Maeve’s Faves: a baby gift guide for 3-6 months

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Tis the season for gift giving! So, I thought I’d do a quick round-up of some of our favorite items from the last couple of months to inspire anyone looking for gift ideas for kids in the 3-6 month age range.

Introducing: Maeve’s Faves!
gifts for 3-6 month old babiesManhattan Toys Sqwish: Hands-down, Maeve’s favorite toy for chewing, shaking, banging, and even cuddling. I nearly laughed myself off the couch when I saw her lay her head on it like it was a cozy pillow. It’s my favorite toy for her, because it’s made of wood, not plastic, and offers so many open-ended play opportunities. In a sea of toys that are only fun for a short time frame, this one definitely has staying power.

Baby Bling Bows: It’s no secret that my daughter is large of noggin, and finding bows that don’t strangle her poor noodle with overly tight elastic was a tall order. Baby Bling’s bows are super stretchy and wide to accommodate heads of all sizes comfortably, and come in all shades of the rainbow. They’re just darling. I have a bit of a compulsion with these, so Maeve is rarely seen without one!

Rags to Raches Rompers: These adorable rompers have my heart. They’re ridiculously soft, cozy, cute and stylish. They slip on and off easily through the stretchy neck-hole, so there’s no annoying snaps to mess with. And they’re a good investment, because they can be worn snug or loose, so one pair can last you 6 months of growth or more! I went a little crazy on Black Friday and now they seem to make up most of Maeve’s winter wardrobe. And I’m not even sorry about it.

Kickee Pants Pajamas: We discovered Kickee Pants and their incredibly well-made, adorable jammies when my nephew Grayson was a baby, and they immediately became family favorites for all babies who’ve come since. They’re made of viscose bamboo and spandex, which makes them extra soft and stretchy and they come in a ton of adorable patterns and styles with features like butt ruffles that I can’t get enough of. Maeve’s PJ collection is easily 95% Kickee. Caution: they make babies even more huggable than usual. It’s a bit dangerous.

Angel Dear Lovies: Hi, my name is Dana, I’m almost 38 years old, and I still sleep with my childhood lovie. No shame. So I took finding Maeve her own lovies very seriously. Enter Angel Dear. So soft, so snuggable. But most important, breathable. Two of Maevie’s four lovies are by Angel Dear, and she takes them everywhere she goes. I fully credit an early attachment to lovies as part of Maeve’s magical self-soothing powers, and will forever be grateful for so many peaceful night’s sleep as a result.

Fisher Price Snail: We got this toy as a hand-me-down from my nephew, and it’s a big hit with Miss M. She loves looking at herself in the mirror, swinging her Sqwish and hitting the snail to activate its song and lights, making it a great toy for cause-and-effect learning. And when she starts crawling, it can roll along with her, so it’s not just great for one stage of her life, but can evolve with her.

Chewbeads: These necklaces, toys, and stroller attachments are such high quality teething toys. Made from silicone, they’re super chompable and soothing to a teething baby’s gums. Maeve gives tons of love to the one we keep hooked onto her carseat handle.

Cheeky Chompers Neckerchew: Clever as they are for marrying a bib and a teething toy, I love these most for being the most absorbent bibs we own. Our drooly monster goes through multiple bibs daily, except when she wears these, which somehow last all day without saturating through to her clothes. And they come in an adorable array of colors and prints. But yes, the teething tip is also a seriously awesome feature, and Maeve happily chomps hers whenever they’re around her neck.

Fisher-Price Infant Bouncer: Maeve loves to bounce and bat at dangling toys, and once she learned to roll from back to belly, there were few ways we could entertain her on her back. But contained in this recliner, she would happily lay back, bouncing herself and swiping at the toys, and enjoying the calming vibrations while I got some work done in the kitchen or jumped into the shower. I got it for free from a neighbor in my Buy Nothing community, and she’s just now outgrowing it, but it was great while it lasted!

And if you want a splurgey gift idea, look no further…

Dyson Humidifier: I love this humidifier so much! When Dyson offered me one for review, I jumped at the chance, because we’ve had one of their vacuums and loved it, I know their quality is top notch. It is whisper-quiet, easy-to-use, and very sleek looking. Living in the desert, it’s hard to achieve the perfect indoor humidity year-round. The Dyson Humidifier is the perfect solution for my baby’s nursery, because we can set our desired humidity level and it will run automatically, keeping it at the perfect humidity for her space! Other, unprogrammable humidifiers either over-humidified or under-humidified her room, and now we don’t have to worry about that being a problem anymore. It also kills 99.9% of bacteria using Ultraviolet Cleanse technology to kill bacteria before the mist projected into the room, and boasts features like a sleep timer, intelligent climate control, and a handy remote so you can change settings from the comfort of your own bed (or the hallway outside your baby’s room, so you don’t disrupt their slumber)It’s absolutely wonderful and gives us great peace of mind.*

Hope this list gives you some fun ideas for how to keep a 3-6 month old in your life entertained, well-dressed, and comfortable! I’d love to hear your faves too!

 

*Disclosure: Dyson provided me a humidifier for free in exchange for an honest review of my experience with it. Thanks, Dyson!


Getting My Groove Back: Baby Boot Camp, Week 4

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Confession time: Thanksgiving week was an epic fail in the health and fitness department in my world. My sister came to town, which gave me a convenient excuse to skip Baby Boot Camp, and the holiday made rationalizing over-indulgences all-too-easy. I went to class on Monday last week. And it was all downhill from there. As much as I’d love to show up today and humblebrag about my discipline… alas, it was nowhere to be found.

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Sunday night, I resolved to make up for it this week. My house is stocked up with healthy choices in food. I boot camped Monday and Tuesday, and took a 1.5 mile walk yesterday (with a 17lb baby strapped to me, no less!). Planning another walk today and boot camp again tomorrow. So far, so good. I definitely feel my dalliances last week in my body this week – I’m slower, my stamina is suffering – but I know fitness is often a two steps forward, one step back game. So I’m trying to practice patience with myself.

I mean, don’t get me wrong. I cried a little after Tuesday’s class because it broke me a little bit. But I repeated some kind affirmations to myself afterwards, in an act of self-forgiveness. I never cease to be surprised, horrified, and amazed at how different my body and it’s functions are since giving birth. I used to be so strong! I’m learning to love my new self a little more every day – but that doesn’t stop me mourning my old self too.

On the bright side, this was my view during ab exercises that day. Not too shabby. It was my first time at the Playa Vista location – and I really like the park we’re based in there. It’s spacious, cheerful, and in a charming part of town.

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And on the even brighter side: this week, my husband is joining me on this challenge, in his own way! He sold his car last weekend, and will be walking to and from work (which is a little less than a mile from our house), and eating healthier meals with me at home. It’s always easier to meet goals with a partner involved… especially a hot and sexy partner that I love 🙂

Tune in next week for more goal and measurement updates! EEK!

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Disclosure: My participation in this 3-month challenge is generously sponsored by Baby Boot Camp Culver City & Marina del Rey. 


Freshly Picked Baby Moccasin Review & Giveaway!

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What’s better than baby feet? Smushy, mushy, kissable toes, and soft, sweet, scrumptious soles. Sigh. I could play with Maevie’s feet all day.

But when you put teeny tiny shoes on those adorable little tootsies, a whole new level of cuteness is achieved. And when those shoes are fun, fringey moccasins, then hang onto your socks, cuz the cute just got turned up to eleven!

So when I was offered a pair of Freshly Picked Soft-Soled Baby Moccasins to review and pair up with a giveaway on the blog, I was all “YESPLEASEANDTHANKYOUVERYMUCH.”
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Freshly Picked Baby Moccasins are some of the best on the market, but better yet, they have an incredible origin story. Started by Susan Petersen, a mom who saw a whole in the baby shoe market, and born of her own sweat equity and hard work… Freshly Picked Moccs are durable, well designed, and most importantly: stay on your child’s foot.

And the designs are utterly swoonworthy. From tried-and-true solids to playful prints, shiny metallics, pineapples, cats and more… there’s something for every style. Here’s Maevie rocking her heirloom blush moccs with gold dots.

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The leather is buttery soft, and even though I deliberately choose a size too large for Maeve right now, so she could grow into them, they held onto her feet perfectly! I love how radiant the metallic dots and soles are, too. It’s hard to find leather with such gleam. I just love them.

Now that I’ve whet your palate with why you should want as many pairs of these sweet moccasins as you can get your grubby paws on, to cover your baby’s precious piggies… here’s how you can win your own soft-soled moccs, in any style and size of your choosing!

Freshly Picked Baby Moccasin Giveaway!

The contest ends December 8th, and the winner will be announced here. Good luck!

Shop Maeve’s look here:
Romper: Tea Collection
Headband: Baby Bling Bows
Toy: Manhattan Toys Skwish