~ To-Do… For a Happier Life!!

With December here, it’s time for many of us to start thinking of what our New Year resolutions are going to be. Some want to work out more, some be more successful while some want to delete those friends who aren’t adding any value to their life. While all these are great, and help you achieve a better you, have you given a thought to working on a happier life instead?!

A happier life by default leads you to a better you and a better life. And today, I am sharing a list that I think helps make us happier in turn making our lives happier.

So in no particular order, my list is as follows:

– Spend quality time with family, even if the quantity isn’t a lot. The key here is it being quality, which you guessed it, includes being away from your phones!

– Play with children, their innocence will amaze you.

– Give someone you love a hug or a kiss or both! The power of these to make you happier instantly is immense.

– Go for a walk around nature.

– Cook your favorite food.

– Buy flowers for loved ones and even for yourself, just because!

– Do a picnic.

– Travel to a new place.

– Re-visit an old place that has a lot of meaning in your life!

– Make time for friends.

– Do something new.

– Watch the sunrise.

– Now watch it set.

– Watch your favorite, feel good movie!

– Put on some music and just dance.

– Meet a good friend for coffee and conversations.

– Eat ice cream, or dessert in general.

– Have a bubble bath!!!

– And above all, be grateful for the wonderful life you have been blessed with.

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~ Newborn Essentials: Part 2!!

Hey y’all!! Howdy?!

Some of you asked me how am I finding time to bring these posts your way… Well to be honest, I write these posts during/after night feeds when I have burped Little Miss K and am waiting for her to be done with the “incline time” suggested by her pediatrician – this is basically to minimize spit ups, but trust me, sometimes it doesn’t work. LOL!! Story of every parent’s life I tell you. Also sometimes when I get a break during the day, I’ll sit down and write some thoughts down, which later turn into blog posts y’all love and appreciate so much!!

So, getting back to this post, what am I sharing today?! Today I bring to you the 2nd part of the Newborn Essentials, Part 1 which got immense love and a great response / feedback, so thank you for that!!

I am glad my posts are able to help new mommies decide what to buy and for some of you, help out in selecting what to gift at your friend’s baby shower!!

So without further ado, my list in no particular order is…

Car seat and stroller:

A car seat is a must buy, much before you are full term, because in the US they don’t allow you to bring the baby home without a car seat, for safety reasons.

Our Chicco KeyFit 30 is one of the best in the market and I highly recommend it. We also love our Chicco Viarostroller which is compatible with the car seat. We selected the Viaro for its lightweight as compared to other Chicco and Graco strollers and being a 3 wheeler stroller it’s super comfy to drive as well.

You can buy the car seat and stroller together as a “travel system” or separately too. Just make sure the car seat and stroller are compatible with each other.

Crib:

The Hensvik Crib was our choice since we like Ikea furniture as it’s durable and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Crib Mattress:

A hard mattress is of utmost importance since the kids spine is developing and sleeping on a hard surface helps it develop straight. Also for safety reasons, the pedestrians say that kids sleeping in the same bed as parents without a co-sleeper isn’t ever a good idea. The ComforPedic Mattress we chose is a hard yet a comfortable one and we also use a Serta Crib Mattress Protector Pad over the mattress.

Co-sleeper:

The Snuggle Nest was one of the best purchases we did. This allows you to easily co-sleep with your baby in the same bed with full comfort of the baby and without any fear. It’s super comfy and little Miss K is still enjoying it, even at 3 months old. And not to forget, it’s super helpful when you are breastfeeding, those night feeds become easier.

Crib mobile:

A crib mobile is a must in my books. The musical toy not only helps the child relax and fall asleep quicker but little Miss K loves even playing with it and has made some really good friends with the mobile animals of her Levtex Baby Naomi Safari!! Scientifically it also helps the kid’s eyesight develop and teaches them to focus on things. The music also relaxes her and puts her to sleep, which is a win-win, trust me! We have 2 of these, but one would be more than enough I say… LOL!!

Summer Infant White Noise Machine:

Another must have is a white noise machine as it puts the baby to bed easily, thanks to the soothing tunes. Our Gray Elephant has been loved by Little Miss K since day 1.

Swing:

Our Ingenuity Swing is the most used item in the house!! Little Miss K loves it, it’s her favorite to chill and relax during the day and also all that rocking puts her to sleep!! It’s a handy little thing even when you need to keep the baby in the incline position after they have had milk. This one item is definitely worth the splurge as it comes with multiple attachments making it very versatile.

Tummy time / Activity playmat:

This is one activity that is recommended by all pediatricians as a must, right from the beginning and I am glad we found the Infantino Go Gaga playmat.

Bath tub:

I highly recommend our Skip Hop Whale Bathtub as it’s convenient to use with a newborn and can be used till much later since the tub adapts as the child grows. I also bought the Waterfall Mug but as much as I find it cute, a regular mug would suffice!!

Baby monitor:

This is a must no matter how big your house is. Ours is a 2 bedroom apartment, and still this monitor is of immense use. We are TV addicts and often the kiddo is asleep in the bedroom while we are out in the living room watching TV, and that’s when having this Nest Cam comes in handy! We choose this as it also has an app that syncs the camera to the phone, making viewing easier while on the go.

Diaper Bag:

I can’t emphasize enough on how important this is!! It’s like your best friend for the next couple of years, as it’s going to accompany you everywhere you go. LOL!! Being a brand lover, I always wanted mine to be from Vera Bradley and I am loving my selection! It’s spacious and yet very chic and stylish, just how I like it.

We also have a Manly Diaper Bag for when the hubby and the kiddo go out without me! But also since this is a backpack, it’s going to be convenient to use for trips.

Baby On Board Sign:

Available at any baby store, I feel like this sign placed on the rear of the car, makes other drivers a little bit more careful around you, but then again, in Houston, I doubt anyone cares! Yes, I hate Houston drivers and the traffic here is nothing short of scary, but oh well…

Car Mirror:

The Brica Car Mirror one was an impromptu buy and I was surprised how much Little Miss K loves it!! This not only lets us keep a track of what she’s upto while we are driving but the animals on the mirror that swing when the car is moving keeps her happy! Haha!! Babies are so cute and easy to make happy, it’s so refreshing!

Diaper Genie:

Say bye bye to stinky diapers all thanks to the Essentials Diaper Genie!! Definitely a must buy.

Hope this post was helpful and helped you decide what you gift your preggo friends and for those of you who are expecting their bundle of joy, this helped calm some nerves when shopping gets overwhelming thanks to a million options out there. Once again, these are just my suggestions and not a compulsory list by any means. The only things compulsory when it comes to raising a child is love and commitment, both of which I am sure you will dedicatedly give your little one.

Anyways, after all those emotional dialogues, let me continue by saying that the next posts are going to be Part 3 of the Newborn Essentials series, specifically dedicated to Feeding, because this is whole another ball game and I’ll be tackling that information in another post, coming your way shortly…

I also have a Newborn Essentials Part 4 in the pipeline that talks about the “Good to Have” things, so stay tuned!!

Until the next post, Ciao 🙂🙃