One of the parts I love about being a mom is buying stuff for Evie. I can't help it. I see a stylish dress in miniature form, and I'm sucked in. I could spend hours (and probably have) on Etsy, just admiring how many pattern options are available for baby leggings. There are so many creative toys and unique products out there for our little ones! But, I will admit, this process can at times be extremely overwhelming with a lot of trial and error involved because, let's face it, babies can be picky (I know mine is). So I get excited when I actually find something Evie and I both enjoy, and I love passing our great finds on to you. Here are five of our favorites right now...
1.) Tula baby carrier- There are so many carrier options out there. It's crazy. I had never heard of a Tula until I went to this natural baby expo when I was pregnant, and one of the vendors there raved about them. Plus, it seemed like almost every mom there that was carrying their baby was using one. And their babies looked pretty darn cozy in them. So I decided to put it on my registry because, clearly, everyone else was. Peer-pressure for the win! But seriously, I'm really happy with it. It comes in handy when I'm on the go and need my hands free. It's comfy for me and ergonomic for Evie, which basically means that it properly supports her hips. It also comes in much cuter patterns than I've seen on any other similar type of carrier.
A note worth mentioning: I have found that Evie loves it best when I keep moving. If I stand still too long, she starts trying to escape. I think this is probably just my child, though, so you should be fine. Or if not, you know, just keep moving.
2.) Little Sapling Toys- This company makes lovely, modern wooden toys. It is family-run, and for every toy sold, it plants a tree. Pretty cool. I feel like these are the type of toys you'd want to save for your grandchildren. They are made with several different types of high-quality wood and are so well-designed. You can also add a more personal touch to your toy with the option of getting it engraved. Toys like these are simple but versatile because there are so many different ways to play with them. Evie plays well with them by herself, but I can also join in and help her, which makes for great bonding time for us. We love this rattle and this wooden block set. I also have my eye on this matching game and this toy camera when Evie gets a bit older.
3.) Baby Moccasins by Stitches and Soles- These are just absolutely adorable. Not sure what else I can say about them. This particular Etsy shop offers practically any color you could want for a much more affordable price than some other baby moccasin companies I have come across. Evie got these for her birthday from her grandparents. She's only worn them out a few times, but we've gotten lots of compliments. If you've never seen a baby in moccasins, you have missed out on one of life's true joys. Just take a look at the photos below, my friends, and step into the light.
4.) BabyLit Books- These are such a fun way to introduce classic literature to your baby. You can count to ten in the world of Pride and Prejudice or learn about colors in with Alice in Wonderland or even learn some simple spanish with Don Quixote. There are so many to choose from, and each classic teaches your baby something. These books are genius. And adorably designed. I really enjoy reading these with Evie because they include clever little details from each story that parents will appreciate, too. You can also order them on Amazon.
5.) Fisher-Price Musical Lion Walker- Evie is all about this toy right now. I feel like I buy her things, and she plays with them for two seconds and never wants to play with them again. Not so with this. She loves walking around with it and pushing the buttons and listening to the music it plays. It's really helped her feel more confident with using her legs, and she usually gets pretty tickled with herself as she makes her way down the hall with it. I know this isn't a super unique inclusion to my list, and most people probably have one, but I like to share when I have success with certain toys (mainly because it just doesn't happen very often). The good thing about this, too, is that it's one of those toys you can usually find for a lot cheaper at a baby consignment shop, which is where I got Evie's.
I hope this little list helps you in some way!