Good Buys: Part II (& Lesson #148)

Another lesson I’ve learned: You never really know what you need until you start using things. I’ve learned a lot from other mothers and even more from my own using.
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  • If you’re going to get a Diaper Genie, get the one with the step not the one you have to hand push the diaper into with your bare hands.

    Jan 1, 2013. 2 weeks away from 18 months.

    Jan 1, 2013.
    2 weeks away from 18 months.

  • A small heater has come in handy for Mila’s nursery. We have a decent sized house and to keep the entire thing heated, especially throughout the night, can get pretty expensive. We have a small heater that runs on a thermostat in Mila’s room. When the temperature gets too low, it kicks on, always keeping Mila’s room at a nice 71 degrees. We set the heater this high because she doesn’t like to be bundled and kicks her blankets off almost immediately after going to bed.
  • A humidifier is a must in the winter time. The air gets so dry, add to that the space heater, and Mila gets all dried out. Don’t be fooled – a humidifier is a humidifier. You don’t need to spend a lot on a baby-advertised humidifier when a regular one does just fine.
  • Block books, or any book with thick pages that a baby can’t rip, are good for babies and toddlers. Mila loves her books – even to munch on.
  • Decals or some other form of visual entertainment is a must for those areas that have none, like the changing table.
  • I’m sure I don’t have to say it, but I will. A thermometer and safety kit is a must. You can tell when your baby is running hot – you can feel it. To know exactly how hot and when it’s time to get on the phone with a doctor can only be determined by a thermometer. We have a standard thermometer that I stick in Mila’s arm pit photo-32when I need to take her temperature and we have a temporal thermometer. The latter helps when Mila won’t sit still. That one works best behind the ear.
  • Toy bins are great. I picked a couple of these up at Target for $10 and it makes clean-up so easy. Sure, it’s not as pretty as a stand with different baskets (which Mila would certainly destroy) or a toy box (that Mila may hurt herself on), but it does the job and holds up to Mila’s abusiveness*.
  • Remember those mesh snack holders? Well, they’re kind of difficult to clean, (and the dishwasher leaves them less than desirable). I found that a nail brush works great to clean them.

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Check out other tips, tools, fixes and baby items. 
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*Apparently I make up my own words… 

Lessons #144-146: Back to Food

This seems to be a common theme with babies and toddlers. Here are a few things I’ve learned in the past couple of months.

  • Your food will never again be yours. You will share everything you have only because your baby wants it simply because you have it.
  • First you can’t eat because your baby is screaming for your attention. Then you can’t eat because your baby is screaming for her own. Finally, it gets to the point that you can’t eat because your baby is screaming for your food.
  • Eat the same thing as your baby. Unless you like sharing most of your meal or you don’t want to eat it.

Lesson #142: Backwards Style

(And no, I don’t mean those crazy kids from the 90s that wore their clothes backwards…)

You will at some point put your daughter’s shoes on backwards…and not notice.

For me, this happened a few weeks ago and Dan noticed. Whoops! Then I did it again the other day. We were in a store when Mila decided she no longer wanted her shoes. Ok, no big deal, she’s in the shopping cart. As we are checking out, I put her shoes back on, loaded the cart and walked outside. This is what I found right before I got to the car:

January 31, 2013. 16 and a half months.

January 31, 2013.
16 and a half months.

Now how many people were in line behind me, laughing?

Lesson #141: Parenting is Hard on The Knees

The other day I fell over a baby gate attempting to climb over it and get into the next room. Yup, smack! Right on my knees. I assure you it was no laughing matter, however it must have looked great because my cousin wouldn’t stop laughing.

Since my knees are now all beat up, I notice every time I use them or am on them: giving Mila a bath, rocking her to sleep, sitting her on my lap and trott-trott-trotting, crawling on the floor chasing her, kneeling down to play with her, and so on, you get the picture.