12 Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas

It’s baby’s first Christmas and you have no idea what to buy him, right? I’m right there with you. If this is your first, you probably got all the essentials from your baby shower or as gifts from your registry. You cringe over another blanket or burp cloth. And if this is your second, third, fourth, etc, you probably have all the infant toys imaginable from your first kid.

So what do you buy an infant to put under the tree? I’ve scoured the web for some great gift ideas for baby’s first Christmas (many of which we will be buying the Little Man this holiday).

12 Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas

12 Gift Ideas for Baby's First Christmas

1. Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym. I wrote about this amazing infant toy in the past when my daughter was 4 months old. This was a new purchase when my daughter turned 2 months old after seeing how she loved to kick. We bought it to encourage kicking and build her leg strength. If we didn’t already own it, I would be buying it for my son’s first Christmas, hands-down.

2. Graphic tee for the little hipster. I can’t get enough of cute little graphic tee onesies with clever sayings (like, “oh snap”). You can’t go wrong with clothes.

3. Let someone else do the shopping for you with a Citrus Lane box. For $29 shipped (no subscription required), the team at Citrus Lane will handpick 4 – 5 toys and products based on your child’s age. Open the box and wrap each item individually under the tree for a great value!

4. Bumbo Floor Seat. We still have this from Bear, and Little Man will certainly be using it too. I love how it helps build neck strength and prepares the little one to sit up on his or her own.

5, Loopy toy. Looking for something personalized? I found this super cute Etsy shop that features soft handmade toys at great prices. For just $12 (with free monogramming!), this soft loopy toy, made of minky fabric with colorful ribbons and stuffed with hypo-allergenic stuffing has ribbon tags that soothes and entertains babies, giving them a sense of security.

6. Baby’s first Christmas ornament. This one is a no-brainer. Just like a first home or when you were just married, remember baby’s first Christmas each holiday with a special keepsake.

7. Musical toys. Babies love bright colors and musical sounds like those of the Chicco Musical Walking Turtles perfect for kids 3 months+ learning to walk or crawl.

8. Anything that stacks. I found these adorable Lamaze Totem Pole Stackers on Amazon and am definitely buying them for the Little Man this Christmas. I love that they are magnetized for frustration-free stacking.

9. I’ve been a big fan of VTech since becoming a mom (not the tablets, but the baby toys with light electronic features). The Vtech Around Town Baby Driver is on my baby wish list this Christmas since it can be used for tummy time.

10. Little fingers require little rattles, like the Oball Rattle from Rhino Toys. For less than $5 (reg. $18) as a Amazon add-on, this rattle is a sure bet for wee little ones.

11. A new family member means a new Christmas stocking for the mantle. We have the embroidered needlepoint stockings from Lands End and will be adding another one to the mantle this year for our new Little Man!

12. Santa has one more stop this year, so get ready for Christmases to come with a personalized Santa sack. This sack is handmade from strong hessian and personalized with your child’s name so it can be used year after year.

This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase after clicking on select links above, I will get a small commission. Each product above has been hand selected by me. This post has not been sponsored by any of the companies mentioned in this post.

Fall Fashion with Bogs Alexandria Tall Boots + Giveaway 10/31

The following post features boots c/o Bogs.

Bogs Alexandria Tall Boots Review

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Sunglasses, Chloe
Handbag, Rebecca Minkoff

Midwest winters are insane. Waking up to over six [more] inches of snow on our deck is never a shock. And driving to work in blizzard-like conditions is just expected.

I’ve compromised my style too many times with clunky moot boot snow boots. I refuse to do so anymore from this point forward and I won’t have to since Bogs came out with leather waterproof boots this season. Snow, slush, sleet, rain – nothing stands in the way of style with these boots.

These winter leather boots, available in black, chocolate, and tobacco, are just a hair short of knee-highs with a shaft that stands 13″ tall. The Bogs Alexandria Tall Boots are crafted with waterproof leather and Bog’s Neo-Tech that is pierced with the signature Bogs boot handles. They feature a slip-resistant rubber outsole for wet weather and an inside zipper for easy on-off access. Just know that the shaft of these boots is slim (like can’t fit over skinny jeans slim) and the shoe runs narrow, so you’ll want to slip these under trousers or over leggings/tights this winter.

GIVEAWAY!

Treat Yourself

I partnered with over 60 other bloggers for the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find great giveaways, all with a value of at least $25 to treat yourself (or your kids!). To enter to win a pair of Bogs Alexandria Tall Boots, use the entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the US, 18+. And don’t forget to enter the other giveaways listed below.


Spit Up is the New Black, So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Treat Yourself participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

5 Creative Uses for Reusable Pouches

I received samples c/o Yummi Pouch to facilitate the following review.

I don’t even remember life before the “pouch” (I’m talking about the one you eat from, not the one near the midsection). I mean, really, people actually had to use a spoon and a jar to feed their child? I kid… But seriously, the invention of the baby pouch is pure genius in my book.

I love pouches for the convenience. I can throw them in my diaper bag, give them to my daughter on the go without having to worry about a mess and just toss them when I’m done. But I’ve noticed that the store bought pouches can become pretty pricey when you consume as many as we do. That’s why I’m excited to have found Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches.

Yummi Pouch pouches are dishwasher safe, freezer safe and BPA and Phthalate free. They come in three sizes – Classic pouches hold up to 6 ounces, Mini pouches hold up to 2.5 ounces, and Sport pouches hold up to 10 ounces. They are all super easy to fill through a wide top zipper opening (or bottom opening in the case of the Minis) and are recyclable. They are easy to hand wash as well just a bottle brush and nipple brush.

But there are other uses for these reusable pouches other than baby food. Here are 5 creative uses you at not have thought of:

5 Creative Uses for Reusable Pouches

1. Breakfast Smoothie. How many times have you ran out the door only to realize that you forgot to feed your kid breakfast? While not proud, I have done this (my mind runs a mile a minute). So filling reusable pouches with smoothies that I make the night before are an easy way for breakfast on the go.

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2. Applesauce. My husband proudly made my daughter’s baby food. But of course there were times when he just didn’t have the time or energy, or ingredients, to puree her food. Now that she’s older, we still give her pouches of applesauce but have found that it’s cheaper to buy a big jar and fill up our Yummi Pouches than buy the applesauce pouches from the store

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3. Travel toiletries. Fill the mini with your shampoo, conditioner or body wash when traveling. Two mini Yummi Pouches fit in a quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag, which meets TSA’s 3-1-1 Liquid Rule. If you’re checking a bag, then the 6 or 10 ounce pouches work too!

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4. Vaseline. It always seems to be cheaper to buy petroleum jelly in that big tub rather than in a tube. But that giant container is not conducive for anywhere outside the nursery. Just scoop some in a pouch and throw it in the diaper bag for diaper changes while out and about.

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5. Condiments for work lunches (salad dressings or ketchup). As a working mom, I make and pack my lunch daily (well, my husband does – I know, I’m spoiled). I always have trouble finding tiny containers to hold my salad dressing or ketchup and I tend to forget the bottles in the work fridge if I bring them with me. These pouches are perfect to keep at work for a week’s worth of lunches.

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Yummi Pouch also makes the best cloth snack bags for pouch transport, or other food transport. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spilled bottles of water or my daughter’s snacks all over my purse. These bags are the perfect buffer (and you can throw them in the washing machine if they get sticky from last Wednesday’s sucker you forgot about from the doctor’s office).

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NOTE: if you use a pouch for something other than food, DO NOT use again with food.

Graco Playard Giveaway 10/29

Welcome to the Graco Playard with Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat giveaway, sponsored by Graco and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro

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The Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard with Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat is the first playard that offers motion to keep your precious little one content. The cozy seat sways, vibrates and rocks for endless hours of relaxation and entertainment for baby. The portable seat can be used both in and out of the playard, for soothing in any room. It’s a completely new innovation! It also features a removable full-size infant bassinet, soothing songs and nature sounds, a cushioned changer and an organizer for baby’s essentials. It’s only from Graco, the inventors of Pack ‘n Play, America’s number one playard family!

Product Highlights

  • Cozy seat sways and vibrates both in and out of playard to give you the perfect soothing spot for baby
  • Bring the portable Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat with you to give baby a soothing spot anywhere in your home
  • Cozy seat also becomes a portable rocker to keep baby content around the home
  • Easy-to-use controls on the seat help you choose the right soothing speed for your baby
  • Rock Locks™ can be used to easily transform the portable rocker into a stationary seat for baby
  • Cushioned changer integrated into the playard allows for more convenient and comfortable diaper changes
  • Premium parent organizer keeps baby’s essentials – such as diapers, wipes, extra clothes and toys – close at hand
  • Help keep baby relaxed and entertained with five classical songs, five nature sounds, gentle vibration and a soft look
  • Playard is thoughtfully designed to grow with your child from newborn to infant to toddler
  • Sway seat’s luxe fabric and head support give baby a dreamy place to nap
  • Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat canopy shields baby from bright light, for slumber
  • Sleek new frame with a stylish skirt will complement your home’s fashionable décor
  • Removable, full-size bassinet is a comfy and familiar place for baby to rest, at home and away
  • Finland fashion: Surround your child in soothing style with the precious Finland fashion! Interlocking squares in buff, camel and gray are accented with solids of the same colors, for a look that’s relaxing for baby and stylish for you.

To find out more, read Thrifty Nifty Mommy’s full review of the Graco Playard with Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat.

Graco wants to give one lucky family their own Playard with Nuzzle Nest Sway Seat in the Finland Fashion!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older, unless prohibited by law. The giveaway will end at 11:59pm EDT on October 29th, 2014 and the winners will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries received. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!

Entry Form

The participating bloggers have not been compensated for sharing this giveaway. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Graco. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest. For questions about this giveaway, please email thriftyniftymommy {at} yahoo.com

Summer Infant Bentwood Booster Seat Giveaway 10/30

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Looking for a stylish seating solution for your child? Summer Infant has you covered with their Bentwood Booster Seat, and we’re giving one away to one lucky winner!

Here is a little more information about the Summer Infant Bentwood Booster Seat from Amazon:

The bentwood booster seat is a stylish, lightweight wood seat that is a great feeding booster seat.

  • 3-position recline and high seat back for child’s comfort
  • Included chair straps secure booster to chair
  • Removable, dishwasher safe, 3-position tray
  • 3-point harness for safety
  • Folding design for storage and portability

Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 10/30/14 at 11:59 PM ET.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

This giveaway is sponsored by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or Instagram. Please contact vivaveltoro{at}gmail.com with any questions about this giveaway. Information and images are courtesy of Amazon.

Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker Giveaway 10/28

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Have you ever thought about making your own baby food? Baby Brezza makes it EASY with their One Step Baby Food Maker!

Here is a little more information about the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker from Amazon:

Bring healthy, homemade baby food to your table in just minutes with the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker. This patented, multi functional baby food maker allows you to steam and blend fruits, vegetables, meats and fish all in one bowl quickly and easily. In as little as fifteen minutes, you can have a healthful, nutritious and delicious meal ready for your baby and the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself.

  • Easy to use! Just add your ingredients and set your steam time, and the machine will do the rest
  • Safe – one bowl design means you don’t have to transfer hot foods to another bowl or blender in the middle of your cooking process
  • Easy to clean – bowl and blade are dishwasher safe
  • BPA/Phthalate Free
  • Bowl holds up to 2 1/2 cups

Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 10/28/14 at 11:59 PM ET.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

This giveaway is sponsored by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or Instagram. Please contact thriftyniftymommy{at}yahoo.com with any questions about this giveaway. Information and images are courtesy of Amazon.

ERGObaby Petunia Pickle Bottom Baby Carrier Giveaway 10/27

Are you ready for a BEAUTIFUL babywearing giveaway?
We’re giving away an ERGObaby Petunia Pickle Bottom Carrier in Heavenly Holland ($160 retail value)!

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Here is a little information about this ERGObaby carrier from Amazon.com:

  • Chocolate/Rose/Leaf Green tulip garden design with coordinating Chocolate hood.
  • Ergonomic design
  • 100% organic cotton twill with 100% organic cotton sateen lining and hood
  • 100% cotton organic batting in body of carrier to soften edges
  • The all-in-one carrier that can be used for all your babywearing years
  • Allows parents to maintain closeness with baby while attending to daily activities
  • May be worn in front, back and hip positions
  • Comfortable for parent; balances baby’s weight to parents’ hips and shoulders
  • Supports correct sitting position for baby’s hip, pelvis, and spine growth
  • Sleeping hood with elastic, adjusts in length for growth of baby
  • Soft, smooth feel for baby
  • Ensured safety and security for baby
  • Increased durability and longevity of carrier
  • Maximum durability and fit
  • Ergonomic design
  • Fits most adult body types, from 5′ to 6’6″
  • Waist belt circumference from 25″ to 43″
  • Carries babies from infancy (with Infant Insert) to 45lbs.
  • Important Notice: If your baby is less than four months old you will need an ERGObaby Infant Insert in order to safely carry your baby in the ERGObaby Carrier.
  • Machine washable – cold, gentle cycles, mild detergent, no bleach. Dry in low heat.

Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 10/27/14 at 11:59 PM ET.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.

This giveaway is sponsored by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy. The participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, or Instagram. Please contact thriftyniftymommy{at}yahoo.com with any questions about this giveaway. Information and images are courtesy of Amazon.

First Family Outing as Four: Cedar Point HalloWeekends

A special thank you to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio for providing me with complimentary tickets in exchange for the following post.

A few weeks ago, we became a family of 4. Some might think we’re nuts traveling with our toddler and newborn to Cedar Point on a brisk September day, but with all the recent family changes, we wanted to do something special for our daughter.

We were aiming to arrive at 11am when the park opened that Saturday for their annual HalloWeekends celebration. HalloWeekends begins in September and runs through October each year (sometimes the first weekend in November). It’s the time of year when the amusement park turns black and orange and features extra activities for kids with a Halloween them (and haunted houses for big kids after dark).

We were only two hours behind schedule and arrived around 1pm. Grandma and Grandpa met us at the park (thankfully because it would have been super tough trying to manage this outing on our own).

Right near the park entrance was the merry-go-round. This was the first time Bear was able to walk at Cedar Point (last year she was crawling) and she walked right over to the “hosies” for a few laps. Daddy went with her since I would have vomited all over the other kids. Plus, I had to nurse Little Man (the first time I was comfortable nursing in public!).

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Next up were the real horses, well, ponies. During HalloWeekends, Cedar Point offers pony rides for an extra $5. It was worth it to me since she’d never ridden a live animal before. Of course she was timid and reserved until about 20 seconds before the ride was over, at which time her teeth stopped grinding and she lit up with a big smile.

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Then it was off to the cars and trucks. She’s really, like REALLY, into cars and must have ridden them at least 10 times that day. She also took Grandma for a ride in her very own truck. At 2 years old, she’s a pretty good chauffeur.

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Special to HalloWeekends is the Trick-or-Treat zone as part of Howl-O-Palooza. Kids can visit eight stations where princesses, witches, and more hand out treats and toys (I love that it was a nice mix of both so she wasn’t on a sugar high).

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The Reese’s cups were her favorite (just like her mommy).

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After the last station she had to sit down and go through all her goodies, of course. That’s exactly what I do when I’m at a work conference and get a bunch of pens and notepads from different vendors. If only my work trick-or-treating involved candy…

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We then headed over to the area with the cornstalk and hay bale mazes and pedal tractors, but we were too late. Turns out that the kid’s Howl-O-Palooza runs from open until 5PM on Saturdays. It was just past 5 once Bear finished admiring (and devouring) her treats. We also missed the “Monster Midway Invasion Celebration” parade, the “Skeleton Crew” show in Celebration Plaza, and the “Peanuts’ Halloween Show & Kids’ Costume Contest” on the Howl-O-Palooza stage.

But hey, we made it out to Sandusky with a toddler and a newborn and still had our sanity. And had a ton of fun at Cedar Point that day.

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Favorite Brand Spotlight: Lansinoh

I received samples c/o Lansinoh to facilitate the following review.

Ever since I began breastfeeding two years ago, I’ve relied on Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags to hold my precious, liquid gold. And not once have they disappointed me (that’s saying a lot when it comes to zip-top plastic bags). Over these past few years, I was introduced to other amazing products by the same great brand. My latest obsession? The Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump, which is a staple in my diaper bag.

Why?, you ask. Because this manual pump is the difference between engorgement and comfort. I take this breast pump nearly everywhere with me (it’s always in my diaper bag) for those times that the Little Man just wants a snack, or when I need to run out without him and I’ll miss a feed (for comfort). I love that I don’t have to rely on batteries and I can express as much or little as necessary.

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I work full-time, so I pump a fair amount. I have an electric pump for full expression sessions, but this manual pump is perfect for weekends, quick expression for infant cereal, and for those times I don’t have access to an electrical outlet. Unlike electric pumps, I love that I can control the letdown and expression with the ergonomic handle. And if I need to pump and feed while out and about, I can do so easily with the NaturalWave™ Nipple, which attaches to the wide-neck bottle (both are included with the pump).

To see how effective the suction of the pump really is, I used it for a full pumping session until “empty.” I then hooked up my electric pump to see if I really expressed all the milk, or if there was still some left. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the manual pump did the complete job!

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There are quite a few pieces to this pump. Be sure to disassemble, boil and wash each part upon opening the package. Just make note of how the pump is assembled beforehand – I was so eager to test it out that I couldn’t figure out how to assemble the pump after it was disinfected and washed. It took me a good 10 minutes to realize I was forgetting the valve the first time I used it.

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In addition to the manual pump, I also tested out the THERA°PEARL® 3-in-1 Breast Therapy, HPA® Lanolin, and Disposable Nursing Pads. Since this was my second go at nursing, I was rather engorged the first few weeks until my body readjusted to a new little peanut. The THERA°PEARL pads helped tremendously to easy my pain. I just popped them in the microwave for 15 – 20 seconds and then wrapped them in the little pillowcases they came with (be sure to wash them first). You can also use them WITH your pump to help your letdown! The lanolin was also quite helpful for the first week with the cracking and the nursing pads are great to keep in the diaper bag for the times I forget, or don’t get around to washing, my cloth breast pads.

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Lansinoh is a great brand in my book. This year, they talked to 2,045 moms here in the US to learn about their breastfeeding attitudes and behaviors. I was so excited to see that 93% of respondents said that breast is best!

US_Survey_Infographic_09_03_2014If you’d like to connect with Lansinoh, check out their website, Facebook and twitter pages. Lansinoh is available at Babies”R”Us, Target, Walmart and other local retailers.

Combi Cosmo Umbrella Stroller Giveaway 11/1

Welcome to the #MommyMeBirthdayBash, hosted by Mommy By Nurture!

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I’ve teamed up with guests of honor Nichole and Davin of Mommy By Nurture for a super fun #MommyMeBirthdayBash giveaway event, coordinated by Tales From A Southern Mom and co-hosted by Stellar Manic Mommy and Mom At 40. This giveaway is for the Combi Cosmo Stroller (sponsored by Combi). It’s lightweight, features a basket, cup holder, and easy storage. Plus, you can carry it with a strap! View a full review of the Combi Cosmo Stroller from Mommy By Nurture.

This stroller is just one of the 22 prizes up for grabs this month. To see all 22 prizes and their active dates to enter you can view the Mommy & Me Birthday Bash Event Page.

To enter to win, please use the form below. One person may enter per household, Open to the 48 Contiguous States age 18+. Void where prohibited. One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries. If you wish to sign up for any newsletter as an entry to the giveaway, your information will only be provided to the newsletter you signed up for and never sold or given away as well. You may come back daily to get additional entries for the Daily Secret Word, Daily voting, or Tweets. Refer your friends for even more entries. Good luck!

Spit Up is the New Black was not compensated for this post nor responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Prizes will be shipped by each individual sponsor listed. This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. One winner from all eligible entries will win their choice of black, red, or blue in the Cosmo (retail value $129.99). If for any reason the color you choose becomes unavailable, a second option will be provided. Winner has 48 hours from time of contact email to reply or another winner must be chosen. Mommy By Nurture will need to provide the sponsor your full name, address, and phone number for shipping purposes. This information is never sold or given to anyone else. Product will ship from sponsor and normally ships within 2-6 weeks. If you have any questions, or would like to see your product featured on Mommy By Nurture, in the next product review or giveaway, please contact Nichole at Mommy By Nurture