Hydration Please

My Mommy has always carried a water bottle around.  She says that it helps her to stay properly hydrated (whatever that means).  Well, I got to thinking, if she needs to carry one around then I probably should as well.  I started carrying her bottle from place to place when I was about seven months old.  I really wanted to drink out of it too but the bite valve kept me from getting anything.  Eventually, Mommy went and bought me my own water bottles.  My water bottles are cool like Mommy’s – meaning that they have a straw and they won’t spill.

Every morning she fills one of my water bottles and puts it somewhere that I can reach it; then, I can go and get it whenever I want.  If we leave the house to go somewhere (other than a quick errand to the store) or we go outside, we take my water bottle with us.   I drink between 8 and 12 ounces of water a day, which is okay now that I’m big.  When I was littler, the doctor told Mommy that I could have one ounce of water for every month I was old.  I didn’t like that limit but Mommy said it was important so I could stay healthy.

It wasn’t easy teaching me to drink out of a water bottle at first, so Mommy had to search for ones that she could help me learn to use.  My first water bottles had a spot where Mommy could squeeze and help me get my water.  I used this one for a couple of months.  Now that I have the hang of it, I have some that are bigger and keep my water cold for a long time.  I hope that your hydration journey goes as well as mine!  Cheers!

Playtex Baby First Lil’ Gripper Twist ‘n Click Straw Trainer Cup, 7 Ounce

Playtex Insulated Twist ‘n Click Straw Cup 9 oz – 2 Pack

My Fine China

I am a foodie.  I insist on having a fork, spoon and plate if Mom and Dad do; after all, it is the most civilized way to eat.  I also insist on quality.  For the longest time my parents try to trick me with fat plastic handles that are not like Mommy and Daddy’s fork and spoon in the least; however, recently they have come to understand my plea.  Daddy finally took the time to scope out the web and find me the perfect flatware and a pretty nifty set of dishes.  The Untangled Living Anyware Stainless Steel Dish Set has passed my observant eye and made meal time more enjoyable. I am perfectly capable of using this fork and spoon as well as I did the ones with fat handles. The fork tines are more pointy than rounded baby forks so I have had greater success stabbing my food with this.  I also have yet to have any issues with stabbing myself and even the couple of times I have stabbed my parents (a totally accident I promise) there have been no ill effects. The plate and bowl have a good weight to them which keeps them from sliding all around when I am trying to get my food onto the fork or spoon. The plate and bowl aren’t exactly small but Mom and Dad are willing to take them to restaurants as they have made it much easier for me to scoop up my food with my utensils. When placing food on a tray or regular restaurant plate there often isn’t a lip or enough of a lip on the plate for me to properly get the food onto my spoon or fork and the silly plastic plates just slid all over the table.

The set is quality all around, Daddy says you should be able to scoop ice cream with any fork or spoon and not worry about them deforming and these pass the test. Being stainless steel, the set cleans up easy where plastic sometimes was hard to get greasy foods off of. We also don’t have to worry about BPA or any other manner of yet to be labeled harmful plastic chemicals leaching into my food. The set was expensive and Daddy says the money will have to come out of my college fund (he says that about everything), but it is definitely worth it.

Untangled Living Anyware Collection Children’s Stainless Steel Dish Set, 5 Pieces, Gecko

Eating Out Essentials

My family likes to eat out every now and then.  I think it is especially great because I get to watch all sorts of other people while eating dinner with Mom and Dad.  I pretty sure my mom really likes it too because she doesn’t have to do the dishes when we are finished.  In fact, someone else comes and takes them away and they disappear forever!  Anyway, in my eating out experience I have discovered that there are a few things that make my experience more enjoyable.  And let’s be honest if my experience isn’t enjoyable than no one else’s is either.

1. Table Mats – these handy dandy little things let Mom put my food right on the table without having to worry about wiping the table down first (honestly ,she prefers that I use a plate but I often dump my food out so she might as well be a step ahead of me).  They are interesting to look at and my favorite ones come with non-rolling crayons and I get to color before my food arrives.  Mommy also likes them because she can roll up my mess and not feel bad for the staff that has to clean up after me.  Here is a link to my favorite kind: Classy Kid Germ Defense Placemat – Pack of 20

2. Toothbrush Holder for Utensils – Yep I said it a toothbrush holder.  My mommy used to make me eat with those horrible plastic utensils that come in a toddler travel kit but I hated that I couldn’t poke anything with my fork and that my spoon was a weird shape.  Thanks to my grandpa and his brain, Mommy bought a toothbrush holder and she puts one of my regular Gerber Graduates Forks and one of my regular Munchkin Spoons in it.  Mommy is happy because my utensils stay clean (baggies didn’t work because they were always tearing); I am happy because I get my normal stuff.

3. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes To Go Pack! – Lots of times when I get to our table at a restaurant my chair is less than perfectly clean and I don’t want to be sitting in someone else’s pureed peas (they were gross enough to eat when I was that little).  So, now I have instructed my parents to clean my chair off first with one of these wipes.  I was considerate enough to find a pack that fits nicely in the diaper bag yet has some real cleaning power.

Now that you know what you need, I hope that you can have the awesome eating out experiences that I have.  While you are at it, go ahead and order yourself a meal – it is often times cheaper than Mommy or Daddy getting something big enough to share.  May I recommend the steak done medium well with a sweet potato or the turkey dinner; both are delicious!

Bath, Bath, Baby

Dinner is over and once again I have thoroughly enjoyed putting cherries and avocado in my hair.  Daddy looks at me and just shakes his head and I hear those five words “I guess it’s bath night.”  At first I don’t know whether to laugh or cry for I have gone through several phases of bath loving or shall we say bath hating.
When I was tiny, bath time was great!  Mom or Dad held me in the sink while the other one gently massaged me with soap.  They would rub my head and use a gentle spray to rinse me off.  That was the life.

Then as I got a bit bigger, they had to move me to the tub.  Mom and Dad thought I would love my lounge chair, but boy were they wrong.  I’m an on the go kind of kid and laying down for a bath just didn’t feel right.

This quickly lead to shower time.  This was wonderful as long as Mommy or Daddy could hurry.  If they were trying to take a shower too, forget about it.  I don’t have time like that to waste in a day.

Now, I take a bath in the big tub without a chair.  It took some getting use to but now I’m a champion at sitting on the wet surface.  In fact, now I have figured out how to crawl around on it a bit.  Come to think of it bath time is pretty fantastic since I figured out how to sit in the tub.  I get to play basketball thanks to my uncle and this holiday called Christmas, Daddy puts on puppet shows with my wash frog, and I can splash all sorts of water around without making Mommy cry about cleaning the floor again.  The only part I don’t like so much now is getting the soap out of my hair.  Luckily, Mommy found this pitcher that makes it a little better.  This thing has a soft front so it fits on my head and keeps the dreaded water out of my eyes.

Whatever phase of bath loving or hating you are in I guess we have to deal with it because Mommies and Daddies don’t seem to be okay with food in the hair or super dirty babies.  Live it up too because I hear when we get bigger we have to do the bathing by ourselves!

  • Summer Infant Fold ‘n Store Tub Time Bath Sling (Just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t like it.)
  • Little Tikes Little Champs Bathketball
  • Jumping Bean’s Blue Monster Wash Puppet Mitten Terry Cloth Baby Toddler

Excuse Me!

    This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home, this little piggy ate roast beef, this little piggy had none, and this little piggy drank milk fast and made his stomach groan.  Burps are just about as bad as farts but once again it is better out than in.  I do best at getting mine out if someone puts me up on their shoulder and pats me, but they also come out if I’m sitting and being patted.  Sometimes burps don’t come out right away and they get stuck to un-stick them have your Mommy or Daddy lay you on your back and then help you sit up.  Sometimes a little bouncing on their knee can help too.  Have fun burping while it’s still cute in a few years we will be told it’s yucky!

Back to Sleep

    My doctor keeps telling Mommy and Daddy that I have to sleep on my back.  It is not my most favorite sleeping position but, he says that I have to sleep on my back because it is easier for me to breathe that way.  I don’t know about you but I like
breathing so I let Mommy and Daddy lay me down that way.  The doctor also said that I can’t have blankets or toys in my bed; so, Mommy either swaddles me up or puts me in what she calls a sleep sack to keep me warm.  Sleeping is pretty great – you just have to get use to it!