Developmental Toys for Baby

sassybooksetThere are a lot of brands out there when it comes to baby toys.. and for different age groups I love different brands… For our littlest ones, however, I really like the Sassy Baby Developmental Toy line. They have great toys for baby’s first year and they have developmentally appropriate toys for every 3 month mark. Their high contrast patterns are perfect for getting their attention and keeping them engaged. Check out the post about their vision development to learn more. They also have small tips of baby milestones on their packaging which is a nice reminder of things baby should be working on achieving. One thing I love to gift is their first sounds book set and cube.

 

 

 

My Fav Thing: Rock N’ Play Sleeper

rocknplayThe Rock N’ Play Sleeper was a must have in our home with both girls and many of my friends homes for their little ones. Here is a list of why I love this thing!

— It really helps with reflux – putting baby in it for 20 minutes post a feeding to help digestion really helped. Even helps with reflux at night to help baby (and me!) get some sleep.
— It helps when baby is congested – usually unable to sleep comfortably on their back, I found that in the Rock N’ Play, my girls were able to breathe comfortably and sleep through the night (well at least until the next feed) thanks to its incline!
— It has an incline – hence helping with reflux and congestion – but also, when baby was awake and I wanted to get stuff done (shower, dishes, fold laundry, the list goes on), I would put her in there so she could see me and I could talk to her and sing to her while she watched me.
— It rocks! literally, which meant that when baby was getting fussy, I could put her in the Rock N Play and help her settle down without needing to carry her the whole time!
— It folds – so you can take it easily in your trunk when going to visit friends and family with a clean safe place above the ground for baby to play or sleep! Or you can store it on the side of the couch when it is not being used!
— Lastly, the cover is one big piece and really easy to take on and off which made throwing it in the wash with the other clothes a piece of cake!(mmmm, cake!) Not to mention all the cute patterns in comes in!

*** TIPS ***
***I found the back support to be quite hard (which it should since it is also approved for sleep) – so I used to fold a small receiving blanket to put behind their head in between the cover and the back board to help prevent flattening.
***I also wouldn’t use it during the day for more than 20-30 minute segments, usually after feeds (thereby allowing time for baby to be flat and move their limbs and TUMMY TIME!), except at night of course :)
***Lastly, some people had complained of mold forming underneath the cover over time, so check and clean it frequently and if you have any issues call the manufacturer.

Stretchy Stretch Marks

palmers tummy butterThere are lots of products out there claiming that they help prevent and erase stretch marks. Unfortunately, it is not true. Stretch marks are partly genetic and partly based on your own body. Being that stretch marks form in the deeper layers of skin, there is not much that topical creams and lotions can do other than keeping your growing belly moisturized and elastic. The main things that you can do to help with stretch marks is to stay hydrated (drink at least 8 cups of water a day), keep exercise as part of your routine (before, during, and after pregnancy), and keep your skin hydrated (this is where the lotions and potions come into play).

Some of the products I loved using during pregnancy were Palmer’s Tummy Butter, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stretch Mark Cream, and Bio-Oil Oil. Many of my friends also used olive, almond or coconut oil. There are lots of products out there; consult with your provider to make sure they are safe for your use!

 

A Head Start for Breastfeeding

lanolin creamA great tip I had received from a friend when I was getting ready to deliver my first baby was to start using Lanolin Nipple Cream one month before you are due. I usually applied it after showering in the morning and really believe that it helped to prevent the dryness and cracking that many new mommies new to nursing experience in those first few weeks. Be careful to not use too much stimulation, yet apply it liberally as you would regular lotion. If you are concerned about getting it on your undergarments, you can also use washable nursing pads.

Once baby arrives, I would recommend you continue to use the cream. It is safe for baby, but I usually wiped it off with a warm cloth before each feed, and reapplied it immediately after. Give it a try and let us know if it helped you!