Monster Under the Bed?

How can I convince my children there are no monsters under the bed when I find THIS under the bed?

Tissue Monster!

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Baby Products I Love Part 1…

So today I was out shopping for a few odds and ends for a friend who is having a baby shower and as I read from her registry I thought to myself, “What the heck is she thinking registering for some of these items?” She clearly did not take an experienced mom friend with her and that was a HUGE mistake. That is why I think I should share my baby product knowledge with everyone from now on. God knows I have gone through enough products. Some products I love/tips, in no particular order:

  1. Bumkins bibs (www.bumkin.com): Odor resistant, water proof, lightweight, AWESOME!
  2. Skip the diaper genie like products, go with the Baby Trends diaper champ. It does not use expensive, hard to find cartridges so you can use any garbage bag. For eco-conscious me, I like to use a recycled garbage bag. It makes me feel better about using my earth killing disposable diapers. Speaking of diapers…
  3. PAMPERS Swaddlers and then Cruisers. Both of my kids have been on Pampers since day one and have NEVER had a single rash on their bottom. And with their sensitive skin that is amazing. Plus fewer leaks, etc. I have friends who have diaper blow outs frequently, not in this house. We have dried may eco diapers and they did not live up to our expectations. PLUS, Pampers has rewards points on the wipes and diapers. You enter the code online to receive gifts. I have already gotten 3 $10 gift cards to BabiesRUs with my rewards. And I started collecting the points late. http://www.pampers.com
  4. Little Giraffe blankets. Expensive, but so soft and worth it. I still have my baby blanket from when I was little. I think certain keepsakes are worth a little extra $.
  5. California Baby skin care products. Natural, organic, gentle…smell great.
  6. The Baby Book by Dr. Sears. Forget the whole “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Dr. Sears keeps it real and tells it in easy to understand language. Any book by Dr. Sears is a good buy.
  7. Lets talk music. If I am going to have to listen to lullabies, I want it to at least be something good. Two favorites here: Vitamin String Quartete and The Rockabye Baby Series. Vitamin String Quartete is more instrumental versions of hits you love like “Brown Eyed Girl”. Rockabye Baby features “tinked” out versions of classics, my fave…The Cure! Rocking your baby to sleep will never be the same.
  8. Itzbeen baby timer. www.itzbeen.com. The first week we had our first child, Carter, we were frantically writing down every diaper change, indicating if it was wet, dry or poo as well as every  ounce drank and sleeping durations. We desperately wanted to find a schedule. Then along came Itzbeen and our life was easier. You simply hit a timer that counts up. There are buttons for diaper, bottle, sleep and medicine. There is a flashlight mode as well as a nursing indicator so nursing moms can remember which breast they last fed with. This device is a life saver. We have one in each of the kids rooms as well as downstairs. We mostly use it for meds now which really helps since we rarely remember  a thing anymore.
  9. Munchkin formula dispensers. For formula fed babies these are a must. And Munchkin makes the better of the models. Sturdy and decent sized portions. Not all dispensers hold enough for more than a 4 oz. bottle.
  10. The No Throw Cup and Bottle holder. www.nothrow.com Yes, it’s a leash for your toys or bottles/cups. And let me tell you, after the 10th time of picking up your kids cup at the mall or retracing your steps to find said cup at the mall, you will thank me for having this. You simply strap the leash around the toy/cup/bottle and then secure to stroller strap or highchair. They have saved us on the airplane as well, where we all know that if you drop something in mid flight, good luck being able to pick it up again. We simply strap the cup to our sons seatbelt on the plane….oh speaking of plane, remind me to talk about the C.A.R.E.s harness next time.