Simple Mom Tip 1

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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!

Giveaway: Day 22 Boutique

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I am so excited to announce our first giveaway of 2017 with day 22 boutique! This shop has stylish and ethically produced gift items and in case you need another reason to support them, Day 22 is a family business run by a daughter, mother and grandmother.  Love it!

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This purple felt crown is the perfect accessory for a little one’s birthday, photo shoot or even just dress up.  One winner will receive a purple felt crown as pictured here and on the website.  It measures 20 inches, 3 inches high and fits most heads 1-10 years old with a velcro closure.

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Ready to win?  Enter HERE One winner will be randomly selected and announced on January 31, 2017.  See Instagram for details or if you can’t wait, enjoy 15% off with code SIMPLEBABY in the shop.

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Three Toys For A 9 Month Old Under $10

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Truth be told, my husband and I didn’t buy our son any gifts for his first Christmas. Nope, not one. We decided to let him bask in the all of the toys he received from friends and family. It was more than enough and next year we will work on a tradition of giving gifts, as he understands the meaning more.

After the wrapping paper settled, a few gifts stood out as favorites to our 9 month old. My criteria for favorites: Toys that hold at least 5 minutes of attention and are interesting multiple times per day. It doesn’t hurt that these three favorites are under $10 each.

Vtech Farm Rattle

(featured above) This sweet toy is perfect for tiny hands.  My son quickly was drawn to the three flaps, moving them up and down repeatedly while intrigued with the flashing musical note.  There are two levels of volume (thank goodness) and I did not find the tune bothersome at all.  So far it’s been an amazing toy for car rides!

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Munchkin Bath Toys

I adore toys that are multi-purpose.  Not only does my son love these little animals during bath time, but I’ve been holidng one near the changing table to keep his hands busy.  At 9 months, he loves to mouth everything and there is something about the shapes of these little guys that keep him interested.

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Fisher Price Caterpillar

There is something about flaps the click and clack, that mesmerize little ones.  This lightweight toy has some other baby favorite features including knotted strings, beads, a mirror and squeaker.  Our son is enamored and I enjoy sitting with him counting 1, 2, 3 for a bit of learning time as well.

Do you have any favorites for 9 month olds?  Comment below, I’d love to know!

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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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