One of the good things about having kids this close together is that there’s very little I need by way of baby stuff this time around (not to mention, I have the insight as to what I actually use and what is a ridiculous waste…). One thing I definitely want to do differently with baby #2 is reevaluate the bathing system.
Maybe it’s because I’m currently hugely pregnant, or maybe because this video filled me with so much joy when it came across my Facebook feed months ago:
But I really have no desire to be down on all fours, leaning over my kid in the infant tub inside the bathtub.
With two kids under the age of two and the fact that I’m on my own most of the time, I’m thinking a double stroller is going to be a must. I did quite a bit of research on the double stroller that would work for us and decided on the Joovy Caboose. I chose the Joovy because it:
Is lightweight (21 pounds)
Fits in the trunk of a compact car (apparently a rarity for double strollers)
Has a universal carseat adapter that will allow me to put the infant seat in the front while G-Man is little
Has the option for Holden to either sit or stand
I also got the Joovy Caboose Too Rear Seat, which turns the rear seat into a full-size reclining option for Holden. Apparently with this accessory, the Joovy is a great option for families with kids who are close in age, like Holdy and Gatsby will be. We’ll see; I’ll report back on how it works out!
Word from friends with multiple little ones is to get a diaper bag backpack for optimum kid juggling. Again, I did some online research and decided on the Dadgear Backpack. The Dadgear won me over with its:
Flip-down baby wipes access window (no more digging!)
Diaper “hammock” at the top of the bag that keeps the diapers easily accessible
Two bottle pockets on the sides
I’ve started using the backpack already and love it. It’s a bit different going from the Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty One Gifts that I had previously been using to the backpack, mostly because that bag was entirely open (which was sometimes problematic). I’m going to be quite a sight with my backpack and double stroller, juggling two little kids, haha.
I have a few things on the Baby #2 Wish List that I’ll share soon. But… the preparation process has started!
So the Christmas list requests have started rolling in for Holden and… I don’t know what to tell people! The kid has literally everything she needs, plus a father who hates junk and… just “stuff” in general. So what’s a mom to do?
She likes to watch Sesame Street and climb on top of everything and take objects out of containers and put them back in. We have hundreds of flash cards and she likes to read books and take selfies and look at photos of herself on my iPhone. She lives a full life.
So the million dollar question is: what are your Christmas list suggestions for a 12-24 month old? I’d love to keep the list to educational and developmental-type toys and not a lot of noisy, plasticy stuff.
ps – weren’t Holdy’s Christmas photos from last year adorable? I die.
The only thing I found was that I prefer to put the iPhone/iPod in upside down to avoid the plastic cover for the home button. There’s a protector screen to keep your baby from getting out of apps, but that also means mom and dad can’t get out of the app either.
So what are Holdy’s favorite apps for the iPhone/iPod? These are Holdy’s choices:
We started using the Baby Silencer app to calm Holdy in the car because she hattttttttttted car rides so much. It’s basically like those psychedelic screensavers from the nineties, set to music. The graphics on the screen respond to touch, so the baby can interact with the colors and sound.
Overall, the app totally lives up to its name. Holden loved it as an infant, and she still loves it today. Plus she can interact with it even more now that she’s a toddler.
The Elmo Calls app is so fun. It’s like FaceTiming with Elmo! There are audio calls, video calls and even voicemails. The Sunny Day Sampler Call pack comes with your $.99 purchase of the app and includes nine calls.
You can also download free “Special Visits” calls (like for car trips and visits to the library) and calls for holidays. You can also purchase special packs for bedtime, going potty, going to school, etc.
We started using Elmo Calls when Holden was about six months old. Seeing her face light up when she sees Elmo on the screen is priceless, so $.99 for this awesome app is totally worth it.
The Peekaboo Barn app is Holden’s current favorite. In this adorable app, a bouncing barn houses various farm animals. Your baby opens the door to see who’s inside and learns the animals’ names and the sounds they make.
I started with Peekaboo Barn Lite, which is free and includes three animals (pig, rooster and cow). Now that Holden is a bit older, I bit the bullet and paid the $1.99 for the full version, which includes like 10 (?) animals, plus a cute final animation where all the animals are sleeping. The fact that the app will keep her occupied for like seven glorious, silent minutes pays for that $1.99 several times over.
Peekaboo Barn was designed by artists and educators. It has been a top 20 educational game on the iTunes store nearly every day since its launch and was named one of the top 50 iPhone apps for kids by Babble in 2010 and 2011. We love Peekaboo Barn!
So those are our old standbys when it comes to iPhone apps. What can I say? Holdy loves her some apps.
We’re headed to Disney World with my 10-month-old daughter. Are we crazy?
I’m a bit nervous about Holden’s first plane ride. We are lucky in that my parents are actually driving to Orlando, so most of our gear will be traveling with them. I’m planning on nursing (or bottle feeding) Holdy during take off and descent, but I’m more anxious about two hours in a confined seat with my eager crawler. We’ll be bringing lots of books, a Kindle Fire and a portable DVD player in our carry-on. I’ve downloaded some of the iPhone apps from Parents‘ List of Best iPhone Apps for Babies. If worst comes to worst, I’m prepared to do a lot of aisle walking. I’m told that flights to Orlando usually have many children on them, so hopefully I won’t be “that mother.” Or that only mother, anyway.
I’ve been reading up on some tips for traveling to Disney World with a baby. Traveling Mom has some fantastic hints on doing Disney World with a kid in tow. We definitely plan on taking advantage of the various Baby Care Centers located in each of the parks. These centers offer (among other things) changing tables, nursing rooms, rockers and a full kitchen to prepare bottles and food and to clean gear. They also apparently have a wide variety of baby necessities to purchase (at a premium, of course) should I (inevitably) forget anything.
If Mr. B and I decide to get our ride on, we’ll be checking out the unadvertised Baby Swap option. On the rides where a child is too small or too young to ride, Disney offers families a “Baby Swap,” which allows one adult to ride the ride while the other waits at a designated point. Supposedly, when you get to the entrance to the ride, you let a Cast Member know you are planning to Baby Swap. So we’ll see how that goes.
Rather than spending all week schlepping a stroller around the parks, I’m planning on tons of relaxation at the resort pool (and am really hoping Holden is on board with that!). To protect Holdy from the hot Florida sun, I picked up the following gear from Amazon. These were all very highly rated, so I hope they do the trick.