Because you know we need the coffee! And, you know us moms need some strong coffee to get through the day with a toddler! (Trying to keep up with the messes they leave behind, dealing with their strong will to be independent, and fighting them to get them buckled into their carseat- that requires some real strength sometimes!!)
p.s. This mug is microwavable, too! Just sayin’, that’s where my coffee usually ends up for most the day.
…and someone to go pick up the food so she can relax while she eats. Taking kids to a restaurant will just make her too stressed, and leaving the kids with a sitter costs money. Let her enjoy not having to make dinner for once!
Every mom deserves a back and neck rub every once in awhile. Unfortunately, even if our kids are sweet enough to try to give us one; they honestly, probably aren’t very good at it. So, get the stressed mom in your life one of these. Or, add it to your cart on Amazon and tell your husband your ideas for mother’s day gifts can be found in your Amazon cart!
If you’re looking for something cute, inexpensive, and DIY for the kids to get mom for mother’s day, an at home spa day would be perfect for stressed moms. As long as she doesn’t have to clean up afterwards! My oldest got this book (totally worth the couple of dollars it costs) when she wasn’t even a year old…no spa day for me yet, though…6 years later.
I hope you were able to find the perfect gift for the stressed mom in your life, or for yourself (to discreetly tell your husband that you want), for Mother’s Day.
It’s the only day of the year that we get all to ourselves, that we get to feel special. And, to be honest, it probably won’t go how we planned; they’ll be messes we still have to clean up, diapers to change, and whining children to attend to. Cherish those moments, though, they won’t last forever!
In a couple blinks of the eye, your children will be older and you won’t be a stressed mom anymore. So, try not to stress, but still enjoy the gifts for stressed moms that you might get, to help you in your motherhood journey!
Gifts to Make Healthy Living in the Kitchen Easier
Have you ever heard that 70-80% of being healthy, or getting in shape, is done in the kitchen?
Well, it’s completely true!
You may not be able to get toned in the kitchen, but what you eat is quite a bit more important than exercising.
Because, again, there’s another saying that tells us that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Meaning if you want to be healthy; it all starts in the kitchen, and you can’t be healthy if you eat junk. Not even if you’re at the gym 24/7.
The gifts below are items that a health nut mom needs in her kitchen, either out of necessity to make healthy things she wants to eat, or to make life easier in the kitchen!
A food processor is one thing I went without for so many years. Now, I don’t know what I’d do without it! Did you know you can make your own bars with it?!? Like Larabars, Nakd bar, and more! I even use it to make the chickpea cookies my girls and I love, and vegan mac and ‘cheese’. There’s just so many things it can do to make cooking and baking, as a health nut of a mom, so much easier.
If a mom into healthy living does not have a peeler yet, do her a favor and grab her one! They’re not expensive, and they make life a whole lot easier in the kitchen. I can’t believe I went so long without one!
I went so long using the pathetic knives that came in the cheap knife sets, because I hate spending money on myself. But, if you’re a health nut, or know a mom who is; please, get her a nice chefs knife. Have you ever tried to cut up a melon or pineapple with a flimsy knife? It’s almost impossible! Make life easy for the health nut in your life and get them a quality chefs knife!
These may be more for the kids, but silicone baking cups are much easier to clean, and more earth friendly, than a regular muffin tin. Plus, they take up less space, can be used to make home made healthy reese’s, fudge, and a ton more! I love them, the heart set pictured above was the first set I got, I have regular round ones, too. Having 24 makes it possible to batch make and freeze your favorite baked good, or any other recipe that needs to be baked in the oven or frozen in the freezer in small portions!!
As a mom, it can be difficult to get in all the fruits and veggies we’d love to have in a day. Drinking it in the form of a smoothie or nutri-blast makes it ten times easier! Plus, this little machine can do much more, from grinding flax seeds and oats into flour, to even making baby food. It’s a health nut moms best friend!
Every mom who is trying to eat healthy, and is into healthy living, should have a salad spinner. With the amount of salads we should be eating, it’s not practical (or cheap) to always get the prewashed and chopped salads. Buy in bulk and wash and chop your own. It’s probably what she’s already doing, and a salad spinner will help keep her greens good longer!
Let’s face it, whether we work out or not, us moms love our yoga pants. They’re super comfy for when we’re home. Stretchy for when we need to squat down to our kids level, or pick up after our little ones. In fact, moms who do exercise should have many pairs of yoga pants; some for lounging around and housework, and some specifically for exercising. So, go grab her another pair, in which ever brand she prefers!
Water is vital to our health, any health nut mom can tell you that. So, why not surprise her with a brand new super large water bottle that she can take with her anywhere! I’m personally a fan of bubba water bottles, but to each their own.
Why You Need a Meal Planning System as A Super Busy Mom
If you’re a busy mom who also wants to be healthy and bring up healthy kids; then you need to use a meal planning system. Without one, you will likely fail and fall into the trap that many Americans do; eating out and relying on heavily processed foods.
Because you’re busy. You don’t have time to cook fancy healthy meals everyday of the week.
If you don’t plan an prepare what’s for dinner ahead of time; there’s a good chance it may be fast food or boxed mac and cheese…again. (Which, by the way, kids love, but it’s not good for them.)
So, maybe you’re wondering:
What’s a meal planning system?
How do I even start a meal plan?
How do you actually stick to a meal plan for good? I’ve tried so many times and have failed over and over again.
Do I need to meal prep? Why do people meal prep anyways?
And, all of these are great questions!
I know exactly where you’re coming from with these questions; I used to be the same way.
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I would try over and over again to get my meal plan to work for me, but every week it would end up failing; food would go to waste, money would be lost, and we’d end up eating the super quick (not so healthy) meals for dinner because I didn’t have time to make anything else before the kids started throwing tantrums about want being hungry and wanting dinner.
This is when I realized that a ‘normal’ meal plan would probably never work for me; I needed something different. Something to help me stick to the meal plan, I needed a fail proof system I could set up and use week after week.
This is where a meal planning system comes into play; it’s simply what you do with your meal plan (whichever kind of meal plan you create) to make it almost impossible to get off track with your meals for the week.
So, why do you need a meal planning system?
I hope you can see from above why it’s vital to yours, and your families health, that you set up a meal planning system in your home. But, just in case, I’ll give you a few more reasons.
Know what you will eat, and serve, for breakfast before you get up
With a meal planning system, there’s no guess work during the week for what you’ll eat.
You can either plan everything out on the weekend, or the night before.
It can be a discussion that you have with other family members, where they choose what they want for breakfast (from a list of breakfasts that were chosen for the week), or you could choose for them.
Breakfast should be healthy and easy, especially on busy mornings where you’re rushing out the door.
But, a quick breakfast doesn’t have to be unhealthy.
If you plan and prepare, you could be serving your family pancakes with fruit on top for breakfast, without having to wake up early to make all those pancakes. (I don’t know about you, but it seems to take me forever to make a batch of pancakes so they turn out golden instead of brown.)
Know the answer to the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?”
One goal that a meal planning system has in mind is reducing the amount of times you hear the question “what’s for dinner?”
One method that can be used in a meal planning system is posting what all the meals are for the day, on the fridge for everyone to see.
I say reduce the amount you hear the question, because some people may not look at the fridge, or maybe you have younger kids who can’t read yet. I can’t guarantee you’ll never hear that question again, just like no one can guarantee they can stop your kids from saying “mom, I’m hungry”. But, there is a way to reduce that, as well!
Save your sanity during the summer with hungry kids
Or, anytime of the year, really! Especially if you have kids who are old enough to go into the fridge and get their own food.
Trust me, they can do this younger than you may think. If you have their lunch and a few snacks all prepared for them to grab from the fridge and eat, they will do so!
No more making food on demand because you hear the words ‘mom, I’m hungry’.
I call it the lunch box method. And, it’s truly amazing; the best thing I started doing to reduce the amount of work I have to do during the day as a pregnant work at home mom to two little girls! You can learn more about this method here.
Save you money
Having a meal planning system in place will save you tons of money.
It will save you money from having to buy fast food or eat out.
You’ll save money by actually eating what you bought at the store.
And, you may even save money on future meals by buying in bulk or making freezer meals!
There are so many ways to save money when you take control of your families meals and use a meal planning system to keep everyone on track!
Save you time
Maybe saving money isn’t your biggest concern, maybe it’s that you don’t believe you have time to eat healthy or feed your family healthy meals.
Well, you do!
A meal planning system helps you streamline the meals you and your family will eat, in whichever way makes sense for you and your family. You’ll spend a whole lot less time implementing a meal planning system than you would making a trip out to get food, or rushing to make a ‘quick’ unhealthy meal each night.
Plus, if you don’t take the time now to eat healthy, you’ll be forced to take time later in your life dealing with nutrition related chronic illnesses. And, you don’t want that, for yourself or your family.
Be in control of yours and your families health
Somehow, it always seems to be us moms who are responsible for what everyone is going to eat.
It’s up to us to feed our families, day in and day out. And, maybe you can get your husband to do it once in a blue moon. But, it’s rare, and possibly not very healthy, either. (Or, maybe that’s just how it is for me!)
Luckily, implementing a meal planning system will take the stress off of you day in and day out from having to decide what to give everyone to eat.
Sure, you’ll still have to decide and make the food. But, with a system in place you have more control over the food your family eats, because you’re not exhausted from the day and making decisions last minute.
You can plan and prepare to make your family healthier meals, meals that will improve their health, not diminish it. And, isn’t that what we all really want when it comes to feeding our families?
Need help starting your meal planning system?
Now, that you know why you need a meal planning system, the next question is…
Do you know how to create one or get one in place that will actually work?
If your answer is yes; good for you, why haven’t you started already?
Go start now!!!
If your answer is no, and you don’t even know where to begin; I welcome you to take my (FREE) 4 week course to Simplify Mealtime.
In it, you will:
determine what healthy means to you and your family
find out what your family actually likes to eat
learn how to make healthy swaps to the food you and your family eat
take inventory of your food
learn how to meal plan (a few different ways because one way does not work for everyone)
learn about 5 different methods you can place in your meal planning system to succeed with your meal plan
make a customized meal planning system that will work for you and your family
start using your system
learn about ways to overcome common obstacles when it comes to healthy eating
You’ll be provided with some free printables and templates through out the course and have a task to complete each day (5 days a week).
You’ll also have access to me via email to answer any questions you may have while going through the course.
Are you ready to start feeding your family healthy meals on a busy schedule?
Eating healthy during pregnancy should be a no brainer. But, finding healthy pregnancy recipes that you’ll actually enjoy; whether fighting with morning sickness or not, is a whole other story!
Below, you will find 6 different recipes for pregnancy that have vital nutrients in them.
Three of them are specifically designed for the rough first trimester when you may be experiencing morning sickness and can barely keep anything down; make sure you try those recipes! They could help you out more than just providing your body, and baby, with the nutrients needed; they could actually help relieve morning sickness, at least for a little while!
The other three are packed full of nutrients every pregnant mama needs in her diet! But, I’d wait til your morning sickness is gone to try those! All the recipes below are also plant based or vegan, so no having to worry about most common allergies!
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Healthy Recipes for Pregnancy When You Have Morning Sickness!
Morning sickness is a pain!
You’re nauseous all day long and could vomit at the thought of something, anything really. A scent, or certain smell from the kitchen, that you used to love, could now be sending you to the bathroom to throw up what ever you just ate, or didn’t eat!
It’s not fun, to say the least. But, you still need to eat, and at least try to keep some food, and liquids, down. That’s why the recipes below are so great!
The recipes below have ingredients in them to help combat morning sickness, keep you hydrated, and get some nutrients to stay in your body for yourself and unborn baby! Go check them out.
Eating Healthy During Pregnancy isn’t Always Easy, but it is Possible!
It can be a challenge to eat healthy during pregnancy. Believe me, I get it! I seriously do.
The first trimester feels like it’ll never end with all the morning sickness, and you want to be able to eat and drink things are a healthy for yourself and baby; but keeping it down is a whole other story!
Eating While Breastfeeding: 31 Recipes That Make it Possible!
Not eating enough while breastfeeding can have some major consequences, for yourself and newborn! That’s why you would have always found me eating while breastfeeding my daughters, whether a small snack or a full meal.
When you don’t eat enough as a new mom, and choose to breastfeed your infant, you lack the energy that you so badly need, and can even make it difficult for your newborn to gain weight; a new moms worst nightmare.
Maybe you’re trying to eat enough food through out the day; you have it all prepared and ready to eat. But, every time you sit down to eat, your newborn starts crying in the way you know means they want to nurse!
This happened to me for both of my girls, and I’m going to make sure I’m prepared in case it happens with my third, as well.
It’s like they know you’re just about to eat, so they let you know that that’s just not going to happen; not unless they get to eat, too.
That’s why you need the recipes below!
Why you need to give up the idea of always eating at the table without an infant attached to your nipple.
If you want to eat while being a breastfeeding mom, you have to become creative and learn to multitask, and eat when your newborn eat; otherwise you won’t get enough food you need everyday.
What to ask for help with from others for when the baby comes
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Can Ieat while breastfeeding at the same time?
Maybe you’re wondering if it’s even possible to eat while you’re breastfeeding a newborn; after all, won’t it be messy?
While there are a few things you have to watch out for, and won’t be able to eat with a newborn on your lap; there are still plenty of healthy, nutrient rich options, for you to eat!
Food and drinks you can’t have while nursing an infant on your lap:
hot beverages, such as tea, coffee, hot cocoa, etc.
any hot foods (let them cool completely first)
foods that require you to cut them in order to eat
foods that could easily leak or be dropped on your baby
any food that is messy to eat or that requires two hand to eat
Luckily, there are plenty of foods, sweet and savory, for you to eat all day long while breastfeeding. You don’t have to resort to store bought meal replacement drinks or bars; they’re no good for you or your baby anyways!
Check out the 31 recipes below that will allow you to easily get in the nutrients while you’re physically nursing your newborn. You’ll thank me later, when you’re stuck nursing for an hour and a half with no end in sight and know you need to eat something!
One Handed Meals can be a Lifesaver When You’re a Breastfeeding Mommy
Whether you have already given birth, or are looking for ways to make the time after birth easier; I’m sure you’ll love some of the recipes above just as I do. They are all also plant based or vegan, since many vegan recipes tend to focus on wholesome nutrients and tend to be healthier than the standard American diet!
Even if you don’t like one of the specific recipes above, they should give you a great starting point and many ideas for things you’ll be able to eat during that fourth trimester while breastfeeding your little one. Because, when you choose to breastfeed, your child depends on you for everything. What and how much you eat affects them and how they grow.
Don’t fall into thinking you can eat because you are nursing, they need better than that. Even if that means you have to carefully eat all your snacks and meals when they do!
If you’re a breastfeeding mom, or plan to breastfeed; you NEED to find a way for eating while breastfeeding, and the above recipes will help you do just that! Share you favorite one-handed meals or snacks in the comments.
What Mama’s Need to Have for a Smoother Postpartum Recovery
Recovering from child birth is no picnic and postpartum recovery should not be taken lightly.
Postpartum is a time for bonding with your new baby, adjusting to life with one more child, and resting to recover. Your body just went through a huge ordeal.
You just grew another human being inside of you, for goodness sake!
And then, you either pushed your baby out; which physically seems like an impossible task before its done. (If you want to understand how it really works in an easy to understand way- check out this video.)
Your body needs to take it easy for a little while, and I’ve learned the hard way that a week and a half of recovery after having a child is simply not enough.
(That’s how much time I took off from college after I had my first child. And, not to give TMI, but I bruised down there while giving birth, and it took around 4-6 months for the bruising and pain to go away!)
After my second child, I took the 12 week maternity leave that my job offered and I took it easy. I was blown away by how much quicker I recovered and how much less pain I was in!
Everything about her birth was easier, too. I was in labor for half the time, and had a completely natural childbirth with no pain meds, or anything. I was induced with my first, and do not recommend that to anyone unless it is absolutely necessary!
There were also a few routines I had in place, and items I had, that I didn’t care to use after my first child because I was ‘too busy’.
Do yourself a favor; never feel like you’re too busy to take proper care of yourself, especially if you have kids!
After having two babies and two very different recoveries; I’ve learned a thing or two about what you need to have a smoother postpartum recovery! Find out what you’ll need, and what you should do, below!
You NEED this, I borrowed something like this from my mom after my second child and it helped a ton. The one she has I have never been able to find anywhere. But, you can get this similar one off of Amazon and be glad you did.
It will help with any swelling; you will basically just want to sit on it anytime you sit down, for at least a month after giving birth. Especially if you run out of these!
A size too large underwear
You probably won’t fit in your regular underwear during your postpartum period, at least not with everything you’ll need to put in it to help you heal!
So, make sure you have underwear that is a size too large, or grab these that are specifically for postpartum. You may also want to be prepared to toss them after you stop bleeding. (If they don’t get stained or ruined, you could always save them in case you decide to have another child.)
When I was in the hospital with my second child, the nurses were amazing and really knew what they were doing. They showed me exactly to prepare this underwear, with a few of the items below, to heal faster and not be in as much pain. I wish they had done that for me after my first child; it really didn’t take any more than a couple of minutes.
You’ll want to:
lay a regular pad down first
add an iced pad
cover that pad with tucks pads
then spray all of those with dermaplast
At least, that’s how I remember them showing me how to do it, and that’s what I did after the last time I had a baby. The time it took me to heal was much shorter, and I was in much less pain than after my first child; I almost couldn’t believe it!
You will want large and long with wings, and a ton of them! Get at least a few packs, you don’t want to run out of them.
You will bleed a lot after giving birth and you’ll want to be prepared. Get these to prepare yourself. The first few weeks may be heavy, so I’d recommend wearing pants you’re not to fond of either.
These iced pads will also be your best friends during recovery! Do yourself a favor, and get at least one box of them.
Tucks Medicated Cooling Pads
These will help so much with the healing process, simply lay them out over the pads.
This is used to help with any itching and reduce pain! Spray it over the tucks pads.
To be brutally honest, and you may not want to hear this if you’ve never had a baby before, but it hurts use the bathroom after giving birth. Everything about it is generally pretty painful. Use one of these with warm water to help ease the pain and heal faster!
You could get a fancier one, that supposedly works better, but you don’t need it. If you get one from the hospital for free, even better! Use that.
I’m not a doctor, nor do I really ever take medicine, so I’d recommend talking to your doctor or a nurse about what you can use, especially if breastfeeding.
My recommendation would to make sure you’re eating a proper diet, with plenty of fruits and fiber. Maybe even make yourself a quick smoothie for breakfasts and snacks every day to increase your fiber intake. Be sure to add ground flaxseeds to it, too
Whether you’re breastfeeding or not; you’ll need nursing pads right after giving birth, or at least as soon as your milk comes in. If breastfeeding, you’ll need to buy these every so often, depending on your milk supply and how often you leak. This is the kind I have always used and loved.
Some women experience nipple pain, or even cracking, when they start to breastfeed. To help ease the pain, many women recommend this type of cream.
Cooling Bra Pads
Some new moms will experience breast pain, whether they nurse or not. Grab these to help relieve sore breasts.
Nursing bras can make it easier to nurse your newborn with, but you could simply buy a pack of comfy genie bras, instead. That’s what I did, and to be honest, that’s the only type of bra I’ve worn for the past few years, whether pregnant or breastfeeding! They’re affordable and comfortable enough to wear to bed. And trust me, you’ll need to wear a bra and nursing pads at night when you sleep; unless you want to wake up with a breast milk soaked shirt and sheets!
If you have the budget, go ahead and grab a few nursing shirts of the style you like. But, you could also just wear looser fitting shirts and pull it up, or down, when it’s time to nurse you baby.
This will help so much with having a smoother recovery. There are so many benefits of water, especially postpartum; don’t ignore this advice. My recovery from my second baby was so much easier and quicker, and I feel I owe that to drinking a ton more water all through the pregnancy and after giving birth.
If Breastfeeding, continue taking prenatal vitamins. I can barely remember a time when I didn’t have to take these, haha. If you have a hard time swallowing pills, try these gummy prenatal vitamins.
A streaming service
Seriously, I did not start watching much TV until I had kids.
There’s not much else you can do while you nurse an infant, and as much as you think you won’t get even slightly bored holding your new baby; you may. I watched the whole series of Friends while on maternity leave with my second child. The 20 minute episodes were great! It helped me remember when to switch sides!
You’ll also need as much rest as you can get. So, be sure to ask for help when you need it, and when it’s offered; ACCEPT the help.
Don’t feel bad for asking for help when you have a newborn. Maybe you feel like you should be able to do everything yourself, but you don’t need to! And, most people actually love helping new moms with anything they need help with.
Are you currently pregnant and trying to fill out your baby registry, making sure you add all baby registry must haves to it, but are maybe unsure what to put on it?
Whether you’re a first time mom-to-be and having a full on baby shower, or maybe it’s your second or third child and you’re just having a little baby sprinkle party thrown for you; you’ll want to make sure the items below are items you already have, or go create a registry on Amazon right now and add them to your list!
Don’t worry, I’m not just a first time mom-to-be sharing what I’m putting on my own registry; I’m a mom of two with a third on the way. So, I know a bit about what you actually need, what you should have, what would be nice to have, and then those fun things to put on your registry to help you create the adorable nursery you’ve always dreamed of.
Since I’m about to have my third baby and have been daydreaming about what I’ll need and what would be nice to have for the new baby; I thought now would be a great time to put this ultimate list out there for you, too!
(We moved cross country when our youngest was a year old, and only brought with us what we needed at the time, she’s now three. So, we have nothing we need for an infant, well we may have a few things, but barely anything at all.)
And, with this being our third child, I have a pretty good idea of what I’ll need and want, and what mothers in slightly different situations will need (and end up badly wanting) after their baby is born!
Currently, I get to be a stay at home mom, but I worked full time for my youngest daughters first year of life; I know what will appreciated by both working moms and stay at home moms, slight differences, but still a few.
And, to take into consideration that not everyone can afford everything you may put on their registry, or would hope to get; this list of items are listed by price, lowest to highest priced items.
Most of us have friends and family who either can’t afford much, or who love to bring lots of gifts to any party they come to. And, who’s to blame them? Who doesn’t love getting a gift bag full of little gifts.
So, this group of little items should be put on your baby registry. Just because they may be small or inexpensive, doesn’t mean they aren’t super useful!
A lot of your friends or family may have hand me downs from when their kids were babies that they’re just dying to get rid, so let them! Or, there are places to go, like a clothing closet or somewhere like Once Upon a Child; you can get some really cute, maybe even brand new, baby clothes under $10!
But, for cute baby clothes in regular stores, the price will probably be at least a little over $10, even at places like Burlington Coat Factory. And, if they go to other places, like Kohl’s or other department stores, they may be looking at an even high price tag if the clothes aren’t ‘on sale’.
Honestly, I got a lot of hand me downs and clothes from the clothing closet (run by the church most of my moms side of the family goes to, half the time one of them is running it anyways, it seems like) for my first daughter.
I did not mind at all! It just meant that I knew I’d have plenty of extra clothes to change her into and wouldn’t have to wait for the laundry to be done to change her, in case her diaper exploded or spit up on everything. Seriously, she must have gone through 5 to 10 outfits a day as a newborn; I actually was amazed when she wore the same outfit all day long for the first time!
Whether you are hesitant to put this on your baby registry or not, or want it or not; add it anyways!!
Some parents may be hesitant to give their babies a pacifier, especially first time parents. So, I get it if you don’t want to put it on your registry. It may be that they don’t want their kids to be using a pacifier til they’re 4, or to not be too dependent on it. But, it’s really not too difficult to break a child from using a pacifier. And, it will save YOUR SANITY and allow you to sleep for just a little bit longer, because pacifiers will help soothe the baby and allow them to sleep longer. This is super important, especially for the first couple months after the baby is born.
My youngest daughter would only ever take a NUK pacifier, but I know other brands are great for newborns, too, if they won’t take a NUK. Like these pacifiers; when I worked at a childcare center (before I had my own kids), this was the pacifier that all the babies there had.
*Note: Pacifiers get lost often, and as I wouldn’t suggest a pacifier clip as it could be a safety hazard, I’d like to note that you can never have enough pacifiers! With my last daughter we had to have one in the bedroom, one in her swing, at least two for the car, and one right next to me while I breastfed her.
If you’re brand new to being around babies, maybe you don’t know why they would need baby mittens no matter what season they are born it.
Well, after having your baby, you will soon realize how quick their nails grow and how difficult it is to cut them often enough! You’ll realize this because they will either scratch you, or themselves. It’s not pleasant, and no one likes to see their newborns with scratches on their face. So, make sure you add baby mittens to your baby registry; if you don’t get them at your shower, make sure you pick some up yourself!
Babies don’t wear shoes, let’s just leave it at that. They just aren’t practical, and hard to get on them without feeling like you’re hurting them. However, they do need something on their little feet to protect them and help them keep their body heat.
So, make sure you put socks, like the ones above your list, or you could even find some shoe/sock combination, like these, if you really want it to look like they are wearing shoes.
You’ll want to have little baby hats even if your baby is born in the summer time. They may not need to wear them all the time, but you’ll be glad to have some on hand, just in case.
Like us, babies lose a lot of heat from their head, so to help them keep their body heat to themselves they need little hats. This is super important in the wintertime, and even so in the summer time. If you have to take your baby outside for any reason, you’ll want them wearing a hat when very little; either to protect them from the cold, or protect their bald little head from the sun. Some hospitals will send you home with a baby hat, but I can’t guarantee all hospitals do this.
All babies need to be bathed, eventually, and it can be such a fun time the first couple times. Many new moms, probably like you, want to take photos or a video of their babies first bath. But, what’s even more important than how you capture the moment, is protecting their delicate skin.
Many people who come to baby showers may bring soaps and lotions for you baby, some stores make this super easy for them and tie everything together in a pretty basket or little bin. But, those soaps usually aren’t doing any good for your little ones skin. I only trust Aveeno baby soap with my little girls. It doesn’t have harmful ingredients like other commercial baby soaps do. So, make sure you add this to your list so friends and family know! (And, so you can keep track and make sure everyone doesn’t buy you baby soaps and lotions you’ll never use.)
Diaper Rash Cream
There are two types of creams I have tried for my girls for diaper rash that have worked, and I may try a third one this next time around. The first one is Angel Baby Bottom Balm, which I used to get at Wegmans, before I moved; you can sometimes find it on Amazon, but it’s not always available. It may seem expensive, but it’s 100% worth the money!
The second type is the one pictured above, which worked almost as well as Angel Baby Bottom Balm; it’s also a little cheaper for a larger container.
You could use old wash clothes for your baby, but I always want to have new wash clothes for a new baby. They’re fairly cheap, so anyone you invite can afford them. And, they seem to keep getting better over the years; strange, but true!
These nails clippers are the best! Super cheap, and great for someone on your baby shower invite list to order and add to another, bigger, gift on your list, like a diaper bag. And, to be honest, these won’t only be used on your newborn; you’ll end up using these on your child for their entire childhood, and possibly even yourself.
I personally use them on myself, I have tiny hands (like, my ring size is 4.5) and the ‘normal’ sized nail clippers always seemed huge to me; these are perfect.
If you’re lucky, the hospital will send you home with one of these. However, it’s not a guarantee, and maybe you’re planning a home birth; you’ll want to make sure you have one of these when your baby is born.
If they have any mucus in their nose, which most babies will; you can’t just tell them to blow their nose, you need to get it out another way. And, although babies may hate these, they work wonderfully. At least the blue ones pictured above do, they are nice and flexible. I’ve tried a pink kind that came in a baby safety and health set, and it didn’t work; it was too stiff. So, make sure you add these exact ones to your baby registry.
Babies will eventually be old enough to eat baby food, and when they do they’ll need spoons to eat off of, and containers to hold their baby food in. The best baby spoons I’ve ever used for my girls are the ones that tell you whether the food is too hot or not. They also tend to be some of the cheaper spoons available now a days. These may even look like the baby spoons you used as a baby; there’s no need to buy fancy spoons for babies, most of them don’t work how advertised anyways. (I learned this the hard way.)
Everyone should have a bottle brush, whether expecting, have children, or don’t. They come in handy for cleaning so many different types of dishes; obviously bottles, but also mason jars and water bottles, too.
This is a fun section to add to your baby registry! And, many items you add will end up being under $10. The chew-able key ring above is great, especially when your infant starts getting teeth; just stick them in the freezer for awhile and then hand them to your baby to help numb the pain.
Other great toys to get are any that are squishy, makes noise, can hang and link, and even little mirrors! Have fun with this section, just don’t go too crazy!
There will be many, many things in this category, and this will probably be the category that most of you guests choose from on your baby registry; unless they combine items together from the items under $10. Of course, you’ll also have friends and family who want to get you bigger ticket items, as well. But, this category is super important!