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Must-haves for life with baby 6-12 months


Well, life with baby from 6-12 months was pretty flippin’ awesome. It definitely brought on its challenges though, like teething, eating, and colds, so we quickly got into a habit of having our go-tos near us at all times.

From left to right . .

Perfecting sleep:

1. Crane humidifier. We actually invested in this late in the game, but once we did, it made Jace’s sleeping habits even that much better. If you haven’t already registered for a humidifer, you need to. Get it as early on as possible. Helps when they get little baby colds, too.

2. Night light. We loved these little woodland creature night lights — just enough glow to make him feel safe. You might want a few of these little critters though.

3. Bedtime reading. For us, it was Good Night Moon and Aloha Honu on disc (Also, Lullaby and Goodnight and On The Night You Were Born, such sweet books!). Aloha Honu will crack you up, especially when one of the water colorings are of two sea turtles mating, but the music is relaxing and the children’s voices somehow soothing. We had the book on DVD, but I’m sure you could buy the CD of the music or stories . . or the actual book.

4. A soft security blanket. Jace is obsessed with his monkey blanket. Sleeps better with, won’t leave without it, has to know where it’s at, loves to chew on it, loves to snuggle in. It’s his best friend. Which reminds me, I need to buy a back-up of it online somewhere.

5. Huggies OverNites. The best diaper to go all night so you’re little one is comfortable and not disturbed by a little wetness.

Colds & Teething:

6. The Honest Co. Organic Breathe Easy chest rub. It’s one of the worst things in life to watch your little baby suffer from a stuffed nose,  to hear them cough and struggle to breathe. This organic chest rub is seriously amazing. Clears and smears, and smells nice. Doesn’t irritate and truly helps baby.

7. Children’s Tylenol. Great for teething babies wanting a little bit of relief, or a fever you want to stabilize. We used it when it was needed. A must have for the medicine cabinet. But, I just read this, so now I’m a little scuurred. Definitely talk to your pediatrician and do your research on what’s recommended to give to your baby for teething, fevers or a cold.

8. Vick’s anal thermometer, the way to a true temperature. Easy to use and very accurate. We pulled this baby out a lot. With Jace getting sick a few times, it was most helpful to manage his temperature without calling our emergency Pediatrician hot line every hour.

9. Iced teething hand. Numbing the gums really helped our little boy. You definitely want to have a few of these clean and on hand, iced up and read for their gums.

10. Chewbeads. Jace LOVED these. I rarely wore it, I just threw at him to chew on. Best gift ever.

Eating & Play:

11, Puffs. ‘Nuff said.

12. This chair made it so we could always eat as a family. Secure and the perfect little seat to fit his cute little body.

13. Mesh pops. Or, whatever they’re called. We wouldn’t leave the house without these, with some fruit packed. You can basically put anything you want in these. But, steer away from blackberries; those suckers stain!

14. Mini basketball hoop. This entertained Jace for HOURS. Literally. Plus, it helps that his mom and dad like to play around with it in his bedroom ;)

15. Talking Tyler. We discovered this app early on with babe, but still use it to this day. He laughs, farts, burps, copies your voice in a helium-infused tone, kicks around a soccer ball, and more. Not very educational, but down right hilarious.

16. XBOX Remote. Of course he didn’t play, but he got so lost in pressing all the buttons! He would focus on what he was pressing, and then keep pressing it.

17. Scout. Another digital friend, yes, but he’s real-life cuddly, and calls Jace by his name, plays songs and bedtime music. He’s a sweet little friend and it’s so easy to go online and customize with your baby’s favorite foods and animals.

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What to registry for your baby – month 1-6

I remember when I was pregnant and was searching the internet for what I should register for to best prepare me for mommyhood. Cup of Jo has a pretty good post on what to registry for, but other than that, I wasn’t finding much. In all honesty, Cup of Jo’s is pretty extensive. I pretty much registered for one of everything she recommended. And occasionally I’d see something on Instagram I’d save to my registry. So, after being at this for a few months now, here are my honest-to-God, must-haves for the first 6 months with baby. Yes, you’ll want to have some other things like a breast pump, wash cloths, onesies, pacifiers, rattles, and a jungle gym {maybe a swing of some sort}, but these were our absolute saviors.  I don’t know how to add a number graphic to my little collage graphic just yet so I’ll try to go in order, from top, left to right. Here goes:

1. Mrs. Meyers Baby Blossom. Seriously the best smelling laundry soap ever for baby. I smell it and my brain goes crazy for baby. It’s what reminds me of Jace now, in clean clothes. When he smells sweaty and ripe from his day at daycare, I give him a quick wipe down and put on a clean onesie, fresh out of the dryer, and it’s amazing. It has never irritated his skin and is about the best thing you’ll put up to your nose. Babyland deliciousness.

2. Lanolin. Next to coconut oil, this was my nipples’ best friend when I was breastfeeding. Safe for baby, too.

3. The Honest Co. Healing Balm. I not only use this for skin rashes, but for anything of the sort. If his chubby neck rolls were starting to chafe, I put some on. If he was sunburnt {bad me}, I put some on. His skin never reacted and it did nothing but heal him — and fast! Good stuff.

4. Snap-N-Go Carseat Carrier. It really is as easy as it sounds. You snap your carseat in {of any brand} and go! Easy to fold up and the best thing to have when you don’t want to carry around your 17 lb baby in a carseat in CVS. I didn’t leave the house without it and still don’t.

5. The Happiest Baby on the Block. best. book. ever. This book prepared us like no other. Even in the first day of having Jace I used some of the techniques and saw it work instantly. Who knew shushing would work?! Jace loved it, among all the other little “S”s! Go for the DVD, too, while you’re at it.

6. Miracle Blanket. If you read The Happiest Baby on the Block, you’ll need a swaddle. Or in my case,  the Miracle Blanket. It looks complicated at first but once you get it after a couple tries, it’s the easiest thing in the whole wide world and so effective. Jace slept the soundest when he was swaddled in his Miracle Blanket. You need one. I’m telling you. If you can’t tell already, I’m using the word “easy”a lot — see a pattern? The easier the better.

7. Twelve Hours Sleeps by Twelve Weeks Old. All I gotta say is, it works. Trust me, Jace is 6 months and STILL sleeping all through the night. Brilliant and easy to read and follow. Make it work for your household and everything should fall into place {or at least it did for us, with some practice & routine}.

8. Zutano Fleece booties. It was hard for me to spend money on baby shoes. Especially when they’re growing so fast from newborn to full on baby. Jace even grew out of socks fast, so when I came across these booties, handed down from a friend, I was so happy. They go with everything, are easy to put on {and wash!} and they keep the baby toesies very warm. A must for your baby’s feetsies! They even come in cute stripes.

9. Digital baby monitor. Night-vison, temperature gauge and alerts, music, walkie-talkie, great sound, easy to charge and set-up. GREAT product and so important to have when you start putting baby in the crib to sleep at night or down for a nap during the day. You can empty the dishwasher, read a book on the patio, or take a shower, worry-free with this monitor! It’s awesome.

10. Dr. Brown’s bottles. They’re great. I used the Medela bottles while breastfeeding and pumping, but then moved to Dr. Brown’s shortly after. Something about their vent, easy-flow system that makes feeding so much easier and happier for baby. Less spit-up, great burps and faster feeding when ready. Super happy with these bottles.

11. Newborn to Toddler bath tub. A big favorite of Rob’s. Guess his family used this with his little brother & sister. And I’ll tell you, we tried a few different baby wash tubs, and this one definitely topped them all. Loved the newborn swing. Then it was easy to remove to plan for the baby stage of sort of sitting up, sort of leaning. Easy to use and clean, lots of room for baby to kick and splash, fits in the sink or in the tub. Get it. The price is right, too.

12. Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. Great for swaddling, a light blanket to lay over a sweaty baby, wiping up drool, lying on the floor with toys, anything! Easy to wash and they really hold up. And the different designs are darling.

Hope this helps! I’ll be taking note of all my favorites moving into the next 6 months. Can’t wait!