Can you believe Charlotte (CC) is 5 months old already? I certainly cannot! Where does the time go? Today I’m sharing a few of my new Mama picks from the 4-5 month period, including some super cute clothes and accessories, CC’s most favorite toys, and my pumping necessities.
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❊ Mini Boden Dungarees – I was recently introduced to the wonderful world of Mini Boden. The clothes are so stinkin’ cute! I especially love the dungarees, which are basically cloth overalls. They’re soft, comfortable, and pair easily with a long or short sleeve bodysuit underneath depending on the weather. We now own four pairs….oops! 😉 I justified the purchase since the straps can be made longer thanks to an additional set of buttons, which means CC will hopefully get several more months of wear out of them. She’s in the 6-12 month size, which are still just a bit long in the legs but totally wearable. Too cute!
❊ Mane Message Baby Bows – I’ve been a fan of Mane Message hair ties for years now and was so excited when Olivia, the company founder, announced she was releasing a new line of baby bows last fall. I first fell in love with the sweet small size, which have worked perfectly on CC since she was a newborn. Olivia has also recently come out with a larger size bow, which is definitely more of a statement piece but not overwhelmingly so. They’re handcrafted from beautiful fabrics and soft nylon bands, which are gentle and lightweight. The nylon bands are a great one-size-fits-all option that allows the headbands to grow with your baby. I love that they don’t leave a mark on CC’s head like some other styles do. My current favorites are the Liberty London fabrics in the spring/summer line. They’re classically cute!
❊ Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle & Sensory Teether Activity Toy – This toy gets rave reviews and I can see why. It’s designed perfectly for a young infant transitioning out of the newborn phase. The eye-catching colors and classic rattle noise grab baby’s attention. The soft plastic loops are easy for even the tiniest hands to grasp and are delightful to gum on. This toy is the main bribery I used to help CC stay in tummy time longer. It’s still the first thing she grabs for on her play mat without fail every time.
❊ Noggin Stick – I bought this rattle on the suggestion of Veronika from Veronika’s Blushing after watching her 7 month old son delight in it on her Snapchat. I think it’s a bit on the pricey side for what it is, but worth it’s weight in salt since CC absolutely loves it. It’s been her second favorite (after the Manhattan rattle) for the past month or so. The main feature of it is the motion-sensitive changing color light-up feature on the “noggin” of the rattle. It’s also designed to be eye-catching with bold patterns and classic colors. The nubby bumps on the rattle handle provide an extra tactile experience for little fingers learning how to grasp. It also has a mirror on the bottom for extra visual engagement.
❊ Spectra Baby USA S2 Double/Single Breast Pump – I didn’t start pumping on the daily until CC turned 4 months old and I was certain we were rid of thrush (see more about our experience with that here if you’re interested). I like to have an “emergency stash” of breastmilk in my freezer in the event that I can’t nurse CC. It definitely gives me peace of mind knowing that she has a supply of my milk on hand just in case. I spend 10 minutes at the end of each day a couple of hours after her last feed pumping both sides (I just figured out I could use the double pump feature which is a great time saver!). I don’t have experience with any other breast pumps to compare, but I am very happy with the Spectra. It is comfortable, easy to use, and not terribly loud. It’s also easy to clean since it is a closed system and I don’t have to worry about milk getting inside the tubing or mechanism. I can easily sterilize the parts that do come in contact with milk in just 2 minutes using Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags in the microwave. Easy peasy!
❊ Lanisoh Breastmilk Storage Bags – I store my expressed milk in these zip top bags, which I then lay flat in the freezer. I just happened to have the perfect size container on hand, the Tellfresh 3.2 Quart Food Storage Container, which fits a month’s worth of these frozen baggies upright. I keep my freezer stash in our stand-alone freezer in the basement for optimal longterm storage conditions.
❊ ScaryMommy.com – I found this blog via a friend posting links on Facebook and have enjoyed checking it periodically. It’s a collective Mommy blog with a sarcastic twist. Most of the posts deal with parent topics with a bit of snark mixed in. It’s a definite departure from the more commonly serious, factual, and/or emotional Mommy blogs out there. I also like how they broach topics that other blogs avoid. It’s a very bold and in-your-face kind of style, but (I think) a welcome change of pace and perspective and definitely worth a gander if you’re in the mood for something different.
I talk about each item in more detail in this video:
I hope you enjoyed this look at my top picks for my four month old. I would love to know what some of your Mommy favorites are if you care to share!
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