Book Recommendation: What to Expect series

The What to Expect series goes from pregnancy through the second year. They also have a website full of resources.

I have the full collection and used it as my Bible while I was pregnant. It comforted me when I felt like I was dealing with weird symptoms and helped me with what I needed to do to prepare for my oldest’s birth.

This series, by far, is the one I would recommend to any first time mom. Ignoring the milestones in the newborn, first year and second year when you have a delayed baby works best- it will keep you from stressing, but the rest of the books are gold.

They give tips for feeding, naps, play, and anything else dealing with raising baby. They also give tips on where baby should be and which milestones to expect, which works for preemies adjusted age in the early months.

They give small tips for moms and dads as well in some of the pages and in the front of each chapter, it gives what symptoms to expect or what major milestones and what percentage of babies/toddlers hit them in the months. The easy layout of the book makes it simple to flip to a chapter and read all about the month your baby is turning (or what month you are in your pregnancy)

If you buy these books, you won’t need other books. They will be nice to have, but this series covers everything but extreme complications.

If you know anyone who is expecting their first baby, this is a book to buy them that they can keep and use for all their pregnancies.

Baby Necessity- Pack n Play

We were given a Pack N Play for our oldest at our baby shower, my mom and dad also bought one. I would recommend it to anyone who travels with babies or grandparents who keep baby over night occasionally.

The Pack N Play worked well when we went on vacation, it stored easily in the back of the car with our luggage and didn’t take up too much space. It was cheaper than a crib, so my parents used it with both kids as babies when they stayed overnight.

Pros- lightweight, works as well as a crib, cheaper than a crib, holds up through babies- my girls are almost 5 years apart and we used the same Pack n Plays with both.

Cons- none that I can think of off the top of my head. We used a normal crib on a day to day basis, but she did nap in the Pack n Play more than a few times.

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Mommy Necessity- High Chair Booster Seat

We hardly used a normal high chair. From the time our kids were big enough to sit in the booster high chairs, we were using those. These booster seats. They have straps, come with trays that can be used if you’re not at a table and the seat can scoot into the table like a normal chair. After being gifted one, a normal high chair seemed like an unnecessary large purchase.

These booster chairs can be used on the floor, in a chair at the table and can easily be tossed in the backseat or trunk and used in restaurants and at friends/family’s house while visiting. They are versatile and the tray works for play as well as eating.

Pros- small, portable, easy to take on trips or when eating out, work like a normal high chair as well as a booster seat, easy to clean, take up less space than a high chair and less expensive

Cons- Can’t think of any in all honesty. This is a product I felt was a necessity and one worked well through two kids. They did prove to be hard to sell in a yard sale, though.
You do need to be careful and make sure they are securely strapped onto the chair if your toddler moves a lot. They are also harder for the child to climb out of and if the straps are too loose, the chair can fall but the straps work similar to a car seat- as long as you tighten them in enough and strap it to the chair right, it’s safe.

New Mommy Necessity: Boppy Pillow

I can’t think of any product I used more than the Boppy. It’s a circular pillow that goes around your stomach while breastfeeding or feeding baby. You can give baby a nice, comfy spot to eat or nap. It also works for tummy time beautifully.

I had the same Boppy pillow and used it multiple times a day for both my children. It got us through breastfeeding, bottle feeding, learning to sit and tummy time and the pillow itself is still in such great condition, it looks new.

When baby is in NICU, the Boppy works well to support baby comfortably for either skin to skin or normal holding and cuddling.

Pros- fits around your waist and sits perfectly on your lap, boosts baby up high enough to comfortably reach your breast if you’re nursing, works well for bottle feeding as well, can be taken most places with you, shaped perfectly to support baby after s/he learns head control and also works to help with tummy time.

Cons- not as portable- it does take up some room, can take adjusting to get fully comfortable.

This is another product I couldn’t see myself going without through the early baby phases. It worked on the floor and on the bed/couch. It helped us with tummy time as well as nursing. I would fully recommend to anyone to get one for the pregnant woman in their life.

Let your kids celebrate St Patty’s Day with these fun worksheets

Brought to you by education.com, a great resource for fun educational worksheets.

If you’re looking for a fun activity for your young kids and love St Patrick’s Day, check out this crossword puzzle. The answer sheet is included and if you like this, feel free to check them out for hundreds of other worksheets and children’s activities.

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Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day by finding the words in this word search! Check out Education.com’s learning resources for hundreds of fun games, activities, and worksheets!

Allergy Friendly Recommendations

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If you’re like me, you need to keep allergy/intolerance friendly snacks around.
I lucked out with having one child who is able to eat normal foods but Enjoy Life has been a lifesaver for me with my youngest. Every product we have purchased has been a winner. The chocolate chips and chocolate candy bars have been a regular in the house. I use the chocolate chips as snacks lol

I cannot give my daughter the same foods over and over but she’s not a huge breakfast person. We found these breakfast bars- easy to eat on the go (school drop off or on the way to grocery shop) and delicious.

Of course, all children LOVE waffles and pancakes. Enjoy Life also has these for a fast pre-drop off breakfast. Great for the whole family.

You also have to have snacks. These nut and seed packs are just the right blend of sweet and savory. They are healthy, guilt free snacks for the whole family.

These along with the chocolate chips I posted in the top picture and the soft cookies are go to snacks and breakfast foods in our home, especially since transitioning to the gluten free and dairy free life. I eat a lot less since being gluten free for as long as i have, but I’m not forcing my daughter to give up foods she likes just because of an intolerance. Enjoy Life has one of the healthiest ingredient lists of the other brands available.