Tag: baby shower gifts

SoundBub: The cutest (and smartest) portable white noise machine ever.

I never used a white noise machine with any of my kids when they were babies, which may explain why they were such terrible nappers. Compare that to my friends, who’d come over for dinner and board games with their babies in tow. Their kids slept soundly in our room with a white noise machine running, while we hung out in the next room. Traveling with a plug-in white noise machine is clunky, though, so I’m happy to discover the SoundBub. This adorable white noise machine is now at the top of my baby shower gift ideas list. For parents who are on-the-go...

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11 times new parents have thought WTF, how is this my life?

Sure, those prenatal classes and baby books may prepare you for labor, breastfeeding (kind of), and baby milestones. But there are so many truly insane moments as a new parent that create a stark difference between your new life (i.e. slave to an infant) and your old one (i.e. slave to the sales days at your favorite store) and we had the best time remembering some of our favorites. This post is graciously brought to you by one of our favorite infant brands, FridaBaby, because they not only have a great sense of humor, but they know a little something about...

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Sponsored Message: Celebrating a brand new Rosemary Wells book with a $250 giveaway

This is a sponsored message from MacMillan In honor of the launch of Hand in Hand, the beautiful new book from popular kids’ author Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame, you could win a special $250 literary prize pack, plus everyone who enters wins a special magnet with art from this new book. Perfect gift for a baby shower, new baby, or first birthday, Hand in Hand celebrates the sweet joys of being your child’s first teacher, and all the moments you share, whether walking together, playing, dreaming, and of course, reading together. And oh the reading you’ll be able to do with...

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11 of our favorite nursery must-haves | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

We’re so excited to share our own favorite baby registry nursery must-haves as part of our ongoing Baby Registry Essentials Guide series, which we’re bringing to you thanks to our partner, Gugu Guru. Some of our picks we bet you’ve seen (or maybe recommended yourself!), some of them are definitely worth a look if they’re new to you. You will find all of our nursery must-haves right on the Gugu Guru site where you can easily add them (or anything on the web at all) to your baby registry there with a single click. It’s seriously a lifesaver for expectant parents, with completely custom product recommendations that they offer you based...

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Swanky baby gear that looks like adult coloring books? Color us excited.

The only thing we love more than super safe, comfortable car seats and strollers is when our essential baby gear has swanky styling too. The new City Motif Collection of baby gear from Maxi-Cosi combines serious safety features with a playful black-and-white city skyline design that manages to look both very European and, well, like you could whip out some markers and color right on it. (But, don’t!) The City Motif line includes three different products to take your kids from teeny to toddling. To start off, there’s the Mico Max 30 infant seat, known for being the most lightweight seat...

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This new board book for kids is a breath of fresh Air

My younger kids usually need a little one-on-one time to decompress after school, and one of our favorite ways to do this is reading together. After a few minutes in my lap, they’re ready to go play again. But, I have to admit, I’d much rather read a cool indie book like Carson Ellis’ Home than anything Dora or Clifford or, heaven help us, Caillou. I think it’s hard to find artfully designed board books for preschoolers — although we do love Cozy Classics and BabyLit — but the new board book for kids, Air by Kyla Ryman with beautiful cut-paper illustrations by Nathalie Trovato, is now right up...

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Finally, a stylish breast pump tote. Thanks, Petunia Pickle Bottom.

Ahh, the breast pump. Not the most glamorous part of new motherhood. But for many of us, it’s a necessity. Whether you’re just pumping and freezing so your partner can take the midnight feedings or you’re headed back to work but don’t want to cut off breastfeeding when you do, a good breast pump can be your best friend. And now, there’s finally a stylish breast pump tote bag for you to carry it in when you head back to the office or go on vacation, thanks to Petunia Pickle Bottom. Petunia Pickle Bottom has, for years, been one of...

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3 of the best highchairs that grow with your kid. In other words, they’re worth the investment.

Now that I’ve had three kids, I’m a big believer in only spending money on baby gear that’s really worth it. That spendy bottle warmer you’ll use for oh, 3 months? Skip it. But a highchair that will literally last until your kids are in elementary school (or older) — that’s totally worth the investment to me. So, we’ve taken a look back at some of the very best highchairs we’ve had a chance to review over the years to find our favorites that will grow with your kids. In other words, you know you’re getting your money’s worth even after you’ve quit...

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Breastfeeding at work: 7 tips to help nursing moms make the transition

When I returned to work while breastfeeding my first daughter, I found myself sorely unprepared for everything it entailed. I can’t even begin to convey the frustration I experienced — though I’m sure a lot of you know just what I’d been through. Add that to sleep deprivation and it was a very difficult time for me. Cue crying behind my closed office door. Looking back, I realize there’s more I could have done prior to going back to work, to make the transition a whole lot easier. (Ah, hindsight, right?) Plus, now that there are so many more workplaces doing more for working...

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7 must-haves for breastfeeding moms | Baby Registry Essentials Guide

Next up in our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series, we’re excited to share 7 of our own must-haves for breastfeeding moms. And hey, just in time for National Breastfeeding Month — although of course, these are all fantastically useful gifts any month at all. We’re so happy to be able to bring you all this monthly series of essentials for new parents, thanks to our partner Gugu Guru, the brilliant online baby registry. If you’re expecting, or know someone who is, you’ll appreciate their personalized, unbiased product recos that they make based on your own lifestyle preferences and tastes, plus the expert guidance they offer along the way. Best...

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Swaddle sacks that help you give the perfect gift: A better sleep.

After I discovered the magic of swaddling to help my babies sleep for longer than, oh, 15 minutes at a time, I was hooked. And in the way newborns spit up, poop, and find other creative ways to get their clothes and bedding messy again and again, you really can’t have too many swaddle blankets. If I had a newborn these days, the adorable swaddle sacks from Etsy shop Mint and Arrows would most definitely be in my stash. The thing is, eventually my babies easily squirmed their way out of their swaddles, waking themselves up in the process. So I’m intrigued by...

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5 benefits of breastfeeding for moms, that we should be talking about more

Like many moms who choose to breastfeed, I was fairly aware of the benefits of breastfeeding my first baby well before I started. But I actually didn’t know how many benefits there would be for me too, at least until I was pretty far along into nursing my first baby. The more I think about it, the more I realize how much it would have helped me to focus on those upsides during those early days and months when, admittedly, I was struggling a bit. And that goes for my second, third and fourth babies. (That’s me with number two up in the photo above. So cute!)   Our newest...

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The Baby Registry Essentials Guide: The Coolest Gifts for the Eco Mom

You know how much we love to seek out the very coolest baby registry essentials and must-haves, both as a group of moms who are searching for cool baby gifts for our own new additions, and as those who only wish we had them when ours were young ones. Especially when it comes to cool eco baby products that make you feel that much better about the items you’re buying. So we are beyond thrilled to have joined up with the most perfect partner, Gugu Guru, the brilliant online baby registry, for some of the coolest baby essentials. They make personalized, unbiased product...

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Cute organic baby bedding — and experts who will help you find a favorite — from Monica and Andy

Whether or not you remember it, there was a time that the only crib bedding options for new parents were matchy-matchy bed-in-a-bag sets or expensive bespoke bedding. So we’re really thankful that now there are so many stylish options for our babies’ nurseries. And just this week we discovered Monica & Andy, and they have the some of the most adorable new organic baby bedding collection that we’ve seen lately. The new line includes various sheets, quilts and reversible blankets, all made from the super-soft organic cotton — perfect for tummy time or breezy walks in the stroller. They also offer dozens of cute swaddle blankets made of organic, double-layer muslin....

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The smartest way for new parents to save some money: Rent baby gear from Expectantly

Budgeting for a new baby can be overwhelming for many of us. You need clothes, diapers, a crib, a stroller — the list goes on. And on. While some items like rattles and burp clothes are relatively inexpensive, others — like a car seat and high chair or even crib bedding — can be beyond pricey. It’s hard to know where to splurge on something you’ll use for years (hint: go for the nice stroller) and where to save (skip the expensive bassinet you’ll use a couple months, at most). So, when I found out about the cool new site...

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The 4-in-1 nursing cover that covers way more than you’d think.

We’re typically not huge fans of nursing covers around here. Grabbing a baby blanket or muslin swaddler and tucking it into our bra straps always worked just fine for all of us when we felt the need to cover up a little more. But when I found out about the new Covered Goods nursing cover I was impressed. This nursing cover covers way more than you might think, doing quadruple duty as a nursing cover, a shopping cart cover, a car seat shade, and an infinity scarf. That’s some seriously smart thinking. And, it looks super chic too. Related: Two nursing sports bras that will have you looking...

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11 wonderful inspirational nursery prints that you might not think to buy for a baby’s room

I’m long past the days of decorating a baby’s room (sniff), but when you find inspirational nursery prints this wonderful and beautifully designed, it’s a wonder we ever used to settle for those ubiquitous licensed children’s characters or generic animals. After having looked at so many of these wonderful inspirational quote prints that weren’t necessarily designed as baby gifts — but happen to make great ones — I’ll be snagging some for my friends who are having babies. And maybe even a few for our own home that my elementary-aged kids will love. Because I figure if I’ve got any job as a mom, it’s...

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Waterproof diaper bags that just happen to make the perfect pool totes

Even if you’re not in the market for a new diaper bag, you might want to give the waterproof diaper bags from TWELVElittle a second look. My kids haven’t been in diapers in years, but I’ve been using their new waterproof diaper bag daily because it makes a perfect pool tote, too. There’s plenty of room for sunscreen, snacks, and towels for three kids. And if you do have little ones, it’ll work well for hauling diapers and swim vests, too. Or, you can hook swim vests to the shoulder straps — wet or dry — without worrying about ruining a pretty bag....

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Sponsored Message: Nanit may be the biggest thing to happen to baby monitors.

  This is a sponsored message from Nanit If you’ve ever lost sleep waiting impatiently for your baby to fall asleep — or worse, woken your little one up when you’ve just peeked in —  you need to meet Nanit, a tremendous new advancement in baby monitors. In fact it’s part baby monitor, part translator, part personal baby guru. And what new parent couldn’t use one of those? – Don’t miss a special limited-time offer below –  Nanit is designed to track everything about your baby’s sleep, no wearable required. You’ll have access to a wealth of information with ease through the nicely designed companion app, including data...

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6 modern baby bouncers that are super stylish space-savers

Sometimes in the world of baby gear, less is definitely way more. These modern, space-saving baby bouncers capture this spirit in a big way. Their sleek designs mean your living room can look less like a mini gymnasium and more like smart, stylish adults live there. When my first child was born, I splurged on that deluxe set with all the bells and whistles, dangling toys, and musical buttons. My sister, on the other hand, chose a bouncer that was about as big as her diaper bag and folded up to slide under the sofa when not in use. Turns out her baby was just...

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