47 Adorable and Easy Spring and Easter Crafts for Kids
Are your kids constantly asking you to come up with crafts for them to do? Maybe it’s just my kids; either way, it’s Springtime and with Easter coming up, you’ll want Easter Crafts and ideas easy enough for little kids to do, with a little help from you!
My girls are always asking me to do crafts with them, or asking for more paper and other craft supplies. It beats them sitting in front of the T.V. like screen zombies!
But, it can be hard sometimes to come up with enough crafts to satisfy their arts and crafts cravings. That’s why I compiled all the crafts below in one spot for you.
No more having to think up tons for crafts for them to do in the springtime. With these 47 crafts, you’ll have plenty for the whole season, as long as they don’t try to do more than one on the same day!
As you can see, there are plenty of easy crafts for kids to do in the springtime and for Easter.
You should never run out of arts and crafts ideas for your kids to do?
Some of the crafts above can be modified in ways to make them do-able for younger children; let older children do the whole craft themselves should make them just challenging enough for them to do without getting bored.
I hope your children enjoy these crafts as much as I know my girls will!
Which craft will you and your kids try first? Leave a comment below with the spring or Easter Craft, to let me know!
Don’t forget to pin this post for later, and next spring!
The Best Easter Basket Ideas for Little Kids (That Isn’t Candy!)
Trying to raise healthy kids around Holidays can be super frustrating! There’s candy everywhere! This year, let’s focus on Easter Basket ideas that aren’t huge chocolate bunnies, or peeps, or other candy.
Don’t worry, the Easter basket ideas below aren’t expensive (they certainly won’t add up to $150), and they are in no way related to food.
Having non-food ideas to put in a child’s Easter basket is so important, especially if you don’t want your child eating it all in one day (that may have been me as a child). Plus, if your child happens to have food allergies or can’t have food dyes; you won’t have to worry about checking the label of everything you add to their basket!
Check out the list below for 22+ Ideas of what to put in your childs Easter Basket this year!
It was always a tradition growing up that we would get movies on Easter to watch as a family. I’ve continued to do this for my own girls, and this is probably the most expensive gift my girls get in their Easter baskets each year.
Luckily, there are some ways to not spend a fortune on these. If you haven’t signed up for the Disney Movie Club yet, they usually have a promotion going on for new members; get 4 movies for $1! This has got to be the best deal ever for getting Disney Movies!
Disney owns A LOT of different titles. For example, you could grab your kids the best classic, or newly released, movies, and grab yourself a Marvel movie, with this deal! You can check it out more here!
If it’s your childs first Easter, make sure to buy them a ‘My First Easter’ stuffed animal, you can get these super cheap, like $2-$3 at places like Walmart or the dollar store.
Or, go with TY beanies, which will always be a favorite in my home. They keep making them cuter, with bigger eyes, too!
Filled Plastic Easter Eggs
Fill little plastic Easter eggs with something age appropriate! Your options are almost limitless, the only things you need to consider are the size of the object and whether or not your child might like it.
Here are some ideas:
string and beads to make their own jewelry
pacifier (for infants)
a secret message on a post it note
a small chapstick
small nail polish
You don’t have to spend a lot, and you don’t have to buy junk to put in the Easter eggs, either!
Just think of what types of things your child likes and see if there is something small enough to put in it.
Do they like arts and crafts? Add in some gem stones, beads, or other small items for them to decorate something with.
Do they like playing with something they can shape with their hands? Add in play doh or silly putty.
If you have a bigger item inside their basket, like a coloring book; put some small crayons in the eggs, or something that relates to the bigger item!
My girls actually got these a year or two ago and still use them to this day!
They’re not expensive and makes for a great Easter Basket filler.
These help challenge our little ones brains!
Puzzles are another inexpensive toy. And, with puzzles, you can get them at so many different levels; you could get one for their Easter Basket every year and they won’t get too easy for them, or childish.
Flashcards may seem like something to simply help your kids for school, or prep for school, but many little ones love them!
All children love to learn when they’re young, it’s not until they start going through school where they ‘decide’ if they like it or not. And, if they don’t like school or learning; it could be something else at school going on or that what they are learning is too hard or too easy.
The Brainquest products are also great! My 6 year loves the workbooks, but there are cards, as well. Have them do these during spring break, or any spare time they have when they are ‘bored’!
When kids get to a certain age, or when they have older siblings; they start to love card games!
There are classic card games like uno, or games you can play with a regular deck of cars; there are also plenty of new card games to choose from, too. My 6 year old got uno for Christmas, I’m pretty sure it was one of her favorite gifts!
This little gift in their Easter basket won’t be expensive, and may even teach your children their numbers, math, or to at least try to get along with their siblings to play together!
Stacking Cups or Tupperware
Stacking cups would be great in a childs first Easter Basket when they are infants.
Or, if they’re older, getting them their own set of tupperware, or plates and cups, with their favorite characters on it, may be a hit! They could even bring their lunch to school in their own tupperware containers; or use it to prep their lunch in the morning when summer comes along so they can just go in the fridge when they’re hungry and know which food is theirs.
Every once in awhile water bottles will need to be replaced, especially if you get the cheap ones for your kids where the picture fades away after being washed too many times.
Easter is the perfect time to grab them a new one, as the warm weather will soon be here and they’ll probably start drinking more water as they’re able to go outside and run around more!
Easter or Spring Themed Cookie Cutters
This is something I’ll probably be putting in my girls Easter basket this year. Cookie cutters of bunnies, flowers, and other spring things!
Don’t think that these can only be used for cookies; I’m planning on using them for sliced melons, pineapple, and other fruit, to make fun shapes with fruit to put in their lunches.
Young kids have such fun characters on their toothbrushes now a days. Plus, toothbrushes need to be replaced every three months, anyways. Might as well add it to their basket to make it something fun!
Fun Character Bandaids
Older kids may not care so much about character bandaids, but boy do little kids care! And, they love them!
In fact, the only problem with character bandaids is that kids will want to use them on the tiniest of boo-boos, or even non-existent ones. They disappear pretty quickly.
New Hairbrush and Accessories
For girls, sometimes it’s nice to get a new hairbrush once in awhile. This is the one I just bought and myself and 6 year old are loving it!
Also, hair accessories are always a great thing to add to a little, or older, girls Easter Basket. Hairbands and little hair accessories seem to go missing and need to be replaced every so often, why not make it special and add it to their basket!?!
You could even add cute little headbands for infants, or age appropriate headbands for older girls.
And, not that I have teenagers, but teenage girls may appreciate some new make up, too.
Bath toys are relatively inexpensive, and tend to take up some space. So, this would be great for infants and little kids’ baskets. Whether it’s small foam letters, animals that squirt out water, or bath crayons! They’ll be sure to love it.
Magnetic Letters or Other Magnets
Magnetic letters or magnets in general are great for kids! Either to learn their letters, while they are learning to spell, or for us or them to leave a note on the fridge!
As for other magnets, there are plenty of cute ones available, and kids love to see their drawings or homework/tests displayed proudly on the fridge for the rest of the family to see.
As long as you’re not buying for teenagers with expensive taste; sunglasses are relatively cheap and a great to to add to an Easter basket.
Plus, children tend to outgrow things, even their sunglasses; and with summer coming up, now is a great time to make sure they have a pair that fit!
Cute Easter Socks
I remember getting Easter colored socks in my Easter Basket, even as a teenager. Socks tend to get holes in them and need to be replaced; why not make them festive and add them into a basket.
If you’re unsure about this item for younger kids, maybe get some with the Easter bunny on it, or something else. My 3 year old would be super excited for socks if they had butterflies on them; she loves butterflies!
There is never a time where a book as a gift is a bad idea!
There are so many books available; you could get books about Easter, springtime, or a book your child has been asking for lately. You don’t even have to stick with a regular book, such as the ones below!
Spring or Easter themed books
Soft or small infant books
Learning to Read books
Don’t forget bookmarks, too!
If your child is into crafts; this opens up so many possibilities for what to put in their Easter basket!
What you put in may also depend on the type of crafts they like doing, but for starters you could add in:
Fancy edged Scissors
Printable Easter Coloring/Activity pages
Play Doh Sets or Another Sensory Toy
Sensory toys are great for kids of any age!
Kids love to feel different things and try to form objects out of them, like with play doh or slime. My 6 year old is currently obsessed with getting the slime that is Jojo Siwa branded, because she currently loves everything about Jojo Siwa.
But, there are other toys that can be used for sensory play, such as:
A lot of the items above may seem a little girly, I do have all girls after all. But, these are one thing that both little girls and boys can enjoy. You could buy name brand cars, like hot wheels, or generic ones. Depending on your childs age and how much they know about these small cars, they probably won’t know the difference!
Depending on where you live, Easter could be at the time of year when it’s starting to get nice and warm outside, or maybe it’s already that way for you!
This is the perfect time to start getting small outdoor items for your child. To either replace broken ones or introduce them to new ones!
Some suggestions for outdoor toys:
balloons for water balloons
seeds to plant flowers or food for your child to grow
You Don’t Need to Put Candy in Your Childs Easter Baskets!
There are plenty of inexpensive things you can place in your childs Easter Basket, rather than chocolate and sugary candies.
Start avoiding sweets on Holidays for your children as young as possible, and they won’t even question not getting candy for Holidays when they are older! Plus, you won’t have to deal with sugar induced craziness, or the sugar high that kids get after eating too much candy.
You don’t have to spend a ton or money either.
Simply choose a few items from above, put smaller items that relate to the bigger ones, inside of plastic Easter eggs, to make it look festive, and be sure to add the fake grass at the bottom; and you’re all set!
Don’t forget to share this post on Facebook to help out your other mom friends, and save on Pinterest so you can refer back when needed!
You don’t have to go crazy and get all the things, a few items from this list of Easter Basket Ideas will certainly be enough, especially for younger kids!
11 Items That Will Make Going Out With Baby Easier!
Going out with baby can be difficult, especially in the beginning of their life when your still trying to recover from giving birth to them!
There’s so many things to worry about; from the cold and the sun to other people’s germs. Which is probably why many new moms don’t try to go many places with a newborn.
But, eventually, you’ll need to take your little one out into the world and outside the comfort of your own home. When this day comes you’ll want to be prepared, and luckily, there are some products that will make doing so easier!
Some items are must haves, like a carseat, while others you may not have thought of. There’s even one item on the list I didn’t know about until I started preparing and making lists to prepare for a baby!
You know you’ll need a carseat, and the type you get is up to you.
In fact, if you have you baby at a hospital, there’s a very good chance that they won’t even let you leave unless your newborn is in a carseat!
Plus, this is a necessity for infants and children up to a certain age, weight, or height. My six year is still in a carseat; in the state we live, she still has two more years before she doesn’t need anything under her in the car!
There are two main types of carseats you can get for an infant.
One is a regular infant carseat, which is super handy if you go somewhere and your baby falls asleep in the car; simply bring the whole carseat, baby and all, in with you where ever you need to go. The downside to this one is that they may outgrow it within a year.
The other type is a convertible carseat. This type would be great if you don’t go many places when your baby is little, or if you don’t mind picking them up (even if asleep) and carrying them in where ever you need to go. There’s no way you’ll be carrying this carseat around! However, the benefit to this carseat is that it grows with your child, meaning you won’t have to buy a new carseat after a year. There’s actually a good chance you won’t need to buy another carseat for your child for the entire time they need to be in one!
If you are planning on going on walks (indoors at a mall, or outdoors), or other places with your baby often; you’ll want to have a stroller. There are different types of strollers to choose from, and you can buy them as part of a travel system, or separate.
If you’re looking for a cheaper stroller then the regular kind, with the four wheels evenly spaced out, would be the kind you want. Don’t just get an umbrella stroller, sure they’re cheap, but trying to get them to do what you want is a pain. If your concern isn’t with price, but with being able to have your infant have a smooth ride and you not struggle with turning or moving it; you’ll want a jogger stroller.
If you plan on leaving your home often with your infant, you’ll want a travel system.
Not only is it more affordable than buying a carseat and stroller separately, but it also ensures that the carseat can latch into the stroller, so you won’t have to wake your little one up to put them in the stroller!
You can get a travel system with a regular stroller or a jogger stroller; my husband insists on getting a jogger stroller travel system this time around!
If you’re planning on hiking, or going on long walks with your little one; you’ll want a baby carrier.
If you’re going to be home most of the time and want to get things done while holding your newborn; you’ll want a baby wrap.
This is one thing I still have, luckily! My girls have been using them with their dolls; both the carrier, and boba wrap I have.
Finding the one that you like best can take some time, or you can simply pick one and try it out. You won’t know if you like it or not until you actually start using it, and if you don’t use it then there’s no point in having it.
I always thought I’d like a wrap more than a carrier, so I got the boba wrap for my second daughter and I ended up barely even using it because I worked outside the home at that point and wasn’t home with her all day long. We’ll see this time around if I end up using it, since I’ll be home with my next baby all day long.
This will help with your nerves when driving with a brand new baby in the car.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always nervous when driving with little ones, especially when they’re quiet. Having a mirror to be able to see what they’re up to, or if they’re sleeping is certainly reassuring!
There are rings with little toys on them that your baby will love to hit and grab at when a couple months old! The one above is even soft and has plenty of interesting things, and colors for your baby to look at, like a mirror.
Sometimes some bright toys or something for them to play with will help calm them down if crying in the car; no one likes driving with a screaming infant in the car!
This will help keep the sun out of your babies eyes while you’re driving. Don’t skimp and get a cheap one, make sure it works well and won’t fall down or spring up while driving. The only reason you won’t need one of these is if you have very dark window tints on your car.
A shopping cart cover like the one above is meant for infants who can already sit up. It’s meant to help protect babies from the germs on shopping carts, which I’m sure there are tons of and some babies like chewing on everything they can. However, it’s one more thing to remember to bring to the store.
When I had my first daughter, the shopping cart covers were the only thing available to protect her from all the germs on shopping carts; and she obviously couldn’t use it til she was able to sit up. Now, they’ve invented a shopping cart hammock to use with younger infants and not take up as much space in the cart; at least not as much space as putting their whole carseat in the cart!
There are tons of options for diaper bags now-a-days, and this is something you’ll absolutely need. You’ll need one whether you are simply running errands with your little one, or if you ever leave them with a baby sitter somewhere that is not your own home.
There are many different looks to diaper bags and you’ll have to choose the type you prefer. You’ll find some that look like baby diaper bags, purses, or even bookbags; so think of which would be best for you. Just know, when you go out with your baby, you’ll most likely have it double as your purse, too.
My current diaper bag looks somewhat likes a purse, and has an outer pocket that I use for my stuff.
You’re probably thinking that I’m missing a few things on the list above.
The list in this post is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but something to get you started and guide you to what you need for when you go out with your little one. The items here are the most important items to consider when leaving the home with an infant. You may need more or less, depending on your situation. For example, a pacifier may come in handy, and that would be something you put in the diaper bag that you get/have. But, to review quickly, the items above…
A bassinet is a great investment (you can even get a new one for like $50); it’ll help you sleep better at night knowing your baby is in the same room as you for the first few months, whether you choose to co-sleep or have them sleep in their own crib after.
Many people may skip a bassinet. And, if you choose to have your infant sleep in a crib, it probably doesn’t make sense to buy a bassinet, too.
But, if your a breastfeeding mom and your baby wakes up every two hours during the night, you’re going to want them to be right next to you. Trust me, you’re not going to want to stumble through your house half asleep to get to your crying infant. So, unless you’re going to be setting up the baby’s crib in your room, you should seriously consider a bassinet.
And, for us breastfeeding moms who plan to co-sleep; a bassinet makes complete sense. It can be nerve wracking for the first few months of your baby’s life to have them sleep in the same bed as you. It’s better to gradually let it happen on it’s own. And unless you infant sleeps sleeps well at night, it will happen.
So, in the beginning it’s best to get a bassinet for you infant to sleep in, so they have their own space.
If you’re not breastfeeding and you plan on having your infant sleep in a crib in their own room, then maybe you don’t need a bassinet because you’ll have to leave the room anyways to get them a bottle. The choice is yours.
I personally plan on getting a bassinet for my next little one!
If you want to co-sleep, but feel you may accidentally roll over on your baby, this would be a great thing to have. Though, I’ve never used one, and we co-slept with our babies til the next one was born (3 years…).
I know people who love these for their baby’s though, and would be very nervous to have their infants in their bed without one.
So, if that’s you, then go ahead and grab one of these to help your nerves. We’re sleep deprived enough as new moms, no sense in having to constantly worry about rolling over on our baby’s, too!
If you don’t plan to co-sleep; you’ll need a crib. I think this is pretty self-explainable!
Many people go with buying a crib, especially they’ve set up an adorable little nursery for their little one.
Some people go with a crib, thinking that their infant will actually sleep in it, and then find out they won’t; so they end up co-sleeping anyways.
I had a crib for my first child, but only because it was a hand-me-down crib that my nephew had use. My daughter did not sleep in it well, she just wanted to be snuggled up with mommy when little, like most babies do. They love the comfort and warmth that comes with us holding them while they sleep.
However, this is a personal preference and depends on your unique situation. Such as whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, plan to co-sleep or have them sleep in their own crib from day one, and if you have the budget for one or get a hand me down.
I know, most people will probably tell you that you NEED a crib, but that’s just not true. At least, not if it’s your baby your about to have. I’m sure there’s laws about needing a crib if you adopt an infant or gain custody of one.
If you choose to not co-sleep, you won’t only need a crib, but also a crib mattress. You obviously can’t just have them sleep in a crib without one. And, unfortunately, when you buy a crib, it doesn’t come with a mattress; they are sold separately.
When looking for a baby mattress, you’ll want to try to find one that’s already waterproof. It doesn’t matter what you put on them at night, but babies will find a way to wet through everything at some point or another. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you plan to co-sleep, but want to get your child a toddler bed; you’ll still need a crib mattress.
With our first daughter, when we got the hand me down crib, we were also fortunate enough that my husbands old neighbors had an almost brand new baby mattress that was never even used; it was still in the plastic wrap. So, we were given that and our daughter finally started to sleep in a toddler bed, by herself, by the time her little sister was born.
So, if you buy a crib and mattress for your baby and they don’t end up using it while an infant, just know that you didn’t completely waste your money. You’ll get a second chance for using the mattress, and if you bought a crib that turns into a toddler, or regular, bed, even better!
For safety reasons, babies should not have blankets on them while sleeping; these will keep them warm during the cold months and help them stay asleep!
As for swaddle blankets, those will keep them all snug and secure, like they were before they were born, and help them sleep better.
I can’t tell you how amazing it was when I first bought a swaddle blanket for my first baby, when she was three months old; she slept so much better with not being able to pull her arms out and wake herself up!
The Complete List of What You Need for Feeding an Infant
Everyone NEEDS to eat! If you’re a new mom, then feeding an infant may seem foreign to you, especially if you have chosen to breastfeed.
When you become a parent, there will be a lot of new skills you may have to learn; from diaper changes and feeding, to learning how to deal with a colicky newborn and helping them burp!
When feeding an infant, there’s a few ways to go about it; keep them on a schedule or feed them on demand.
You also need to decide whether you will bottle feed or breastfeed; this is a personal decision that only you can decide. And, then of course, you will have to introduce your infant to solid foods (usually around 4-6 months of age); then you’ll get to decide between making home made baby food, buying it, or a mix of both.
The way you choose to do it is up to you; the important thing is to make sure they are eating enough.
Luckily, there are some items available to help ensure your infant is fed well, and always has enough to eat!
I breastfed both of my girls, and am planning on breastfeeding my third little girl, as well. My first nursed til 2 and a half years old; my second one til she was 3 (just a few months ago).
So, you can say I have a bit of experience breastfeeding; it came pretty naturally to me.
Don’t feel bad if it doesn’t come naturally to you. There are a lot of variables to consider when starting to breastfeed. It’s a brand new skill for both you and your baby; you have to learn how to hold them and help them, while they have to learn to latch.
Many new moms may even say it’s painful to nurse. I, luckily, didn’t have this issue, at least not until I became a few months pregnant with my next child; this is when each child stopped nursing.
If you experience pain while breastfeeding, many moms will get ice packs to put inside their bras, or get creams (like these) for cracked nipples. Again, I never had this issue, so I can’t tell you which ones work best.
If you’ve never breastfed before, this may surprise you, but you will leak!
If you hear your baby cry, or really any baby for that matter, then you’ll experience let-down. Which is where you release milk, whether your baby is trying to nurse of not.
This can happen at any time of the day for no reason! So, you’ll want to be prepared and be using nursing pads at all times.
I still remember right after I started going back to my college classes after my first daughter was born; I had leaked right through one of my shirts while in class. And, it was a small seminar class where everyone sat at one long table!
So, a jacket to cover up if you go outside your home, or an extra shirt, would be a great thing to keep with you at all times, too!
If you plan on breastfeeding, you’ll want one of these.
If you’re going back to work after maternity leave; you’ll absolutely need one.
But, even if you get to stay home with your baby, you’ll want one so you can have some back up bottles in the fridge or freezer. These will be for if you ever leave your baby with someone else, if your husband decides to get up and feed the baby in the middle of the night, or if you go out with your baby and don’t feel comfortable breastfeeding in public.
There is nothing wrong with breastfeeding your baby in public, so it’s completely up to you and whether you feel comfortable or not doing it.
But, you never know when you may need some extra milk for your infant, and it’s better to be prepared with properly stored breastmilk, than just hope that you will always be able to feed them when needed.
If you’re pumping milk, you’ll probably want milk storage bags to store the milk in.
Or, if you have a chest freezer, or a lot of extra space in your freezer for bottle, you can always just store the milk in extra bottles. That’s what I did with my last daughter when I was working full time. I did the math back then and it was cheaper to get the cheap bottles store milk in those and re-use, rather than buy breast milk storage bags.
However, if you don’t have a lot of space, or won’t be pumping a ton of bottles; then you may as well get the storage bags.
If you Choose to Bottle Feed…
I never formula fed my girls, but I know you will need:
Obviously, if you bottle feed, you’ll need formula.
There are different kinds of formula and it tends to be rather expensive.
I can’t tell you what kind to get, you’ll want to speak with your babies pediatrician about that.
If price is a concern, you can see if you qualify for WIC in your state, which will help pay for formula for infants, and other food when they get a little older, up to 5 years old. You could even see if you qualify for it before having your baby, they can help pay for certain food for pregnant women, as well.
A boppy will save your back when feeding your baby, whether you breastfeed or bottle feed.
They give your arms, back, and shoulders a rest, all while helping support your infant so they’re comfy, too!
You won’t have to deal with trying to find something to prop your arms up on to give them a little rest while feeding. This is really helpful if you decide to breastfeed, a normal breastfeeding session can last as long as 20 minutes on each side, or longer! (So, go ahead and binge watch Friends while you nurse; you’re stuck in one place anyways and there’s limited other things you can do.)
Again, you’ll want bottles whether you breastfeed or bottle feed. Some babies are picky and will only drink from certain ones, so don’t stock up on one brand. Try out a few different kind. For my breastfed babies, they drank from tommee tippee, NUK, or Avent bottles. No other kind would work for them. (My first used tommee tippee, while my second refused that brand and would only drink from a NUK or Avent bottle.)
All babies are different, though, so if your baby won’t take any of those, try another brand.
Honestly, everyone should own a bottle brush, whether to wash bottles, or other dishes. But, these are generally the only way to get to the bottom of a bottle to get it clean. And, having clean bottles for an infant is very important!
You can get a special drying rack for baby bottles. Or, you may not need one. If the bottles are dishwasher safe, and you have a dishwasher, you could use that. I have a drying mat for doing dishes, since I don’t have a dishwasher, and that’ll be what I use.
These are super useful, especially for those watching your baby when you’re not with them. When I worked full time when my second child was an infant, I don’t think my husband could have lived without a bottle warmer!
Plus, when your baby starts eating baby food, you may be able to use your bottle warmer to warm up their food, too! Especially if you batch baby food and freeze it, so you know you’ll never run out!
They will need bibs before they start eating baby food. Some babies will need to wear bibs all the time due to spit up or drool. So, make sure you have at least a few of these.
You need burp clothes to attempt to protect your own clothes from baby spit up, especially when you try to burp them. Burp clothes also come in useful when your first starting to breastfeed a newborn and they aren’t that great at latching yet; otherwise breast milk will go everywhere!
Now, this could simply be your couch or a chair you already have; that’s what it’s always been for me.
Or, you can get a rocker or glider specifically for feeding or getting your baby to sleep. Generally, if you have a nice big nursery set up for your newborn and plan on keeping them in their own room to sleep; you’ll want one in that room.
You can get away with just buying baby spoons and just feed them straight from the jar of baby food, but having a bowl to seperate a little out into would be a great thing to have. Especially when they first start eating, you never know how much they’ll eat, and you won’t want to waste a ton of baby food. This is certainly true if you don’t make it yourself!
And, sometimes babies will get grabby and try to take the food from you, so it’s safer to have it in a plastic bowl than in a glass jar when feeding them!
There are a lot of options for making home made baby food and storing it. You can get a fancy machine that’ll steam the fresh produce, then one that will puree it, and another to add it to a little pouch. If you like fancy things like that; go right ahead. I’ll use what I already have, besides the storage containers.
All you ready need is a pot to boil the produce in, or make baby cereal in. An appliance with a grinding blade, like a nutribullet, food processor, or even a coffee grinder; this is for drinking oats or rice into baby cereal powder. And you’ll need something to puree the produce, again, this could be a nutribullet, or even just a high speed blender.
To store baby food, I’ll be getting these. I got them with the baby bullet with my first daughter, and was able to use the containers with my second; since then, they have been played with and colored on by both my girls, so I’ll need to get new.
Sometimes they keep wanting to suck on something while asleep, this could cause an issue. But, with pacifiers, you can quickly switch out your nipple, or the baby’s bottle, for a pacifier to help keep them asleep!
Don’t think your baby just won’t take a pacifier if the first one you try, your infant won’t take. Some infants are picky and it’ll take trying a few brands out before they find one they like.
My second daughter would only take a NUK pacifier, pictured above. These pacifiers seem to other babies favorites, as well; when I worked at a childcare center, it seemed like all the infants there had that kind.
Items You’ll Need for Feeding an Infant
You could go as minimal, or as expensive as you’d like for getting the items you need for feeding your infant.
I have always, and will always, plan to breastfeed and make home made baby food for my little ones. I find this to be the cheapest, and best way to feed my girls for my family, situation, and lifestyle.
How you feed your infant will be up to you, or your situation. Some moms are physically unable to breastfeed, no matter how hard they try. Sometimes, for working moms, it’s hard to find time to make home made baby food; so store bought will have to do.
No one likes to think about having to diaper change a baby!
It can be gross, messy, and you’ve probably heard stories about parents getting ‘stuff’ on them while changing their baby’s diapers!
Maybe you and your husband even slightly fight about changing diapers, and who has to change the next one. It doesn’t really matter who does it, as long as it gets done. And, the items below are ones you will NEED, or at least find helpful in changing baby diapers.
So, stop worrying about who changes the next diaper, just make sure who ever does it is prepared and has what they need!
Whether you choose to cloth diaper your child or use disposable ones; now, that’s up to you and is a personal preference.
My husband hates the thought of having gross clothe baby diapers go through the wash in the same machine we use to wash everything else; and I’m sure he would never change a single diaper if we went with clothe diapers, so we sadly use disposable ones. They are easier to use, and change baby diapers when outside of the home; you can’t simply throw out a smelly diaper if it’s a clothe diaper.
However, if you have no fear of how clothe diapers are washed, and don’t go out much; you may want to opt for clothe diapers, as they will save you tons of money in the long one.
And, like with diapers, I don’t have experience using clothe wipes. However, if you choose disposable ones, make sure they are unscented! (Like the ones pictured above.) Scented wipes have extra ingredients that are unneeded and may irritate your baby’s bottom, or even hurt them when you wipe them.
If they have a rash, scented wipes can make their rash even worse; no reason to put your baby through that type of pain.
I’ve always used 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!
Both types work well, and rather quickly. But, choose what you’re comfortable putting on your babies bottom. I’ve heard butt paste works well, too.
Ultimately, the type you choose will be up to you, but unscented and natural ones will be your best bets for working well!
I don’t remember using this too often with my girls, but I know we always had it around. If you have a baby shower, someone will probably get this for you; keep it with other diapering supplies, just in case you choose to use it.
Pee Guard for Little Boys
I don’t have any boys, but I still remember my mom telling me how when my dad tried changing one of my brothers diapers, that he was peed on…in the face.
So, if you’re having a little boy, you may want to consider one of these; or at least remember to always keep them covered, whether with another diaper, clothe, or you could probably even just use a wipe.
You could certainly change your baby on the floor, your bed, or the couch. However, when it comes to really messy diapers, like the blowout diapers you may have heard of; you will want a changing pad. You can get a water proof changing pad and a regular cover, or a waterproof cover to put over a non water proof changing pad.
Some of the messes you baby will make in there diapers simply go everywhere; you wouldn’t want to start changing your baby on your bed and half way through find out the mess is all the way up their back to their necks!
Changing tables are super useful, especially right after giving birth and it may be difficult to sit, or bend over much, to change your baby.
Plus, many changing tables will have shelves underneath to hold baby items you’ll need, like diapers, wipes, and clean clothes.
With my first daughter I had a changing table with shelves underneath it, however I was more comfortable sitting on the floor to change her diaper. My husband, on the other hand, used the changing table to change her most times.
If you end up getting one and not using it to actually change your baby on, it’s always great to use to simply store baby items on!
Checklist for What You Need for a Baby’s Diaper Change
Feel free to sign up to receive this free checklist to print out to make sure you have everything you need for diaper changes! (You’ll get other checklists, as well, to help you prepare for your baby.)
The Newborn Clothes Checklist for what you actually NEED, and more!
If you’re pregnant and preparing for your baby, you know that there are a lot of baby items out there you can buy. Some are practical and absolutely necessary, whereas others would simply be nice to have or are a luxury.
Baby clothes run on both sides of the line; as babies need clothes, yet some are super expensive and adorable depending on where you shop.
Well, that is going to depend on a few things, such as whether they are a newborn girl or boy, along with the season they are born in.
But, let’s start with the basics and then get into the specifics of what they would need if born in, say, winter, or any other season.
Coming Home Outfit
This can be super adorable and special!
Or, simply an outfit that you think your baby will be comfortable in.
It’s really up to you, and it doesn’t really matter as much as you probably think it does. Unless of course, if you’re going to be taking tons of photos and care what others think of your babies clothing style from the second or third day after they are born.
You may want to pack a few options in your hospital bag, different sizes, too. Even if you have an ultrasound not long before going to labor and they tell you how much your baby should weigh, doesn’t mean that’s how much your baby will weigh.
If you’re expecting to go into labor early or have a low weight baby, such as with multiples or have complications in pregnancy, make sure to get preemie clothing.
Otherwise, you should pack newborn and size 0-3 month outfits. Some babies are simply big when they come out and won’t fit in newborn clothes.
They are great for them to wear under pj’s or other clothes in the winter (and fall, and spring), as an extra layer. Or, double up their use in the summer and use them as a simple shirt.
They protect babies from hot or cold snaps on their clothes.
My next baby is due in the summer, so I have a feeling she’s going to be spending most of her time in onsies, and maybe shorts, skirts, or dresses, too!
You will want to have a lot of these on hand, at least 5 to 10 in each size (newborn, 0-3, ad 3-6 months, to start off); depending on how often you need to change their clothes and how often you want to do the wash. You may even want more!
They can help protect more expensive (or cuter) clothes from diaper blow outs; maybe not entirely every time, but better than nothing. With that being said, these may need to be changed multiple times a day.
I still remember when my oldest was a newborn, I’d have to change her clothes at least 5 times a day; simply from her wetting through (while we were still testing out which diapers to get her), diaper blowouts, or spit up covering her outfit. All babies are different, so your baby may be able to stay in the same outfit all day long; my second baby was like that!
Just like, and with, onsies; babies live in pj’s, at least in the colder weather and when home. In the northwest and northeast, that means fall through spring.
When my oldest was a newborn, whenever I wasn’t with her, either my mom or cousin watched her; so she was always just in pj’s and a onsie. At least until summer.
They are super comfy and much easier to change diapers in than ‘normal’ day clothes for infants. Plus, newborns sleep most of the day anyways, might as well stay in pj’s!
Also like onsies, you should have 5-10 sets of one piece pj’s for each size. Be sure to leave tags on any new newborn sized pj’s, just in case your baby doesn’t fit into them and you need to return them; pj’s aren’t usually as cheap as onsies.
Babies, like us, lose most of the heat in their bodies from either their feet or their heads. So, unless it’s super warm out, you’ll want to make sure your baby is wearing socks; no matter how cute their little baby feet are!
You’ll want to have 4-8 pairs of socks or booties, which is about how many will come in a single pack. These are far enough away from their mouths, from spit up, and their bottoms, from wetting through or blow outs; so you shouldn’t need to change them more than once a day.
And, you will want them on your baby as much as they will keep them on!
I didn’t know this with my first baby, but babies nails grow really fast; too fast to cute every time needed.
So, they accidentally scratch themselves, and us. It’s not pleasant; grab these and make sure you have a pair in different places so you’ll never be without them. Such as: where they sleep, their diaper bag, the main part of the home they’re in, etc.
2-4 pairs of Mittens should be enough, unless your baby constantly has their hands in their mouths and soaks the mittens; then you may need a few more pairs.
Swaddle blankets are a life saver, or at least a sanity saver.
They make swaddling your baby super easy! No struggling with trying to do origami with a blanket while keeping your baby inside it. For some of these, you simply stick your babies feet in, pull it up, and fold each side over and secure; that’s it!
Plus, your baby shouldn’t be able to get their arms out; they’ll feel nice and snug and secure, just like when in your womb. This helps them sleep longer!! Which means YOU can sleep longer!
Babies, like us, lose most of the heat in their bodies from either their feet or their heads. So, in the fall, winter, and spring, they’ll need a hat to keep them warm.
Hats will also protect them from the sun when outside; so you’ll want them in the summer, too.
Baby hats will also hide the top of their heads, in case they had a hard time coming out and their head is a little odd looking before their skull finishes forming and fusing.
1-3 baby hats will be enough, unless you want to try to coordinate their hats with their outfits; then it’s simply up to your own preference for how many you’ll need. Make sure to get hats appropriate for the season your baby is born in!
There are some really cute baby dresses available, especially for special occasions!
Or, simple summer dresses to keep little baby girls cool in the summer. These aren’t necessary, and obviously not needed for baby boys, but it does make dressing your little girl a little more fun!
Unless your baby is born in the summer and is going to practically live in light summer dresses; you shouldn’t need many. With a baby boy you don’t need these at all. This clothing is completely optional for baby girls, as well.
But, I’m planning on having at least 3-5 light summer dresses for my baby girl to wear through out the summer! Don’t forget about special occasions, if you’d like to dress your baby up for them; such as Christmas, Easter, and other Holidays!
Unless you plan on keeping you baby in onsies, pj’s, and dresses at all times; you may want some other clothing options.
They don’t have to be expensive; they can be, but don’t have to be. Ask for hand me downs, check out consignment or thrift shops, shop at garage sales; whatever you need to do. There are even some stores with great clearance sections to find really inexpensive clothes.
Winter babies should have long sleeved shirts and long pants, while summer babies will need short sleeves and shorts. Depending on how often you want to do laundry and how often you go out, you may only need 4-8 of each of these (or outfits).
As cute as baby shoes are, and fun to shop for! There’s no use for them until your baby starts to walk.
If your baby is born in the winter and you’re worried about their feet getting cold, you can always put little booties on them, like these.
Otherwise, they’re just there for fashion obsessed mama’s to put on their babies. You’re seriously better off putting your money elsewhere until they start to walk.
These are super important to have on hand if it’s not hot out, or hot where the baby sleeps.
Either these or swaddle blankets.
For safety reasons, babies should not have blankets on them while sleeping; these will keep them warm during the cold months and help them stay asleep!
If you live in a place where it’s cold (or cool) most of the year, you’ll want at least 3-5 of these, possibly more! Many come in a size where they will fit babies in sizes 0-9 months. Of course, not all are like this, so be sure to look at the sizes!
If your baby is born in the winter, you’ll want to make sure you have a snowsuit for them for when you have to go out. The one like in the picture above is probably the best kind to get, as it makes it easier to buckle your baby in their carseat!
You may need some other warm outerwear, as well, depending on which snowsuit you choose and how cold it is where you live. For example, they may need a winter hat to wear under their hood.
Babies may not need a ton of things when they are first born, but they will need clothes!
Newborns grow pretty quickly, at least after they figure out how to eat and start gaining weight. So, be sure to not take tags off of newborn baby clothes until you plan on putting them on your baby.
You’ll want to be prepared with clothes in the following sizes, if possible, when baby is born:
preemie (these may not be needed)
newborn (surprisingly, these may not even be needed)
My second daughter wore newborn sized clothing for maybe a week after she was born, and I’m quite certain my cousins first daughter didn’t even fit in newborn clothes right after she was born. So, make sure you don’t stock up on only newborn clothes, thinking that’s all you’ll need for a little while.
Babies grow the most, and go through the most sizes, in their first year of life. You may be able to get away with less clothes than suggested above (for each size), or you may need more. It’s not really something you can guess at, sometimes you just learn what, and how much, you’ll need along the way.
The number of items below should be used as a guide, not a ‘you will only need this many’ or ‘should only need this many’ type of list. Of course, if you get hand me downs, and a ton of them, keep them all in case you need them; don’t pick and choose a certain number from the clothes offered to you because of the ‘suggested’ number of items.
Guide for baby clothes checklist:
Coming Home Outfit: 2 (one in size newborn, one in size 0-3 months)
The Best Blogging Resources That Will Actually Move Your Blog Forward!
Thinking about starting a blog, but don’t know where to start?
Or, maybe you have a blog but feel stuck in your place and feel like you’ll never get your blog to grow, it just won’t budge!
Trust me, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
There is so much information out there on blogging:
What’s working for one person.
What worked back in 2016.
Viral pins that give other bloggers what seems to be overnight success, and then they try to teach you how they did it. But, in all honesty, they have no idea themselves. Maybe they had had great keywords and actually knew what they were doing…..or, it got picked up by a much more successful blogger and was shared with thousands of more readers because of that.
I’ve been working my way through blogging ecourses and ebooks for the past two years. They, in general, have a lot more useful information in them than any blog post will. That’s why people pay for them.
And, some are great and moved the needle forward for me, whereas others (that I won’t mention) did nothing for my blog, even when completely implemented!
In this post you’ll find:
the best tools to help you start and grow your blog
Ebooks and Courses to help you gain traffic through Pinterest or SEO (google traffic)
the best company ever that you need to be aware of when their Blogging Bundle is on sale
resources to help you make sure your blog is legal
and more to come!!
This is not an exhaustive list of resources, and as I learn more and more about blogging through amazing ebooks and courses, this post will be updated to reflect them. So, make sure you bookmark this, or pin the image below to your blogging related board on Pinterest, to make sure you can refer back to it!
So, do yourself a favor, and don’t go with Bluehost.
The second hosting company I tried, and am still with is Siteground (<– notice, affiliate link, this company is great)!!
Siteground has amazing customer service. It’s like they actually care! Which is very rare to find in customer service representatives nowadays.
Their prices are comparable to Bluehost, but much better quality hosting. Since I switched to them, I haven’t had a single instance where my site was down! Plus, they make it super simple to upgrade your plan when your blog traffic increases and you outgrow the plan you’re on.
I started with their lowest plan, and after taking this course, I had to upgrade to their GrowBig plan because my traffic kept increasing!
So, if you’re not getting at least over 100K pageviews, or probably even sessions, a month; I’d highly recommend Siteground!
If you are getting plenty of traffic, too much for Siteground to handle; I’ve heard that BigScoots is great, though, I’ve never used them myself.
There are two major platforms to use for blogging that have pretty much become the standard.
They are WordPress.org and squarespace.
My preference has always been wordpress.org because there’s a lot more you can customize with it. Many, many successful bloggers, like those who you see pushing out income reports of $10K+ months, use wordpress.org. Plus, Siteground has a plan specifically for this platform, so it just makes sense.
Since it’s so popular, there’s plenty of sources to get help with it if you ever feel lost! (Like Youtube, Google, and this amazing and FREE course.)
Many bloggers will tell you that one theme is way better than another and have a strong preference. Honestly, this one is up to you and how you want your site to look.
I started with a free theme and then moved to one that was paid after about 10 months of blogging. It was actually a bonus in The Genius Bloggers Toolkit, so the theme felt free to me, but has the quality of a paid theme. The theme I have right now is Isabelle from Bluchic. There’s a very good chance I’ll change themes again along my blogging journey.
And, if you really want, you could have a completely customized theme.
If you ever find a site that you love the theme (look) of, most blogs will show at the bottom of the site where the theme is from.
Photo Editor or Graphics Editor
There are many different ways to make photos or graphics for your blog or to post on social media.
There’s paid and free options, photo editing, or simple graphic design editors. What you use may be based on preference, or on what you can afford.
If you haven’t been able to tell already, I’m a bit frugal when it comes to blogging (or any type of) expenses. So, I use the free version of canva to create graphics for my blog, my pins, and other social media graphics.
If for any reason I need something more extensive to edit a photo, such as making the background transparent (like for logos), I’ll use GIMP; also a free program.
Social Media Accounts
These are obviously, and luckily, free, even for business accounts.
There are four main social media platforms you’ll want to grab your blogs name for right away, and those are:
and, if you’re big on video, you’ll want Youtube, as well
And, because you’ll ask if you are just starting out, it’s really up to you whether you switch your personal account to a business account, or start fresh with a new account. You’ll most likely want to just start new accounts that are business accounts, that’s what I did. Though, I only had a Pinterest account, with like 7 followers on it, before I started blogging. So, your situation may be slightly different!
You will need a business account, though. If you don’t have a business account then you won’t have access to useful analytics. And those analytics can help you and your blog grow!
The Best Tools to Grow Your Blog
So, you know I’m not big on spending money, so there won’t be too many tools in this section, and what is in this section will either save you money, sanity, or time, in the long run (or short term)!
I could not blog and stay consistent on Pinterest without Tailwind. No question about it!
My first year of blogging, I did not have Tailwind; I pinned manually.
It sucked, it took so much time. I tried different systems, ones I read about or tried creating myself. The best I got was spending 30-60 minutes a day pinning on Pinterest. Now, that may not seem like a long time, but when you’re a mom and have limited time during the day to work on your blog in the first place; it’s a lot of time. And, that’s not even including the time it took to create the pins, that’s just pinning time!
Now, I schedule pins for new posts as soon as I finish the post, and spend maybe an hour or two a week, or every other week, filling up the rest of my pinning schedule on Tailwind.
Bloggers need an email service provider to grow their email list, grow their blog, and not get in any huge legal trouble. It’s just how it is, and there are some email providers that are better than others.
The great thing about the list you grow, is it’s yours. You control how often you speak to the people on your list and what they see from you (as long as they open up your emails).
The best email service provider out there, that is simple to use and has great customer service, is Convertkit.
The only reason you shouldn’t use Convertkit is if you can’t afford it, whether paying annually or monthly.
Convertkit is usually offering a free trial of some length at all times, in case you want to try it out before paying for it; check it out here!
If your concern is price, the next best email service provider, that’s free to start out, would be Mailerlite. This is the email service provider I currently use. It’s free up to 1,000 email subscribers. Once I hit that number, I’ll be moving my list over to Convertkit since they have a better deliverability rate, which means a better open rate, too!
As a disclaimer, Mailerlite did have some issues being marked as spam last year, which I believe has affected how well they actually deliver the emails, and have them not end up in subscribers spam folders. Many bloggers, including myself, saw a decrease in open rates after their issue, and it hasn’t gone back up much since then. I’d still recommend them over Mailchimp, though, which was the first email provider I had.
Ebooks are a great way to learn and grow your blog, especially if reading is how you absorb information the best, like I do!
You can go at your own pace, don’t have to worry about waking up little ones by watching, or listening, to a video, and can read just about anywhere if you download the ebooks on your phone. I have my google drive synced to my phone, so I always have all my ebooks with me!
Another great thing about ebooks is the price, at least compared to the same information that’s put into an ecourse. The downside is that there are a lot of ebooks out there promising more than they actually deliver; whether the author had a lucky break and thinks what they did will lead to everyone having success or they’re just trying to sell more copies to make money. But, there are some out there that will lead you to either success, at least if you do the work and apply what you learn from them.
The books below have helped my traffic, and understanding of Pinterest, improve; along with helping me never feel stuck on what I should write about next. No writers block here!
Written by the PotPieGirl, aka Jennifer from potpiegirl.com (and other blogs)
This Ebook is about Pinterest and how to gain traffic using what Pinterest gives us to work with. There’s a lot in this ebook about how to create personal board titles. Along with where to find examples to get on Pinterests radar and to have pins start showing up more in search results and other places on Pinterest to be found and get shown to Pinterest users. She also teaches in the ebook, where to pin your pins first, along with a lot more!
Jennifer also has a knack for finding unique strategies, or ways of doing things, that other bloggers hadn’t even thought of before. I had read multiple other ebooks and ecourse on Pinterest before reading this ebook, and I kept having aha moments while reading it!
This Ebook will ensure you always have something to write about!
Many bloggers, after a little while, will not know what to write about. They may have had a long list of ideas for posts when just starting out, and then that list dwindles down to almost nothing. After reading this ebook (which is super cheap and sold on Amazon) you will not have that problem. It is packed full of action items and bonus worksheets to help you process the information and apply it to your own blog!
I read this book as soon as I got in (in The Genius Bloggers Toolkit) and I have so many post ideas; I don’t know how I’ll ever get to them all! And, the ideas just keep flowing, and flowing, and flowing; I would have to stop the flow of ideas and write at least one post a day for the next year to get through all my post ideas now. (OK, that may be an exaggeration, but you get the point!)
Carly knows her stuff when it comes to Pinterest! There is no denying that. Though, the timing of me getting this ebook and starting to deep dive into learning everything I could about Pinterest started around the same time. So, a lot of what I know about Pinterest and how it works is due this ebook!
She does take the manual pinning approach for Pinterest. Which in all honesty, is what you should do when you are first starting out on Pinterest; so you can pay attention and learn how it works on the platform itself, instead of just learning how a scheduler works. However, you can use a scheduler with her strategies and still get a ton out of this resource!
The best part is, it was updated this past year because of updates that were done on Pinterest over last summer!
She actually turned it into an ecourse, and now it’s even more amazing! You can see, hear, and read what she’s talking about, instead of just reading. Which makes it excellent for all types of learners, not just those who learn best through reading.
Resources that the creator keeps updating are always the best type of resources to get, at least in my opinion!
This is by far, one of the best courses/bootcamps I’ve signed up for! If you click here and scroll down, you’ll even be able to see my testimonial! And, it says it doubled my page views, but it really helped me at least triple them! The course/bootcamp was a month long, started the last week of July, and within the second week of August you can see the first spike in traffic! I can’t guarantee results like these for everyone who enrolls in the course. You have to do the work and implement everything for the course to work for you.
It is also super affordable! Caroline is a finance/budget blogger when not writing about blogging; maybe that’s why she made it super affordable, that even beginning bloggers barely making any money yet can actually afford it. I’m not 100% sure, but that’s my guess.
Check out the sales page here! It was meant to be taken in the late summer to prepare for the upcoming holiday season, but in all honesty, you can get a lot out of it anytime of the year.
This course covers a lot! From Pinterest to SEO, and strategies for both! She goes in detail in some of the lessons to teach you how to design pins, even if you’re not great at graphics! Elna starts the course out with some basics, like how to gain domain authority (for SEO) with guest posts, and then goes much more in depth to get google traffic and traffic from Pinterest. She even shows exactly how she was able to grow her blogs by 40K pageviews a month!
I’ve gone through the course twice so far; once when I first got it and had no idea what I was doing yet, then again after she updated it in 2018. I got a lot more out of it the second time around, probably because I actually implemented some of what I learned. She also recently notified her Facebook Group (which I’m in) that she is working on updating the course again, and she wanted our feedback for what to put in it! As soon as she is done with the update I will be going through this course again, and this time I will spend the time to implement everything I learn.
*I’m also currently going through EBA and DTC. EBA feels more like an outline, or one path for blogging, a ton of encouragement to help you feel like you’ll be successful eventually, no matter what (it may just years to get there). DTC is more for people who want the actual strategies that will help them become successful; there is no fluff and the instructor is willing to simply tell it how it is.
The Best Company to Know About to Get the Best Deal Ever on Blogging Resources
And, I’m not just saying that because I’m an affiliate for them!
What they do is bundle together a ton of amazing digital products created by successful bloggers and sell the bundle for super cheap! There’s usually some pretty great bonuses, too! The bonuses are from bigger companies; some are digital and some are physical products where all you have to pay for is shipping.
(Don’t worry, all of the bloggers who have products in these bundles gave permission and had to submit their product to be looked at and tested by the company before being chosen.)
The products in this bundle change every year, but it only goes on sale once a year, so go here to sign up to be notified when it goes on sale. You don’t want to miss it! (Sometimes there will be a flash sale, too! Super important to get on their email list to know when and if that happens!)
Some of their bundles will be available longer than just a few days or a week, but won’t be as cheap as they were during their dedicated sales period.
But, what she does is provides information to growing bloggers who may not be able to afford hire a lawyer to do all the legal stuff for them. Some of the resources she offers are free, and some are paid.
I’ve actually used 2 of her paid resources, and they were packed full of information!
Her course Blog and Be Legal is amazing, especially if you’re a new blogger or don’t know much about the legal side of blogging.
Even after researching and trying to find and piece together everything I could about what I needed to blog legally; this course brought up even more important points to consider, and implement, to make sure your blog is legal!
Go ahead and check it out here! (It even includes bonus templates for the Terms and Conditions, Copyright, and Disclaimer statements that you need to have on your blog!)
The other resource I have from Jackie is her ebook The Bloggers Handbook for Keeping it Legal. This ebook discusses legal issues like protecting your own content, partnerships with other bloggers (so you don’t get gypped), give aways, taxes (yuck), and more! It’s even been updated to include GDPR info! (If you don’t know what GDPR is and have an email list with anyone from the EU on it; you better go find out now!)
There’s A LOT of Blogging Resources Out There!
There is so much information on blogging and becoming successful with a blog; it can at the very least make your head spin.
You could spend months, or even years, trying to learn all you possibly can about blogging, and there’ll still be more to learn!
Honestly, the best way to learn, and learn what actually works is to go and start your blog, use the tools above you think will be most useful for you and the lifestyle you want (I couldn’t do this without Tailwind- get your first month free here), start with one ebook or course, and then start implementing everything it tells you to do.
You’re not going to be successful overnight.
You probably won’t even start making money for, at least, a couple of months. And, if it takes longer than that to even make $10; know that it’s to be expected and that blogging is a long term game, not a quick win.
Many of the bloggers who created the courses and ebooks above; it took them a few years to become as successful as they are! Luckily, we can learn from how they found success, so maybe it won’t take us as long.
I made the mistake of not investing much in blogging education for my entire first year in blogging; I bought the Genius Bloggers Toolkit…..nine or ten months after I started blogging. But, I went about those resources the wrong way. I tried to get through the resources as quickly as possible.
Don’t make the same mistakes I made!
Invest in your blogging education, take your time, and apply everything you learn before you move onto anything else. Many strategies you’ll learn above will take at least a few weeks to help you start growing, if not longer.
Give it time, apply what you learn, and simply trust the process; know that the money you’re spending is an investment that will continue to grow, and grow!
If you have a favorite resource not included in the list above; be sure to leave a comment of what it is and how it helped you!
Be sure to share this with others and pin to Pinterest so you can always find it to refer back to!
Don’t Choose Bluehost; the Blog Hosting You Should Choose Instead!
Why You Shouldn’t Choose Bluehost, and the Blog Hosting Company You Should Go with Instead!
I have used two blog hosting companies since I started blogging.
And, I will put my two cents in here, because this is my blog and I don’t want you to suffer and stress like I did.
I started with Bluehost (<– notice, no affiliate link). This hosting company was recommended by a much more successful blogger that I trusted, so I thought it’d be all good.
I was wrong, apparently they have a really great paying affiliate program. So, bloggers who blog about blogging are eager to promote to get the commission on it.
What happened to me isn’t even all that bad compared to the horror stories I’ve heard in Facebook groups about them. But, to start off, their customer service isn’t that great. Especially, the online chat support.
Now, I’ve worked in call centers before, and I’ve heard horror stories of what some of the online chat representatives from the companies I’ve worked for had promised to customers. So, I go into the online chat support knowing that I have at least 50% chance of getting a representative who has no idea what they’re talking about. Which is why when I have a really important issue, I’ll go into the chat 2 to 3 times, just to see if I’m getting consistent answers, or if the info I receive conflict with each other.
So, I went into an online chat to take care of my renewal coming up, apparently there was a renewal for a few things (who knows what?) that had to be paid 9 months into my year agreement with them. I wanted to pay for some of the items that needed to be renewed, but wanted to cancel another line item. I did this about a month before I needed to, so I could cancel the one item and nothing would automatically go through my bank.
Well, the payment went through fine, but a month later they charged me for the one thing I had cancelled. Now, I not only cancelled it a month prior; but also went into chat after I cancelled it that day to make sure it was cancelled. Then, I had to go into chat for a tech question a week later, and triple checked to make sure the item was cancelled, just to be sure.
Yep, I was charged for the ‘cancelled’ line item. It over drafted my bank account, since it was a bank account I rarely use and don’t keep money in it unless I know they’ll be an expense; like the car loan I have through the bank. Which couldn’t go through when it was due the day after the renewal for the cancelled line item. Because of Bluehosts customer service reps mistakes! I was furious. I spent over 2 hours on the phone with them, trying to get them to cancel the payment or refund my account. They told me that they could refund the money, but it would take 5-7 business days. Then they told it would take 2-3 days. I don’t think they really knew, because it’s usually up to the specific bank.
Other than horrible customer service, they also have a few technical issues; like having your site not work for a day or so at a time, simply because it’s down. And then, it feels like you have to fight with customer service to get it back up and running again. (Because it’s apparently not their fault that your site is down, and they try to blame it on anything else.)
So, do yourself a favor, and don’t go with Bluehost.
The Blog Hosting Company You Should Choose…
To be honest, there may be a few different amazing blog hosting companies out there.
But, if you’re just starting out, looking for hosting in the same price range as Bluehost; you’ll want to check out Siteground.
And, this is why…
Better Hosting Plan Choices
They have different plans, depending on the size of your traffic, number of websites you want, and a few other things.
When you go to Sitegrounds website you’ll want to first choose the plan for the wordpress.org platform, then the plan based on the amount of traffic you have (or plan to soon have) or on the number of websites you’ll be running.
You can always choose the plan with the smallest plan, and then upgrade when needed, to save yourself some money. That’s what I did, and the transition was super smooth!
I started with their lowest plan, and after taking this course, I had to upgrade to their GrowBig plan because my traffic kept increasing!
Better Customer Service (including Amazing Online Chat Reps)
Siteground also has amazing customer service. It’s like they actually care! Which is very rare to find in customer service representatives nowadays.
The last time I used their online chat support, which was to renew my hosting for this year using my PayPal account, they also showed a short bio for the representative you’re chatting with. It’s something unique that makes the experience just that much better!
Better Quality Host Over All!
And, although their prices are comparable to Bluehost, their hosting quality is much better.
Since I switched to them, I haven’t had a single instance where my site was down!
Another awesome thing about Sitegrounds hosting is that it’s helped with my site’s loading speed; which is super important for bloggers. Especially when you’re still getting the most of your traffic to your blog from Pinterest.
Pinterest users aren’t going to wait 10 or 20 seconds for a blog to load; not to just to read a single post. They’re just not that patient. And, I can’t blame them, I’m the same way.
One of the courses I invested in a few months after switching to Siteground, a course I’m still working my way through, required us to get feedback on our blogs towards the beginning of the course. One of the things that many of the other bloggers mentioned when giving feedback for my site was how quickly my site loaded!
Don’t Trap Yourself in with a Bad Host
Do yourself a favor and choose a blog host that actually cares about their customers!
Don’t get yourself locked into a three year, non-refundable, hosting plan with a hosting company with horrible customer service, simply because a super successful blogger told you to; while they’re off using a completely different hosting company for their own blog!
I was very hesitant committing to anything longer than a year long plan with Siteground; simply because of my bad experience with Bluehost. If I were to go back, with the knowledge and experience I have now; I would have chosen the 3 year plan with Siteground right off the bat. Because, like most hosting companies, they have special promotion prices for new customers.
If you’ve had a bad experience with another host, or aren’t sure that blogging is for you and you just want to try it out; then opt for the year, just know you’d save more money with a longer plan. And, know that I’m not the only one who truly trusts Siteground, uses them, and highly recommends them. I’m sure if you ask in any blogger Facebook groups; there’ll be many bloggers who will tell you how great their hosting is, especially those of us who were wronged by Bluehost.
You can check out Sitegrounds plans by clicking here! And, feel free to ask their online chat any questions you have before choosing to go with them; they’re super friendly!
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!
These things are AMAZING! I didn’t get one for my first daughter until she was about 3 months old and had a hard time staying asleep, which meant I didn’t get much sleep. I can’t say exactly, how much longer she slept while wrapped up in one of these, but it felt like double the time!
These swaddle blankets helps the baby stay confined, just like they were in their mommy’s belly before being born. Plus, no having to do origami with regular receiving blankets and hoping they don’t take their arms out and wake themselves up! So, if you care for your sleep or sanity at all; make sure this makes it on your registry!
Most baby clothes, whether you buy at the store or online, are going to be between $10 and $25, at least for the cute clothes or sets of clothing. And, honestly, the more baby clothes, the better. Babies go through SO MANY clothes when they are little.
But, make sure you put more than just the cute newborn sizes on your registry. Some babies don’t even fit into newborn sizes when born, and if they do then they probably won’t fit them for very long. Then again, some babies will need preemie clothing. Any clothing up to 12 months will be great to put on your registry, they grow so fast when little. I know my girls wore newborn clothes for maybe a week or a couple of weeks and then needed the next size up.
Now, what clothes will the baby actually need?
Some clothing items will depend on the season the baby is born in, but the basics are:
Shoes (optional- these are more for the baby to look cute in and don’t serve a purpose other than that)
Babies tend to live in onsies and pj’s when newborn, and if they don’t need to go out of the home. Just make sure that all the clothes you get are easy to undo for diaper changes. I just saw the other day a friend on Facebook, who’s a new mom, complaining about how difficult, or annoying, it is to have to unbutton and button up clothes just to change a diaper. So, maybe more pj’s with zippers, instead of buttons!
It’s sometimes hard to guess what type of bottle a baby will actually take. It’ll depend on whether the baby is breastfed or bottle fed most of the time, and whether they have colic or not. My cousin recommended Tommee Tippee to me for my first daughter when I was trying to find a brand that worked, and it was a hit. That was the only brand she would take!
We tried the same brand for my younger daughter, and she would not take it. Both girls were breastfed. My younger daughter would only take NUK or Avent bottles. It can be a challenge sometimes to find the type of bottle a newborn baby will take, but once it’s found, the mom-to-be will be so thankful!
A bottle warmer is completely optional. However, if you’re not breastfeeding, or if other people will be feeding your baby; having a bottle warmer will be super helpful for them. No one wants to wait for water to boil on the stove to warm up a bottle for a hungry infant! And, you CAN NOT heat up a bottle in the microwave; just don’t do it, it could scald your baby’s mouth because of how unevenly it heats up!
Every baby needs a bathtub, the one you put on your registry will be up to you. There are super simple ones, cushion type things to use to give them a bath in the sink, or ones that are spa-like and such a luxury you may even be jealous! The one above is the tub we had for our oldest and we loved it! It has the three pieces you can see; the blue piece is a stool, which is super useful when they are toddlers and learning to wash their hands and brush their teeth.
All babies need diapers; A LOT of diapers! If you plan on using disposable diapers, it may be a good idea on your baby shower registry to have everyone coming bring a pack. (Put on there to bring sizes newborn to size three. Babies grow quickly and stay in size three the longest; at least in my experience.)
If you choose to use clothe diapers, make sure you put these on your registry! You could do the same thing as with disposable diapers and have all guests bring a pack, that way you’d be set. However, you won’t need as many of these as you would disposable diapers. So, it’s really up to you.
If you choose to use disposable wipes, if one person on your registry gets you a large pack of wipes like the one above, you should be set for a little while. Or, at least for a couple weeks, depending on how your baby adjusts to eating and how many blow out diapers they have!
Some babies have really sensitive skin, and you don’t want to find out the hard way. Just to be safe, put these on your baby registry and use only this type of detergent for the first couple months of washing babies clothes.
I may be a bit biased, but I love silicone products for my kitchen, like these silicone baking cups. If you are going to be making baby food for your little one once they start eating, then you will need these, or something similar. This way you’ll be able to batch make baby food, freeze it, and not ever have to worry about running out. This will be useful whether or not you are going back to work. You’ll also need something to make the baby food with, you can check out my recommendation on that below (for items under $100).
This set is also great because it contains little containers for the baby food to be in, in the fridge, for the food the baby will eat that day. Although I don’t recommend the baby bullet for making baby food, the little jars it comes with are perfect for storing baby food in the fridge, and they fit in most bottle warmers to quickly warm up baby food without having in warm uneven in the microwave!
Depending on the amount of bibs and burp clothes you get in a package, it’s certainly possible to get these under $10. But, the pack above is just over $10 and includes both. So, I’d say it’s a great buy. Plus the colors are really cute for girls, try these for boys!
If you not planning on co-sleeping with your infant, you may want to add these to your list. And, you’ll want to make sure you have at least 3-4, just incase your baby wets through or has diaper blow outs during naptimes.
This isn’t an absolute need, but you will regret not putting this on your baby registry. My second daughter didn’t get a super soft baby blanket of her own when she was an infant; it went straight on her Christmas list for her first Christmas!
Babies need a safe place to be when you’re holding them; as much as you want to, you can’t hold your baby 24/7 when they are awake. Plus, the bouncing/vibration of this seat may help to calm them down if they won’t stop crying!
You will want to put this on your registry whether it’s summer or winter when your baby is born. It will protect your baby from the cold in the winter, and the sun in the summer; it may even help them sleep better when out if they can’t see anything!
This is a little thing that will make you feel more comfortable driving with your little one in the car. I still constantly look in the rear view mirror to check on my girls to see what they’re up to while I drive, and my older girls are 3 and 6!
When I had my first daughter, the shopping cart covers were the only thing available to protect her from all the germs on shopping carts; and she obviously couldn’t use it til she was able to sit up. Now, they’ve invented a shopping cart hammock to use with younger infants and not take up as much space in the cart; at least not as much space as putting their whole carseat in the cart!
You can add these two items separately or together, either way it’ll be just under $50; that is, if you’re adding a good quality boppy pillow to your baby registry. There are other brands for this type of pillow, but I’ve always had, and loved my boppy pillow for breastfeeding. This is also the brand that was suggested to me by the lactation consultant who visited my room in the hospital right after I had my first daughter.
And, it sure beats having to prop yourself up with pillows and blankets. Your back and shoulders will hurt enough as it is while adjusting to holding a newborn for so much of the day.
It can also be used to help baby sit up a little when they are slightly older. (This is actually one item I still have from when my girls were infants, they still like using it just as a pillow. The one we have is pink and has a butterfly on it, maybe that’s why my second daughter is obsessed with butterflies!)
Which one you will want will be a personal decision. There are many, many different kinds of baby wraps or carriers available. A baby wrap, like the boba wrap pictured above, are for moms who will be wearing their babies often (and aren’t scared of something that will take a little practice to put on). There are other wraps available that aren’t as complex, but I personally have this one and love it, but didn’t get to use it as often as I would’ve liked, because I worked outside the home.
On the other hand, you can check out the recommended baby carrier here, which is very similar to the one I used for both of my girls, it looks like the only difference is the coloring. This is useful for long walks outside the home, not necessarily for newborns, though. I also remember, but do not recommend, wearing my oldest daughter with a baby carrier while helping my husband move our couch from our apartment to the moving van when we were moving back to New York from Florida. (She was about 10 months old.) So, it’s very useful to have and much sturdier than a wrap. But, again, you may have your own preference.
There are tons of options for diaper bags now-a-days, and this should absolutely go on your baby registry. Just be sure to add the one YOU like to it, so someone doesn’t buy you one that doesn’t fit your style or preference. You’ll find some that look like baby diaper bags, purses, or even bookbags; so think of which would be best for you and add that one. Just know, when you go out with your baby, you’ll most likely have it double as your purse, too.
This is the one I had and loved! It’s completely waterproof, and to be honest, you don’t really need a cover on it. But, if you want it to match your child’s nursery, or don’t want to worry about your child being cold when laying on this; then go ahead and grab some changing pad covers, too!
Whether your co-sleep, or just plan on the baby sleeping in your room for the first couple of months; this would be a great item to put on your registry. It’s absolutely possible to get one under $50, and you may feel better for the first few months (and sleep better) with your baby in the same room as you. Plus, some, like the one above, have a shelf underneath to store things you’d need in the middle of the night; extra sheets, clothes, swaddles, diapers, wipes, pacifier, etc.)
This isn’t an absolute need, but babies do love listening and looking up at these. They can match the nursery you put together for them, or simply add it to your list to put on a crib or pack’n’play, to help them fall alseep.
Simple swings are the more affordable options for baby swings, but the market is starting to be overtaken by the luxury baby swings that swing every way possible! So, if you want one of these, click on the image above to add it to your registry!
You may, or may not, want to have one of these for your infant. There has been some controversy on whether they help babies learn to walk or not. In my own experience, both my girls used one and they both learned to walk by a year old. My second daughter was walking before 9 months!
If you are going to be going back to work after having her baby, and you plan to breast feed, you will NEED a breast pump. I know at least some states require employers to have a dedicated room for new moms to use to use their breast pumps, and cannot deny a new mom time during the day to pump. I worked in New York when I pumped at work, so I know it’s required in that state.
This specific breast pump is the one I used for a full year, and it worked great. Notice how it’s in the category for under $100! There are certainly more expensive double breast pumps you can get, but this is the one I trusted and used. And, my daughter exclusively had breast milk until she started eating (homemade) baby food. We never substituted in formula. However, we did have a freezer full of breast milk at all times, I didn’t want there to even be a chance that we would run out; I started pumping and storing milk a couple weeks after my daughter was born so that we’d have a stockpile before I went back to work.
If you’re not going back to work, but are still breastfeeding, you can get a breast pump to pump one side at a time (still electric) for under $50. That’s the kind I used with my first daughter when my schedule was weird because I worked part time and was finishing up my degree. Unfortunately, the specific one I used with my first daughter is no longer available, but was only $20-$30 from Burlington Coat Factory. I’m not sure how the other ones compare, because I haven’t used them.
Alright, so a nutribullet isn’t technically a baby food maker. But, it works a whole lot better than a baby bullet does; I know from experience. Plus, this will help you improve your health, as well.
If you can see in the picture above, it comes with two blade options. The one with one blade is called a milling blade; this can be used to grind rice, oats, or another grain to turn into baby cereal. The other blade is great for purees, or smoothies for you! This is something that will be used for years to come, too, unlike a baby food maker specifically designed for baby food.
The highchair pictured above is similar to the one my husband wants, but more expensive. So, for this one product, if you want to get one that grows with the child through toddler hood, and not spend over $100; Amazon may not be the place to get it.
This is the new version of the bumbo seat, which doubles as a booster seat. My first two girls had the old version, and it was great! I used to bring it with us to my moms when I knew they would be eating something there; kind of like a portable highchair. I guess bumbo figured out people were using it for eating and decided to improve it!
This is not an absolute need. (Although, I was able to sit cross-legged on the floor to change my girls diapers right after I had them.) It may be a nice thing to put on your registry if you are setting up a beautiful nursery; or feel it may be difficult to sit or bend over a bed for the first couple of weeks after your baby is born, to change diapers.
If the baby will be sleeping in a crib, rather than a bassinet, they’ll need a crib mattress. Which also doubles as a toddler bed mattress; so it’ll be useful even you end up co-sleeping with their child til in a toddler bed, like my husband and I did.
We had this one with our first two girls. It’s nice to have for infants who can already sit up, or crawl; a safe place to put them while you get stuff done, so you don’t have to worry about them getting into things.
I have never personally used a baby monitor with my girls; I’m the type of mom who likes being in the same room as them while they sleep. But, this baby monitor is a best seller on Amazon, so it must be pretty good.
Who doesn’t want to get a gate set that reminds them of Rugrats? Click on the image above to add it to you registry on Amazon, or if you need a simpler gate; one to keep your little one out of part of the house, or at the bottom or top of the stairs, this is the one we have.
The Best Gifts for Baby Showers over $100
Mom-to-be’s will be ecstatic to get a big ticket item at their baby shower!
If you can’t afford one of the items below yourself; consider pooling together some money from others invited to the baby shower and buy the item as a group! Even if 10 or so people can pitch in $20, that’ll be enough to get a much needed baby item!
If you want to go all out, I think the crib pictured above is absolutely gorgeous! If you need a more affordable option, check out the selection on Amazon. There are certainly some cribs that are closer to the $100 mark than the one above.
Just make sure this is something the baby will need before ordering it; some parents, like myself, co-sleep and have no use for a crib. You’d be better off with a bassinet or pack-n-play with a bassinet feature.
Also, make sure any crib you decide to use for your infant meets crib safety standards, many old ones may not. So, don’t think right away that you can get away with a hand me down for cribs.
If the baby is going to be co-sleeping most nights; then a pack n play with a Bassinet feature would be a great alternative to a bassinet. The infant can use it to play in when able to sit up; it can be a safe place for the baby to be when not being held. And, if you get one with the bassinet feature, the one I had came out and could be placed on the floor and rock; perfect for placing baby right after they fall asleep and you actually want to get stuff done!
Or you could get a carseat first, and then realize you need a stroller and hope they fit together.
The one above is the type my husband wants since it drives better than normal strollers. Plus, the one pictured above is actually quite affordable compared to other strollers, whether jogger strollers or not!
For a good quality dresser, you’ll likely spend over $100, actually more like around the $200 mark. I never used one for my girls. Instead I stored their clothes under the changing table we had, or in a drawer in my dresser. If you do opt for buying this for the mom to be, or putting it on your own registry; look for one that can double as a changing table, many do!
Items on Your Baby Registry Won’t always be Brought to a Baby Shower
Baby showers are meant to be fun and help prepare you, to well, be a mom!
But, don’t expect to get all the items a new baby will need at your baby shower. There will certainly be some items not brought, and you’ll have to buy those yourself.
If you want to know what a baby absolutely needs when born, to get the most needed items; check out this post.
Most of the items I had for my first two girls were hand me downs, especially the clothes! So, don’t feel offended if you get hand me downs at your baby shower. There’s a good chance those hand me downs will save you hundreds of dollars! (Other hand me downs we got were: a crib, mattress (it was never used), changing table, baby swing, walker, and more! No complaints here!)