With my first baby I felt like I needed all the things, but now that I’m doing this baby thing for the third time, I’ve been able to narrow down the items that are musts for me and baby. What are some of your must-haves?
Ronald McDonald House Charities®: When Hazel was a baby she had a couple health issues and it made me very aware of what some families have to go through. And it also made me very thankful we were where we could easily get her to the doctors and specialist she needed because not all families have that luxury. RMHC® is an amazing organization with family-centered programs that serves children & families worldwide. They have three core programs: The Ronald McDonald House® programs provides a house for families who have to travel far from home for their child to get the medical care they need. The Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs provide families with a private place to rest in the hospital. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® programs provide underserved communities with medical, dental, and health care. Having a child with medical needs is a mix of emotions (stress, anger, worry, etc.), and I appreciate programs like Ronald McDonald House Charities® who help to ease some of those feelings for parents. Learn more about RMHC® here and make a donation here.
Rock from the Sky, by Jon Klassen from Candlewick Press: This book is from the same author who wrote the New York Times best selling book, I Want My Hat Back. It’s a fun book about fear and friendship that has humor mixed in. My 4 year-old loves to “read” it to her younger siblings–she describes the picture to them and it’s the cutest thing! You can find this book on Amazon or if you want to support your local bookshop, check here.
Baby Magic Gentle Hair and Body Wash & Gentle Baby Lotion: Bath time has been a big part of our bedtime routine since our first baby. A good bedtime routine is so helpful when getting babies to bed– a nice, warm bath to get clean + lotion after is very calming right before bed. The Baby Magic Gentle Hair and Body Wash has Calendula Oil to help soothe dry, sensitive skin), and Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to help to make baby’s skin feel soft). The Gentle Baby Lotion has Vitamins A, B and E, and Aloe to help moisturize dry skin. Plus it’s tear-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested and free from sulfates, dyes, parabens and phthalates.
OxiClean Free & Clear: It’s no secret that I like light colors and the only reason I’m able to keep things stain free is because of OxiClean. I’ve been adding it to my regular laundry detergent for over a year now and the results are unbelievable! I wish I would have though to take a before picture when I first started using OxiClean (I used their White Revive, which is color safe) on our white bedding and towels because they went from a dirty tan color and my mom telling me I needed to throw them away and buy new towels and bedding to my old towels and bedding looking bright white again. I was in shock at the results. Now that I add OxiClean to every load because it’s color safe, everything stays looking so good 🙂 OxiClean Free & Clear has stain fighting power just like I’m used to with OxiClean but it’s free of dyes, perfumes, chlorine, and optical brighteners. You can shop it at Target here.
Hoppy & Poppie PinkCheeks Gift Box: This would make such a cute gift for new parents! It comes with two books, Not SO Scary and What We Feel, that help with teaching children about emotions, along with wristbands, plush toys and the blanket character from the books. My girls have been having so much fun playing with the plush toys and taking turns pretending to be each one. These books are a great place to start fostering communication in your family! Use code “Friend10” for a 10% off through 5-31-21. If you have young children, you can receive a free gift here. And be sure to check out their blog to learn more about raising kids with emotional intelligence.
KeaBabies Baby Wrap Carrier and 3-in-1 Postpartum Recovery Support Belt: These two products are my saving grace! I use a support belt after each of my c-sections and it makes my recovery feel so much better. The 3-in-1 Postpartum Recovery Support Belt helps to realign your postpartum body. It helps to prevent your abdomen from sagging and swelling, supports your spine for breastfeeding, and returns your hips to pre-pregnancy. The Baby Wrap Carrier is the way to go when you need to be hands free but your baby also wants to be held. It has the perfect amount of stretch and evenly distributes baby’s weight so it gives your back support. You truly can Create Wonderful Moments Together with KeaBabies.