Baby Shower Gift Guide

This gift guide contains affiliate links and some samples were received but all thoughts are my own and I’ve only included items I personally recommend.

Looking for that perfect gift to give a mom-to-be at the next baby shower you attend? I’m sharing some of my favorite picks, including some you might not think about gifting for mommy and baby. I’ll be adding to this baby shower gift guide throughout 2019 so come back often to see what’s been added!

Boppy Lounger

I used a Bobby Infant Support Pillow with my first two kids but Boppy recently came out with a Newborn Lounger that I absolutely love. As far as baby items go, our Boppy Newborn Lounger has been the most used item since baby #3 came into our lives a month and a half ago!

Buy Boppy products here.

Baby Bath Time Gift Basket

Gifting baby essentials is always appreciated! I received bath time products from friends, including an absolutely adorable unicorn baby bath towel which I thought was sweet. I put together this baby bath time gift basket which keeps all the bath time essentials handy.

Golden Slumber Organic Baby Clothes

One of my mommy friends owns this company and sent us one of her baby gowns when Emma was born. She has all sorts of fun designs in unique prints for babies and kids but this is one of my favorites! I love the tie bottom and bright, colorful print and Emma loved all the room it gave her to stretch her legs.

Check out the whole line of baby clothes and teethers from Golden Slumber, LLC here.

SwaddleDesigns Safe Sleepwear

Giving the gift of sleep is probably one of the best things you can give a new parent! Emma sleeps best when she is swaddled otherwise her arms flailing about will wake her up. I like SwaddleDesigns 3-step Safe Sleep Program because they have products for each stage babies are in and the SwaddleDesigns product line-up helps new parents and their babies get more sleep with their swaddling blankets, NEW Transitional Swaddle Sack, and zzZipMe Sack wearable blanket.

SwaddleDesigns has an exclusive line on Amazon called Amazing Baby and you can shop the whole line here.

Baby Milestone Blanket

Parents that snap a lot of photos for Instagram and Facebook will love receiving a baby milestone blanket to take weekly or monthly photos on. I had bought a fleece baby milestone blanket but then my friend gave me a really pretty cotton one, too. I have used both and think it’s a really fun way to document baby’s growth as the weeks and months go by.

Find a variety of baby milestone blankets for babies here.

Dry Baby Stain Resistant Baby Clothes

I rarely put my kids in white clothes because of how easily they stain so I was really excited to learn about Dry Baby, the only baby brand on the market that can actually repel liquids, making their clothing & accessories stain & odor resistant! Emma spits up quite a lot so I am loving this brand because liquids simply roll off the fabric! I also appreciate that little ones with sensitive skin can wear these products because they are made of a chemical free, soft cotton material.

Purchase Dry Baby clothes and accessories here.

Gift Card to a Photography Studio for Professional Baby Photos

I love getting my baby’s picture taken each month through the first year of life. I’ve done it with both my boys and I’m now taking Emma for monthly photos. Yes, I can take decent photos of my daughter at home and have had a lot of practice taking photos for blog posts over the past decade, but it’s nothing compared to the shots you can get during a professional photography session. Even if parents don’t want monthly photos they still probably would love to go for a maternity session, newborn photos, their child’s first birthday, or even family pictures during the holiday season (something mom can’t do herself when she actually needs to be in the photos). We take our kids to JcPenney’s Portrait Studio (see image above for a great shot our photographer got) but I recommend looking online for studios nearby where the expectant parent lives.

BooginHead Baby & Toddler Essentials

Ever have a baby or toddler who thinks you want to play fetch with their toy or sippy cup? I have, which is why I love BooginHead products like their PaciGrip and SippiGrip! They also have an adorable new line of Plush PaciPals that help keep track of baby’s pacifier plus give baby comfort. These BooginHead baby essentials are a lifesaver for parents of young kids!

Find BooginHead products here.

Piper Jade Kids Clothing

For those that love gifting clothes and accessories you’ll want to check out Piper Jade Kids. This online boutique has tons of adorable items for baby boys and baby girls (don’t say I didn’t warn you! You’ll want one of everything….). I love their giant bows (like the blue and white striped one on Emma in the photo at the beginning of this post), their selection of knit hats (like this unicorn one Emma is wearing), and the sweet prints they offer (like this little hedgehog covered outfit).

Abiie’s Huggs Contour Baby Carrier

The Huggs Contour baby carrier is the perfect gift for new moms and dads who love to babywear. This innovative baby carrier’s booster seat keeps baby ergonomically seated in a healthy hip position. It originated specifically to prevent hip dysplasia (a medical term for instability or looseness of the hip joint) which is something Emma is currently undergoing testing for since she spent most of the time in a breech position while in utero. Thousands of children are affected each year by this condition, ranging from mild instability to complete dislocation, so I love that this carrier was designed with the help of medical professionals to prevent this from happening to kids from how they are being carried around.

The carrier is lightweight and provides all-day comfort for both the parent and the child. The padded shoulder straps help to evenly distribute baby’s weight in combination with the waistband to maximize parent comfort by alleviating pressure on the wearer’s back and shoulders. It also has a double layer of the center panel which folds down, exposing breathable 3D mesh for fresh air to keep baby from getting to hot

You can learn more about the carrier here.

Photospring Digital Frame

This digital frame has made my Christmas gift guide two years in a row for good reason….I love it! If there was one thing in my home I can honestly say I use everyday it’s this frame. I have it in my tv room and love looking at it throughout the day and my mom loves it so much that she mentions how much she wants one every single time she comes to visit. There is nothing better than sitting and being able to remember our favorite times and see my kids smiling faces. New parents (and grandparents, too!) will love loading all of their favorite images on this frame and they make it easy for sleep-deprived parents to do so with their easy to use app that lets parents send photos from their phone to the frame with a couple clicks. I am obsessed with it still two years later and upload new photos to it weekly (probably more so now that I have a newborn again).

Buy it here.

Other items new parents could probably use include blankets, burb cloths, and diapers. What were your favorite gifts to get when you were expecting? Chat with me on Twitter and let me know!

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Sensory-Friendly Gift Ideas

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and includes affiliate links.

When my boys were first diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder I spent hours searching for the best items that would help them regulate their little bodies. Now years later, we’ve tried a number of things- some we’ve loved and some they didn’t really use. Today I’m sharing my favorite sensory gifts for sensory seekers.

ZURU’s Tangle

The ZURU Tangle is a fidget toy that provides sensory and motor stimulation that has been found to help stimulate and maintain attention. It’s also a great tool as a means to relieve stress and anxiety. The shape, color, texture and visual impact of Tangle stimulates the brain and makes Tangle a fun and functional toy for children and adults alike. Tangle come in a variety of colors including Classic, Crazy, Metallic, and Sparkle. You can get multiple Tangles and connect them to create longer and more colorful Tangles! For under $5, it’s an affordable and collectable toy for everyone. ZURU’s Tangle is available at Walmart and Toys “R” Us.

Doorway Gym

In our old home we had a doorway “gym” hanging in the doorway of the boy’s room. The most used piece was a hammock but our set also had a swing, rings, pull up bar and rope to climb. The set was perfect for days we were stuck inside and the hammock swing was good for restoring balance to the vestibular system and providing deep pressure (both of which help kids on the spectrum feel more in balance). I can’t recall the name of the set we had but it was similar to the one linked below on Amazon. Whichever set you choose I recommend finding one that doesn’t need to be screwed in and has multiple ways it can be used.

Lycra Tunnel

If you are looking for a sensory toy that doesn’t take up much space you’ll want to consider a lycra tunnel. These soft, resistant fabric tunnels encourages heavy work and is the perfect activity for coordination, gross motor skill development, low tone and sensory-seeking.

Mini Trampoline

If you have a child who constantly has to be moving you will want a trampoline to let them burn off energy- especially during the colder months. We had a small square one with a handle that my sister-in-law had bought but I really like this one because it’s enclosed.

Theraputty

Theraputty is great for strengthening hand muscles and improving fine motor skills. It is sold in a set of various colors, each one having a different firmness. Children can start with the softest one and switch to different colors as their hand muscles strengthen and they find the putty easier to manipulate.

HOOT for Kids Subscription Box

Children on the spectrum can have a limited range of interests and play materials, which can make it difficult to engage in purposeful play. HOOT for Kids encourages the use of sensory materials that can help children reach developmental milestones in a unique way by tailoring each toy and activity to their specific needs. HOOT for Kids’ Treasure Boxes are tailored for your child by the in-house Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Starting at just $34.99, each Treasure Box includes a personalized activity card with suggested tips for play, including instructional tips for parents on how to play with their kids utilizing each of the hand-selected toys. This subscription box is well thought out and I love that it comes with the activity card to help parents navigate playtime with their child.

Weighted Blanket or Lap Pad

Weighted products, including lap pads, have proven useful as a calming tool for individuals with sensory issues, ADD, ADHD, autism and hyperactivity. I’m linking to one that has good reviews and is affordable but you’ll want to ask your child’s therapist what weight they’d recommend since each child’s needs will vary. You can also look online for tutorials to make your own weighted blanket or lap pad.

Playfoam

We didn’t have playfoam when the boys were younger however we just recently got some of this last weekend at the Chicago Toy & Game fair and it’s great for creative tactile play! Kids can squish, squash, roll, and sculpt while molding the muscles they need to write, draw, and manipulate objects with their little hands. Best of all, playfoam has a great no-stick formula and never dries out.

What would you add to this sensory-friendly gift list?

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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Dad {Giveaway}

Thanks to Sears for sponsoring this post and giveaway.

Father’s Day is this Sunday! Anyone still need to buy a gift for dad? My boys have reached the age where they like to help pick out gifts to give for occasions like this so we are headed to the store tomorrow for some last minute shopping. While they try to convince me we should go to a toy store and get him toys because “daddy really likes toys”, I know better and will be taking them to Sears where there are plenty of things that their dad actually would want.

From tools to small appliances to trendy clothes, Sears has the perfect gift for every dad. I checked out Sears.com to get an idea of what we’d find and am sharing some of my favorites here so you can make sure to visit Sears online or in-store for all your Father’s Day gifting needs! I also have a $50 Sears e- gift card I’ll be giving away for those last minute shoppers.

Gift idea #1: A new grill and/or grilling accessories for the dad who loves to grill

Several years back I shared here on the blog how we got a new grill from Sears. I think it is one of the best gifts I’ve given and something that gets used on a frequent basis. They have a number of grilling accessories too so dad can grill everything from fish to shish kabobs.

One of my favorites is the Kenmore 4 Burner LP Mocha Gas Grill with Searing Side Burner. I love the fact that it has the side burner plus the storage space on the bottom is perfect for all of the grilling accessories and seasonings dad might want to keep in it.

Gift idea #2: Craftsman Tools for the handyman

As a girl growing up I remember being amazed by how many tools my dad had. I never knew what all of them did but he always seemed to know which tool was perfect for the job. I think tools are the perfect gift for the handyman dad.

Sears carries an assortment of Craftsman tools and toolboxes. This Craftsman 254 PC Mechanics Tool Set with 75Tooth Ratchet is the only tool set dad will need to complete any and every mechanical job and it’s nice because all of the tools come in a well constructed tool box. Sears is offering up to 50% off Craftsman tools for Father’s Day (sale runs through 6/18).

Gift idea #3: Home theater system for the movie buff

Some dads are all about movies. They come up with a movie quote for every occasion and always know what movies are playing at the theater and what new movies are coming out every week.

Those dads would love a home theater so that every movie watched at home would make them feel like they were at the movie theater. The Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 Channel Home Theater System w/ Bluetooth and Smart Blu-ray Player brings a cinema atmosphere to your living room. This package includes immersive speakers, a subwoofer and a smart Blu-ray player to enjoy all types of content in vivid color and robust audio. With 5.1 channels and wireless rear speakers, dad can create an immersive experience when watching sports or the latest blockbusters.

Gift idea #4: Rding lawn mower for the dad who prides himself on how his yard looks

Recently I saw a photo online of a dad mowing his lawn with a tornado in the distance. While I thought he was crazy because you should always take shelter in bad weather, it just goes to show that some dads will not let anything stop them from making their yards picture perfect. If you have a dad in your life who spends hours outside every weekend, a gift that would help make yard work easier would probably be appreciated.

For those with a large area to mow every week, a riding mower would make the perfect gift. The Craftsman Pro Series 42″ 20 HP V-Twin Kohler Hydrostatic Riding Mower w/ Smart Lawn Bluetooth Technologymakes me want to type all the heart eye emojis because this thing is amazing. Dad can get the job done quickly with this mower and it has Consistent-Cut™ technology so he’ll get the perfect cut even if your yard includes uneven terrain or areas of tall grass. Caring for the riding lawn mower is easy too with the Smart Lawn app for iPhone and Android smartphones that includes a run time tracker, service reminders and everything he will need to maintain the riding lawn mower.

Gift idea #5: New tent for dads who love to camp

Growing up we went camping often and I loved it so I think that camping equipment is a great gift that can help make memories for years to come. This would make a great gift for a new dad accompanied by a note sharing some of your favorite camping tips and tricks. Even seasoned campers could use some new equipment and I found this out the hard way! I had borrowed my dad’s tent that was probably more than 25 years old and woke up in a puddle of rain water in the middle of the night. So if dad enjoys camping, maybe surprise him with a new tent before he discovers he needs a new one while in the middle of nowhere.

Sears has tents, sleeping bags and everything else a camper needs. For smaller families, this Coleman Sundome® 4-Person Dome Tent would be ideal. Easy setup means less time setting up the tent and more time roasting marshmallows! This tent is compact, yet spacious and has a ground vent and two windows to help your family stay cool and comfortable. If it rains, the WeatherTec™ system with its patented welded floors and inverted seams will help you stay dry and the compact dome shape stands up to wind.

Gift idea #6: Mini-fridge for the beer drinker

I find that we always need extra fridge storage so mini-fridges are great. If your hubby enjoys a cold drink while watching a baseball game or enjoys entertaining, this might be a great gift for dad.

The Whynter Mini Stainless Steel Refrigerator is sleek and will fit in dad’s garage workshop, office or his man cave. This fridge holds an amazing 117 12-ounce can beverages or up to 27 wine bottles.

Gift idea #7: Mountain bike for the explorer

One of the things Sinisa wants this year is a bike so he can go bike riding with the boys. It’s a great way for dads to spend time with their families- whether they are just going on a ride down the street or exploring a wooded trail.

There are a number of bikes to choose from at Sears from well known brands like Schwinn, Mongoose and Iron Horse. The IRON HORSE 29″ Men’s Warrior 3.2 Mountain Bike is the perfect set of wheels for dad. This mountain bike is built to take all the bumps, dips and holes in stride and is designed to make even rough roads feel freshly paved.

As you can see, Sears is definitely a one stop shop for your Father’s Day shopping because they offer a wide range of home merchandise, apparel, automotive products and more! Sears provides shopping convenience – letting members shop wherever, whenever and however they choose, both in stores and online. They even have an awesome rewards program called ‘Shop Your Way’ that is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. The program rewards members for buying the products and services they want every day. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you will want to sign up!

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Disclosure: I received samples of all products featured but all thoughts are my own.

Father’s Day is in a few weeks and, if you are like me, you probably still need to find the perfect gift. Let’s skip the tie and socks this year, okay? Today I’m sharing 8 gift ideas that might be just what the man in your life wants. I’ve got something for the grill master to the tech geek and everyone in between.

For the well-groomed man – The Good Stuff

The folks over at The Good Stuff have created the recipe for a flawless barbershop shave. Founded by real barbers with over 140 years of combined experience, they’ve perfected the art of shaving with their premium line of products. The Good Stuff Shave Lather is infused with pre-shave oil to reduce friction and nourish the skin. Their Aftershave has a light, clean fresh scent that protects with SPF15 with no greasy, shiny residue. Does your dad have sensitive skin? Their One of a Kind original formula can be used in replace of after shave or in combination and is recommended twice a week to create healthier skin and softer facial hair.

The Good Stuff monthly subscription lets the dad in your life experience the smoothest shave at home, each and every morning. They are so confident in the quality of their Shave Lather that they are letting everyone try it for just 5 bucks when they sign up! Learn more and subscribe here.

For the tech geek – Navdy

Navdy is the first Augmented Driving device that leverages augmented reality to project information directly in the driver’s line of sight, for an all new driving experience. Navdy enables simple, gesture-based access to the phone functions drivers need most and projects everything directly in their line of sight on the road ahead. A comprehensive eyes-forward solution, drivers can manage all their phone necessities like maps, calls, and messages, while keeping their eyes on the road. Read my full review of Navdy here.

For the man who loves to grill – Zach’s Wing Sauce

Designed with the griller in mind, Zach’s Wing Sauce is the first ever sprayable wing sauce. Crafted like great beers with premium ingredients and even packaged in a beer bottle with a sprayer on top, Zach’s aims to make grilling wings an experience that wing lovers will want to repeat…often. This sprayable sauce means less cleanup and allows grillers to use just the right amount of sauce. It’s made with quality ingredients and are Vegetarian, Dairy Free and Gluten Free.

They offer a $20 Mix Pack online that lets you mix and match your dad’s favorite flavors, like Chocolate Chipotle, Sriracha Lime and Better Buffalo. They can also be find in stores like Jewel Osco here in Chicago.

For the traveler – ModernMapArt

Have a dad who loves to travel? ModernMapArt takes his favorite cities, mountains, and places and turns them into beautiful works of art. If you’re looking for the perfect way to help him remember that trip to Europe, honeymoon, place you got engaged, his alma mater, hometown, or anything else, their maps are a great way to display that nostalgia. ModernMapArt creates museum-quality posters made on thick, durable, acid-free paper. The prints are created using UltraChrome ink so they are fingerprint resistant. Order one here and get free shipping on all US orders.

For the gift basket lover – BroBasket

The BroBasket offers the coolest choices of custom baskets that include all his favorites like craft beer, fine wines and spirits along with his favorite brand name gear and goodies. All baskets are 100% customizable and come in non-alcoholic versions too! The Craft Beer Tasting Kit is designed for those men who scoff at typical domestic beer and want something you can’t find at your local corner store. This basket offers a sampling of the top 4 beers from the 8 California breweries that BroBasket carries. Have a golfer in your life? The Golfers Delight basket above may be the perfect choice! Check out all the baskets available here.

 

For the outdoorsy guy – Family Camping Trip

What better gift to get the outdoorsy dad in your life than a camping trip with his loved ones? In my opinion, the gift of time together is the best gift you can give! Find a camping location here (kids camp free Father’s Day weekend!) and then enjoy it! For added fun, you can customize special shirts for dad and his lads. See how I made our camping shirts (pictured above) here.

For the musician – Yamaha Electronic Drum Set

Whether the dad in your life is a drummer looking for a space saving set to practice on or a beginner hoping to start a garage band, the DTX400K electronic drum kit from Yamaha would make an amazing gift! It’s really like having ten professional drum sets in one compact electronic drum kit because they can freely mix any of the 169 organic drum sounds to create customized kits that suit their style. They can try a heavy metal double bass kit one day then change into a dance kit the next, or keep their ten favorite kits of all time. They get a world of choices in this electronic drum kit: 23 snares, 21 kicks, 36 toms, 31 cymbals, and 42 percussion instruments. Learn more about the Yamaha DTX400K here.

For the coffee adventurer – Atlas Coffee Club

Trying to find a great gift for someone who loves trying new coffee flavors? Atlas Coffee Club is a travel-themed coffee of the month club that explores the world’s best coffee; Tanzania, Burundi, Congo, and beyond. Atlas Coffee Club curates only the finest coffee, paying above market prices to ensure that farms can produce high quality coffee year over year, and roasts each batch to accentuate flavor profiles distinctive to the each coffee region. Made to order to guarantee freshness, a subscription is the ultimate opportunity for organic flavor discovery and global variety. Each month Atlas Coffee Club highlights a new coffee growing country and shows the unique differences in both taste and culture.. To go a step further, they’ve designed their coffee bags as a celebration of culture for each country as each design was inspired by local textiles and landscapes. Order a gift subscription here.

What gift would the dad in your life love to receive?

Stocking Stuffer & Gift Ideas For Boys From Hasbro

You probably know Hasbro makes great games but did you also know that they make some amazing toys, too? Jacob is all about super heroes lately and a lot of the toys on his Christmas list were made by Hasbro and I didn’t even know it! Check out these stocking stuffer and gift ideas from Hasbro!

Stocking Stuffers
  • MARVEL THE AVENGERS 3.75″ HEROES ASSORTMENT: The Ultimate Super Hero action collection features IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR, HULK, BLACK WIDOW and HAWKEYE.  Kids and collectors will want to assemble the whole team from Hasbro’s line of THE AVENGERS 3.75″ Action Figures.
  • ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS Mystery Bags: For the ultimate Holiday surprise, pick up ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS Mystery Bags, which offer two figures from the collection in each bag.

For the Movie Buff
  • THE AVENGERS HERO MASKS: Every Super Hero needs an awesome mask! Now kids (and parents!) can pretend to be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with these masks based on the blockbuster hit, The Avengers.  Choose from IRON MAN, HULK, THOR AND CAPTAIN AMERICA!
  • THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN HERO FX GLOVE: Kids will feel like SPIDER-MAN when they put on this fun electronic role-play glove.  Sensors in the “web shooting compartment” will sense motion and respond with web shooting sound effects.

Kid at Heart
  • TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS ACTION FIGURES:  The TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS DELUXE Assortment features Transformers characters and designs from throughout the history of the TRANSFORMERS brand.  The assortment includes OPTIMUS PRIME, JAZZ and SHOCKWAVE.
  • TRANSFORMERS KRE-O allows builders to construct both the robot and vehicle mode of their favorite Transformers characters with the same set of bricks!

You can find more gift ideas from Hasbro in their Gift Guide here.

(Disclosure: Hasbro sent me gifts for my boys from the Gift Guide but thoughts are my own.)

Gift Guide Inspired By Parents Magazine

I get lots of great ideas for crafts and recipes from magazines so I thought it would be fun to put a gift guide together inspired by all the great things I saw in this month’s issue of Parents magazine. Some are companies featured in the magazine and some are similar to ones featured.

FOR BABY GIRLS:

Ruffled Bloomers By Ruffled Butts

 FOR BABY BOYS:

Rockstar Bundle By Carters

FOR TODDLERS:

Rocker by Sprout Kids

FOR PRESCHOOL AGED GIRLS:

Tutu Outfit From Cutie Pa Tutus

FOR PRESCHOOL AGED BOYS:

Superhero Costume By BabyPop

FOR ELEMENTARY AGED GIRLS:

Girls 3-in-1 Jacket

FOR ELEMENTARY AGED BOYS:

Insulated Jacket by Spyder

FOR MOM:

Personalized Necklace From The Vintage Pearl

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(Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias #CBias. All thoughts are my own and I was not compensated by the companies I mentioned or offered any products in exchange for including them in this gift guide.)