Drinking from straws are so easy now for Emma, so we are trying out all the new "big kid" cups! Nûby has many options, and styles of cups for on-the-go, and features a straw head! I chose the Thirsty Kids Flip-It Freestyle cup!
This cup is for 18+ months and holds up to 12 oz of any kind of drink. This is a great cup for Emma, because it features a top handle which is easy for her to carry, also the silicone band around the cup makes it simple for her to grip as she is on-the-go and playing! Reasons I LOVE THIS CUP is because of the vari-flo valve that protects agains spills and leaks! It doesn't leak at all; we tested it! I also love how it is a simple cup with pieces that can be easily cleaned and put together. That is always a main concern for me, so I love that this cup isn't complicated.
Teething babies still need comfort and fashionable options to help soothe those tiny gums. Nûby has created reversible teething bibs, that have adorable prints for both boys and girls. The velcro secures the bib in place while the bib is made out of absorbent cotton which helps keep them clean while teething.
Bath time is always the funnest part about getting ready for bed. Emma has had so many laughs, smiles, and fun memories in the bath. I love that Nûby provides great toys for the bath that aren't just fun but also developmental too.
The floating octopus is so cute! It is to help develop hand-eye coordination by letting the kids try to put the rings on the legs. The toy is for 18+ months and is brightly colored and has different shapes to stimulate little senses. It comes with three rings for them to put or toss on the legs. Emma liked to put them on and off. She knew where to put them and easily entertained herself with the toy. It's a great toy to add some fun to the bath and even for a small swimming pool to keep your little one occupied! If you want to try these out, start shopping NOW!
Selena has been doing really good overall. Her latest milestones are trying new foods with a spoon, and adjusting her from bottle to a cup. I know for Emma when she hit 1 yrs old, we automatically stopped giving her the bottle and pacifier. YEAH. Emma adjusted really fast, and although teething was a hard transition without a pacifier, Nûby provided alternatives for her to chew on.
We are hitting 8 months with Selena and have seen her take spoonfuls of bananas but what about switching her bottle? Technically her adjusted age is only 5 months old, so is this too soon for us to try? I rather introduce it and see what she is capable of as opposed to not trying at all. So the cup I chose to try was chosen specifically for Selena and here is why.
The cup I chose from Nûby is called the Non-Drip 3 Stage Grow with me Nurser. This says that it can be used for 0+ months..however it will just depend on the baby. Emma actually used this cup after we took the bottle away, and she loved it. It had the nipple that was similar to her bottle but also came with a second nipple that is normally used for sippy cups in the square shape. So this was a great cup to transition Emma in, and I wanted to use this one also for Selena.
I also wanted this cup because of the easy grip detachable handles. Selena has a really bad tendency to clench her fists a lot. She is currently undergoing physical therapy to help with that and other issues. I figured that this would help bring her hands to something to hold as she drinks, which would eventually teach her how to hold her cup. Amazingly in her first try she did exactly what I was hoping for, and held onto the handles.
The issue we had was her actually drinking anything. I started her feed at 3PM and she only drank one ounce from the cup. I figured that it was just her first try so it would take more adjusting and she would figure it out the next time around.
I tried the cup 2 more times that day and she took less and than none at all. I was concerned that maybe it was the nipple? Maybe her formula and rice cereal mixture was too thick to flow from the nipple. I tested it while cleaning it out and it seemed fine. So then I thought well maybe its just too thick for her and she isn't strong enough to drink from it? So we may have to wait till she is a little bigger to try again. This is why I said it will vary from baby to baby, because all babies are different and especially Selena. She is a 25 week preemie who has a lot to learn and grow still. I'm hoping with physical therapy she will start to show more progress and catch up quicker!
Every parent understands that when it's time to go out with the kids, there is always a mental checklist of what you may need. I always prep before hand, when I know there is a doctors appointment or something that we have to go to. I make sure everything is accounted for and we have it ALL. Caffeine is always needed for us to survive a day out with the kiddos. I recently have tried out two new things from Nûby that make my outings easier and EXTRA prepared.
The Paci-Cradle is small, efficient and you just hook and go! Nûby created this to hold up to 2 pacifiers, and made it easy to attach to multiple items. You can hook it to a stroller, diaper bag or purse. It keeps the pacifiers clean, secure, and easily to find outside of a packed diaper bag. This is perfect for all parents ON THE GO! This is so simple that it's genius. I constantly plan ahead and always try to think of the easiest route through the diaper bag. Who doesn't, right? Well one of the things that is always needed is an extra pacifier. Selena is in the phase where she tends to spit it out, and we don't know where it lands sometimes, and we quickly need another one. Normally I always have my Nûby all natural pacifier and toy wipes, but when the pacifier is missing I can easily locate a fresh one for her!
Stinky No More
Chomp chomp chomp!
Being a baby is just so much work. You have to eat, sleep, poop and get to put everything in your mouth! Such a hard life. Selena is learning to grab and put things in her mouth but she is still having a hard time to grab a lot of things. So one thing that is constantly in her mouth are her little hands.
Nûby has created a cute alternative to little hands being put in their mouths. The toy is called a Handimal, and it comes in various animals. We chose a little lion for Selena and it is so cute! The Handimal is a teething mitten that is for 3+ months and is BPA free! The little mitten is easy to put on her hand and has a adjustable wrist strap so it's not too tight. It has textured teething parts, crinkle sounds, and super bright colors. The soft teething parts help relieve sore gums while keeping her mouth hands free! I loved that it also came with a little travel bag for me to store and put it away while on-the-go!
calm + Satisfied
Selena didn't fight it at all, or ever feel uncomfortable. She was calm, relaxed and simply enjoyed her handimal. It was so natural for her to automatically put it in her mouth and she was surprised to see it was an actual toy lion. She loves it and is for sure a must-have for every day use!
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