Baby Changing Table / Dresser

dresserOriginally when my sister and I bought our baby furniture, we wanted perfectly matched pieces to the cribs we had chosen. Little do you realize that most of these baby changing table are not ideal! One thing I realized was that I like to make sure everything is on the same level – meaning the changing pad and my favorite diaper caddy with all the essentials, plus any change of clothes/socks/shoes/accessories etc.. So after getting dressers that had very small drawers and small top surfaces, my sister and I both switched to the IKEA Malm 6 drawer dresser. It is awesome – 1. its inexpensive 2. its easy to put together 3. it comes in all the colors you would need to match whatever crib you buy 4. the drawers are really spacious and there are 6 of them 5. there are a LOT of them 6. IKEA also sells these organization boxes that fit PERFECTLY inside to help keep all those little baby things organized. We both absolutely love it and would highly recommend it! And now with my toddler, I just removed the changing pad and keep the caddy up there with accessories and lotion and I placed some books and book ends where the pad used to be. It was an easy transition into letting her get herself dressed!

TIP: Place an non-skid shelf lining (available at the dollar store) under the changing pad and caddy to prevent then from sliding around AND make sure you nail in the changing pad to the back of the dresser!

Learning Happens From Day One

associationsOne of the things that I came to realize is that consistency is KEY in the first year. All the associations we make with objects, places, and surroundings – our little babies are absorbing them quicker than we think. So my advice is BE consistent and BE practical. Highchairs are for eating = so always put baby in a high chair to eat. Bouncers can be used for bottle time = so always use them when giving your baby a bottle. Same goes for when you are creating sleep environments (at night, lights dim/off, quiet, whitenoise and in the same bassinet/crib for sleep). If you stick to consistency with these tasks, baby will come to anticipate them just the same, making your life and theirs much easier! It’s all about setting expectations, so just like you do with routine for sleep, change, eat, play, repeat = carry it to the next level for expected activity!

Save Your Crib Rails

cribwrapWhen those little ones start sprouting their teeth, boy will they chew on ANYTHING, including their crib rails! I found out the hard way, when I found little bite marks of paint chipped off on my first born’s crib rail. So I set out on a search to find something that would help me preserve these cribs to get them through the toddler years. Look what I found (and LOVE): The Trend Lab CribWrap, which comes in a thin width and shorter length for the sides too! The top is fleece and the lining underneath is plastic (so they are essentially waterproof).These covers are genius, they provide a safe chewing zone for baby, and you can take them off to wash as much as you need!

New Use for Dry Erase Markers

dryeraseEver feel like you are labeling your life away, especially in your pantry or fridge? A new trick I started using is labeling containers and jars with dry erase markers! This way I can color code the girls meals, I can put dates on containers I am stuffing in the freezer, I can label what flour is in a certain jar, etc etc! And when I am done with that container, I simply wash the label right off without any additional waste. If I need the label for a little bit longer (flour jars), I simply put a piece of clear tape over it, and voi la – a semi permanent way to label!

TIP – Make sure the outside of the container is DRY before writing on it, or else the marker may not work.

A Note From Mommy to Daddy…

photo (2)This is a BEAUTIFUL excerpt from note written on Scissortail Silk, and I think that it is perfectly written just in time for fathers day. Enjoy…

“… And if I haven’t said it in a while, I love you. No, really. Not like I say it when we’re getting off of the phone, or when you’re rushing out the door to work. I really do love you.

I am proud to say that you are my husband. I am proud of the man that you are and the father that you have become. I don’t tell you enough how much I appreciate all that you do for us. Thank you for your hard work, your dedication and your patience. You are so important to me – and I’m going to do my very best to remind you just how much I love being your wife.

Most of all, I need you to know that I will do all that I can to keep these words fresh in my heart… because I realize that before I was Mommy, I was yours, and I never want to forget that again.”

By Becky Thompson