Baby Things I Bought (So Far!)

As a new expecting mom I feel like I have been doing tons of research to try and find the things that are across the board must haves for a newborn. I have been watching a ton of videos, asking friends and family, and have my top 5 things that we have bought so far that everyone has said are perfect to have when bringing home a newborn.

  1. Halo Bassinet

I knew that we were going to want some kind of bassinet in our room for a safe way to co-sleep. Our room is also pretty cozy so we don’t have a ton of room for something big and bulky. Enter the Halo bassinet. This bassinet had great reviews, it is sturdy and the base is spread out enough that there isn’t a risk of it tipping over. Our bed is tall so we needed something that could adjust in height so that I could easily pull him out of the bassinet without getting out of bed a bunch of times. I love that the side of this bends down for easy access to getting him in and out easily. The swivel is also perfect for being able to maneuver the bassinet around to get around it, something important in a small room! The features like a small night light and vibrations also seem like they will come in handy. This is a pricier item but they have different models that are less expensive! We have the mid tier one. I actually got ours from Facebook marketplace for over $100 off the retail price, so I highly recommend looking there first! We found ours in brand new condition and are so happy that we went with that route.

2. Freshly Picked Swaddles

These are a newer product but I am really excited about them. They are supposed to be an easier way to quickly get your baby swaddled and it helps them to stay swaddled because of the mini “baby straight jacket” on the inside of the blanket. I am all for making my job as a new mom easier with something like this, and it will make it easier on Houston too. Win win! The blanket it comes with has velcro too and is ultra soft. I got the plaid and grey swaddles, perfect staple colors. TIP: Sign up for their monthly program! You pay $10 but that money goes right back to your account so you can use it on your purchase and you get 20% off. You can also cancel anytime, it is totally worth it.

3. Dock A Tot

I was really torn on the Dock a Tot vs the Snuggle me because so many people love one or the other. I decided to go with the Dock a Tot after I did an instagram poll and 90% of the moms that responded preferred this one. From what I read I also think that this will be able to last a little longer than the Snuggle Me will because the center is roomier. the only downside is that it does not fit in the Halo all snug like the Snuggle Me would, but I don’t think that will be a huge problem since it is meant to be a lounger. Again, this was another Facebook find! A ton of people sell their new or gently used baby gear on Facebook and you can find stuff that is in great condition for a fraction of the cost.

4. A Dresser Instead of Changing Station

This was something that a lot of people recommended, instead of doing a traditional changing station use the top of the dresser as the changing station. This may seem like a no brainer but it really does make a difference in the amount of storage you are able to have in the room. Our house lacks a ton of storage space so this allows us to really be able to be organized and find a place for everything for our new little man. We already had our dresser and are planning on getting the Skip Hop changing pad to put on top, another highly recommended item that is easy to clean and looks great!

5. Diapers and Wipes (Bulk)

This may seem a little soon to do but honestly, its 2020, anything could happen and being prepared is the most important thing! I remember moms in my community saying that they couldn’t find diapers or wipes for their babies because the shelves were all empty. So we decided to be on the safe side and buy one Costco pack of diapers and one pack of wipes,

BONUS!

Okay so I have not received these in the mail yet but I think the idea is super cool and I have heard great reviews on them! These magnetic clothes are perfect for an easy nighttime outfit. Everyone agreed, no snaps or button, zippers can be loud, but the magnetic front closure was perfect. I am super excited to get them and test them out because the idea is so cool to me!

We are just getting started prepping for baby boys arrival and I am still doing a ton of research to find the right things for us so stay tuned for more recommendations. If you have any baby must haves leave them below!

LYTE Planner

New year new you, right? I am so ready for the start of a new year!  Last semester I feel like I really got off track with my goals and am getting back to the place that I want to be.  I have tons of goals this year. Work out, eat healthy, journal, read my scriptures and pray more consistently, plan meals, and so many more things that I want to work on!

One of my biggest goals this year is to write things out and be a better planner.  For me writing things down and making lists is so important because it keeps me accountable and organized! Plus, being able to mark things off on my lists makes me feel so good too. One of my new favorite tools to help me be better about this is my LYTE planner, AKA my new bff. This planner has it all. One of its many amazing qualities is that each page is dedicated to a full day so I don’t feel like I have to skip writing things down because I don’t have enough space. I get to write down the tasks that I need to accomplish that day along with all of my homework assignments and still have room for more. Plus there also is a section for the meal plan for each day which is another big goal of mine! Another really special part of this planner is that it is all goal oriented and about “finding your truth.” I love this quote from their website that really sums up what sets their planners apart:

“The LYTE Planner is about defining who you truly want to be and how you really want to spend your time and building your life and schedule around those answers. The LYTE Planner starts with the “Truth Resolution” letter where you define who you want to be and what you want your year to look like. The LYTE Planner is also full of “Truth Prompts” which are one-of-a-kind journal pages that exist to help you nail down answers to the harder questions and prioritize the people and things that matter most to you. Each day in the LYTE Planner also starts with a “Truth Focus” which is there to keep you centered and focused every day no matter how crazy your schedule may get! Finally, the LYTE Planner has extras like a “Bucket List” and “Goals” sheet to keep you dreaming, discovering, and doing! More than anything, the LYTE Planner encourages you to live from your place of truth so you can create a life that you’re truly proud of.”

Who doesn’t want to live a life they love and are proud of?! I know that I do! And sometimes when we don’t feel like we are doing super great that can be hard and cause us to lose motivation (that was me the last couple of months!).  But I know from experience that when we are doing the things that we are supposed to, when we are writing down our goals and dreams and working towards accomplishing them, that we are going to feel good about ourselves and have that motivation to keep going.  The times that I have felt down about myself have been the times when I have not been doing the things that I should be doing and I lost sight of the woman that I want to be.  I wasn’t staying organized or working out or eating healthy.  But when I made the choice to change the things that I wanted to change (like going to the gym and plan out healthy meals) I have felt so much better and had more motivation to set new goals.

I know that we all have goals and dreams and things that we want to accomplish. I also know that when we write these things down and look at them daily that we can really work towards them and accomplish whatever we put our minds to! Because we all want live our own truths everyday.

*LYTE planners are now on sale for only $32. Trust me, you will not regret buying this! We can all work on our goals and plan together 😉

Planner and Accessories: c/o LYTE

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Spring Ready Bedroom

One transition that I am currently going through is transitioning my little apartment from winter to spring.  I love neutral colors and this winter I really gravitated towards gray and silver for things like my duvet cover or throw pillows and blankets.  But now that it is spring I have been needing to update some of those things to be more colorful and warm to match my favorite season!   Continue reading “Spring Ready Bedroom”