Real Mom Reviews
When it’s cold outside, you automatically have to bring extra baby gear: coats, hats and blankets. I find that hauling along those extras makes me less likely to remember the “normal” things. The Monkey Mat is a perfect portable surface that folds up (it can easily fit in a diaper bag) and ensures that you always have a clean spot available for kids to use. $29.99, www.MonkeyMat.com
I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman
This sweet storybook by the author of On the Night You Were Born is perfect as part of a bedtime routine. The tender story of a parent who—even when her child is pretending to be a bear, fox, pony or rhinoceros—recognizes her child touches this mama’s heart every time. And my kids love the pictures of animals. $17.99, www.Amazon.com
Aden + Anais Dream Organic Blanket
Winter means lots of extra snuggles are in store, so having cozy blankets available is a must. This organic cotton muslin blanket has four layers, measures 47”x47” and gets more comfortable with every wash! Both of my little ones love cuddling with this—and it’s breathable, so I’m not too hot even with two kids and a blanket on top of me. I want the grown-up version! $69.95, www.AdenAndAnais.com.
Pretty Pushers Delivery Gown
I look back at the professional photos taken in the hospital the day after my son was born and think… Why was I wearing that ugly gown? I had no idea there were cuter options available. Pretty Pushers offers a variety of colors and designs on their gowns, which have adjustable tie closures, a simple tie halter neck, and a low-cut back for epidural access if necessary. Why not give birth in style? From $29, www.PrettyPushers.com.
Whether you make your own baby food or buy applesauce by the gallon, this reusable silicone pouch is one of my favorite products, ever. It’s easy for Baby to use, dishwasher safe, and is so much more convenient than trying to transport a jar and spoon to feed Baby on the go. With no-spill and free-flowing valve options, these are excellent for babies, toddlers—and even mamas! From $13.99, www.TheSiliCo.com
Julie McKinley is a stay-at-home mom of a 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. Keeping up with her kids is a full-time job, so she is always on the lookout for innovative baby products that make life a little easier! In between snuggles and diaper changes, she blogs at www.DirectorJewels.com.