Mommy Favorites | Five Month Old

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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mommy faves 5 month old 2016

❊ 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.

breastmilk storage 2016 – 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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16 thoughts on “Mommy Favorites | Five Month Old”

  1. I LOVE my Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor. We cosleep so it’s an added safety step we take to reduce my anxiety. I also LOVE our Kidsme food feeder, it has worked WONDERS for teething. When my son has a crying fit I fill it with crushed ice or frozen fruit. It takes care of the pain. Sophie the giraffe is great toy. My 3 year old say’s, “Baby Charlotte is soooo cute”. We enjoy seeing how much she’s grown every month.

  2. My daughter also loves the teether activity toy!! She’s 10 weeks today and smiles when it lights up. She’s just getting into patterns so I’m having so much fun playing with her now because I feel she’s more involved with interactions and is really seeing it. In one of your lasted snapchat I saw CC playing on her mat with a patterned doll, do you mind sharing what she is. I think my little girl would love it.

    One question, do you think you can do a DIY on CC’s lovey? My LO loves her Aden and Anais lovey but hates the dog attached. She has an elephant stuffed animal that she just touches and I would love to mesh the 2 together but I’m not crafty at all.

    I love your posts and videos. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This blog and your YouTube channel were so much better before you had CC. Now it’s just like all the other million mommy blogs. I miss the substance and content it used to have with occasional updates about Winnie. Now every other post is about CC. Too bad, it was good while it lasted.

    1. Hi Victoria,

      I understand it can be hard when our favourite bloggers change their content, but with respect, having a baby is naturally going to change what Jen talks about. If she were to not talk about motherhood, it would be insincere as it’s such a large part of her life. Jen is doing a great job of also providing non-baby focused content at the same time. I find Jen’s content to be very unique and a great mix of topics, but in all honesty, if Jen talked 100% about motherhood that would also be fine as it’s her blog/channel and her prerogative! May I suggest you just read and watch the videos and posts that interest you, like her organisation and planner videos? I often do that with people I follow who talk about a variety of topics of which only a couple interest me. I hope that helps 🙂


    2. I think it’s perfectly natural that Jen’s blog is mainly about baby stuff. That’s just part of life. Everything revolves around the new baby particularly in the first year. Well done Jen for keeping the blog going and am sure this is helpful too for new mums. Am sure the style will change again as CC grows.

    1. Just remember it’s only temporary… I tried to think of it as an opportunity for more sweet baby cuddles for a positive spin.

  4. Hi Jen
    I just want to say I really enjoy your mommy posts and your daughter is adorable. I also have a little girl now 2 so It brings me back when u show her baby stages. However I am just being honest when I say that it is getting boring just seeing u always sit in the craft room or your room etc. I agree that i miss seeing or reading about more fun things tht you guys are doing it cooking decorating traveling etc. your channel was the first vlog I ever watched and still one of the only ones I really look at. I feel that most of your followers feel the same way and are afraid to be honest. I personally like watching vloggers that are relatable to me and I miss seeing your shopping halls party preps etc I got a lot of great tips from
    Those so thank you for that ! There are ways to post with out being to personal but it is your channel and blog and up to you what you decide to do. Either way I wish you the best

  5. I have been watching your videos for years and remember you talking about how CC won’t take a bottle. I am now going through that with my baby. Any tips? I enjoy feeding her so much but an occasional bottle given by daddy would be nice to get some things done. Thanks so much

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