What to get a mom to be for her?
I don’t know about you but I am really big on handmade gifts or gifts that are helpful. So, when I got invited to my first baby shower since becoming a mom I wanted to make sure my gift would be helpful. I knew that this mom to be had lots of family who had made sure she was covered for baby essentials. So, I wanted to make sure she had a few items that made all the difference to me. Which led to making a mom to be care box.
Making a care box
Once I decided to collect a few items for the mom to be and skip the traditional baby shower gift. I knew I wanted to add items that were useful. So, I added the following “somethings”:
- Useful- an item that I used a lot once I was a new struggling mom.
- For self care- beauty, bath, an item that would make her feel good about herself.
- Sweey/cozy- who doesn’t need to feel cozy after baby is here.
- Helpful- an item that you wish you would’ve known about sooner.
Think of a gift that helped you get through those early days of being a mom.
For my something useful I went with this laundry backpack. I was so sore after I gave birth and with our laundry on a different floor I couldn’t hold a basket against my tummy. I found something similar to this on clearance when I was postpartum and I LOVE IT! It made getting laundry done so much easier.
At my baby shower a close friend made me a little hospital goodie bag of things to pack. It was a super sweet and useful gift and full of things I would’ve never thought of.
Two of those things were dry shampoo and face wipes. So, so simple but made me feel so human after delivery. These were my two self care items for this care box.
Just try and think of the thing that made you feel clean or fresh while at the hospital or when you got back home. What helped you feel “put together?” Include this as your self care item.
Sweet and cozy
This one was easy. What is something that would make your mom-to-be feel cozy or sweet? Maybe she likes a certain kind of chocolate or is she a coffee lover?
For my care box I got her a coffee mug that had a cute Mom saying on it. This is her first baby and I always love getting mugs that make me feel good when I read them. So this seemed fitting.
Who doesn’t want something helpful as a first time mom? Think of an item you discovered or were introduced to when you were a new mom that you wish you knew about sooner.
My something useful was Mother’s Milk Tea.
My friend wants to nurse and doesn’t have any moms around who have nurses so I wanted to include this tea.
This particular tea helped keep my supply up when my son and I were struggling with nursing. Such a simple gift but a game changer I wish I knew about before beginning my nursing journey.
After I collected all my gifts I bought a super cute box that could be used after she opened the present and of course added a small hand written note explaining my gift.
There is something about personalized gift that always made me feel special and hopefully my friend I gifted this to felt that way. Small things can go a long way.
What would you include in your mom to be care box? Let me know in the comments.
When we first put Killian’s nursery together we focused on simple pieces, that didn’t take up a lot of space. We also, only baby proofed what we thought he could reach as a baby. Being a first time parent we didn’t realize how fast he would grow, learn to walk and even climb on things. Now that he is 14 months old he is in desperate need of a toddler room. This lead to the budget friendly update of his nursery to toddler room. With number two on the way I needed him to have his own space he could play in, safely. With a budget of only about $150 this is what we updated in his nursery to make a toddler room.
How to Go From a Nursery To a Toddler Room
The first step is to figure out what you are working with. I am going to share before and after pictures of our nursery to show you what we updated.
Take a good look at your nursery and try to imagine you are a toddler (I know that sounds absurd, but bear with me) and answer the following questions:
- What can be climbed?
- What can you reach?
- Are there any cords, blinds, or outlets you can reach?
- Can any furniture fall over on you?
- Do you have a space for everything you need (toys, clothes, sleep, etc.)?
Once you identified the problems, make a short list of what you need to update in your nursery to make it a safe toddler room, safety hazards first! I promise we will get to the fun, cute stuff in a second.
This was our list:
- Anchor the dresser to the wall.
- Cover outlets.
- Move humidifier, monitor and sound machine out of reach.
- Clear area under the window so there is no access to the windowsill.
- Remove the standing lamp and replace with something mounted.
- Make a space for toys that is age appropriate.
Many of our problem areas involved our son being able to reach and get to things he couldn’t as a ‘crawler.’ He could’t get behind his crib to the outlet there before, he couldn’t reach his dresser drawers, etc. So, we set out to find solutions.
- Furniture– I can’t stress this enough (at least in our case and in yours too I’m sure) our son is smart and strong! He can get into stuff so quickly and he is learning so quickly! Furniture can fall over. Especially tall furniture. We ended up needing his dresser for baby 2 so he is getting my dresser which is a bit taller. Mounting it to the wall was priority. Accidents can happen so fast! These furniture anchors are awesome and super easy to install.
- Outlets– The next issue we had was outlets and more specifically cords. When we put our son’s nursery together we used the traditional outlet covers for the outlets that were not being used. But since he can actually pull on things now we needed to toddler proof the cords that were plugged in so we invested in the outlet covers that kept him from the outlet AND plug. Both of these items are great for making outlet safer and a great solution for this problem.
- Moving “pluggable’ items out of reach– As you can see in the ‘before,’ photos there are a few items that have cords that he could reach and get into. If you are having the same issue we opted to hang another small shelf to put things up he could reach.
- Lighting– We needed to remove the standing lamp or mount it to the wall. If you are like us and a have a standing lamp OR a normal lamp that could be pulled over, a wall light is a great option. We bought one very similar to this one that is a cloud. You can run the cord down the wall and pin it to the base board. The switch is right on the wall and there is nothing to be pulled over.<
- A space for everything– This is not necessarily a safety issue unless you are working with a small space (like us). I wanted to make it so there was an area for everything my son needed. This also ensured I wasn’t falling over things 7 months pregnant. Which leads us to the FUN PART, DECORATING!
Decorating a Toddler Room
Our son is only 14 months but he is walking, climbing and is pretty mature for his age so I wanted to make an area where he could play independently. (But he also isn’t old enough for a toddler bed necessarily so I won’t be covering that in this post.)
I had to move some furniture around to make a corner but here is the before and after of the corner we converted for a okay area.
Lots of these items came from IKEA because we have one so close to us but there are similar products you could buy online to make the same look.
When we started to pick pieces for his room I wanted the following:
- inexpensive (remember we had a budget of $150)
- compact (for his small room)
- and items he could use independently
For the decorating, which took place mostly in this corner we picked the following items (the links are similar items to what we bought):
- two wall book shelves that we hung at his level ($13.99 x2)
- a new colorful rug ($14.99)
- a ‘leaf bed canopy,’ for decoration ($14.99)
- two hooks to hang his towel and pj’s ($3.99 x2)
- (plus the wall lamp $9.99, outlet covers $9, dresser strap $20, small shelf that we had)
We managed to stay on budget with a grand total of just under $110 after tax!
Here is what the after looked like for our little guy!
This is how we went from a nursery to toddler room on a budget. What did you need to change in your babies room to make it toddler appropriate? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
When it comes to researching baby products there is So. Much. Information. When I was looking for products when I was pregnant I relied heavily on Pintrest and other mom reviews. So I wanted to share with you my opinion on the best baby carrier.
When I was putting together my baby registry I fell in love with the Moby Wrap. It had so many great reviews, moms raved about it, and it was all over Pintrest. All of that was good enough for me so I excitedly added it to my registry. When I got it at my shower I was over the moon! After our shower I went home and tried to learn how to tie it. I wasn’t very good at it but I told myself I would learn once baby was here.
My son was born a month after our shower weighing in at 6 lbs 12oz. I got home excited to try my Moby and realized he was so small and I could not tie it tight enough to support him. I was super bummed. I had done all the “research,” why wasn’t this wrap AMAZING?!
The first issue was my son was small. The Moby carrier is good for babies 8-30 lbs. By the time we were home from the hospital my son was closer to 6 lbs than 7. So I set out to research yet again a carrier for a smaller baby that didn’t require so much tying.
The Baby K’Tan Carrier!
This carrier was hands down one of the best products that I bought as a new mom. I could get so much done while wearing my little one. Here is us on the first day I bought it.
There are so many reasons why this carrier worked so well for us.
1. The weight limit
Almost all the cloth carriers I could find had an 8 lb weight limit, which is great unless you have a small munchkin like we did. With our sons weight being 6 lbs I wanted to make sure he was safe. This carrier allowed us to support him even though he was a smaller baby. I could adjust how snug is felt just by folding the fabric on my shoulder. This made me feel so much better wearing him while he was so fragile.
2. It was cheap
By the time we realized we didn’t have a carrier that would work, our baby shower had come and gone. Our little human was already here so we didn’t have hundreds of extra dollars to drop on a carrier. Baby K’Tan has a few different wraps you can buy the one pictured above was $49.95 on their website. That is half the price of a lot of the carriers I found online or in the store. On Amazon I have found it even cheaper than that at times.
3. It traveled well
Because the Baby K’Tan is made of amazing cotton material it can be folded up and shoved in your diaper bag. Convenient right?! Who doesn’t like easy to grab items for baby. I could keep this in the house for house work and then just throw it in our bag when we were headed out. It was way more convenient than taking the stroller everywhere. I loved having a way to keep my son close even when we were at the mall or out for a walk.
We bought the Orignal carrier when our son was born but when he was about 4 weeks old we had my family reunion in Tennessee. It’s always in June and our first carrier was black. I was so worried my son would get too hot so we ordered the ‘Active’ carrier. It’s made of this super breathable material. But those are not the only ones they have.
This was our first carrier. It comes in a few colors (we have the black one). It is made of really soft cotton material that feels like a broken in t-shirt.
5. It’s Easy!!!!
If you read my previous post What I Wish I Would’ve Registered for and What I Regret, then you know that I registered for the Moby because you can wear it in multiple ways.
Except with the Moby there is a lot of tying and pulling. The K’Tan on the other hand is sooooo easy to use. The carrier is already tied so you simple follow the first these steps for the kangaroo hold. Every position starts with steps 1-4 and then all the steps after are for each specific position.
Once your little own is able to hold their head up there are so many ways to wear this carrier.
You can check out all the different ways on the K’Tan website.
I wish I would’ve registered for this carrier to start with but I’m so glad that I found it even if it was a little late. This carrier helped me get so much done. Not only is baby wearing good for mom and baby. It was especially good for us having a super cranky baby (you can read more about that here). When our little one was screaming this was about the only way I could get anything done around the house. This was also our go to for leaving the house. We much preferred to wear him in the grocery or while out walking around then hauling the stroller or his entire car seat.
Don’t make the same mistake as me, register for the K’Tan from the start.