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I wanted to share with you all toys Kennedy has LOVED playing with since she was 7 months old. Some of these toys and products can be used even earlier, about 6 months! Such as the Laugh and Learn Puppy and the Infantino activity gym and ball pit! These are my top toys and baby products I recommend for ages 7-9 months old!
On a side note, I was looking for a great product to clean her toys and wipe up her spit up and drool, and found the amazing line of safe cleaning products from Dapple! They are plant bases and non-toxic! Kennedy puts everything in her mouth and licks all her toys, so I definitely wanted something that would be safe if she ingested any trace of it.I use the Dapple Fragrance Free Toy and High Chair Cleaner to wipe up her high chair after meal time and all her toys. The Pure and Clean Everything Spray for cleaning her nursery and play mat, and other things such as shopping cart handles. Their on the go pacifier wipes, hands and face wipes and everything wipes are ALWAYS on hand in my diaper bag!!! I also wash her bottles, teething toys and pacifiers with their Pure n’ Clean Baby Bottles Dishes Liquid Dish Cleaner!
I hope you guys will find this post useful when deciding which toys to get your little one! If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment below, or ask any of the buybuy BABY store employees! They are so helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to baby products, and I always love going to the buybuy BABY store and shopping there! It is always such a pleasant and fun experience!
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The puppy has been her FAVORITE toy since she was about 5 months old! It is meant for ages 6 plus, but honestly Kennedy couldn’t get enough of her “Mr. Puppy” from such an early age. It has songs and says phrases and has a red heart that lights up. She gets SOO excited and happy when she plays with it and it sings or talks to her. It has over 50 sing along songs, phrases, and tunes. It helps develop sensory and fine motor skills in your child. If I had to keep only one toy for Kennedy, this would be it and she would be happy as a clam! The puppy also has different levels once your baby gets older, and it can easily be turned on and off!
Kennedy loves to take the rings on and off of this toy and chew on them as well! I think she loves how soft they are and they have the crinkle stuff on the inside that babies go crazy for! So once she takes the ring off she loves to play with it and hear the crinkle sound. She will toss the rings from one hand to another and different textures on the rings help with her sense of touch and feel. This is such a great toy and activity for baby to do once they start sitting up! Another great option would be to put your baby in a Bumbo seat and put the stackable rings in front of them to give them something to do while they strengthen their core in the seat. That is a great activity until they start fully sitting up on their own!
This is such a fun book for us to read together! It has six nursery rhymes that sing to her and on the side colorful piano keys. This book is great way for them to hear and learn nursery rhymes and a great introduction to music through hearing all the different instrument sounds. There are little pieces that slide and twist on the pages, so it makes reading with her fun and interactive for her!
has been our favorite activity center since Kennedy was a newborn! It grows with your baby and can be used once they start sitting up too. She loved laying on the mat and starting at all the bold prints and the sea animals hanging above her. We she started doing tummy time she loved looking at all the bright and fun colors and pictures on the playmat. Now she is sitting up all on her own, we converted it to the ball pit and she LOVES playing in there with all her balls! It comes with 40 colorful balls and the balls can easily be stored away with the turtle storage pouch on the side of the mat. She can spend so much time in there entertaining herself and having a blast!!
I was researching some ways to make her playtime more interactive and start to spark her imagination, and I came across animal puppets! I have been reading picture books to her lately and pointing out all the animals and making the sounds for her so she will start to recognize them. She thinks it is the funniest thing when I make all the silly animal sounds. I will do funny animal voices and talk to her with these puppets and play peek a boo! She can’t get enough of them and I can tell she is having so much fun. It helps me bond with her more during playtime because I am playing with her and helping her learn the animals and use her imagination for stories I make up with the animals! I think these are something my baby and I will continue to use and love for years to come!
Since Kennedy has started crawling at the beginning of 8 months, the next milestone will probably be standing up and walking! I got this fun walker for her to start using now and so she can still use it for months and months after. It can be played with on the floor for a baby who is still only on her tummy or sitting up. The activity center is removable and can be taken on and off the walker. Also, you can have it up like in the picture and the baby can play with it sitting up, and then the baby can start using it to push around and walk with! I really think this toy was a great investment because it can be used for so many months and different stages in her development. As you can see, Kennedy loves to sit and play with the piano buttons, the light up shapes, and absolutely loves the phone that talks when you pick it up!
I was looking for a pool float with a sun shade for this summer and found this one at buybuy BABY! It is perfect for little ones because it keeps them out of the sun with the canopy, and has an activity center in front of them with dangling toys and teething toys to enjoy in the pool! It also folds up easily and has a bad for transporting it. We plan on taking it with us on our summer vacation to Mexico next month!
Here is Kennedy’s 7 month update! I have been really bad with posting regularly because I am taking a maternity leave from blogging and posting full-time. But I wanted to share with you Kennedy’s 7 month update! She is now 8 months old, but I still wanted to share with you guys everything that happened with Kennedy during her 7th month!
When Kennedy was 7 months old, she was eating around 25 ounces of formula a day, and I usually feed her after she wakes up from her naps and a bottle after bath right before I put her down for bed. She also ate 2-3 tablespoons of solids 1-2 times a day. Some foods Kennedy loved eating was mainly vegetables and some fruit. She had sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, peas, prunes, bananas and strawberries! I also give her oatmeal every morning for breakfast about an hour after she wakes up. I love the oatmeal from the brand Happy Baby! I have a lot of their baby food products and Kennedy starting eating the teething biscuits, puffs and yogis while she was 7 months and now eats those as snacks during the day.
I feel like at the end of 7 months Kennedy’s physical skills and language changed a lot! At the end of 7 months, beginning of 8 months she started crawling! All throughout the 7th month she was just scooting and spinning to get to where she wanted to go! But now I can call her to me and she will come crawling’ away! She started wearing size 9-12 months while she was 7 months old and size 2 shoes. Some activities I enjoyed doing with her while she was 7 months old include swimming her on the swing at the park, going on walks, having her crawl around and feel the grass at the park, go on nature walks and explain and point out everything to her, read her books and teach her animals and sounds, go run errands with mommy, play at The Little Gym, have playdates with her baby friends, and of course playing with Daddy! She also loves spending a lot of time on her play mat and playing with her toys!!
CHANGES + MILESTONES AT 7 MONTHS OLD:
- She is about 29″ and weighs 21 pounds! I have a baby scale at home and measured her myself at home, so that is what I got!
- She is scooting and spinning to where she wants to go! She is pretty long, so she is able to stretch her arms out and reach for mostly anything she wants too haha!
- She is still sleeping about 11-12 hours straight a night! I have been putting her to bed earlier, between 6:30pm-7:15pm and she still sleeps amazing!
- She LOVES all food and loves her veggies! There isn’t anything she doesn’t like so far (knock on wood) 😉
- She has been able to sit up on her own now without any assistance!
- Kennedy loves grabbing things and putting EVERYTHING in her mouth! She also likes sucking on her fingers and her fist. haha I got her this banana teething toy and the Sophie the Giraffe, and she LOVES them!
- She has two bottom teeth and she loves to show them off and cheese all the time to people!
- She loves other babies and adults, but mainly gets so excited and happy when she sees young babies and kids!
- She is very content and happy, and could go days without getting super upset!
- She still naps 3 times a day, and her wake time is usually only 2 hours before she starts to rub her eyes and let mommy know it’s time for a nap. I have gotten so many DMs and questions about her blackout shades in her nursery. So her window in her nursery goes across the whole wall and is floor to ceiling!! We have white drapes up but the light was still shining though, and her naps were not as long as I would like. I had her napping in the closet for the longest time because it is pitch black in there, but I needed something effective and cheap to make her room a space for her to nap again. I got these black out shades form Home Depot and they work amazing!! They are really reasonable and make her nursery now completely dark!!! She can nap now up to 2 hours in the dark nursery during the day!
- I have been taking her to a mommy and me baby class every week since she was 4 months old! It’s at a place called The Little Gym and Kennedy LOVES it! She has some little friends she loves to see each week, and she loves her teachers there! When we go into the gym she lights up and gets super excited. We do lots of songs, baby stretches and flips, games and exploration time!
Here are just some snapshots of this past month, and some things Kennedy loves to do now!
Run errands and go shopping with mommy! I love this shopping cart cover I got off of Amazon. It is really wide and fits on every shopping car perfectly. I also am really impressed with the quality and style of it as well…
Kennedy loves the park and playing on the grass! I have to keep a close eye on her though, because she will put all that grass in her mouth if I’m not watching! haha
She has become mommy’s best friend and my little buddy!!!
She sits up most of the time in the bath tub and loves playing with her bath toys! I also LOVE all the Noodle & Boo bath products, and if you love the fresh baby smell you will love their entire line!
Another funny thing Kennedy loves to do is play in her crib with ALL of her stuffed animals. I will put her in her crib with all of them and she gets super excited and happy and can be in there for a long time super happy!
Kennedy now sits up in the high chair and loves eating at the table with mommy and daddy at restaurants now!
At The Little Gym having a blast exploring!
She LOVVEESSS the pool and hanging out in her pool floats in her flamingo swimsuit! haha She is such a little diva! I have two for her that I both equally love. One is a flamingo float which is so adorable for summer, and the baby pool float has an activity toy in the front and an SPF 50+ sun shade canopy which is nice if she is in the sun for a while! This turkish towel is really cute for summer and is from Lulujo.com! I got her pink glasses here and her bucket hat here!
Being her usually happy baby self and loving life while mommy pushes her on the swing!
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Hope you had an amazing Memorial Day weekend! My hubby and I spent the weekend running errands with Kennedy and shopping for some new outfits for Cabo because it was raining here most of the weekend. I have been able to test out the CYBEX Cloud Q reclining car seat all this past week and wanted to share with you my review of this product!
When I first read about all the features this car seat had, I was very excited to try it out and test them out myself. I am a baby product junkie and LOVE discovering new and innovative baby products. I have a couple different car seats and they are all different brands, and the Cloud Q which is made by CYBEX is by far my favorite so far. The Cloud Q car seat by Cybex is one of the most innovated and advanced car seats on the market. I love the spacious seating and the option for the newborn insert, it can easily be inserted or removed. The style is sleek, stylish and looks amazing with my Quinny stroller frame. I have been stopped several times since I was using it and asked where I got it from moms-to-be!
Besides the stylish and fashionable on the outside, the car seat has a great feature that I was looking for in a car seat for a while! It has a full reline position, so the car seat can be reclined so your baby can rest more comfortably anywhere outside or inside the car! This feature is so unique to the CYBEX brand and is such a great feature for moms who are on the go a lot and need to have their baby rest comfortably outside the car while still in the car seat. You can take your baby to the park, a restaurant, the beach, on long drives, and know they are comfy in their car seat! This is especially great because Kennedy hated her other infant seat and never liked being in it anywhere we went! It made it hard going places, especially since she couldn’t really sit up for a while in a high chair or on her own.
Some other amazing features I love about the Cloud Q is the 11-position height-adjustable headrest with integrated harness guides simultaneously changes the harness length and sitting angle. The Cloud Q car seat grows with your child, up to approximately age 18 months. The XXL foldaway sun canopy offering sun protection with UVP50+, and Telescopic Linear Side-impact Protection (L.S.P. System).
The angle can be adjusted easily with one hand without having to take the child out of the carrier, and the handle remains in the carrying position for easier mobility. In combination with the CYBEX strollers, the Cloud Q can be used as a visually harmonious travel system. Thanks to the ergonomic design with full-recline position, the infant car seat transforms into a practical and clever carry cot for the first months. Sleeping babies rest with optimal protection and in an ergonomically correct position. Another unique and amazing safety feature the Cloud Q car seat has is the Telescopic L.S.P. System. (Telescopic Linear Side- Impact Protection). The L.S.P. System and energy absorbing shell both help to absorb force in a side-impact collision. All in all, all of the AMAZING features this car seat has is what sets this one apart from other leading car seat brands. I highly recommend this car seat for parents-to-be who are looking for a great car seat!
I’m so excited to finally share with you guys our baby girl’s nursery! It has been a work in progress for a while now, and I started decorating pretty early on! I’m SO happy everything came together perfectly and it is finally complete…
I can breath a huge sigh of relief and check this off my endlessly long to-do list! haha I couldn’t have done it without the help of my Hubby, who spent hours putting everything together for me! He is going to be the sweetest and best daddy! Her room is our favorite in our home! I love just going in there and day dreaming about her being in here soon with me!
When I first started designing her nursery, I first thought about the colors I wanted for it and then wrote down the look I was envisioning. I wanted something girly and pink (of course 😉 ), light and airy, and etherial looking! I wanted blush pink, gold, grey, and ivory colors in her room! I first got the comfy blush pink Delta Children’s Emma Tufted Glider and sort of designed the rest of the room around that! I love the color of the glider- it’s the perfect dusty, blush pink color- which is exactly the shade of pink I wanted! I can’t wait to nurse her in it and read books to her every night! Then, I ordered her crib from Pottery Barn and I couldn’t be happier with it!! I knew I wanted something light colored and gender neutral, so we would be able to use it in our future kids’ nurseries as well! I love all of their furniture, decor and accessories for nurseries! I also got her pink tulle butterfly crib skirt from Pottery Barn and a butterfly crib sheet as well! I then designed and ordered a matching pink crib bumper from Carousel Designs and some other accessories such as a changing pad cover, more crib sheets, a lamp shade, and diaper stacker! When I ordered the crib bumper, I didn’t know anything about them being dangerous for babies. So now it is just for decoration, but I will be taking it out when she starts sleeping in her crib! I knew I wanted something pretty above her crib, and got some inspiration from IG, Pinterest and friends to do paper flowers! I think it really completes the room, ties all the colors together, and adds some texture to the walls. I also love her dresser/ changing station!! I spent hours researching the perfect dresser and trying to find the right color I wanted. I came across this one from Wayfair and knew it would be perfect for her nursery. It’s the perfect width and length for her changing pad and everything else I needed to store in there. It is also pretty reasonable compared to the more expensive furniture I was looking at getting.
I hope you guys enjoyed her nursery reveal! I am also hosting a Giveaway as well with some of my favorite baby companies, which will be on my IG tomorrow August 18th (@katelynpjones)! So stay tuned for that! Hope you guys enjoy and comment below if you have any questions! XOXO
Paper Flowers: Paper Flower Girls c/o
Mobile: Sproutling Co. c/o
Crib: Pottery Barn
Crib Skirt: Pottery Barn
Crib Bumper: Carousel Designs c/o (custom made)
Crib Sheet: Smashcompany c/o
Gold Crib Pillow: Target
Mermaid Doll: Blabla Kids c/o
Ballerina Doll: Dollies for Lou c/o
Unicorn: Jelly Cat
Pink Bunny: Jelly Cat
Lamb: Pottery Barn
Moccasins: Freshly Picked c/o
White Shaggy Rug: Rugs Rugs c/o (DISCOUNT- 15% OFF w/code: atouchofpink15)
Grey Rug: Rugs Rugs c/o (DISCOUNT- 15% OFF w/code: atouchofpink15)
Polka Dot Pillow: Anthropologie
Doll: Pottery Barn
Mirrored Side Table: Overstock
Flowers: Home Goods
Unicorn Rocker: Rockabye c/o (DISCOUNT- 40% OFF sitewide w/code: summer40)
Diaper Pail: Munchkin c/o
Smart Changing Pad: Hatch Baby c/o
“Hello World” Picture Frame: Nordstrom
Silver Tray: Home Goods
Small White Flower: Target
Diaper Stacker: Carousel Desings c/o
Floating Shelves: Target
“Create a Life You Love” Picture: Home Goods
Small Silver Picture Frame: Aaron Brothers
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Right after my daughter Kennedy was born, they quickly took her away form me and she was admitted to the NICU. I have written a full in depth about what happened and her birth story here, but I’ll share a quick recap. She had gotten my Group B Strep infection (which my doctor had told me I didn’t have when I was pregnant) and another infection from me being in labor so long. She spent two weeks there on antibiotics to get rid of the infections, and right after she was born she had a couple sleep apnea episodes. Hearing all of these things that was going on with my baby was really scaring me, while I laid in my hospital room trying to recover and get some rest- which I hardly did that first week. While she was in the NICU, they had her heart rate and oxygen levels monitored 24/7, and the nurses were able to go to her quickly if anything was wrong or levels were off. Finally after two weeks of being in the NICU, we were able to bring my beautiful daughter Kennedy home!!! It felt like Christmas day and it was one of the best moments of my life driving away with her and finally taking her home with us. After all that happened with Kennedy in the first weeks of her life, especially her having had some sleep apnea episodes, I was so incredibly happy I had my Owlet baby monitor all set up to use at home. It gave me so much peace of mind and made us feel more calm about her sleeping here at home with us.
The Owlet Baby Monitor uses pulse oximetry to track your baby’s hear rate and oxygen levels and you can get real time updates of the levels directly on your phone through the Owlet App. You can check your baby anytime while they are sleeping, and if the levels fall outside of the preset zones of being too low or too high, you’re designed to be notified both on the app and the Base Station. A “red notification” is the type of notification you’re designed to get when the oxygen or heart rate levels are too low or too high. We have had the “red notification” sound two times, and my husband and I were quickly able to go to Kennedy and wake her up to tend to her. Kennedy is now six months old and we have been using it from the day were brought her home from the hospital!
A “red alarm” is the type of notification you will get when the oxygen or heart rate levels are too low or too high. We have had the “red alarm” sound two times, and my husband and I were quickly able to go to Kennedy and wake her up to tend to her. Kennedy is now six months old and we have been using it from the day were brought her home from the hospital!
I recently got the new Smart Sock 2, which is the new and improved design of the original Owlet Smart Sock. I was so excited to try the new sock out, because I have read so many great things about the design. The Owlet product is something we have used every single day for six months, so having a product come out with a new and improved design was so amazing! There are SO many great things I love about the new sock and I am so happy with the new changes. First off, I love the new wrap around design of the sock. With the original sock, Kennedy would sometimes be able to kick it off during her sleep, and the sock would be hard to get really secure. The new Smart Sock 2 has a strap that wraps around her ankle and it is so much mores secure. Kennedy has not been able to kick it off during her sleep with this new sock! Secondly, I love how there is writing on the inside which tells you where to place the sock (see photo below).
The strap that wraps around the foot is also wider than the previous one, which I think makes my baby more comfortable and it is easier for it to stay on with this as well. The updated sock also allows the toes to be open which makes it more breathable and comfortable for my baby. The sock can also be alternated between both feet, so you can give one foot a break or not have to worry about getting the correct sock for each foot. Just be sure to remember, the dome goes on the top for the right foot and the dome goes on the bottom for the left foot. Also, the bluetooth range as increased between the Smart Sock 2 and the base station- it is now a 12x increase (100 feet)!
It has been by far my favorite baby product and the #1 thing I recommend to parents of infants or my friends who are expecting soon! I have used it every single day since she was brought home. The nights I forgot to charge it, I really could not sleep at night because I didn’t have that peace of mind that the Owlet gives me. I am so grateful for modern technology and all the amazing baby products that help parents so much now. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 makes the perfect baby shower gift as well!
*Owlet is intended to provide peace of mind. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.