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Summer Baby Essentials

28 Jul

We have had such a blast this summer!!! Logan was at the perfect stage to enjoy our summer and be able to do so much!! Luckily for us we have a pool in our backyard and literally spend most our days in their splashing around πŸ™‚ He loves the water thank goodness! We also do lots of walks, play dates, trips to the park and family outings. Being off in the summer with him has been so amazing – I feel so blessed!

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Sunscreen – I use the Badger Sunscreen mostly or this stick by substance for his face! Both these sunscreens are natural and don’t contain chemicals so they are safe for his little baby skin. I have also heard the honest company sunscreen is great too! We just haven’t had a chance to try it yet!

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You can buy it at babyrama or online at many places! http://babyramacanada.com/xcart/Badger-Baby-Sunscreen-Cream-SPF-30.html

Substance Sunscreen stick is great for his face

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http://babyramacanada.com/xcart/30-SPF-Natural-Baby-Suncare-Stick-by-Matter-Company-Substance.html

Swimming

We are so lucky to have a pool in our backyard, especially in this heat!! Logan loves the water and he is starting to kick his feet and learn to doggy paddle in my arms. He also just loves to float around in his swimming floats as I tug him around the pool πŸ™‚

IMG_7433Swan – from Urban Outfitters: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=35044296&category=A_ENT_FUN

IMG_7414This little yellow float was $4 from Canadian tire! so I bought a couple for when we have baby pool parties πŸ™‚

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IMG_8728Donut pool float – Urban Outfitters: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=25073578&category=A_ENT_FUN

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Although we have an in ground pool to swim in, I found it really handy to have a baby pool for Logan to splash around in… I got this cute frog one from Mastermind Toys, but you can also buy it online from Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/kids/toys/frog-baby-shade-pool/5050048057912-item.html?ref=by-shop%3atoys%3akids-toys-shopbyage-one%3atop-toys-age-1%3a1%3a it’s super cute and I like the fact it has a shade so I can keep him out of the sun.

 

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Water toys – I bought this Sand toys Bag from Mastermind Toys and it has been awesome!! It comes in this waterproof bag and I just leave it on the deck for when we are outside. Logan loves the toys in it and is especially obsessed with this little wind meal …. http://www.mastermindtoys.com/B-Ready-Beach-Bag.aspx

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IMG_7895He also LOVES boats – we have this one that he drags around the pool with him, but I think its time mommy invested in a few more so we can play with them in the bath too! http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=33188926

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Theses squirty boats from Indigo would be great! https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/baby/gifts/boat-party-squirties/077539405057-item.html?ikwid=boat+toys&ikwsec=Baby&ikwidx=0

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Hooded towels – are KEY if you are in and out of the water. This towel is from Walmart and is super handy – It stays on him and then I am able to just put him in the highchair or we sit and play while he dries off before going into the house with the AC.

IMG_7585We also got this adorable towel made for Logan – that was personalized. A friend of mine has started her own business and does a wonderful job!!! check out her facebook page – “Dots of Love” https://www.facebook.com/dotsoflovebyviolet?fref=ts The towels are around $30 and great for taking places because then you aren’t losing your towel or having someone take it by mistake!! (She also does Hooded towels :))

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Pack N Play – we never really used our Pack N Play much in the first couple months like I thought we would, but once Logan was sitting up on his own and moving alot more we started using it quite abit. It has been great for on the deck and makes things easy so I can set him down if I have to run in the house or clean the pool etc. We have also been using it when we sleepover other places. Ours is by Graco from Toys R Us.

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Traveling highchair – this has been key for us this summer!! Since we spend so much time outside, we also ate a lot of our dinners outside on the deck too. It was also a nice sensory activity for Logie because he could get as messy as he wanted outside and then our dog Griffin would get to clean up the mess while we went for bath time!! We have this little travel highchair from Toys R us, that is super portable and really easy to clean. PLUS its cheap πŸ™‚ http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=12879951

 

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Walmart has these ADORABLE little Adirondack chairs for toddlers for $5 !!!!! so cute & super affordable!!

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Painting fun – This is a great sensory activity for babies! They get to feel the neat texture of the paint between their fingers (and toes hehe) and get to just smash it around everywhere. Plus its super easy to make just food colouring & yogurt!!

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Here is a link for some creative ways to do sensory activities that get those little brains stimulated πŸ™‚ http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/06/baby-play-ideas-and-activities-6-18.html

Now if only the summer could last forever ……

KT, XOX

2 & 3 Month Essentials for Baby

26 Mar

During the second and third month so much happens! its such an exciting and overwhelming time as your baby’s little personality is emerging. They are starting to recognize you, smile, interact and it becomes way more apparent of what they want and don’t want. They also start to play and grasp different toys – there are so many milestones during this phase!

Logan grew so much during these months! he grew over 5 inches and at 3 months weighed over 15lbs!!

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Β He started to turn into quite the chunker by month 3 πŸ™‚

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During our second and third month we still used the stability ball ALOT – as he still struggled with gas and being colic. And the one thing he really just loved was to be bounced <awake or to sleep> .Β  You learn very quickly in the world of motherhood that you do whatever you need to! Happy Baby = Happy EVERYONE! lol.

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TOYS & GEAR

This playmat has been awesome… in the second month it was the first thing that really entertained Logan without me having to be constantly engaged as well. Every morning I would put him down on the mat and that’s when I would run around like a chicken with its head cut off grabbing my coffee and breaky and sometimes even got dressed πŸ™‚

This mat is great because it has a piano at his feet that he constantly kicks, it plays music (which also has the option of shutting off lol) and has a big hanging mirror in the middle which Logan LOVES. It also has little toys, but I would change up the toys and once he started grabbing things I would hook the linky toys on and he loved that.

 

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You can get it here: http://www.toysrus.com/buy/gyms-playmats/kick-n-play-piano-gym-bmh49-30181276

Babies sure do love mirrors!! its one of the first things they notice – and they never get sick of looking at themselves πŸ™‚

we have this whale mirror I found at winnners for $5… but here’s a similiar one at BUYBUY BABY by Skip Hop

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Here’s a similar one at BUYBUY BABY by Skip Hop:Β  http://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/skip-hop-reg-alphabet-zoo-baby-safe-activity-mirror/1040569703

If you have a breastfeeding pillow – that also comes in handing for tummy time! helps them enjoy it a little more πŸ™‚ (I have the boppy pillow)

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We got this vibrating bouncy chair when he was 3 months! I don’t know why the hell we didn’t have this sooner, it’s awesome! It’s cheap, has vibration, he bounces easily, toys and music! its a winner in my books! (It also has a toy bar that attaches that isn’t in the picture)

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Here is the link for the one we have by BRIGHT START: http://www.buybuybaby.com/store/product/bright-starts-trade-playful-pals-trade-bouncer/1041385937?Keyword=bouncer

However, if we had of realized before hand I would have registered for this one by Baby BJORN! I have read raving reviews about it

 

These link toys are AWESOME! for such a cheap little thing, man they are a lifesaver. He loves them, I hang them off his carseat, playmat you name it!

or we have these ones from Target by BRIGHT STARTS

 

This OBALL – was the first toy that Logan learned how to grasp. And you can hook it on to things with the linky toys above!

 

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The swaddle was a must for us however, he grew out of the summer infant velcro swaddles quickly. So we ended up using the Halo sleep sacks with the swaddle wings on them. We used a fleece one at night and cotton one during the day.

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  • White noise is still really important – we use a white noise app on an ipod dock in his nursery
  • We transitioned to the crib around 11 weeks, and it went well.. Logan wasn’t a great sleeper at this stage anyways – so it didn’t affect him much

Unfortunately he wasn’t a huge fan of the swing, and the carseat was STILL a struggle for us. However one thing that started to help at around 3 months was that he started to take a soother again – he really seemed to love these ones by AVENT. They were a good transition from the soothie ones!

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I bought this Solly wrap around 3 months and really wish I had it from the beginning… It makes wearing him around the house alot more comfortable. It takes some time to learn how to master the wrap, but within a couple tries it becomes pretty easy. I didn’t use it past 4 months, because I just find hes too big in it and doesn’t like to be carried facing me anymore (He’s too curious about everything around him hehe)

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You can order them here: http://shop.sollybaby.com/collections/all

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And the baby susher was awesome for us during these months! We also had the ipad/iphone app we used all the time! <you can see it in the picture above>

http://www.babyshusher.com/

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Logan started to smile – and that was by far the BEST milestone πŸ™‚

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Hope this helps some future mommy’s out there πŸ™‚

KT, XO