9 & 10 Month Must Haves

Well, time has gotten away from me and every time I sat down to put together Blaire’s 9 month must-haves, I just couldn’t seem to get it finished up. Once I was finally getting it finished (after Blaire turned 10 months old) I realized that she really has been drawn to the same things the past two months, so I’d just combine them. At this age Blaire is curious about everything! She loves putting things into another thing (a ball/doll/anything into a cup), she still loves chewing on EVERYTHING and she’s learning how to walk and use those legs to push herself when sitting. Below are our must-haves for 9 and 10 months.
9 10 Mo Must Haves

Wooden Puzzle // Stride & Ride Elephant // Stuffed Elmo // Sippy Cup // Elephant Ball Popper

Hape Color and Shape Sorter: Blaire has a little wooden puzzle that she just absolutely loves! She basically just likes to chew on the pieces because they’re colorful and easy to carry around. Hers is a hand-me-down, so it’s not made anymore. This puzzle is very similar.

Stuffed Elmo: Blaire has really loved stuffed animals the past few months. She’s always dragging one around with her and cuddling up to them. This Elmo is the perfect size for both! Plus, she LOVES Elmo on Sesame Street. She likes to take this guy everywhere.

Fisher Price 3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride Elephant: At this age, Blaire is constantly on the go. She’s been crawling for over a month now and spends the majority of her day pulling herself up onto anything she can, and she loves standing on her own. She likes sitting on this elephant, but doesn’t quite get that she can bounce on it yet. But her favorite thing to do is push it! She loves being able to “walk” by herself and she could push this thing around the room all day if we let her!

Rise and Shine Sippy Cup: We have some “fancy” sippy cups that Blaire just doesn’t get the hang of yet. I picked this one up at the mall one day and she loves it! Plus I love it because it’s clearly a baby Starbucks cup.

Poppin Park Elefun Ball Popper: Okay, so Blaire doesn’t quite get how to put the balls into this to get them to pop out, but she LOVES the balls. She carries them around and chases them around the room (so do the cats!). And she knows how to push the button to get it to turn on. She loves the music so much that when it stops, she’ll crawl back over to it and push the button to get it to turn back on. It’s SO cute!

8 Month Must-Haves

8 Month Baby Must HavesActivity Table /// Balm /// Footie PJs /// Bath Toys /// Apples Apples Apples Pouch /// Baby Gate

1. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy Friends Activity Table: Blaire LOVES this activity table. It was the best garage sale buy. Seriously. It’s the perfect height for her to stand there and play with. She is also obsessed with trying to pull herself up on to it.

2. The Honest Company Healing Balm: Now that it’s getting cooler outside (and the air dryer) Blaire’s poor skin is just so dry. This balm is amazing! It’s so thick, so it does leave her skin a little shiny for awhile after applying. She has her mama’s sensitive skin, and this is gentle enough for both of us!

3. Carter’s 1-Piece Microfleece PJs: These Carter’s PJs are perfect for little ones on the go. Once they hit size 12 months, the little footies have grippers on them! They make it so much easier for a kid who’s standing and taking steps (with or without their parent’s help). And they’re perfect for the chilly winter ahead.

4. Boon Odd Ducks Bath Toys: Blaire just loves bath time these days! She splashes around and she really loves bubbles in her bath, and gets even more excited when she finds a duck inside the bubbles. These little duckies are cute and fun! I think the bright colors make them perfect for little ones.

5. Ella’s Kitchen Organic Pureed Baby Food Pouch: These baby food pouches are perfect for traveling! Since we spend a lot of our weekends on the go, it’s so nice to not have to worry about a spoon. Although you should still bring a bib because they’re still messy!

6. Munchkin Precision 24″ Baby Gate: This baby gate isn’t fancy (or pretty) but it gets the job done! We had already had this simple gate for our dog and it works just as well for Blaire. ;)

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With the time change (and the colder weather), our after-work walks have come to an end. While Jason was out of town for work a few days last week, Blaire and I had a crazy few days. She has had a stuffy nose and I was worried she might have an ear infection, so we went in for a doctor’s appointment. No ear infection, so she got her 2nd dose of the flu shot. Since she took it like a champ, we went for a walk and had some fun playing at the park. She got to swing for the first time and had the time of her life (as you can probably tell from that giant smile in the photo above)!

What thing(s) were your little one’s favorite at 8 months old? What about 9 months? 10 months? I’m always on the hunt for Blaire’s next favorite thing! xo

7 Month Must-Haves

7 months already? Where has the time gone? At 7 months old, Blaire is just ready to go, go, go. Some of the milestones we’ve hit now at 7 months are teething, eating, and playing! Naturally, our must-haves will cover those three major areas.

Can you spot the tooth that's popped through?

Can you spot the tiny tooth that has popped through? (Hint: Bottom gum, her left side.)

Blaire’s first tooth popped through almost two weeks ago, and the teething tablets have been a life saver! On really rough days, I’ve caved and given her a dose of Tylenol. Up next… Now that Blaire is eating real food, the spoons are a definite must-have! The little mesh feeder is nice, because you can put food in it without having to worry about your baby choking. The puffs are especially perfect on the go. (Since we’ve just started with these, I am still breaking them in half before she eats them.) The shopping cart/high chair cover is amazing! You never know what germs are on shopping carts, or even worse, public high chairs. I can’t believe the disgusting leftover food I’ve seen on them. Ew. Blaire hasn’t been swaddled while she sleeps since she was about two months old. But she’s had some rough nights since that tooth popped through and this has been the best! It helps her fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer. She has this crazy habit of rubbing her eyes while she’s trying to fall asleep and while she’s sleeping – so it always ends up waking her up. Swaddling keeps those little restless hands in check!7 Month Old Baby Must Haves

Teething Tablets /// Cart & High Chair Cover /// Puffs /// Swaddler ///  Spoons /// Food Feeder

There you have it… the things I couldn’t live without this month (in addition to her teething favorites, of course!). What are (or were) your 7-month-old’s favorite things? xo

Teething Baby Must-Haves!

Anyone who has cared for a teething baby knows it can be hard, heartbreaking and sometimes it’s just frustrating! There’s nothing worse than a baby in pain, and parents who feel helpless when it comes to dealing with that pain. While you never know when your baby is actually cutting teeth, the stage of teething can really go on for months and months! Symptoms of a teething baby are excessive drooling, rosy cheeks, irritability, low-grade fevers and then there’s the fact that they are biting on anything they can get into their little mouths!

Blaire started her teething symptoms around the age of three months. It was hard to find any teething toys that were small enough for her tiny mouth. Sophie the Giraffe was our saving grace! We tried this teether clip that you can stick in the fridge. She would chew on it for a few seconds, but it didn’t keep her interest. One other thing that worked, was using these little mesh bags meant for food, and placing breast milk ice cubes in them. At three months, she wasn’t able to eat anything but breast milk or formula, so being able to freeze the breast milk was a nice way for her to get something cool, yet familiar, on her little gums.

Fast forward a few months and Blaire has quite a few items that I consider our teething favorites! First up, the Amber Teething Necklace. I had read mixed reviews on whether these were safe or not. There is a misconception that this is something for your baby to actually chew on. It is NOT! It is for your baby to wear. Studies have shown that the warmth from your baby’s skin releases the active ingredient in the Baltic amber, succinic acid. After reading so many positive reviews from parents who had seen a difference in their children, we decided it was worth a try. It wasn’t a huge financial investment, plus they’re so cute! I ordered ours from this shop on Etsy, and have been nothing but happy with it. Within about 48 hours of wearing her necklace, there was definitely a change in Blaire’s temper. She was back to her happy, outgoing self. We double Blaire’s and have her wear it as an anklet, it’s much less scary than having something around your baby’s neck.

Baby Teething Must HavesAmber Teething Necklace /// Teething Book /// Twist & Teethe /// Ring Links /// Sophie Giraffe

These other teething items are all so cute and colorful. Aside from soothing baby gums, they’re also entertaining. The majority of the items are between $2.50 and $7, which makes them perfectly priced so that you can give your baby some fun options at a grumpy time in their little lives. On days when Blaire seems to be especially miserable. I have given her two to three of these teething tablets. They really seem to work wonders! I know many parents are against giving their kiddos medicine, so no worries, everything in the tablets are natural.

Amber Teething Necklace and Baby Rolls

Amber Teething Necklace and Baby Rolls

What are your favorite teething options for your little ones? Have you tried the Amber Teething Necklace? I’d love to know. xo

6 Month Must-Haves

Now that Blaire is six months old, she’s always sitting up when she’s playing on the floor. She especially loves toys that she can chew on whether she’s sitting up or laying down. She also has a few trusty favorites that have been by her side for the past few months. She just looks so big sitting up on the floor, babbling away to her toys. Time is going by way too quickly!

Must Haves for 6 Month Old Baby

TAGGIES™ Blanket // Elephant Pacifier Holder // Giraffe Teether // Picnic Basket // Chime Ball

TAGGIES™ Blanket: Although Blaire doesn’t have this exact blanket, (hers is homemade by grandma!) she loves anything with tags on it! Right before she turned six months, we realized she was into the tags on her toys more than the actual toy. We got out this blanket and it quickly became one of her favorite things.

Sophie the Giraffe Teether: Blaire has loved Sophie since she was about three months old! And Sophie has been a lifesaver at times. At three months she was perfect, because most teething toys are hard to fit in a mouth that tiny. Sophie also makes a fun, squeeky noise (just like a dog toy!) so that’s an added bonus.

Taggies™ Chime Ball: This ball was a gift we received right when she turned six months old. She was in awe of it from the moment she saw it. Again, she is obsessed with tags! The ball has a little bell in it, so it makes a fun noise, too. One of her favorite games is to sit and roll the ball back and forth with daddy!

LeapFrog® Shapes & Sharing Picnic Basket: This was another gift! No matter how angry this little girl is, the moment she hears her picnic basket talking to her, she gets a giant smile on that adorable face. All of the pieces that come with it are the perfect size for little hands, and she LOVES chewing on them! She is especially into plates and cups right now, so having her own to play with is perfect.

Ella Bella Elephant WubbaNub® Pacifier Holder: This is now the only binky Blaire will take. She loves that she’s able to get it in her mouth by herself and that there’s something to hold on to. It’s especially helpful when she’s sleepy!

Well, these are some of the things we always have around. What are your baby’s favorite things?