Little ones gift guide

Let’s face it, if you don’t have a little one you probably don’t have the slightest idea of what to get a baby for Christmas!?! Some of my besties started having babies a couple years before me and when it came to the time to buy them a Christmas or birthday gift I would go into instant freak out mode on what to buy!! I often would turn to my trusty bff Pinterest and look up best gifts for whatever age they were. Often after researching though I would look at these lists and think OMG I’m sure they have all of this already?! What’s a girl to do..help!!!

Here is a handy guide of some creative gift ideas that are a little outside of the box:

-My favorite thing that we’ve gotten my son up to this point is this ball pit!! He absolutely loves it and plays in it all throughout the day. The soft shell of it makes it so easy for him to get in and out of on his own and you get to pick the color scheme from many options so it actually looks beautiful in our living room! Only downside about this product is that it ships from Poland so expect a 2-3 week wait for delivery. Great quality though so it was well worth the wait. I just wish I bought an extra set of the balls.

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/MeowBallPits?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Memberships to local children’s museums, zoos or kids classes in their area. This is truly a gift that keeps giving. I know I will be purchasing swim classes, music classes and art classes in my area.

-My son LOVES books, which makes my heart so happy. One of my best friends, Amanda, got him a book personalized for him and I can’t wait for the day I read it to him and he understands that it is about him!! I found this site that has 150 different styles of personalized books, so you can find one for any child and they start as low as $14.99.

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https://www.putmeinthestory.com/

Quiet/Busy Book. I have not bought one of these yet. Because I am waiting to see more of my sons personality before I commit to a theme, but I cannot wait to get him one of these beautiful busy books for car rides and traveling! In addition, he is currently too young for the small parts.

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetPeaStitches84?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=21664682

-Nick and I have a large family because both of our parents are divorced so we are blessed to give our son (ready for it…) 3 Grandmas, 4 Grandpas, 3 Aunts, and 4 Uncles!! My mom gifted my son this adorable book with enough slots to include everyone’s picture. I love to go through the tongue twister of all of Price’s family members and their nicknames for him with this book. I can’t tell you how often I find him giggling “talking” to his families pictures.

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http://www.geniusbabies.com/baby-s-my-first-photo-album-family-n-friends1.html

-I am dying to have a little girl (fingers crossed one day!) so I can buy her a Candy Kirby Designs doll. They are so beautiful and come in all different skin tones and looks. There is even a little boy version if Price wants one. They are also now available at Nordstrom!!

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the isabella celebration ballerina doll

Most parents receive a ton of clothes for the first year so I would recommend buying in larger sizes. Most people shop at Carters or Target so if you want to get them something unique check out my favorite kids brands:

Henry & Claire has the cutest rompers around!! They release new styles weekly so you are sure to get them something they do not already have in their closet.

henry

https://henryandclaireapparel.com/

-I am obsessed with these Purllamb pieces for something fun and playful. Who doesn’t love a donut print?! In addition, a portion of their sales goes to orphanages around the world.

purl

https://purllamb.com/

-A cool kid hat is hard to find in store… but only a click away if you checkout George Hats!! This is my go to for a cute summer trucker.

hats

https://george-hats.com/

-If you are looking for something warmer NOXX beanies are the best beanie for a little one. They fit perfect and are such great material! They also come in a nice variety of colors and styles. Once you go NOXX you won’t buy any other brand.

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 https://www.rocknoxx.com/

-For our baby shower one of my Mother in Laws (I am blessed to have two) got us a newborn photo session. I am beyond happy that she did. I would have felt too guilty spending that kind of money at that time but I am so grateful she did. Most photographers do mini sessions, which usually run about $75 in California area. If you do not want to research a local photographer, you can always get a gift card for a chain photography location in their area like Picture People, Sears or Buy Buy Baby.

I hope you enjoyed this list of our favorites!

XOXO,

Brandy

 

 

 

5 Must Have Newborn Items

 

 

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First time mom here, and let me tell you to say that registering was overwhelming..is an understatement!! How do you know what you really need and what’s just useless crap? The real answer..you DON’T! I know how annoying it is to hear people say “every baby is different”, but you quickly learn they are right (ugh, I hate that).

While I would love to have the means to buy and try a million things to see what my baby loves, I don’t have the time or MONEY for that. Instead, while I was pregnant I asked my fellow mom friends, researched, and watched every YouTube I could find for advice and started with the most popular items. This is my list of must have newborn baby items. These are items I couldn’t function without.

For easy shopping I added a link to each item either through Amazon or Buy Buy Baby. I am NOT sponsored I just find these easy resources and I have Amazon Prime for free shipping, and free shipping through BBB for registering with them. Don’t forget you can get 20% off at Buy Buy Baby with a coupon (they also take coupons for Bed Bath & Beyond). Again all babies are different so what worked for my LO (little one) unfortunately may not work for yours, but I did try to go with universal items.

 

Baby Brezza One Step Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer

This machine is a lifesaver!! It’s easy to use, fits a good amount of pieces per load, and runs for only 30 minutes. I find that I can prep and load 6 bottles and parts, or 5 bottles and pumping parts in about 3 minutes flat.

After reading various reviews, I saw that a lot of the sterilizers left bottles wet or with droplets of water while this one was said to do a complete dry. Which it delivers on!

The only downfall I have found is that for some reason it leaks a puddle of water under it, every load. I have asked friends and theirs does the same. As a simple fix, I place it over a cookie sheet to catch the water and empty that every couple loads.

https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Brezza-Sterliizer-Dryer-White/dp/B00MYRXSE2/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1497457796&sr=1-1&keywords=baby+brezza+one-step+bottle+sterilizer+and+dryer

 

TRAVEL SYSTEM

I highly suggest for first time parents (or all parents) a Travel System for their car seat and stroller option. It is so much easier to be able to pop your car seat out and throw it onto the stroller in one easy click!

There are many options in sets ranging drastically in pricing. I chose this set because it had really great safety ratings for the car seat and the stroller is really light, has a one hand quick fold and is easy to maneuver.

https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/britax-b-agile-b-safe-35-travel-system-stroller-in-black/3319562?Keyword=BRITAX+2016+B-Agile+3+Stroller+in+Black

Note to weak armed Mamas: this car seat is a little heavier than others. My spaghetti arms got used to it pretty quickly though.

 

Graco Pack N’ Play

While most people get a pack n’ play for traveling and even to use as a sleeping option. The reason this made the must have list is because we set one up in the living room! Why? It’s the perfect one stop station for diaper changes and napping in our main living area of the house. Our son has a nice changing table in his nursery that is yet to be used because he’s not sleeping in there and it’s on the other side of the house.

https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/graco-reg-pack-39-n-play-reg-element-trade-playard-and-bassinet-in-darcie-trade/1060924902?Keyword=graco+pack+n+play+metro

There are many options for Pack N’ Plays depending on your style preference. I do suggest getting one of the styles that features a changing table so you can get the multi use out of it. I do not recommend the more expensive version with the bassinet piece, as I am not sure that is a safe sleeping environment.

Boppy Newborn Lounger

THIS WAS A GAME CHANGER! It’s the perfect little spot for your little one to sit when they’re a mini little nugget. I think it was also a great way to get my LO used to sleeping on his back. I would use it to let them fall asleep in and then transition him to his bassinet as it is not a safe sleeping environment. It also served as a nice chair to lay in while we bottle fed him.

Wubbanub Pacifier

I know not everyone is into giving their baby pacifiers and that is fine by me. No judgement here either way. I also know that some doctors (and people in general) suggest waiting to start pacifying..again fine by me. I am ALL for not mom shaming (blog on this to come) and my mantra is if it works for you and your baby then do it.

If you choose to give your baby a pacifier, I definitely recommend the WubbaNub or a similar pacifier product. Say what?! We liked to just call it a Wubba. What makes it special?! It stays in place when your LO is mini because the little stuffed animal weighs it down which also keeps it in the babies mouth unlike regular pacifiers. It is also easy to find and the little animal gives your little one something to grasp on to. I hear that as your child ages they often bond with this little guy. Best of all it is really easy to clean the WubbaNub brand because you can literally throw it in the washing machine (Note: I have only tried this with this brand). We literally NEVER EVER EVER leave home without one.

Downside:Baby can’t sleep with this pacifier.

 

Whoop there it is! Let me know what other must haves I am missing!!? It takes a village..