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Top 10 Unique Baby Shower Gifts

Let's talk about Baby Shower gifts! It can be stressful thinking of the perfect gift. I'll be honest -- I always appreciated most when people gifted me something off of my registry. My husband and I intentionally chose the things we knew we needed or wanted for baby! However, nothing blessed me more than the unique, thoughtful, creative gifts from friends who knew what was trending and who knew my personality! The cutest things on the market are typically not sold at the big stores that most people use for registries. This makes online shopping really fun, and you're going to love the shops and products I'm sharing with you today! 

My recommendation for a Baby Shower gift is to choose something off the registry that the mom or couple created, if they have one, and then also choose something unique and not-so-typical! I've compiled a list of my Top 10 recommendations for unique Baby Shower Gifts. 

Tip: Always wrap the gift in cellophane, tie with a cute ribbon, and attach a Little Teether teething toy to the ribbon! Presentation is 90% of the gift, in my mind! 

1. Some of the most popular and trending gifts right now are the Batzkids Milestone blankets, crib sheets, pillows... Everyone at the baby shower will be impressed by this gift! And it's such a fun way to document baby's fun milestones! Honestly, the hardest part about this gift is choosing which one to order! 

2. I'm sure you've discovered the world of Etsy, but let me tell you about one of our favorite shops! Bebe Nourri has the CUTEST custom onesies and t-shirts. These gifts are always loved because they are so thoughtful and absolutely no one else will be showing up with an identical gift. 

3. Have you heard of Nurselet? Your friend may or may not decide to nurse/pump. This gift would be ideal for someone who knows they want to breast feed. This Nursing Bracelet is designed to hold up your shirt while you nurse or pump - this elevates back pain and also the hassle of your shirt constantly falling down. When you're not nursing, the bracelet can be worn around your wrist to remind you which side you need to nurse on next! Pregnancy brain does not end once the baby is born - I know from experience! This is such a meaningful gift for a mom who has committed to the breastfeeding journey! 

4. Bear and Bunny is one of our other favorite Etsy shops. You will quickly become obsessed with the leggings and shorties on this website because they grow with your baby - more bang for your buck! The one pair of clothing you won't have to pack up after 3 weeks of them wearing it. Isn't it cruel how quickly kids grow? While you're ordering a few pairs for the baby shower gift, you may as well grab some for your own kiddos! 

5. The reason I love Candy Couture Shop so much is because they have ALL types of gifts. From jewelry to pool floats to coffee mugs, everything is adorable. The reason I recommended them for Baby Shower gifts is because you will find something super meaningful for mom. When was the last time you were at a Baby Shower and the mom got a gift? A really popular item right now is Monogrammed Necklaces. A simple necklace with the first letter of the future baby's name. If this doesn't bring an emotional pregnant woman to tears, I don't know what will. 

6. River Babe Threads has cute apparel for the whole family. We love this company and can't recommend their products more! They are super popular, affordable, and adorable. Grab something boring off the registry, add in an item from this shop, and your Baby Shower gift will be the cutest one at the party! 

7. Okay so maybe we're obsessed with clothing, but Wire and Honey is the neatest company. They create hip, urban apparel that represents all things inspiring. We stand behind this company and want their message to spread throughout the world, one Baby Shower at a time. 

8. I should actually warn you about this next site, Stitches By Natalie. You are going to melt when you see their products and you will want EVERYTHING. I have never found a more unique and thoughtful gift before. They have so many memory and keepsake animals and products that are made from significant items of yours or your children. They embroider adorable animals with birth information or anything you want. This is a gift that will be kept FOREVER. 

9. For whatever reason, I feel like a lot of gifts contain clothing at baby showers, but there aren't always a ton of gifts that contain cute baby shoes. I loved when I got shoes because, for one, those itty bitty shoes are just adorable. For two, they're so expensive and baby's feet grow so fast that its a pain to have to buy them all yourselves. Everyone will love a baby shower gift that has baby shoes in it, and Mon Petit has some of our very favorites, for both genders. 

10. Last but not least, every gift MUST have one of our Little Teether teething products. Mom's all love the teething necklaces because they are so stylist and functional. And the teething toys are the perfect gift used to wrap a present. The teething toys are such fun colors and designs that they are the sweetest addition to any gift. All babies go through the LONG teething phase, so you'll be the new best friend if you get mom and/or dad stocked up on these products. Babies start showing symptoms of teething as early as 3 to 4 months, sometimes earlier. 

I hope this was helpful! Remember that you will be appreciated just for showing up to the shower, with or without a gift. But we hoped to compile a list of some fun shops that maybe you hadn't heard of before, to create a sweet and thoughtful gift. No matter how small or inexpensive the gift is, wrap it up with cellophane and all eyes will be on you as you walk into the party! 

Top 3 Teething Hacks

Unfortunately, teething is something that affects ALL babies. We WANT our babies to get their teeth, but the process can be so uncomfortable, can throw off our routines, affect our sleep at night, and cause our notoriously happy baby to be all sorts of grouchy! So these are three SIMPLE hacks that can make this process a little bit easier for everyone.

 

  • Utilize the fridge. Most parents habitually put teething toys into the freezer. This actually ends up being too harsh for the baby to hold or to put in their mouth. The fridge is nice and cool and is actually a perfect temperature for our Silicone Teething Products -- both toys and necklaces. This hack also works great with a wet washcloth, which is another favorite for teething babies.

 

  • Have products readily available and easy to clean. When your sweet baby turns into the crazy teething monster, you want to have access to a quick remedy. Let's be honest, our babies drop EVERYTHING on the floor. So it can be a pain to have to wash a plush teether once it falls on the floor of a restaurant or in a parking lot. When your kiddo is sad, you want something quick and available. All of our products are made from Food Grade Silicone. They can be washed with soap, in the dishwasher, or using sterilization bags. Silicone doesn't harbor bacteria and there is no area that you are unable to clean. Have these toys and necklaces scattered around your house, in your diaper bag, in your car, so you have quick access to one whenever your baby starts fussing.

  • Teething Oil. We love to use Punpkin Butt but there are several products on the market. When there is a lot of drool, it is sometimes hard for the oil to stay put in the right spot in their mouth. I like to rub a little bit of the oil onto their favorite Little Teether (toy or necklace) and when they gnaw on it, the oil will hit just the right spot. 

I hope these hacks are helpful for you and your little teether! And remember, you're not alone -- all kids get teeth at some point! 

Top 3 Safe & Non-Toxic Teething Remedies

There are so many products on the market, targeting teething babies. It is one of the more difficult phases for parents to deal with, so moms and dads are always looking for products to help make the process easier. The difficulty is finding products that are safe and non-toxic. Here are 3 super easy, safe, affordable, and non-toxic options for teething remedies. 

  • Breast Milk Popsicle: It's been referred to as the "Momsicle." Not only does this provide a sensory experience for baby, it is delicious and feels so soothing on their gums. The downside is that it can get messy, and that most people don't already have the molds to make popsicles. You can find them cheap at the grocery store or on amazon. And if you're already nursing, the breast milk is free! Follow the link to see instructions of how to make these popsicles. (Note: you can also use ice cube trays to make breast milk ice cubes and then put them into a mesh baby feeder.)

  • Little Teether Toys and Necklaces: They're stylish, modern, affordable, completely safe, and easy to clean! You can't do better than these products. They are easy to stick in your diaper bag, stash around the house and in the car, cool off in the refrigerator, and keep around your neck. The toys and necklaces are loved by moms and babies and are quickly becoming the most desired teething products for the little teethers around the world. 

  • Big Whole Refrigerated Carrot Sticks: You simply cannot get more simple or more affordable than this. The temperature off the refrigerator is perfect for teething gums. It isn't as harsh as the freezer but still provides the cool sensation to give the gums some relief. The big carrots are perfect for the tiny hands to hold onto and also introduce your little ones to vegetables! Win-win! 

 

We'd love to hear if you have other remedies that have worked well for your little teethers. Please comment below - we love hearing new ideas! 

Mom Essentials

First, we want to preface this by saying: you don't technically need any of these things. As moms or moms-to-be, we are literally bombarded with checklists and must-haves. I remember being 8 months pregnant and leaving one of the big box baby stores in tears because I was told I needed no fewer than 6 car seats.

At the end of the day, your baby needs a clean diaper and a milk supply. That said, having gone through two kids so far (#highfives), below is a round-up of items that made my life as a mom MUCH easier.

Anything essential we forgot? We'd love to hear - let us know in the comments below.

Sleep: Because this is literally the holy grail.

  • Pack n' Play- There are a ton of options! We used and love the Guava Lotus for its super lightweight frame, ability to pack into a backpack for travel, and a bassinet conversion kit. 
  • Bassinet- or somewhere for baby to sleep in the early months. With our recent addition, we tried out the Snuggle Me Organic and so far, so good. Safe sleep for infants is a hot topic, and one we don't claim to be experts on but instead are always researching and learning more about. From personal experience, this helps baby feel snug and secure, and eliminates the fear of them rolling over or a parent rolling over onto them (if placed in bed next to mom). Bonus points for being mobile and entirely organic.

Baby Monitor: You could probably research these until the end of time. So far, we've been really happy with this one

White Noise Machine: Again, there are tons of options. We've been happy with the cheapest version we could find on Amazon!

Crib: This is a given, and you can spend as much or as little as you want. If this is your first child and you're confident you'll have more, this can definitely be worth a higher investment. On the flip side, IKEA makes some fabulous minimalist, raw wood options as well. We're currently using and loving the Stokke Sleepi System for our smaller-sized nursery. (It's always a good idea to get two mattress pads, and at least two sets of crib sheets for those inevitable, middle-of-the-night blowouts/throw-ups/accidents. Some of our all-time favorites can be found on Etsy, from shops like Evie Baby and Little Anouk

Clothing: This tends to be the gift that friends and family LOVE to buy and gift, but it's worth hunting down a few items you absolutely love and add them to your registry. The options are endless but we are listing a few of our favorite small shops: 

  • Leggings: The way we see it, why waste money on leggings that only last a few months before they're outgrown? Stock up on Bear & Bunny Co. grow-with-me leggings and shorties instead. 

  • Adorable tees and onesies from Bebe Nourri.
  • This one is for YOU, moms: Our favorite #momlife tee from River Babe Threads (a staple with leggings, for those days postpartum when it's a victory just getting out of the house!) 
  • Socially conscious tees with messages we love, from Wire & Honey

Feeding: Whether you choose to breast or bottle feed, the items below will likely be in daily rotation!

  • Bibs: From dribbles to drool to first foods, bibs are essential. Anchored Arrow makes some of our very favorites. 
  • High Chair: We used and loved the Inglesina Table Chair, because it's tiny, it's portable, and it packs up between use. 
  • Teething Necklace & toys: Our favorites (and some of the cutest, and most popular) come from Little Teether

  • If you're breastfeeding:
    • Breastfeeding Pillow: We use the Bobby without complaints. If you go this route, definitely check Etsy for adorable, unique, interchangeable covers to match your nursery. 
    • Check out Aeroflow Breastpumps! Completely cost and hassle-free, they help navigate your insurance and provide you with a list of breast pumps covered by your insurance.
    • Our friends at Marley's Monsters make the cutest, reusable nursing pads (because, let's face it, things get messy!)

    • Ever heard of Nurselet? It's the handiest bracelet that helps remind you which side you last fed on, AND helps hold up your shirt while nursing. Such a smart and helpful mom hack. 

Keepsakes: Let's face it, you may never actually get around to filling out that baby book...and anyway, these options are WAY more fun!

  • Milestone Blankets: You've probably seen these take Instagram by story, but we're totally smitten with the milestone blankets from Batz Kids.
  • Birth Elephant: Display baby's birth stats with the most adorable embroidered stuffed lovey from Stitches By Natalie, made from baby's hospital blanket. Definitely a keepsake you'll have for years and years!

  • Don't forget mom! These gorgeous name bracelets have our hearts, from Candy Couture Shop.

Transportation & Travel: Because trust us, eventually you'll leave the house again. 

  • Car Seats: From newborn to convertible to booster, one again, options are endless. We had the best luck with our Chicco Keyfit 30 for rear-facing newborns, and the Diono Radian RXT for rear-facing, forward-facing and beyond (bonus: it's super narrow and takes up less space in a smaller car!)
  • Baby Carrier: We couldn't love our Lillebaby Complete All Seasons any more! There are so many slings and wraps, and endless research to show the many benefits of baby wearing! (Plus, free hands to hold your coffee!)

Potty: Yep, it's inevitable. May as well embrace it.

  • Changing pad + 2 covers: once again, a zillion adorable options on Etsy. Our favorites are made by Ivie Baby. 
  • Diapers: This tends to be a very personal decision -- and for good reason! No two babies are alike, and only you know what you can handle. That said, if you're even remotely considering cloth diapers, check out our Cloth 101 to see how it might be easier than you think. 

Again, anything we missed? We'd love to hear which products made your transition to motherhood even easier - let us know in the comments below! Each mom and each baby is so different so there is no right or norm when it comes to this stuff. 

Written by Heather, of Bear & Bunny Co. --makers of the grow-with-me-leggins and shorties, handmade in the USA! Check them out and get more bang for your buck with the sizes that take baby through multiple ages and milestones: www.bearandbunnyco.com

Fun & Easy Fall Decorations

Fun & Easy Fall Decorations

I'm a sucker for Fall Decorations! Fall is one of my favorite seasons of all! Corn stalks, hay stacks, corn mazes, candy corn, apple cider, pumpkin bread, and a fall yummy scent in the air! I'm always on the look out for cute decor for my house and front porch. Here are some that I fell in love with! These are some ideas that are affordable and sure to bring Fall to your porch! 

1. A country Fall Themed Porch

source: ourvintagehomelove.blogspot.com

2. Cute Pumpkin Pallet

source: pinterest.com

3. Fall Harvest and Pumpkins

source: jeanierae.com

4. Pumpkin Crates

source: unknown

5. Golden Fall Porch

source: homestoriesatoz.com

 

I hope you were inspired by some of my favorite inspirations! Happy Fall Y'all!