my favorite non-registry items.

A lot of people, myself included, like to share their favorite baby items to register for. These lists are so helpful when you are just getting started and it is nice to know what you absolutely need to have when welcoming a new baby. I wanted to share a few items that I did not have on my registries but that I bought because they are super helpful and sometimes overlooked or not even thought of. All of these items have helped me in too many ways to count and I highly recommend a new or veteran mom to invest in. 

Mommy Hook - The mommy hook is a LIFE SAVER when you are at the mall, grocery store, museum, church, or any event with kids. It is super heavy duty and can hold all your extra bags. I have one and am considering buying a second because if I have it on the wrong stroller I quickly realize how much I rely on it to hold any extra things I may have.

Night lights- Newborns often have a problem with differentiating the difference between day ad night. Obviously, sleep at night is something that is everything so having night lights around the house helps prevent having to put on a lamp or bright light. There is always a middle of the night blow out, spit up, or even trying to find your way to the bathroom. I have night lights in almost every room so Leo and the kids know it is bedtime but I still have the ability to see things.

Arm & Hammer dirty diaper bags - This might be my favorite item on the list. All of my boys have been blow out kids and usually at the worst times. These bags are super cheap and they are scented with baking soda so you can put a dirty diaper inside and throw it in the trash without stinking up someones home or church. I also use them for soiled clothes on the go and can throw it in the car or diaper bag without having any leaks or stench. 

Belly BandAfter having a baby a lot of moms can lose the weight quickly but it is really hard to tighten up all the loose skin that was once a beautiful baby belly. From Day 1 post giving birth (I didn't have a c-section ever so that is why I use it right away) I wear this for around 8 hours a day. About 4 weeks post birth most of my loose skin in my mid-section is back to normal all due to the help of breastfeeding and the extra support from a belly band. Give it a try and I promise you will love it too. 

Long iPhone Charger- Besides getting a long iPhone charger it is also wise to buy a few extras. With those long middle of the night feeds iPhone batteries die quickly. I use my phone to order things on Amazon, blog, email, etc. so having a cord in a few select rooms of the house and also having a long cord for my nursing chair has helped me to always make sure my phone isn't dead and gives me peace of mind knowing if I ever had an emergency my phone is charged.

Britax Marathon convertible car seat- I always see moms registering for baby car seats but never for the next car seat up that most babies need from ages 1-6. Car seats are expensive and registering for both an infant bucket seat and a convertible seat like this can save you a lot of money if someone chooses to gift you with one. I love how easy to install this car seat is and I prefer Britax as a brand after doing research.

Hand Sanitizer for the carNobody wants nasty germs on their kids, especially a new baby. After leaving the doctors office, church, the gas station, or grocery store it is great having antibacteria in the car to use until I am able to wash my hands again. 

Big water bottle- As a nursing mom I am thirsty ALL THE TIME but don't really have the time to fill up a glass all day. A super big canteen keeps me hydrated and I can easily throw it in my diaper bag for on the go.  (I got mine for FREE using my Cartwheel app for Target)

What are some items that you have learned to love but didn't register for originally? Any special mom hacks you have and can share? I am all ears. 


It's Pley Time (Yes, That is Spelled Correctly).

A commercial comes on TV for some new toy and my son has to get it. He will talk about it non-stop until I would rather get it for him than hear him ask me one more time to go to Toys R' Us. Or we get a magazine in the mail showing a new truck that is, in his mind, not as cool as the other 50 trucks he owns. Can anyone relate to these scenarios? Just like the iPhone, there is always something new and exciting that comes out which makes us think we need to get the next big thing. Here is when a product like Pley comes in handy.

Pley "has the coolest toys without the expense, clutter, and the waste." Pley is awesome because it sends you a toy from our "pley list" and Calvin and Max get to play with it and then trade it in for another toy when they're getting bored with it. How cool is that? No more baskets of toys that were so yesterday.  

Calvin and I went to the Pley website and we searched for a Duplo set that he could play with during Max's nap time. It was awesome because the box came right to our door and Calvin loved trying out something new that we could do together; just us. 

When you go onto the website and make your account, Pley asks you a series of questions. For example: child's age, gender, brand of toys, and types of toys they gravitate towards. You then pick what you want sent first and it arrives in a few days. Then you can pick out the next toy you would like to receive.

The best part is that a monthly subscription is only $19.99, BUT for every friend you refer and signs up you get a FREE month. So if one friend of yours joined a month you could essentially never pay and have toys sent to your house each month to use. Pley also washes all their toys after each use and even sends your child a fun free gift to keep. Calvin got a LEGO bracelet that fits him perfectly. He showed it to his swim teacher and friends at swim who, sadly, were way less amused then he was. :(

My only con to Pley is that they are really big on building toys (Duplos, Legos, Kinex) and our oldest is not really into LEGO's yet. He prefers action figures, trucks/cars, costumes, and Transformers. I really think when Max is a little older he would love something like this since he is into building but like most families, my two boys are different from each other. If your son or daughter loves LEGO's or building than this service will be perfect for you. 

Give Pley a try and have your kids join in on the action. It's a lot of fun for them to pick up a box that has been delivered to them with a " them" toy inside. It's also great for teaching them the value of both getting and giving or giving and receiving, since they are not going to keep the toy for good.

(All opinions are my own and no compensation was given to me besides a one month trial)

He won't stop wearing his new lego bracelet. 

He won't stop wearing his new lego bracelet.