So much about motherhood has been different from what I had expected. One of most fun discoveries is watching my daughter's personality unfold. Before she was born, I had all of the soft, muted neutrals colors waiting for her. As we are getting to know her, it seems more fitting to add some color into her nursery and wardrobe. She is drawn to bright colors and patterns. I'm sure most babies are, but I love watching her discover the colorful things around her. It's made me want to add some color to my own wardrobe, too!
I have compiled a list of some of the things that we have discovered lately that have made our life easier, less toxic and sometimes a little more colorful ;)
This rug is GENIUS. It's 100% Cotton, dyed with Non-Toxic Dyes and MACHINE WASHABLE. Not to mention the prints are the CUTEST. Guys. This changes everything. HA! But seriously, I wanted a shag rug for our nursery but I was nervous about all of the fluids that would be projected onto it and didn't pull the trigger. When I discovered, Lorena Canals - all of my nursery rug dreams came true. We will have this rug FOREVER because we can just throw it in the washer whenever we need to. This is the type of piece that is truly an investment because it can grow with our kids. I can also feel good about the fact that it's natural + non-toxic when my little baby is rolling all over it and let's be honest- putting her mouth on it. It's been so fun to see her take to the colors and patterns on it, too. I love this print, this print (on sale!) and this print too!(received with compliments from Lorena Canals)
It's so important to have non-toxic diapers and wipes because my baby is in constant contact with them. However, it's the hardest thing to pull the trigger on putting extra money into because they get thrown away. I found a truly budget-friendly option for non-toxic diapers with Thrive. I think the best part may be that they show up at my door and we aren't making last minute diaper runs! I am also a plain white diaper person because our girl wears so many white outfits and I didn't like the diaper patterns showing through. I am so happy that Thrive started making these diapers because they are CHEAPER than any of the other non-toxic diapers that I've found! I feel good knowing that I am putting the purest disposable diapers + wipes possible on my baby's body.
DockATot is such a good find for my baby who loves to be COZY. She wants to snuggle up to anything and everything at naptime. I feel great about letting her cozy up in the DockATot at naptime. It's also portable, so we can move it to any room in the house and take it with us on the go! Some of the benefits of the DockATot include it's breathability - it's made from 100% cotton - and handmade in Europe. It's one of those things that we didn't buy right off the bat, but we are so glad that we have one now for our cozy girl. (received with compliments from DockATot)
I will never forget the first time I parked my car in the grocery store and it occurred to me that I had no idea what to do with my baby while I shopped. I didn't have a babywearing carrier with me. Do I put the carseat in the cart? (Which, by the way, is nearly impossible at Trader Joes - tiny carts!) Do I put the baby in the stroller and put the groceries in my stroller? That feels weird. And the basket in my stroller is way too small for all of my groceries. I can forget buying toilet paper with any of those options. After struggling with my first several attempts at grocery shopping (I know all of you organized mamas are doing Clicklist, but I rarely shop with a list!!) - I am so happy to have discovered Binxy! It takes up so much less space than the carseat in the grocery cart. And still allows for my baby to be comfy during the shopping trip! Not to mention, she LOVES it. She can see everything and still wiggle around, as opposed to riding in a baby carrier! (received compliments of Binxy Baby)
Before Chapel was born, I knew I wanted to use the all natural rubber pacifiers. I ordered the Natursutten and to this day, it's the only one she uses. I have tried others and she just loves her Natursuttens. She only uses it in her crib and I feel great knowing she's not sucking on plastic in her sleep. It also made bottle feeding easier because they make a nipple that is similar to the paci that she was already used to. Not to mention, the bottles are glass and I will choose glass all day, every day over plastic for my family.
Have you tried any of these products? What do you think?