps you have to tie yourself. *I put this on here because people seem to be loving the baby wearing trend. I have this carrier and I never use it. I prefer to just hold Knox personally.

5. Bumbo- I got the one with the tray table. This saves me from having to buy a highchair which will take more room and save money!

6. Rocker/Glider– I don’t think this is completely necessary personally and I don’t think I would have purchased one myself but my mother in law got it for me. I do love it but not 100% necessary.

7. Bottles- This will depend on if you are breast or formula feeding. I think it is a good idea to have some on hand either way. I love the Dr. Brown bottles the best. I plan on breast feeding but didn’t put a pump on here because most insurance companies cover them these days.

8. Blankets- I wouldn’t spend much time registering for many, you will get a lot of blankets at baby showers too! But you do have to have some of them!

9. Bath Stuff- Baby wash, shampoo, lotion, clippers, thermometer, etc.. A clean baby is a happy baby!

10. Feeding Stuff- plates, spoons, cups.. It’s never to early to stock up!

 

So this is my list. Of course you can add tons more things these days. There is a gadget for literally everything!! I don’t think it is completely necessary to overwhelm yourself with buying everything you see or someone tells you about. Get what you think you will use or need. I hope this was helpful!!

Please leave me comments and tell me what you really wanted on your registry!

xoxo Erin

As always I am not sponsored by any of the brands listed. These are what I like or have used and what has worked for me!