What’s In Her Book Case: Board Books for the First Year

Reading to your baby has many benefits. According to KidsHealth.org, these include introduction to communication and vocabulary, listening and memory skills, and knowledge of the world around them. Reading also helps introduce children to basic concepts such as colors, shapes, and letters. Another great benefit to reading is that  it is perfect bonding time between you and your baby.


I started reading to my baby before she was born. It was mostly books that I was reading, but I read them out loud non the less. As my belly grew, however, I knew she would need some books of her own. Some she could sit with, stare at the pictures as she turned their pages. I started her little library, with the help of friends and family, and have aquired some great reading material. For her first year, we picked the board books that would be easy for her to explore on her own.

After a year, here are some of her favorites:

Nancy Tillman Books

These are by far my favorite children’s’ books. For lovers of words and descriptive writing, Nancy Tillman paints a beautiful picture of love. These books are special for sure.

Celebrate your baby’s uniqueness with On The Night You Were Born.

On the night you were born, the moon shined with such wonder that the stars peeked in to see you and the night wind whispered, “Life will never be the same.”  

~ Nancy Tillman, On The Night You Were Born


Express how deep your love goes with, Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You.

So climb any mountain… climb up to the sky! My love will find you. My love can fly!

~Nancy Tillman, Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

Sunshine With Pictures

Let your little one know that your sun will always shine a light to brighten up their days. Will You Be My Sunshine is a perfect little book for reading time that also includes beautiful illustrations for your little one to gaze over. This is my daughter’s favorite book.


Will you be my sunshine on a cold and frosty day? Yes I’ll be your sunshine on a cold and frosty day. With warm smiles and great big hugs I’ll chase the clouds away.

~Julia Labo, Will You Be My Sunshine

A Story Of Courage

Bravery is as strong as a King and as gentle as a cub. Join Rory the Lion Cub, in The Very Brave Lion, as he learns what it takes to be a Brave King of the Jungle, even if he is a teensy bit afraid.


You’re clever and brave and you always play fair. Kings should be bold, but they still have to care.

~Wendy Ravenhill and Cee Biscoe, The Very Brave Lion

A Holiday Tradition

Bring the history of Christmas to life with a book you little one can interact with, The Night Before Christmas. Enjoy the board book version of a Christmas Classic.


Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. 

~Clement C. Moore, The Night Before Christmas





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Surviving The First Year of Motherhood

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As the day’s crept closer to my baby’s due date, I felt as if I was fully prepared. I had read the books, and I scoured the internet for all the must haves. Every article that I read on baby products led me to Amazon. I was going to have all the supplies I needed when baby arrived.

After baby was born, I quickly learned that every baby is different. Just because a parent swears by a product doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a must buy for your baby. I wasted a lot of money on products I didn’t need.

As I got to know my daughter a little better, picking out items that would help both of us, became much easier. Yes, it’s important to be prepared, but sometimes waiting to see what type of baby you will have may save you a little money. As parents, we all understand the importance of conserving cash.

There were, however, some products that I swear by. These helped my child, and me, be more comfortable in our brand new surroundings.


Easing the Sleep Concerns

Being a new mom is the most frightening experience I have ever felt. I lost a lot of sleep in the beginning months because I was overly obsessed with SIDS. The fact that she has made it to her first birthday has been such a relief for me. I am no longer obsessing about her sleeping situation. When I was, however, these products helped ease the worry a little bit.

Halo Sleep Sack – This wearable blanket let me know that baby was both warm and safe in her crib. The sleep sack kept her snug without concern of loose fabric blocking her breathing. My little one wore these right up until nine months. (The recommended sleep safety with a blanket is after 12 months)

V-Tech Baby Video Monitor – Our baby has been sleeping in the room with us since day one. Even with her being so close, I still kept the monitor on my night stand. I could glance over through out the night to make sure she was sleeping well without having to get up. My husband made fun of me for this, but it eased my anxiety. Having this monitor also allowed me to get things done during nap time without having to continually check on her. A quick glance at the monitor eliminated any hazardous attempt to creep into the room quietly. Equipped with a microphone, I was able to hear my baby cry out for me if I walked away from the monitor.

Going Hands Free

If your baby is anything like mine, then they want to be held all the time. Putting my little one down was a tough job, and usually took multiple attempts. Getting anything done was out of the question. So, I invested in a couple carriers.

Moby Wrap – This wrap was perfect for my baby’s first couple of months. It swaddled her against me, where she felt safe and secure. She would fall asleep snuggled against my chest, and I could walk the dog, do the laundry, wash dishes, and work on my writing.

Infantino Carrier – This carrier was perfect for my baby as she started to grow out of the wrap. I could carry her facing me with her butt and legs supported. As she got bigger, I could flip her around to see the world. This was great for carrying groceries in the house, taking the dog outside for a quick break, and checking the mail. As my little one grows bigger, she can still be carried on my back with a quick switch from front to back.

Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges

Unfortunately, we ended our breastfeeding journey when my baby was 3 months due to lack of supply and lactose sensitivity. However, I still got to experience breastfeeding long enough to understand just how incredibly hard it can be. These tools helped me stay afloat for a little while.

Spectra Pump – Pumping sucks, both literally and figuratively, but it was great when I needed a break or had to utilize a bottle. The Spectra pump was easy to use and made a newbie pumper like me feel like a pro. Cleaning was a breeze.

Medela Ointment – Whether you pump or specifically breastfeed, those nipples can get pretty sore. Some days I felt as if I could not possibly breastfeed any longer for that reason alone. They were hitting their limit. Once I invested in some good ointment, however, it was a game changer.

Lansinoh Nursing Pads – If you’re nursing then there’s a good chance your going to leak a little bit, if not a lot-a-bit. Nursing pads where a great way to save my clothes from the blotchy patch work of the leaking breast milk. It also kept the ointment off of my bra.

Lounge-wear Bralettes – When it comes to clothes, I have learned to only purchase items that I am going to get multiple use out of. So, I didn’t spend a lot of money on maternity clothes, and I refused to buy nursing attire. I had comfortable and loose pieces already in my closet that were great for breastfeeding. One thing I did purchase were lounge-wear bralettes. The pads stuck wonderfully to them, and they were so comfortable I could sleep in them. They were super stretchy and easy to maneuver. I still wear them today.

Boppy Pillow – This pillow saved my life. I just wrapped it around my waste and stuck my little darling to my boob. If she fell asleep, she would be comfortable and I was hands free to use the remote to binge my favorite Netflix. I continued to use the Boppy during bottle feedings, and it was even a great prop for baby while she learned to sit on her own. At one year old, she still uses it to relax on.

From Trash to Treasure

Hitting on the point where every parent and baby are different – There were a few products that made my life easier, which many parents have stated were useless in their own parenting endeavors.

Bathtub – Many parents that I have spoken with have said that their baby tub was useless. They never even used it, or they used it once and then never again. The baby bathtub was a great investment for us. As a new mom, a baby in water can be nerve wracking. The tub gave us piece of mind with slip free features and it adjusted as baby grew. At 12 months we have ended our journey with the Boon Soak 3-Stage Bathtub and have graduated to the “Big Girl Tubby.” Our new toddler is excited for the foam letters and tub crayons, and I cry over the memories of the baby tub.

Jogger Stroller – I’ve heard a few mom’s say that the jogger was worthless and not worth the money. As a runner, however, I completely disagree. The shocks on the Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller are amazing and it is supper easy to maneuver. Her transition from attached car seat to big girl stroller was a breeze. She giggles when we take it out for a jog. I could not love this thing any more than I do, and swear that it was a great investment.

Sit-In Walkers – Our little tyke was not a tummy gal, but was impatient to explore the world. Once she was able to sit comfortably with support, we plopped her in a sit in walker and there was no turning back. Sit-in walkers can be incredibly dangerous when you are not supervising your child and some studies have suggested that walkers can actually reduce an infants development to walk, so I could understand why some parents were against it. For our little one, however, the Baby Einstein Sea & Explore Walker was a delightful change of scenery, and it helped strengthen her core. As soon as she started pulling herself up, we took it away and introduced the push walker. At 13 months, she is walking just fine.

Gaining Independence

Spending all day with just your mom, with no siblings, and no near by extended family, can be difficult for ones social developments. So, separation anxiety struck us, and it struck us hard. We brought her to a specialist for some expert advice, began baby classes at the local library, and we introduced the Lovey

Blanket Buddy – It’s amazing how much power one little blanket pal can have. This thing has done wonders for our little gal’s development. She’s learning to work through her frustrations and fears, all with the help of this adorable little guy. She doesn’t go anywhere with out it, we’ve had a few close calls with losing it, but it has gotten her through some pretty tough nights and has taken her out of her shell. She went from cocooned caterpillar, to little social butterfly.

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Money Down the Drain

In contrast to items we swear by, some products that most parents use religiously just didn’t work for us.

Bassinet – Hated it. Wouldn’t sleep in it! Thank you, Next! (Ariana Grande reference). Thank goodness we went for a simple, not so expensive one because it was a waste.

Pack and Play –“ Yeah right, mom. I am a wild flower. You are not leaving me in that junk!” Placing our little tornado in the pack and play required ear plugs. I never got the hot shower while the little one played peacefully in her pack and play. Nor was I able to get things done around the house while she stayed busy in her little room of excitement. She refused to sit in it, and she definitely would not sleep in it.

Swaddle blankets – Thankfully these were later used as regular blankets. The second our little bean found her hands it was bye bye swaddle. She did not mind the Moby wrap against my chest, but any attempt to wrap her in a swaddle, and the neighbor was calling the police. “Hello, 911, I think there’s a child in trouble.” No, that’s just my screaming burrito.

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Shoes – First of all, as an infant they don’t really serve a purpose other than looking fricken adorable. Unfortunately, our little Thornberry is convinced that they don’t belong on her little feet. As soon as you put them on, she kicks them off. As her walking legs develop, it has been a fight trying to get her use to having paper weights on her feet. Socks have a time limit before they are torn off, but shoes. Nope, not on her feet.

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Adjusting to my new life as a mother was difficult for me. I loved my baby more than I could possibly love anyone or anything else. Yet, I just couldn’t figure out the whole mother thing. For my beautiful baby, I did my very best. By her first birthday, I finally began to feel more confident in my own skin and in my new role. That is why I swear by the products that helped me survive my first year. It made my transition into motherhood so much easier, especially during my time of struggle. I would absolutely recommend all of these products to any mom, feeling a bit like a mess, her first year.




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Learning With Education.com

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As my daughter approaches her first birthday, I am nervous at the thought that I am going to have to start teaching her things. Yes, she can say a few words and I’m doing my best to name everything that she points to. I even sing the ABC’s to her everyday. We practice numbers, shapes, colors and animals. Yet, my first time mom brain is in overdrive as I worry about her future. In just two short years, my little one will be attending preschool. Will she be ready?

I was excited to be introduced to Education.com, an online, preschool – 5th grade resource center for kids. Education.com is jam packed with fun activities, games, and lessons to help your child be successful.

“Education.com aims to empower parents, teachers, and homeschoolers to help their children build essential skills and excel. With over 12 million members, Education.com provides educators of all kinds with high-quality learning resources, including worksheets, lesson plans, digital games, an online guided learning platform, and more.”  ~ Education.com

No, my daughter can’t hold a crayon without wanting to put it into her mouth, but this website has tons of fun activities that I can’t wait to explore with her in the upcoming months.


Education.com provides fun and resourceful online games that make learning fun and exciting. If you’re gearing up for preschool, check out these fun games to get the little one started:

  • Soon to be preschoolers can practice counting with the fun Counting Pizza Party game. Place the correct amount of toppings to add up the pizza fun.




  • Help your tiny tot count from 1 to 10 when they help Officer Ice Cream catch a number with the fun, Numbers 1-10 Photoshoot game.





These are just a few games available for your future preschooler. Education.com includes a ton of interactive games that will help promote your child’s learning. These games include numbers, letters, matching, colors, animals, and so much more!



Encourage hands on learning with printable worksheets. There are so many ways to have fun and learn with alphabets, colors, numbers, and patterns.

Check out these fun, worksheets:

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I can not wait until my daughter and I can sit down to color and play games together.

Teach your child while having fun with these worksheets from Education.com. Trace letters, color in Unicorns, connect the dots, and more.


Guided Lessons

Challenge your child’s skills with educational, guided lessons that are both resourceful and so much fun.



  • Build your child’s math vocabulary with Geometry 1 guided lesson, which teaches shapes and important verbal concepts.



Guided Lessons are packed with fun activities that will keep your child busy as they learn basic math and reading.


Thinking ahead about my child’s education is a bit terrifying, but in order to get her ready for the future, I understand that it is important she starts early. The truth is, even as an infant, she is constantly learning. I am always researching toys that are fun and educational, that improve her cognitive skills and prepares her for the next stages of  life. Education.com will be a great tool to utilize in the near future. It has fun games and activities that will gear her up for her very first day of preschool, (Yikes!) and will continue to guide her through each new grade.

There is all kinds of fun and learning for kids, grades preschool through grade 5. Go ahead and check out all the activities Education.com has in store for your little learners.


If the cold has you trapped in doors, get started with this fun crossword snowman puzzle. Don’t worry, I’ve included the answer key. Go check out more at Education.com.

“A friendly snowman is here to help you search for winter words. You can practice word meaning and have fun at the same time!”





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Gearing Up For Toddler-hood

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The days are fading into months as my child’s infancy is screeching to a halt. It’s coming! That’s right, Toddler-hood is right around the corner and I’m gearing up for it! As my baby attempts to test out her little walking feet, I’m preparing for the next few years of chasing after, yelling no, and ripping my hair out. I’m stocking up on a few things as we complete our first year together. Is this the phase when I become a little less Messy, and more put together? Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to be armed with the essentials as I take this stage head on.


Baby Proofing

Okay, so I’m a little late to the baby proofing party. I am fully aware that this is usually the first step we take before baby initially arrives. Considering baby was immobile for a majority of her infancy, I was in no hurry, (gasp’s heard all around the world). As my little cruiser gains more ground with her crawling, I have been slowly knocking out each hazard she comes across. I am utilizing my Safety 1st Safety Essentials Kit to make sure our home is safe for our little explorer. This safety kit allows my little one to become more independent without mom chasing her around. She’s free to wonder, and Mom can get some extra time to herself. Applause all around, people!

Preparing Her Room

It’s only a matter of time before we’re transforming her crib into a toddler bed. The bitter sweet bed move into her very own chambers is just around the corner, so we’re setting up shop!









We’ve got long way to go, to transform the extra storage room , into a Palace fit for a little princess, but we’ve got a head start with the 9 Cube Organizer Shelf and Fabric Cube Storage Bins. The shelves come in black, espresso, white and even teal! The storage bins come in all different colors and even prints.


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Walk The Walk

It seems like it was yesterday when we brought our shriveled, tiny peanut home and placed her in her pack and play. Besides wanting to be carried around, the girl did not move. Gone are the days when I could set up shop on the couch and watch TV as my little one snoozed away, pretty much motionless. From sleeping, to standing, our little pioneer is ready to take on the world.

To encourage her independent walking, we have officially retired the sit in walker. Our little couch skimmer has graduated to this, fun, Fisher Price Zebra Push Walker.

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Our independent chomper is all about feeding herself these days.




For now, she’s enjoying the finger foods, but it’ll only be a matter of time before she’s big girl-ing it with her own spoon and fork. That’s why we’re stocking up ahead of time.


We’ve paired the Munchkin Multi Bowls 5pk with The First Years Multi Take and Toss, and of course we can’t forget our Neat Solutions Baby Bibs.

The Sippy Cup

I can already tell that this transition is going to be a rough one, as our little baby continues to adore her bottles. However, we still invested in these Tommee Tippee Sippy Cups. We just started introducing these to her. So far, it’s a big “Heck No,” with a toss, but we’re not giving up. Besides, how cute are these??

Car seat

Considering our doll face is already sporting the 18 month gear, it’s safe to say we don’t exactly have a little baby on our hands. She’s reaching her car seat limit. So “let me upgrade ya,” with this Graco 3-in-1 Car Seat. This car seat transitions to high booster seat, and finally to no back booster seat. Holding up to 100 pounds, this next stage will take us all the way to preteen. If you haven’t noticed, I’m all about getting the most for my money. (Be sure to check with car seat regulations in your state.)

More Transitioning Toys

If you enjoyed my Great Baby to Toddler Transitioning Toys, then you’re going to love these additions.

The LeapFrog My Pal is part of the Leap Frog family and plays music. You can customize Violet or Scout to say your little ones name, favorite color, favorite food and animal. You can also download up to 30 lullaby songs.

Build motor skills and encourage musical play with the VTech Sort and Discover Drum.

Encourage eye-hand coordination and thinking and problem solving skills with the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Farm Animal Puzzle.

Reading Material

If you’re anything like me, you might be reading all about what there is to expect with your soon to be toddler. Check out these awesome reads to get you going.

Parents – 19 Ways To Prepare For The Toddlerpocalypse

What To Expect – Toddler

AptaClub – Preparing For Toddlerhood

Mom To Mom Nutrition – 5 Ways To Stop Your Toddlers Food Throwing

A Virtuous Woman – Structuring The Day For A Toddler

Happily Ever Mom – Potty Training Must Dos

Wunder-Mom – Crib to Toddler Bed 5 Tips To A Smooth Transition

Happy You Happy Family – Handle Kids Temper Tantrums


Congratulations on making it through your baby’s first year of life. That went by fast, didn’t it! Give yourself a pat on the back. Now, stock up on that wine and away we go. I’ll be right there with you.




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I would not recommend affiliated products that I don’t love and use myself. However, if you purchase a product and are not satisfied, any inquires must be done through Amazon or Target. Messy Mama does not guarantee satisfaction. Availability of all items may vary.

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Baby’s First Christmas; Great Baby to Toddler Transitioning Toys

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Christmas has come and gone in our little corner of the world. For the first time, I got to witness Christmas through the eyes of a child. Filled with love and excitement, I watched as my little one gazed in wonder at the gifts under the tree.

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At just ten months, my darling little girl celebrated her very first Christmas. Sure, she stared oddly at the man in the red suit, pointed in question at the large decorated plant in our living room, and cocked her head at the paper wrapped objects under neath it. No, she did’t write a wish list to Santa and she didn’t anticipate sleigh bells outside her window. She is much too young for that. Yet, the day was still, as magical as it could be.

Our Christmas did not go the way we had originally planned. As a parent, I understand this concept all too well. Such is life! When we become adults, there is a certain point when we realize this very important fact. We don’t accept it, however, until we become parents.

Our aspirations for visiting family and seeing Grandma were altered because our infant had gotten her very first cold. With her immune system hard at work, and her mood, gloomy, we decided it was in our baby’s best interest to sit this Christmas out.

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After a quick call to Santa, and a Reindeer Re-route, our little girl was still able to celebrate her first Christmas.

Yes, Christmas has come and gone, and Santa has closed down his work shop, but you can still find these awesome, infant to toddler toys online at Target or Amazon.

Let’s check out what Santa left under our baby’s tree this year:


Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag


Santa delivered the Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, which are perfect for cognitive skills and hand and eye coordination as your infant transitions into toddler hood. What a great way to start exploring your little ones imagination. This awesome pack comes in three great color sets –  classic, pink, and trendy. Can’ t decide on a color? That’s okay! Mega Bloks are great for mix and matching and all three color sets are compatible.


Mickey Mouse laptop


Getting work done on my computer was difficult with baby reaching in to play. All she wanted to do was open and shut my laptop, while I was typing. This Christmas, we asked Santa for help and he came through with this Mickey Mouse laptop. Not only does she have her own laptop to open and close to her hearts desire, but it also teaches her colors, shapes, and numbers. Laptops are available in both Mickey and Minnie.

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy


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It’s true, babies can’t write out a Christmas Wish List, but we’re pretty sure our little Sweetheart had this guy at the top of her most wanted list. We passed the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy in Target just weeks before Christmas and she could not take her eyes off of it. She lit up when she saw it and even pointed at it. As we proceeded down the isle, she continued to stare, point and make repeated babble noises. Apparently, Santa understands “Baby,” because this adorable pup was waiting for her under the tree Christmas morning.

Puppy comes with three Smart Stages for baby’s developmental growth. This adorable cuddly guy sings 75 different songs and teaches colors, shapes, letters, numbers and the main body parts. This snugly, educational tool is available in both Puppy and Sis.

Fisher Price Smart Phone


Boss Baby’s ensemble would not be complete without her very own, Fisher Price Smart Phone. She’s answering business calls with this fun, musical phone. It includes 20 songs and teaches numbers, counting, and greetings. The smart phone is available in blue, white, and pink.

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Christmas has come and gone, the tree has left the building, and Santa is still recovering from all of the cookies. These toys, however, will be around for a while as our little baby transitions into the next stages of her childhood. We are ready to teach her all that we can and we have some great learning tools to help us along the way.

Don’t want to wait until next year to get your hands on these great toys? You don’t have to. They’re available at Amazon and Target. Interested in ordering them? Just click the links, or pictures, and you will be taken to the proper sight. Happy Shopping!

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I would not recommend affiliated products that I don’t love and use myself. However, if you purchase a product and are not satisfied, any inquires must be done through Amazon or Target. Messy Mama does not guarantee satisfaction. Availability of all items may vary.

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Practical Gifts For Babies

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So there’s a new baby in the family and they are celebrating the Holidays for the first time! How exciting! Being a new-ish mom myself, I  can’t wait to celebrate with our little one this season. As soon as we bring her into the main room of our home, she immediately points at the Christmas Tree. I can’t wait to see her reaction when we put her first wrapped gift in front of her. I am curiously anticipating how she is going to handle it. Is she going to rip it open and try to shove the wrapping into her mouth, or will she stare at it, unsure of what she is supposed to do with it?

That new baby may not understand the concept of gift giving and can’t request what she / he wants from Santa just yet, but shopping for little one’s is still fun. Those adorable noise making toys and cute baby outfits. I could honestly spend hours in the baby department. Since becoming a mom, it is my favorite place to be. But, as a parent, can I be real with you? That noisy toy is probably going to get shoved in a dark hole somewhere and the outfit will hang in the closet. It may get worn once if your lucky. So, if your wondering what to buy the baby this Christmas, I suggest you go practical.

I don’t want to pop your baby gifting, cuteness bubble but the truth is, babies fly through toys and clothes so fast that many of us just prefer hand me downs or toys that can grow with the baby. Still scratching your head? Okay, let me help you.

If you want to be the cool Grandparent, Aunt/Uncle, Big Cousin, etc; you can still get that little one the perfect toy. Lets pick a toy that can last beyond one stage of development.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym

This Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym  grows with baby through all stages. Lay and play, tummy time, sit and play, and take along. This play gym changes as baby grows from back/tummy, to sit, to crawl and even to stand. It includes five hanging removable visuals that extend to a teether, a rattle, a crinkle toy, a clacker, and a mirror, It also includes a piano that teaches music, numbers, shapes, animals and colors. We got this for our little one when she was a just week old and she still uses it nine months later. This product was by far the best practical toy and has gotten a ton of play time.

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Busy Activity Home

This Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy’s Busy Activity Home for ages 6 – 36 months comes with three different stages. This interactive activity toy teaches open, close, up, down, turn on and turn off. It also teaches alphabets, numbers, shapes, colors and Spanish.  The activity home plays 55+ songs and has 7 hands on activities.


Fisher-Price Classic Infant Trio Gift Set

This Fisher-Price Classic Infant Trio Gift Set is the building blocks of all things baby.  Includes Rock-A-Stack, Baby’s First Blocks and Classic Xylophone. Great for early hands on fun as baby learns to sit up and grab, and grows with baby as it teaches music, motor skills, problem solving, creative thinking, shapes and colors. These are great for baby from 6 months up to 18 months and beyond.


If you’re going for clothes this year, let’s get those items that baby can get multiple use’s out of.

Halo Sleepsack 100% Cotton Swaddle, Heather Gray, Small and Halo Sleepsack 100% Cotton Wearable Blanket, Huggy Bears, Large

Most newborns sleep well when swaddled, but getting that swaddle perfect can be frustrating for the parent and the baby. Halo Sleepsack 100% Cotton Swaddle, Heather Gray, Small with Velcro gives baby the comfort they need. It can also adjust as baby grows into having her or his arms free. The swaddle can be Velcroed around babies waist for free hands while continuing to give that snug feeling. Transition into the Halo Sleepsack 100% Cotton Wearable Blanket, Huggy Bears, Large once baby grows completely out of the swaddle and give the parents the gift of a worry free sleep. These come in many colors and patterns but colors and patterns may vary.


 Cloud Island Baby Hats (Target)

These Cloud Island Baby Hats from Target are perfect for delicate newborn heads. The best part, they grow with baby, providing a warm cover on those fall chilly days. Just unfold the hat to extend it’s life until about 12 months. (Pattern styles may very)

Here, Messy Baby is sporting her favorite Cloud Island hat at 3 days old, again at 3 months, and the same hat still fits perfectly at 9 months old. And it comes in many different patterns. (Pattern availability may vary)


Carter’s 0-9 Months Quilted Knit Hooded Pram (Heather Grey, 9 Months)

This cozy and warm Carter’s 0-9 Months Quilted Knit Hooded Pram (Heather Grey, 9 Months) suit comes in blue, gray, light pink and pink. It’s snug enough for those chilly winter days but also thin enough where it can be worn in the car seat for older babies. (Not recommended to wear in car seat with newborns, also not recommended for long car rides) Sizes available newborn to 9 months.  (Please speak with your pediatrician about infant clothes and car seat safety standards. I am not a professional.)



Finding gifts for baby is fun and the Holidays are always way more exciting when there is a little one to shop for. As a parent, I am begging you to think practical. If there is something you just absolutely have to buy, please include a box of diapers or wipes. If you’re dying over that adorable outfit, add in some onesies, socks, or pajamas. That outfit may never get worn, but babies can never have enough onsies. The parents will thank you.



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