Tip Tuesday- Must haves on the Go


Good morning everyone!,

As a first time mommy to a 7 month old little boy, I am constantly trying to stay on top of things and have as much under control as possible. I try to be prepared for as much as I can but sometimes things happen. There are days where I have everything I could ever possibly need and more, and I spend the entire day lugging it around only to have my little guy not need any of it. Then there are other days where I forget the ONE thing that I actually need. The worst days are when I forget his usual must haves. Those are the days I know I will be going home real soon.

My daily going out with my little guy must haves are:

1. Safety 1st Welcome Baby Nursery Kit– This comes with a bunch of essential such as thermometer, nail files, nail trimmer, suction bulb, diaper changing pad, baby wipes container, and more. I use it as an on the go diaper changing station. I put diapers on one side of the bag; baby wipes in the bottom pouch along with garbage bags for the dirty diapers; his baby powder (made with cornstarch only), his Babyganics soothing protective ointment that I use as a diaper rash cream, and a cloth to dry his behind after cleaning it (prevents diaper rashes) go on the other side; and the changing pad I put in the middle gap where it clips together. This is extremely convenient and makes diaper changing a lot easier. I just take this small bag with me when I need to change his diaper instead of taking the diaper bag with all of his other items. It is also great to have everything together in one place for easy, quick access. The rest of the items that it comes with I leave in a container at home.

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2. Blankets– I usually pack at least two blankets for him. I love the Aden and Anais swaddleplus blankets. He has the wild about giraffes four pack that he loves. It is a breathable fabric made out of cotton muslin so it helps to prevent him from getting too hot. They are soft and a generous size. I have also noticed that they get softer the more you wash them, which is a plus. They are very durable and great quality.

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3. Pacifiers– I’m not going to lie, I usually bring WAY too many of these with me. I usually bring two of the Philips AVENT BPA Free Soothie Pacifiers (one is the one he got at the hospital (it’s still his favorite); and one is the 6-18 months one (slightly harder)); one of his Philips AVENT pacifiers that comes with a cover for it, his Chicco soft silicone pacifier; his Dr. Brown’s teether; another teether he has; and his hand and foot teethers. He’s teething so I pack all of these and when he gets cranky I literally hand him one by one until he finds one that he is happy with. (The Chicco one isn’t in the picture because it’s in the car)

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4. Toys– I always bring some of his toys. He likes to play with them in the car and in his stroller. I always make sure to bring his Fisher Price Soothe and Glow Giraffe just in case he gets sleepy and his monkey with the blanket. Lately I’ve made sure to bring his Lamaze Flutterbug because it keeps him entertained in the car.

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5. Sippy Cup– I like to always have a sippy cup with water for my little guy just to give him a little bit of water from time to time if it is really hot out. Currently I use the Nuby Handle Grip N’ Sip Super Spout Trainer Cup. It is for the most part leak proof and he loves to chew on it.

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6. Water bottle or Drink– I like to always have something to drink with me. With breastfeeding, I make sure to stay hydrated as much as possible. I usually fill one of my BPA free water bottles with either water or iced tea.

7. Extra Clothes– I always pack at least one outfit in his diaper bag just in case there’s a mess and he needs to get changed.

8. Wallet– Yep, I literally need to make sure I always bring it. After packing all of his things, and running around trying to get everything done, it takes effort not to forget it.

 

I’m sure I have way more items in my diaper bag but these are the Must Haves. Without these my day can go from wonderful to a disaster in the blink of an eye. I will be doing a What’s in my Diaper Bag post soon. :) Hope this post is helpful! XO

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Favorite Baby Toys


My little guy turned 7 months old on the 18th and I still can’t believe how quickly time is passing by. He is now rolling all over and trying to crawl while biting everything in sight. Due to his newfound need for freedom and exploration, I have set up a “fort” for him with all of his favorite toys; as well as mine.

1. Scout by Leap Frog- This green dog is not only adorable but educational and programmable. It is a soft plush toy with a hard plastic light up button where his name tag is. On his right paw he has a bouncing ball design where when you push it, he states different things he likes, sounds, animals, etc. On his left front paw he has a music symbol where he plays different songs such as the itsy bitsy spider and personalized songs.  His bottom right paw has a moon button where he plays 5 minutes of bedtime music. His right bottom paw has the power button where he says hello “name” and to power off. You can program personalized information such as favorite food, color, animal and your name. It is currently one of my little guy’s favorite toys.

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2. Octopus by Baby Einstein- This toy plays music and is a plush toy. The octopus has a different color on each tentacle and it states them in english, spanish, or french when you push each tentacle. When you push his head he plays a few different songs. This toy used to scare my little guy when he was 3 months old but he loves it now. He really enjoys the music while he chews on the octopus’ tentacles.

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3. Flutterbug by Lamaze- This toy is a hangable stroller/carseat toy that vibrates when the flutter bug is separated from the flower. This is a great sensory toy. It has two rings that hang on the bottom that are great for teething. The flower as well as the flutter bug have different fabrics and textures to them.The flower petals make crinkle sounds when touched and the flutter bug vibrates when the flower is pulled. This has helped a lot during car rides or trips inside stores.

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4. Security blanket monkey by Baby Starters- This is a soft plush monkey with its midsection being a small blanket. Its head is a rattle. My little guy loves this toy when he is sleepy and just wants to hold on to something. It isn’t too stimulating so it doesn’t bother him when he is sleepy.

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5. Giraffe by Fisher Price- This toy I have mentioned before. It is a plush giraffe that has a midsection that lights up and plays bedtime music. After a few minutes the light dims until it eventually turns off altogether. You can turn it off by pressing and holding its midsection. This is my little guy’s all time favorite sleep time toy. It relaxes and soothes him. He likes to stare at the light as well as chewing on the giraffe. (He’s currently teething so he pretty much chews on anything and everything).

 

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Let me know in the comments below what your babies favorite toys are! XO :)

Weekend Fun-Baby’s First Time at the Beach


 

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Yesterday was a beautiful sunny and breezy day which made it perfect for our trip to the beach. To say I was excited would be a serious understatement. I have been “patiently” waiting for this day since summer began. I wanted to see the look on my little guy’s face when he first saw the ocean and the sand. I wanted to see his reaction to feeling the sand in his toes and the water on his feet. I wanted him to feel how I feel at the beach- relaxed and at home. The beach has always brought me a sense of calm and peace that I could never find anywhere else. I wanted to share that with my little guy.

So at 8am there I am packing up anything and everything we could possibly use or need for our day out. I made sure my little guy was fed and took his nap so that we had a positive start to our day. When we got to the beach, it was definitely warm out but a steady breeze made it comfortable. I had my little one outfitted in his onesie, shorts, and hat, and of course he was covered in sunscreen lol. What can I say, I like to be prepared. I’m the type of person that will carry all of their belongings with me at all times just in case theres’s that one time that we could possibly need something.

As we walked up to the shore, I saw a smile cross his face and I knew that he would love the beach as much as I do. He smiled and giggled the whole time we were there (a whole whopping hour). He loved the sand in his toes and the water on his feet and legs. I must say the water was warm and delightful. It was a perfect visit to the beach. We would have stayed longer but it was approaching his nap time and the last thing I wanted to do was ruin a perfect day with him being grumpy and cranky due to missing his nap. We packed everything up and waved goodbye to the waves, until next time. It was a perfect first visit, one of many, to the beach.

Any of you have your favorite first trip or visit to the beach or any place in particular? I would love to hear about it. Leave a comment down below. XO

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Umbilical Hernia


When my little guy, Ayden, was 1-2 months old, I started noticing that his healed belly button which was at the time still protruding, would grow in size when he cried. It all started one morning when I was changing his diaper and I noticed that his belly button looked like a tiny balloon. I remember going his dad and asking him if he had noticed that before. He said he hadn’t but he didn’t think anything of it. Well, being the paranoid parent that I am, I immediately googled it and was bombarded with many results, most of which referred to an umbilical hernia.

“An umbilical hernia occurs when part of the bowel or fatty tissue pokes through an area near the belly button, pushing through a weak spot in the surrounding abdominal wall. Approximately 1 in every 10 infants is affected by an umbilical hernia.” 

I knew that an umbilical hernia is what Ayden had going on. I quickly made an appointment with his pediatrician for him to get checked out. Once there, my suspicion was confirmed. Ayden had an umbilical hernia which I was told would not need any treatment as long as it was able to be pushed back in and as long as it was healed by the time he is 5 years old. He said not to put anything on it and to just let it heal on its own. He said not to expect it to heal overnight as it is something that takes time and sometimes years. I was told that if once he is calm, if his belly button is still protruding as long as I was able able to gently push it back in, I had nothing to worry about. With that his pediatrician explained, that it would be a gentle touch not with force or any pain to Ayden. He explained that if it became stuck or unable to go back in with a gentle touch that I would have to take him to the emergency room to have it taken care of.

I was a nervous wreck. I can’t tell you how many times a day I checked his belly button and would gently push on it to make sure everything was okay. There were a few times when things got scary because it seemed like it was stuck but then it would go back in. It was an extremely nerve wrecking time for me and my boyfriend. Luckily, a month or two later his belly button began to shrink in size almost like a small balloon slowly deflating until it was no longer protruding at all. Now Ayden is a proud owner of an innie belly button.

My advice for anyone going through this is to stay calm and be attentive. Pay attention to any changes in size or shape to make sure nothing is stuck there. Also, if your baby is crying make sure to check that his/her belly button or wherever the hernia is, is not what is causing the discomfort. I was told to use gentle pressure and almost massage it back in if possible. If it does not go back in, better be safe and go to the emergency room. Also, if at any point you are unsure have it checked out. If your baby doesn’t seem like themselves or the area doesn’t look right, get it checked out. Always err on the side of caution. Best of luck and hang in there. It gets easier! XO

Diaper Rash Creams Review


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As a cautious mom I am always looking for the safest product for my little guy. When it comes to preventing diaper rash, I was on a mission. It killed me to see his little behind red or bumpy when I knew it could be prevented. I tried several different creams but none of them truly prevented his diaper rashes until I found what I would like to call my Holy Grail.

First I would like to go through the ones that struck out and why. I’m going based solely on my experience and what has worked for my little guy. Hopefully it could do the same for your little ones. Let me preface this by stating that my little guy is now almost 7 months old and has only had a handful of diaper rashes. The minute I noticed something was not working, I moved on to something else.

DESITIN– The first diaper rash cream I tried on my little guy was Desitin. Not a fan. So many reasons why. Let’s see, it’s thick and sticky and sooo hard to take off of your fingers, baby’s behind or anything you happen to unfortunately come in contact with. I also did not like the extremely strong scent it has. I don’t know if it is just me but I could smell it through the diaper for a while. But worst of all, it made my little guy’s skin feel dry and rough but did not prevent him from getting little bumps or redness. Also, once he had a diaper rash, applying Desitin did not make it go away. I had to have him without a diaper as much as possible and frequently change his diaper until the rash was gone.

BALMEX– Next, Balmex. Fail. I must say it is not as scented or sticky as Desitin which was a huge plus. However, it did not last very long and did not prevent diaper rashes either.

BUTT PASTE– This does not have a bad or strong scent and has a nice creamy light consistency. It does not stay on very long. I have tried samples of it and while I thought it was not bad, I cannot say with confidence that it prevents or helps get rid of diaper rashes.

Diaper Rash Cream by Honest Company– Now this cream I really wanted to love but it came up just short of what I wanted. It has great ingredients and is light in consistency with no strong odor. It kept his behind moisturized and prevented diaper rashes for the most part but once he got a diaper rash it did not help it go away. And he still did get diaper rashes with this cream although not often.

Healing Balm by Honest Company– Now this takes second place. I must say the ingredients are great, no strong odor, moisturizes and lasts. It kept most diaper rashes at bay, and if he did get any, it did shorten the amount of time that he had it for. I would have been happy with this, but I had finished it all and Target was all out of it, leaving me to find something else to use. That’s when I came across the Holy Grail of diaper creams.

I was at Babies R Us when I saw it and I figured that since the Honest Company Healing Balm was so good that I should try this. So glad I did.

Babyganics Soothing Protective Ointment– is the BEST. It has great ingredients, no strong odor, moisturizes, lasts, and is lighter and creamier consistency than the Honest one so you can use less each time. I put this on my little guy each time I change his diaper and he has not gotten ANY diaper rashes while using it. If we are out and I don’t have it with me (I bought the big container which doesn’t work well on the go) his bottom sometimes gets a little irritated but then I apply it and within a few hours he is good as new. I also use this on any of his little crevices (he’s my little chubby munchkin) or any irritated area and it prevents chaffing and redness. AMAZING PRODUCT. I love it so much.

I hope this reviews helps you. Let me know what you think or if you have any Holy Grail diaper rash creams or ointments. XO