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It’s time for another favorites post! I decided to combine months 4 and 5 because not much changed between them, and the products we were using were relatively the same. Avary did change a lot during these months, though! I think the biggest change was that she started sitting up independently! This definitely changed the way she played. My little baby does not want to be a little baby, so any products and toys that allow her to play independently or be a “big girl,” she loves.
Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System, Lilla. When we were registering for baby items when I was pregnant, I knew I wanted a travel system because of the convenience of them. I also wanted something that was safe, good quality, but also affordable. We love our Chicco travel system, and we purchased it in the Lilla print, which is gray with small little polka dots. I think it is cute and definitely neutral enough to reuse for another baby. Around 4 months, we started going on walks daily because the weather was gorgeous (not to mention Avary loves walks!), and I love love love my Chicco stroller! It can be really windy where we live since we are by the ocean and the Chicco system is so adjustable, I can cover Avary completely with the canopies. This is also great when she is napping! If you’re looking for a travel system with a base, car seat and stroller–I highly recommend!
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder. Avary started teething at 4 months old (crazy, I know!). As a mama, when your baby starts teething, you really feel at a loss for how to help them! I didn’t feel comfortable just pumping Tylenol into her-especially during the day-so I looked up some natural ways to help relieve her pain. We had frozen teethers on hand, but she didn’t seem to like them. I don’t think she liked holding that cold, frozen thing in her hand (poor baby!). Nursing typically solved all problems, but while she was teething, the sucking was painful for her little gums! I found the idea to make “breastmilk pops,” and she loved it! All I did was freeze some breastmilk in an ice cube tray, pop it out and put it in our Munchkin fresh food feeder. It helped to numb her gums and also gave her the comfort of mama’s milk! The gripped ring on the feeder was large enough for her little hands to hold onto, so it was perfect. Look out for an upcoming post all about my baby teething essentials!
Baby Einstein Activity Jumper. I couldn’t wait to try out Avary’s jumper with her! I know a lot of babies love to bounce, and I was hoping she would, too. Not only because it would help mama get another task or two done, but it is just so darn cute seeing a baby bounce away!! Avary loves her Baby Einstein jumper, and it entertains her for quite some time.
Fisher Price Shape Sorter Blocks. Around 5 months old, we really started to notice that Avary was getting bored with her toys. She just needed something new and a little more challenging! We bought her this little block (super inexpensive!) and she loves it! She obviously doesn’t know how to actually sort them-she will figure that out later-but she loves picking up the bucket and dumping them all out. Also, we will stake them all up for her and she likes to knock them down. These have definitely been one of her favorite toys lately.
Taggies blanket. When we started transitioning Avary out of being swaddled (somewhere near the beginning of 4 months), we knew we wanted to replace the security of swaddling with a “lovey” item. Someone had given us this blanket as a baby shower gift so we tried this first. She LOVES it! She loves having something soft to hold onto when she is falling asleep, and she loves rubbing the silky fabric tags.
Fisher Price Smart Stages Laugh & Learn Puppy. Avary loves this thing! I don’t know if it is the fact that it sings (she loves music) or if it is the face (she loves toys/dolls with faces), but she laughs every single time we get it out. It is also fun watching her try to find all the different buttons to press to play the music.