Teething Essentials

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My little man is four months old already. How the heck is that possible? I swear last month was February. We can’t possibly be nearing the end of June right now, can we?! I’ve learned a lot the last four months about my little guy. He is quite a bit fussier than his big sister. He does NOT like his carseat. He’s not crazy about the swing. He is chubby and pudgy in all the right places. He loves to be held…all the time. I call him my little hot tamale because he puts off an insane about of body heat. And like his sister, he laughs and smiles easily, which I love so much.

I try so hard not to compare my children to each other, or to any other children, but it is really, really hard. I love how different they are, but so much the same too! One thing that they both started at the same time is teething. They both started the teething process at 4 months. Just when we were getting into an awesome night time routine and sleeping almost through the night, BAM, teething rears its ugly head.

Here is what is worked for us so far…

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  1. Terry Teethers.  One thing both my babies loved was when I wet a wash cloth and freeze it for them to chew on. They much prefer soft over the plastic, freezer teethers especially in the early months of teething. I stumbled upon these terry cloth teethers that you freeze. I love that they are soft and so easy for baby to hold and are much cuter than wash cloths.
  2. Hyland Teething Tablets. I tried all the tablets and all the gels, and this is the only one that worked for us. I have a bottle upstairs, downstairs, and one in the diaper bag. These are a must.
  3.  Bandana Bibs. With teething comes drool…lots and lots of drool. I love these little bandana bibs. They are so soft so baby doesn’t mind wearing them all day. The prints are cute with pretty much any outfit and I’m not constantly having to change out wet shirts/onesies.
  4. Sophie.  Normally I would say, “$20 for a chew toy?! Pass!”, but Sophie is actually worth it. My mom bought one for Hollis and we have gotten other similar ones, but both of my kids gravitated to Sophie every time. It’s lightweight and easy to hold and get in the mouth even for my four month old.
  5. Mortimer Moose. We have a thing for Moose in our family so we received a couple of these as gifts over the years. It has lots of textures for baby to chew on. It has a good mix of hard things and soft things for their gums. I also like that you can hook it onto the carseat or stroller so baby doesn’t drop it on the floor.
  6. Teething Loop. Hollis loved this one for a long time. Super easy for baby to hold on to and lots of things to look at and nibble on. I was also able to loop it onto high chair and stroller straps to keep it off the ground.
  7. Teething Necklace.  I’m late to the party on this one. I wish I had one when Hollis was a babe. She loved to chew on my necklaces and I would have happily let her chew on this. I also love that it comes in all black and doesn’t scream, “I’m a teething necklace!”.

In addition, we also used an amber necklace for Hollis. I was very skeptical and didn’t get her one until she was one years old, but it honestly helped her and I wish I had gotten her one sooner. I don’t have one on Bo yet, but I plan to get him one when he is a little bigger. We still needed teething tablets some days, but the amber seemed to take the edge off and helped us use fewer tablets.

I’d love to hear what your teething go-to items are!

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Ikea is coming! Ikea is coming!

I know, I know.  Ikea is not new by any means, but it is one of my favorite stores. I’ve driven many, many miles to get to one of their stores.  So, it’s just my luck that we get an Ikea in Kansas City as soon as we move to the middle of nowhere Kansas. BUT it gives me yet another reason to visit my family in KC! I will take the 3 1/2 hour drive over the 10 hour drive we previously had endure to get to the nearest Ikea.

The new store is set to open this week in Merriam, KS (although it keeps getting pushed back) just a few blocks from our old house. Really, our moving away is probably for the best…at least as far as my bank account is concerned. I will probably avoid it for a couple of months until some of the newness wears off. That place is going to be a zoo for a loooong time. Luckily we took a trip to Minneapolis this weekend for a friend’s wedding and I was able to pop into the Ikea there to get my fix to tide me over for a while.

Well…I thought it would tide me over, but in reality, I was just making a mental list of things I want to get later when the store near us opens. If our car wasn’t already full of luggage, I probably would’ve come home with a few more things.  Here are a few things I picked up on our trip and few things I’m patiently waiting to get. ikea homeIkea PS 2014 storage combination, LACK side table, PREMIÄR wall map, BESTÅ BURS console, RANARP work lamp, IKEA PS cabinet, VILMAR chair

I’m loving the Ikea PS storage units, they come in many different configurations and I LOVE the natural/mint green combo. We picked up the LACK side table for Hollis to use as a play table. It’s the perfect height for her to stand and play with her toys. I’d like to add some stools or chairs for her later on so she can eat a snack or color at it. We are looking for tv consoles right now and I love these two options. The Ikea PS cabinet has the ability to lock the doors which would be great for keeping out curious babies. I’m also daydreaming about my someday office and I NEED that VILMAR chair and RANARP work lamp.

textilesNÄVVIVA and KNAPPSÄV cushions, Ikea PS 2014 rug, and LJUDA striped place mat.

My favorite part of Ikea is the textiles. I am a textile junkie and they have some really fun prints for super cheap so I can afford to switch my place mats, tablecloths, pillows, etc. often. I grabbed some pillows for Hollis’ new room (which is slowly coming along). I can’t wait to go back for bedding and maybe a new rug…or two.

ikea kidsEKORRE rocking moose, MATA 4-piece dinnerware set, SMASKA 3pc flatware, SKYLTA children’s market, DUKTIG play kitchen, LÅTSAS 11pc shopping basket, MULA 24pc building block set

Another thing I’m super excited about is the kid’s stuff! Our daughter is at the age where she is really getting into toys and I want to encourage her playing and learning. One week she is obsessed with dolls, the next it’s trains, it gets expensive keeping up with her phases. Ikea has a lot of cute, affordable toys that are also pleasing to my eyes as well as hers. I really like that they are not noisy and full of buttons, they are good for helping kids  use their imaginations. They also have a lot of great toy storage options to keep all the clutter at bay.