Teething Favorites & More

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hi GUYS! It's been ages since I've posted for really no good reason. Well there is a good reason, she's about YEY high (puts hand at lower thigh level) and says "uh-oh!" like it's her job.

Anyway, I really really wanted to put together a post (no sponsorships involved) that has our favorite teethers/teething ideas/products, etc to help any mama or dad out there with a teething baby. As we can all agree, TEETHING IS THE WORST! Our poor little humans have to suffer through it and we have to suffer alongside them, trying to remedy this terrible part of human evolution before it's time to move on to the next things like growing pains, puberty, and hormones. YIKES!

So, no fluff, guys. Here's a round-up of 5 of our favorites.

  1. This NUBY teether - truth be told this 2 pack thing must be new because we got ours as a single. We have the one with the two prong like things, not the other guy. I swear, Emma is not impressed by many teething toys but this one she'll sit and "chew" on for a while.
  2. Bannor Toys SAFE Wooden Teether - we love this one because it's a different kind of teether so it feels different on her little chompers. It's made with smooth, non-toxic, non-splintering wood. We have the giraffe and a pink lovey to tie onto it :-)
  3. Happy Baby Teethers - OK I know the jury is out on whether or not teething biscuits/wafers are a good idea because there is a certain school of thought that says if baby can choke, baby will choke...and I totally get it. For us, these happened to be a lifesaver. Emma got to chomp, give her gums some massaging, and get a little snack, but yes, I was always right there watching her eat it. TRUTHFULLY, my dogs probably ate more of these than she did.
  4. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder - we did not use this to "feed" at all. Mama (thats me) loads this thing up with frozen pre-cut mango, peas, peaches, strawberries, etc, and let Emma go to town. If this list was in order of our favorites, this would be #1. 
  5. FROZEN WASHCLOTHS - there is not a link for this...well actually there probably is but this was another thing I used to do in the beginning stages of teething for Emmie. I would get the little baby sized washcloths (since they are thin), soak them and then fold and freeze them.
That's it for now, hope you are all having a great start to your week. Over here we are all SICK! Dad, Mom and baby. Womp, wompppppp....

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:-) Happy TEETHING!

Emma's Nursery with Lorena Canals Washable Rugs

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Emma's nursery has been a work in progress from the time we move in just a few weeks before she was born. I'm a gal who loves her neutrals and natural elements, so although I wanted some pink, I wanted it as un-pink as possible, if that makes sense...and yes, I know she will soon be picking out her own bright pink paint for her room. Either way, our dogs have made Emma's nursery their room to and when she naps, they (specifically Cole, our black lab) nap. I love it and think it is super cute but I also hate how dirty the rug gets. I never knew there was such a thing as a washable rug. It's eco-friendly and made with non-toxic dyes and 100% natural cotton, and the best part is that you can THROW IT IN YOUR WASHING MACHINE!

I know, I didn't think that was a thing either. But it is. And it will change your life. Like I wrote on my Insta, I legitimately spill coffee SOMEWHERE at least once a week. Unfortunately, it sometimes lands on her poor sweet rug. I can now just throw it in the wash and it's good as new. Also, I am sure you are now wondering how soft/plush it can be if it's that easy to throw in the washer and dryer. Well, it's actually still really soft and although it's not super-thick it's thick enough for a rug and keeps Emma's little belly and toes nice and warm when she's practicing crawling. 

Link to the rug we have, here --> Lorena Canals Washable Rug - Hippy Soft Pink

Thanks to Lorena Canals for sponsoring this post.

Nap Strikes, Nap Protests, and Nap Success with DockATot

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hi guys! Long time no nap (insert crying emoji)...

As you may have seen on my IG, baby girl is not always a fan of naps. If I can get her to sleep, her naps range from 15 minutes to an hour...but they average about 30 min. 

A lot of you recommended things for me to try (which I am so grateful for!) but seriously, nothing seemed to work. Even if I lay with her, rub her back, etc, she has a hard time. I also learned that if she doesn't nap well, she doesn't sleep well at night. Great, right? (Is this normal?!)

Recently, I got a DockATot and found that it actually works for her. She will take naps in it and she seems to have an easier time going and most importantly STAYING asleep. She also lounges in it sometimes while she hangs with me or watches Chloe's Closet (she loves it...haha!)

I have the DockATot Grand, which is for babies 9-36 months. I got it for her as she's already reached nearly 6 months and is really long, the deluxe didn't seem like it would fit her for much longer. It's nice and breathable and made of 100% cotton. She nestles in there and although every baby is different, she really doesn't roll around and it keeps her pretty snug in place. So although she still isn't the perfect napper and it still takes a little coaxing, this has made it so much easier for both of us.

Sidenote: it is also a good co-sleeper when we sneak Em into bed!

Have you tried DockATot? What do you think? What other nap tips can you give me and Em?