What I should have put on my baby registry…

-Nanny

-Housekeeper

-Massage Therapist

Ummm what else?

-A shoulder to cry on

😂 Kidding!  You will be fine.  I’m sure a box of kleenex will be good. Haha.

-DUSTBUSTER!!!! (Also, a good handsfree foot pedal trashcan to empty it in because germs and doing ambidextrous things with one hand while holding baby will be hard enough.)

Sorry for all caps, but it is that important.  I have been through two dustbusters so far.  Kids constantly produce crumbs and crumbs are like jackrabbits…they multiply.

For real though, I made a registry using “babylist” to give some examples of my favorite baby products and gear.  I tried to put similar items at different price points.  Leaving out diapers because you may want to go disposable or cloth.  Pumps, formula, and bottles were left out as well because that is another decision based on preference.  Besides, both my babies were exclusively breastfed so I would not be much help with those items.  Although I did try a couple of lower-end pumps.  Even with good reviews, I felt they did not work the best thus the exclusive breastfeeding.  So I would suggest springing for the mac daddy Medela pump from the start.

Before I share the registry link these are a few things that I learned along the way, but wish I would have known beforehand.

Baby Wearing

Babywearing was a foreign concept to me.  Everyone, I know just lugged around the infant carrier car seat. A little tidbit about carriers they aren’t meant to ride on top of shopping carts. We see it all the time right? I did it once or twice not realizing the cart seat actually cautions against that. And hey, these are our precious babies so why chance a bump to a display that will send your little one sliding off.

Buying a stroller may just be a waste of money. Most times my kids screamed to get in it. They felt safer closer to me.  I was happy to sell our stroller and use a baby carrier instead. Needless to say, it freed up space in the cargo and I no longer had to take the heavy contraption in and out while toting a baby.  Talk about a backbreaker.  They aren’t always store aisle friendly either.

If you decide to carry I advise to skip the baby sling.  There are plenty of articles of the dangers of suffocation due to the c-shape baby sleeps in.  Also, pay attention to the babies leg positioning.  Legs together can run the risk of hip dysplasia.

Nurseries

I wouldn’t feel too much pressure over having the perfect nursery set up in the beginning.  You and your newborn will probably spend a great deal of time feeding and rocking anyway.  Another hot topic you may want to be informed about is SIDS.  I still see cutesy crib bumpers on the market and those are not considered 100% safe.  There are plenty of new mesh products out there now worth looking into.  We used a Safe Beginnings Crib Mattress and a mesh crib bumper, but now there is also a baby hammock that may be worth looking into.  Of course, in my opinion, will be short-lived because the baby would grow out of it fast.  Also, the baby’s position would be similar to that of a baby sling so I would caution that product.

Carseats

Very important things to consider…

1. Car seats have expiration dates on them.

2. Careful when receiving used car seats, if one was in a small fender binder it should no longer be used.

3. Follow car seat safety pages on social media.

4. Installation seems simple but can be tricky. (You will need to follow car seat installation instructions in your VEHICLE MANUAL.)

5. Our state troopers hold FREE car seat installations once or twice a week so check with yours. You can try asking for a certified car seat safety specialist’s phone number to schedule a visit to your home. We had ours come out to the house twice so far and are so thankful to know that the kid’s seats are 100% safely in place.

6. Convertible car seats may seem pricey, but are a really good investment because they last through the rear and forward facing phases. Some even go as far as a booster seat.

Click the link to see my example registry.

https://www.babylist.com/mom-1st4most

(I do not get paid for the app or merchandise suggestions)

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23 Apps for Pre-K and K

Hey mamas! Tired of annoying ads ruining your child’s screen time? Just thought I would share a list of our favorite munchkin apps. I am a screen time in moderation kinda mom. Sometimes it is the only way I can get food on the table in somewhat peace.

These apps are actually pretty educational and well, we live in an age where kids need exposure to things like💁coding. Some of these are completely free(and amazing) and others have a decent sample, but you will probably want to buy the full version because they are that good👍.

 

1.  Khan Academy Kids: Free educational games & books

2.  Think & Learn Code-a-pillar™

3.  Intellijoy Early Learning Academy

4.  Talking ABC

5.  ABC Kids – Tracing & Phonics

6.  Preschool Educational Games for Kids-EduKidsRoom

7.  Drawing for Kids Learning Games for Toddlers age 3
8.  Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen

9.  Storybook Rhymes Volume 3

10.  Math Kids – Add, Subtract, Count, and Learn

11.  Kids Kindergarten Math Lite

12.  Play and Learn Science
13.  PBS KIDS Games

14.  Science Games for Kids – Grade 1 Learning App

15.   Telling Time – Clock Games
16.  Kids Telling Time

17.  Nick Jr. – Shows & Games

18.  Good Habits For Kids

19.  Endless Alphabet

20.  Endless Reader

21.  Endless Wordplay

22.  Endless Numbers

23.  Endless Spanish

Bonus:

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

P.S.

I do not get paid for suggesting these apps.

P.S.S.

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Learning to Lace

This week at Candid Learning Academy we made a lacing craft. We do practice with a Melissa and Doug puzzle and cute doll, but the laces are small and difficult for my daughter to handle.

I can tell this version is helpful because she can see the large strings more clearly and is getting a tighter grip on them. I believe she will get better at the smaller lacing tools once her hands are used of tying.

Supplies:

-2 pieces of construction paper

-scissors

-glue

-hole punch

-1 shoelace

-template

(template/printout tab is currently having technical difficulties loading my file)

First, I stacked my construction paper. I glued the center to avoid separation. Next, I traced the shoe on the paper. I started to cut it out and stopped as you can see because I was unsure of how I wanted to execute the lace flaps. You can completely cut out the base part of the shoe. Next, cut the flaps off of your template. Glue your scrap pieces of construction paper together one sheet on top the other like before. On your template draw over the lace holes with a pencil pressing down to create an indention.

This will give a visual where to punch the holes. So go ahead and punch them. Finally, glue down the outer sides of lace flaps. Your little one is now ready to lace it up!

In the works:

-Post: My Side Gigs

-Final stages of an easy, affordable cookbook and a few children’s books

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40+ Books Your Littles Will Love

28 Bookshelf Favorites

Some of these are ours, but a few are from the library and I kind of don’t want to bring them back because they are pretty awesome.

1. That’s Not My Dinosaur

From bumpy to fluffy, this is an adorable touch and feel book.

2. Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings

Touch and feel plus shapes and colors equal fun learning👍

3. Goodnight Moon

This book is a cute and calming bedtime classic.

4. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Take your kids on an adventure to remember with this wonderful book.

5. Goodnight Little Love

What a sweet little book to end the night with.

6. Let’s Play

An excellent starter book to get active kids to settle down before reading a more calm selection.

7. I Lost My Tooth

With Acorny Jokes, these squirrels use teamwork to find their friends tooth-th-th. (You will see😉)

8. An Elephant & Piggie Biggie!

Five Mo Willems books in one! Need I say more?

9. Try a Little Kindness

A funny rhyme book to teach ways of showing kindness.

10. Ten Little Pirates

A cute rhyming book to practice numbers 1-10.

11. Ten Little Princesses

Another rhyming book using fairytales to count down from ten.

12. Claire and the Unicorn

What is happily ever after? Join Claire and her unicorn to find the answer.

13. A Gift for Mama

A sweet little boy walks the streets of Vienna to find the perfect birthday gift for his mother.

14. Little Bird Takes a Bath

Try try again, this bird is unwavering.

15. Goodnight Teddy

A cuddly book for babies and toddlers. They will love moving teddy from page to page.

16. I Love You, God

Who doesn’t love a God reminder?

17. I Love You More

A mother and child try measuring their love for one another…aaawww!

18. Noisy Farm

Definitely one for the daytime, but this farm noise making touch and feel the book will be read over and over.

19. Tea Party Rules

Bear has to learn the tea party rules, but the rules change in the end.

20. The Numberlys

Join the humdrum Numberlys as they create a new world with vibrant letters.

21. Gabriel the Great

Gabriel the Great did not start out so great. Sometimes being great takes more work.

22. I Love You Stinky Face

A curious boy has some silly questions and his mother has an answer for them all.

23. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A must-have classic that teaches counting, the days of the week, and metamorphosis.

24. Dear Zoo

Flap books are always fun for little ones.

25. Yawn

Get sleepy with this rhyming bunch as they yawn again and again. My toddler asks to read it “again and again.”

26. Waddle

A new way to bring animal illustrations to life through scanimation.

27. The Everything Book

Teachable pages of colors, shapes, first words, and more.

28. Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Last, but not least…a color learning classic. We love the interactive version shown below!

6 Must Read Collections

1. The Llama Llama collection is just plain cute.

2. All things Mo Willems! His storylines are humorous with teachable moments. Seriously, read them all!

3. Cheri Meiners has a wonderful series of books dedicated to educating young children on topics like listening, safety, sharing, taking turns, kindness, and more.

4. Best Behavior Set by Elizabeth Verdick will help your littles learn the difference between inappropriate and appropriate behavior

5. Another collection to read by Elizabeth Verdick is her Toddler Tools Set about saying goodbye, cleaning up, listening, and more.

6. National Geographic Kids board books make for an interesting learning tool for thirsty young minds.

Top 11 from the Imagination Library

If you have not heard of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library it is a book gifting program that mails books for free to children ages 0-5. Click the link below to see if you are in a participating area.

https://imaginationlibrary.com/

Here’s a list of our favorites if you want to look for them at your local library or preferred bookstore.

1. Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

Be proud of who you are and stand tall.

2. Llama Llama Red Pajama

A classic tale of bedtime (Llama) drama

3. Excellent Ed

The family dog, Ed, searches for his value in the excellent Ellis family.

4. Old Bear and His Cub

A cute tale of taking care of one another.

5. Ten Thank You Letters

Join these two friends as they write notes expressing gratitude to special people.

6. Pretend

This kid has a pretty awesome imagination for “pretend and for real.”

7. Maple

This book may leave a smile on your face as Maple has a couple of pleasant surprises.

8. Gruffalo

The mouse in this book has admirable wit as he survives a day in the woods.

9. Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors

A humbling story of a girl who had more with less.

10. The Perfect Present

A pet who feels left out learns that he is not replaceable.

11. Plenty of Love to Go Around

The title says it all, the more the merrier!

So those are the majority of our favorites. Hope you find several new books for your littles to love. Are any of these favorites of yours?

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