Monday, March 14, 2016

Peyton's Favs: 6 Month Edition

So, I've had this post written for almost three weeks now. Three weeks. That's how quickly time slips by these days. To be fair though, our days have been filled with the drama also known as home buying, which is a story for a different blog. 

Before P turns 7 months old, there are a couple of things I want to document and remember. This post will be dedicated to the wonderful products that have made our first 6 months of parenthood a little bit easier, whether it be by calming Peyton, helping her sleep, or engaging her in active play. These products were and are our go-to's right now and I really think every family with newborns needs each one of these! (This is not endorsed...just one mama trying to help some other mamas out!) 

Peyton's Favorites: 
  • Cloud B Gentle Giraffe Sound Machine

 My grandma came to visit a couple of months ago and brought with her some goodies from my family in Florida. My cousin, Michelle, sent along some toys that her children picked out for Peyton and this giraffe was among them. As soon as we got this, I knew it was going to be a game changer. P has slept with a sound machine from day 1 and seems to find the white noise very comforting. Whenever she is in her car seat and I want her to take a nap, I would always place my phone in the seat with her playing a white noise app to help her fall asleep. Now, she has a snuggly giraffe to cuddle up to that plays white noise as well as a couple other fun sounds for non-nap car rides. This is probably my favorite "toy" of hers and literally every child needs one of these!
  • Baby Banana Teething Toothbrush

Nana got this for Peyton (in corn on the cob form) and she LOVES it. It was easy for her to hold on to when she was first learning hand-eye coordination and perfect for teething. Plus, it has little bristles teach teeth-brushing (or gum brushing really!) Now, were at the point where, P will try to mimic me when I brush my teeth in the morning with her own little toothbrush and it's pretty much the cutest thing ever. 
  • Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumparoo
This little jumper has been a life-saver. It keeps Peyton entertained and off her head (which was always a concern for us since the dr. mentioned she had a bit of a flat head at her 4 month appointment) while I get stuff done around the house. I swear she has lost brain cells from bouncing so hard! She can spend a solid 45 minutes in her jumper entertaining herself, which is like 4 hours in baby time! Definite must for all new parents! 
  • Baby Einstein Baby Neptune Ocean Orchestra 
Guys, I don't know if you know this or not, but there are A LOT of extremely annoying baby toys on the market. Why does every toy need to sing the ABC's, or giggle, or say "I love you" in a possessed little chuckie-doll voice? Peyton's cousin, Leah, got this cute little turtle toy for her for Christmas and I have to say, its actually a really fun, engaging toy! It plays classical music only and has a button for each instrument on the turtle's shell that can be pushed to turn that instrument on or off. Peyton loves listening to the music and I like hearing the difference in the song with and without the different instruments! Win win. (And yes, I just admitted that a baby toy entertains me. This is my life now. Deal with it.) 
  • Teething Jewelry 

If you follow me on Instagram (which you definitely should), you know by now that I LOVE accessorizing my baby. Cute little shoes, bows, and necklaces are just so much fun to mix and match! A couple of months ago, I received a teething necklace from an Etsy shop (Zack's Lucky Charms) and fell in love. The shop owner has so many adorable necklaces to choose from and Peyton loves chewing on hers. The shop tag is "They're safe to chew and stylish too" and that literally couldn't be more true. Love. Love. Love! 
  • Magic Merlin Sleepsuit

I know I've already praised this little marshmallow suit on the blog before but I'm going to have to do it one more time because it definitely deserves it's place in this post. Peyton hated being swaddled, so as soon as she semi-fit in this sucker, we started using it. She immediately started sleeping through the night and we've never looked back. It has also been a huge help in getting P to sleep soundly when we're away from home. It's something that, when we put it on her, she knows it's time to sleep. Unfortunately for us, I think it's almost time to transition out of the sleep suit since it's getting so warm out. I'm going to be so sad to put this thing away, but grateful for the many sleep-filled nights it gave us during her first 6+ months.

I'm just going to finish this post with some of our honorable mentions. They haven't been life-changing, but they're fun and P seems to enjoy them, so that's all that matters.

Happy Monday, Ya'll!!

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