Baby Stuff Continues (Part 2)

Guess my blog got a step ahead of me, and posted the beginning before I finished. Oops.

For the second time in two weeks I went shopping  at a store exclusively for babies. My three and a half year old grandson informed me that his car seat was falling apart. And indeed it was. I did my research and quickly found what I wanted. They price matched, and I made the purchase.

My fifth grandchild is due to make his appearance around Thanksgiving. I finished knitting his first blanket. All of my grandchildren received this gift from me. Isaac and Alyssa graduated to a child size and Eli still loves his blanket.

After just down-sizing my parent’s place I am more aware of the stuff around me. Going into Buy, Buy, Baby takes getting ready for baby to another level. On this day Rachel and I needed to find a mattress. This is something I can understand. Babies spend a lot of time on their mattress, and it is used for about 4 to 5 years if a after a crib a toddler bed is used. My children moved into a bed at around two and a half, no toddler beds available then. I’m still looking for a mattress that I can like for more that a few years. But that is a story for another day.

I’m sure that every grandmother in each generation is amazed to find all the new items available. Some things are now required for the safety of baby. Car seat laws keep extending the need for their use for use for longer periods of time.  This is a good thing, but now you can buy kick pads for the car.

Delux Kick Mats for the car
Delux Kick Mats for the car

Necessary, or nice to have. Just tell child to stop kicking. If child can sit up, child should understand no kicking. Am I being too practical? Can’t imagine the passenger or driver enjoys a good kick in the back. Reminds me of sitting on an airplane with a kicker behind you.

My cotton receiving blankets served many purposes. Infant car seat cover-up is available to purchase. How did I function without a  specific cover-up?  Keep infant’s  head from rolling from side to side with an insert instead of rolled blanket. Have to change a diaper while out, use a special pad instead of a cotton blanket.

I guess I never had my closet so filled or so organized. Maybe this would be an idea for my closet when I change sizes. Again, another story for another day.

Baby's grow so fast. Here is something to keep organized.
Baby’s grow so fast. Here is something to keep organized.

For emergencies I just grab an ice cube tray and pull. Do you remember the metal trays with a handle to pull? Have to admit the new plastic ones empty easier. Recently I needed to replace a tray, and  I realized that most families have an ice cube maker and don’t even use trays. I know gel packs are softer, but when I taught 4th grade and my student had a very minor hurt I told them to wet a paper towel and apply to body part that hurt. Nothing special.

Ice pack for Ochies and BooBoos now replaced by "Mommy's Kisses"
Ice pack for Ochies and BooBoos now replaced by “Mommy’s Kisses”

Helpful to organize for on-the-go moms, and to keep cell phone clean.  But I think that an outing should be used to introduce baby to the world around him, and not for cell phone time. Am I right?

Let's get connected early
Let’s get connected early?

This is a new idea for kitchen decor. Bottles, pacifiers, dishes, nipples each have place. I saw two sizes: grass and lawn for a larger kitchen. Guess my kitchen could only accomodate the grass size. Many accessories from Boon for your baby’s needs.

Kitchen essentials for baby
Kitchen essentials for baby

Buy, Buy, Baby is a huge store and I am sure that some of these things make taking care of baby’s needs easier. I’m concerned that new parents may find that having so many options adds an unnecessary level of stress in getting ready for the new bundle of joy. Relax, all you need is love!

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