non-toxic + kid friendly household items

kate’s cleaning spray:

3 parts white vinegar

1 part water

optional tea tree oil or lemon oil

Hello, World!

rock'n'play alternatives

as you know, the rocknplay was recalled due to over 10 infant deaths reported with use during sleep. the rock’n’play, along with many other “infant sleepers” are NOT safe for unsupervised sleep. what does this mean? you MUST be in the SAME ROOM as the baby and you MUST BE AWAKE!

click here to register your recall.

curious what safe sleep looks like? know your sleep ABCs!⁣⁣
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A - alone ⁣⁣
B - on back⁣⁣
C - in crib ⁣⁣

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bassinets are also safe as long as they are providing a flat surface and nothing is in the bassinet besides baby and a TIGHT swaddle. mesh bumpers are also safe for crib. ⁣⁣
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NO:⁣⁣
•loose blankets ⁣⁣
•toys ⁣⁣
•loveys until 12+ months ⁣⁣
•pillows ⁣⁣
•bumpers ⁣⁣
•DocAtots or similar items (YES, it’s true!)⁣⁣
•rock’n’plays⁣⁣
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review safe sleep in my highlights under sleep. ⁣⁣

head to my sleep essentials for safe sleep options.

as for rock’n’play alternatives, know that these items are not meant for unsupervised sleep (see above). these items are meant for supervised sleep (as the only safe sleep places are in the crib or bassinet!)

this travel bassinet can be used in your room, on the go, or in the common area (safe for unsupervised sleep).

this baby dome is perfect for on the floor in the common room.

mini pack n play comes with an infant insert and great for use during traveling. adapts as baby grows.

this infant rocker is perfect for awake time! NOT safe for unsupervised sleep. i picked this rocker because it does not have any fabric inserts - these can be not safe.

swings are a great alternative to rock’n’plays for supervised sleep. there are MANY options available - look for the one with the LEAST amount of inserts.

i love this boppy lounger for the early days as well.

an all amazon easter basket

EASTER IS COMING! and being a working mom of 2, amazon has always been my best friend. so what’s better than having you easter basket shipped right to you?!

this adorable little xylophone bus is perfect for busy babies - i have a feeling finn will love it too!

this adorable little xylophone bus is perfect for busy babies - i have a feeling finn will love it too!

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bee is too little for the peeps shown here (they are just for decoration!) but she can enjoy a sweet treat with her favorite flavor of peter rabbit organics pouches with a pouch backflow topper.

bee is too little for the peeps shown here (they are just for decoration!) but she can enjoy a sweet treat with her favorite flavor of peter rabbit organics pouches with a pouch backflow topper.

this little rabbit rattle is perfect for grabby hands and will keep her entertained on flights or on the go. and who could pass up this sweet little bunny sippy!?

this little rabbit rattle is perfect for grabby hands and will keep her entertained on flights or on the go. and who could pass up this sweet little bunny sippy!?

this book is a bedtime favorite, and this pull toy will be in good use in a few weeks when she is walking!

this book is a bedtime favorite, and this pull toy will be in good use in a few weeks when she is walking!

are you kids puzzle fans? these matching shape easter eggs make learning fun!

are you kids puzzle fans? these matching shape easter eggs make learning fun!

the dino eggs will be a finn favorite! the dino fold up inside the eggs for a surprise.

the dino eggs will be a finn favorite! the dino fold up inside the eggs for a surprise.

blue bunny sippy for finn.

blue bunny sippy for finn.

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these bunny jammies are everything!

these bunny jammies are everything!

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busy toddler essentials - finn's favs

click below for finn’s kitchen helper!

we love it because he can be at our level without holding him. Keeps him busy washing his cars and trucks at the sink for hours, help me make his smoothies, eats meals at the counter, colors, as so much more!

is your toddler’s birthday coming up? this is a great gift!

banana spinach blender muffins

toddler approved banana spinach blender muffins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups paleo flour

  • 1/4 cup ground flax

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup baking stevia

  • 2cups fresh spinach

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 2 ripe bananas

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • add milk as first ingredient, add additional ingredients and top with spinach. blend.

spoon mixture into baking molds listed below

bake at 375 for 17 minutes

YUM!

6+ month feeding essentials - bee's favs

i love this high chair for finn + bee because it clips right to the counter. having two kids and a small eating space, we don’t have room for two high chairs. plus, i like to strap finn in so he sits and eats!

you’ve seen this suction plate and bowl - it’s the best for new learners! they aren’t able to throw it on the floor, haha.

these “gootensils” are the perfect beginner eating utensils - grabs food easily and prepares her for the real thing.

zoli bot is great for learners - i put water in for bee to practice.

pouch toppers are a must! no back flow = no mess.

bee’s fav toys

this cloth busy book is a MUST! we play with it every day!

diaper rash remedy

spring has sprung! which means - diaper rash season! why? the cold and flu are at an all time high and these viruses cause a change to baby’s GI system, including inflammation and diarrhea. did you know that POOP is the reason for diaper rashes? diarrhea is generally acidic, which breaks down the skin barrier and leads to a rash. zinc-based diaper creams such as desitin create a barrier between the skin and the stool to help heal the diaper rash and prevent further damage.

bumblebaby diaper rash remedy:

  1. DO NOT WIPE! pat groin area with water-based wipe ONLY if there is stool. if urine, leave it alone.

  2. leave remaining diaper cream on skin.

  3. layer on desitin (THICK!)

  4. layer on aquaphor (THICK!)

  5. close diaper

must have items for diaper rash:

** if after 48 hours with no relief, call doctor. the rash could be caused by yeast (which you’ll need a prescription ointment called nystatin to cure. apply nystatin first before diaper rash regimen). if you see raised, red bumps scattered along the groin area, this is a yeast rash! call doc right away.

finn's smoothie!

finn’s smoothie:

1/4 cup milk

1/2 scoop vega protein and greens

1 tsp milled flax

1tbsp PB2 or nut butter

1/2 banana

handful spinach

1/4 avocado optional

ice

blend and serve in dino cup


melasma essentials

ugh. mustaches from melasma are the worst. here are my favorite products for reducing melasma!

ascorbic acid is a fancy word for vitamin c serum. i love this ordinary brand because it’s cheap, clean, effective and on amazon (duh). vitamin c is a strong antioxidant and is known for decreasing discoloration.

ferulic acid diminishes discoloration associated with melasma.

M61 powerglow peel pads - in general, topical glycolic acid and topical salicylic acid are safe for pregnancy, but always ask your doc. use once every three days and build to daily.

*all items safe for pregnancy and lactation, but always check with your doc!

travel essentials

travel must haves!

if you’re looking for a new stoller, the babyzen yo-yo is a MUST for traveling. it is about 13 pounds, fits in the aisle of the plane as well as in overhead compartment. adaptable with most car seats and offers a toddler extension on the back which Finn LOVES! the bike seat comes out as well so they can stand.

cosco car seat is PERFECT for traveling - SUPER light weight, inexpensive, and high safety ratings. the car seat bag will protect carseats from weather and wear and tear underneath the plane. car seats DO NOT count as luggage, but pack n plays do, just FYI.

the nuna pipa is my favorite car seat! compatible with yo-yo with correct attachments.

reusable zip locks are perfect for snacks, individual milks fit well and stay cold in the pack-it freezable lunch bag (great for formula and breastmilk too). dum dums are a travel must for us - we use them as bribery ha!

the joovy pack n play is HUGE - great for toddlers, gives them way more room.

if you don’t want to lug your sound machine, the ROHM is great and LOUD.

sleep essentials

Pre/postnatal essentIals for mom

It’s so important to have a prenatal with folate in it as opposed to folic acid. Folic acid is a synthetic version of folate that has been linked to midline defects such as tongue/lip tie and stork bites. MyKind prentals are made from whole food ingredients and contain folate - they are easily digested and absorbed by your body, making them great for early pregnancy. DHA is vital for brain and eye development in the fetus and helps mom replenish her omega 3s that are depleted by pregnancy and breafeeding. Taking these two supplements can help with post partum fog aka #mombrain!

formula essentials

did you know that pre-mixed, refrigerated formula is good for 24 hours? save yourself the hassle and mix it all at once in this pitcher! then just pour and warm! travel with your powder formula is this cute carrying case.

Baby’s Only formula is labeled for “toddlers” because they want to promote breastfeeding for the first year of life, BUT it is SAFE for infants too. Always talk to your doctor before starting a new formula. This formula is one that is closest to breastmilk and made in the US. I supplemented with this with my son, he loved it!

pumping essentials

LOVE this rosie pope 2-in-1 bra for pumping and nursing. it’s the best for on the go pumping because you don’t have to apply another bra! highly recommend, but size up.

I recommend a spare pumping part kit set just in case you lose a part and so you don’t have to do so many dishes!

the lansinoh baggies are the best in my opinion, they have a double zip.

can’t say enough good things about the medela sonata and flex flange. it’s quiet, efficient, and NOTHING like the pump in style (PISA - or should i say pisa-crap haha) which I hated. the sonata gentle and amazing. check with your insurance.

breastfeeding must haves

if you are a breastfeeding mom and you don’t have a haakaa, are you insane!? order one now! check out my highlights to see why!

toddler feeding essentials - finn's favs

finn’s mealtime favs

toddler feeding essentials!

we love these bumkins plates and bowls - they stick to the surface and stay put to avoid messes. finn will try anything with his truck fork and dino cup.

finn’s fun lunch box is perfect for on the go to separate items! we love the little dipping compartment. toddlers love to see food in little containers like this offers, and the lid seals any liquids shut (such as ketchup, PB, honey etc).

baby liam

baby liam and family