If you’re like me then you want the best for your squishy, snuggly little bundle of baby. When I was pregnant with Kayla who is now 6, major changes were happening in the baby world. A massive realization that things like BPA were B-A-D was happening and you really saw a push of parents demanding better choices for their babies, rather than simply accepting what was given to them by traditional baby brands. Thank goodness. Chlorine free diapers were new, revolutionary and ugly looking. We bought them anyway. Nearly 6 years later with Blake, things continue to progress. And now parents have options that focus on safety, ingredients and style.
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my post and thank me for my participation #SpringIntoCarters
Confession: I am not big on organized photo shoots. As much as I love taking pictures of Kayla and Blake, there is something about an organized shoot that just doesn’t work for me. Fussing over outfits, having to be somewhere at a certain time all dressed in some coordinating fashion and smiling but not smiling too much for a stranger…it’s just not our style. However, there is something to be said for getting some nice photos together. And it doesn’t hurt when those photos have children in clothes that aren’t covered in paint. I’m all about candids and cute clothes. The photos that happen on the way to taking the photo you originally planned to take. Like this one…
I have partnered with oogaa to share our teething adventure with you.
Teething. Okay, I know it’s not really a four letter word, but one could make the case for it. I’m trying to think of some positive context for the word teething but I have NONE. Teething. Weaning. Toilet training. Oh my! Does anyone else need an adult beverage when contemplating that lineup? This photo pretty much sums up how Blake feels about it.
Thanks to Chicco for sending me a KeyFit 30 car seat to review so I can share my thoughts with you.
Even though Kayla is approaching six years old, the reality in our home is that I am the designated car seat installer, remover and adjuster. My husband wants nothing to do with it. I don’t blame him. The thing about car seats is…they’re a total pain. In fact, with some of them it seems like it takes a degree in engineering to attempt to install them properly. Which of course is scary since you’re putting your most precious cargo in the world inside of them. As a second time parent with a large age gap between my children I did what most parents probably do. I went out and bought a car seat by the same manufacturer we had with Kayla. Learn from my mistake.
We received the Joovy Moon Room to review as part of the #JoovyMom program.
When you live with two gigantic furry, lickey dogs and a five year old who is the definition of a close talker, you need an escape. I’m not going to lie, prior to having Blake I sought refuge in the water closet of our master bathroom. Curled up on the floor with a cup of coffee and an Us Weekly that was at least three weeks old I was in paradise. ALONE. Baby Blake is a simple guy with simple needs. Feed me, change me, protect me from the well intentioned insanity that is this home until I can defend myself. Therefore, it was evident from day 1 that little man would need a place to call his own.
Here are 5 tips for choosing baby bottles. Thanks to my friends from Joovy for sending me some of the Joovy Boob bottles to try out. They have been wonderful and are without a doubt my favorite baby bottles so far!
There are certain things you learn the second time around as a mom. Like that at some point you will utter the phrase “do not eat your toe lint!” only this time maybe you’ll care ever so slightly less. The biggest lesson I learned from Kayla was not to put too much stock in anything based on the fact that it worked for a friend, a blogger, a celebrity, etc. So while I share my favorite product finds with you frequently, I always say that every baby is different. And I thought you might like to learn from some of my amateur mistakes. Therefore, here are 5 tips for choosing baby bottles.
When I was pregnant with Kayla, the whole BPA free movement had just started. The “good” bottles were BPA free and the “bad” bottles were not. At this point, basically everything is BPA free. Initially I wanted to use glass bottles out of fear of using plastic because I remember once tasting the water in a sippy cup I had bought Kayla early on and was horrified to realize that it tasted like plastic. However, glass can be really expensive, prone to breakage and with many brands the silicone sleeves you can buy are also expensive and a pain to get on and off for cleaning.
In the end, I went with the PPSU boob bottles from Joovy. They are a super high end plastic that is BPA, phthalate and lead free. The PPSU bottles also won’t absorb odor or color and stand up to being exposed to the high heat of sterilization or dishwashers over and over again. If you feel glass is the right choice for you then there is a glass version too!
Oh the horror of bottle washing and assembly for tired parents facing complicated bottles! Again, learn from my mistake the first time. There are plenty of bottles out there with these complicated vents that have multiple pieces with lots of crevices. Of course I bought them with Kayla. Remember that you will be washing, drying, assembling and disassembling these things over and over again every day for a long time. Do yourself a favor and check out the components of the bottles you are considering before you buy.
The boob bottles I chose have a single piece vent and are very easy to clean. I was actually shocked by how simple they were and had doubts as to whether they would work. We’ve never had a collapsed nipple or an issue with leakage. Except this one time when I made a bottle and forgot to put the vent in and it leaked everywhere. Face palm. Tired mommy user error.
If you’re looking to purchase baby bottles for yourself, a friend or a loved one, you can pin the image below and it will be waiting when you’re ready! If you’d like more info on Joovy products including the Boob bottle you can check out Joovy.com Want another mom perspective on the Joovy Boob? See what Rachel thought!