Before you continue reading this post, go to Amazon and sign up for Amazon Mom. I promise I get nothing for recommending Amazon Mom. I just think it is the best deal and if you haven’t heard about it you are missing out. It’s free to join and you can get up to a year of Amazon Prime benefits. That means FREE two day shipping, no matter how much your order total is and no matter what you are buying. Want to buy a two pack of pacifiers for $4.00 but don’t feel like spending another minute at Target? Order from Amazon, pay nothing in shipping and have them in two days. You get free shipping for three months and for every $25 you spend in the baby store you earn another month. Let’s just say that I have free two day shipping until Christmas and my dog and the UPS man are best friends.
Okay, now onto the stuff you should buy after joining Amazon Mom. In my 2.5 years as a mom and eight months as a mom of two, I’ve come across a few things that I think are great and worth spending a few bucks on. Here is some of the stuff I am loving right now.
These table are great because there is so much for the baby to do and it grows with him. Take the legs off when your baby is crawling or just playing on his belly and put them back on when he can pull himself up. They feel super strong and important as they play the music and cruise around the table.
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
We call this guy ‘Buddy.’ There is a HUGE selection of animals to choose from and they are super soft and I kind of want my own to sleep with or to get me through long car rides. Houston has the frog and Madeline has the bear. I recommend getting more than one so that you can keep them clean. If your kid is like mine he will get attached and they can get gross fast. Some kids get attached to that dirty smell, so being able to rotate in a clean one is helpful. Madeline is so attached that we are about to start weaning her off during the day. Buddy will be for bed and the car and that’s it. I’m not looking forward to this. That’s how attached she is. Houston started using his in his crib a few weeks ago and it’s like magic. I put him down, hand him the frog and he pulls it to his face, puts his fingers in his mouth and its off to dreamland.
Angel Dear Blankie
You need to have a place to put bath toys and this thing is great. Yes it’s a big green frog hanging on your shower wall, but it really isn’t that hideous. When you have kids you have to get used to ugly plastic stuff around your house. You can scoop up the toys while the bath is still full and the water drains from the bottom. Madeline actually cooperates a lot more with clean-up when she gets to scoop the toys herself.
Boon Pod Bath Toy Scoop, Green Frog
Reading has always been part of our bedtime routine and Goodnight Moon is a great place to start. We read the book then say good night to everyone in the family (including the cats and the dog of course). You will have it memorized in no time which is nice if you are away and forget the book. Just recite the words and they will trigger the brain that its time to go to sleep.
This is a pricey one, but if you are in the market for a good camera that is easy to use and has a fast shutter speed for catching kids in motion, this is it. It also has HD video. I know nothing about electronics, but a friend/co-worker of Jay’s who knows a lot and used this one to take photos and videos in Afghanistan recommended it. I feel like a real photographer when I use it, and manage to take some pretty decent pictures without having any real skill.
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Wooden blocks are just fun and when they have letters they are also educational. Madeline loves stacking hers and building “castles” and lining them up to make the alphabet. Houston love to knock over her castles and chew on the letters. It’s a win win for everyone.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe 50-piece Wooden ABC/123 Blocks Set
Fact: white noise helps babies sleep. Fact: no adult wants to be tip toeing around their house afraid that the baby is going to wake up. No one wants to wake the baby. The older they get, the lighter they tend to sleep. You can buy a fancy sound machine that makes sounds like you’d hear in a rain forest or at the beach, OR you can spend $15 on a box fan with three speeds that also doubles as a…fan! Sit it on the floor when it’s cooler and put it in the window when you want some air coming in. When I am in one of the kids’ rooms and the fan is on I can’t hear anything from the rest of the house, including the room right next door that may or may not house a screaming infant named Houston.
Lasko 20″ Box Fan
I spend about 99% of my time in my house. Therefore I spend about 95% of my time in slippers. Uggs are my absolute favorite and if you have between $80 and $100 to spend on slippers, get them. Your feet will thank you. I recently got the Tasman slippers and they are great because they have a real sole and can be worn outside. I don’t wear them outdoors much, but it’s great when I need to run something out to the trash or grab something from the car.
UGG Women’s Tasman
These baby food pouches are THE BEST! I feed Houston homemade purees most of the time, but these are awesome in a pinch or for when you’re out and about. At almost eight months he is getting the hang of holding the pouch himself and sucking out the food. There are lots of interesting food combinations and they’re organic if you care about that.
Ella’s Kitchen Organic Baby Food
HAPPYBABY Organic Baby Food
If your baby isn’t ready to hold the pouch herself Boon makes these handy spoon attachments. They say they are for Plum Organics pouches, but they fit on all of them. The spoon is a little deep, but it still works well and lets you feed your baby with one hand…so the other one can type or hold your phone or the tv remote. Just kidding. Sort of.
Plum Organics Dispensing Boon Spoon
They make squeeze food for older kids too. Madeline LOVES these. There is nothing better than squeeze applesauce. They are especially great for the car because there is (usually) no mess.
GoGo Squeez appleapple, Applesauce on the Go
Now go forth and shop. It is Labor Day weekend, and you did labor to have your baby, so why not celebrate with some new stuff?