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Great baby shower gift ideas for 2021

Great baby shower gift ideas for 2021

Great baby shower gift ideas for 2021

 

The ideal baby shower gift can be hard to find, especially when there are a variety of options to choose from. Babies need so many gears and must have items and baby showers are perfect for helping parents to collect the things they need.  We have rounded up some gift ideas that will be loved by the baby and the parents who will definitely thank you later (don’t forget to forgive them if you get a 4am thank-you text, since they will be up for those early morning feeds and diaper changing sessions)

Here are our top baby shower 2021 picks that are affordable, essential and extremely adorable!

 

 

A memory book

The sweetest keepsake that allows creativity all throughout your pregnancy and baby’s first year. It is a wonderful gift to give any expectant mom, whether she is having her first baby or the fourth. Once the baby is all grown up, the family will also love looking back at this wonderful keepsake and reliving the memories.

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A take me home set

Help baby make its first public appearance like a boss! A comfy and cute clothing set crafted in soft cotton, which includes a gown and a beanie set, a blanket, a sleeper and short sleeve bodysuits makes a wonderful baby shower gift. If you are looking for a gender neutral gift, go for colors like white or gray, like this adorable giraffe print newborn set.

 

 

Cot mobiles

Choose a colorful cot mobile in various patterns and shapes preferably in bright colors like red, blue and yellow. There are plenty of options to choose from, some mobiles are also musical. If the baby has a themed nursery, go for a mobile to match.

 

An infant play mat

Play mats are designed by experts to keep baby entertained and learning through the first few years. This infant play gym is a wonderful option to keep the baby engaged because it has a variety of textures and contents based on baby’s age that makes it customizable. As the baby grows from tummy time to sitting up, one can change the music and the learning and be sure to see hours of playtime.

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An infant seat

A baby registry must have! High tech baby seats that mimic a real person’s movement are the best utility based baby shower gifts for 2021 mommies and daddies to be. It lets parents be close to their babies and help soothe and calm them when mommy wants to stay hands-free and needs some rest.

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An ouchie kit for the baby

An ouchie kit for all those unexpected emergencies that parents might not yet be prepared for!  Like a hands free thermometer that can measure surface and water temperatures along with body temperatures. Throw in some cotton pads, bandages, nail clippers and cold packs. Your friend will be thanking you majorly for such a thoughtful present! 

 

 

 A recovery kit for the new mama to be

At a baby shower, the gifts are all for the baby but it is nice to get something for the new parents who might not know what they’re getting in to. A postpartum recovery kit is an excellent baby shower gift for a new mom because it is something she doesn’t want to dwell on but will definitely need later. These products will really help her recover after having the baby

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Hospital Bag Essentials for Mommy

How to Pack Your Hospital Bag? All the Essential Things You Need in A Hospital.

From the time parents know that they are pregnant, they start dreaming about the day they will meet their baby. Undoubtedly, it is the most exciting day, full of happiness and emotions. After all, it’s a new and lovely addition to your family.  

Before you daydream holding your little cutie in your arms, have you prepared for the big day? Do you know what should you pack in your hospital bag?

No matter, if you are going to be a mother for the first time or you already have two children, packing a hospital bag takes a lot of energy. But good planning can make every thing easy.

Sometimes, we wonder what should we pack, are we packing enough, are we packing extra. To answer all your questions, Little Teether has brought a complete list of hospital bag essentials that you might need during your stay at the hospital.

Continue reading to pack your hospital bag like a pro.

Hospital Bag Essentials for Mommy

Here are a few things that you must keep in your hospital bag:

  • Important Documents

Never forget important documents or forms at home. Keep your photo ID, insurance info, and hospital forms in an envelope, so it would be easy for you to carry them. 

  • Cell Phone and Charger

When your due date is near, try to keep your cell phone charged all the time. Also, take your regular USB charger and a portable power bank with you.

  • Toiletries

Thinking of going to the hospital without toiletries is not a good idea. You might have to stay in the hospital for more than a day.

So take your toothbrush, hairbrush, headband or ponytail holder, toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, face wash, dry shampoo, and lotion with you.

  • Comfortable clothes, pillow, and blanket

Maternity wards are usually hot so keep light and comfortable clothes with you for your stay. Don’t forget to pack your favorite pair of slippers and your undergarments. Take some nice and comfortable clothes for the day you leave for home.

Your hospital will provide you with a pillow and blanket. But in case, you need a more home-like feel you can take yours. Similarly, hospitals usually provide small and thin bath towels so you can take your own.

Hospital Bag Essentials for Baby

It is recommended to pack a separate hospital bag for your baby so you won’t end up finding things when you need them urgently.

Take the following things with you, for your coming bundle of joy:

  • Baby Clothes

Don’t rely on one or two dresses for the little one. We know your baby will be so small to make the clothes dirty but a diaper change can surely make a mess.

So pack two outfits for each day and take two or three extra dress sets with you. A complete dress set includes baby inners, regular clothes, socks, caps, shoes, and mittens if it’s too cold.  Don’t worry they won’t take too much space.  

  • Blanket

You will also need a warm comfy baby blanket for your ride home.

  • Infant Car Seat

You must have an approved infant car seat with you to take your baby home.

  • Some Other Baby Essentials

Don’t forget to pack your baby’s accessories with you like a feeding bottle, diaper bags, newborn diapers, unscented baby wipes, and some burping clothes. Keep extra disposable bags with you to throw used diapers and pads.

When Should You Start Packing?

Babies are unexpected and who knows your baby is coming 1 week before your due date? Or he or she would be late for like two weeks.

You don’t know about your baby’s timing but you can prepare yourself before time. If your practitioner feels that there are chances you may get into labor early, you must have all your essentials pack before 35 weeks. Otherwise, packing between 37 and 38 weeks is recommended in most cases.

 

Making Summer Travel Easy with Kids

Making Summer Travel Easy with Kids (well, as easy as it can be)!

Summer is the ultimate time to take a family vacation. If you are like most parents though, the thought of traveling with kids sounds more stressful than relaxing. Dealing with fussy and whiny babies on the airplane isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, and neither is dragging loads of luggage through the airport.

As someone who has done it more than enough times, I’d say the discomforts and inconveniences are no match for the fantastic time you will have in new places, the adventures, and the new memories. After all, you have less than 18 summers to do this with them, so make the most of it.

 With these tips for making summer time travel with kids easier, you will feel more confident as you get out of the door.

 

1.    Pack light

Trust us on this, the less you pack, the better. Whether you are traveling by plane or cruising in your car, nothing makes things more complicated than bags and bags of luggage. You can always do laundry in the middle of the trip or buy new stuff when you get there. As a rule, try to pack at most two suitcases that are easy to carry or drag through the airport. This is two or three days’ worth of clothes, and you can wash them as you go.

2.    Pack a small backpack for the kids

While children should not have their own suitcases, try to pack a small backpack with their special items. The items on the bag are strictly for entertaining and keeping them busy during the trip. Include a pencil case, Lego pieces, coloring book, tablet, and maybe one stuffed animal.

3.    Always have an umbrella stroller and car seat

If you have kids between 3 months and 3 years, a lightweight foldable stroller is a must-have. In the heat of summer, a stroller will serve as a good place for the baby to take a nap or rest when the rest of the family is taking walks. It’s also an excellent place for the parents to hang a diaper bag or store water and snacks. A car seat will also provide a safe place for the child to sit or lie down during the trip.

4.    Pack a carry travel bag

As you pack the suitcases, make sure also to pack a carry-on bag, so you don’t need to dig through the luggage during the trip. In the bag, put some baby wipes, refillable water bottles, snacks, and of course diapers. A change of clothes for you and the baby will also come in handy when someone spills juice on you or throws up all over you.

5.    Relax the rules

Traveling with children is as stressful for them as it is for you. Relaxing the rules a bit can make things much less stressful for everyone. They may not drink artificial juice at home or spend 5+ hours in front of the screen, but one day of doing so won’t kill them. By allowing them to do stuff they don’t usually do, they will be too busy to fuss and too excited to whine.

The secret to making summer travel easy with kids is planning ahead and giving yourself plenty of time to maneuver through everything on the big day. If it takes you one hour two get through the airport alone, give yourself two when you have kids.

 

The Coolest Apps for Busy New Parents

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Every job has a learning curve, and being a new parent is no different. Parenting doesn't come with an instruction manual, and there are no standard guidelines. However, thanks to new technology and some creative innovations, parents can take advantage of a variety of useful apps to help ease the way. With that in mind, Little Teether invites you to check out the following smartphone apps, which provide parents with the peace of mind and info they need to navigate their busy days.

 

Remember to Protect Your Smartphone

 

Before you start downloading any apps, you need to take a few steps to ensure that your helpful (and expensive!) smartphone or ipad stays protected at all times. Parents are excellent jugglers, but sometimes keeping all those helpful apps safe on their smartphones can be a real challenge. Babies are messy and prone to a variety of accidents. Thankfully, there are several waterproof cases available to protect your device while still providing you with the functionality (access to ports, buttons, screen, etc.) you need to get through the day. Also, if you happen to drop your device, most cases will protect your smartphone or ipad from falls. Not to mention dirt and debris. You should consider your options before investing in the case that works for you. Once your device is protected, you won’t have to worry about losing your lifeline.

 

Baby Sign and Learn

Even before babies can talk, they can learn to communicate through sign language. Signing is a visual language using simple gestures. The Baby Sign and Learn Lite app uses colorful animated characters to teach both parent and baby to say what they mean without using any spoken words. Studies have shown there are cognitive benefits to learning sign language at an early age. Baby Sign and Learn makes it easy.

 

BabyTime

 

The BabyTime app is a thoughtfully designed tracking app that allows parents to recognize patterns and establish beneficial routines. The user-friendly interface monitors your baby's natural sleep and eating habits using simple graphs and charts to record activity. One unique feature of BabyTime is the ability to connect with other parents through its friendly community, which is a great way to share ideas and insights.

 

Cloud Baby Monitor

 

Cloud Baby Monitor turns your smartphone into a state-of-the-art monitoring device. It is designed to provide crystal-clear audio and video from longer distances than conventional monitors. The app has some cool features, including brightness control and night vision so parents can keep an eye on the baby without waking her. You can help your baby fall asleep by playing lullabies or relaxation tracks through the monitor and it doesn't get any better than that.  

 

WebMD Baby

 

Parents can give themselves a little peace of mind with some guidance from WebMD Baby. Besides providing comprehensive information, the trusted app also keeps track of your baby's schedules and milestones. The home page highlights handy tips and relevant articles specific to newborn and toddler well-being. Best of all, you can find answers to worrisome health problems including what steps to take or when to call your doctor.

 

Day One

 

Day One isn't geared specifically toward parenting, but it is the perfect choice for keeping a journal of your baby's progress and special moments. The easy-to-use app is like a personal blog on your phone, allowing you to easily add photos and thoughts without fuss. You can add categories or locations, as well as take advantage of customizing the appearance. The app will even record the weather on that day, helping to bring your memories to life.

 

Cozi Family Organizer

 

Cozi is all about sharing with the family. The must-have app allows you to set-up a customizable family calendar using different colors for each family member. Cozi Family Organizer keeps up with everyone's activities and appointments making it ideal for busy families on the go who want to keep track of each other. It's a great way to stay organized when the new baby arrives and to coordinate scheduling and shopping lists with all family members.

 

Parenting will require more out of you than anything you’ve encountered thus far, so it’s nice to have some help in your corner. By taking advantage of the helpful apps we’ve outlined above, you take a little of the stress out of parenthood while giving yourself some peace of mind.

 

 Emily Graham

Follow These Strategies for Penny-Pinching Pregnancy Prep

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Follow These Strategies for Penny-Pinching Pregnancy Prep 

After months of trying, you’ve finally received the wonderful news: You’re pregnant! As your mind begins to shift toward the future, your excitement may quickly turn to anxiety as you unravel the seemingly endless list of to-dos that must be tackled before the due date.

 

Have no fear: Nine months is more than enough time to prepare for your little one. Expecting couples operating under a strict budget can even breathe a sigh of relief, as this preparation doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.

 

Little Teether is dedicated to providing top quality tips and merchandise to expecting parents. For affordable, fun, durable and safe teethers and information that will help you and your family, connect with us today.

 

But first, check out these effective strategies for cutting the costs of pregnancy prep.

 

Gently Used

 

Many expecting mothers are surprised to see high prices for new maternity clothing. These costs aren’t helped by the fact that you’ll need new clothes as your belly grows. Parents don’t get a break when it comes to baby gear either, as these items can be priced high as well. Bear in mind, though, that a great many people purchase these items brand new and then sell or give them away with plenty of life left in them.

 

Gathering these necessities from gently used sources like eBay and thrift stores is a fantastic way to reduce your spending while still getting what you need. Maternity shirts and pants are perfectly fine when purchased used, but mothers should stay away from used underwear and other personal items. Verywell Family points out you can often rethink non-maternity clothes for your nine months, too. And don’t forget to hit up your girlfriends whose babies are already growing up! Some might be willing to give or loan you whatever you need.

 

Four Walls 

 

Parents-to-be are always looking for ways to cut costs in order to bolster their savings before their newborn arrives. And with eyes towards the future, many decide that paying rent isn’t as wise as paying a mortgage, especially since you can always sell your house later on. Investopedia notes both renting and owning have their pros and cons, but it’s true that if you plan to stay in one place and are financially ready, homeownership has much to offer.

 

Whether you’re already a homeowner and are looking for more space or if you’re just thinking about taking the plunge for the first time, research will help you make a sound decision. Look into your local housing market to get a feel for what to expect; for instance, homes in Phoenix had a median selling price of $335K last year. Check into the school systems and their rankings, and the crime rates in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Learn about the types of loans you might qualify for. Make sure that the timing is right for your family, and that the places you’re considering are a good match for your goals.

 

Bulk Up

 

Food can end up being an unexpected expense for expecting couples. With a new life growing inside, mothers not only need to eat more calories than before, but they’ll also experience intense cravings. There’s a prevalent myth that pregnant women need to “eat for two” when, in reality, they only need to be eating roughly 250-360 more calories depending on the point in the pregnancy. When you tack on those weird cravings, you’ve got a recipe for an expensive diet with multiple grocery store trips and last-minute take-out options.

 

Prepping your meals and shopping in bulk are great ways to cut costs without sacrificing the calories you need or the snacks you want. Plus, now is the perfect time to prep and freeze meals for when baby arrives. Then you can have food you can easily heat up without spending too much time in the kitchen.

 

Ask for Samples

 

Many pediatricians provide expecting mothers with free samples of varying maternity items. These samples are supposed to help patients become familiar with the different brands and determine which best suits their needs. Possible samples include baby shampoo, formula, diapers, and more.

 

Since these freebies aren’t advertised, you’ll have to ask during an appointment. Just let your doctor know that you’re interested in trying some samples. Don’t be afraid to ask for a decent amount to stockpile for when your baby arrives.

 

When you follow the right strategies, pregnancy prep doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. You can still get everything you need without letting your bank account take a major hit.

 Emily Graham

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