Posts Tagged ‘baby’

photoI didn’t have a chance to take photos of a gift I made for a friend recently, but she was kind enough to take a picture herself (and also include the little recipient enjoying it!).  For this one I went with a slightly more neutral color palette, and used the same color yarn for the fur and his sweater stripe, then used gray and blue for the pants and other sweater stripe.  I also wanted to dress him up a bit, so added some little suspenders, which turned out super cute!  I thought about adding a bow-tie but never got around to it – I think I’ll have to try that for the next one 🙂  I also made a little rattle and felted on a little moon for fun – it was my first time felting and I really like the different texture it gives to the toys.  How cute is his little face looking at the kitty??  Adorable.



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Another kitty friend to add to the album 🙂  This one has been given a home by my daughter’s Kindergarten teacher, who is due with a boy this month.  This was the fist time I used a “non-traditional” fur color and I really like the element of whimsy it adds.


Next up, a pink-furred girl kitty!



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Every now and then I like to do round-ups of my favorite things, doing my very, very best to keep it to nine items.  Why nine?  The very scientific reason that it allows for a neat square of 3 x 3  – plus “top 10” is SO over-used these days 🙂  In any case, here’s my list of essential “baby gear” (not to be confused with “baby toys”).  There are so many billions of lists of “essential” baby items out there that include items that, after two kids, I’ve realized are either useful for about 5 seconds, or totally depend on the kid – not all babies love baby swings, jumpers, bouncers, pacifiers, or generally anything made for their enjoyment specifically – they are all different.  So this list is for the mamas only – the stuff that YOU will need to survive your first year.  No matter what personality your little bundle of joy pops out with, these things will still be useful – I promise.  So here we go…

  1. The B.O.B. stroller:  I LOVE my B.O.B.  LOVE it.  Did I mention I love it?  Don’t get me wrong – an umbrella stroller is crucial for travel and trips to the mall, but the B.O.B will allow you to enjoy those times when a stroller wouldn’t otherwise have been possible or nearly as much fun.
  2. Gerber cloth diapers:  Let me preface this by saying I didn’t cloth diaper – I repeat – I did NOT cloth diaper.  I looked into it, but decided to keep my sanity.  These cloth diapers, however, are still unbelievably useful for everything else that would otherwise require a burp cloth, wipe, paper towel or (yes I’ve done it) shirt sleeve.  And they’re cheap!  $15 for 10  – you can’t beat it for burp cloths.  Now that my girls are pretty much past the spit-up/blow-out phase (although there is still the occasional outlier), they’ve become my paper towel replacement in the kitchen and just general wipe cloths for around the house.  Believe me, you will find uses for these FOREVER.
  3. Summer Infant Monitor:  This thing went with me everywhere when I had my first baby and you first time mamas will wonder how your own mothers survived without it.  I loved this with all my heart the first time around – carried it with me around the house, slept with it, traveled with it, I simply couldn’t fathom not being able to KNOW that my child was asleep.  That said, I didn’t even plug this thing in with my second.  Just didn’t use it.  Why? I think it’s because the second time around, you’re so busy with your first and with other things that you don’t really care if they’re asleep or not – as long as they’re in the room and quiet, that’s all you need to know.  So you first timers?  Buy this – it will keep you sane.  Second timers?  Meh, not so much.
  4. Zutano baby booties: Here’s the thing with baby shoes and socks – they are all so cute, but almost completely useless because they fall off or are too hard to get on.  Enter these baby booties.  They’re cute, comfy, can fit over other socks if you want extra warmth, and are EASY to put on, and stay put!  Love.
  5. The Snuzzler: Aside from the name (which I love in and of itself) this thing is a must for the early months.  No matter how padded your super-baby-deluxe car seat may seem, you won’t realize just how teeny tiny that little newborn is until you plunk them into an infant car seat without one of these things.  You’re little bundle will spend a TON of time sleeping in the car seat, so they might as well be cozy.
  6. White noise machine:  Also known as the “Dohm-DS Dual Speed Conditioner by Marpac”.  White noise is your best friend when you’re trying to get your baby to sleep soundly, but after watching numerous friends go through countless made-for-baby noise machines that kept breaking, I went for the big guns – the no frills Marpac.  And I love it.  It may not be pretty, but it WORKS.
  7. The Fisher Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat:  Despite this long name, this thing is the most streamlined, basic chair you can get, and it’s awesome.  It takes up almost no room, is less than $30, is easy to clean and can travel!  What more could you ask for?!?!  Just PLEASE don’t be like me and despite getting the recommendation from a zillion people STILL get sidetracked in the store by the padded, tilting, cool looking high chairs and think they’re worth it.  They’re not.  Trust me, get this first.
  8. The Miracle Blanket:  Just listen to the name – it’s not a lie.  Even if you think you’re baby doesn’t like being swaddled (which I did) they do (which she did – once I go this blanket).  My first child was very mellow and I could swaddle her in anything and she wouldn’t wriggle out of it.  My second, not so much.  I was convinced she wasn’t the swaddling kind, until I tried this, and then miracle blanket of miracles, she was suddenly a peaceful, awesome sleeper (and mama got to sleep a whole 4 hours in a ROW!!).
  9. The Ergo Baby Carrier: Seriously, don’t get anything else.  I brought two carriers to Hawaii last year and stupidly decided to wear the Bjorn in the airport – my back was KILLING me by the time we were getting our bags in Honolulu and when our luggage appeared, I tore it open, found the Ergo, swapped it out and literally sighed with relief.  There is nothing better for comfort or versatility – I’ve used this for my newborn all the way up to hiking with my 2 year old on my back.  It’s ergonomic perfection.

So there you have it!  I’d love to know what things you considered essential in your first years of motherhood.

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