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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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!

Root vegetable baby food recipe

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Ingredients:

1 small sweet potato
1 small parsnip
2 small carrots

Makes about 15 servings

Wash peel an chop your items! I buy organic for my baby. I want her to get the best most nutrient rich food and defiantly no chemicals and GMOs for my bunny!

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I have the Baeba babycook but you can use a pot too, or the baby bullet is another new product. There are so many mommy items it’s just crazy!

If you are using a pan, add about a cup of water, cover and let cook for about 10-15 minutes until the veggies slide off a fork.

The babycook recommends level 3 water for the steamer. Just put in the veggies and turn it on. After its done cooking, pop in your blender Or back in the babycook blender and purée until smooth. Add more water to thin out for little babies, or leave chunky for older tots.

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You can serve right away, which is best, or freeze. It will e good for about 3 weeks. I just used classic ice cube trays. I have the Baeba tray too, but it freezes larger portions.

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Just defrost as needed! For babies 6-8 months like my baby, it’s recommended around 2-3 feedings a day. Talk with your doctor for your specific needs, but try a fruit and a veggie dish! Babies like variety.

Enjoy!

Apple Pear Baby Food

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Ingredients:
1 apple peeled and cored
1 pear peeled and cored
Pinch cinnamon

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Wash and chop the fruit. I used organic gala apples because they are sweet and a pear d’anjou, which is also sweeter.
Chop the fruit into cubes. It doesn’t matter how clean the chop but the more similar the chunks the more evenly it will cook.

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I have a Beaba babycook. I just started using it and it is amazing. It’s so easy to use. It steams, blends, and defrosts. It has easy to follow instructions. I will do a post on this product as a review soon!
But not to worry you can use a saucepan if you don’t have one.

Put the chopped items into the steam basket or into the saucepan. Add the pinch of cinnamon.

Turn on the machine until the light goes out, or cook in the pan for about 10 minutes until the fruit is translucent and falls from a fork.

Next, take the cooked fruit and put into your blender. If you have the babycook, just remove the steam basket and put back into the blender chamber.

Pulse the fruit until smooth. For younger babies you can keep the extra liquid that has run off or add more water to make it smoother. Mine was quite runny as Fiamma is 6 months. Drain off the liquid or leave a bit chunky for older babies.

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This recipe makes 5-6 servings and Is perfect to freeze. I have a babea freezer tray, but I use ice cube trays too. Be sure to cover the tray in a wrap before freezing.

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It should last about 3 week in the freezer. Then just defrost and reheat as needed. It’s a yummy easy recipe that most all babies love.

If your starting out like me, give new foods every 3 days to test for allergies. And keep in mind babies haven’t tasted food before, and like more than our average bland foods, so experiment and don’t be afraid!

The beauty of making your own is you can use whatever you are making for yourself, so it’s easy and practical for busy moms. This recipe cost under 3 dollars for 6 servings. That’s compared to 3$ a jar for some high end foods. And you know exactly what’s inside this way!

I will be posting a lot of these soon!
Hope your baby and you both enjoy!

Wet bag tutorial

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Hi everyone! Today I made two zippered diaper bags for Fiamma. It was really easy and I’ve shared the link below for the video tutorial I used. These bags are cute travel laundry bags and are waterproof!

You will need a yard of PUL fabric and a yard of your favorite patterned fabric plus one zipper and thread.

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These bags are great for the pool or for cloth diapering on the go. Just put the dirty diapers in the waterproof bag and you’re good to go!

The other bag I posted about in my earlier blog is for a pail.
You can also use this bag for wet clothes or wipes. I made one large and one medium with leftover fabrics I had. So I only purchased the PUL from Joannes for 10$ an the zippers for 2$. All together each bag costs about 4$ to make!

The video link is great because the woman isn’t a professional sewer and anyone can make these bags!

Find the link here

Enjoy!

Diaper Pail Liner DIY

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What you will need:

1 yard of PUL fabric
Sewing machine
Thread
Scissors or fabric cutter
Mat for fabric cutter
1/2 inch elastic band

I love to create things and do little projects! I grew up helping my dad fix things and make things. Anything that broke in the house, we just fixed it. Not like today where people don’t know how to use tools or even see a hem!

If you don’t know how to sew, it’s really easy to learn. There are lots of classes around and it’s a fun hobby and technique to have under your belt.

This bag can be used for cloth diapers as well a for wet clothes or as a hamper or even as a general pale liner for your garbage. If you don’t have a baby it would work really well as a swim suit laundry bag! They are available online from companies like planet wise, and I actually have one of theirs which I love! But I saw this fabric and wanted to make another.

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making your bag:

Lay out your fabric pattern side down. Measure the piece 54″ across and 28″ tall an trim to these dimensions using your scissor or cutter.

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Next, fold the fabric lengthwise pattern sides together. Pin up the open edges. You should have two of the three open sides pinned. These will be your bags side and bottom.

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Sew these pinned sides leaving about 1/2 inch seam. I went back and sewed an additional zig zag stitch against the original stitch to re-enforce the seams.

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Next you will trim the extra fabric away from your stitches leaving about 1/4 inch of fabric.

putting in elastic:

This step is pretty simple. Take your elastic and measure a piece about 34″ long. Put a safety pin in one end an set aside.

Take your bag, which is still inside out and fold the top half down about 3/4 of an inch and pin around the edge. Stitch this seam closed with your machine but make sure you leave a one inch hole; don’t close the seam completely!

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Now take the safety pin edge of the elastic and thread it through your seam. Use the safety pin like a needle and push it all the way around the top. Make sure the tail end stays out. When the pin comes through to the other end, join it to the tail end. Overlap the ends about one inch and sew them together. This will form a circle with your elastic, and when you release it it will disappear into your sewn seam! Then go back in and close that little hole that you left open in the seam!

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That’s it! Turn the bag right side out an use in any pail! You can wash it in a machine on a warm/cold cycle and line dry.

I love cloth diapering. It’s so easy and there area lot of really cute items out there, but I couldn’t resist the dinos!! For my blog on cloth diapers see here.

Enjoy your bag and cloth diaper!