Where to Get Boxes for Kids’ Activities

From birthday party props to rainy day fun, parents can find so many creative uses for cardboard boxes. Most of the time the problem isn’t coming up with exciting ideas—it’s more along the lines of figuring out where to get boxes for kids activities. The good news is, as long as you give yourself enough time, you can usually find some boxes in time for your project.

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Polaroid Zip Zink® Instant Printer Review

When welcoming a new baby into the family on the earliest days at the hospital, family members and close friends often come to meet the little one and share in the joy. This is a special time to capture these early moments in a format that can be treasured forever. The Polaroid Zip Zink® Instant Printer offers a quick and easy way to share hard copies of photos immediately with your visitors, printing out digital images sent via Bluetooth on a smartphone to the printer itself. Continue reading Polaroid Zip Zink® Instant Printer Review

Puckababy® Gogo Newborn Swaddle Wrap Review

Newborns are cute, cuddly, and they have that intoxicating new baby smell that makes you want to just snuggle them for hours. With all the cuddling that’s in store with family and friends, some soft baby blanket wraps can be the perfect baby gift idea, especially this time of year. New babies deserve a soft and snuggly swaddle wrap to keep them warm and comfortable from their earliest days. Whether you wrap them up for snuggles with loved ones or swaddle your infant at night for a better sleep, a newborn swaddle wrap is an essential for any family’s new addition. Continue reading Puckababy® Gogo Newborn Swaddle Wrap Review

Baby Skin Issues: Baby Skincare Product Reviews

As a mom, I’m no stranger to a variety of baby skin issues. Our daughter has gone through everything from eczema to cradle cap. She’s had an occasional pimple, extremely dry skin, and even a small patch where it looks like she never developed pigment. (We still don’t know what that is, but the doctor isn’t concerned.) I’ve watched other baby skin issues occur too, like the development of birthmarks and even moles that didn’t use to exist. Like I said, we are no strangers to baby skin issues, and now, toddler skin issues.

For every baby skin issue, you can likely find a dozen or more skincare products designed to treat it. I’ve had some success with some products, while in some cases, other treatments recommended by the pediatrician also seemed to work wonders. Here’s my rundown of a few baby skincare products and their effects on various baby skin issues.

Gentle Naturals Baby Therapeutics

What mom doesn’t appreciate baby skin products that are paraben-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free, along with being gentle for continued use as needed? I received a couple of products by Gentle Naturals for the purpose of review. I never knew I would need the Gentle Naturals baby eczema cream and baby eczema wash until one day dry, scaly, patches of red skin appeared behind my daughter’s knees.

We switched out our normal baby wash for the gentle naturals, and sometimes just pure water. We also applied the Gentle Naturals cream—a rich, emollient skin cream similar in texture to Aquaphor. I found that the cream helped to care for the eczema, but my daughter’s case was relatively intense, so we did pair it with other treatments. I found that a little bit of 1% hydrocortisone cream mixed in with the Gentle Naturals or the Aquaphor seemed to do the trick after a couple of days.

I also received Gentle Natural’s Cradle Cap treatment. I did not get to use it as my husband quickly learned to use cotton balls and baby oil to remove the dry skin from the top of our daughter’s head. He had the cradle cap fully under control before I even had a chance to worry. However, the cradle cap treatment is a light, non-greasy solution that includes natural, healthy ingredients like calendula, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

Shea Moisture Organic Baby Care Products

Most of the time, moms love to see the words “natural” and “organic” when it comes to choosing products for their babies and children. Shea Moisture, established in 1912, contains certified organic ingredients, like raw Shea, chamomile, and Argan oil. The products are rich, emollient, and leave even an adult’s skin feeling great for hours after applying the lotions and creams. (I do admit I probably used more than half of the one lotion product on my hands alone during the winter.)

I received a generous selection of organic baby products from Shea Moisture, including Organic Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Ointment with Frankincense & Myrrh, Organic Shea Butter Baby Eczema Therapy with Argan Oil and Extracts of Frankincense & Myrrh, Organic Red Bush & Babassu Baby Head-to-Toe Lotion with Carrot Oil and Shea Butters, and finally, Organic Olive & Marula Baby Head-to-Toe Lotion with Avocado & Shea Butters.

The creams have pleasant scents that are a bit earthy and certainly organic. They go on smoothly and absorb nicely into the skin. I really enjoyed the pump bottle Head-to-Toe lotions on myself as well as on our daughter. The eczema therapy product has a pleasant scent but I did find it a bit tricky to apply, as it is more of a waxy solid in a small cylinder tub. The severity of my daughter’s eczema had me applying creams constantly, so I did not get around to using this product as much as I think I would have, had her eczema been milder. The Head-to-Toe Ointment is useful for everything from chapped lips to cheeks, hands, arms, legs, and even to baby’s bottom during a diaper change.

Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream

Babies are known to get very dry skin, especially on their faces and especially during the colder months. Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream is a 100% certified natural baby care product designed to protect delicate skin from the harsh cold. Key ingredients like beeswax, Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Chamomile, and Calendula soothe sensitive skin and add moisture to overly dry skin. This product absorbs easily and is dermatologist tested and recommended for sensitive skin. Calendula Weather Protection Cream is suitable for use from birth onward through adulthood. I received one bottle of Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream for the purpose of review.

pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash

We have tried lots of different baby wash products, including popular Johnson’s brand and even the basic, fragrance-free Dove bar. Phisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash is a phthalate-free formula that is designed to gently and effective cleanse baby from the top of her head to the sole of her foot. The powder fresh scent is subtle and pleasant, especially for a new baby just getting acquainted with all the new sights and smells. pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash is allergy tested, dermatologist-recommended, and it is pH balanced to moisturize in addition to cleansing. The formula is also soap-free and specially crafted to gently cleanse even the driest baby skin. I received one bottle of pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash for the purpose of review and have enjoyed the formula and its results.

The wide range of baby skin issues constantly has moms and dads jumping through hoops to find what’s right for baby, whether it’s a simple moisturizer, cleaner, or an actual treatment to a specific baby skin condition. I hope this review of various baby skincare products is helpful in your quest to keep your little ones comfortable.

Disclaimer: I received a number of products for the purpose of review. The opinions here are my own and receiving products did not change or color my thoughts.

Bottle Feeding Baby: Dr. Brown’s, Philips Avent, Mimijumi, and Similac

For some parents, bottle feeding baby quickly becomes a battle. If your infant is used to breastfeeding, he or she may not accept a bottle as a natural alternative. This can be a bit troublesome, especially for moms going back to work and parents looking for a night out to a special event, like a wedding, where tiny infants may not be super welcome.

Many moms go through the same trials and tribulations when bottle feeding baby, or at least when attempting to do so. Baby prefers to nurse and refuses a bottle. Mom and Dad buy every bottle they can find to satisfy the little one and help ease the transition. Still, the whole process may take more time and energy than you were planning on expending.

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Creative Food Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters

IMAG4237My daughter is not even two yet and I feel like she barely eats anything. If it weren’t for pancakes, macaroni and cheese, and cream cheese bagels, I don’t think the poor girl would eat! Don’t get me wrong, she likes fruit and will try the occasional chicken tenders and other foods, but it’s never a “sure thing,” if you know what I mean. I often feel like our fridge is jam-packed with food in the hopes that she will actually eat SOMETHING. Then, inevitably, we end up throwing twice as much stuff out as we would before now. It’s frustrating to feel so wasteful!

I struggle with this every day. The pediatrician’s office had me all flustered when she fell from the 10th percentile or so down to third percentile for weight and fourth for height. She is a tiny little thing, but so cute and very healthy – not really a major concern. I’m not tall myself, so she likely got my genes as far as height and body type. Still, the doctor’s office got me so worried before that I have desperately been trying to get her to eat as much as possible, whenever possible.

Sometimes I bribe her, sometimes I just keep trying new things, other times I cycle through the few things I know she does like. We have occasional success with fish or fish sticks, pasta, and pretty good success with pizza. I have tried to creatively make special things for her to enjoy while still getting essential nutrients, and most times, have failed miserably. For example, my parmesan broccoli fritters looked and smelled (and even tasted) delicious when warm, but once cool enough for a baby’s palate, all bets were off. She didn’t even see the green of the broccoli that I popped in her mouth and still spit it out.

So, out of desperation in my own quest to get my child to eat more, I have decided to make a list of my most successful tips. I’d be thrilled if you can share any of your own tips in the comments so I can add them to the article and try them myself with N. Here’s my top list of tricks to get a toddler to eat more:

  1. Try to avoid letting them fill up on milk, water, juice, or whatever they are drinking. Keep their beverages out of site at first, at least until they get a little food in their belly.
  2. Offer different kinds of snacks often. We rotate through cereal, crackers, goldfish, dried fruit, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, and other snacks.
  3. Sneak food into their mouths as they are feeding themselves. At this toddler phase, kids will never be as efficient at feeding themselves as you would be. Unfortunately, it seems they may also not be as agreeable to you doing the work as they once were. Sneak in what you can and allow them to have control over at least some of their food.
  4. Encourage your child and praise him or her for eating well. Use a tone that is fun and exciting, expressing how proud you are of their efforts.
  5. Consider bargaining if appropriate. It may not be a practice you want to do all the time, but bargaining can be instrumental in getting your child to try new things or to eat in greater quantity.
  6. Try different settings to give your child variety. The high chair gets old after a while. If you can pull your child’s chair up to the kitchen table without the tray, that could be a suitable alternative. I’ve also seen great success with the portable booster chairs for toddlers and even just letting them run around and pick food pieces up from a TV tray or table.
  7. Have a [willing] family member or guest offer your child their snacks or meals. I have seen more success with my daughter eating snacks she gets from someone new and exciting than from offering what we keep in the cabinets.
  8. And finally, my favorite tip of all – Disguise food as something they love. Create cute animal shapes with the food or use cookie cutters, food molds, or pancake and egg shapes to give your kid a more entertaining, more enjoyable option when it comes to eating the same foods day after day.

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If you have other tips and ideas to get your toddler to be a better eater, please share them in our comments below! You may think your tip or suggestion seems basic, but to someone else it could be a godsend.

Fun Ideas for Unisex Baby Showers

gender neutral baby shower themesBaby showers are traditionally quiet affairs with games, cake, and punch. But today moms want something more. Planning a baby shower for today’s moms-to-be requires a bit more creativity than in the past. Add the fact many parents want to wait to find out the sex of the baby and be surprised, and you can see the traditional blue or pink baby shower just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Here are some creative and fun ideas for unisex baby shower themes to help you plan the perfect party for your favorite mom-to-be.

Pamper Party
A pamper party is a great theme for treating the mother-to-be like a queen. For an intimate shower with just a few guests, especially for a mom having a second baby who might not have an all-out baby shower, consider booking a day at the spa and so everyone can get mani / pedis and massages. You can ask the salon to set up refreshments or provide your own. The spa may also have a private room where you and your friends can enjoy the day in peace and quiet so everyone can have fun and relax. Most spas have packages for parties, so check around your area to find one you can host a pamper party. This is a fun idea for gender neutral baby shower themes. You can also do a spa day at someone’s home, setting up stations for nail painting, foot soaking, and maybe consider hiring a massage professional to come to the party. An at-home spa party could probably accommodate more guests, especially since the pamper party can quickly become expensive at a real spa and salon.

Decorate a Onesie Party
This cute idea gives your guests and the mom-to-be a chance to be creative and celebrate the upcoming birth of the baby. You’ll need white cotton onesies in different sizes (newborns grow out of them quickly), fabric paint, glitter, fabric stamps, rickrack, and any other embellishment you can think of. At the party, let everyone decorate the onesies to their hearts’ content. After the party, your mom-to-be will have keepsakes that are useful and memorable. This party idea plays right into unisex baby shower themes, making it a popular and special choice when you don’t know if a little boy or little girl is on the way.

Baby Book Party
Instead of traditional baby shower gifts or even just instead of cards, ask guests to bring their favorite childhood book. They can also write a short note to baby in the book to make it really special. You can choose themes from a favorite childhood book series to help you plan the unisex baby shower, making sure the theme runs through the cake, decorations, and centerpieces. Guests will give baby a head start on his or her library, and they will also enjoy sharing memories of their favorite books.

Planning Tips for Gender Neutral Baby Shower Themes
You want everyone to have a good time, especially the mom-to-be, so try to keep the baby shower no longer than three hours in most cases. Keep the refreshments simple; cake, sandwiches, candies or cookies, and cocktails or wine are popular choices. Be sure to have mocktails for the mom-to-be and guests who don’t want to drink. Be creative with the decorations. For example use baby bottles, a diaper cake, and other items that can be used after the baby is born. Most of all, have fun!

Nautical Dresses, Coral Dresses, and Summery Sundresses for Mom and Daughter

nautical-dresses-xCoral continues to be a hot color this summer, and pretty shades of orange join along for the fun. The navy and white stripes and nautical look and feel drives another powerful trend this summer. And it seems fun and flirty sundresses in bright or bold colors and interesting patterns will never go out of style. Dressing in matching outfits with your daughter can make for some adorable pictures and it can be an enjoyable experience for moms and infants, toddlers, and little girls alike.

It might be tough to find matching outfits for mom and daughter, so we’re trying to do as much of the work for you as possible. Check out these cute mommy-and-me infant, toddler, or little girl matching or close-to-matching outfits for a lovely second half of the summer.

Orange / Coral Dresses for Mom and Daughter
Hues of the orange family add a fun burst of color to your summer days. Whether it’s a summer wedding, graduation party, or another special event, consider dressing up in duplicate with your little one for some great photo ops and a fun experience across the board.

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Stunning Nautical Themed Dresses for Mom and Daughter
It seems the nautical theme is back and better than ever. You can find tons of dresses in navy and white patterns for adults, and a few cute styles for kids as well. Check out these gorgeous navy and white striped nautical dresses for mom and somewhat matching or at least complementing styles for infants and young girls.

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Cute, Flirty Sundresses for Moms and their Girls
When all else fails this summer, throw on a sundress. Better yet if you and your shining star can match. Consider these fun and stylish mother-daughter dresses as a nice way to bond with your daughter this summer. Your infants may not know what’s going on, and your toddlers may fight you on getting dressed, but your little girls are sure to love dressing up like their mama. Check out some too-cute options for summer mommy-and-me fashion.

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Summer Roundup: Sunscreen Products for Babies and Kids

second-kid-promoProtecting your little ones’ skin is so important, especially when it comes to the summer sun. You probably know from personal experience how painful sunburn can be, and you might even know someone who had to deal with skin cancer. Despite how much of a nuisance it can be to apply sunscreen to your children every time you go out in the sun, it really IS that important. You don’t want them to get sunburn or to have problems later in life, so you can feel good taking the time to apply sunscreen thoroughly before each exposure.

With a one-year-old of my own and a few trips already planned to the beach, I knew I had to scope out the best sunscreen products for little ones this summer. I have a few adult sunscreen products I like for myself, but I didn’t know where to start as far as baby sunscreen and kid sunscreen.

I was fortunate to receive a few sample products for the purpose of my review, including: Banana Boat Kids Lotion Mist SPF50, Banana Boat Natural Reflect Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF50, COOLA Baby SPF50 Unscented Mineral Sunscreen, and VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Baby 50+ Full-Spectrum, Water-Resistant Physical Sun + Light Screen for Infants, Children + Adults.

Banana Boat makes a ton of products for sun care needs. I found the Banana Boat Kids Tear Free Sting Free SPF50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen to be very easy to apply and extremely effective. We had no issues with this sunscreen aside from it getting a bit clogged once it was more than halfway gone, and the clear spray came out instead of the lotion spray. I’m thinking it’s not empty yet, but I have yet to figure out how to get it unclogged. (If you know how, please leave a comment as I’m sure I am not the only person this has happened to!)

This sunscreen product for kids did not irritate my daughter’s skin, and my husband and I tried it out as well and enjoyed the ease of use, even if we had just gotten out of the ocean. This product provides protection against UVA and UVB rays and lasts quite a while—water resistant up to 80 minutes. I have used it at the beach, the pool, jogging in my neighborhood, and in my own backyard, and my daughter’s fared well each time.

Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), and Octocrylene (6%).

The Banana Boat Natural Reflect SPF50 Baby Sunscreen Lotion is made from 100% naturally sourced sunscreens and zinc oxide, contains no parabens, and is PABA free. It’s packaging says it is as mild as water and also tear free and sting free. It smoothes on like regular sunscreen, not the spray kind. This sunscreen was pretty thick to massage in, but it ended up being super water resistant and extremely effective. I loved using it in her baby pool and before we went to the beach.

I like this natural product quite a bit, but we did determine that our daughter was having some mild skin reactions to something in this product. She’s had baby eczema and other skin sensitivities, so despite this one being a natural choice, it did not work out best for her skin type. That’s not to say it would cause your baby any skin issues—every baby’s skin is different and reacts differently to products and the environment around them.

Active ingredients include Titanium Dioxide (3.6%) and Zinc Oxide (4%).

Banana Boat also offers countless products for adults and even more options for kids, like Kids SPF50 Long Lasting UVA UVB Broad Spectrum Sunscreen and Natural Reflect Kids SPF50+ Sunscreen Lotion to name just a few. For more information on Banana Boat products, please check out www.bananaboat.com.

COOLA Baby SPF50 Unscented Mineral Sunscreen comes in a really cool aqua-blue container with a white cap. The sleek packaging holds a thin, very spreadable liquid sunscreen that smoothes onto baby’s skin lickety-split. COOLA sunscreen has a certified organic formula that also moisturizes the skin and offers environmental protection. Zero chemicals and absolutely no preservatives are included, but you will find great ingredients like sunflower oil, sesame seed oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and even organic avocado.

This baby mineral sunscreen is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and I really liked using this product on my daughter’s face, ears, and neck, based on how easy it was to spread across her skin. Once done, I have to admit, I had that “chalky” feeling where I wanted to quickly wash the remaining residue off my hands, since they were still a bit oily and slick. Our bottle is leaking a bit through the cap, maybe because it is so liquidy, so be careful and think about keeping any opened bottles inside a ziplock bag just in case.

Active ingredients include Titanium Dioxide (7.6%) and Zinc Oxide (6.8%).

For more information on COOLA products, check out www.coolasuncare.com.

Coppertone Kids Wacky Foam SPF 75+ is another option you can try in keeping your little ones’ skin safe from the sun. I heard about this foaming sunscreen for kids when my nephew came to visit for a cousins’ play date and baby pool party. I decided to pick up my own bottle the next time I was in a CVS and I think this might be one of my favorite finds for fast application in a format that kids find to be fun and engaging. It definitely seemed easier to apply than some of the others when my daughter decided to squirm around. I think the foaming design is clever and the sun block seemed to absorb readily into my daughter’s sensitive skin.

This product retails for around $8 to $12 and unfortunately, I picked it up on the more expensive end of that scale. However, I am very happy with the results and the product itself. This foaming sunscreen lotion is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and it is dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, and PABA-free.

Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%), and Oxybenzone (6%).

For more information on Coppertone products, check out www.coppertone.com.

VMV Hypoallergenics Armada Baby 50+ Full-Spectrum, Water-Resistant Sunscreen offers very high UVA/UVB protection that is designed especially for infants’ delicate skin. This product contains monolaurin as an antibacterial disinfecting agent and also contains green tea as an antioxidant. Product packaging advises to reapply every one to two hours or as needed, for example after being in the water, toweling off, or playing.

Made in the Philippines, this product comes in a handy jar that is 1.76 oz of gentle yet effective formula—100% fragrance-free, 100% PABA-Preservative-Phthalate-free, and clinically tested, and deemed acceptable for all skin types, including infants, babies, children, men, and women, even those sensitive to chemical sunscreens.

Active ingredients include Titanium Dioxide (15%) and Zinc Oxide (15%).

For more information, check out www.vmvhypoallergenics.com.

What is your favorite sunscreen product for your baby, toddler, or young child? Please share in our comments below.

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received sample sunscreen products for the purpose of this review. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

 

Dreft Laundry Detergent Review – For Snuggly, Cuddly Baby Clothes, Stuffies, and More

It’s hard to believe a year has passed, but my little baby girl has gone from newborn to rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, and walking in what seems like the blink of an eye. Over the past 14 months, we’ve gone through messy blowouts, sweet potato stains, dirt marks, fruit stains, chocolate smudges, and more. Laundry in our home is serious business—I am constantly on the lookout for products that work and always trying new stain removing tips to ensure our clothes and linens stay fresh and pretty for as long as possible.

I recently received a special opportunity to try and review Dreft laundry detergent. From what I can recall, Dreft is the only product my family members and friends recommend for washing babies’ clothing, and I can see why. I received some sample packets of Dreft for the purpose of my honest review, and I can honestly say all of my daughter’s things come out smelling baby fresh and feeling snuggly soft. Dreft is gentle and pure and does not irritate her delicate skin. It’s proven and trusted and even pediatrician recommended.

PrintAccording to product documentation, Dreft has been around for more than 75 years, developing a great reputation for softness and gentleness on little ones’ clothes and their linens. I trust the brand so much that I now wash my daughter’s favorite plush toys—yes, the ones she chews on—in this gentle yet effective laundry soap. Her favorite toy “Lucky” goes from grayish and a bit stiff and crunchy to soft, fluffy, and as close to white as a beloved Dalmatian blanket lovey is going to get.I put the Dreft laundry detergent samples to the test with our washer, dryer, and even line-drying some of my daughter’s clothes, towels, and even her favorite stuffed toy. Somehow Dreft manages to take out even the toughest stains (for us, strawberries). It leaves her clothing brighter, her whites whiter, and everything that comes out of the washer or dryer smells fresh, clean, and wonderful. Line drying items and drying in the dryer both produce similar results as far as the scent and level of softness of the clothing and other items.

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I also notice that our towels from each week’s swim class feel softer and cuddlier as I wrap her up after a dip in the pool. The warm and cuddly feeling is so appreciated as we walk through the air-conditioned hallway and locker room. (Why they need AC in a pool locker room and entry way is beyond me!) Some towels washed with regular detergent seem to need a hundred washings to become cuddly soft, but I feel like Dreft gets it right on the first try!

Perhaps this is an aside, but I’ve recently tried Dreft’s stain removing spray (on my own dime) and it works phenomenally at removing stains from food, messy diapers, floor grime from crawling, and just about anything else your baby manages to get on her clothes. If you haven’t tried Dreft or Dreft’s stain removing spray, you might want to give it a shot. I personally recommend it based on my own experiences. For more information, check out www.dreft.com. Feel free to share your own thoughts and feedback in our comments below!

Dreft - Royal Baby Name BracketBy the way, if you’re feeling playful, check out The Royal Baby Name Bracket on Dreft’s Facebook page for a chance to pick a few baby names in honor of the royal baby!

Disclosure: LifeLoveBeauty received sample detergent packets and a gift card from Dreft for participation in this trial program. The opinions in this post are my own honest experiences and not influenced in any way. Individual experiences may vary.

Baby Preparation Checklist

bellypicFor many women, finding out that they have a little one on the way is the best news they could ever imagine receiving. However, once the news has sunk in, a period of panic often sets in, as the parents-to-be start to fret about the many items they will need to purchase ready for the arrival of the baby.

The first thing to remember when you find out you are having a baby is that you have quite a few months left, so there is plenty of time to buy baby items on a gradual basis. In fact, the first thing you will need to buy is not actually for the baby but for the mother, in the form of appropriate clothing. By finding cheap maternity clothes, you can make sure you are comfortable throughout your pregnancy without blowing the money you will need for baby.

Items you will need to save for before the baby arrives

Once you have sorted out your maternity clothing, you can start thinking about the items you need to start saving for in preparation for baby’s arrival. Some new parents get carried away and want to buy everything they can think of before the baby comes, but to start off with, just focus on the essentials. This includes:

A quality pram: You should never cut corners when it comes to buying a pram, as you need one that is safe and sturdy. Prams can be quite expensive, but shop around and try and get a good deal on a quality pram rather than buying a cheap pram that may not be as sturdy as it should be.

A cot: Again, this is something you should put some research into, as you need to go for something that offers quality and comfort for your baby. If you are able to, it is worth waiting until there are sales on to try and save money on this.

A car seat: You need to invest in a sturdy, high quality car seat before your baby is born and get this fitted into your vehicle. This is another item that will need to be of high quality, so make sure you opt for a reputable brand and look at reviews to ensure that it is as sturdy as it should be for your baby.

Clothes: Don’t be tempted to buy your baby a whole new wardrobe of clothes before he or she even comes along – there will be plenty of time for that later on. However, make sure you have some basics ready for when the baby is born.

Feeding formula and bottles: You will need to purchase your formula, bottles and steriliser ready for feeding your baby when you come home from hospital. If you are planning to breastfeed, invest in some comfortable nursing bras.

Toiletries: Make sure you have essential toiletries ready for your baby’s arrival. This includes nappies, skin cream, cotton wool, baby lotion, and baby wipes, amongst other things.

These are some of the essential items you will need to get before your baby comes along. Remember, you may not have to purchase everything from new, as you may have friends or family members who are able to give you hand-me-downs that are still in good condition.

Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover Review

Puj Spout CoverThe older my daughter gets, the more she loves bath time and playing in the water. Now that she’s been crawling and pulling herself up to stand, we’ve taken extra measures to ensure her safety and to protect her from potential mishaps. Bath time is no different – we have a soft foam spout cover for our bathtub to protect our baby from injury. We received a sample of the Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover free of charge for the purpose of review.

The Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover is made of a soft, durable, high quality EVA foam material that is protective and forgiving. The one we received is a pretty green color and all Puj made of 100% reclaimed material, making this product a nice choice in favor of green living. This spout cover is shaped like an adorable elephant whose trunk hangs down over the spout to protect baby’s delicate head and skin from bumps and scrapes.

The Puj spout cover is very easy to install onto the bathtub’s spigot and it has a hole at the top to allow you to adjust the shower and water settings. The foam is very easy to clean, yet it seems to stay relatively dry and clean on its own. A good wipe and rinse every so often keeps it clean and hygienic.

I did not notice any unusual odors or anything that could be considered a “con.” This spout cover took only seconds to fit over the spout, and I highly recommend it.

You can find this product in a pretty green (Kiwi) or blue color (Aqua), and also in white. The Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover retails for around $9.99 to $15 at Puj.com, Amazon.com, Diapers.com, BabyEarth, AlbeeBaby.com, and Newegg.com, to name a few. For additional information on this and other Puj products, check out www.puj.com.