Family & Weekend Friday: Munch Mitt Teether

I am going to put it mildly when I say it is very difficult to soothe a teething baby. They’re cranky, uncomfortable, and may have other symptoms concurrently as well. Like almost all babies, when my son was teething he chewed on anything he could get his hands on. The most frustrating part of a baby chewing on something is when they inevitably drop whatever they were chewing on and then start crying. I ordered this Munch Mitt while my son was teething, and I wish I could have been the one to invent it. You put it on their hand like a mitten, and the top part near the fingertips is silicone and has bumps and ridges for them to chew on. The rest of the “mitt” is that crinkly material that babies love. It is available on Amazon.com for $13.99, is eligible for Prime, and comes in many fun colors and patterns. Munch Mitt Teether

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Weekend & Family Friday: Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

Now that the weather is turning cooler, the kiddie germs are about to descend upon us. Last winter was my son’s first winter in daycare, and I don’t think I worked a full week from November to March. Almost everything he had was viral, and much of it was congestion in his nose/chest/ears. One of the only things we could do was buy a humidifier. There are pages and pages of options for humidifiers, and I think this was the second or third we ended up buying after not being satisfied with the first ones we purchased. I really liked how this has a huge tank that lasted all night, it was super easy to clean and refill, and it had a function that put the screen to “sleep” so it didn’t light up the room. Full disclosure: At one point it broke, but the company sent a free replacement. I’m not looking forward to bringing this out again for the colder weather and I can only hope my son’s immune system is up to the challenge of another winter in daycare! This humidifier is $69.99 at Amazon, where it’s eligible for Prime shipping and a $5 coupon. Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

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Tips for Packing School Lunches

Tips for Packing School LunchesIt’s that time of year, ladies — let’s share favorite tips for packing school lunches. Who does it: you, your partner, or your caregiver? (Or your child?!?) Have you adopted any favorite hacks or tricks to simplify it? Are you on “Team Everything Must Be Reusable” or on “Team Prepackaged Preportioned Foods are Great” (or somewhere in the middle)?

My new tip for packing school lunches is to do it throughout the day and week — basically, whenever you open a package for another reason, put some aside for the kids’ lunches if they’ll eat it and it will keep for a day or two. Let me back up a bit: This year I have two lunches to pack (I do it most days, but my husband knows my “formula” by now: protein, drink, fruit, tiny salty treat, tiny sweet treat, and veggie or fruit for snacktime snack) so I’ve been thinking a lot about a post I saw a while ago about a woman who packed lunch for five kiddos in 30 minutes because she did it immediately after coming home from the grocery store. I’m not at that level yet (and my kids are far too fussy) but I have adopted a “while I have it open” policy — if I have the popcorn bag open I’ll pack a bunch of popcorn for lunches. If I have the Goldfish crackers open I’ll pack a bunch of smaller containers. If I make myself green beans or crackers for lunch I try to put a few aside for my kids (odds of them eating them are slim to none, but I feel like just seeing them in their lunch is good).

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Organizing Thursday: Stroller Organizer

The full-sized stroller that I use is the Uppababy Cruz. When deciding what accessories to purchase for it, I found through my research that people had a lot of complaints about the Uppababy cup holder, not to mention it was way overpriced. I received this Skip Hop version from my registry and really like it. It holds coffee cups, water bottles, and anything else you can cram inside. The material is stretchy, so it accommodates oddly-shaped toys or sippy cups. My routine is that I put my car keys in the front little zip pouch and my cell phone in the middle section. That way I always know where those two important items are so I’m not fishing around in my bag (that’s usually stored away in the bottom stroller compartment). I know there’s a million versions of this type of stroller organizer, so if you like the one you have, feel free to give it a shout-out! This is $16–$30 at Amazon, eligible for Prime and free returns. Skip Hop Stroller Organizer

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Make My Life Easier Thursday: Switch Smart Plug

I owe this pick to my husband. I never would have thought to buy a gadget like this, but it’s amazing for people like me who are always wondering, “Did I remember to turn off the [insert appliance name]?” Especially now that we have a baby who sometimes sleeps with a space heater in his room, this has eliminated that internal gasp I have on the subway when I can’t remember if I turned it off — and the desperate prayer that my house isn’t burning down when I’m at work. This is a special outlet that you can control with the WeMo app and/or Alexa to turn it on or off remotely, or even set the outlet on a timer for the lamps in your home. It’s made my life easier in so many ways, and we probably have about five or six of them. It would never have occurred to me to spend money on outlets, of all things, but this product is a game changer for me. Now I can devote my mental energy to more productive things. The plug is $35 at Amazon. WeMo Switch Smart Plug

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Postpartum Tuesday: Classic Dream Blanket

Classic Dream Blanket -- loved this!I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but we looooooved these blankets for our littles. By which I mean they loved them so much that we had to get multiples for each kiddo. They’re like the muslin swaddles in that they get softer and softer as you wash them — but they’re four layers of puffy muslin so they’re a nice actual blanket when your kiddo’s old enough for one. And they’re just the right size for the toddler who likes to wear a blanket in that Superman kind of way (whether awake or asleep). My youngest, H, is now sleeping with both his and his older brother’s remaining blanket because his older brother finally aged out of needing it. They’re $39.95 at Amazon in a zillion different fun prints. aden + anais Classic Dream Blanket

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