6 Genius Baby Products

You may have noticed that there have been several posts about babies here on the blog of late. No, this is not because I am pregnant. (I’m NOT, by the way, not pregnant.) No, this is also not because I have baby fever! But there are many people in my life right now who have just given birth or who are preparing to give birth, so I’m simply trying to be as helpful as possible when it comes to preparation. Even though we all know you can never be fully prepared for a new baby…we can certainly try when it comes to baby products!

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It seems like we are always on the lookout for the next great baby product to simplify life as a parent. I’ve been to a lot of baby showers here of late, and there are some really neat items on the market! But what are some of the best, tried and true, actual genius baby products that every parent needs to keep in their arsenal of tools? Take a look at these top 6 favorite baby products that are nothing short of genius.

Owlet Smart Sock

Having the ability to monitor and keep an eye on your child is a great way to give parents some peace of mind. The Owlet smart sock is a fantastic tool, giving parents and caretakers the ability to monitor things such as your little one’s heart rate and blood oxygen level. It’s incredibly easy to use, functioning like a normal sock that you would put on a baby’s foot. Many wonder if it’s truly worth the expense- we say absolutely! 

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How to Wash Your Baby’s Clothes

As a new mom, you’ll notice how sensitive your newborn’s skin can be. From the soap you use at bath time to the detergent you use for their laundry, their skin’s reaction will tell you if you’ve got the right stuff. However, if you start to notice little small patches of skin irritation or dry spots, it could be that your baby needs something that’s a lot less harsh on their skin. A lot of times parents will switch their body lotion and soap without thinking about the detergent they are using for their baby’s clothes and blankets.

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To avoid these annoying skin allergies due to laundry issues, here are some tips on how to wash your baby’s belongings. 

Use a mild detergent

Scented detergents have a tendency to be hard on a baby’s skin. It’s best to choose fragrance-free options to avoid the extra chemicals and perfumes used to make the scent. Another thing to look out for when shopping for a detergent is the added dyes used. Added dyes are known to cause skin irritation among babies. The best detergent for your baby is something that is free of dyes, scents, and is hypoallergenic.

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Must-Have Nursery Items for a Fall Baby

My sweet cousin is getting ready to have her first baby. Not only am I super excited for the baby, but I also love that fall is one of the best times of the year to welcome your new bundle of joy into the world! The weather is not too hot, and in some cases not too cold (if it’s not snowing yet). But the best part of having a fall baby is that you get to kick off the holiday season with your new addition — starting with Halloween. The thought of shopping for your little one’s first Halloween costume can be so exciting. While adding a Halloween costume to the nursery closet is a must, here’s a list of some items that your fall baby needs for the changing weather. 

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Swaddle blankets

Because the temperature only drops at night, using a really cozy swaddle blanket for day naps is more than enough. Baby Tula baby blankets are made with 100% viscose from bamboo, making them cozy but also breathable. The pulp from the bamboo also makes these blankets plump with softness. Make sure you have plenty of swaddle blankets to provide the most comfort and warmth for your baby so you don’t have to worry about layering them with a ton of clothing. 

Wipe warmer

For those changes in the middle of the night, your baby is going to love the fact that their wipes aren’t freezing cold from being taken straight out of the package. There’s nothing worse than a cold touch after being snuggled up. Keep the crying to a minimum and remember to keep the warmer stocked up and plugged in. It’s also a lot quieter too when pulling a wipe from this device instead of from a crinkling package. 

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Preparing to Become a First Time Dad

Typically here on the blog, most things are directed towards women, right? I guess the main reason for that is that I AM a woman, so I know that world well! Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of posts on various DIY projects that many a guy would appreciate, but I don’t know that I’ve ever spoken directly to men. SO. Here it comes! Are you ready?!

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Getting ready for the arrival of your first baby is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. Between all of the preparations, thoughts of sleepless nights and overwhelming joy of being able to meet your baby, it’s enough to make anyone feel a little dizzy. As a first time dad, there are a few things you can do to properly prepare for the arrival of your bundle of joy. Check out these top tips for new dads!

Do Some Research

How many diapers do you need and in what size? What’s the right way to put the car seat in the car? What’s the right temperature to heat a bottle to for your baby? These are all normal questions to have, and taking initiative and conducting some research will not only give you some peace of mind, but it will help you to be as prepared for your baby as you possibly can. 

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Three Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas

As you might know, we are celebrating Baby’s First Christmas this year – times two! The twins will be just over four months old come Christmas, which kind of threw us for a loop. They won’t be too “into” it, and they definitely won’t remember it! What should we do to celebrate Christmas with them without going overboard? 

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Our goal was to celebrate together as a family, to avoid wearing them out with too many events, and to not spend a boatload of money!

With those things in mind, I narrowed it down to three P’s:

Photograph

Of course, living in our house everyone gets photos taken of them often. However, I’m talking about something a bit more formal. This year, we took the girls to see Santa and had some photos done that way. If you’d rather schedule a family photo shoot with a local photographer, that’s perfect, too! Choose to do something a bit more momentous to mark the season than just a selfie!

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