5 Month Old Favorites

A 5 month old doesn’t need much. A little milk, somewhere to sleep, love and cuddles and something to play with. That should do it right?. For awhile at least. At 5 months old they are just starting to discover the world and their abilities. The rolling over, sitting up, eating food, playing with toys and being loud is just beginning! Eventually it is nice to have something to entertain them and contain their growing abilities for a few minutes so you can cook supper. These are a few of our 5 month old favorites around here. We use all of these things daily!

All items are linked below!

5 month old favorites

1//Ergo. We love the Ergo around here. Ours is several years old but still works perfectly. We use it pretty much everywhere we go so that we don’t have to lug the car seat around.  If you follow me on Instagram you see pictures of Sera in the Ergo all the time. I even made a hashtag for it —>#serasergotravels

2//Summer Infant seat. We use this in lieu of the more popular Bumbo seat for letting her sit up like a big girl. I got this one so that it can also be used as a feeding chair and transition to a booster seat when she’s older. I liked that it can grow with her. It saves me money and space. It’s a bit difficult to get the tray on but nothing I can’t handle.

3//Teething bib. I picked this up in target because I was looking for a new teething toy. She loves this! She loves to chew on everything and gets drool everywhere. This helps with the teething and with the drool and she can’t drop it a million times. It’s great.

4//Zipadeezip. We love Zipadeezip in this house. I have used them since my 2 year old was a baby. If you want to read how I used it to transition a very swaddle addicted baby to the crib, read here. We use it for every nap and at night.

5//Activity Center.  We got this Oball activity center when the original Baby Einstein one we bought was defective. I wasn’t sure how I would like it but I must say it’s been great. The BEST thing about it and the reason I chose it is because of the assortment of toys on it. Baby’s generally love Oballs in my experience. I love having an activity center to keep her entertained and also to get her off the floor when my big girls are running around being crazy.

What are some things that your 5 month old loves right now ? Let me know in the comments.

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Gift ideas for a 2 year old girl

I made a very similar post to this one here . In fact it’s titled the exact same thing and is one of the most pinned posts on this blog. However, that post is over 2 years old and was made with a different 2 year old girl in mind. Now that I have lived through having a second 2 year old girl I thought a new list was in order. One with newer, fresher suggestions. I mean, at this point I’m basically an expert on what a 2 year old girl would want.

All these are linked below.

  gift ideas for 2 year old girl

1//First Words Book.  A very cool book if you have a little one that loves pointing and naming things. There are so many pretty object/animal/word illustrations in this book. They could spend hours looking at it..or you know… 15 minutes since that’s about their attention span. Here’s a post with more book suggestions.

2//Minnie Mouse Grocery Cart. Or as we Southerners call it, a “grocery buggy”.  To push around play food, stuffed animals and the random knickknacks that 2 year olds like to collect.

3//Cool plates.  I know it isn’t the most exciting gift but these plates are the most durable, picture friendly plates you will find (you know..for those lunchtime IG snaps) . We own lots.

4//Play food. For the girl who loves to cook. This is a great set with durable pieces. My girl loves the bread slices, mac and cheese and cereal bowl the best.

5// Little Bookbag. I love these book bags. They are small but not too small. Perfect for carrying on a road trip or just to the store with your little one. This same brand can be bought on Etsy too. We had ours embroidered with her name and that was the icing on the cake.

6//Play Kitchen.  I should have listed this before the grocery cart and play food. It would have made more sense. Every little girl needs a kitchen and this is a great one. It has 4 parts that open and close (oven, microwave, cabinet, fridge). It has a sink, a burner, a phone, a towel bar and the best part…a coffee pot. This is the most played with thing in our house.

7//Panties. Because it would be nice to think they will use them soon and they’ll be thrilled with the characters on them.

That’s all I have today! What are some things you think a 2 year old girl would love? Let me know in the comments.

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5 things that make my life easier

We all have those things in our life that make it so much easier. Whether it be a tangible product that you use or the way you do something (routines, schedules, habit) that make it easier. I’ve thought long and hard and narrowed it down to 5 products that without a doubt make my life so much easier and I could not do without. I truly love these things and I’ll tell you why. Just keep reading.

items that make life easier

1//Crock-pot liners.
I use my crock-pot SO much. (a post with my favorite recipes coming soon!) Maybe that makes me less of a Betty Crocker homemaker but so be it (Is it a coincidence that “crock” is in her name? I think not). My crock-pot it my best friend. She has my back when the 5 o’clock hour chaos rolls around and everyone is starving. The liners make my life so much easier. I truly hate scrubbing my slow cooker, just hate it. All that caked and baked on mess. The liner takes my anxiety down about 3 levels because I know I won’t have to spend my night scrubbing when I could be playing with the fam. I still have to rinse it out after I toss the liner but it’s just a simple rinse, not requiring elbow grease. My only wish is that more came in a box. If you have Amazon prime, it’s more cost-effective to buy them that way in bulk. Try them, you’ll see.

Slow Cooker liners

 2// Baby Video Monitor + 3 cameras. If my sister is reading this she is probably rolling her eyes at me because she knows this is true. Next to me is always my phone and the baby monitor. Let me say it…I DO NOT TRAVEL WITHOUT MY BABY MONITOR! Oddly enough when my oldest was born we didn’t use any sort of monitor for more than a year. We lived in a tiny apartment and didn’t need it. With the addition of more children we started using one. Let me tell you. This thing has saved me from waking up my kids so much. I don’t have to open the door to check on them and risk the outside noise waking them up. I don’t bother them when they sleep and keep the doors closed. With 3 kids there seems to always be someone sleeping in another room. Often in different rooms. Not a problem. I have 3 cameras set up and I put my kids down in their various rooms and grab my monitor and set it to scan. It scans between the 3 cameras unless I set it to stay on 1 camera. I take my monitor on vacation or anywhere I know my kids will need to nap away from me in another room. I take the monitor outside with us when the baby is napping and the girls want to play. I can’t say enough good. It sets my mind at ease and I could not have survived the last 3 years without it. Here’s a link to the one we use. We have purchased extra cameras obviously.

baby video monitor

3//This Lunchbag. Now don’t laugh. I’m serious. My husband has taken a lunch bag to work every shift for as long as I can remember. I know lunch boxes. We’ve been through a variety of them but this one takes the cake and is worth the $20 bucks (which I think is a little much for a lunchbox). Here’s why. He is a float nurse which means he travels to different units throughout the hospital sometimes “floating” every 4 hours during his 12 hour shifts. This makes it difficult for him to keep up with his lunch bag if it’s in a fridge. Also, there is often not room for his lunch in the current staff fridge on whatever floor he is on since he is not part of that floor’s staff. If that makes sense. He’s like an “extra nurse” Trust me, it was a big issue until we bought this bag. It folds up when it’s empty and you stick it in the freezer, the gel lining freezes. Then you put your lunch in it and it keeps it cold for 10 hours! It solved the problem for us immediately. And since it has made his life easier, it has made mine as well. I ordered it from Amazon here.

freezable lunch bag

4//Yeti tumbler. I was gifted this 20 oz Yeti Rambler from my parents last summer. They sell them at their store and they gave both Jonathan and I one. We didn’t really know what they were or what the big deal was. Everyone else in my family was RAVING about them. We took them on vacation and fell in love. Never had I met a cup like this. I think voodoo is involved because it keeps cold drinks cold forrrreevver and hot drinks hot forrreevver. I mean…I’ll fix myself a cold drink at night and the next morning the ice will still be in the cup. But the real kicker is coffee. I drink coffee basically all day and this cup completely eliminates the need to reheat my coffee a million times a day. I don’t have to reheat at all. It has made my life easier. We use these constantly. They are sold in various places and online but I know that most places have trouble keeping them in stock because they are just that awesome. So if you come across one snatch it up. Yes they are pricey but if you are a cup/coffee/drink person. This cup is for you.

yeti rambler

5// Glitter Crocs. Last year I did a review on these Crocs, you can read that post here. I loved them then but I had no idea how much we would use those darn Crocs. I was never really a Croc fan because I thought they looked tacky but when I saw these glitter ones I was sold. I still don’t really like the plain ones but I like the glitter a lot. If you scroll through my IG feed you will see my girls wear their pink and purple Crocs time and time again. With everything and everywhere we go. With socks, without socks, with shorts, with pants, with bathing suits, to the beach, to the park, to the grocery store..You get it. When your kids can put on their own shoes it makes your life a heck of a lot easier. In fact just this past week we lost one of Alina’s beloved pink Crocs (it fell out of the van we think). When I told her, her eyes welled up with tears. They love those shoes. So I plan to order her some more very soon.

glitter crocs

That was quite the random assortment I know. But I proudly stand by my choices! If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment. Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by.

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10 movies and shows that my husband and I agree on

Today is an easy, fun post. I’m linking up with Karli for 10 on Tuesday again. I love this link-up. Last week I talked about 10 favorite kids books we are loving right now.

I think my husband and I have pretty good taste in movies and shows. I mean, some might think that a few of these are rather boring but we have our reasons for loving them. We each have movies and shows that we like to watch separately that the other doesn’t necessarily like. For example he loves Game of Thrones and I love When calls the Heart <3. We don’t watch those together. He would probably rather stick a fork in his toe. But this list is of those that we 100% agree on and have watched over and over. Enjoy.

1// Dan in Real Life. We are pretty much hard core Steve Carrel fans. This movie is mellow and fun with great music. We dream of having a cabin where our family can gather one day like this.

2//Robin Hood. The one with Russell Crowe obviously.

3//New Girl. We are on season 5 right now and it just keeps getting better. Those guys just crack us up. We watch them a few times to catch all the funny banter between Schmidt and Nick.

4//Music and Lyrics. We rented this movie from a video store when we were first married if that tells you how old it is. But it endeared it to us, and we watched it over and over and loved the songs. “Figuring out you and me is like doing a love autopsy”…10 points if you just sang that in your head in Hugh Grants voice.

5//Agents of Shield.  Big Marvel fans over here so this show is a no brainer. Phil Coulson can do no wrong.

6//Catch and Release. I loved it first and it grew on Jon. There is just something about it.

7//The Office. Duh. If these were ranked in order this would be #1. We have watched them over and over and over. Favorite forever. Watching the office is like coming home. A bit dramatic but true.

8// Interstellar. It is hauntingly beautiful and makes you feel small in this great big universe.

9//The Dark Knight Rises. I don’t really care about the other Batman movies but I really love this one so we watch it a lot since my my hubby likes the Batman movies.

10//Pitch Perfect 1 +2. I totally lucked out here ladies. He is always up for watching either of these hilarious movies.

We have many more that we love but these are up there in the top.

Thanks for stopping by!

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My favorite easy makeup

About a year ago I got interested in makeup, or rather interested in learning more about it and how to apply it. Up until that time I was the girl with the flawless skin and I never really cared about it. Until one day I looked in the mirror and realized a little makeup (or a little more effort) wouldn’t hurt me, I wasn’t getting any younger after all. I started watching tutorials on You tube in my spare time at night and I subscribed to Ipsy. I asked for gift cards to ULTA for my birthday and I haven’t looked back. I am still not that great at it but I really love finding new products and trying new things. I actually look forward to doing my makeup (which is NOT every day). It’s like my “me time”. I haven’t ventured into the high-end makeup realm, although I do have a few things on my wish list. I mostly stick to drugstore products and whatever comes in my Ipsy bag.

Here are 10 of my favorite makeup products that are my go to stash right now. They are all linked to Amazon but can also be found at Target, Ulta, Walmart or wherever you buy drugstore makeup.

favorite makeup

1// Smashbox Photo Finish Primer oil. Now I know I just got through saying that I use drugstore makeup, but to be fair I got this in an Ipsy bag. I love it. Before this I thought the notion of a primer was a waste of money. Until I tried this extremely moisturizing primer oil. It gets my dry skin ready for foundation so well.

2//Maybelline Fit me Foundation/Concealer. I’m a big fan of the Maybelline Fit me products. Both the foundation and concealers are fabulous for the price (I own 3 of the concealers). I didn’t buy the correct color in the foundation but I still love the formula. I’ll explain how I correct my foundation in a bit.

3//Physicians formula butter bronzer. The smoothest, creamiest bronzer you ever will find. It smells like a pina colada and has the prettiest packaging. I love this for giving my pale skin a little glow.

4//Manic panic dreamtone foundation color corrector in Virgin. No I did not go goth. I heard about this stuff from the you-tuber Kathleen Lights and I knew I needed it. See ..I have a problem buying the right color foundation. I have bought several bottles that are too dark. I mix a pump of this with those foundations and voila…perfect shade.

5//NYX micro brow pencil. Not all that exciting but this is a great, affordable eyebrow pencil.

6//Wet N Wild lash out loud MAX volume plus mascara. I have been on the hunt for a great affordable mascara for a while now. I tried a few pricier ones and then this one. This one takes the cake. I love it and will use it until I find something that can beat the price and quality.

7//Milani everyday eye shadow collection – plum basics. I recently fell in love with Milani products. I just love this palette and really its all I use nowadays for eye shadow. There are other color palettes in the collection I would love to get as well.

8//Milani baked blush in Luminoso– Another Milani product I adore. The color is peachy and fun. Perfect for everyday.

9//Mr. Write now eyeliner. I don’t wear all that much eyeliner but I got this one in an Ipsy bag and I really like it. It’s creamy and natural looking since it’s a plum color instead of black.

10//Meet Matte Hughes in Committed. I get more compliments on my lip color when I wear this matte liquid lipstick than any other. I got this one in an Ipsy bag and I’ve grown to really like this brand.

So, there are 10 items I have in my makeup stash right now that I use regularly. Of course, there are other items I use as well that I didn’t mention. But these are my favorites and I hope you enjoyed reading about them . What are some of your go to favorites? Let me know in the comments?

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10 on Tuesday/ My kid’s favorite books

Look who’s blogging today! What what! My baby decided she was okay sleeping unattached to me for a few hours so I jumped at the chance to blog a little. What better way than to link up with 10 on Tuesday.

Since I am home with my girls 9,445, 880 hours a week we have a lot of time to play games and read. Like a ton. They recently became very into having me read them books. Which I just love. There is nothing better than having their rapt attention for a few minutes seconds while they absorb a story. Seeing their eyes light up at parts they love and recognize is precious. I thought I would quickly list their favorite books and why they love them in case anyone is looking to add to their collection. {All books are linked to Amazon. }

Oh and by the way my girls are 3.5 yrs, 2 yrs and 5 months (not a huge reader that one).

fav books

 

1// Are you a Cow?.  If you have young kids and don’t own any Sandra Boyton books you are missing out. They are short, clever and extremely entertaining. We have LOTS. This one is a favorite because they love answering “NO” to each animal as the book asks “are you a ___” .

2// Big Preschool workbook. When I first flipped through this workbook I thought it was WAY above my 3.5 yr old’s head. Nope. Man, I am learning every day to let her try things I think she can’t handle. She can’t do all of the exercises but there are plenty she can do.  She loves the tracing exercises, the coloring and matching ones. Lots to do in this one.

3//Go Dog Go.  A classic by Dr. Seuss. I don’t know what it is about this book but it captivates them. They ask for it over and over and they freaking love when the dog asks “Do you like my hat?” over and over. I even enjoy reading it.

4//The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Another classic. I will sheepishly admit that they had watched the Netflix version of this about a million times before I bought the book. But they love that they know what is coming every time (thanks Netflix). The illustrations are of course gorgeous.

5//First Words. Now this is a cool book. Both of my older girls love it. Basically it is a big, bright and colorful book full of illustrations of objects to help teach a child first words. But since my 3.5 year old loves it, it goes beyond that obviously.  They love me to point at an object and “call on them” to say what it is. I love that it pushes them to learn new words and concepts. Many of them they still don’t know but they seriously learn new words everyday with this book. It’s great.

6//I Love you Through and Through.  This is geared towards younger children and babies but they all like it. They mostly like to see what the kid is doing in each picture (crying, mad, playing…etc). Any chance to tell them I love you is good to me.

7//This Moose belongs to Me. I’m not going to lie, I was a little selfish when I added this one. The illustrations guys. Just gorgeous.It reminds me of our cross country road trip. I love to read this one to them. The language is above their level and definitely loses them a bit at times. But I like to stretch them and introduce bigger words. This is a good one for that. And they like that moose Marcel.

8//Snuggle Puppy.  Another Boynton book. This one is silly and sweet. You have to sing it like a song and they get a huge kick out of that. I like to change up the tune to keep them guessing.

9//Happy Hippo, Angry Duck.  Another Boynton. They’re just good. This one introduces the concept of different emotions very easily. For example, the first time I read it Emma asked me”What is Angry?”. Well thanks to this book she knows now.

10//Guess How Much I Love You. This one is also a show with episodes on Netflix. What can I say?We watch a lot of Netflix. They really like this one. It’s sweet and familiar because of the show.

Okay that’s all for today. I hope your kids will like these books. What are some of your family’s favorites? I love adding to our collection. Let me know in the comments.

Here is a post I made last year with some more of our favorite books! (There are 4 more Sandra Boyton books listed)

Essentials for breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is something that I am very passionate about. Even before we started our family I always knew it was what I wanted to do. There was never a question in my mind. My mom, mother in law and sister all did it and were a great support system. The hospital that I have had both of my girls in is very pro-breastfeeding. There is a fabulous LC, Mrs Susan, that will spend as much time as it takes with you before you discharge to see that you have questions answered and are feeling comfortable with it. What a gem she is.

I was fortunate to breastfeed Emerald for 1 year without a single issue. She was a dream baby. I loved every minute of it. With Alina, I  naively thought it would go the same way. We did fine for exactly 12 weeks when she decided she was done. For real…no negotiations. My mind was blown and after  much struggling and tears I decided to let go of my ideal “breastfeeding experience” and let her be . After that she was happy as a monkey in a banana tree. I pumped for 5 more months until my supply dwindled due to me being too busy to pump (imagine that). Now she is 100% formula fed and I am more than ok with it! She’s happy, healthy and growing.

I hope that with my next baby I will be able to breastfeed for at least 1 year again but if not, I know we will be just fine!

All that being said, I still have spent quite some time nursing my babes and I wanted to tell you some of my favorite nursing products. Things that  make it easier for you or that are just nice to have on hand.

These are my Essentials for breastfeeding

breastfeeding

1.Boppy // 2 Disposable pads  // 3. Lanolin

4. Nursing Cover // 5. Comfy tee // 6. Sleep bra // 7. Nursing bra

8. Refillable water bottle // 9. Easy snacks 

     

Gift Ideas for a 2 year old boy

I thought it only fair, since I posted my gift ideas for a 2 year old girl and a 9 month old girl  that I put together one for a boy. Of course, I don’t have a boy so I turned to my sister for help. She has 2 boys that are almost the same age as my girls. I said “I need you to tell me the top things your big boy would love for Christmas!”. She didn’t disappoint. Oh the wonderful world of boy’s toys. I love this list and I know many of you have boys that would love some of these things too! So here you have it, gift ideas for a 2-year-old boy.

boy gifts

Click on the links below to see where they can be purchased.

1.Drum Set//2.Thomas the train play rug//3.Balls

4.Loops N Swoop racetrack//5.Riding tractor//6.Wooden trains

7.Aliens in underpants book//8.Superhero toys

Gift ideas for a 9 month old girl

I love brainstorming for gift ideas, I love finding that special something that I know someone would just love! That’s why I am so excited about Christmas this year. I mean, I’m excited every year, but this year is going to be the best. It’s our first year as a family of 4, Emma can actually understand what is going on  (i.e how to open her own gifts), and Alina is mobile enough to enjoy the festivities as well! I just can’t wait to hear the little girl squeals when they open their gifts. I already made a list of gift ideas for a 2 year old so now it’s time to get my list going for Alina, my 9 month old.

9 month gift ideas

1. Baby’s first Bible.  For Emma’s first Christmas we gave her a baby Bible with an inscription from her dad in it so we are making it a tradition for all of our children. I don’t know if this is the exact one we will get but I like the look of it.

2. Laugh and Play Love to Learn Sis. I’ve seen a similar one  around for awhile but always thought it was a little too pricey. Well, now there’s a smaller version for a smaller price! It sings, counts, says the ABC’s and lots of other fun stuff! I like that it is a toy that can grow with her.

3.Bath Toys. Since she’s about to graduate to the big tub and out of the baby tub I thought some new tub toys would be nice. I like these.

4.My first purse. At this point we own about every girl toy out there so trying to find something we don’t have is a challenge. Surprisingly we don’t have a purse. This girl needs a purse right?!

5. Baby Einstein Bendy Ball . This looks like something she will love! She loves balls and this one looks bright and easy to hold onto.

6. Karen Katz BooksWe are a little crazy about these books in our house. My girls absolutely love them. Each page has something you lift to “find” what’s underneath. So much fun for a baby! We have a few already but I am loving this one for Miss Alina.

7. Hootie Cutie. Alina loves stuffed toys and I love how this one looks. I know she will like all the gadgets on this one.

8. Melissa and Doug puzzle. I love Melissa and Doug toys so I really like this puzzle as a beginner puzzle for her.

That’s all the ideas I have for now. Do you have any ideas for a 9-12 month girl? Let me know in the comments.

Top 10 items you need for a new baby

When it comes to registering for and buying items you need for a new baby, the options can be so overwhelming. I know when it was my first time I would often go and just stand in the aisles staring wide-eyed and clueless. Did I need a crib right away or just a bassinet? What brand of car seat should I buy? What about a swing, do I need one of those? So many choices and all the advertisements you start getting in the mail and via email don’t help  matters. How does every baby company automatically know when you get pregnant?

So I have rounded up a list of what I think are the top 10 items you need for a new baby. You’re welcome! Note: I am not including diapers, wipes and food in this list because..well…obviously you need those.

items for baby 2

1.//A swing. There’s a reason I put this first. Hands down the best purchase we have made is this Snug- a-Bunny cradle and swing.  I know some moms are afraid that if they let their babies sleep in a swing then they will never sleep in a crib. I am 100% pro swing. I say use the swing as much as you need to mama. Your babies will be fine and will eventually sleep in a crib. Get a swing. Get one that plugs in and that is very comfortable looking. Use that sucker. If you want to know other sleep items I recommend read here.

2.//Swaddle Blankets. These are my favorite type of swaddle blankets. I’m not crazy about the swaddle me brand or really any of the others. I like these because they are big and you can get a good tight swaddle with them every time. Want to know my secret to swaddling a newborn? Watch here.  Once I started swaddling my babies like this using the Aden and Anais swaddle wraps, I never looked back. Oh and want to know my secret for weaning from the swaddle? Read here.

3.//Rock and Play sleeper. In my opinion you don’t need a crib (right away), you don’t need a bassinet, you don’t need a co-sleeper. You need a Rock and Play. This thing is a miracle baby item. Babies love it because it’s inclined but not too inclined and cuddles them close. Some of the newer models even vibrate.  If you have to go somewhere over night, take it with you in lieu of a pack and play. My babies sleep so good in it, right beside my bed.

4.//A Boppy Pillow. There are other nursing pillows out there but I love my Boppy. Of course I use it the most for nursing to get a comfortable hold but I also use it for when baby is awake and I want to let them kick and look around. It props them up nicely to take pictures too. Please never leave a baby unattended on a Boppy though!

5.//Glider. You have to sit somewhere when you feed, rock, burp, cluster feed and rock some more. Why not sit somewhere comfortable? Do yourself a favor mama and get a comfy glider with a foot rest as a gift to yourself. Put it close to a window and a side table. You will love it and so will your baby. Here’s the one I have and its a bargain!

6. //Long sleeved ,footed sleepers.  I know the question still remains, do I get button or zippered? That’s just a personal preference. I actually like both. Zippered because they are oh so easy to maneuver in the middle of the night. Buttoned because it doesn’t uncover their chest during a diaper change. You decide. One thing is for sure. Get footed because newborn socks are from the devil and get long sleeves, yes, even if it’s summer. Carters makes great sleepers.

7.//Nail Clippers.Here’s the thing. You either buy nail clippers or mittens. And while mittens are cute, I find them difficult to keep up with. I prefer to just clip their nails from the get-go. It gets easier and you get quicker. You have to protect them from scratching themselves somehow.

8.//Diaper bag.  Say what you want but I think a diaper bag is essential. It doesn’t have to be a traditional diaper bag per se but something to carry baby items in. Let me tell you, newborns are unpredictable so leave the house prepared. Whatever that looks like for you. I really like this bag, stylish and functional. Want to know what I think you should pack in a diaper bag? Read here. 

9.//Travel system. The travel system that we have isn’t being made anymore. It’s from Graco, it didn’t break the bank and we love it. I found it extremely convenient to have the car seat that  just snaps right into the stroller perfectly. Graco has cleaned up their act since the big recall, even though we have never had any problems with them in the first place. Here’s a similar one to the one we have.

10.// Happy Baby Wrap. I can’t shout it from the rooftops enough. Get a baby wrap!! I love my Happy Baby Wrap but there are other great brands out there too. I can’t tell you how many newborn cranky meltdowns my baby wrap solved. It’s like magic. Plus they come in amazing colors and styles that make you want every single one.

There you have it! My top 10 items for a new baby. What do you think? Would you add or take something away from this list? Let me know in the comments.

items for baby 2