Best Gifts for Baby

I don’t care if your mama friend is having their first, fifth, or fifteenth baby, there are some things a new baby just needs!

Best Gifts for a New Baby

One thing I never got with my first was real swaddle blankets- and I wish I had. They just never got bought. Then I was almost 40 weeks with baby #2 when I realized I didn’t have any swaddle blankets! I wanted them quickly in case baby came soon, so I just pick up some at TjMaxx. I liked them- very handy, cute and they did the job. But I’m going to be prepared the next time around– and for all my mom friends!

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The first thing on my list for a new baby is swaddles!
I’ve been following Bebe Owl on Instagram for a while and just loved their stuff! They offered to send me some swaddles for Silas, and also a mattress pad that we were in desperate need of (second child problems!). Let me tell you….these are the softest swaddle blankets you will ever find!
I love that they’re made out of 100% bamboo and y’all, the print is adorable. I love the colors! They will go great in the boys room once I get it painted! And, as a side note, the mattress pad is the best one I’ve ever seen! I really had a hard time finding a good one that I felt safe for my little one and this covered it!

Essential Oils for Babies

Secondly, and y’all should not be surprised, are essential oils! They are life-savers when it comes to babies…and two blends in particular are the best. Tummygize is specially formulated and prediluted for babies’ sensitive skin…and tummies! Silas had the hardest time with acid & tummy problems until I figured out he was allergic to dairy. Tummygize saved us many late nights and grumpy & uncomfortable afternoons!

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I also love to gift Sleepyize to new mommies…or mommies of toddlers who are having a sleep strike. Ahem. Again, made especially for babies and its so amazing! I absolutely love the smell, and adding a drop in their lotion for a before bedtime massage is the best!

And my third go-to gift? This should be a no brainer, but so many people forget about it….Diapers! I personally never get people newborn diapers just because my first never fit into them and my second baby was only in them for about a week. I like to gift size one just to be safe. And I’ll tell ya, the diapers have always been appreciated!

Stay tuned….I’m going to share with y’all soon the perfect thing to get Mama for after baby is born!

Question…what was your favorite baby gift ever, that you just could not have lived without?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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How to Cloth Diaper {Frugally}

I’ve been part-time cloth diapering for over a year now….and I’m fixing to begin a journey of cloth diapering 2 boys (ages 2 & newborn)! Believe me, when I saw the prices of some of the brand-new diapers, I knew we could never afford that, especially when they say you need around 24-36 diapers (depending on age) to wash every 2-3 days instead of every day!

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I started my cloth diaper journey by getting 10 $5/$6 pocket diapers off of Zulily. I instantly loved cloth diapers, and I could use cloth for 2 days, then use disposable diapers while I washed & dried the cloth. And like I’ve said before- I only clothed very part time. Then, my then 15mo son developed a chemical burn from the disposable diapers- and we tried every brand….it wouldn’t go away. So I knew I had to cloth full-time, at least until it healed.

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I have never spent more than $8 for a diaper, and have gotten them as low as $3 for one. How do I do that?

Cloth Diaper Auctions

I’m in an awesome Facebook group where you can bid on diapers. That’s where I’ve scored some of my cheapest- and most favorite!- diapers!

Friends/Family

You might actually know someone, or a friend knows someone, who is de-stashing and can usually get diapers for a steal! Ask around!

Consignment Sales

Our twice-annual kids’ consignment sale has had cloth before…although you might have to look hard for good ones or a good price. I won’t pay over $10 for a diaper. That’s just me, though.

Alva Pocket Brand

For someone new to cloth diapers, getting a “starter pack” from the Alva brand is usually the best way to go- although on Amazon, they only have plain colors, not cute patterns. I’ve gotten a OS and newborn size packs before and love them!

Do you cloth diaper? Where do you get your cloth diapers and what’s your favorite brand?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Our Must-Haves for Teething

Y’all, motherhood is awesome. It’s also crazy hard sometimes. You bring home this new bundle of joy and you’re completely in love. Then reality hits….hel-lo, this little person needs your constant attention, time and love. It does get easier though….until teething hits.

New moms and moms-to-be….teething can hit wayyyyy sooner than you ever thought or dreamed. My little one started teething at the ripe old age of 2 months old. His first tooth popped through at 5 months old (yes, 3 months of painful teething with nothing to show for it!), and his second one is almost through and he’s 6 months old. Just because my boy got teeth that early doesn’t mean that’s what will happen with your sweet baby. But when teething hits…Mama, you’d better be prepared!

Teething Must Haves

Today I want to share with you some of my FAVORITE products for handling teething discomfort for your poor baby. And moms-to-be, don’t put off getting this stuff for after baby is born…make sure you have the stuff now! It will will be here sooner than you think!

Teething Supplies

The first thing I got Caleb was an amber necklace. NO, I don’t put it around his neck. I have lots of friends who let their babies do that, and that’s fine for them. That’s just not for me; I don’t feel comfortable with it. Amber beads are known for helping relieve pain. People ask me if I think it really works…and I believe it does! If we forget to put it back on his ankle after his bath, he’s definitely hurting and crankier. Once I put it back on, he settles down. SUCH a blessing! And, it’s super adorable and people are always commenting on it! 🙂 I got mine from a local herb shop, but I know you can get some on amazon.

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Say hello to Caleb’s favorite things! The amazing Sara from Saraisms sent Caleb these adorable teething rings! As the mom who cares about what goes into my son’s mouth, I appreciate that the wood is organic and so much safer than plastic!

Teething Lovie

He adores snuggling with his teething lovey as he takes a nap, or on a chilly day out and about. I love the print- it’s so fun! The fabric piece can snap off so you can wash it when it gets soiled- so perfect!

Teething Toy

The teething toy can keep Caleb happy for a long time. Especially when he tooth is cutting, he will just sit in his highchair, chewing on and tossing it around. 🙂 It’s super handy to keep in my diaper bag, too!

Teething Young Living

These oils are SUCH a blessing to have to help relieve teething discomfort! The above things I mentioned usually keep his fussiness and discomfort to a minimum, but on those really rough days….the big guns get brought it!

In my hand, I dilute a drop of Frankincense Vitality and a drop of Thieves Vitality with a “squirt” of V6 carrier oil and rub on his gums. He really enjoys it!

Teething Oils

I also rub Lavender & Copaiba undiluted along his jaw line. It always helps him calm down and stop acting like he’s uncomfortable. 🙂 And ALL of these oils come in the starter kit! You can learn more about Young Living HERE or sign up under me HERE, and I will send you a free guidebook to using oils with babies!

How did you get through the “terrible teething time”? How did you help ease your baby’s teething discomfort? It always hurts my “mama heart” to see him uncomfortable!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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