Baby Favorites: Six Months In.
Um, hi. I know.
I owe you like four months of Max updates. They are coming! He’s the sweetest bug and I can’t help but smother his little cheeks in kisses all day long instead of writing about his little cheeks. He’s also ON THE MOVE meaning that we’re constantly on the move! How do babies move so fast? I thought they were like turtles. Tell me tell me.
It’s a bit overdue but I’ve been keeping a running list in my phone of what we love/don’t love since our last favorites post. Here it is!
Orbitbaby G3. This is an updated favorite – but still a favorite since we’ve been using it now for almost seven months. Oh my gosh. GUYS. Words cannot describe how much I love this stroller system. !!!!!!! The car seat is so easy to take in and out of the car, which is difficult for me to begin with since I’m so short. It twists right into the stroller. It has a huge sun shade. It moves and swivels SO easily. I haven’t bought the stroller seat yet, but it’s next on our list. I 100% recommend this. [We also have the city mini GT stroller and honestly, we hate it. It is SO difficult to steer and turn and move, especially compared to Orbit. It doesn’t swivel and to turn the stroller, I feel like you have to actually walk around in a circle. Bah. Does anyone else feel this way? All I can find are raves about this stroller. What are we doing wrong?]
The Leachco pod – still a bigtime favorite. I know! I am such a broken record. This is the best thing ever though. Max doesn’t always stay still in this anymore – now he knows how to crawl and fling himself out of it, so it stays on the floor. But we use it as a little “seat” or as something he can relax in, or he might sit in it while we read (or he likes to climb in it… then climb back out… then back in… etc). This is wonderful to take to parents/friends’ homes and is portable. Cannot say enough good things.
Baby Einstein Activity Jumper. My mom calls this Max’s spaceship. Ha. He looooooves this. We’ve had it since he was four months old, when we had to stack books under his feet so he could reach. He jumps and plays and talks to the toys and yanks on the rings for a few minutes every morning while I get breakfast ready and stuff.
Aden and Anais sleeping bags. We use these at night as a wearable blanket (I still do not feel comfortable putting anything at all in the crib) and they keep Max super cozy over zip up pajamas. We did use the Magic Merlin sleepsuit for a few months. It was great and seemed to keep him comfortable and cozy, but you will not hear me say it was miraculous like others have – Max has still never slept through the night. With these sleep sacks, he is sleeping about the same amount of time as he did in the Merlin.
The Boon Flair high chair. This is something we registered for after I did some highchair research and we love it. Not only is is sort of sleek and cool looking, it moves around very easily and is super simple to clean.
The Bjorn Bouncer seat. Max has outgrown the Mamaroo and Rockaroo (he ended up LOVING the mamaroo for the last three months, until he, um, started trying to crawl out of it!), so this is the only seat we use. He will sit in it while I get ready or cook and giggle or babble or chew on toys.
These Gerber onesies. They are SO stretchy. Out of all the onesies we’ve had, we love these the most. They are super stretchy and soft and cute. I like them a lot more than Carters, Gap, etc for everyday use and to stuff in diaper bags.
Zara kids. This is quite possibly my favorite place to buy Max clothes. Baby style! We also love Hanna Andersson – the organic onesies and PJs are super soft and adorable. The swimsuits and hats and socks are great too! And I get some cute one pieces at Old Navy – these outfits are my favorites for summer.
Babiators. Why yes. I did buy my child polarized sunglasses. What is wrong with me? But no really, after buying a super cute pair at Carters that were slightly too big, I read lots of reviews and bought Babiators and they stay on his face. Whenever we walk, a little sun inevitably gets in his eyes depending on our direction, and these are perfect. So far, he loves wearing them. And has been for about three months.
Teethers! I got many of the recommendations off of Bev’s baby favorites. Max loves this maple one. He also loves this funny ball thing and this blue ring. He loves Sophie too. And this teething blanket is awesome, plus is has crinkly paper in the center which makes him giddy. Also, this little banana brush. He does not like the cold, frozen teethers (yet).
We also LOVE this Mama and Little teething necklace. My friend Cindy sent me this and it’s super cute and Max loves to chew on it. And these chewbeads are cute and fun to wear too.
Como Tomo bottles. Max doesn’t have a bottle every day or even every week (I’m so bad at that, ugh nursing is just so much easier if I’m home), but when I’m gone, we’ve been using these along with the Tommee Tippee bottles. He likes both, but these ones are squishy silicone and, yes… feel like boobs.
On that same note, the lansinoh milk storage bags. I mentioned these in my favorites at 10 weeks and they are still a huge fave. Out of all the milk storage bags, these are the best.
Since Max is seven months now and it’s summer, I researched high and low like the crazy first time mom that I am regarding sunscreen. So far, we are loving the California Baby (I find this at Target) as well as Think Baby. Eddie and I have insanely fair skin, so our little ginger is as pale as pale can be.
Books books books! We have tons of books (as you know I’m a book freak) and read to Max every night. Eddie often reads to him during the day on the weekends too, or even extra before we start our bedtime routine. Some of our favorites are The Book with No Pictures, Dragons Love Tacos, Love Monster, The Giving Tree and Pat the Bunny. Eddie uses hilarious voices and Max loves it.
K. That’s all for now. Soon we will be going on vacation soooo I may have a few favorites after that. Any beach recommendations? Should we get one of those baby tent things? Should we just buy another car since we will pack so much that we will need two anyway? First time parent problems. Ooomph.
[this post is not sponsored and is merely a list of products we’ve loved the last six months! there are a few amazon affiliate links above – I purchase almost everything off of amazon since they usually have the best prices. thank you so much for reading + supporting the blog! xoxo]
33 Comments on “Baby Favorites: Six Months In.”
Maybe you’ve already done this for the jogger stroller, but usually there’s a feature so the front wheel locks and doesn’t swivel. So make sure that’s unlocked! I have the bob and love it so so so much. My daughter is 3.5 yrs now but we used it ALL the time because it was so easy to use. Anyway just a thought! Max is way cute by the way :)
Yes this! Make sure the front wheel isn’t locked! We have the City Mini GT and LOVE it…I feel like it’s so so easy to steer and turn.
Even without kids I love reading these posts!! And Dragons Love Tacos is one of my all time favorite kids books (I’m an elementary teacher, so I read a lot of kids books). I actually bought that book as a joke for my taco-loving husband and we both adore it.
Your lists and Bev’s lists have helped me SO much in building my registry!! I’ve been wanting to order the Babiators Max has on bc the lenses look different colored than on the website, so which “color” are these? Thanks!!
i’m pretty sure i got him the wicked white ones: https://www.babiators.com/store/polarized-babiators.html
but they don’t appear to be in the smaller size right now. ugh!
Ugh! That’s totally what I thought! And that’s the pair I’ve been stalking for 2 months now. I’ll keep stalking ;) Thanks!
Love love your lists Jessica! (I have almost 3 month old at home) And yes baby tent is a must and also kiddie pool one of those $5 cheap ones. He’ll have a blast splashing in it on the beach.
Definitely get the baby tent, we live in S FL and have been lugging ours to the beach since our kid was 5 months or so. We got one from Buy Buy Baby, folds flat, insanely difficult. It recently accompanied us to Barbados and our son even napped in it (he is 2.5 now).
Can I ask how you picked the Boon Flair? I’m feeling totally and completely overwhelmed by all of the different high chair choices out there. HELP. (And perhaps more importantly, did you go with orange/white or green/gray?)
HA! oh I hear ya. I was really overwhelmed with baby stuff. I went off 2 of my good friends’ recs for registry things, as well as Sabrina’s awesome list: http://rhodeygirltests.com/2014/08/06/the-best-baby-registry-guide/
For how exactly I chose the Boon Flair, I’m pretty sure I was on Target.com and was like… oh, that highchair looks cool. Then I looked up reviews and stuff – and just went for it!
The only thing I can absolutely say 100% that I couldn’t live without that your missing is a Tula! Aka an amazing baby carrier! Tula is my favorite, by far. I have a 2.5 year old and a 13 month old. Geeze time flies!! Anyways, check out tulababycarrier.com
Oops I mean http://tulababycarriers.com/
Second on the Tula. I have an Ergo that has worked well for us thus far (my LO is three weeks older than Max) but I just tried on a Tula and I’m in love. Can’t wait to buy one once I decide on a print.
Those shades!! Where did you register for your baby items? Did you use the Amazon registry?
I didn’t use the amazon registry (thought it was be too difficult for non-tech loving family), but I have friends who did and loved it! I only registered at Target. Babies r Us stressed me out!
I’m so happy you posted again about little man! And I’m so excited for when our little girl arrives and gets to use our new Podster after all the great things you’ve said about it :)
I’ve been waiting forever for you to post about Max and you finally do but only ONE picture???? I’m so disappointed!!! I just love seeing pictures of him, because he’s just so lovable!!! I hope your next baby update includes more pictures!!!!!! I hope you have a great, fun vacation.
haha thanks Lynda!! don’t worry – more Max updates coming, this was just for the things we are loving. going to do more in depth update this weekend! ;)
Where’s the Max pictures??????? :) :( ;)
I also love the gerber onsies for plain white ones. I hated the GAP ones, for some reason that I can’t recall now. Also, YES! ZARA! I am still obsessed with their stuff for Casper. I think I will be for a long time. Don’t feel bad about not giving Max a bottle that often, I’m pretty sure I was the worst up until a few weeks ago. Casper literally didn’t know how to drink from a bottle until he was 11 months old, like he’d just chew on it and fling it around…mom fail.
PSI’m SO GLAD you like the Mama and Little necklace!
I don’t have kids nor am I anywhere close, but I’m so glad you’re putting sun protection over Maxs eyes. as an eye dr, I always try to stress the importance to parents. yay!
btw, he is so incredibly adorable and gorgeous. just love pics of him!
We have the citi mini GT and LOVE it. It can be a little annoying since you have to have the adapter for the baby seat but we leave that on and it stays in our car so we always have it ready. I just really liked that it’s simple to fold and open, it weighs so much less than a lot of the other stroller options, and it was reasonably priced (compared with the others we considered and still want – BOB in particular). It’s also considered “all terrain” though I wouldn’t take it through the park (unpaved/gravel areas) probably… the tires aren’t big enough.
More baby pics please!!
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is THE greatest sunscreen, EVER. Even the bottle turns a different color when UVA rays are present. Rubs on super smooth and easy as well, always a perk with a wiggling little one.
ive been so out of the loop with work being crazy busy. HES GOTTEN SO BIG. and i just printed this whole page to tell barbara we need it all :))))))
We use California baby sunscreen but we also keep her out of the sun as much as possible and use a big sun hat with neck protection.
I’m sorry the Merlin suit didn’t work for you. We loved it when she started rolling and breaking out of her swaddle, but she’s always been a pretty good all night sleeper. Once she started rolling over in the Merlin we had to switch to just a sleep sack with her arms out. She still rolls but not as violently. I think we’ll need to put crib bumpers up soon because she keeps getting an arm or leg through the crib slats.
So glad you posted about a baby tent! Is it small enough to travel with? We have the city mini love it! Have you tried unload ung the front tire? That might help!
Just looking back at Max’s story, he is sooo cute!! Curious, was he born on the 18th? My birthday is the 19 the December, but many, many years before.. I was probably old when you n Eddie were kids! I’ve a friend born on the 18th, as well. We will celebrate here, for Max, too! Yay, December babies!! ????❤
Lillebaby is our favorite baby carrier by far. Tula is way over rated, IMO.
The list of books reminded me of one of my favorites, “The Monster at the End of This Book.” It’s a Sesame Street book where Grover begs the reader not to turn the pages and does increasingly ridiculous things like build brick walls so you can’t turn them…except you can, and of course the monster is him :) It’s truly adorable.
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