Seven Month Favourites For Baby

I am playing a little catch up here, since Baby Girl is almost ten months old now, but better late than never. Seven months old was a great age! A lot of development happened in this month. Hallie was full of baby talk – dadadadada and mamamamama and a few sounds that sounded more Arabic than English or baby talk LOL! Hallie was seven months old during our hotter months in Vancouver so this meant a lot of time outside. We spent many days poolside and in the sunshine. We also did a fair bit of eating during this stage. So with all of that fun stuff happening, I give you a list of our personal favourites that were awesome at seven months old.

Baby Sized Pool – We bought our from Walmart and it is sold out now. Next Summer I think I would prefer to purchase a hard shell pool like this one, rather than a blow up pool. Less work and a bit more durable.
Activity Stand – I bought mine second-hand but the same one is available at Walmart here. This puppy is perfect for seven months because Hallie could stand and support herself on it as well as entertain herself with all the buttons and sounds.
Umbrella Stroller – I picked mine up at Toys R Us, similar one here. Reasonably priced and so darn cute! We have the navy blue fox print one and I just love it. It’s perfect for quick walks and on-the-go days at the park and pool. Sometimes you need a break from the big bulky travel system.
Sleeveless Onesies – With the hot weather, sometimes clothes were not an option. I found these perfect little onesies at H&M and bought Hallie the pink and white polka-dot one. Looks like they are no longer available as Fall inspired clothing is now appearing – yikes!!! I did however spot these darling ones which I may have to order anyways. Good for layering in chillier months!
Quilts – We spend a lot of time playing on the ground so it is absolutely necessary to have quits on had all the time to throw down. We have about 15 I swear. My favourite prints and fabrics are The Land of Nod baby quilts. They have just about every pattern you could think of. They might be my not-so-secret shopping addiction.
Boon Inc. High ChairThis chair is my best friend sometimes. I love the look of it and my kid is just too happy hanging out in it. The seat looks made for her; she is such a lazy lounger in it! I probably screwed myself for baby number 2 if it’s a boy but I don’t care too much. Who can resist hot pink. I must say that Boon’s customer service is awesome too. They do not hesitate to help you out or send you complimentary parts if anything is not working properly. I have been extremely pleased with them!
Puff Snacks – There are a ton of baby snacks out there but these have been a huge hit in our house: Parent’s Choice Apple Raspberry Puffs. Not only does baby love the taste but they also serve as a fifteen minute distraction on the highchair tray while momma throws back a hot cup of coffee. Win win.
Summer Custom Fit Gate – We have an open concept living and dining room so it was a challenge to decide on a baby gate. The Summer Custom Fit Gate worked well as it simply sectioned off the entire living room. I could let baby hang out in there with all of her toys and not worry about the stairs. Now that she has taught herself to climb up on furniture in there, my days of sitting back and watching are likely over. It is still a great gate though!
So those are our favourites for seven months old. Of course there are many different things out there made to make life easier, but these ones in particular worked great for us. Stay tuned for eight and nine month favourites coming soon!

Summertime Fun With A Baby

Well that post title just about sums up our life these days. That and being way too busy! Between day-to-day chores, appointments, road trips to Kamloops and everything in between, we are still managing to soak up the sunshine and enjoy all the mommy and baby time that we have together. The weekends have been jam-packed and now that Hubs has finished playing baseball for the year, we have been spending a lot of time together as a family. Port Coquitlam, and the surrounding areas, have a ton of cool nature walks and lakes so we have been making the most of our time here by exploring them. I also invested in a jogging stroller to make these adventures fun – it can be slightly stressful trying to navigate rocky hills in the Graco Travel System, not to mention a little rocky for the babe! The jogging stroller really has been the way to go. I have also taken out for a jog, all of two times, and intend to more very soon! This tummy jiggle has GOTS TO GO! We have also been discovering all of the local pools. Favourites of course include ones with shallow baby wading areas. Today we met some friends at my old stomping grounds, South Arm Pool in Richmond. There was possibly one hundred kids in the pool between swimming lessons and summer camps. Hallie, who usually LOVES a good splash in the pool, completely lost her shit. If it wasn’t so funny at the time I might have felt bad for her but her screams were a little bit comical. The poor girl. We quickly found a quiet nook of the very crowded pool to finish off our swim. Pools with adjacent parks rock as well. Nothing beats topping off a refreshing baby swim with a good push on the swings. My girl has grown to love the swings! I recently purchased this Little Tykes swing and cannot wait to get it hung in our new backyard – let’s hope there is a tree to hang it from in said yard! On top of all of that summer fun, my mom, the baby and I took a road trip to Kamloops last week. No house hunting this time, this was strictly a girls trip. We stayed at the brand new Signature Sandman on the water and I kid you not, this hotel was Vegas style. The pool was amazing with giant patio loungers. Our room was fantastic – and very baby friendly! We had a great time exploring the farmer’s market and topped the afternoon off with half priced wine bottles at Moxies – now who can say no to some afternoon rose? #nowayrose! It was an awesome girls trip and so fun to actually show my mom a good time up there versus the stress of house hunting. Of course, no post is complete without some fun photos, including my little girl all dolled up for walking in the rain (Okay I did the walking and she did the stroller-ing!) and testing out our new potty! I know she is probably too young for potty training but nothing like getting them used to it early. As you can see by her expression, we had some success at christening it! Hope y’all are having a great week and stay tuned soon for some monthly favourites that I have finally got around to working on. Seven, eight and nine month baby favourites are coming very soon to the blog. Nighty night!

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