Giveaway: Day 22 Boutique

(c)simple baby blog - giveaway

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!

(c)simple baby blog - giveaway

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.

(c)simple baby blog - giveaway

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.

(c)simple baby blog - giveaway

Save

Save

Three Toys For A 9 Month Old Under $10

(c) simple baby blog vtech farm rattle

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!

(c) simple baby blog munchkin bath toys

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.

(c) simple baby blog fisher price caterpillar

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!

 
This post contains affiliate links.

Save

Save

Save

SnoofyBee Review

(c)simple baby blog - snoofybee review

In full disclosure, I was sent a SnoofyBee in exchange for a review.  My opinion and comments below are honest and my own

I was so excited to receive the SnoofyBee changing pad and even more excited to test it out during our holiday travels.  In short, it did not disappoint!  I have included some on my favorite features below and if you purchase a SnoofyBee, use code SIMPLEBABY for a 10% discount!

So, how does it work and why is it so darn special?  It operates like a regular changing pad;  lays flat with coverage for the head and tush but it has ‘wings’ that when fastened together with velcro, create a cone like shape (see photo below). The cone, fits around baby’s upper body keeping wandering hands contained.   Sounds great right?  See the highlights below.

(c) simple baby blog - snoofybee review

Compact + Lightweight

Let’s face it, the diaper bag gets heavy with all the must haves items, so I was thrilled to find how lightweight the SnoofyBee was.  It fit easily into the bag and added no extra weight.  There was even padding for the head – such a great feature!

(c)simple baby blog - snoofybee review

Easy Closure

While we were at a restaurant, I happily packed up one diaper and the travel wipes case inside the SnoofyBee.  I used the Velcro closure to keep it all inside and carried it on my wrist.  Being able to keep the diaper bag behind made for easy baby carrying!

Handle + Buckle

Speaking of easy, I love that the strap can be buckled to the side of the diaper bag or stroller.  Let’s be honest, as neatly as you pack on the way out the door, everything comes back in a jumble.  So the buckle being able to clip onto anything at all:  priceless.

(c)simple baby blog - snoofybee review

Toy Rings

The SnoofyBee comes with 2 sturdy plastic rings which are exciting enough for little ones, but to be safe I added a few teethers.   This activity kept little wandering hands entertained while I worked on the diaper.  I will definitely be sure to change up the toys from time to time as a nice surprise, which will buy me more change time.

Easy to Clean

This is probably my number one priority when purchasing any baby related products:  ease and ability to clean.  I wiped the fabric quickly in between changes with a baby wipe and more thoroughly when I was home.  All in all, it is super simple to keep clean!

(c)simple baby blog - snoofybee review

I highly recommend the SnoofyBee. Whether traveling overnight or simply running errands, it will become an essential. It is also a wonderful gift for a new parent or even a seasoned one.  After all, anything that makes diaper changes faster and easier, is a must have item!

Snag one HERE and use code SIMPLEBABY for a 10% discount!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

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
This post contains affiliate links.

 

 

Save

Holiday Gift Guide For Minimalist Moms featured on Zero to Two

holiday-guide-for-minimalist-moms-featured-on-zero-to-two

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.

This post contains affiliate links.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Five Favorite Teethers 4-6 Months


C started “teething” at three months and is still going strong, albeit toothless, at six months.  Therefore, I’ve gone through my fair share of teethers. Here are our five favorite teethers that got us through months four through six.

The Munch Mitt is a cute glove that crinkles while babies chew their mitt covered hand.  Although he will not let me put it on his hand anymore (too squirmy) it’s still a favorite for it’s bumpy textured tip and crinkly noise.

The Zoli rabbit has been going strong for months. This is a consistent favorite and for some reason he even likes to chew the handle. I should note that on the younger side he would gag himself from time to time – but he didn’t mind one bit!

The Nuby Silicone Teether is a flexible favorite.  As one of our first attempts at a teething toy; it was an instant hit.  He loved to chew in the area with small bristles.  I imagine it’s like giving soar gums a much needed massage.

Oh, the infamous Banana Baby toothbrush teether. Just like all the reviews promise, C loves it. It’s so easy for him to hold and I’d like to think that one day he won’t be afraid of a toothbrush because of it.

Last but not least, the Bright Starts Twist and Teeth was a gift. I don’t think I would’ve thought to purchase it but with it’s colorful textured surface it was an immediate hit at four months. He likes to move the little beads around and because of its shape it’s very easy to hold. I do find him chewing on the face a lot which I don’t think is the most comfortable but he tends to like it!

Special note:  one of our most recent purchases, the Mombella octopus is so special it deserved its own blog post, read about it here.

Please follow on instagram!

This post contains affiliate links.

Sensory Balls

(C) simple baby blog

As a new mom, I do plenty of reading. Somewhere in the middle of the night, I read that sensory balls were great for children, so I bought the Infantino Textured Multi Ball Set.

At this point C is only interested in putting them in his mouth. But it does offer five minutes of fun as I let him explore (a.k.a. throw them on the floor and I pick them up) while sitting in his walker.

I did read they are good for gross motor skill development so I will keep trying!  At this point they are good for 5 minutes of fun.

Please follow on instagram!

This post contains affiliate links.

Best Natural Pacifier 

When C was first born I made my way through the usual pacifiers but once I found Natursutten, I never looked back. Luckily, it was his favorite as well.

My main deciding factors; it’s made from natural rubber (the tree) and it’s soft. After all, if he’s sleeping with it in his mouth most of the night I don’t want it to be plastic.  I also love the fact that when he rolls over on it- it will not leave a mark on his face.  Try that with any other pacifier!

Please follow on instagram!

This post contains affiliate links.

Alternative to Sophie the Giraffe

image

Calling all Sophie haters! Meet Zeta the Zebra by New Little Wonders.

I wasn’t a big fan of Sophie and couldn’t understand why everyone in the neighborhood was chewing on her. So, in my baby registry research, I was happy to find Zeta.

As a black and white toy, Zeta went from being visually interesting when C was only a few months old to a soft and squeaky teether.  Zeta is definitely a great gift for any mommy-to-be who wants to be a little different!

Please follow on instagram

Simple Baby Bottle Storage


It seems with every new purchase for the baby, the same problem arises:  where should I store it?

I find bottles to be particularly annoying and for the last 6 months have lived unhappily with bottle parts strewn across the kitchen counter. A few weeks ago, I had enough. I took to pinterest and although there were useful suggestions, many of them involved buying yet another container to take up even more space in my shrinking apartment. I decided I couldn’t live with another new purchase and I would use what I had.

What did I come up with? I reorganized the kitchen cabinet that housed our drinking glasses and with a bit of shifting (and donating) I cleared the bottom shelf of the most convenient upper cabinet. I then re-purposed an old silverware rack (the type that hangs on a drying rack) for nipples and things.

Now, once the bottles and parts are washed they live UNSEEN and this makes me a happy Mom!

Please follow on instagram.