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We have a two story house and the insulation is so so… the upstairs of our house gets really warm, but the bottom of our house is always freezing! We’ve been piling on the layers lately (Swap.com has some great deals on sweaters! An extra 35% off!), and running our heat lamp. Heat lamps are great in that they don’t take as much energy as running the full heater. This one by optimus is our favorite.
Once Upon a World
Speaking of books… we’re so in love with the Once Upon a World Series by Chloe Perkins. Classic stories are illustrated with beautiful cultural diverse illustrations. I think I love these way more than my kids actually do. Get them on Amazon.
Hiking Backpacks for Kids
We pack pretty light on our hikes since we usually don’t travel too far, but my toddler loves being helpful and carry his own packpack. We love this one by ZippyRoo. Lightweight and small enough for our toddler to carry without being overwhelmed, plus it easy scrunches up to fit in one of our adult backpacks when he inevitably is tired of holding it, and just sets it on the ground and walk away.
Bathing Toddler & Baby Together
I’ve been giving my kids a bath together lately, but since they’re 2 and seven months, it’s been killer on my back making sure my seven month old doesn’t tip over into the water. I’ve been using the Angelcare Near & Dear bather for when they bathe together and it’s seriously been a game changer. It raises her up enough that I’m not so hunched over during bath time and even if she does tip over she won’t be going under.
It does require a larger than average tub to get this arrangement to work, but if that’s you, I totally recommend it!
Teething Time for Babies
Audrey, my 6 month old has been chewing on everything she can get her little baby hands on lately. Blankets, socks, fingers, nipples… everything! It would be cute if it weren’t so destructive (and painful….). We tend to stay away from plastic teethers and instead use silicon and natural rubber. Our favorites are the rubber calmie ball (so easy for baby to grab!) and the comotomo orange teether.
We’ve had our calmie since my toddler was a baby and it’s been a favorite for both of them since it’s easy to grab, soft, and with lots of different textures for sore gums. It is natural rubber, so it’s best to avoid this one if anyone in the family has a latex/rubber allergy.
The comotomo is a new addition to our household, but the circle design makes it really easy to grab. It’s silicon, so no worrying about BPA, BPS or other yuckies.
Both are easy to clean; I simply pop them in the dishwasher.
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