My Fave Five: Nursery Edition

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Hey hey hey! ¬†OK I’ll admit it; I KINDA did this post because I wanted to show off Zachary’s (adorable) nursery ūüėČ ¬†Hehe no seriously. ¬†I worked really hard on it! ¬†I had a vision and I love how it turned out. ¬†Clearly the theme is Peter Rabbit. ¬†I do have my buddies from work to thank, as pieces of my shower can be seen throughout. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Thanks ladies! ¬†OK, so without further ado, an homage to baby’s nursery and a few of my favorite things!

#5:  The Diaper Dekor!

Might I point out the adorable hooded towels and amazing library my shower resulted in. I love that the books have messages to Baby Zachary in them!

When I was registering for a diaper disposal system, I (obviously) oscillated between the Diaper Genie and the Dekor. ¬†A few friends had recommended it to me, and to be honest I didn’t really understand what the difference was. ¬†I am still not sure I do, and have to disclose that I haven’t had much experience with the Genie other than the industrial sized one in the pediatrician’s office, but I like the Dekor a lot. ¬†It is easy to change the bags (and actually is just one long tube of plastic that you tie at the end each time you begin a new “bag”). ¬†It also does not smell. ¬†Really. ¬†It retails for about 40 dollars on diapers.com (we have the “plus” model).

#4:: Name Letters

My husband always makes fun of me, saying that Zachary will NEVER forget his name because I have it written on EVERYTHING…but so what?! I LOVE it! ¬†My favorite blanket of his has his name embroidered on it, his hooded towel does too and I will admit; I am a SUCKER for things with names on them! ¬†Hey, at least my own stuff isn’t labeled…maybe ūüėČ Hehe anyway, I LOVE these simple dark brown letters we got at buy buy baby. ¬†They were only 5 dollars a piece and took minimal handy-work. ¬†I think they add a special touch to the room, and like I’ve been told…at least he won’t remember his name ūüėČ

#3: Infant Stimulation Mobile:

When I first set up Zachary’s room, I had a cute mobile above the crib (you can see it in the picture). Cute, it is. ¬†Functional, not really. ¬†While it does play music (Peter Cottontail of course) it does NOT move and the colors are too bland neutral. ¬†When I wanted Zach to transition to his crib, I wanted to make it a “fun” place and you all know I am super about infant stimulation ūüėČ (see my post on have five infant apps) so I got this simple infant stimulation mobile. ¬†It retails at ¬†27.99 on diapers.com and is by Manhattan toy. I love that the cards are interchangeable and I carry the extra ones with me for on-the-go entertainment. ¬†I also like to use them for tummy time to provide things for Zach to stare at/reach for.

#2: Daybed

My husband and I REALLY had it out about this daybed.  I insisted we incorporate it into the nursery and he thought it would cramp up the room.  Luckily we found a way to make it work because it has turned out to be a GREAT addition to the nursery.  I have slept on it during looooong nights ;), when Zach was transitioning into his crib, it provides a place for others to sit, and is an overall great resting place to Zach or anyone else who enters.  An extra bed that acts as a couch turned out to be super necessary for us.

#1: The rocker

Note the beautiful painting above the rocker; it was painted by a very talented loved one who passed. Special.

We got this rocker on CLEARANCE for about 200 dollars at Babys R Us. ¬†Not only was it a steal, but I have spent more time in this rocker than anywhere in the house over the last (almost) four months. ¬†We have created tons of priceless memories in this rocker and I LOVE it. ¬†It is the perfect shade of chocolate brown and is super soft with a fuzzy blanket on it ūüėČ

RUNNERS UP:

The blackout curtainsРI KNEW we needed blackout curtains because this child is related to me; I NEED darkness when I sleep.  We have the polka dot blackout curtains WITH blackout shades under them!  hahahh really.  See rocker picture above.

Closets that are turned into alcoves– space was certainly an issue in our small city home. ¬†So when I set up the nursery I knew I had to make the most of the space. I also knew I would not hang most of Zachary’s clothing so I turned the closet into the changing table area. I used bins overhead for storage as I’m not a fan of closet clutter especially when it is on display ūüôā

OK, so those are my favorites for the nursery!  Thanks for giving me a chance to show off you my favorite room in the house. What are your nursery or other room favorites?!

 

 

 

 

 

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My Fave Five: Baby Gear

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Alright, so I am loving doing this fave five thing, and I hope you are liking it as well! ¬†Please feel free to add your own in the comments! ¬†A friend of mine suggested the WEBMD Baby App from the Fave Five Baby App edition. ¬†Check that one out for sure. ¬†Now, for my fave five baby gear post. ¬†Please keep in mind that these are only MY favorites and are only from my experience (like I said, definitely add yours in the comments) and I am NOT being endorsed by any company. ¬†So….without further ado…My fave five for baby gear!

(all images from Diapers.com unless otherwise noted)

Number 5:

Infantino Twist and Fold Vintage Baby Gym- $39.99

Zachary absolutely LOOOOVES this gym! ¬†When I was pregnant and registering, I wanted to get gear that either served two purposes (like my 2-in-1 Graco swing and bouncy seat) OR folded up easily for storage. ¬†We live in the city and our house is small. ¬†I also don’t like clutter. Ha. ¬†Try that with an infant. Anyway, this gym is adorable, twists and folds for easy storage and is great stimulation for an infant. Zachary especially likes the hanging giraffe holding a flower (? right? whaaaa?) and we put it in th stop of the pack and play to keep him/it off the ground and away from the dogs. ¬†Anyway, ¬†a great purchase. ¬†We actually got two at my shower hehe.

Number 4:

Fisher Price Rock N Play- $51.99

When I was pregnant, at least five people recommended this apparatus to me and I kept thinking “seriously?! What is the big deal?!” The big deal is that this lightweight easy to travel with cradle serves as a seat for the infant, a place to nap, and rocks with infant movement. ¬†We would sometimes use it at night if Zachary’s belly was bothering him, as the incline was helpful. ¬†I’ve heard many moms with reflux babies use this for all-night sleeping. ¬†Anyway, it also folds up with the touch of a button (again I love easy storage). ¬†This was a wonderful addition to our baby gear.

Number 3:

Baby Carrier- either the ERGO ($115.00) with infant insert to be used up to 12 pounds ($25)

 

Or the Balboa Baby Sling by Dr. Sears (a huge advocate of attachment parenting but a great product) $59.99

Both are great for baby wearing, and I personally try to “wear” Zachary at least once a day for an hour. ¬†There is some research that suggests the importance of “baby wearing” for the security of your child and hey, who doesn’t love a free hand?! ¬†Anyway, I found the sling to be more useful when Zachary was smaller (less than 3 months) because after that the weight, being unevenly distributed, bothered the one shoulder that the sling was favoring. ¬†The Ergo has been my choice as of late (post 3 months) and I’ve been known to do 4 mile walks with it. ¬† Hey, a 12 pounds weight? ¬†Ill take it! ¬†IT feel like being pregnant again…almost. ¬†The ONLY issue I have with the Ergo, and Ive heard a few moms say the same thing, is that it has a tendency to dig into my c-section scar, which still aches from time to time and definitely doesn’t feel great after a few miles in the Ergo..sometimes. ¬†That is the thing…it doesn’t always bother me. ¬†Anyway, a baby carrier is VERY important, in my opinion, and both of these options are great.

Number 2:

Summer Infant Video Monitor- $217.10

Self explanatory, but I feel that this monitor is absolutely the best! ¬†I love that you can zoom in and move the camera left, right, up and down from the other room. ¬†I also love that it has the “talk” feature that allows you to press ¬†button and talk to your child in the other room. ¬†You know, like “GOOOO TOOOOO SLEEEEEEP, Zachary!” ¬†ha. ¬†Anyway, I am a big fan of this monitor and need the video. ¬†I have been able to see not only if the baby is fine, but if he is truly “up” from a nap or just making noises. ¬†Expensive, but worth it.

Number 1:

Fisher Price Deluxe Monkey Bouncy Seat $43.99

Perhaps we are simpletons, but this is by far our FAVORITE piece of baby gear. ¬†Zachary seriously spends HOURS in this bouncy seat. ¬†It lights up, plays music, vibrates, bounces, and rattles when kicked (which he loves to do). I LOOOOVE this chair and got it on CLEARANCE at baby’s r us when I was just looking for another chair to have one at every level of the house. ¬†Best. Purchase. Ever. ¬†We call it “his chair” around the house and everyone knows what we are talking about. It is his chair alright!

So, what do you think?!  Do you have any to add?!  Please do!!!

Next up on the fave five:  Nursery edition!

My fave five: baby apps

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This is a new addition to the blog called my fave five. Each addition will focus on my favorite five of a certain thing. First up: baby apps.

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The following apps can be used on an iPad and iPhone. Some can be used on an android as well.
Number 5

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Baby center- This is an informative app in calendar format that presents a new piece of information daily from notable baby milestones and important information to activities that will support your baby’s growth. I like to browse this app from time to time, and the videos embedded within it are useful. It is actually an extension of the website babyCenter.com and the app “my pregnancy today” which tracks your pregnancy day by day.
Number 4

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White Noise Lite- this free app is a godsend to babies like mine who need white noise to fall asleep. It is portable, affordable, and a must in my book. Choose from sounds such as birds chirping, or our favorite: pouring rain.
Number 3

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Baby symbolizer-stimulation is an important part of an infant’s development. Costing less than two dollars, thus app allows you to take baby entertainment on the go ! At home we have stim cards and a stim mobile that we use but this is transportable, easy and fun!
Number 2

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Best Baby Monitor- There are a few apps of this kind on the market, so I picked the most reasonable with the best reviews. Oooohhh modern technology! Costing less than three dollars, this app allows you to use two Mac products (iPhone, iPad or MacBook ) to act as a baby monitor. You pick which you would like to use as the parent unit, and which you would like to use as the child unit. This app works well, and is an affordable option for a primary monitor as well as one for travel. We used it down the shore. You are able to access other apps, calls and messages while using the monitor as well so convenience is not an issue.
Number 1

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Total Baby-I use this app by far more often than anything else on my phone. It tracks and times all of Zach’s feedings.

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It also has the ability to track milestones, sleep, baths, diaper changes and more. I looooove this app. It also can create graphs that will chart the categories for you. I can’t rave enough about this app. If you have multiple apple products you can such this app as well (I have my iPad and iPhone synced for this app because I use it so often.

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Alright, well I guess that’s it for my first segment of fave five. I hope this was helpful for some, and if not at least entertaining. And please feel free to share some of your favorite apps in the comments! The next edition of my fave five Will focus on baby products!