10 Must-Have Baby Essentials for Newborns

Posted on August 29, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

It's hard to believe, but Baby O is already 4.5 months old! With that in mind, I thought I would share some of our favorite baby gear for babies 0-4 months old. This list includes 10 of our favorite items that you should immediately add to your registry if you haven't already. We didn't include a pack-n-play, bouncy seat, Boppy, or swing since you probably already know you want those. We actually lived on the edge, and didn't use a swing (I know, crazy!). With two adults, a baby, two large dogs, and a cat, we don't have a lot of extra space. Because of that, we are always on the search for gear and toys that will last longer than a few short weeks or months and that O can grow into. You'll find some of those below. 
  1. The O-Ball: I had never heard of the O-Ball until we received one as a gift, but now I see it everywhere. And the consensus among all parents is that it is the greatest thing ever. I totally agree. This was the first toy that O could play with, and he still loves it. So many finger holes to grab on to, a little rattle action, and soft enough to chew on, and smack himself in the face with, without hurting himself.  
  2. WubbaNub Pacifiers: Digging around for a pacifier in the car seat is no fun. Having to wash a pacifier 10 times a day because it falls on the floor and gets covered in dog hair is no fun. These are great because they are easy to keep track of, are a fun "buddy" for baby, and are so darn cute. We have the red dog and the frog. Just an FYI, I've heard certain animals do not lay as flat on baby's chest. 
  3. Lavender Oil: Since he was born, we rub diluted lavender oil on O's feet before bed to help soothe him. I also add some to his humidifier at night. Who knows if this actually does anything, but it smells amazing, and is part of his bedtime routine and helps signal "time to sleep".  
  4. A Wrap and a Carrier: I love both options, and both have their place. The wrap is great when baby is teeny tiny. And for travel. I flew with O when he was 8 weeks old, and the wrap was perfect for walking through the airport and settling in on the plane. And I love it for around the house, too. It took me a bit to fall in love with the Ergo. Even with the infant insert, I never thought I could get him in just right. But now that we don't need the infant insert, we love the Ergo and know we will use it for years to come. We hike all the time, and I love that this fits my husband so he can do some of the babywearing, too. 
  5. The Windi: Okay, guys. Let's talk newborn gas. It's real, and it's fierce. I have friends who post on Facebook how their baby hasn't pooped for days (even a week). There is no way anyone in that house can be getting any sleep. The Windi is made by the makers of the famous Nose Frida, and it is a life saver. It's a little tool that helps relieve built up gas in baby's tummy. It works 100% of the time. Be prepared for more than just gas (especially if your little one has gone days without a BM). We never let it go more than 24 hours! 
  6. Mamas & Papas Snug Seat & Activity Tray: Everyone knows about the Bumbo chair. We opted for this seat instead. Baby can use it from 3 months - 18 months. The padded seat can be removed when baby is older to give him more room. And the tray is also removable. The activity tray snaps on and off, as well, and all of the attachments can be moved around. O loves this! And it's so cute, too. 
  7. Boppy Newborn Lounger: This is one of those short life-span items that I would still recommend. O spent much of his awake time on this his first couple months.  My husband still uses it to prop him up for bottle feedings, as well. Now, if they would just make an adult version! 
  8. Green Toys Teething Twist: When O started the early signs of teething (drooling, chewing on everything), I knew I wanted a teething toy for him. I was so excited to find Green Toys, because their toys are all sustainably made in the USA from recycled materials, and are BPA, phthalate, lead and PVC free. This is important to us, and especially for something intended to be in his mouth. I love watching him play with this and figure out hoe it works. 
  9. Sophie the Giraffe: This is probably a no-brainer, but worth mentioning. Sophie is a great teething toy and so cute!  
  10. Oggie Bear: I love this little nose and ear cleaner. We also have the Nose Frida, which I'm sure we will use when O gets his first cold, but this little guy is great for every day snot and boogers. I haven't used it to clean his ears, yet (I just use a q-tip).
So there you have it. What are your newborn essentials? I can't wait to see what the next few months have in store, and will be sure to share our favorites for 4-6 months. 
 

    Posted in baby, baby gear, baby registry, gear guide

    Back to School Must Haves | Giveaway

    Posted on August 07, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 4 Comments

    Head back to school with everything you need to start the year off on the right foot. Little Green Pouch are perfect for smoothies, yogurt, and applesauce. Add a frozen pouch to your kiddo’s lunch in the morning and, like magic, it will be perfectly defrosted by lunch.

    To celebrate back to school season, we're giving away a Little Green Pouch Starter Kit along with an adorable backpack and a Target gift card to pick up those last minute must-haves. Enter below for your chance to win. 

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    Summer Bingo - Fun Summer Activity Ideas

    Posted on June 15, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

    Ahhh, summer vacation. We have a love-hate relationship with you. We love family vacations, longer days, and a slower schedule. But some days we find ourselves struggling with ways to fill our days. Thank you to all the teachers out there whose endless creativity and patience keep our children engaged, active and happy all school year. 

    Enter Summer Bingo. Here's how it works:

    1. Create a simple Bingo board (or download ours).
    2. Fill each square with activities you and your kids will enjoy.
    3. Fill a jar or envelope with "bingo balls" (pieces of paper with B1, etc. written on them). Those can be found in our template, too. 
    4. When you have a day with nothing planned, let one of your kids pull a number from the jar and whichever square is selected, that's what you are doing.

    Activity Ideas:

    • Go see a movie
    • Picnic at the park
    • Run through the sprinklers (unless you live in California)
    • Go to the zoo
    • Take a hike
    • Camp in the backyard
    • Put on a play
    • Build a fort

    Here's a list of 200 free summer activities to get the ideas flowing.

     

     

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    Summer Skin Care Tips

    Posted on May 08, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

    Did you know skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? Risks associated with overexposure include cancer, premature aging, cataracts, and immune system suppression impacting the skin’s natural defenses. But before you wear a turtleneck and stay inside all Summer, the EPA reminds us that “unprotected exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.” So take these steps to protect yourself and your family and enjoy Summer fun in the sun. 

    Lather Up

    This may sound obvious—if you're going to the park or the beach, put sunscreen on. But what we sometimes forget is that we need to wear SPF all the time. When selecting a sunscreen, choose one with SPF 15 or higher (we just go straight for SPF 30+). And look for those free of potentially toxic ingredients like PABA, oxybenzone, nanoparticles, parabens, phthalates, and dyes. We love the options from California Baby and Honest Company. 

    Cover Up

    Add an extra layer of protection (literally) to your outdoor activities with clothing that has SPF built right in. These items generally block up to 97% of the sun's rays. 

    Protect Your Peepers

    UV rays are dangerous for your eyes, and your kids' eyes, too. Adults and kids 6 months and older should wear sunglasses when out in the sun. Plus, is there anything cuter than kids in sunglasses? The National Eye Institute recommends choosing glasses that block 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. 

    Put a Lid on It

    UV rays are dangerous for your eyes, and your kids' eyes, too. Adults and kids 6 months and older should wear sunglasses when out in the sun. Plus, is there anything cuter than kids in sunglasses? The National Eye Institute recommends choosing glasses that block 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. 

    Keep Your Cool

    Heat rash is a common summer skin-care problem for babies. It shows up as tiny red bumps on the face, neck, armpits, and upper torso, and can make for a fussy baby. The bumps are caused by clogged sweat-gland pores that trap perspiration and are pretty itchy and uncomfortable. To prevent heat rash, keep your baby from getting too hot by reducing the time he or she spends hanging out in a wrap or carrier (your body heat plus the lack of ventilation isn’t a great combo) and dress your little one in loose-fitting, lightweight clothes.

    That Bites

    An inevitable part of enjoying time outdoors during the summer months is dealing with flying insects. You want to keep those pesky buggers away, but there have been many concerns raised in recent years about one of the most common chemicals used in bug sprays: DEET. Most bug sprays are loaded with the chemical DEET, but DEET has been linked in some research to a few cases of neurological symptoms. And in high concentrations, it can be toxic, especially to children. Look for natural alternatives to DEET like citronella, lemongrass, and cedar. 

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    9 Other Uses for Little Green Pouches

    Posted on May 08, 2015 by Amanda Holliday | 0 Comments

    Our pouches are made to last, but if you love your LGPs as much as we do, they will eventually need to be replaced. Or maybe you started with the Really Little Green Pouches, and your little one outgrew them and is now happily sucking down 7 oz. from the original Little Green Pouch. We've always said that Little Green Pouches aren't just for babies. Here are 9 ways to use Little Green Pouches other than purees, yogurt, applesauce, and smoothies.

    Arts and Crafts

    Fill your pouches with just the right amount of paint to reduce waste (and spills), and let your little ones have fun finger painting. Or, use them to make your own refillable paint brush. Bonus: seal them up, and keep your paint from drying out. You can also make some fun projects with extra caps you have laying around. 

    DIY Piping Bag for Frosting Cookies & Cupcakes

    Let the kids get involved in decorating Christmas cookies, birthday cupcakes and more without the mess of paper plates, spoons, and knives. Plus, you can mix colors right in your pouches—just add food coloring to white frosting and knead right in the pouch. This is also a great way to avoid those sibling arguments over sharing frosting—give each kid their own set of frosting pouches. Warning: this is not a mess-free cookie decorating option—any time you combine frosting and kids, it will still be messy :) . 

    Homemade Toothpaste

    Do you make your own toothpaste? Want to? We like the recipe from Wellness Mama because it's squeezable (you know we love anything that's squeezable). Fill your Really Little Green Pouches with this DIY toothpaste for a travel friendly, healthy tooth scrubber! 

    Pack Peanut Butter For Your Next Hike or Camping Trip

    Have you ever tried to take peanut butter camping? What a mess! Between the jar taking up precious cooler space, needing a knife, and not having any way to properly wash said knife, I wind up smelling peanut butter the entire trip and finding it on everything. The alternative is to bring along single serving peanut butter pouches, which are expensive and wasteful. Our alternative? Fill up a Little Green Pouch with bulk nut butter (or better yet, make your own). And happily squeeze peanut butter on apples, crackers, sandwiches, or right into your mouth. 

    Homemade Ice Packs

    Someone in your house fall down and go boom? Save your frozen peas for our Turkey and Spring Vegetable Puree or Pea, Edamame and Pear Puree. Keep a few pouches in the freezer filled with water for those unexpected bumps and bruises, or to keep snacks cool on the road. 

    Snack Storage

    Protect your pretzels and goldfish from turning to dust next time you head to the park or pack snacks for the plane. Perfectly portioned, and so much better for the environment than Ziploc bags. 

    Mini First aid Kit

    Keep first aid supplies handy by creating multiple mini kits. Keep one in the car, your diaper bag, and purse, and never find yourself searching for a band-aid again. 

    Salad Dressing

    Do you bring salads to work for lunch? Use your Really Little Green Pouches to store your dressing, and say goodbye to soggy salads at lunch. 

    Breast Milk Storage

    Panicked because you just found yourself out of breast milk storage bags?  We've been there. And while waiting for our Amazon Prime package to arrive, Little Green Pouches work great!

    What other ways can you think of to use your reusable food pouches?

    Posted in DIY, Little Green Pouch, New Uses for Old THings, Really Little Green Pouch

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