10 and 11 Month Favorites

This has been a crazy past two months! Turner seems to be growing before our eyes! It’s hard to believe he will be one in less than a month!! He is hilarious and really forming a personality. His favorite thing to play with is the vacuum. It might have something to do with me vacuuming everyday while I was pregnant?? When he’s grumpy, I’ll start vacuuming, and he follows me around laughing hysterically and squealing! The second I shut it off, he starts to cry… insanity, I know!

He’s like a real person now! He does things to make us laugh, like stinky face (I’m sure you can imagine) and waving “hellooooo”.

He’s saying Mama, Dadda, and Dede (for Dexter, a.k.a Decky our dog, who Turner is obsessed with).
He’s standing up and cruising on everything (furniture, cabinets, my legs).

It’s hard to believe that Turner is turning into such a big boy! He plays with big boy toys and even needed a big boy car seat! Here are some of our favorites from the past two months.

1 Silicone Muffin Cups I’ve actually had these for a while. In the past I used them to make muffins and cupcakes. But they were really hard to clean and annoying. Luckily, I saved them! They are absolutely PERFECT for freezing baby food. I use the ice cube trays too, but Turner eats a TON of food, so these make bigger portions. I just pour the baby food into the cups and put them in the freezer. Once they’re frozen, I pop them out of the cup and into a ziplock bag with a label on them. To thaw, I place a few into a tupperware and put in the fridge overnight. Or, I just heat one up in a saucepan to melt it.

2 Fisher-Price Learn Through Music TouchPad We got this from Stew’s friend. Turner LOVES it! We had the Elmo game in, but couldn’t handle him. So we put Winnie the Pooh in! MUCH BETTER. Turner just slaps it and plays the same things over and over. It’s really funny to watch. He doesn’t quite get it yet. But, I’ll tell you what, I sure know my seasons now!

3 Toy Race Car These were also a gift. They’re the bigger cars, so Turner can’t choke on them. He pushes them around the entire house and chases them! He loves them.

4 Evenflo Convertible Car Seat We actually got this when Turner was about 10 months. He was definitely outgrowing his old seat. He was about 30 inches long at the time. He cried whenever we went in the car and he was a sweaty mess when we took him out. This was our hint that he was extremely uncomfortable. So we took the plunge. It was worth it! He loves his pimped out ride!

5 Baby Trend Expedition Jogger We had a hand-me-down stroller since he was born, so we never actually had to buy a stroller. We bought this the same day we got his car seat. It is a GREAT stroller, especially for the price! It rides so smoothly, and takes bumps like a champ. It’s great for our normal walks, but it’s a beast in the park or on the beach. I LOVE it and so does Turner!

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9 Month Must Haves

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ABC Mat-I never thought I’d be that mom with brightly colored toys all over my house, and I probably won’t be. But this is just a necessity! As soon as Turner started crawling, I needed a safe place for him and his toys. So we have this out in the living room. Our rug is a bit rough on the knees, so it’s the perfect cushioned play area! Now that he’s a little older, he likes to pull the letters off and chew them. It keeps him very occupied!

Battery Operated Fan– Poor little guy is a sweaty mess! No wonder I was so hot when I was pregnant! He’s practically an oven! Whenever he rides in his car seat, we pull him out, and his backside is drenched with sweat! I got this cheap fan to help circulate the air in his seat. I have it on the mirror hanging from the headrest. It helps with the heat, and it also gives him something to stare and laugh at!

c Chalkboard Basket– I have this in the living room next to the fireplace. I keep all of Turner’s toys in there. It makes for easy clean up and hides the whole bright toy thing I was talking about earlier!

OXO Sippy Cup– We’re working on having him drinking out of a sippy cup. I fill it with an ounce of water just so we don’t make a mess. So far, he has sucked on it a few times. But, for the most part, he rolls it around on his tray and throws it on the floor. I think it will take a little practice! But at least he’s getting used to having it around at meal time!

Bath Toys– As you know, he absolutely loves bath time! We picked up a sack of toys from Babies R Us for him to play with. He has a rubber ducky, football, soccer ball, and some bath books. He throws them and chews on them. It makes bath time even more exciting!

OXO Drying Rack– I picked this up from my friend’s store Eat Sleep Play. Now that Turner is eating, I needed a second drying rack! Upstairs, in the bathroom, I have my Boon Grass Drying Rack which is for his bottles at night. Downstairs I have the OXO rack which is mostly for his spoons, bowls, and a few bottles here and there. It is so useful to have a rack upstairs and downstairs! That way I always have what I need wherever I am!

 

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Babyproofing the House

We knew this day would come. It was only a matter of time. Turner has gotten really good at scooting everywhere. I definitely can’t take my eyes off him for too long, or he’ll be getting into trouble. Yesterday, it became real. He’s crawling! It just HAPPENED. I had a book that he wanted, and BAM, he crawled to me!

So, this weekend, it’s time to baby proof! Where to begin?! I did a walk through of the house. We don’t really have too many hard corners, so I think we’re good there (for now). So, I counted up our outlets, plugs, and general “danger zones” and made a list! Hope this is helpful for you too!

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Outlet Cover (if something is plugged in at all times)
Outlet Plugs for unused outlets (16 downstairs & 8 upstairs)
Cabinet Door and Drawer Locks-kitchen, bathrooms, cleaning closets, desks, etc (14 doors 4 drawers)
Baby Gate (2)
Oven Door Lock
Bath Spout Cover (works if your shower diverter is on top of the spout)
Corner Cushion on hard edges (tables, windowsills, etc)
Power Strip Safety Cover for entertainment centers/computer areas (works with regular plugs, not big bulky ones)

Safety Notes:

  • check smoke detectors in every sleeping area.
  • carbon monoxide detector on each floor.
  • unplug appliances when not in use

Feel free to share your baby proofing experiences too! I’d love to hear them.
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7 & 8 Month Favorites

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1 Munchkin Food Feeder Holy moly, I love this thing! Turner loves it more. Currently, his favorites in the mesh feeder are watermelon and frozen peaches. He chews on them and sucks the juice out until they disintegrate! It’s so funny to watch.

2 Sun Protection Hat My mom got this for Turner in the orange color. It is so stinkin’ cute! It’s nice and thin, so his head doesn’t sweat like when he wears his other hats!

3 Float Activity Center with Canopy We have an awesome pool in our neighborhood. I ordered this puppy for him a few months ago, and he loves it! He likes to chew on the little toys that came with it. Sometimes, he’ll lean back on the head rest and just relax. I wonder if it comes in my size??

4 Huggies Little Swimmers As most of you know, we do cloth diapers. These are perfect for when we go to the pool, because I don’t want to ruin his diapers with the chlorine or have him sit in a 20 lb water logged diaper all day. So, little swimmers it is!

5 L*Space Rio De Janeiro Halter Top Wait…how did that get in there!? Oops…that one is definitely for Momma. Ok, I’m completely obsessed with this bathing suit. And come on, how often does one buy a new bathing suit!? I’ll tell you what, for this momma, it’s not often! Can’t a girl indulge once in a while?

6 Infantino Shopping Cart Cover I love this shopping cart cover. Shopping is so much easier now that I can pop Turner right into the shopping cart! This cover is super thin, so I can fold it up and put it in our diaper bag. I love the material! It also comes with a buckle that I can loop through the back of the shopping cart (since most of the buckles on shopping carts are broken). I even use it in high chairs at restaurants and as a play mat. It’s so perfect!

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Turner’s Favorite Books

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Slide and Find, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: And Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes, If I were a Bunny

For a while there, Stew and I would attempt to read Turner a bedtime story before his night time bottle. He was NOT having it. We would get about two pages in and he would reach for his bottle and start crying…he’s a hungry boy. About a month ago, he became obsessed with Brown Bear Slide and Find! He gets so excited to see what’s hidden behind the secret door! This is by far his favorite; we read it every night. I decided to put some of his other favorites on here too! All of these are attention keepers for sure! Enjoy!
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6 Month Must Haves

I can’t believe Turner is 6 months old! I feel like he was born YESTERDAY! People always say time flies, but it truly does! A lot changes in 6 months. It’s hard to believe he’ll be crawling any minute!!
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Breville Juicer This one’s really for Momma. But, when Momma’s happy, everyone’s happy! I’ve always been an avid juicer. I used to have one of those dinky fisher price Black & Decker juicers, and I was silly enough to believe there wasn’t a difference. Boy oh boy, was I wrong!! I can throw whole apples into this baby!! Whereas, with the other juicer, I had to chop things up into minuscule pieces to fit into the tiny feed tube. Needless to say, this makes juicing SO much quicker and MUCH easier to clean up!! And, if I must tie this to Baby, he will be drinking fresh juice in a few months, so it all works out in the end :o)

LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table A friend of mine gave me this after her son grew out of it. I was one of those naive parents who thought I’d never have to own any bright plastic toys that would clash with my decor…WRONG. I must admit, this thing is awesome! Right now, we sit Turner in his Bumbo so he can reach it. He just slaps at this thing forever! He’s intrigued by the lights, colors, and sounds. It’s hard to believe that my baby is playing with big boy toys!!

Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym I know I already had this in another month. But this month it’s for different reasons! Turner loves to lie on his back and grab the toys hanging above him. He also likes to lay on his tummy and look at himself in the mirror on the ground or try to grab the hanging toys. This occupies him for hours!

Water Resistant Blanket Blanket This blanket is heavy duty. It’s awesome for sitting out in the yard, and it’s perfect for the beach! The sand wipes right off, and it’s big enough that Turner can scoot around!

Beach Caddy We felt like grown ups when we bought this. Stew and I used to be those people who just brought a chair and a towel to the beach. We never set up camp with a blanket and umbrella. Now that we have Turner, going to the beach is truly a family affair. We have the blankets, towels, pop up tent, diaper bag, toys, etc. So this caddy is PERFECT! It opens up and breaks down easily, which helps when packing it in the car. This is definitely a godsend for when we bring Baby to the beach!

Here’s a little blast from the past!
One Week Old
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Six Months Old
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Spring Style

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Cheeky MonkeyRegatta Cargo ShortThin Striped One PieceThin Striped Tank, Striped Short One PieceStriped Pocket TeeStriped Knit Shorts

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5 Month Must Haves

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Chicco High ChairWe originally registered for the high chair you can just put on a regular chair, but a friend of mine gave me this high chair. I love it! It has a final outer layer so food comes off easily. It folds up easily and has a place to attach the food tray for easy storage and travel. It’s an investment but definitely worth it!

Baby Bullet I always planned on making my own baby food but never really thought through the process. My mom and grandmother got me this for my birthday, and it is incredible! It’s small so I can store it in my cabinet. I pick one veg a week, steam it, blend it, pour it in the little happy cups, and BOOM, a week’s worth of food DONE! When I’m feeling lazy, I just blend an avocado with some breast milk and that’s a wrap. I feel so good about using this, because I know exactly what Turner’s eating, and I can choose the best ingredients for him! Now that my CSA farm share comes each week, I usually just pick a nice organic veg from there for him (last week was asparagus).

Soother Ring Teether Turner’s teeth are gonna come in an day or week or month now! He drools so much that he soaks through two bibs a day! He is constantly chewing on his fingers and hands. I pop this baby in the fridge and hold it in his mouth for him to chew. At first, he wasn’t crazy about it, but he’s starting to like it more! It’s BPA free and dishwasher safe which is nice!

California Baby SPF 30+ Fragrance Free Sunscreen It’s that time of year! Turner has such sweet baby skin that I want to protect it every chance I get! This is a bit more expensive, but I think it’s worth it. It has no toxins and doesn’t burn in the eyes. So far, he’s done well with it!

Genji Pop Up Tent Stew, Turner, and I went to the beach a few weekends ago. We were prepared, so I thought. I brought the beach caddy, a blanket, towels, chairs, our new tent, a diaper, and an almost empty pack of wipes. Well, Turner had a poopsplotion on the way, which didn’t worry me too much since his poops have been a bit more solid lately. So, we find a primo spot, load up the caddy, and walk onto the beach. I lay Turner down to change his diaper, and two wipes were NOT gonna cut it. Poop everywhere…on Turner, his blanet, my hands, my leg! I cleaned him up enough and put on his new diaper. Next, on to tent assembly. I got this great SPF tent from Bed Bath & Beyond. It looked simple enough…WRONG! Stew’s trying to set it up while I’m reading the directions. It’s one of those tents you have to thread the long sticks through the holes, like an actual tent. Definitely not something I could do alone! Needless to say, after our beach debacle trip, I returned that baby to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought this Genji pop up tent. AMAZING! I practiced popping it up and breaking it down a few times in the house. I feel confident that Turner and I can handle this when we venture back to the beach!

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3 and 4 Month Must Haves

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Projector and Sound Machine: We started using this around 5 weeks. I don’t think he really noticed it until around 2 or 3 months. That’s when we started putting the little projector on so he could watch the pictures on the ceiling. He would watch it until he fell asleep at night. There are different sound options. Turner likes the rain. But during the day we’ll put on Mozart or Lullabies and he likes that for naps sometimes. I love this little machine!

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier: We originally had the cool mist humidifier which actually broke. I think I got water in the bottom. Anyway, we decided to get the warm mist since the cool actually made him cold! This is amazing. We put it on every night. There’s a place for an inhalant on the top. We fill it with eucalyptus oil and it smells amazing and keeps his little nose clear!

Playtex VentAire Bottles: We don’t use bottles too often. We give him his night time bottle (otherwise he’ll fall asleep) and I will send a bottle to the nursery with him when I’m at the gym or when I have to go into the office. We started with different bottles, but he would suck them down and cry when he was done. I don’t think he realized he was full since he drank so fast! These are slow flow, so it takes him longer to finish his bottle. That made giving him a bottle MUCH easier!

Skip Hop Treetop Friends Activity Gym: He absolutely LOVES this thing. He lays there forever entertaining himself hitting all the hanging animals. He also does tummy time on there and likes to look at the different patterns.

Sophie the Giraffe Teether: He’s not quite at the stage where he’s putting EVERYTHING in his mouth. He pretty much sucks on his hands and blankie non stop! But he does love Sophie. He likes looking at her and biting on her. He thinks she’s funny. Ahhh, simple pleasures!

California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash: I am in love with this stuff. It smells like lavender and it’s nice and gentle with no harsh chemicals! He gets a bath every night (since he was 5 weeks). He absolutely loves sitting in his tub. We only use this on his body every couple days. We pretty much wash his hair every night. He smells so good after his bath, I just want to eat him up!

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Natural Cold Remedies

It’s hard to shield your baby from all the germs out there, especially during cold and flu season! You could, of course, keep your child indoors and never leave the house, but that’s not my style. I’ve been taking Turner out and about since he was probably 2 weeks. Maybe that was too early, but I would have gone crazy sitting inside everyday! That being said, we didn’t go out often and we were going places that weren’t crowded and no one was holding him! He made it through ok!

Now Stew, on the other hand, caught a cold a few weeks back. It was the whole sinus, sneezing, sore throat deal. I did NOT want Turner to get sick so I kicked into full on Mommy mode! Turner started getting the sniffles. He was sneezing more than usual and started with a dry cough. He had some eye gook too! I didn’t want to take him to the ped for fear of him catching some other illness going around! He didn’t have a fever, so I just decided I’d cure it at home, as long as he didn’t get any worse of course. Here are my natural remedies for the common cold! They worked like a charm!Slide1

Saline Solution-I made my own saline solution. You can definitely go out a buy saline drops for babies if you choose! I used 1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup water. I warmed the water just enough to melt the salt. I sucked it up into the bulb syringe and just did one to two little squirts in each nostril every 3 to 4 hours. I actually did it right before I fed him because he didn’t like it very much and feeding took his mind off it! I dumped the syringe after 24 hours and refilled with a clean batch.

Snotsucker
The saline drops loosened up the goodies in Turner’s nose. I used this to suck the snot right out! He actually didn’t mind it. I even took a picture!photo

Bulb Syringe
I used this to suck up the saline solution. I would shoot a few drops into his nose every 3-4 hours. I made sure to empty it and wash it after 24 hours!

Cool Mist Humidifier
This is amazing! We’ve been using it in Turner’s room since he was born. It really came in handy when he had the sniffles though! We put a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it when we filled it with water each night so it would spray the eucalyptus air. It seemed to help tremendously!

Eucalyptus Oil
This was our saving grace. I made a mixture of eucalyptus oil and olive oil (1 to 4 ratio) in a little bowl and left it by his changing table. I would rub it on his chest and on our necks. This is like a natural vicks vapor rub. He would smell it on himself but also when we held him. I also put it in his humidifier and his bathtub too!

My little boy was as good as new after just a few days! Happy as a chubby little clam!photo1

 

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