Thursday, April 25, 2013

Month 5 & 6 must haves

I have combined my posts for my Month 5 & 6 Must Haves for two reasons. One,  I had already made my Month 5 list but never got around to posting it. Two, Month 6 is kind of a joke. Not really, but it is. This has been a pretty easy month- she is still in love with everything from the earlier months and not much has changed in the feeding/pooping/sleeping department, so I wouldn't even consider Month 6 Must Haves to be worthy of it's own post....


1. Sofie the Girafe teething ring
Due to Rilynn's constant teething symptoms, she wants to chew- nonstop.

2. Aveeno baby products 
Ri has had a bout of eczema this winter and although the doc gave us a prescription ointment, these products cleared up the eczema overnight.

3. Bumbo seat & tray 
You could probably do without this seat, but we use it to feed solids. She is just now getting the hang of the spoon so unless I want splattered and spit baby food all over her fabric items (or my sofa), this has worked out great for meals. It is easy to wipe down and carry along with you. Plus, you can probably find one used for a good price.

4. Tadpoles playmat
I love this thing. So much so that I bought a second one. You can configure it however you would like, and it is super comfy for little bit's head, knees, whatever. Since we aren't crawling yet, I have a little section in my living room, a little in her playroom and a section at the nanny's house so she always has somewhere to lie down and play without worrying about germs, hard surfaces, etc.

5. Baby Einstein exersaucer
Ri has really gotten into her exersaucer. She will occupy herself so I can take a shower, I can move it into the kitchen while I do dishes (nope, not cooking), and she is so proud of herself now that she is figuring out how to use all of the parts to it. We still haven't gotten the "bouncing" part yet, but like her momma, she is a midget and can't really reach the floor yet. We will get there.

6. Boppy Lounger
I first saw this item when I went to pick baby up from daycare and she was chillin on her tummy on this thing.  It is awesome. When baby is too big for the boppy, get the lounger. We can sit on the couch with the lounger next to us, and have Ri lie on her back in the little "nook" and feed her her bottle. It makes it super easy and she will just chill in it. Sometimes even fall asleep.

7. 4moms Breeze Pack'n'Play
This sucker is kinda heavy, but it is still amazeballs. It isn't fugly with all kinds of crap on it, it is super easy to open and close, and we personally use it a lot. Weekends at friends' houses and being at a nanny's house every day calls for a place to nap. She seems to do really well with the Breeze.

8. Oball Rattle ball
As soon as Ri started grasping things, it was on like Donkey Kong. I just happened to grab this ball one day while shopping so she could have something to occupy her in the store. She loved it. Best thing ever. Because of all of the holes, she could easily hold onto the ball. The little beads make it rattle for interest, and it is made out of a rubber so she can bang herself in the head a million times with it. This probably could have been the only toy we had in the house for many many weeks.

I am telling you what, kids. I have had enough of feeding in the bumbo. I think my child has, too. I kinda hate the price tag but kinda love the highchair too much to care. It grows with your child so you can use it for years to come, has a 5-point harness so your monster can't go anywhere and the pads are removable for easy cleaning. Since it will be seen in your kitchen for 3+ years, I guess a piece of furniture at this cost should at least be pleasing to the eyes, right? I know, I just sold you on it too. 

We love this thing. I think it is adorbs and want to play tea party. Ri wants to throw the orange and watermelon while Copper chews the cups. But in all seriousness, it is a great developmental tool as we practice I show her how to put the objects in the basket and take them back out. She loves digging for them! 

3. Remote Control
What is it with babies and remote controls? And they know which one works and which one doesn't. Seriously?! We are almost crawling over here and something tells me that the remote is going to be the objective. 

Any teething ring will do, and we are still obsessed with Sofie the Giraffe, but this thing is precious and I love that the cloth "ears" will catch all of that St. Bernard drool. 

5. Linkies
Not much to them. Pretty straight forward. But baby is ecstatic to throw them around, throw them on the floor, put them in her mouth and twist them in her hands. We keep a pair in the diaper bag and a pair in her carseat. 

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