Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things

I have been meaning to make a list of a few of my favorite essentials for babies/kiddos. I finally sat down and compiled a list of products that are my go-tos and if you’re having a baby, will most likely receive from me :) 

Boogie Wipes: These are a must for cold season, well, any season for that matter! We always have at least one package floating between home, the car and daycare.

Aden + Anais- At first, I was going to rave about these -which are the best!  But then I said, “Oh wait, these are amazing too!” These can be used as a swaddler or blanket and they are soooo soft and come in great patterns/colors. So, I think it’s safe to say that you can’t go wrong with any product from this line.

Honest Company- We started trying a few of Honest products when I saw a great deal on Zulily. I ordered the shampoo and conditioner and my obsession grew from there. You can imagine my excitement when they started selling their products at Target. We have since purchased healing balm  and diaper rash cream.   And both are winners. We also love their diapers for long trips away from home when we don’t want to use cloth diapers.

Babylegs: Even if you don’t use cloth diapers I think every little man or lady needs a pair of these. They are just so darn cute. And they can rock them with just a T or onesie. No messin’ with pants business here! Also, this site offers great deals- I wait until I can get the deal that you buy 5 and only pay shipping and handling, I think it amounted to $12.

Picture of Saidey rockin her babylegs: 

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Bags: These are a little pricey but I believe are well worth the money. I can’t tell you how many diaper bags I have purchased on the quest of finding THAT perfect one. I think I found it in this one. It has the ability to be turned into a backpack and it’s built with a removable diaper pad. Just to give you an idea of its roominess- we can fit a wetbag with a few cloth diapers, wipes container and wipe solution as well as a nursing cover and a few other essentials. (extra change of clothes etc.) and we have plenty of room.  And it comes in some awesome patterns/colors- which is a pretty important aspect, if you ask me :)

Ergo Baby Carrier- I am a proponent of any baby carrier, actually. Currently, we have an ERGO carrier, Maya ring sling and two wraps. I plan on writing a separate post about the benefits of baby wearing another day but I like to talk about it whenever I can too! :) 

Babywearing for the win!! 

 Lincoln and Lexi- For those folks in the DSM area, Lincoln and Lexi has also been our go to spot for personalized items, hair bows and clothes that you can’t find anywhere else in DSM. You can also create custom orders on blankets and clothes. If you take a look at Sophia's birthday posts, all of her shirts are from Lincoln and Lexi. One of my favorite things we have ever purchased are their blankets. Super soft, quality material and personalizable. Can’t say enough for this locally based company.
The lil babe and her blankie- can't see it well but obviously it's her favorite! :)

BumGenius 4.0 Diapers- When we decided to cloth diaper, we did a lot of researching and with help from a few people decided to take the leap and purchase a small amount of these diapers. When Saidey was born, we waited until she was about 4-6 weeks old and we have not looked back since. We love these diapers- the ease of them, the look, the durability. Again, the benefits of cloth diapering should be a separate post. Little Padded Seats in Valley West Mall is a great place to start looking at cloth diapers as they offer a class as well as opportunity to look at the diapers all in one spot. They also have carriers you can try on before you buy. We love being able to support local businesses whenever we can. 
My, what a fluffy bum you have! 

Amber Necklace: When Saidey was around 4 months, we decided to jump on the amber necklace train. Now, at 17 months, that thing is still strung around her neck. We got ours at Little Padded Seats. 
We have noticed a difference in drooling, irritability, and sleep patterns when she doesn’t have it on. It may be all in our heads or she may just be a really happy teether but regardless, that thing is staying on!

So, there ya have just a few of my favorite things! Now, tell me, what are yours?!