Baby Toy Guide for 0-1 Year Olds

As previously mentioned, toys like many baby items are marked by ages, but all babies develop differently and your baby maybe be ready for an item sooner than expected. This is why it is best to have developmental toys handy. 

I presented my baby some toys for 3 months at 1 month, toys for 6 months at 4 months and so forth. The reason being is that they develop and change so quickly. They learn every single day and they view things differently every day. First they are laying, then sitting, standing, etc. So I wanted him to explore every toy before the box said he would be “ready to play with it”. It has allowed him to truly learn and get the most out of every toy because he has been able to view them in so many ways.

For example, Baby first lays on play mat and just stares at the gigantic hanging toys… months in he is tugging and pulling at them because they now look much smaller and less intimidating … he sits and now pulls them off and shoves them in his mouth…. he crawls or walks and hides them in places or fills other toys with them…. You get the point!

I have created a month-by-month toy guide for you so that you have an idea of how I presented such toys to my baby based off of what I felt was appropriate for his developmental stages.

Toys appropriate for ages 0-6 months old

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Developmental Toys appropriate for 7+12 months old, crawling and walking stages

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Baby and Child Play Mats

Boy do we love these cushion and stylish play mats?!

They are perfect for tummy time, early sitters, crawlers, walkers and even for adults to workout on. Rugs are cute but not the most hygienic.

Our two favorites are from House of Noa and Berry Lane Kids.

House of Noa mats are super playful tiles that you piece together and arrange to your liking or fitting. They are very similar to the alphabetical colorful ones, but more stylish. We purchased two sets of six to cover the baby’s room. Each set of six is $99, which comes out to a little over $200. I personally think the price is not bad, however Amazon has pretty amazing dupes for a quarter of the price. You can literally purchase four or more sets for the same quality and price. (I just really needed this pattern lol)

https://www.little-nomad.com/products/boho-dream

Amazon Dupes:

https://amzn.to/2F7Q3P9

https://amzn.to/3jKwZFI

https://amzn.to/32SlXrq

https://amzn.to/32StdmY

Berry Lane Kids mats are reversible and portable, our two favorite things about these. These are perfect for the living room because you can have two versions (like a day side and night side or a formal side and playful side). You can easily roll them up and travel with them. The Berry Lane Kids brand is one of the most popular for this type of mat. You can find them on Amazon, Nordstrom.com, and many children’s stores. However, Amazon carries many other brands with a lot more variety. Most mats on Amazon are all around the same price of $150 and quite comparable in quality and size. All you have to do to find them is search for “Reversible baby play mats” or click on the links bellow.

https://amzn.to/3h1MdnX

https://amzn.to/3h1MdnX

https://amzn.to/352It3f

Teething Toys, Tricks and Remedies

I know you can google and find a million + 1 things out there to help soothe teething babies. You can ask your parents and they can give you all of the old witch craft remedies as well. However, I have created a few list of my favorite items that seem to work well in different instances. Eventually you will come to learn that there is no one answer as there are times when some things seem to work and others do not.

Before I list everything, let me tell you that babies can begin teething as early as 1 month. My poor baby started at 1.5/2 ish. Others can start as late as 6 months. It is important that you pay attention to the following signs of teething (one or all may occur simultaneously):

  • Sucking or chewing of the hands, fingers, fists or any other items. If bottle fed, you may catch baby playing with the bottle by chewing on it rather than sucking on it.
  • Constant rubbing of the ears or cheeks. Their nerves which are triggered by teething run along their cheeks and jaw line. (Rubbing of the ears can also be a sign of an ear infection so it is important to be able to distinguish from the two.)
  • Very mild fevers or just running on a slightly higher temperature.
  • Very hot and/or sweaty heads.

Toys:

  • Your finger is the most handy!
  • Any rubber or silicone toys including pacifier clips and pacifiers. (I have read that any kind of wooden beads or wood is not good for many reasons.)
  • Nuby Gumeez Teether specially for when they first begin and do not have any teeth at all. These are perfect for early teething babies because not much fits in their mouth, but these are very thin and fit better than a pacifier.
  • Water or rubber teething rings. They sell variety packs marked with different stages such as front teeth, back teeth and all teeth.
  • Finger brush
  • Banana brush
  • Soft and textured books with teething corners
  • Teething glove

Tricks:

  • Frozen milk, water or fruit popsticles. Search for teether pops.
  • Wet and cold wash cloths to suck on

Remedies:

Note: I give baby a chance to soothe him/her self a bit with teething toys. Once I notice baby beginning to get frustrated or antsy I give him/her one of the following remedies.

  • Camilia is what I like to use during the day. It is a vial of MIRACLE drops. 100% homeopathic.
  • I give baby Hyland teething (night) tablets at night. This is also another homeopathic remedy.
  • There are various teething gels which I chose not to use because even though they maybe homeopathic…. One: size to administer is not premeasured so you really can not monitor how much you have given baby and there are times you have to administer several doses back to back with any of these remedies…. Two: They instruct you to apply directly to gums and unlike the 2 previous remedies, you find yourself questioning if you are actually applying to the affected area.
  • YUP!!! When baby starts crying like crazy and its time for bed (most teething episodes for him happen to occur before nap time or bed time) and I have not given him any other remedies prior….. I dab a few drops of Tequila, Whiskey or Cognac and rub it directly on his gums both top and bottom. DO NOT get your baby drunk, I MYSELF use this form of alcohol on him barely enough to numb his gums. This is something my family has been doing at least since my sisters and I were born. 

Good luck, teething SUCKS!!!

Let me know of anything else you find useful and do not forget to share this post with your friends.

Natural Newborn and Baby Natural Remedies

As previously mentioned, I am no doctor or any type of health care worker/specialist. The following remedies are those that I follow and believe in from experience and family tradition. They have saved me many times and I have made sure to have them handy every day since expecting my first born.  All babies differ and so will their reactions to any of these remedies. With that being said, please use them at your own discretion.

Tea remedies for moms to drink:

  • Red raspberry leaf tea is a MUST for uterus support. Even prior to pregnancy this tea is known for aiding in cramps and much more during menstural cycles. Over all it strengthens the uterus and helps prepare it for birth. 
  • Mother’s Milk aids in the production of breast milk
  • Camomile tea will help say “filter breastmilk”. Camomile tea is awesome for breastfeeding moms when they feel they have ate too much junk food or greasy food or any food in general that may cause gassiness or colic to the baby. I am not saying you can eat whatever you want and then have a cup of tea, but it definetly minimizes the effects “bad foods” can have on breastfed babies.

Tea remedies for everyone in general but useful for babies and safe to give to newborns in monitored quantities:

(When serving baby, I like to infuse the water to a lightly tinted color and serve about an ounce in baby’s milk for daily use or make it really concentrated and put about 2.5-5ml  to serve as needed. These are natural teas/herbs, which in general can be safe if consumed in high quantities.)

  • Oregano tea can be used specially in the early newborn stages to strengthen babies’ tummies. This is a life saver if you have a gassy and colicky baby. 
  • Ramon tea is a great medicinal alternative for diarrhea, vomiting and stomach aches. (Spit up and vomit is very common in babies so learn to distinguish unusual vomiting. Always seek your pediatrician’s advice for any serious medical troubles as serious diarrhea and vomiting could be a sign of greater issues. Switching to sensitive formula for formula-fed babies can also be the answer for continuous vomiting)
  • Prune tea will help produce stools. The number one source for me as a mom to monitor the health of my baby has been his stools. Making sure to have regular stools is important to me. Therefore, I use prune tea whenever I feel it’s been too long since my child has had a stool. I make this one VERY concentrated. I purchase the bag of pitted prunes from Costco and mash 1-2 in about 10-16 oz of boiling water until it is really dark and put 5ml in my baby’s drink and he usually passes a stool within the hour or two. If not, I just keep serving it in every bottle until he goes. Somehow it regulates his stools and they go back to his normal pattern.

Other remedies:

  • Gripe water works miracles in fussy, colicky and gassy babies. It is also made from natural herbs and can be purchased at most supermarkets and pharmacies. Episodes of fussiness much like colic usually fade away with age. Fussiness usually consists of a whiney and crying baby mainly at or near bed time that cries, tosses and can’t be settled down for no real reason. Before you freak out because your baby is fed, burped, changed, etc. and won’t stop crying or settle down for no apparent reason, try a dose of gripe water. It won’t hurt to try it if not necessary.
  • Mint tea or Yerba Buena tea can be placed in baby’s bath to relax and sooth baby.
  • Breastmilk… Saving the best for last! In case you haven’t heard, it really is liquid gold! You can place breastmilk directly on baby acne and eczema or rashes to help them go away. You can even use it to clear your own skin! The best is that rather than tossing away your expired or soon to expire or contaminated breastmilk, you can use it for a milk bath on baby. Putting breastmilk in baby’s bath with help baby avoid rashes.

I really hope you find this useful and your baby(ies) continue to be healthy and strong!

Feel free to share any other amazing remedies with us in the comments bellow.

Baby Registry Checklist

What you really need for baby’s first year!

Attached you will find my printable checklist of baby items you will most definitely find necessary or useful for his/her first year of life.

Bellow is a list of things to consider when shopping for baby items and a list of items I didn’t find necessary or useful.

Following my lists, I have also linked some of my favorite products to be specific as to what I meant on the list.

Please feel free to leave a comment for further explanation or clarification on anything. Also, do not forget to share this with any of your pregnant friends.

I hope you found this useful!

Things to consider when shopping for baby items:

Many items are only used for a few months maybe even weeks. For that reason, it is best to select multi-purpose items such as a:

  • swing with a removable bouncy chair
  • play yard with a changing top and removable napper
  • high chair with booster seat
  • bouncer and walker
  • convertible crib
  • convertible infant and toddler stroller

I highly suggest to purchase everything you can anticipate  needing for baby’s first year. Stick to the basic amount of items you may need rather than purchasing an abundance of new born items you will not end up using. Spread out your selection evenly to expand your budget and be able to at least get a little bit of everything for the first year.

  • Use up those registry coupons and take advantage of them.
  • It will not be until Christmas or his/her birthday that baby will receive as many gifts and even then you will not get to select what will be gifted to him/her. 
  • Although toys and other items are marked by ages in months, all babies develop differently and your baby maybe be ready for an item sooner than expected, which is why it is best to have the toys handy. 

I presented my baby toys for 3 months at 1 month, toys for 6 months at 4 months and so forth. The reason being is that they develop and change so quickly. They learn every single day and they view things differently every day. First they are laying, sitting, standing, etc. So I wanted him to explore every toy before the box said he would be “ready to play with it”. It has allowed him to truly learn and get the most out of every toy because he has been able to view them in so many ways. For example, Baby first lays on play mat and just stares at the gigantic hanging toys… months in he is tugging and pulling at them because they now look much smaller and less intimidating … he sits and now pulls them off and shoves them in his mouth…. he crawls or walks and hides them in places or fills other toys with them…. You get the point!

It is best for babies to sleep on solid hard surfaces until they are one year old to avoid SIDS. You can purchase a double sided crib mattress that converts from newborn to toddler stage. I will link the one we have in the list bellow.

Stock up on remedies and medications because you definitely do not want to run around in the middle of the night looking for a pharmacy or store that is open and has what you need in stock. Check out http://thegoodhousewife.com/new-born-and-baby-natural-remedies/ to get started on your list of remedies.

Unless you plan on feeding baby formula from the beginning, be prepared to pump and bottle feed even if you plan on solely breastfeeding.

Items I Never Felt the Need for or Used:

  • Additional Car Seat Liners and Head Support
  • Wipe Warmer
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Bath Flower
  • Crib Mobil- Our play yard’s removable napper had one and was perfect for the first 1-2 months.
  • Formula Mixer
  • Baby oil or powder
  • Belly Binder / Umbilical Cord Band
  • Shoes- It’s best for babies’ development to not wear shoes until they are walking.

Item Links:

Boon Trip Travel Drying Rack https://amzn.to/33iIfT7

Graco Swing and Rocker (bouncing floor chair) https://amzn.to/3bKvAMA

Bumbo Beginner’s support seat and traveling booster chair https://amzn.to/32g16PE

Fisher Price “Sit me up” floor seat https://amzn.to/2RfC0du

Head Shaping Pillow https://amzn.to/2Fc1ciC

Crib mattress with hard side for infant and softer for toddler as well as waterproof and keep cool features https://amzn.to/33gtUa2

Jumper, Walker and Push Toy (I absolutely love how versatile it is but mainly the adorable original characters) https://amzn.to/33dmLam

Medela 2 oz Cylinders used to measure and store specially when storing small amounts for newborns https://amzn.to/2RcA4lV

Baby rubber spoon AND fork (I love these because they are 2-in-1 and this fork is actually much easier for babies to stab and trap bite size food in. But most importantly because you do not have to worry about babies poking or hurting themselves and you can give it to them to play with to familiarize themselves with it when learning to eat solids. They can use it as a teething toy as well.) https://amzn.to/2F9BNGh

Pacifiers (I like these because not only are they super cute, but they also push in to put away and serve as teething tools.) https://amzn.to/35qjiYQ

Pacifier Clips (affordable, washable and I love using these to attach light toys or teething toys to baby or stroller to prevent from falling on the ground.) https://amzn.to/3k1xWJS

Teething Bibs https://amzn.to/35rOo2a

Soft Book with teething corner https://amzn.to/33xeluP

Banana Teething Brush https://amzn.to/35r5Fs8

Finger Brush https://amzn.to/33dp4Ky

Chewelry https://amzn.to/2FhJ1ba

Teether Pops https://amzn.to/3mdzN04

Homeopathic Teething Medicine https://amzn.to/35q5JZl

Teething Gel WITHOUT BENZOCAINE and Pacifier https://amzn.to/33jjEOg

Baby Eczema Oatmeal Bath https://amzn.to/3hnPOwW

Soothing Itch Ointment for rashes, scrapes and chapped cheeks https://amzn.to/32jZO66

Sample of Newborn Receiving Blankets (I prefer these for swaddling because they are a bit more firm so they do not bundle up bellow baby’s mouth and create a choking hazard.) https://amzn.to/2ZrqFve

Sample of Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blankets for infants and toddlers (I mainly use these to cover over and not actually swaddle. I use them as secondary blankets for newborns after they are swaddled or to throw over when nursing or just to block the wind or breeze. These are much larger and thinner, not so stiff. They can be used to cover larger babies that are more mobil and don’t run the same risks of choking as newborns do.) https://amzn.to/2RfA6cB

Sample of Fuzzy Blanket https://amzn.to/2DNr839

First things first, prepare for pregnancy with the best maternity and motherhood resources…

I am here to share my experiences, not here to reinvent the wheel! So I will start by sharing my ultimate favorite resources that are all basic, easy to follow and not overwhelming.

AKA Maternity

The sooner you can get to exploring these resources the better, I began the moment I considered becoming pregnant and it was so useful. It gave me time to further research any concept or idea that I wanted more explanation on. I was also able to navigate through the books and resources as I needed rather than scrambling through them when anything came up.

Books: 

Podcast:

Apps:

Classes to search for at your local hospital… I found most of these helpful, but I feel that I learned a LOT more from all of the resources listed above. In other words, these classes aren’t everything. Don’t think that you can learn and cram everything in these classes and truly be prepared. :

  • Lamaze
  • Breastfeeding 
  • Cesarean Birth 

There are many many resources out there, but these are my top must haves.

Apps:

Instagram:

Websites:

People:

  • YOUR MAMA
  • YOUR SISTER/BF

Classes provided by most hospitals:

  • CPR
  • Child safety