Welcome to the first post in my 'Baby Registry Must-Haves' series! This week, I'm featuring those necessary items for feeding your newborn.
<From the top, left to right, then down - you get the picture>
1. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Travel Bottle and Food Warmer Set
2. Name Bubbles Baby Labels
3. Boon Grass Drying Rack (with accessories)
4. Aden + Anais Snap Bibs
5. JJ Cole Bottle Cooler
6. Dr Brown's Bottles
7. Boon Clutch Dishwasher Basket
I hope this first post in my 'Baby Registry Must-Haves' series helps build your baby registry! Stay tuned for more upcoming posts to complete your registry with road-tested, mommy endorsed products!
If you love it, buy it!
Boon Grass Drying Rack, image from Babies1st, http://babies1st.com/p-145942-boon-stem-grass-lawn-drying-rack-accessory.aspx
Dr Brown's Bottles http://www.buybuybaby.com/1/1/5150-dr-browns-natural-flow-single-8-ounce-bottle-from-dr-browns.html
Boon Clutch Dishwasher Basket http://www.giggle.com/Boon-Clutch-Dishwasher-Basket/0004099128,default,pd.html
aden + anais snap bib http://www.adenandanais.com/en-us/productlanding/4623/baby/bib-burp-cloths/snap-bibs/classic-snap-bibs/snap+bibs.aspx
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Travel Bottle and Food Warmer Set http://www.toysrus.com/buy/infant-care/tommee-tippee-closer-to-nature-travel-bottle-food-warmer-set-522010-4361041
JJ Cole Bottle Cooler http://jjcolecollections.com/bottle-cooler
Name Bubbles baby labels http://www.namebubbles.com/Labels-By-Use/Baby-Labels/Baby-Labels-Pack/Product.aspx?ProductID=140&DeptID=12&AdID=282
The first rule of parenting: DO NOT kill the child.
I love my baby. I love my dogs. My baby loves dogs (weird). In fact, Bennett is always all over the dogs (and vice versa).
As a good dog mother, I always had applied a once-a-month topical flea and tick treatments. After having my human baby, I did a little research on these treatments. Many options on the market include organophosphates and carbamates that work to kill fleas and ticks by interfering with the transmission of nerve signals.
I learned that I was using one of the 'safer' products on the market, but topical treatments can put children (and the dogs, too) at risk of poisoning and have the potential for long term effects on the brain and nervous system. In no way did I want to put Benny at risk, especially considering he's spends so much time on the floor and smooching his face into the dogs' fur.
Upon discovering NexGard, I have a sense of relief in my child's safety and dogs' health. This amazing little chewy treat kills fleas and ticks. We've only been using this treatment for a month, but let me tell you... it works! We live in the Philadelphia suburbs in a wooded neighborhood loaded with ticks; I've yet to find a tick on any of the pooches since giving them the new treatment.
When using the topical application on the dogs, I was always stressing about the baby touching them (or even my husband or me) and spreading the chemical on our hands. Now I don't have to worry a bit; I just give them a 'treat' and relax for the next 30 days. Believe me, or just ask your vet for all the details.
If you love it, buy it!
I've always considered myself pretty good at only having things in my life that I love and actually use.
When I was single living in Philadelphia, I managed to live in a 400 (ish) square foot apartment with virtually no storage and zero clutter.
Now I have a baby, and the amount of crap this child necessitates is ridiculous! I was convinced while pregnant that I would never be 'that mom' schlepping around multiple bulging bags just to go run a few errands; but, I am. The reason I'm 'that mom,' is because babies need stuff, and a lot of it!
Granted if I'm just running to the supermarket for a quick trip, I'll shove a diaper, wipes and toy in my handbag and call it good. But if I'll be out of the house for more than 45 minutes with my little one, I need to have an arsenal of supplies to combat the litany of scenarios he's already thrown my way while on the go.
Hauling all this crap is a pain, literally, a pain. My handbag and his diaper bag are heavy and the straps dig into my shoulder (making it nearly impossible to tote both and carry him). If I opt to just put both bags in the cart, the basket is half full before I start shopping.
Initially, I had the Buggygear™ Buggy Heart Stroller Hook. This hook is pretty good for a mini-outing (accommodating one, maybe two small to medium sized bags pretty easily). The only issue with this hook is that the heavier items tend to slip the hook to the side of the stroller handle causing the bottom of the bags to end up rubbing on the stroller wheels.
Being a fan of Buggygear™ products, I stumbled across their Boutique Stroller Hooks and figured it was worth a try. After road testing these bad boys this weekend, I'm thrilled to announce that they are awesome!
The hooks are a breeze to attach to stroller handles with rubber straps that clasp shut easily. Also, you can put them anywhere (not just on the top of the handle like most other hooks); this allowed me to put them lower on the stroller braces and helped prevent tipping (this picture was taking without the baby in the stroller and even with my handbag, his diaper bag and a huge Old Navy shopping bag - NO TOPPLING OVER). The double hook feature accommodated everything and eliminated rubbing on the stroller wheels (just a bit of rubbing from that massive Old Navy bag). I can't wait to try them out on a shopping cart (oh, the things motherhood makes exciting).
If you love it, buy it!
When my husband and I were building our home, I had one request. I begged him not to let the house talk to me. I married a tech geek and have been terrified that his adoration of technology would one day rule our life.
Well, apparently that day has come. We recently bought the iRobot Roomba 620 Vacuuming Robot, and it is amazing! And by amazing, I mean truly, absolutely amazing.
This little guy boogies around our house like Rosie from 'The Jetsons' (but better). The Roomba 620 has a great battery life, sensing features to ensure it stays on-track, a sweeper/sucker combo, and 'off roading' wheels that really just blew my mind (please, note: I highly doubt the manufacturer references any of these features as I do).
What I love most it that it actually picks up dog hair (even stubborn fur from our Yellow Lab)! Hallelujah! The little bin fills up fairly quickly so I wouldn't recommend the Roomba unless you plan to use it regularly. Our new morning routine now just includes starting up the robot before heading out to work. The little guy just goes back to the docking station if the battery's getting low or the bin is full (it is a bit like a drunk stumbling into walls and furniture trying to find its way but for me, this just adds to the entertainment value).
There have been a couple of times it gets itself stuck somewhere (on the bath mat once and on one of Bennett's toys) but lesson learned (pick up a little first). I figured the dogs and baby would be terrified of it, but they actually aren't. The dogs now just ignore it roaming around the house, and Bennett thinks it is hilarious. The Roomba is gentle enough that it nudges him while vacuuming and doesn't even knock him over.
The price on the iRobot Roomba 620 Vacuuming Robot is a bit spendy. I found it online at Kohl's during a Kohl's Cash earning period and used a 20% off coupon; so it was $312.05 with shipping and handling (but I earned $50 in Kohl's Cash so my mom math makes the 'real price' only $262.05). Despite the steep price tag, it is a miracle machine! I used to drive myself crazy trying to Swiffer or run the vacuum every couple nights to keep up on the annoying dust bunnies and dog hair; now, my robot buddy takes care of it every day while I'm at the office (talk about a great working relationship).
If you love it, buy it!
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