Monday, January 29, 2018

Baby Waterman Favorites: 6 Months to 9 Months

Charlie experienced another giant developmental leap between 6 and 9 months.  Not only did he want to interact with us (as mentioned in our favorites from 3 to 6 months), but he actually enjoyed playing with toys!  Excitingly for us, this coincided with Christmas which meant he went from having just a few toys that made noise to a whole bunch!

Here are just a few of our favorites for 6 Months to 9 Months:

Images via Amazon and Walmart

One: Fisher Price Jumperoo

We started putting Charlie in his Jumperoo probably around five months, but it was really between 6 and 9 months that he started loving it!  It is actually quite funny when we put him in it (still a favorite, by the way)--he immediately starts jumping like a wild man and loves the music and lights that goes off with his movements.  Plus it entertains him for long enough for me to eat lunch or load the dishwasher!

Two: Disposable Placemats

These are wonderful for restaurants!  With the holidays, we ended up eating out several times and these were great to put on the table in front of Charlie to let him eat puffs or small pieces of our dinner.  By the way, homeboy can chow down.  The cheapest that we have found them is at Walmart but have also seen a cute Mickey pack at Babies R Us that is on our shopping list.  I'm sure this isn't news to veteran mamas, but Chick-Fil-A actually provides these for kids to use...just another reason why I love that place!

Three: Gerber Organic Baby Food Pouches

When Charlie first started eating baby food, I gave him a combination of the plastic containers of baby food and homemade baby food.  As he got older, we started to go out with him more and needing to travel with food.  Enter the Gerber pouches.  I like giving him the organic variety purely because the texture seems thicker, if that makes any sense.  I love that they all seem to have a combination of different fruits and vegetables, plus they are super easy to throw in the diaper bag. His favorite variety is Apples, Zucchini, Spinach, and Strawberries.  Again, we have found that Walmart has the best variety and lowest cost.

Four: Munchin Soft Tip Infant Spoons

This is kind of a boring thing to list, but we love these spoons!  They are deep and are easy for Charlie to get the food off of.  Plus, they are ergonomically designed and easy to hold!

Five: Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Remote

Charlie has developed a fascination with the remote control (so much so that he has muted our set top box and did a freeze frame on our blu-ray player but the sound kept going--both of these led to us having to unplug the tv/blu-ray player).  I went ahead and picked this up at (you guessed it) Walmart during one of our grocery runs and he loves it!  He still wants the actual remote control, but this is easy to substitute in and it plays music and lights up!

Six: Nosefrida Snot Sucker

Right after New Year's Day, Charlie got super sick.  Unfortunately, his illness fell right when our area of Virginia got 16" of snow--something our coastal town is NOT prepared for.  This meant we were stuck inside for several days and had to dig ourselves out to finally take him to urgent care when he couldn't catch his breath when he was coughing.  He was so super congested and was not tolerating us using the nasal aspirator that the hospital gave us--in fact, it would just irritate him so much that he would have a coughing fit.  I broke down and ordered this from Target for Tom to pick up along with more Tylenol.  I did have a hard time actually sucking on this--I have a really, REALLY bad gag reflex and I just could not do this without gagging.  Fortunately, Tom doesn't have that problem and was able to suck the snot out of Charlie's nose.  This definitely was a life saver and I really feel like it cut his healing time down drastically.

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