Happy Wednesday! This frigid week seems to be inching by here in Chiberia so I am happy to see Real Mom Wednesday come around. Mostly because today’s mama is super cute with an equally adorable almost one year old little guy. She’s got a great list of products for the older set and a fabulous book recommendation. As always, thanks Lindsay and if you’d like to share your favorites – email me. I’d love to have you!
My name is Lindsay and I’m a new mom to our almost 12 month old son, Luke! We’ve been blessed that Luke is a happy baby and a good sleeper, so I’ve been working on a new blog, Wedding Rings to Teething Rings, during nap time! I’ve found the Real Mom lists of products and reviews to be so helpful during each of Luke’s baby stages so far, and wanted to share what we have loved with an almost 12 month old little guy:
1. Babyganics ByeByeDry eczema cream: We have cold and dry weather living in the Northeast, and my genetics leave Luke prone to eczema. I love the texture of this lotion, and Luke loves our bedtime routine of rubbing this cream on his hands, legs, and face. I love that it has a subtle scent, some of the cream scents were overpowering, and some of the other eczema lotions just plain don’t work. We also just bought the KissyFace moisturizing face and lip balm which has been perfect for traveling or on the go eczema treatment. I was so impressed with the way Luke’s skin cleared up that I started using it on my own skin! It’s reassuring to know that the ingredients are all safe for our little guy.
2. Sound machine: Luke loves his Cloud b Sound Machine Sleep Sheep Soother, and we couldn’t believe when he started turning it on by himself during the night! Sometimes he wakes up when the ocean sound stops, so we also have this (mybaby HoMedics SoundSpa On-The-Go) which is continuous white noise since we live in a partly urban area with sometimes loud traffic.
3 .Nuby 2 Handle Sippy Cup: We’ve tried a few sippy cups but we have had the most success with this Nuby sippy cup with 2 handles. We had been using them just for practicing, but Luke has recently gotten the hang it and takes sips of water. These are the best ones we have found for transitioning from a bottle to a cup because the spout is half way between a sippy cup and a bottle nipple.
4. Chewbeads Necklace: When I got this at my baby shower, I thought there was no way I would teach my son to chew on a necklace by wearing this. A few broken necklaces later, I realized that Luke would chew and pull my necklaces, so I might as well use this one. This keeps him busy when I’m holding him, and provides some relief during teething (he already has 8 teeth!) I love how they feel very sturdy so I never worry that the beads would break off and become a hazard. There are some really cute ones, too!
5. Robeez: Some socks and shoes are a bit tight on my little Luke’s healthy sized ankles. Now that it’s getting colder and Luke is practicing his walking, these are a great option for per-sneakers. I love that there are so many fabric choices and that we can get them on Luke’s feet easily but that he can’t get them off easily!
6. Baby Sign Language Basics: Early Communication for Hearing Babies and Toddlers: Just last night we were having some trouble putting luke to bed when I realized he was doing the sign for “milk.” I gave him a bottle, and he went right to sleep. He also knows “more” and “all done.” With these three simple signs, we have avoided some frustration for everyone. Some people say that sign language inhibits babbling but Luke babbles up a storm. I liked this book the best because we cut out the pages and hung them on the refrigerator and play area walls so that we could continue to reinforce signs during the day.
7. Aquatopia Deluxe Safety Easy Bath Kneeler: Have you ever tried to give a bath to a puppy? They whimper and try to escape. That is what bath time has become over here. But, we recently got this kneeler which makes bath time much easier on our knees and elbows, and safer for little Luke! There’s even spots for bath soap and toys to keep everything organized.
8. Munchkin 6 Pack Soft-Tip Infant Spoon: I didn’t realize that it mattered which baby spoons we used until now. Luke wants to grab the spoons while we feed him, which can get messy very quickly. These have a longer handle which allow us to feed to get the food unto his mouth quickly and from a little farther away than other shorter spoons.