It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here.If you’ve been following me on my Instagram, you’ve seen that it’s been a pretty exciting pregnancy. We made it to 37 weeks! Something completely new as both of my boys were born at or before 37 weeks. Now that this baby could make her appearance some time soon, I feel like I need to buckle down and grab some baby gear essentials. I’ve been gathering some of my favorite items that I’ve been eyeing for some time. (Please note that this post is sponsored but all opinions are my own. This post also includes affiliate and referral links).
The DockATot has been something that I have had my eye on since my second pregnancy. They have two sizes – Deluxe (the one pictured above and below) for 0-8 months and Grand 9-36 months. I’ve heard such good things about DockATot not only from social media and blogs but from friends as well. I’ve heard how this has helped with sleep for not only baby but for parents. Let’s face it, the newborn phase includes A LOT of late nights and early mornings. I honestly wish I purchased one during my second pregnancy because W was a horrible sleeper.
The DockATot is OEKO-TEX certified, all natural and 100% cotton, and has been tested for breathability. I’m excited to use this as it is considered a multi-functional lounger – for co-sleeping and playtime. Not to mention that this will be easy for me to take from room to room either to place either on the bed or on the floor. I can’t wait to see little E all cozy in this!
The Deluxe+ in Pristine White is currently sold out on their website BUT have a selection of Docks and cover sets to choose from ready for purchase. There are also a number of accessories that you can purchase for your DockATot such as toys/toy arches and travel bags.
The Ollie World Swaddle
Swaddling, especially during the newborn phase, saved me plenty of times. My babies always felt their coziest while swaddled. I mean, who doesn’t like a cute baby burrito?
Just the packaging itself is something to be excited for. The color is completely beautiful and the material is soft and feels like it is light and has a lot of breathability. The velcro allows this to grow with baby which I feel is a big plus. The swaddles I’ve previously used only last past a certain growth month and I would then have to purchase another one to fit my baby. There is also an opening at the bottom to help with diaper changes. It comes in three different colors to choose from. This lavender one is perfect and I can’t wait to see E swaddled in it!
Shopping with three young kids, just that whole cart situation with fitting the kids and items I’m shopping for, already has me a little nervous.
I’ve been hearing good things about Binxy Baby. Not only can you have baby laying it in (recommended for 6-8 month old babies for this) you can also play your car seat in the hammock for easy car to cart transition. I honestly am still terrified of that first shopping experience with the three kids but knowing that I can use this shopping cart hammock does provide some ease for me. I’m already in love with the print, because I feel like you can never have enough florals. The material used feels really strong and sturdy so that provides comfort knowing that I can put our carseat on here and it will be fully supported.
I’ve been a fan of baby wearing since having my first child so of course I’m going to continue doing so with this baby. Being able to baby wear has helped not only with the closeness between a mother and child for me but has also helped with getting things done. Let’s face it, as a mom, even if you have one or three kids, you need to be able to do so many things at once. Baby wearing helped me so much after having my second child because I was chasing a toddler at the time. I’ll be doing the same thing this time around and chasing a pre-schooler. A baby carrier, whether a wrap or sling, is definitely a baby essential.
I’ve tried various wraps, carriers, and different brands and I’m excited to try the LÍLLÉbaby because again, I’ve heard such good things. The material is incredibly soft and lightweight. I absolutely love the color. I bought a lot of gender neutral carriers in anticipation of someday having a girl. It’s nice to add a little bit of girly-colors into my baby gear mix for this little one.
Who doesn’t love getting snail mail or packages? Especially if it’s NOT bills or junk mail! As mamas, we often forget that we’re allowed to partake in some fun and pamper ourselves too. The TONTTU Box is geared towards mamas with items for pampering and it includes goodies for your babes too!
I was so excited to get the November TONTTU box and W was just as eager to take a look at the contents.
This Apple Banana muffins recipe was included in the box and I thought it was perfect for the upcoming US Thanksgiving holiday. Not to mention that both my boys love apples, bananas, and anything in muffin form. Added plus is that it’s a healthy snack.
I was really happy to see this reusable Sili squeeze pouch. I literally was doing a happy dance while holding onto this. My youngest loves smoothies and since moving we misplaced our reusable pouches.
These VOESH products are amazing. I pampered myself yesterday, after I don’t know how long. Hair cut and color morning and an afternoon of mani-pedi pampering for me. I loved that the gloves were semi-fingerless so I was still able to grab things. Both my hands and feet feel super moisturized. It also totally beats paying for these services at a spa since I had just spent a good amount of money on my hair.
So by the time I got around to opening more products, the boys were awake from their nap. Hence, the tiny fingers in the photo of the brinware mat. I love these types of mats – slip resistant, easy to clean, and able to stick to tables. O loves that it has farm animals on it. The only downside is that there is one and both boys were and are still arguing over it!
This Botany and Wax candle scent is perfect for November – Cranberry Marmalade. It immediately reminded me of the holidays. I also think you can never go wrong with candles. I’m a sucker for candles and love hoarding the great smelling ones.
Finally there was this cute Mint Feather Co bow. I immediately thought of my best friend’s daughter when I saw this. I thought about trying to convert it into a bow tie for the boys but I’m sure they both would have been arguing over it.
Overall thoughts? I loved the variety of things in the TONTTU Box. There’s a good balance of items for mom and items for kids. You’re able to pamper yourself and your kids get some freebies too! It would not only make a good subscription box for a mama to buy for herself but also as a gift to another mama. Especially a mama that has an an upcoming birthday, baby delivery/shower, or even a present for the holidays.
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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, then you are probably aware that my family and I have been searching for a new home. Couple that with health issues I’ve been experiencing, well, time has been limited. Time has also been dedicated to the house hunt, my health, and focusing on my children. Adding to that effort, I’ve been putting my phone down and away from me much more frequently than before. Honestly, trying to enjoy time with my children and being outside more.
My phone doesn’t only serve as a camera, a phone, and means to use social media, but I use it as my main device to tell time. Since I’ve been trying to spend more time away from my phone, I knew I needed to look into wearing a wrist watch again. I’ve always loved wrist watches but honestly I am lazy when it comes to replacing the battery once they die. The only other watch I do own, well, the batteries had died after my first son was born. Lugging my two children with me to get it replaced with an already busy schedule didn’t seem like a great option for me.
I’ve been searching for a new wrist watch and fell in love with this JORDCora Purpleheart & Mother of Pearl watch. JORD has a lot of really beautiful options so it was really hard to choose. Defaulted to the Cora one because well purple is my favorite color. Being that it’s an automatic option made it even better for me. It did take some time to familiarize myself with how to wind it. Once you do it a couple of times, it becomes second nature. I thought that it would be a hassle to wind it but it really does beat having to replace the batteries/take it into a watch shop to do it.
I was a little hesitant with the fact that the watch is made out of natural wood but it’s really light weight and the color is just gorgeous. It also came in a veautiful wooden box, watch cushion, and a polishing cloth. Additionally, I was able to measure my wrist so that it was resized when it arrived. It was accurate sizing too, I received the watch and was able to put it on immediately. They also enclosed the removed links in case I ever wanted to lengthen it.
Disclaimer: By no means is this post sponsored by any of the businesses listed below.
Between two kids, I have accumulated a variety of ways to babywear. It was short lived with my first as he never really liked being wrapped or in a carrier. You would think that this time around I would be ready to throw my hands up in the air but here we are at almost 5 months and little man loves it. I’m not complaining at all because I love it too. It took me a while to purchase any of these products (except the Baby Bjorn as that was one of the many gifts from O’s generous Godfather).
The Wrap Part 1 – K’Tan Original
I purchased this wrap from Amazon after reading the reviews. O was still too small to be placed in the Baby Bjorn. It comes in two pieces – a loop and a wrap portion. The loop is like a base and where the baby is placed in and the wrap portion adds security. There are different sizes, from XS to XL. I found this to be a con as my husband and I are not the same size so we weren’t able to share this wrap. The material was not breathable and caused O to sweat a lot. I’m beginning to think this was why he disliked being in a wrap so much. O in the wrap was shortlived as additionally the material didn’t seem to stretch.
Unfortunately I don’t have a personal product photo as I only have one of the two pieces.
The Wrap Part 2 – Sollybaby
I have to admit that an added plus was that I saw that the founder/owner Elle was, at the time, living in my hometown of San Diego, California. I’m a firm believer of supporting local businesses and mompreneurs too. The wrap material is so soft and you can tell that it’s light and breathable unlike the K’Tan. Think of it as if your baby was wearing a lightweight cardigan. The wrap is one long piece of fabric that comes in a variety of different colors. Sollybaby also tends to do collaborations.
I’m not sure exactly how I stumbled upon Sollybaby on Instagram. I purchased a wrap several months prior to the arrival of W. This was only after going through the majority of Sollybaby’s Instagram account, the website, and the videos. The videos were especially helpful. I’m a visual learner so sometimes step-by-step photo directions are not enough. I also was intrigued that there was a pocket (where Sophie the Giraffe is tucked into in the above photo) to hold items like your phone, a pacifier, etc. Not only did it come in cute packaging but the box they mailed it in also had the Sollybaby text on it.
It should be noted that this is not to be used as means to carry your baby front-facing or on your back. This is indicated on the information page of the website as well. It also mentions that this ideally the wrap is best used for children 9 to 12 months of age or up to 25 pounds. There is an ability to put newborns in the wrap as well but I never felt comfortable to do this. I also have yet to try and nurse in my wrap.
Additionally, unlike the K’Tan, due to it being one piece of fabric, it can be used by any any of your family members. Minus your children of course BUT they do sell Solly Dolly wraps for your little to mimic you! I do have to stress the importance of laying the fabric straight on your shoulders and across your back. I’ve been in a rush at times and have been sloppy with the wrapping to wear it doesn’t feel comfortable for me and W doesn’t feel as secure.
W is as happy as can be in it. He almost always falls asleep instantly when in the wrap. I love it so much that I considered buying another one as a back-up. W is actually in our Sollybaby wrap as I type this sound asleep!
The Ring Sling – Wildbird “Keep your little bird close”
Wildbird is another Instagram find. I ultimately decided to purchase this ring sling as I was looking for something that didn’t require the wrapping part of the Sollybaby wrap. I also was looking for something else to use if I had to wash my Sollybaby. I went with the double layer anticipating the weight gain of W. The double layer, is well a double layer of fabric as opposed to the single layer. There is also a “break in” period to get it nice and comfy for your babe. I haven’t got to this point as I don’t use it too much. I’ve been having difficulty perfecting a “good seat” for W and feel that he isn’t too secure.
It was disappointing that at the time of my purchase the site did not have tutorials. However, taking a look at the site now, there are now tutorials. I’m planning on viewing them and utilizing my sling more especially now that W is more “solid.” The website recommends using the sling with a baby up to 35 pounds max.
Another reason why I decided to purchase a Wildbird sling as opposed to the popular Sakura Bloom ones was my love for supporting small businesses and mompreneuers. The about portion of the website, as I’ve said before, Taylor’s explanation was straightforward, honest, and just relatable. Additionally, the Wildbird slings were about half the price of a Sakura Bloom ring sling.
This sling does not have a pocket for extra storage or to fold itself into. It’s fairly easy to fold up and stick in a bag. I’ve been able to roll it up, stick it in my diaper bag, and have enough room for everything else I drag around with me.
The carrier – Baby Bjorn Carrier Original
This was gifted by one of O’s godfathers. This was a wishlist item for my husband after he saw another Dad wearing his son in the front facing position. There is no infant insert needed for this carrier. I can’t recall when exactly we used this carrier but I know that we waited until O was at least 10 pounds (he was born almost 4 weeks early and was on the small side). I would have him in this carrier around the house while trying to get things done or while we were out and about.
This is made up of two parts. I loved that when O fell asleep we were able to just click the front portion off easily without disturbing him. It is also adjustable so that any family member (minus kids!) are able to use it. There is a head adjustable strap and a sizing adjustment on the front portion. We never had difficulty with adjustments. Of course my husband was happy to be able to carry O front-facing. This position is recommended for babies that are at least 4 months old and have good head control.
Although we were happy that O was able to fall asleep almost instantly and it was easy to use, I disliked how O’s legs looked like they dangled there. It also doesn’t have any pockets for extra storage as some other carriers do. We also registered for an all black one as I’m all about getting gear that is black, grey, etc. Bad move as spit ups are very noticeable. It’s fairly easy to clean but I also notice that the color fades fairly easily.
Unfortunately I don’t have a personal product photo of this item as well. I actually think it may be at one of the grandparents’ homes.
My husband and I went back and forth about whether to purchase the original, 360, and the 360 cool air. With W, as soon as he was mobile, he didn’t care to be in the carrier and we didn’t utilize the front-facing portion too much. This is ultimately why we went with the original. We felt that the tummy-to-tummy, hip position, and backwearing position were sufficient enough for our family. The 360 and cool air also have a velcro portion around the waist area. Although I see the benefits of this, I also didn’t want to wake W up if he was asleep in the carrier and I needed to take him out. My husband is guessing that once W is a lot more mobile, he will more than likely want to be running around with his older brother and the front-facing position won’t even be needed.
This carrier is made up of one piece with clips on the side of the waist and across the back. I do have difficulty with attaching and detaching the back strap. You have the ability to move the back strap portion up or down for a better reach but I still find myself struggling. Due to that I tend to wake W up if he falls asleep. Unlike in the Baby Bjorn, W looks like his hips are fully supported. On the Ergobaby website, they indicate that their product is “hip friendly.” The site also recommends the weight range of 7 to 45 pounds when using the Ergobaby Original. We just recently purchased this item so an infant insert was not needed. The insert is recommended for babies 0 to 4 months of age.
Aesthetically, the design is really nice looking. We went with the black twill. I do like the pockets, this was another reason why we purchased the original. The padding on the shoulders are great, there is enough without it feeling too bulky or that you have shoulder pads on. I also like the adjustable hood that you can tuck in a pocket when it’s not being used. This has been especially useful when I went on a walk with the boys when it was sunny outside. W appreciates it to as he isn’t blinded by the sun. It’s also fairly easy to clean with a wipe if food happens to stain it. Yes, I’ve already dropped food on it while eating with W in it.
Right now it’s hard to say which type is my favorite. Each has provided a benefit on this babywearing journey of mine. I mean, who doesn’t like forever hugs from your little one?
Disclaimer: The thoughts below are my own. I was not paid or offered anything in return for writing a review.
Just like with my first, I knew that I wanted to baby wear. I was not happy with the K’Taan that I used with my first and child number 1 definitely did not enjoy it either. I spent months researching slings and wraps and had settled for a wrap that I found through Instagram. As much as I am happy with the Sollybaby wrap I purchased, I wanted something that I could throw on a little quicker. I also wanted to have a backup to throw in my bag. The experiences of forgetting the one and only wrap I had with my first child have forever haunted me (store runs without a wrap never turned out well!).
Like the Sollybaby wrap, I stumbled upon My Wild Bird through Instagram. The My Wild Bird slings are much more affordable than other wraps that I had found. What essentially drew me in to purchase one was the About section. Taylor’s explanation was straightforward, honest, and just relatable. I always find that I am the happiest with products that are in the small shop business. You just know that there is a lot of hard work, time, and soul put into the product.
For me, especially after going through Postpartum depression with my first, being able to read words that I can relate to is a big thing. I guess also just knowing that you’re either not alone or crazy in your motherhood research of baby wearing or breastfeeding is completely valid helps! It’s a strange feeling to know that this little human was growing in your belly for months and now you can hold them in your arms. Being able to wear him is giving me as much comfort as it does for him. The ability to chase after Child number 1 with ease also helps too!