Products I Loved During Baby’s First Year

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Now that Amelia is one, I’ve taken a look back to see the items that I loved from her first year of life. And, well, there are a few that really stand out.

It’s so easy to be bombarded with lists of must-haves when you’re a new or expecting mama, so I’ve compiled a short list of my faves.

Play
Fisher-Price Learn with Me Walker

We got this for Ez when he was a baby, and kept it around for future kids. Amelia loves this thing; before she tried walking with it, she loved sitting and playing with the lights and buttons on the zebra. Now, she’s so close to walking, and zooms around the house with it!

Baby Einstein Magic Touch Piano

This thing is so cute! Amelia loves it. Perfect for 8+ month babies – all they have to do is touch the keys.

Eat
Tommee Tippee Easi-Roll Up Bib

These are definitely THE best bibs for little ones learning to eat table food. Before I got these bibs for Amelia, I’d pick her up from her high chair and an avalanche of crumbs would fall out (that was the dogs’ fave part). Not anymore! Sorry, pups.

Sleep
Burt’s Bee’s Organic Sheets

So soft. Need I say more?

SwaddleMe Swaddles

I am not a talented swaddler, try as I might. Both of my babies loved being swaddled for the first few months of life, and these were so helpful in that time. The first time we used one, was at 5 a.m. the morning after Ezra’s first night home. My husband and I had been awake pretty much all night (not surprising, of course) and I could not keep Ez swaddled. My husband sleepily went to Walmart in the middle of the night to buy a two-pack, we washed it on a speed wash in our washing machine, swaddled him up, and we had two blissful hours of sleep that morning.

Gear
Sit N Stand

As a second time mom, I wanted to get a double stroller that could last a few years. Ezra turned three-years-old soon after Amelia was born, so I chose the Baby Trend Sit N Stand stroller. We love it! It’s perfect for long day trips where Ez may want to take a break.

HaloVa Diaper Bag

I got this somewhat last minute as a bag to use for quick errands, but y’all this has become our everyday bag. It’s got pockets for days and is so spacious. We can fit everything we need for both kiddos, and that’s definitely a win!

What are your baby must-haves?

What To Do With Leftover Plastic Eggs

Okay. I have a confession to make.

I love holidays. Like, really love holidays. And Easter is my second favorite.

And I have a terrible habit of over buying things when it comes to celebrating.

So, of course, I always end up with way too many of those little plastic Easter eggs, and I never know what to do with them after Peter Cottontail stops by our house.

Yay! We’ve found the eggs, stuck the stickers, and eaten the treats.

Now what?

We could throw them away, but that feels wasteful. 

 

Here are a few super simple, easy-to-create ideas to use so you can recycle those eggs.

 

Do you do anything with your leftover eggs?

 

 

Reading and Letter Recognition

Pick a word your preschooler is working on – we chose his name. One side of the egg has capital letters, and the other side has lowercase. 

Counting and Matching

Ez loves this one (in fact, he’s sitting next to me and playing with them right now!) This one is pretty straight forward – count the dots and match the number! 

Motor Skills

Plastic eggs make a good addition to your Play-Doh tool box, adding an element to those fun creations! Check out the camel Ez made!

Bits and Pieces (Being Positive Amid a Pandemic)

There’s a feeling of stillness and silence in the air. It’s easy for that stillness and silence to be replaced with fear and panic, but I don’t want that to be the memory that I, or my family, have about this very strange, unprecedented time.

My kids are young; Amelia won’t remember any of this, and Ez will probably only remember bits and pieces, but I don’t want those bits and pieces to be filled with that fear and panic.

I want those bits and pieces to be memories of Mom and Dad slowing down, building forts and watching movies and playing Candyland together. Of baking and playing outside and flying kites. Sliding down slides and swinging on swings in the backyard.

I want those bits and pieces to be what Ez talks about when he’s older. I want “Remember that time?” instead of  “I remember being so scared.”

Because while right now is so unprecedented, it’s still so very important to remember the little ones who don’t really quite understand what’s happening, and the future is still coming.