How to Childproof Your Home

When I first found out I was pregnant I was consumed with childproofing our home.  That is, after I was consumed with picking a name and learning what I could and couldn’t eat.  There’s so much for new moms to think about!  To help make life a tiny bit easier for moms I’ve compiled a list of ways to childproof your home.

Childproof Your Home

  1. Cover all electrical outlets.  We love the ones that you install into the wall in place of a regular electrical socket.  You have to have both prongs inserted at the same time before any electricity comes out.
  2. Anchor large furniture.  The damage done to walls is negligible in comparison to the safety of your child.
  3. Move breakable objects.  Keep glass objects out of the reach of little hands.  The same goes for heavy items with cords…like an iron or toaster.  Keep them and their cords out of reach.Smith and Noble Blinds
  4. Use cordless blinds.  I used to think that keeping blind cords out of reach was enough till I watched this disturbing video (watch with caution and without kids around).  It’s amazing how fast accidents like this can happen.  That site says,  “According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission over 40 percent of accidents occur on products that complied with the ANSI national safety standard. These accidents are preventable by going cordless with all window blinds.”  I just ordered cordless blinds for both of my kid’s rooms from Smith and Noble.  I love that they sent me samples to match the colors to my existing decor.  Plus, they sent someone to measure my windows for free!Smith and Noble wants your window treatments to be safe for your families so they are giving a $1000 window treatment makeover to one lucky family!  They will also give away a $50.00 trade in value per corded shades when you enter.  Big savings!  To enter visit their site here.
  5. Stow hazardous supplies.  This includes cleaning supplies, bug killer, vitamins, hand soap, knives, etc.  Lock them up or put them in high shelves where little curious fingers can’t explore.
  6. Be prepared. Keep the number for the national poison control center – (800) 222-1222 in the United States – and your local emergency numbers close to every phone just in case.
  7. Keep the ground clear.  Not only do you want to keep your little one from old crumbs but more importantly away from coins, safety pins, paper clips, those tiny plastic clothes tags, and on and on.  My son went through a stage where he wanted to put anything in his mouth, besides his food.
  8. Toilet locks.  We didn’t do this one but we have a rule in our house that all bathroom doors are to remain closed at all times.  A child can drown in just one inch of water and I heard somewhere that kids are more top heavy than adults allowing them to fall in easily.
  9. Lock windows.  According to the CPSC, every year about eight children under the age of 5 die from falling out of windows in the United States, and more than 3,000 are injured.  A friend of my family found their son, who was under 2 years old at the time, out his window and on the overhang of his window!  Thankfully his mom rescued him and they now have the most secure windows possible.
  10. Avoid sharp corners.  For sharp edges, like those of a fireplace, you can buy protective foam to cover it while the kiddos are small.
  11. Detectors! Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.  It’s also a good idea to have a game plan laid out a head of time with older children so they know what to do in case an alarm sounds.

This isn’t a comprehensive list at all but they are some important ones that we’ve tried to be cautious of in our home.  Tell me, experienced parents, what did I leave off?

Gerber Lil’ Bits

Gerber

Are you an old-school mom who chews baby’s food for them? I know my friend’s mother did it for her, but I’m not too crazy on the idea. For some reason (hand sanitizer anyone?), I am a germaphobe, even when it’s coming from me to my baby. Now that baby is getting ready to chew and being offered bites from a-hem sister’s plate, I’m in the position of figuring out what can be chewed and what shouldn’t be at this stage.

Gerber 3rd Foods are really helpful in this area because they are specifically made to help with learning to chew. To be technical, it’s baby mushy food with “Lil’ Bits” thrown in to introduce chewing. Instead of sister throwing a chip at baby, I can have her help me feed him with these ready to go foods. Gerber 3rd Foods are specifically made to help with learning to chew.

Gerber Lil Bits

As much as I like to be the do-it-all mom and make all of the food, finding the right mixture of chunks at this stage is difficult and time consuming. If I pulse the blender too much, I have to start over again. This mixture really helps take out the guess work of things. Not to mention, if I made a whole batch of it and he didn’t like it I wasted money and a lot of time. This way, he can explore a world of flavors without breaking the bank. I love their flavors too… sweet potato, apple, carrot, & cinnamon. I ALMOST want some. 🙂

Lil’ Bits comes in convenient plastic tubs that come with their own lid which is perfect for busy mamas! With different tastes and flavors for baby to explore, I can get him ready for table food – from his OWN plate. 🙂 If your little one is in between mushy food and table food, look for Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits at your local store and visit here for more information.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil Bits Recipes help babies learn to chew and ease the transition to table food.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gerber. The opinions and text are all mine.

Target Pampers Deal $0.10 Per Diaper

 

This post contains affiliate links.Pampers

My friend just shared this deal with me and I’m just copying it and pasting it so I can shop for myself before it ends at midnight tonight!

Target: buy any 3 boxes of diapers, get $20 gift card. Spend $150 on baby items, get $25 gift card. Use promo code CARTWHEEL at checkout and save extra 10%. Use Target Red Card and save extra 5%. Free shipping with Target Red Card or $50+ purchase.

This is how it worked out for me…

I bought 6 boxes of Pampers size 2 diapers. Added up to $149.95. I threw in some Hyland’s teething tablets that I needed to pass the $150 mark. Used promo code for 10% off plus used my Target Red Card Debit card to save another 5% off. Free shipping. I got $65 in gift cards. Total spent on 672 diapers was $62.22 (that’s w/gift card total subtracted…out of pocket was $127). That makes it 9.2 cents per diaper!!!

Happy shopping at Target!!

Sprout Organic Baby Food

Sprout Baby Food Feeding

I encourage my son to play with his food.  Yes, you read that right.  As much as it goes against every fiber of my body I force myself to help my son play with his food.  He has sensory issues…food issues…and food allergies.  All of that combined equals a toddler who still takes a bottle more than he eats food.  He sees a therapist weekly and starting next month he’ll see two separate therapists weekly to help him eat food.

Sigh.  All the planning and preparation is tiring.  Mentally exhausting.  I want him to succeed like all moms want their kids to succeed so I press on.  I’ll let him practice with different sized cups, spoons, cold foods, warm foods, crunchy foods, and squishy foods.

Sprout Organic Baby Food Pouch

My son will eat one brand of puffs, one variety of veggie straws, bits of (soy-free and milk-free) bread, crackers, coconut milk yogurt, pizza crust, and pouches of baby food.  That’s allllllll he will eat.  He won’t drink water or juice.  Besides his bottle, the pouches of food are his only source of liquids.  They’re also the only veggies and fruit he’ll consume so I buy them in bulk.  The Sprout brand is my brand of choice because I trust that they use are real, honest ingredients.  My sweet son won’t eat much but that means that what he does eat is even more important.

Sprout Pouches

I love that he’ll drink the pouches on his own.  It makes eating on the go so nice.  Plus, the Sprout brand flavors are so good that if my son doesn’t like one, my preschool daughter will.  No waste, I love it!

Sweet Kids

My kids are growing up so fast and I want to give them the best nutrition I can.  If you have little kiddos, what’s their favorite flavors?  My son loves Sprout’s Pear, Kiwi, Peas, and Spinach.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

Innocence, Honesty, and Sprout Organic Baby Food

Kids on Firetruck

My grandmother and great aunt are visiting me this week.  We’ve had so much fun together!  I was very close to them when I was growing up and I cherish any time my kids can spend with them.  Oh, how I wish they didn’t live so far away!  Today, we all went shopping.  My daughter’s favorite part of shopping with my family is the quarter rides.  I never buy the rides for them…because my grandmother taught me better than to waste money on such things…but apparently, she has forgotten this. 🙂  My daughter has enjoyed their generosity for a few years but this was my son’s first trip to this store.  Check out his face in this picture!  He’s overjoyed and they didn’t even add the quarters yet!

I hope my kid’s will always be so innocent and enjoy the simple, pure, and little things in life.

I love pure and simple things.  Books.  Sunshine.  Fruit.  Organic food.  We’re not a strictly organic family, but I do enjoy knowing that family is eating wholesomely. I heard about Sprout’s Organic Food years ago before I had kids and checked into it.  From what I read I was hooked.  Natural, pure, ingredients.  I wanted this for my kids.  Today we were running low on baby food so I headed to Harris Teeter to grab some more Sprout pouches.  Harris Teeter is one of Sprout’s retailers, so if you head out to Wal-Mart you sadly won’t find it there. It’s worth the special trip for me because 1) Harris Teeter has amazing sushi and 2) because caring for my family is essential.  Besides, their shopping cards are a-maz-ing!  Build in cup holders – you know they added those for moms who are juggling multiple kids while simultaneously sipping something caffeinated, shopping, and preparing a week’s worth of menus in her head!

Harris Teeter

I went to the baby food section and found my favorite baby food there…the holy grail of baby food, some might say.  It was easy to locate.

Sprout Organic Baby Food

Sprout touts (did you like that intentional rhyme?) USDA certified organic ingredients and non GMO. The flavor names are honest because they actually match the ingredients lists. Shocker. And it’s the only baby and toddler food brand that doesn’t use acid preservatives that can upset baby’s system.  Which is huge for me since my sweet son is allergic to so much and I don’t want food to adversely affect him in any way. Also, A biggie for me – the packaging is free from BPA. I hate the stuff.Sprout Baby Food

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

Free Sam’s Club Membership to New or Pregnant Moms!

Sams Club

Sam’s Club is currently offering free annual membership to new or pregnant moms.

To get this deal you need to drive to your local Sam’s Club or be extremely patient while waiting on the phone for them.  Some people are getting through and some are getting busy signals. You can read more about it here, and decide if it’s worth trying for you.

Just call 888-746-7726 and let them know you are calling to take advantage of the new-mom membership offer.  Once you sign up, they will give you a membership number. Simply take that number to your local Sam’s Club to get your membership card which you can then use for a full year.  Sweet deal, right!?

When I called I tried entering 0 and then 0 and that gave me a busy signal.  I entered 2 and then 3 and I waited on hold for 9 minutes before someone answered.  They only asked for my name, phone number, email, and address.

Good luck, our family loves Sam’s Club!

Baby Days at Sam’s Club + HUGE Giveaway

This post is brought to you on behalf of Procter and Gamble and Acorn Influence. All opinions are my own.

I’ve loved Sam’s Club for years.  In high school I loved their big boxes of frozen pizza bread.  In college their packs of pink highlighters were on my must have list.  Now that I’m a mom I shop there for diapers, cereal, fruit, and yes, still the big boxes of frozen pizza bread.  They are so yummy!  For the most part my highlighting days are behind me and I predict that my one highlighter will suffice for the next few years.

Sams Club Shopping Trip

Recently, we went on a family excursion to Sam’s Club.  My daughter thinks it’s such a treat to have her brother ride beside her and he loves it too.

Pampers at Sams

We stocked up on Pampers Swaddlers (We love their Swaddlers – so soft!!), Pampers Sensitive baby wipes, Charmin toilet paper (or bath tissue as my grandma would say), Bounty, grapes, Jimmy Dean sausage biscuits, Dreft, Cheerios….okay, I’ll quit.  You really don’t care about eeeeverything I bought, do you?  Just know that it is THE place to stock up on baby items at great prices!  From teethers to baby clothes, fresh flowers to Christmas presents, and Cheerios to diapers.

Sams Club Shopping

Speaking of Christmas presents, my daughter has picked out a toy that she wants for Christmas.  It’s a Hello Kitty mini water dispenser to encourage kids to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.  I love it so much that I’ll probably get it for her before Christmas.  Maybe as a gift for her once we move into our new house?

Sams Club Baby

On this trip we did treat the kids to two books each and my son wouldn’t let his go until we got home and opened it (they have a handheld scanner, we didn’t steal it). 🙂

To celebrate baby month at Sams Club they’re offering you guys the chance to win a $50 gift card! You can win one of the 36 $50 Sams Club gift cards by entering here! Good luck!!

$50 Sam's Club Gift Card Giveaway

I am a WaterWipes Ambassador

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Baby Boy

Besides myself, every member of my house has allergies.  Okay, I’m allergic to pollen and dust but that’s it.  Everyone else has to have special lotions, laundry detergent, and has to avoid certain foods.  My daughter could only use a certain brand of baby wipes so I had to give away all others that I was gifted.  My son was the same way, only one brand of wipes would do or he would break out.  Even with these ultra sensitive wipes would still break out their faces.  I’ve told my husband for years now that I wish a company would just make water wipes, wipes with just water.  He suggested that I make my own with paper towels but I knew they wouldn’t have the same softness that wipes had.  I even went so far as to dry out a pack of baby wipes and later add water to them…but as you probably guessed, that didn’t work.  The chemicals were still in the wipes.

Guess what, ya’ll?  A company DID MAKE WATER WIPES and they call them just that, WaterWipes.  WaterWipes is a chemical free baby wipe that contains only TWO ingredients.  99.9% purified Irish water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract.  When I found out I bought a big old box of them right away and I haven’t looked back.  They are perfect for cleaning messy faces (without breaking them out – woo!), cleaning grimy high chairs, and so much more!  I love them!  Seriously, if you know me in real life, you know you’ve already heard about these at least once by now.  Because I have mad love for these things I was chosen to be a WaterWipes Ambassador and I couldn’t be more pleased.  Be on the lookout for more mentions of WaterWipes on my blog over the next few months.

WaterWipes

In addition to my son’s sensitive skin allergies he’s also allergic to dairy and soy.  Which you may not realize is in every food that exists….kidding, but only slightly.  On top of allergies, he has an aversion to eating and will soon be seeing two therapists on a weekly basis to help him eat better.  Long story short, I need to make eating as fun as possible.  WaterWipes help me do that by cleaning him up without having to give him a bath directly afterward (three times a day) or wipe him down with a harsh wet paper towel.  I keep a pack of WaterWipes handy by our high chair at home and never leave home without a pack in my diaper bag.

Because I already had a stockpile of another brand I continued using the sensitive baby brand wipes for my lil one’s diaper changes.  That is, until he had a stomach bug that lasted 9 days.  I know what you’re thinking!  Bless his little heart, right?  It was bad, ya’ll.  🙁  He would cringe when I used the other wipes.  Then it dawned on me, I should use the WaterWipes!  They are wipes after all!  I felt like an idiot but I shook it off and grabbed a pack of the WaterWipes.  Sufficient to say, he liked the change.  Now I only have to keep one pack of wipes in my diaper bag.  One terrific pack of wipes that doesn’t contain nasty chemicals.  If you have a little one or use baby wipes for anything check out WaterWipes!

For more information on WaterWipes visit WaterWipes.com.  You can also follow WaterWipes on FacebookTwitter (#WaterWipes), Pinterest, & Instagram.

 

How to Organize a Baby’s Closet

Organized Nursery Closet

Do you see the picture above?  That top shelf?  Yes, that one.  That’s all my son’s closet came with.  It was painstakingly difficult to try and organize a baby’s closet with one shelf and a bar that was divided every so many inches.  Just thinking about it made my pregnant brain hurt.  Thankfully, after taking a few measurements my dear husband whisked me away to Lowes to buy some shelving. {You can find the same shelving here on Amazon}  A few days later we had shelving in place and oh, how I love it!

My system isn’t fancy.  It’s just a small space with a few inexpensive organizing tools but it works for us.  I numbered the spaces in the closet to help make it easier to go through.

Let’s get started:

  1. A teddy bear – No explanation is really needed for this one.  Looking back, I don’t know why I numbered it. 🙂
  2. Blankets – These are large blankets that I sometimes use to lay down for a little floor play.  It’s soft and because I know it’s clean it gives me piece of mind knowing that he won’t put a stray piece of something in his mouth.
  3. Supplies – This is a basket of extra changing table/bath/diaper bag supplies.  This is where I have my surplus of Aveeno Eczema baby lotion {love that stuff!}, an extra container of my favorite Pampers wipes, my stock of Johnson’s & Johnson’s body wash/shampoo, alcohol free hand sanitizer,  and diaper rash cream, etc.
  4. Toys – This is my go to bin of small toys to play with.  Teethers, rattles, stuffed animals, and lovies all go in here. {I’ve recently been introduced to a Little Giraffe lovie and it is THE best lovie.  If you’re looking for one give Little Giraffe a try}
  5. Pjs – These are the pajamas that currently fit my son.  I like them here because they are easy to grab without having to sort through anything.
  6. Shirts – The left side of his closet holds his dressier buttoned up shirts and polos.  These are the shirts that need to stay neater and are easy to hang.  His onesies and pants are stored in the top drawer of his dresser.  The other drawers of his dresser hold clothes that he hasn’t grown into yet, clothes that he has outgrown, and the bottom dresser drawer holds diapers.
  7. Sweaters – The middle of his closet holds his sweaters in one nice and neat place.
  8. Jackets – The right side of his closet holds his light jackets and fleece pullovers.  I’m excited that it’s getting cooler so he can start wearing these!
  9. Shoes – This basket holds all of his shoes.  Yes, I know, no boys need that many shoes but I have a shoe addiction.  Tiny are just so stinking cute on babies!
  10. Socks – I keep all of his socks in a small basket right beside his shoes so it’s easy to put together his outfits.
  11. Swaddling blankets – We don’t use these very often any more but they were sure handy for a while.  I guess now I can use this space for something else.  Hmmm.
  12. Stroller blankets – Just as we’re slowing down using swaddling blankets we’re starting to use stroller blankets more and more.  This basket holds plenty of them!
  13. There’s no #13 but if you’ll look to the left of #9 you’ll see a small stack of burp cloths.
  14. To the left of #11 you’ll see a stack of spare sheets, crib liners, and changing table covers.
  15. Even further to the left of #11 you’ll see where I have my son’s coats hanging.  I love the extra room the lower rod gives me!

I absolutely adore these hangers.  They are soft, small, nothing slips off of them and they are all the same size.  After having the pink ones work so well for my daughter’s room I bought two more sets in blue for my son’s.

I’m hoping for the floor space underneath the lowest shelf to hold bigger toys one day.

Lastly, we have an extra closet wide stand alone shelf that we’re planning on installing in the top of this closet to make the most of the space we have.

Other Organizing Ideas:

Check out these posts from friends of mine who are sharing their best organizing tips.

Organizing Toys

Penelope’s Oasis shares her tips for organizing toys.

Organizing Kid's Closets

Pepper Scraps gives away her secret for organizing her boy’s clothes.

Organizing Kid's ClothingJennifer from Mom Spotted shows how she organizes her kid’s clothing and closets.

Now it’s your turn, what tips or tricks do you have for organizing in a small space?

Diono Car Seat Giveaway Ends 7/18

diono carseat giveaway

My good friend Courtney, over at CourtneySweets.com, is giving away an incredible Diono convertible + booster car seat!  Check out her fabulous review here or enter the giveaway below.  Good luck!!

Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat Review & Giveaway