Monday, February 11, 2013

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens...

Bright coppered kettles and warm woolen mittens! Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of ...

motherhood, motherhood favorites, my favorite things, growing gracie,
cue The Sound of Music sing along...

I always loved the episodes of Oprah where she listed her favorite things so I decided to put together my own list!

Because I am a mom, these are all items that I am SO grateful that I have for my daughter and highly recommend them for ANYONE who is having or has a baby!

Here we gooooooooooooo!!! (Said in your best Oprah voice)

#1: Hylands Teething Tablets
Because Gracie has been teething since she was about 3 months old, I was DESPERATE to find SOMETHING that worked because she wasn't having any of the teethers, nothing was working and she was miserable. Everyone I knew recommended these and they work WONDERFULLY. They don't drug her and they don't numb her. They just take the inflammation down, which is the cause of the pain. They are fast acting as well which is great when your baby is in so much pain.

One bonus? They can be found at any local commercial store. (i.e. Walmart/Target) 

Note: They are expensive--about $8 a bottle. So be prepared for that. But trust me, they are WORTH IT.

#2. Aden & Anais Swaddling Blankets

We were gifted FIVE of these bad boys, and to be honest, it wasn't until my cousin April gave me three bamboo Aden & Anais swaddlers before Grace was born, that I even knew about them. 

Let me tell you this: THEY ARE MAGIC. They aren't restricting like receiving blankets, but they aren't TOO MUCH BLANKETS, like pretty much anything else. They wrap tightly so that you aren't worried about it coming loose around their face (hello suffocation paranoia), but they are loose enough to not strangle the baby. There is also the choice of getting the bamboo swaddles that are SUPER light for the baby so they are great for warm weather. They give you the ability to  swaddle your baby but not to make them too hot. 

Breathable. Stretchy. Strong. Awesome. 

These are my go to gifts for baby showers--EVERYONE should have at least one. 

This is quite possibly the MOST important purchase of your LIFE. 

They give you nasal aspirators  when you leave the hospital. You will take that aspirator for granted. You will treat it carelessly. You will regret this. We lost ours on the way home from Utah this Christmas and it was at that time that Gracie got a cold and we needed one BADLY. 

ALL THE ONES you can buy at a commercial store STINK. They are horrible and just don't work. 

BUT I FOUND A PLACE that sells them online, and they are as close to the hospital kind as you can get. Buy the 2oz one or the 1 oz one, the 3 oz are WAY too big.

They got here REALLY fast and they aren't expensive at all. Perfect for when you need one that works quickly. I ordered two of the 2oz's so I could have extras and I am glad I did. It's nice to have one in her room and in her diaper bag. That way one always stays home. 

I promise you will thank me for this link later. 

#4: FUNCTION over style diaper bag

I see women ALL THE TIME with these super cute diaper bags, that I loooove but then I remember that a good majority of them are pretty useless because they have too little storage. 

Trust me you are gonna need pockets--especially on any kind of road trip/park trip/long shopping trips.

My diaper bag has pockets GALORE. It has a TON of storage of all different types: wipe carrier, insulated bottle pocket, wipe pocket, binky pockets, plastic lined pockets for dirty clothes, pockets! pockets pockets!

As your child gets older, you will find yourself putting more things in your diaper bag to entertain/fed/put child to sleep/ change your child and those pockets and storage DEFINITELY come in handy for that.

I get compliments on it ALL the time, I get asked where I got it and I can't tell you how many times someone has told me they wish they had gotten mine instead of their cute one.

Mine was almost $40 dollars, which is considerably cheaper than MOST diaper bags, but it is kind of expensive. But it's STURDY. At almost 9 months into heavy usage, there are no tears, no loose strings, nada. Looks just how I bought it.

Most Fisher Price diaper bags are about FUNCTION over style, and in my opinion, that's how you should think. When you have a million things to worry about, trying to figure out how to fit everything into your impossibly small and unrealistic diaper bag, shouldn't be one of them.

#5: Gummi Crib Rail Covers

Does your child have teeth? Does your child bit everything with those teeth? Really?! MINE TOO! My baby girl eats EVERYTHING she can get her hands on. She CHEWS on anything she can reach. We have bite marks all over our coffee table.

But it wasn't until I saw the teeth marks on her crib that I got worried. I don't want her to damage her teeth or get poisoned from the paint or something, so I reached out to my family on Facebook and this is what they all came back with! 

SO SMART. It covers the parts of the wood that your baby could chew on and replaces it with a gummy type tape thing. It's totally safe for your baby and not hard to remove. 

#6: Baby Safe Nail Clippers

Most people get baby clippers at the baby shower, but a LOT don't get the good kind. And by that I mean the thick clippers, like this one:

You WANT the thick ones, (ours is like this one only pink). The thin ones are just too hard to use and you can't really get a stable, good grip on them. In my opinion they just aren't very safe. These ones allow you to get a good grip on the clippers AND on your baby's nail so you don't injure your childs finger. I threw away the two small ones I got in favor of these ones! (I didn't want to chance my hubby accidentally trying to use the other ones.) Safe and sturdy. The words you want to hear when you are bringing something sharp to your little one's fingers!

I am in the process of finding the perfect travel wipes, and when I do, I will let ya'll know :)



  1. this is a fun list to read as our first baby is due next week.

    i just got the swaddle blankets at my shower yesterday and i'm sooo excited to use them!


    1. swaddle blankets are the most amazing thing! We are so grateful for them! Good-luck with your baby!!! :)


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