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Product Review: Nonidoo Baby Milestone Blanket

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Every parent LOVES to capture their child’s milestones; their growth and all the new things they learn and do each new month of their life. One of the growing trends in parenting today is the use of a milestone blanket to make those photo shoots just a little bit easier!

If you’ve ever searched for a milestone blanket, then you know that there are A LOT on the market. It can be difficult to filter through all the products and to find one that you really love. In my search, I came across the Nonidoo Baby brand, which offers three different patterns. I loved that it was affordable ( under $15 and FREE shipping on Amazon!) so I thought I would give it a try. I picked the elephant pattern for our little man, but loved their flower and butterfly one for girls, too!

What first impressed me about this company is not only how quickly the package arrived, but how it was wrapped. The blanket comes inside a beautiful box and is wrapped and secured within the box with a silver ribbon. Thus, it would be great to add to a baby shower gift basket–no additional wrapping necessary and super affordable!

Upon opening the box, the first thing I noticed about the blanket was how soft it was– the blanket is made of a plush material– which I personally am obsessed with and ALL my blankets in our house are made of! Even after our photo shoot, my son was still grabbing his blanket to cuddle! Because of the material, you do need to make sure you smooth it out very well before utilizing it for your photo shoots, but once you do, I found that the material made my son a little more cooperative–he loved laying on it! ( or maybe it was just a REALLY good day for us :)) 

I also love that the blanket comes with so many accessories that help me to make the photos as custom as I’d like. Within the box, you are given two milestone marking hearts to outline the number on the blanket, 13 cards with letters and numbers that allow me to spell out my son’s name if I want to ( or a special accomplishment that month!), as well as cloud cards that can spell out days,weeks, months, years, or even teeth! I don’t have to take the addition steps of adding wording through an app on my phone before I post his pictures! I also  really loved the cute elephant design I chose, as it can be gender neutral, which is great for a momma who knows she will be adding to her family still or for the momma who is waiting to be surprised! Overall, I am VERY pleased with my purchase and love how my son’s pictures turn out when using this milestone blanket!

If you’re in the search for a milestone blanket or a gift for a new momma in your life, I highly recommend checking out the Nonidoo Baby milestone blanket. Right now, if you use promo code NOCHAOS20, it’s 20% off on Amazon! What a great deal!

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Confessions of a New Mommy: Top 5 Things I Wish I Had Registered For

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When you find out for the first time that you’re expecting a little one; there’s an endless amount of emotions. You’re excited and filled with joy, while nervous and scared all at the same time! I remember reaching twenty-weeks, finally knowing that we would be welcoming a sweet little boy, and being so EXCITED to begin registering for everything we would need to ensure we were prepared (HA!) for our little man!

Then, we walked into BuyBuy baby. I began sweating–I mean literally sweating! I didn’t have a clue where to start. The store and the amount of things to purchase  were overwhelming! Even my husband, who had done this before, felt overwhelmed! Thankfully, I had some amazing mommy friends who guided us into some must-have items and we were showered with gifts by our friends and family.

By August, I felt that the nursery and all other areas of the house were baby ready! But, as all parents eventually learn, no one child is alike and as prepared as you may feel you are, there will be more purchases down the road ( so HOLD onto to those gift cards for post baby!) Thus, I have compiled a list of the Top 5 things I WISH I would have registered for, that I had NO IDEA that I would need or use. I hope it helps as you prepare for your new little one!

1. Baby Delight Snuggle Nest
About a month into Kellen being home, he WAS NOT sleeping anywhere but on mommy! I loved the cuddles, but I also needed sleep! We thought we were prepared–we had a crib, a rock ‘n’ play, and even a napper on his pack’n play, but he wanted NOTHING to do with any of those! I read online reviews about the Dock-A-Tot, but honestly, couldn’t justify the price tag. So, after much research I settled on purchasing the Baby Delight Snuggle Nest. It is perfect for co-sleeping and I love that is can be zipped up for road trips to grandparents or hotel trips! Ours has a nightlight and sound machine as well! Once we got this, he finally began sleeping better!

2. Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Classic
Again, a month in our son would not sleep! I was scoured the internet to find ANYTHING that I thought would help. I had received swaddle blankets and even the easy to do swaddles that came with the velcro, but none of them seemed to help. I finally decided to give this weighted swaddle a try, knowing I could return it if not. It is AMAZING. Within a few minutes of us wrapping our son in this, he is calm and ready to sleep! The weighted middle and sides give him just enough comfort to let go of mommy or daddy and to sleep! My husband and I have already agreed we will buy the Zen Sack once he outgrows his swaddle!

3. Soundbub Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Soother
We have a one of those rare babies who HATES the car. When I first had Kellen, I was still in the middle of volleyball season and returned to coaching to finish out our season. Thus, Kellen, my Husband and I spent a few hours in the car each week traveling to practices and games. A screaming infant that entire time is NO fun. We eventually figured out that he loved white noise. We had a machine for his bedroom, but nothing for the car or shopping trips. Normally, you’d find my hand stretched awkwardly to the backseat with a YouTube channel of white noise to help calm him down or get him to sleep. Finally, I decided to get a portable soother and it has been AMAZING! It has a time, but can also run continuously. What I love about this one, is that it has a rechargeable lithium battery–that lasts! I was able to play it ALL night and even through a car ride and shopping trip to Target!

4. Nosefrida the SnotSucker
Now this one, my husband will disagree with me on, because he thinks the idea is disgusting, but I LOVE IT! The snotsuckers that you can bring home with you from the hospital are great at getting the gunk out, but I have been difficult for me to use successfully. I always feel like I am traumatizing my son! With the Nosefrida, I am able to get all the little boogers, simply by sucking through the contraption, without bothering my son at all! To me, it’s not disgusting, as long as you remember the filter–that is key! I have found that this snotsucker causes less tears than the original!

5. Medela Breast Milk Bottle Set
This item was extremely helpful, honestly, because I became super lazy! Our health insurance covered my breast pump (whew!) and we had registered for some breastfeeding items, but honestly not a lot because I wasn’t sure if we’d be successful and I didn’t want to invest a lot, or have friends invest a lot, if it was going to be something that just didn’t work for us. Once I got going, I would breastfeed during the day, but then would have to pump so we’d have milk for him while I was coaching. I would pump into the provided bottle that came with breast pump kit, then transfer it into a bag or bottle. I wanted to eliminate that middle step, thus eliminating more work and an extra bottle or two to clean. This little order did the trick!

These are my Top 5 items that I didn’t register for, but wish I had!  I am sure as I continue down this new-mommy road I will find new items to add.

What items do you wish you would have registered for when you were expecting? Comment below!