I thought I would pass on this interesting website I found with parenting tips from two moms. Here is their page of registry suggestions I thought was helpful. http://www.rookiemoms.com/shopping-registry/
I don't know if everybody knows to do this already, but about a month ago, I discovered a great alternate use for baby's safety swabs. They are perfect for getting those hard to get, stuck inside the nostral boogies! Who knew!
When your baby goes through the challenging phase of squirming and flipping over every time you want to change his diaper, have a book or toy ready nearby that he has never seen before, or allow him something to play with that is usually off limits like your keys or phone. This distraction can be quite mesmerizing and will give you enough time to get the job done with less hassle.
Here are a few more cool baby products I came across. The first - "crib grass" by Boon. I don't think it is readily available yet, and if it is, please let me know. We read everywhere that we shouldn't put bumpers in cribs because a baby's face can become pressed against it and the fear of SIDS sets in. But without a bumper, A- the pacifier falls on the floor, and B- it hurts when the baby slams his/her head against the rails. A solution for A is a crib mesh bumper that I know is available, but that doesn't help with the B part. Anyway, this "crib grass" seems like it would be a great solution. It looks padded, and it wouldn't keep the pacie in the crib 100% of the time, but it would be better than nothing, and it looks like it would have enough breathing room and cushioning. And hey, it looks cool.
Update 02/09/11: I contacted Boon this past week to ask where Crib grass could be purchased or if it is even manufactured, and their response was as follows:
Crib Grass is a very innovative concept in crib bedding, however, due to both the poor performance of crib bedding recently and the economy as a whole, we decided to hold off on it and stick to our core categories (bath, feeding, organization, decor) at this time.
On the topic of grass, Boon also has a "grass" drying rack. It seems like a great idea. I also would like to have my son try out Boon's bendable spoons and sporks which are more ergonomic for toddlers and the way they hold their utensils.
I do quite a bit of research for baby gifts. In my internet search of cool products that parents and I would love, I came across something called the Thilde Pocket. It is something that is attached to the side of the crib with pockets containing toy and book surprises to entertain a young early riser to give mommy or daddy a little more time to sleep in the mornings. I would love to make something like this as a product on my website... I just need to learn how to use a sewing machine. Please let me know if you think this is something anyone would be interested in. I was thinking if it spanned the length of the crib, it would double as the protective crib covering that I recommended in an earlier post.
Emily became a mommy on her birthday in July of 2008 to a wonderful son named Sam. She has since become rather obsessed with all things related to babies and baby items.