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Must haves for your second baby from a second time mom

must haves for your second baby

As we head into January and our second trimester, we’re starting to prepare for Baby #2. There’s something to be said for no longer being a first time mom.  There’s that feeling of self assurance. You know you will survive, you did it before.  You know what works for you, what doesn’t, and you know what items you need, and what you don’t need.

pregnancy announcement

When we made our registry for our first baby I remember being in Buy Buy Baby, with a huge list in my hand, feeling so overwhelmed with all of the baby gear. We literally registered for everything.  This time, being a more experienced mom, my motto is “efficiency”.

Here is a list of some of the “Must Haves” for your second baby.

Dockatot

dockatot

Ask me before becoming a mom if I was planning to cosleep and the answer was “Hellz no.”  But when it was the only way #1 would sleep, you do what you gotta do.  When I learned I was pregnant with #2, Dockatot was super gracious and sent me one of their beautiful sleepers. What I love about Dockatot is that it is an easy, portable solution to make your little one feel snuggled while sleeping safely on their backs.

Baby Jogger city select

double stroller

When we made our registry for our first baby, we registered for the Baby Jogger City Select because we knew we wanted at least two children and we wanted the option for a second seat. It’s very easy to steer and well built. However, it is on the heavier side.

Homemade burp cloths

One of the best gifts I received with our first baby was homemade burp cloths. They were made with cloth diapers – super absorbent and durable. Much better than anything you could buy in the store. Check out this super easy DIY to make your own from Chelsea at Life with my Littles.

Pack n Play with changing station and napper –

We got a pack and play with changing station and napper like this one. I stocked diapers, wipes, diaper cream and some onesies in a basket in the pack n play that way I could change babe’s diaper quick without having to go upstairs.

Halo sleep sacks –

halo sleep sack

These were a lifesaver with Maxwell. He was a little Houdini and could break out of the tightest swaddles, and I am a swaddling pro (that’s an L&D nurse for you). These kept him feeling snug as a bug.

Puj Tub –

Puj tub

I love sink baths! Not only is it super precious and magical, but it is way easier than having to lean over a tub to wash your babe. With our first baby we had a clunky, hard bathtub we would put in the bath for bathtime and then try to find somewhere to store it afterward. This time around, I’ve discovered the Puj tub (you can find it on Amazon here). It’s soft and foldable to cradle your baby, easy to clean and you can hang flat to dry.

 

What are some of your baby essentials?

 

must haves for your second baby

 

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Paw Patrol Live Giveaway!

 

As we prepare for Christmas and do some last minute Christmas shopping I’ve got an awesome giveaway for all my local followers whose kiddos are obsessed with Paw Patrol!

Paw Patrol Live is coming to Albany this April 19-21st. I am so excited to give all of my readers and followers a chance to win a 4 pack of tickets for your family. I am all about gifting experiences and this makes the perfect gift for your kiddos this Christmas.

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”

Paw Patrol is on a roll with it’s hit live tour.

Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race.  When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race.

So how can you enter to win a 4 pack of tickets?

Head on over to my Instagram page and follow me. Then head to my post regarding the Paw Patrol giveaway and be sure to tag 2 of your friends. Extra entries for the more friends you tag.  Giveaway will end Sunday December 23rd at 8pm. I will announce the winner on Instagram.

 

 

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Him

Men. Why are they the hardest people on this planet to shop for? If you ask my husband or my father they will say “it’s not difficult, I don’t want anything”. But you are being difficult dad. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gift ideas for the guys that they are sure to love.

Here are some practical, techy, and fun gifts that are sure to beat socks or another jar of nuts.

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1.) Mytagalongs charger case

This was one of Oprah’s favorite things this year. This case keeps all of his chargers, earbuds and cables all in one place without getting tangled.

2.) Ugg’s slippers

Because who doesn’t want a cozy, warm pair of slippers that will last forever?

3.) Yeti Roadie cooler

As Amazon puts it, “Yeti coolers are the stuff of legends”.  Therefore, he needs this. He can BYOB on any terrain.

4.) Breakfast sandwich maker

I feel like making a mean breakfast should be a requirement when picking out your husband. Now he can make you the best breakfast sandwich and serve it to you in bed any time you want for $18.99. You’re welcome.

5.) Garmin Striker

For the guy who likes fishing.

6.) Bottle opener flip flops

Flip flops that have a bottle opener installed on them so he can crack a cold one wherever he is. You are sure to be wife or daughter of the year.

7.) Travel french press

Now he can brew his coffee and drink it on the go.

8.) Oculus Go

Now he can have a front seat to the best concerts and games with this Virtual Reality device.

 

 

So there you have it. You can also check out my Christmas gift guide for kids or my gift guide for her.

Happy Holidays!

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

christmas gift guide for kids

Today I’m sharing my top Christmas gift ideas for kids. In our house I love toys that encourage imagination and learning so most of these gifts do just that! Plus a pair of Christmas pajamas because what’s Christmas morning without matching jammies for the whole family?

Here is my Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Kids:

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christmas gift guide for kids

1.) Scruff a luv

scruff a luv

You “find them scruffy and make them fluffy.” These toys come as a matted ball of fur but after washing and brushing, reveal a furry dog, cat or bunny.

2.) Toy kitchen

play kitchen

This kitchen set lets kids cook and clean, inspiring their imagination and encourages teamwork when playing with others. Plus it’s got granite countertops and a sleek design to fit into anyone’s home decor.

 

3.) Little Tykes Stem Wonder lab

Play science lab

We bought this for our little guy for his birthday and he plays with it for hours. It provides up to 20 experiments that encourages STEM concepts.

4.) Melissa & Doug 4 in 1 game rug

game rug

Kids can play Tic Tac Toe, Solitaire, Checkers and Nine Men’s Morris. And the set includes all the game pieces needed.

5.) Osmo Genius kit for Ipad

Osmo genius for Ipad

Great for kids ages 5-12. Includes 5 interactive games that encourages problem solving. Compatible with most Ipads.

6.) Amazon Fire (kids edition)

Amazon fire kids

Kids can access audiobooks, music, learning apps and games where parents can set the security settings and a timer for use. It also comes with a kids-proof case and a 2 year warranty that will cover pretty much anything.

7.) Amazon Echo Dot (kids edition)

Amazon echo dot kids edition

My parents are getting this for dude man this year.  It plays music, tells jokes and has over 1,000 audible stories and when he gets older he can control the lights in his own room. You can also set parental controls, and it’s compatible with other Alexa devices in the house.

8.) Letter and number wooden tracing board

 

letter tracing board

A great way to encourage your littles to learn their ABC’s and 123’s and how to draw them.

9.) Counting & Sorting Bear set

counting sorting bear set

Encourages kids to sort their colors, and help learn counting.

10.) Matching Christmas pajamas

Christmas pajamas

We’ve started the tradition where every Christmas Eve we get matching Christmas pajamas to wear Christmas morning. I love these buffalo plaid union suits for the whole family.

 

If you missed my Christmas Gift Guide for Her you can check it out here and stay tuned for my guide for Him coming next!