March 01, 2015

Favorite Baby Products: The Four Month Edition

I still cannot believe that our littlest love is already 4 months old. If it's even possible, I feel like this whole thing is going faster the second time around. Although I could talk about baby products ALL day long, I wanted to share with you our all-time favorite products at this stage. These nine products are our go-to favorites that we couldn't live without!

This little gem was a life saver with Jonah and so far seems to be following suit with Luca. It's a soft, cozy, place to lay baby whenever you need to - it's especially come in handy while chasing around a toddler :) Luca loves to nap in his, and he is currently still sleeping in this beside our bed. The slight incline is perfect for reflux babies, the cover comes off for easy cleaning, and some models even have built in vibration!

There are a ton of different diaper caddies out there, but I fell in love with this design and that was that. When we had Jonah, we were constantly running up and down the stairs for diapers, wipes, and all of those good things that go along with diaper changes. We finally wised up and began storing diapers and wipes in an extra dresser drawer we had upstairs at the time, but it wasn't exactly functional.

This time around, I knew that I needed some sort of organization - so I came across these on Amazon one day and knew I had to buy one. The nursery downstairs is stocked full of diaper changing necessities, but with Luca still sleeping in our bedroom upstairs (and Jonah, too) this has definitely come in handy. We have it stocked full of diapers in both sizes for the boys, wipes, and the outside pockets hold things like Vaseline, A&D Ointment, Desitin, a baby brush and comb, a temporal thermometer, baby lotion, a nasal aspirator, and saline spray. It has handles on it so we can bring everything to the bed in one quick motion, or we can even bring it downstairs in the living room if needed. I especially recommend this if you have a two-story home, but it's even handy to have lying around in the living room!

We definitely used our baby bath tub when Luca was a newborn, but now that he's much sturdier and almost sitting up on his own, we are loving this seat! I especially love it because it sits on the floor of the bathtub and I can bath both boys together instead of bathing one in the large tub, and then having to bath Luca separately. Obviously you have to be smart about a seat like this. I NEVER leave Luca's side and I only allow Jonah to have the water a few inches deep.

The mesh is soft for baby and it dries instantly - so no mildewy smell like we experienced with our other baby bath tub!

We are huge fans of white noise around here, and this cuddly little sheep is something we can't live without! We use it for all of Luca's naps and even overnight. Jonah actually has come to love it, too. The sheep is super soft, with controls located in it's back. There are 4 different sounds, an adjustable volume knob, and a timer that you can set for either 23 or 46 minutes. Our favorite sound is the ocean sound - it puts the kids to sleep almost immediately!

Both boys had severe eczema that showed up about 4 weeks after birth, but Luca's has just been awful with no end in sight. We have tried EVERY product on the market, and nothing was working. I finally caved and purchased this lotion and it is the only thing that has cleared up the eczema on his body. It has no scent and unlike other creams and lotions, it doesn't burn on contact with irritated skin. It's definitely pricey - but so worth it!

We have the larger version of this teether as well, but right now Luca is loving the smaller version with handles. We aren't quite to the teething stage yet, but it's definitely on it's way! Luca has been drooling far more than normal and is chewing on everything in sight. This little teether is the perfect thing to chew on!

{ 7 } Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs

Many of you know how obsessed I am with Aden + Anais products. I didn't really know what they were when Jonah was born, but that all changed this time around. We have about 15 of these Burpy Bibs and they are amazing! They are contoured to fit the shape of your shoulder, large enough to last a few feedings, have super cute prints, but best of all - they also double as a bib!

{ 8 } Oball Rattle

We're huge fans of Oball products! Luca isn't quite at the stage where he can hold objects in his hands, but he can definitely hold the Oball :) We have this exact one and the noise is stimulating, but not over-stimulating. He loves the bright colors, too.

{ 9 } Boppy Noggin Nest

One of the things you have to watch when having babies sleep in a Rock n' Play or something similar is their head shape. When babies lie in the same position, sometimes their heads can flatten. Jonah had a very noticeable flat spot on the back of his head that did eventually correct itself. In an effort to prevent that, we purchased this pillow, and it has been great! Luca does not have a flat spot on the back of his head - and I honestly believe it is because of this pillow!

There you have it - our current list of favorite baby products! I should also add that this is NOT a sponsored post. These are products we use every day that I wanted to share with you!

What baby products are you currently loving?

February 22, 2015

Making the Most of a Small Space

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you've all had a wonderful weekend! We had a surprise three-day-weekend, and it was glorious and much needed. Here in Western Pennsylvania, the wind chills were dipping the whole way down to -30 on Thursday and Friday, with Friday being the colder of the two days. Many schools around here closed because of it, mine included. I'll never ever complain about an extra day with my boys! :)

Speaking of my on the blog I am going to be highlighting their shared nursery and toddler bedroom. If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you can probably recall that our living space, albeit cozy, is SMALL. I absolutely adore our little house, but's little, so we do our best to try and make the most of every square inch.

The upstairs of our house consists of the master bedroom and bathroom. That bathroom houses the only shower and bathtub in the house. Our washer and dryer are up there, too!

Downstairs, we have the boys' room (which used to be an office and has no closets), a powder room, a small living room, and a kitchen. I love this house because of the history and love within the walls - my husband would do a much better job at explaining all of that to you. It's cozy, warm, and welcoming...and while it was PERFECT when it was just the two of us, things are getting pretty tight now that we are adding to our family - and we'd love to add two more! So, we are currently forced to make things work while keeping in mind that we are blessed to have a roof over our heads! :)

Today I want to focus on the boys' room, because maybe you are in a similar situation - having to have two young children share a small space. Once we found out Luca was a boy, we decided to keep the crib bedding from when Jonah was a baby, and order Jonah the coordinating twin bed set from Pottery Barn Kids! It just made sense.

Here is the view looking into the nursery/bedroom from the doorway:

Immediately to your right you see our diaper genie, and the end of Jonah's twin bed. The dresser is full of Jonah's clothes, and you can also see Luca's crib and changing station.

Here is the view above Jonah's bed. Kevin painted his name for him before he was born, so we decided to leave the letters above his bed while rearranging the room :)

Here is what Jonah's bed looks like. We keep the bed rail on at all times, because Jonah (when he sleeps in his bed) is a mover and a shaker!

Like I mentioned before, this dresser has all of Jonah's clothing in it. I still need one more frame to complete the trio beneath his shelf! You are probably asking yourself where Luca's dresser is. Well, as inconvenient as it is, we emptied out our dresser upstairs and his clothes are up there in our bedroom. Kevin and I share one closet for all of our clothes. We also had to move the glider and bookshelf out of the nursery when we rearranged, because there was just no way to make either of them fit. The glider is in our bedroom upstairs, and the bookshelf has been moved into the living room near the boys' play area.

Here is a peek at the side of the changing station. This is the boys' hamper, where we put all of their dirty clothes. It fills up pretty fast these days! :) Also, I love our changer, because there is some built in storage on the side. I typically use the bottom shelf for storing all of our bags of wipes.

The front of the changer has three drawers. We have the top drawer filled with diapers for both of the boys and a case of wipes. The middle drawer has some sleepers and onesies for Luca, and the bottom drawer is full of Jonah's pajamas. We also have a diaper caddy that travels all around the house. In it, we keep diapers for both boys, wipes, Desitin, a brush and comb, A&D Ointment, a travel size baby lotion, and a nasal aspirator with saline spray.

We also have wooden letters that match Jonah's for Luca, but when Kevin went to paint them, they bubbled up and the finish got ruined. We haven't had a chance to sand them down and repaint them, but they will get up on the wall above his crib eventually :) #secondchildsyndrome

We also have this cube shelving to help keep things organized. In the top left cube are all of the boys' socks. To the right, you can see our swaddles. The middle cube is full of bibs and burp cloths, and the bottom cube has taken on the role of holding random things like diaper genie refills, thermometers, extra pacifiers, etc.

We even have organization on the back of the door for little things we don't have room for anywhere else. We have a coat rack that hangs on the top of the door as well as a mesh organizer with lots of pockets for hats, mittens, and other little things.

Having no closet space for the boys can really be frustrating. We have nowhere to keep things that aren't used every day (special jackets, shoes, snow suits, special keepsakes, etc.) so we also have a lot of thin Rubbermaid bins for those kinds of things. There is one under Jonah's bed and one under Luca's crib. We also have the storage space in our closet upstairs packed full with Rubbermaid bins.

You probably also noticed that we don't keep toys in the boys' room. It's honestly not for any specific reason other than we just plain old don't have room. A side of our living room has been completely devoted to toys and has sort have taken on the role of a play room, even though it isn't a separate room. I will have to keep that area in mind for another highlight post, because even though it's full of toys, it's very organized.

If you are curious as to where the things in the boys' bedroom came from, here is a list I've put together for you :)

Rug: RugsUSA
Crib and Changer in Espresso: Babies ‘R’ Us
Clock above the Diaper Genie: Target
Wooden Letters: Michael’s
Trio of Alligator Prints: The Princess and Pea Etsy Shop
Frames for Alligator Trio: Michael’s
Curtain Rods: Target
White Sheers: Walmart
Navy Curtains: Target (Not pictured) 
Wall Art: Amazon (The tree with leaves) and Home Depot (The jungle animals)
Picture Frames Below Shelf: Target
Shelf: Ikea
Green Lamp: Target
Chevron Tin Cup: Target $1 Bins!
Alligator Piggy Bank: Amazon
Orange Placemat: Target
Navy Print “I Prayed for this Child…”: The Educated Owl Etsy Shop
Alligator Madras Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids
Coat Rack: Amazon
Mesh Organizer: Amazon
Cube Storage and Cubes: Target
Pop-up Hamper: Walmart
Minky Changing Pad Cover: ModFox Etsy Shop

I also have a special surprise for all of my readers!

The other day I sat down and designed a printable for the boys' room pulling in my love of chalkboards, chevron stripes, and Where the Wild Things Are, while tying in the alligator theme we sort of have going on in there. I'm having it printed this week to frame and hang in their room, and because I appreciate all of you so much - I'm offering it to you here for FREE!

Click here to download this printable!

{ Quote is from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, chevron chalkboard digital paper is from here, and alligator graphics are from here }

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