Nicki’s Diapers Training Pants Review

Potty training: bringing excitement, fear, joy, frustration, and some unexpected messes to families of toddlers near you.  Jeremiah’s potty training happened sooner than I expected.  Four months after turning two, he just gradually starting going on the potty more and more frequently until he would go entire days with dry diapers.  Not quite your typical toddler potty training experience, but I’m ok with that!  I’m not going to share methods or tricks I used (because I don’t really have any), but I do want to share something that really helped my Type A personality deal with the potential messes of potty training and kept it stress free for me!

Today, I want to share the new Nicki’s Diapers Training Pants with you.  These were SO helpful while Jeremiah was potty training!  We never used Pull-Ups with Jeremiah, because these were so much nicer and more affordable.

 

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Features:

  • Stretchy sides that make it easy to pull them up and down.
  • Waterproof outside layer to catch any leaks.
  • Cotton-lined interior that can catch an accident and feels wet.

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Fit: 

Jeremiah is just at 30 lbs, and fits in the large training pants well.  I haven’t tried the other corresponding sizes, but from my experience, they are true to size!

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Function:

These diapers were lifesavers for running errands, leaving Jeremiah with a sitter, or any time I didn’t want to have to clean up an accident!  They can hold one accident without leaking, so I didn’t have to worry about dashing to the restroom while we were out grocery shopping.

The trainers are very easy to pull up and down.  Jeremiah still believes they are underwear (he wears them at night for the occasional accident), and is happy to wear them.  I got the tree friends pattern for him, and he LOVES it!  We call it his “Ice Age” underwear because it has squirrels and acorns on it. 🙂

Want to give them a try?  Check them out here.

What do you love about the Nicki’s Diapers Training Pants?

 All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.

 

 

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Play Time Baby Essentials

Now that Evelyn is eight months old, we are really starting to have fun with play time!  She can sit up (how is she big enough to do this?), and it’s been so much fun to introduce her to new toys and activities.

Although it look us a while at first to start accumulating toys when Jeremiah was a baby, after our third Christmas with kids, we do not have a toy shortage anymore!  Of course, there are endless toy possibilities, but for today, I’m going to keep my must-have list very short.  I promise: you will end up with more toys than you know what to do with, whether or not you register for them!

Play Time Essentials:

(these are also great to have a second set at grandparent homes)

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Fisher-Price Kick and Play Piano Gym -I was surprised by how quickly both Jeremiah and Evelyn started playing with this.  By just a few weeks old, they were already interested in looking at the hanging toys and trying to bat at them with their hands.  Evelyn has this one, and it’s my favorite.  Now that she is sitting up, the piano can turn horizontal and she can sit in front of it to play.  At eight months old, this is still a favorite.

Swing/Bouncer Combo – Some babies like swings, some like bouncy seats, and some like them both.  This Graco Glider Elite Baby Swing was worth every penny and gives you both options!  My favorite feature?  It’s only ONE thing to take up space in your house instead of two.  It looks a little complicated in the stock photos online, but trust me, it’s so easy to use.  Ours has lasted through two kids so far, and still looks and works like new!

VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker – I wrote an entire review of this walker here, but I thought I’d mention it again.  This is a great toy that will entertain your child for YEARS.

Very Nice to Have, But Not Essential:

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Rubber Teether Toy – Sophie the Giraffe is one of the more popular teether toys, but there are MANY others out there that work just as well.  As you can see from the picture, the important thing is to have legs that are easily fit in the baby’s mouth.  😉  I will warn you, this is VERY similar to a dog squeaky toy.  Toby had a very hard time learning not to steal Jeremiah’s teether from him!  Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 9.17.05 PM

 

Baby Einstein Activity Jumper – It was difficult for me to put this in the “Nice to Have” category, because in our family, this IS an essential!  I only put it here because I know there are some babies that aren’t into jumping as much.  However, both Jeremiah and Evelyn LOVE this bouncy seat!  And it’s so nice to have a spot where they can play safely while I get some chores done around the house.  Also, the customer service at Baby Einstein is TOP NOTCH.  I contacted them about a part that was broken, and they took care of it without any problems at all.

Like I said earlier, there are MANY more great toys you and your baby will enjoy, but these few have proven to be essential to our family, and I HAD to share them with you.

What baby toy would you add to my list?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker Review

Even if you don’t start out with much, it doesn’t take long for one child to amass a large quantity of toys.  Before a second birthday, you will have enough toys to create a good bit of clutter in your house, unless some serious organization takes place.  Jeremiah has had quite a few favorite toys in his almost 2.5 years of life, but there is one that has by far been a favorite for a majority of that time.  Today, I’m going to share with you a toy that is fairly inexpensive and your child can get YEARS of use out of.

I found the recommendation for the VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker on a blog featuring 15 Toys for Baby’s First Year (great suggestions, by the way!).  The walker is pretty simple, but it never stops being fun.  I’ll share how it’s fun at many different ages:

2-6 months – Tummy Time Play.  You can take the play panel off the walker and lay it on the floor.  Evelyn loves hitting the buttons, seeing it light up, and listening to the music.IMG_6500

6-9 months – Sitting Up Play.  Now that your little one is sitting up, you can reattach the play panel to the walker.  I set the walker against a wall so it wouldn’t roll away, and Jeremiah had a great time playing with it first sitting, then kneeling in front of it.

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9-14 months – Learning to Walk.  The Sit-to-Stand became even more popular with Jeremiah as he learned to walk.  You can adjust how fast the wheels spin so it doesn’t go too fast at first.  Jeremiah pushed this EVERYWHERE until he was walking on his own.  We took it outside, to the park, pretty much anywhere we could let him practice his walking.

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1-2+ years – Pushing/running.  I packed up the Sit-to-Stand for a few months, and when I pulled it back out again, Jeremiah once again took off with it.  Now, he loves to push it around the house, running as fast as he can.  This is pretty much what he does every evening we spend at home.  When he was learning to walk, we took the walker to the park where other 2 year olds were playing.  They immediately were drawn to it and ended up taking turns pushing it around the entire time we were there.  I was amazed that older kids still found this so much fun to play with!

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Where do I get one? If you want a new one, it’s pretty inexpensive, and great to put on a baby registry list.  Amazon has them for under $30!  I found ours gently used on a Facebook garage sale page, but I also see tons of them at children’s consignment sales even less expensive.

What toy have you found to be a long-time favorite?  Leave me a comment!

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Baby Feeding Essentials

Evelyn is now five months old, and even though she is a FABULOUS baby (and already sleeping through the night), I still feel like I’ve barely finished feeding her before she’s ready to eat again!  There are tons of different feeding philosophies (which I will not get into here), but one thing is certain, there are some essentials you are going to need for your baby.

For my list today, I’ve created it mainly for moms who plan on breastfeeding.  Not because I’m against formula…I just haven’t done it, so I don’t know everything you will need.  🙂  I also didn’t include any supplies for making your own baby food, although I may include it in a future post!

Essentials:

IMG_59108 oz. Bottles (set of three) – The Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottles are really popular, AND they fit on the Medela Pump in Style pieces, so you can pump directly into these bottles!

Medela Breast Milk Feeding Gift Set or the Medela Breast Milk Storage Solution – This has a lot of smaller bottles that are great for starting out.

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breastpump – While I am providing a link to purchase this pump from Amazon, many insurance companies today cover the cost of a pump.  Just make sure you check with them before you buy anything.  I love my Medela pump and could not get by without it.  Some moms just have a manual pump like this for emergencies, but don’t pump extra, so they don’t need the electric one.

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Breastmilk Freezer Tray – These are a wonderful way to freeze and store extra milk.  The best thing about them, is that milk is frozen in one ounce increments, so you only thaw what you need.  AND, the frozen milk sticks can fit inside the mouth of a bottle, so you don’t need to thaw them first and risk a leak!  After pumping, I would freeze the milk, then transfer it into quart-sized freezer bags.  When I was ready to use it, I just put the amount I needed into the bottle, then used the bottle warmer to heat it up.  Easy.

Simple Lines Milk Freezer Trays. Each section is one ounce, so you only thaw exactly what you need.

Simple Lines Milk Freezer Trays. Each section is one ounce, so you only thaw exactly what you need.

I store the frozen milk in quart sized freezer bags until I'm ready to thaw it.

I store the frozen milk in quart sized freezer bags until I’m ready to thaw it.

Cloth Diapers/Burp Cloths (2 packages) – I really like these Gerber Heavyweight Gauze Prefolds.  Gerber makes cheaper ones, but they aren’t nearly as nice.  These are thick and make excellent burp cloths!  You will want at least two packages…we go through a ton of them each week, and I like to have them scattered around the house so they are ready if I need one.

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Vitamin D Supplement Drops (for breastfed baby) – many doctors recommend giving your breastfed baby a dose of Vitamin D every day.

Very Nice to Have, But Not Essential:

Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags – While you can boil your bottles and pump parts in water to sterilize them, these are much quicker and easier to use.

Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs (6) – These bibs provide great coverage for messy eaters.  I actually used these under the Waterproof Bibs since Jeremiah was so messy!  They also make nice burp cloths before solid foods are introduced.

Breastfeeding Pillow (Boppy or My Brest Friend) – both pillows have their merits, so it’s a matter of preference.  The Boppy has many uses (great for sitting on postpartum, tummy time for babies, etc.), but the My Brest Friend pillow is so comfortable and gives extra back support for nursing.  I’m glad I actually have one of each.

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Dr. Brown’s Digital Bottle Warmer

Bottle Warmer – a digital one is SO nice to have!  It also works great for warming baby food.

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack and Accessories – I thought this was just a trendy drying rack, but after trying it out, I love mine!  Small pump and bottle pieces are easily held without falling down inside it, and it can go through the dishwasher if it needs cleaning.

Essential, But Don’t Need Right Away:

Waterproof Bib (at least 2) – I tried a variety of bibs, and the silicone waterproof ones are the most durable and easy to clean.  I actually run mine through the dishwasher a few times a week, just to get them extra clean.

Tommee Tippee Waterproof Bib & Baby Feeding Spoon

Tommee Tippee Waterproof Bib & Baby Feeding Spoon

Gerber Graduates Soft-Bite Infant Spoons (2 sets)

Baby Feeding Spoons (2 sets)

Gerber Graduates Toddler Forks (2 sets)

Toddler Plates (set of 5)

NUK Learner Cups (3) – These are great for transitioning from bottle to sippy cup.  The soft nipple feels similar to the bottle, so babies are more willing to make the switch.  However, once teeth pop through, you may need to start replacing the nipples because they are easily chewed through.  Or, just switch over to the Take & Toss Sippy Cups.  These are dishwasher safe, so they are not just one-time-use throw-away cups.  And you can’t beat the price for the quality!

Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair

Well, I hope you found this helpful!  If you want to check out all my baby essentials, you can download my Baby Registry List for FREE.

Leave me a comment…what is your top baby feeding item?

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The Best Diaper Bag (And How You Can Get It For FREE!)

With one kid (especially a toddler), it’s pretty easy to get by with just a larger purse with a spare diaper and wipes inside for daily outings.  But now, adding a newborn to the mix, I realized there is a TON of stuff you need on hand to be prepared.

A popular diaper bag for cloth diapering moms in the past has been the Casual Cargo Purse by Thirty One.  I was able to get one before it was discontinued a couple years ago, and I’ve found it to be an excellent purse/diaper bag for day outings.  However, it is pretty casual, and I was wanting something a little more classy to carry around.  Thirty One’s new Diamond District purse is the perfect upgrade.  It’s pretty much the same size as the Casual Cargo, but offers even more organizational options.

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 3.53.38 PMFor a more traditional look, you can choose the Diamond District in City Charcoal Snake, or to add a pop of bold color,  you can get it in Gatsby’s Green Pebble.

IMG_4115 On the outside, the Diamond District has a large front pocket with magnetic closures for quick and easy access.  It’s perfect for all the “mommy” stuff like wallet, keys, chapstick, etc.  I love the Thirty One All About the Benjamins Wallet (pictured in green), and although it’s pretty big, it still easily fits inside the Diamond District pocket.  On the back, there is a hidden outer pocket for a cell phone.

IMG_4112Inside the Diamond District is are two flat pockets, a side pocket, and snaps to add on two additional pockets (either a flat zipper or tri-pocket), so you can get exactly the organizational options you need.  This fits a TON of stuff, but isn’t too large to carry around.  It makes the perfect purse/diaper bag.

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I love the Thirty One Zipper Pouch (pictured in Teal Mod Dot) or Medium Thermal Zipper pouch to keep even more of my baby essentials organized inside!

IMG_4117And to keep it all contained, it has a sturdy zipper across the top that can also fold down if you don’t want to use it.

As you can see, the space, organization, and overall look of the Diamond District easily makes it a top contender for the “Best Diaper Bag.”  But, it gets even better!  When I was looking at popular diaper bags, the price tag can be huge!  While the Diamond District retails for $148, you can get it for half price or free when you host a Thirty One party!  Where else can you get that kind of a deal?

I am loving my Diamond District, and I think a lot of my mommy friends would love it too!  What do you think?  What features are most important to you in a purse/diaper bag?

*Want to see another diaper bag option that dad would be proud to carry around?  Check out the Thirty One Hostess Exclusive Backpack.

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Baby Registry: Newborn Clothing Essentials

I haven’t share a list in a while, so here’s one for all my new mom friends out there.  🙂

When you share the news that you’re expecting, the first thing people love to buy you is baby clothes.  And who can blame them?  They are so adorable!

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Our baby BOY is giving us a thumbs up!

One of my favorite memories is from the day we found out we were expecting a boy.  I texted my co-workers this sonogram picture and shared the exciting news.  The next day one of my friends gave me a box of cute little boy clothes from Gymboree…she worked there and just couldn’t wait to pick some out for him!

So, you probably don’t need to put many clothes on your baby registry at all, but here are a few recommendations I have for what you will need for those first few months:

Essentials:

IMG_3668.CR2-2Newborn Mittens (Two 3 packs) – These are great to have because babies are really bad about scratching their faces when they cry.  And their nails are so sharp!  It’s nice to have quite a few because they do get sucked on and dirty, so you want clean ones to change out.

Newborn Onesies (4-6) – The most basic of all newborn clothing.  Here’s a neat thing I recently learned about their design:  The large head opening is also able to pull down over their body in case the baby has a blow out diaper and there is poo all over the bottom of it.  That way you don’t have to pull a poopy outfit over your baby’s face.  Genius!

JD outgrew the newborn sleeper we brought him home from the hospital in when he was five weeks old.

JD outgrew the newborn sleeper we brought him home from the hospital in when he was five weeks old.

Newborn Sleepers (4-6) – Both Jeremiah and Evelyn pretty much lived in these.  Except Evelyn was so long when she was born, she didn’t fit in any of her newborn sizes and ended up wearing her 0-3 month sleepers right away.

Newborn Socks (8 pack)

0-3 Month Onesies (4-8)
0-3 Month Outfits (4-8)
0-3 Month Sleepers (4-6)

Very Nice to Have, But Not Essential:

Gerber White Onesies (1 package/size) – These are great for layering under clothes…especially during the winter!  Both long and short sleeved onesies are great to have on hand.

Newborn Caps (5 pack) or headbands – I used these a bit for Jeremiah, but since he was a summer baby, I didn’t need them very long.  Not to mention he already had a full head of hair!  I loved having cute headbands in every color to go with Evie’s outfits.  She doesn’t wear them around home much, but they are great for making her look extra cute and girly when we are out in public.

Essential, But Don’t Need Right Away:

I think it’s a good idea to register for a few of these in various sizes.  I ended up with a TON of 0-3 month outfits, then nothing larger than that for Jeremiah.  He barely wore each outfit more than once or twice before he outgrew it.  You can’t know exactly what size of clothes your baby will need in each season, but you can give a pretty good guess*.  And if you live in Kansas, the weather changes so much, you could use pretty much any outfit (summer or winter) regardless of the season!

*Just FYI: the Carter’s brand clothing seems to be a lot more true to size than other brands.

3-6 Month Outfits

6-9 Month Outfits

12 Month Outfits

Well, there you go!  That should give you an idea of where to start with your clothing registry.  Want to know what else I recommend for your registry?  Click Baby Registry Listto download my FREE Baby Registry List with a bonus Hospital packing list & Postpartum supplies list!

And whatever you don’t get as a baby gift, there are always Craigslist deals, garage sales, and consignments sales where you can get some like-new clothes for just a fraction of the price.  If you want to see where I found my best deals, you should check out my post about getting Baby Gear Bargains here.

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WubbaNub Pacifier Review (And How We Weaned Off Of It)

I had no idea what to look for in a pacifier before Jeremiah was born.  So, Amazon reviews came in handy for this purchase.  I stumbled across a pacifier called a WubbaNub…and while the name was weird, it got great reviews!  I thought it was worth buying one to see how Jeremiah would like it.

The WubbaNub Infant Pacifier is basically a Soothie pacifier sewn onto the end of a small bean bag animal.  The animals are smaller than Beanie Babies, to give you a size reference, and the pacifier cannot be removed.  They come in tons of adorable animal choices.  I picked a giraffe, duck, and frog. IMG_1298.JPG

What I love about this pacifier, is the animal keeps you from losing it!  Jeremiah had a hard time keeping pacifiers in his mouth when he was little, and it was amazing how far he could spit on across the room!  It would roll under the couch, in the corner of the crib, etc. and it wasn’t fun retrieving it.  Not to mention, some would just disappear for good!  The WubbaNubs stay right on the baby’s chest, so even if they are spit out, they are easy to return, and they don’t get dirty from the floor.  Not to mention, it made an adorable snuggle toy for Jeremiah. I ended up buying three of the WubbaNubs (one for upstairs, one for downstairs, and one for the diaper bag), and we never lost one the entire year and a half Jeremiah used them!  One did end up having the pacifier tear off of the animal, but that was because Daddy and Jeremiah were playing tug-o-war with it too many times.  Haha!

These quickly became the only pacifier we would use, and they came everywhere with us.  When Jeremiah was older, I never had to worry about him losing his pacifier in his crib at night.  The animal kept it close by, and he was able to find it easily and fall back asleep.  That did not happen with a regular pacifier!

WASHING: Cleaning the WubbaNub was actually pretty easy.  You can hand wash the pacifier part any time you wanted with some soap and warm water.  For a better clean of the entire animal, I would just throw them in the laundry with our clothes once a week and then air dried them.  They dried very quickly (they were only barely damp after the spin cycle in the washing machine), so Jeremiah didn’t have to go long without one.

WEANING:   I decided to wean Jeremiah off his pacifier when he was about 18 months old.  A few months before, we started limiting the WubbaNub to only naps and night time.  I waited until after all the holiday travel for Thanksgiving and Christmas was over before even attempting it.  After reading many different moms’ stories about weaning off pacifiers, I decided that cold turkey was probably not the best method for Jeremiah’s personality.

Instead, I took the giraffe Wubbanub that had the pacifier torn off, and attached another Soothie pacifier to it with a pacifier clip (I couldn’t bring myself to cut up a perfectly good one).  Every couple of days, I would cut a tiny bit off the end of the pacifier.  This started with a tiny hole, then slowly got larger and larger.  Finally, the nipple was completely cut off, leaving just the main ring behind. IMG_2709 I have to admit, Jeremiah still sleeps with this in his crib all the time.  He likes to chew on the ring (he didn’t get his first tooth until after he turned one!), so I don’t mind having it in there with him.  But, he isn’t using it to suck on anymore, and we didn’t have any cry-it-out nights or naps!  For him, that was a success!

What about you?  Do you have any pacifier weaning advice you’ve found that worked for your little one?

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