Happy Halloween

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Hope you all have a super fun day!

When I was little we use to go door to door, but here in Brooklyn people sit on their stoops and walk around the hood with the whole family. It’s such a great day and you get to see all the fun costumes.

Fiamma is mike wazowski and I’m going as boo. I figure I only get a few years to dress her before she starts dressing me!!

Enjoy the night!

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Beets & Blueberry baby food

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This recipe is Fiamma’s favorite! I know, a baby who loves beets and hates pears an apples! Weird but true.

Ingredients:
1 small beet
1 large banana
1/2 cup blueberries

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Combine all ingredients, washed and beet peeled in your babycook or a sauce pan. The babycook needs level 2 for water and if you have a pan, add about a 1/4 cup of water.

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The babycook light will go off when done! So awesome, I really can’t get enough of this machine!

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If you have a pan, cover and cook for about 20 minutes. Then purée the mix smooth in your blender or babycook!

Serve right away or freeze up to 3 weeks!

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I love the color and flavor, wear a bib for sure and enjoy!!!!

Kids and technology

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Fiamma sending an email.

Doesn’t it seem like everyone is always on their devices? From phones to pads and laptops or videos. Everywhere I look people are more focused on their phone then human contact.

I’m defiantly concerned that my baby will be obsessed with technology. Young kids today have phones at age 3 to play games or to go to school or the nanny with.

I was sending an email the other day and Fiamma wanted to type really badly! She was having a ton Of fun! She likes to watch Elmo on tv an reaches for my phone whenever I’m texting. I try not to use electronics to distract her or myself from our time together. I was reading an article about how screens are ruining our relationships and it was very interesting! Find that link here
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What are your thoughts on this new generation of technological babies? Will you give your kids a phone or a baby iPad for games or is it taking away from real play outdoors and learning and writing as we did as children?

How to create a baby registry

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If you are pregnant you are probably feeling overwhelmed by all of the stuff your tiny baby will need. If you’re having a baby shower hopefully other people will give you some of these things, but it’s a new age for registries. There are so many websites with so many products! It’s not just babies r us. And it’s not just confusing for mommies, but for family as well. I know mine didn’t like the Internet factor.

So here are my tips for the sites and a few products I loved and some I never used. Keep in mind, people don’t always buy what’s on the list. Baby clothes are very tempting and cute, so prepare for more than you bargained for in that department; as well as blankets.

websites:

I used myregistry.com, it’s a site that allows you to link products from any other site. Did you like a crib from amazon, an that organic baby set from baby earth? Don’t worry. Just link them. It’s sort of like pinning on Pinterest. You create a pin, and when you like a product you pin it to the registry. Then everything is in one place. It also has a money option. When people purchase from the site, say amazon for example, they must return to the registry, find the item and click “purchased”. That way no one else can buy it. If you have a smart phone there is also an app that let’s you scan any barcode and add an item from any physical store. The site can also search the web for the cheapest options. So if you put a crib at 400$ but another site has it for 200$, it will change the site.

I liked the site, but as I said, it links to external sites, so my family found it to be confusing and couldn’t figure out how to mark things as purchased! There are several other sites designed like this, but I haven’t used them.

You can also register the old fashion way in stores like buy buy baby or babies r us. The registry will be available online as well.

The bump.com has a registry that is similar to myregistry. You can combine from other sites, but only ones they list.
Find that site here.

Other sites that are nice for registering are:
Giggle
Babies r us
Babyearth
The bump
Target
Buy buy baby
Right start
Amazon
Diapers.com
Pottery barn

items to register for:

I would register for items you really need. Don’t worry about things you can pick up yourself. People want to give things you will use as well as what they are familiar with. Once all of my big items were gone, people were calling me asking what else I would use from the list.

Even if the baby won’t use the item for a few months, it’s better to get it gifted than to get 10 baby towels. You can also get diapers delivered cloth or disposable as a gift. I put cloth diapers on my list but no one got them because they aren’t “cute” to open and honestly no one thought I would really follow through. Which I did! I recommend the following:

a carrier
I have this one and love it, but there is the bjorn an the wraps as well

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a stroller
See my post on the sola!

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carseat
I have this one, but if you don’t have a car don’t worry. However. Hospitals WILL NOT let you leave without one.

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baby food maker
I have the babycook and love it, there is also the magic bullet an a few other brands. They have accessories too, which you can ask for. You will save tons on baby food!

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nursing pillow
A must for saving your arms. Plus baby can sit in it later.

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activity mat
I love the mamas and papas brand because they make noise and play music. Others are super expensive and do nothing. My baby loved it.

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breast pump if you’re working you will need this. Get the double pump if you want to express more faster. If you are staying home you might never need it, so a manual one will do just fine. It can elevate swelling breasts and can come in handy if you need to go somewhere.

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diaper bag
A staple item

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highchair
I love the trip trap because it turn into a chair and isn’t an eyesore piece of plastic. It encourages baby to sit with you at the table. Expensive but worth it. The chair, baby seat and cushions are separate.

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a play area or pen

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baby tub
I have a small apartment so this puj folds flat. It’s a good idea but didn’t fit well in my sink. Will be reviewing it soon. Now my baby is too big for it and I got a new one. I think a sink sling would be fine and cheaper too.

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cosleeper
I WISH I got this. I got a crib she never sleeps in. This is looking amazing even now.

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napper/seat
A must have. Great for naps, when you need to put baby down, or play. It plays music and vibrates.

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diapers!
Disposable delivered every month, cloth, or a cloth service like diaperkind in Brooklyn ny are fabulous and have gift cards

I also like these things, maybe not for the registry; they are small but could work for people that want to buy group items, like all the bath things or all the feeding things.

bottles
I like this bottle because it is suppose to imitate a nipple. My baby hates bottles and she liked this

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swaddle
I had several styles but these are “escape proof” and fast

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care kit
Useful items are a thermometer, nail file and clipper, medicine dispenser. If you get a thermometer buy disposable covers, as a rectal temp is most accurate. I have an ear thermometer as well but my doctor said she too young for it.

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things you won’t need to register for

Baby wipe warmer-never needed
Bottle warmer- used once
Receiving blankets-got a lot
Clothes
Toys
Crib-unless you will really use it
Changing table
Baby shoes
Swing- pointless
Any room decor -pointless
Crib bedding sets- waste of money
Rocking chair- used my birthing ball, fiamma loves to bounce
Bassinet-used napper
Bumbo seat-used boppy pillow
Diaper genie- gross

buy yourself or wait, you might get some anyway:
Hamper
Diaper pale and liner
Blanket
Bibs or burp cloth
Nipple cream
Milk storage bags
Breast pads ( for leaks)
Lotion and soaps ( some babies are sensitive)
Washcloths
Towels
Crib sheet or sleeper liner

Hope this helps! Breathe an relax. Your baby really only needs the following: a place to sleep, a place to poop, and food.

Enjoy looking at all the stuff and get the basics. Gift cards are always on offer 😉

Green baby food

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup peas
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 pear
1/2 cup broccoli florets

Wash and prep all your items. Use your babycook or your saucepan!

If using a saucepan, add 1/4 cup of water, cover pot and cook about 10-15 minutes.

For the babycook, use the water level # 3. Steam the items together in the basket.

You can purée the cooked mixture in the babycook or your food processor.

Make sure it’s smoother for smaller babies by adding more liquid. Leave it chunkier for older babies.

This recipe is great to introduce your baby to green veggies. It’s tasty and still a bit sweet from the pear.

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Eat fresh or put on freezer trays and freeze up to a month.

Enjoy!

Helping Moms with Babies

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getting around with baby:

I live in Brooklyn, NY, and if you live in a city, you might be having the same problems I have getting around. The fact is not everywhere is “baby friendly”. From the subway to the park, supermarkets to brownstones, restaurants to sidewalks, Getting around is an adventure that will leave you hot, sweaty and worse for the wear.

I purchased a pretty light stroller, only 20lbs, but add my baby an a few groceries and its a workout. My building has an elevator, but that’s pretty useless as the front entrance only has about 20 marble stairs and a handicap only lift.
At first my doormen would come around and help me manage my descents. I felt a little bad as they are all around 60 years old, but I can’t lift myself. They seemed ok with it at first, but started to give me seriously nasty looks after about a month.
I’ve seen some of my buildings super nannies tear down the stairs by just pushing, but I still haven’t mastered that, and it looks kind of dangerous….

Around the town I have to fend for myself with doors of all kinds and hope a friendly stranger will come to my aid. Not the biggest task to do solo, but I have been helped by several people.

Once inside the stores however, is a death trap labyrinth of aisles strewn with boxes and deliveries, carts, other strollers, children, and worse, these new “child carts” that are small for your kid to push and feel involved in the shopping, but really means they race down the aisles crashing into your legs.

It’s pretty tough to navigate! City delis and stores are small! I never realized! And some store are off limits as they have stairs or metal steps with heavy doors. Some of my favorite shops are now impossible to enter.

The sidewalks are like playing chicken. Who will flinch first: me or the 5 yr old on the razor scooter! Haha. And it’s surprising how many crosswalks don’t have a ramp to get on an off! Even at designated crosswalks!

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That brings me to the nightmare of the NYC metro. I have never realized how hard it must be for handicap people to get around. Very few stops have elevators. Certainly my local stops do not. If I want to go to the lower east side I’m pretty sure I have to go to 14th street, over 15 block away. Plus you are not suppose to bring on an open stroller.
When I was sans baby, I always glared at people who didn’t follow this rule, but as a stroller mommy I realize how impossible it is to take the baby out, carry her and the things we have and fold the stroller, carry it on and balance on the car?! No way!

Basically I need to just take her out in my ergo carrier, but she really loves to nap in the stroller. Plus I can stay out longer, go farther, and buy groceries.

This all comes down to my final doorman confrontation, when I received a note stating the doormen weren’t allowed to help women with strollers because of legal repercussions. I totally understand that reasoning, but that means I either have to learn to super nanny my stroller up and down, or just use my ergo now. What a total bummer. I jus think its common curtesy to help with the strollers, like offering your seat to a pregnant lady, which also didn’t happen to often.

Living in a big city does have perks, but certainly has its pitfalls as well. I can suck up certain things, but I’m all about helping other people. I always try to help mamas, the elderly and pregnant ladies, also puppies, because they’re so cute! So I hope my karma will come back to me, and people will pay forward that help as well!