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Babies are messy. From feeding to diapers to spit up, almost everything they do requires clean up. One thing that will keep you sane?

Cover the couch.

This one simple act will save you time and worry in the long run. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money, buy a fitted sheet for the bottom cushions, it’s so easy to take off and wash!

Five Things That Will Happen After Having A Baby

5 things that happen after having a baby

The parenting books and blog posts I read prior to having my son, failed to mention these five new parent happenings.  Therefore, I am passing on my discoveries and yes, they are funny now but a few months ago; not so much.  Links in the post are items that we own and found useful.

One outing a day is the new normal

Gone are the days of running around town accomplishing multiple errands. With a new baby comes an extremely modified idea of what can be done in 24 hours. In fact, it is completely normal to be wiped out after a trip to the corner store. After packing a diaper bag, unexpected diaper blowouts, spit up, setting up a stroller or carrier; it’s a full day affair so try not be hard on yourself.

Rearranging furniture becomes a hobby

Babies change and grow at an exponentially fast rate. With that comes new furniture, new toys and new equipment. Since having C in March we have rearranged our living room, our bedroom and his bedroom countless times to accommodate a bassinet, a pack and play, and exesaucer, a play mat, a walker, and an organization area of toys. In the living room, we finally settled on a strange configuration where all pieces of furniture are along the perimeter of the room which although not visually interesting, it left the largest amount of open space for walking around baby items and playtime.

Teething rules the world

Take a minute and let that title soak in, because you’ll need to remember this when you’re about to pull out your hair.  I know teething is mentioned in countless books and articles, however, it can not be fully understood until it is experienced. It is the longest, ever changing and most disruptive process that will happen to your child. It’ll mess up naps, night sleep, eating, temperament and just about everything along the way. Endless teething products will be purchased, in search of regaining sanity but it’ll all only offer temporary relief. Unfortunately, only time and some experience will make it better.  Keep breathing!

Paper towels will need to be purchased in bulk

This sounds silly, I know. But for some reason we can’t keep enough paper towels in the house. Solids have pushed us over the edge and they are now on our subscription service with Amazon. As our son started solids and is teething he often likes to grab the spoon chew on it and throw it on the floor. Yes, we’ve tried  kitchen towels and cloths etc. but somehow nothing beats a paper towel, and our dog isn’t bad clean up either.

Random children’s songs will become your jam

I never thought I’d watch children’s TV with a newborn. I imagined that I wouldn’t want to cloud his little brain with television nonsense.  Haha, that didn’t last.  For my sanity and not wanting to subject our baby too crappy daytime TV, I opted on cartoons a bit in the morning and again at the end of the day.  PBS, Disney Junior and Sprout TV seem to have a few shows with catchy tunes that even my nine-month-old gets into. Therefore, throughout the day I can count on humming and singing Thomas the Train, The Number of the Day, and of course, the infamous, Hotdog Dance.  If you’re not familiar with these yet, just wait to join the fun! Hot Diggity Dog!

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Unique Wood Toy Guide for All Ages

Simple Baby Blog Unique Wood Toy Gift Guide

I couldn’t let the holiday season pass without sharing my love for wood toys!  These also happen to be Amazon eligible, so there is time to receive, wrap and share.  Happy Shopping!

Ready To Grab

  • Wood Stacking Bowls in bright lollipop colors excite 1 years old and up
  • Circles, Squares and Triangles Shape Sorter keep little 18 month old + hands busy
  • Fly away with this sweet Airplane for 10 months and up

Ready to Roll

  • The perfect pet, a sweet Cat Pull Toy will follow your 1 year old everywhere
  • The Jr. Size Ramp Race is great for car loving tots 18+ months
  • For 3-5 year old tots ready to move around town, this Mint Scooter is perfect

Ready to Imagine

Ready to Create

  • Drum up some magic and tons of music for 1.5-4 year olds
  • Get ready for 3-5 year olds to build a master piece with this Tool Kit
  • These Rainbow Sound Blocks will be a bunch of fun for 2 – 4 year olds
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Holiday Gift Guide For Minimalist Moms featured on Zero to Two

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Still have some holiday shopping to do?  Over on Zero to Two I guest posted this super cute gift guide for minimalist moms AND if you use SIMPLEBABYBLOG15, you’ll receive 15% off your first orderSHOP HERE.  Happy Holidays!

Stripe Swaddle Blanket:  This lightweight swaddle blanket is the perfect large size from Modern Burlap.

Black + White Board Book:  Modern and fresh black and white illustrations keep newborns stimulated.

Double Pom Pom Hat:  This unisex hat is the sweetest accessory from Zero to Two and available in five colors.

Fox Blanket:  This screen printed beauty gets softer with every wash from Roxy Marj.  Choose a favorite from lion, raccoon, fox, tiger or bear!

Penguin Pillow:  An adorable throw pillow from Wee Gallery is the sweetest addition to a chic nursery!

Soft Plaid Sneakers:  There is nothing cuter than a pair of soft sneakers for little ones.  The best feature?  Elastic laces! Thanks, Zero to Two

Fringe Tied Moccasins:  No new mom can say no to sweet moccasins. Available in 11 amazing colors at Zero to Two, there is surely something for everyone.

Happy Romper:  Every baby needs that special outfit that makes mom + dad smile a bit brighter.

Keekaroo Changing Pad:  Sleek design and easy to wipe surface make parents happy to change diapers.  Well, maybe a little happier.

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