I figured I better do this post, before it comes time to do Toddler Product Love. Having my two boys five years apart, I forgot all about the massive amount of equipment and accessories that an itty bitty little baby needs, ok maybe not “need,” but could use.
Let’s start with a true necessity, shall we? An infant car seat. I thought our infant seat was worth noting for two reasons. 1) It has lasted and withstood really well through four babies. Four. I got this in 2007 as a shower gift for my oldest. After he outgrew it, Lisa took it over for her two boys. Just when the good ole trusty infant seat thought it’s job was done..I needed it back for my baby #2. And seriously it still has some life in it. Definitely passes the durability test. 2) I love the base option. My parents and babysitter put extra bases in their cars. So easy. We also have the stroller that goes with this car seat system. Oh and if you have a winter baby, L-O-V-E the J.Cole Bundle Me.
Hey whatever helps a baby sleep, will probably be your most favorite infant product ever. For Blake, it was the Rock n’ Play. They didn’t even have these five years ago for Dylan. With it’s comfy incline, cuddly fabrics, mesh side and lightweight frame this product is genius. Seriously, why didn’t I think of this? So cozy for the little one and light enough that I could drag room to room. This was Blake’s sleepy home for eight weeks until he transitioned into his crib. I slept on the couch and had this little guy right by me. It can be a little tricky to figure out how best your baby will sleep - Swing, bassinet, in your bed, right to the crib. But if you are experimenting I do suggest trying the Rock n Play. Blake would even hang out in it when he was awake.
Nothing so fancy about this except that it was a perfect place for me to keep everything I needed for a quick diaper change. Plus if I was in a super big hurry out the door, I could just grab it and know I would have everything I needed.
This healthy sleep aid features six soothing sounds, a rotating picture projection and a three image disks to choose from. This was another baby shower gift with my first and he still uses it five years later as part of his bedtime routine. So I knew I was getting another one for our newest addition. I set the timer for 15 minutes and 99% of the time he is passed out by the time the lullaby stops playing.
Saving the best for last. This is My. Alltime. Favorite. I honestly cannot express how deep my love affair is for this infant product, that is not really even an infant product. I think most people use this as a security camera, but this ladies and gentlemen is my baby video monitor that I can access in real-time on my iPhone or computer through remote internet viewing. It has a great enhanced picture and color quality. I can zoom in and out or even move the camera.
Some other Ah-Mazing things about this: Night Vision, Two-way Audio (yes, I can talk and the babe can hear, and the other way around), Infrared Motion Detection, and I can take pictures or record what I’m viewing from my device.
What is your favorite infant product?
Who looks around everywhere before I enter the store Forever 21. I fear there’s some clothing police ready to arrest me for overage shopping. Because let’s face it we can’t dress like we are twenty-one forever, no matter the name of the store.
Who wishes I could operate on less sleep. Who thinks every single day I should have woke up earlier.
Who wears workout clothes when I don’t feel like getting ready. Hey if someone wants to assume that I’m some devoted gym rat because I have on running shoes, yoga pants and my hair is in a ponytail who am I to correct them.
Who lies about Chucke Cheese being closed for cleaning, because really I wish they were closed for cleaning.
Who considers grocery shopping without children a vacation.
Who cannot hear a Holiday Inn commercial or someone speak of the hotel chain without singing Pitbull’s We at the Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn song in my head.
Who has to facebook message people to call me because I can’t find my phone..only to have it ring in my back pocket. On the phone note..
Who digs through my bag frantically searching for my phone when I’m talking on it.
Who sometimes forget the reality stars from Real Housewives are really not my friends.
Who eats like I’m on a Weight Watchers commercial portioning out all sorts of healthiness all day long only to scarf down the first thing I see as soon as I get home.
Who would rather have my husband put gas in my car than buy me flowers.
Who one day loves the clothes in my closet to the next day having absolutely nothing to wear..nothing.
Who has absolutely no idea how to take a selfie.
Who never understood the whole mustache crave.
Who forgets how old I am on a regular basis. I think I’m in denial. Weekly I ask Denny how old I am only to have to ask him again the following week. It’s like my mind will not accept my age.
Who can star in a reality show calm, cool, collected and balancing it all one day but then star in the Snapped the next day. This confuses and slightly scares my husband.
Who in a sick kind of way looks forward to Mondays. It’s a fresh start to the week. It’s a mini New Years Eve. A new slate to set goals and set the tone for the whole week.
Please tell me I am not the only one.
I decided to start making a meal plan for the boys. There are times when babysitters are here, Jeff is home by himself and sometimes I don't even know what to make them. I didn't want to do just dinner though, I'm usually home for dinner, I wanted to make the plan for breakfast and lunch too, so that I know what they are eating most of the time and everyone else knows what to make them!
I started out just compiling a huge list of kid food that came to mind on scrap paper. Grilled cheese, quesadillas, pizza, lunchables, turkey sandwich, chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, fish sticks, etc... Keep in mind I have a 1 and a 3 year old so I tried to make meals that both of them could eat easily. Braxton, 1, loves to feed himself, he wants to do himself all the time. So I also tried to find a lot of food that they could pick up or eat and not make a huge mess by themselves.
Then I made a separate list of breakfast food that came to mind and side items that my kids like: hard boiled eggs, rice, sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, etc...
Then I took to the internet to see if I could find other good ideas and posted a status on Facebook asking all of you for ideas, which is really where I got the best ones! Then I made my list. I listed out each day of the week and under each day "B" "L" and "D" for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Next to each meal time I started making my menu for the week. Then from there I went to the grocery store. It made my grocery shopping pretty simple as well!
It's been about 2 or 3 weeks now and it's been going great. I've also noticed that my kids are eating a lot less snack food. If we happen to go out to eat or don't use something on the menu I just circle it so I know to re-use it another day. I have a door in my kitchen that goes into a side room that I'm going to paint with chalkboard paint and put the menu up there so it's easy to see, erase, and check off. Here are some of my favorites from the menu so far:
This was so easy, just used a cookie cutter and cracked an egg into it, and let it cook!
Spaghetti Hot Dogs
Colton LOVED these and ate every single one! He loves spaghetti but it's hard for him to eat so this way he held the hotdog and found it was much simpler to eat :)
Pigs in a Blanket
All I did for these was roll a hotdog in a Pillsbury crescent roll and bake for 8-10 minutes!
I struggle to get my kids to eat enough meat/protein so I tried to find ways to incorporate it. This you can use a hotdog or sausage for.
I definitely didn't tell my kids these were bananas! I just called them popsicles and they loved them. It's just a banana covered in vanilla yogurt with toppings and then freeze till ready!
That's all I got for now, hope you enjoyed it and maybe you will try some of them yourself! Also, if you have any other great, simple ideas (I don't have time for anything too elaborate) I would love to hear it!!