Happy Wednesday ladies and gents! Today is a treat of a real mama’s post, first, Ginny and Linus are so adorable I want to give them a virtual squeeze! Second, Ginny’s list is really great. It is full of helpful mama products and also some great parenting advice (note, #4). I know you’ll enjoy Ginny’s list and we would all love to hear your favorites and advice, right here on Real Mama Wednesday. All of the easy peasy details are right here if you are up for sharing!
Hello! I’m Ginny, a first time mom to Linus, a laid-back eight month old boy. I live in the somewhat rural suburbs of Kentucky in a 2,000 sq ft home. I work full-time, so I love anything that makes it easier to do more play than work when I’m at home.
1. Ninja Blender. We received this three years ago as a wedding gift and I have loved it ever since. It’s latest trick is to help me make perfect baby food purees. I love knowing what goes into Linus’s food, but I don’t have a lot of time. The Ninja makes it quick and easy to create a smooth, consistent texture.
2. Bright Starts Lots of Links. Really anything by Bright Starts has been a hit, but these were given to us by a coworker and have been a favorite since we opened them. They were the first toy that Linus could grab and really hold onto and he loves to chew on the different textures. Bonus: They also serve as a clip for any toy with a loop, we love being able to hook new toys to his gym or car seat.
3. Medela Freestyle Breast Pump. If you are a working mom like me, this is a lifesaver. Yes, it costs more money and your insurance probably won’t cover all of it, but I promise you that it is worth every single penny. I would have given up a long time ago if this didn’t make it so easy to pump on the go. No need for a plug, you can do it in the car, a closet, or at your desk and the charge lasts for days.
4. Carters Sleep N’ Play that ZIP. I had no idea how much all those tiny snaps on all of Linus’s clothes would drive me nuts, not to mention the never-ending process of attempting to keep socks on his feet. Oh, and trying to pull a onesie over a newborn’s head?! Forget about it. Sleep n’ plays have become Linus’s baby uniform, easy on/off, cheap, cute and no need to change clothes for naps! Tip: pay attention to the Carter’s size chart, he was in the 6 month size before he turned 3 months old!
5. OXO No Spill Ice Cube Tray. Another great thing to have if you are making your own baby food. The cover allows you to store it sideways in the freezer so it takes up less space-genius. The cubes are the perfect portion size-I pop out two, microwave for 30 seconds, stir and they are ready to go!
6. Go Gaga Playtime Pal. Affectionately named, “Raffy,” this sweet little guy goes everywhere with us. So many textures and it clips onto anything.
7. Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer. This is so easy to use to sterilize bottles and pump parts, we use it every day and it makes me feel like everything is truly clean. With Linus in daycare, I want to eliminate as many germs as possible!
8. Summer Infant SwaddleMe. Our pediatrician recommended we read Happiest Baby on the Block and it was a lifesaver. One of the S’s is swaddling and after Linus got big enough to break out of blanket swaddles, we tried these and they were a miracle worker. He loved being snuggled in them and always fell asleep minutes after we fastened the Velcro. What’s cuter than a little burrito baby?
9. Gerber Cloth Diapers. I had no idea what these were when someone gave me a pack as a shower gift and now they are a mandatory part of life. Soft, absorbent, easy to wash and multipurpose. I love that they aren’t “precious,” so if you lose one, life can go on. Linus loves the texture, he’s constantly scratching them with his fingers and using them as toys. Plus, 10 in a pack for $12?! Woohoo!
10. Jumping Bean baby hats at Kohl’s. They have the funniest baby hats, but they are also comfy, practical and easy to wash. We received a winter and a summer monster hat from “Grammy” and they always make people smile. See what I mean?