Game of (Baby) Thrones

Game of (Baby) Thrones
Although you may be breastfeeding or pumping for awhile … FOOD IS COMING! When introducing babies to solid foods (usually around six months old), our little angels can turn into dragons real quick. The fiery food throwing and the tantrums on a Khaleesi-in-the-Penultimate-Episode level are inevitable. To best serve our little lords and ladies, you must first register/purchase the best throne for your heir.
High chairs position your tiny Targaryen in the proper upright position for eating, providing a safe, comfortable spot for them to learn how to eat.
The top 3 considerations when purchasing or registering for a high chair are:
1. The amount of space you have. Those with smaller kitchens may want a smaller/sleeker model or one that is easy to store when not in use. Other options are a portable high chair that attaches right to the table/kitchen counter top or boosters that attach to your dining chairs.
2. How long you can use the high chair. Consider how many pounds the high chair can accommodate. Some high chairs are more versatile and can easily grow with baby, converting from an infant seat to a toddler booster and then to a chair.
3. How easy is the high chair to clean. Consider a high chair with removable parts or materials that can be wiped down easily to make cleaning a breeze.

Sleek + Simple

4MOMs High Chair:
Parents love the 4MOMs high chair because of its magnet latches that guide the tray into position without having to use 2 hands or line up clunky rails.
It’s magnetic tray top helps prevent unwanted spills and assists with self-feeding. Also, if you purchase the 4moms bowl/lid and plate set, they are magnetic to the tray and can keep them in place.
Baby Center’s “Best High Chairs” Award Winner; “What to Expect” Award Winner; listed on The Bump’s “Most Stylish High Chairs”

ANTILOP Ikea High Chair:
A mom favorite! There’s no denying the beautiful simplicity and unbelievable affordability of this IKEA high chair. At just over $20 on Ikea’s website ($80+ on Amazon), the Antilop high chair is sturdy, compact and so easy to clean thanks to the plastic surface. Plus, it’s lightweight and easy to move around. 
Baby List’s “Best High Chairs” Winner

Versatile

GRACO High Chair:
The Graco high chair is praised for its versatility. It’s long-lasting as it grows with the baby, working as a traditional high chair, an infant booster, a toddler booster and a youth chair.
It’s foldable, ideal for smaller living spaces where you’d want to store it when not in use.
Best of all, the Table2Table transforms into an actual toddler table and chair, so you really can use it for years to come. In the infant recline and infant booster positions, it supports children up to 40 pounds, while the toddler booster and youth chair positions go up to 60.
Baby Center’s “Best Mom Picks” Award Winner; “What to Expect” Award Winner; Baby List’s “Best High Chairs” Winner; on the Bump’s “Most Stylish High Chairs” list

Peg Perego Siesta High Chair:
This high chair offers comfort, durability, versatility, ease of use, and a good compromise between style and modern high chair features.  The Siesta has five recline positions, including a naptime-friendly flat position. What’s so great about a reclining high chair? You can use it as a safe and comfy place to bottle feed baby or just have her hang out in the kitchen with you while you prep dinner.
The plush insert is easily wiped down and the tray is dishwasher safe. The whole chair folds down, too, so it’s easy to stash in a closet when not in use — but with the chic, modern design, you might not feel the need to.
The Bump’s “Best of Baby” Winner and “Most Stylish High Chairs”; “What to Expect” Award Winner; Baby Center’s “Best Mom Picks” Award Winner; Baby List’s “Best High Chairs” Winner

Birchwood Chic

The Stokke:
The Stokke Tripp Trapp is stylish, durable, safe and lasts for years. Unlike typical high chairs, the Tripp Trapp is intended to be pulled right up to the table so everyone can eat together. It also transitions from baby seat to sturdy kid seat, making it usable for years.
The Bump’s “Best of Baby” Winner and “Most Stylish High Chairs” winner; “What to Expect” Award Winner; Baby List’s “Best High Chairs” Winner
Con: Very expensive $$$. The seat itself is expensive, but then the Baby Set, tray or cushion cost extra as shown below:
If you’re looking for a similarly modern wooden high chair, check out the highly rated options below:

Space Savers

The Lobster:
Hands down, The Lobster is one of my top three favorite baby items I’ve ever purchased.
I originally bought it for travel or for when were going out to eat, but I’ve been using it in lieu of a standard high chair ever since I first tried it. My son is 18 months and 21 pounds and he still fits in it easily.
I have it clipped on my kitchen island counter for my son to eat for most meals, but we also use it at the table when we eat as a family.
And since hook-on highchairs like The Lobster and the Inglesia, etc. have no legs and is so compact, it makes it so easy to store. I also love that I can easily un-hook it from my kitchen counter if I am having guests over and want more space or just a cleaner look.
Below are some similar options from other brands:
Fisher Price SpaceSaver:
If your counter or table won’t accommodate a clip-on chair or you’re simply looking for a different portable option, then this space-saving high chair is a good, really affordable choice.
This model attaches to most dining chairs, and can convert from a high chair to a toddler booster (with a 50-pound weight limit) with its two different height adjustments and three reclining positions. It weighs less than 8 pounds, so it’s ideal for travel. 
Baby Center’s “Best Mom Picks” Award Winner; “What to Expect” Award Winner; Baby List’s “Best High Chairs” Winner; The Bump’s “Most Stylish High Chairs”
Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Chairs:

The Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Booster Baby Chair is an activity floor seat and booster all in one and can be used both indoors and outside! For 6 months – 4 years (up to 37 pounds).
My son loves sitting in this chair on his playroom floor while he watches TV or eats a snack. Since it is so compact, we love traveling with it and also bringing it to the beach. This makes snack time a lot less sandy thanks to the built-in straps and tray table.
Your little wilding will love any of these options, you just have to consider what is best based on your home, space and budget.
Xx,
Mama ArdyParty

Best Seat in the House

Best Seat in the House
From bouncers to swings and loungers, these baby seats can be a lifesaver when you want to free yourself up to eat a quick meal or go to the bathroom while baby is awake and ready to play. Ladies and Gents, let’s go grab our seats!

Bouncers

In general, Bouncer’s should be lightweight / easy to move from room-to-room. I wouldn’t recommend a bouncer that requires batteries, because changing them out constantly is a hassle. Also, you wouldn’t want it to poop out right when your baby has finally calmed down.
Fisher-Price Bouncer
The Fisher-Price Deluxe bouncer is extra plush and has electronic bells and whistles that will keep baby engaged for hours. Think hanging toys that baby can reach for and spin, as well as songs and calming vibrations.
The music plays for 20 minutes to give you time to unload the dishwasher or get a little extra work done. Plus, the soft removable newborn insert supports your baby’s head and neck — and it’s machine-washable. It can be used for babies who weigh 20 pounds or less.
Winner of Baby Center’s “Best Mom Picks”

*OR*
BabyBjorn Bouncer 
 The sleek, battery-free BabyBjorn bouncer is designed to help your baby bounce herself (safely, of course) to develop her balance and motor skills.
With four reclining positions, this baby bouncer is great for rest or play and folds completely flat, so you can easily carry or store it. It can be used once your baby weighs eight pounds.
Also good: The ergonomic fabric seat supports baby’s back, head and neck. Once your child can walk and sit unassisted, reverse the fabric cover to turn it into a comfy chair — it can hold kids up to 29 pounds, generally around age 2.

Seats

Baby floor seats provide the support and assistance your baby needs for sitting up before they’re quite ready to do it on their own. They are great for placing on a kitchen counter while you are needing to multitask or for feeding the baby.
Bumbo
This multi seat can be set on the floor or used as a booster seat and placed on a dining chair for table-side eating. It has the contoured comfort of the original Bumbo Infant Seat, while having the advantages of a booster seat for the table.
The tray is useful for mealtimes or activities, and can removed and stored on the back of the chair. The height is adjustable, and built-in chair straps are retractable. A soft foam cushion keeps babies comfortable, but can be removed as the child grows.
*OR*
Sit Me Up Floor Seat 
This is a super supportive chair, so it’s great for when your baby still isn’t able to sit up on their own. It’s also great for when you’re wanting to give your baby a break from laying down all day. 
NOTE: It does not have a food tray, but you can attach toys to it to keep your baby busy. Also, a Doctor told a friend of mine that this seat is better for your baby than the Bumbo because it gives your baby better leg movement. (Versus the Bumbo is a little more snug on the legs.)

Swings

The first three months of a baby’s life is the hardest time for the little one as they are still trying to adjust to life outside of their mother’s womb. A swing can be an awesome way to help them through this time. The reason why is because it helps to mimic the womb. The rocking and swinging motion will remind the baby of the movement they felt when they were in the womb and how mom would walk, moving her hips. 
4Moms rockaRoo
Five motions with adjustable speeds, plus built-in sounds for ultimate soothing. Cozy, washable seat with optional newborn insert. The built-in mobile entertains curious older babies. Bluetooth-enabled and MP3-compatible so you can play baby’s favorite lullaby.
Winner of Baby Center’s “Best Mom Picks”
*OR*

Fisher-Price Cradle ‘n Swing
It outshines the competition regarding soothing ability thanks to its fully customizable features. It has soft, plush fabrics, and many song and nature sounds. 6 speeds and 2 swinging motions.
The quirkily patterned mobile can be turned on to rotate while the baby is in the swing and has a mirrored surface to entertain the baby from below.
WARNING: it does take up a lot of space and is not easy to store.
*OR*
The Nuna Leaf Grow
The Nuna Leaf has become a parent favorite mainly because it’s so visually pleasing thanks to its modern design, but also because it is silent (no creaking or white noise machine that switches off after a certain period) and lightweight. 
It can travel anywhere, indoors or out because of it’s lightweight and that it’s not attached to a cord. The batteries will never run out, because there are none – and this means it’s cheaper too.
The age range is huge compared to normal baby swings – birth to 130 pounds.  The seat is wide enough so that little babies won’t roll out thanks to the velcro harness and since it is built kind of like a hammock – bigger kids can sit in it and watch TV.
WARNING: Nuna’s website claims that the seat will maintain a swaying motion for over two minutes with a single push, and after reading a bunch of reviews — that is not always the case. According to Baby Gear Lab: The sway time may change depending on the weight of the baby, but even so, two minutes is hardly enough time for a parent to do anything but sit and wait to give the next push. The primary purpose behind having a good baby swing is to use it as an alternative to a caregiver’s arms. So, although the Leaf may be a more visually appealing product to have in your home, we don’t think it’s worth the tradeoff of the extra effort involved to keep it going.

Loungers

Baby loungers provide a safe and comfy spot that lets baby rest, lounge, play, cuddle, do tummy time and get diaper changes. 
Note: I recommend purchasing/registering for 2 cover sheets, so when one is dirty from all the spit up and milk spills, you have a clean one ready.
The Bobby Lounger
Instead of the Bobby Lounger, I used the Bobby Breastfeeding Pillow as my lounger. But, I think the Bobby loungers are a great way to rest your baby when you are pumping/folding clothes, etc. It is also great for when friends and family come to meet the baby for the first time to have them in the lounger so everyone can see the baby at once and take turns holding the baby and putting them down.
The Dock-a-Tot
A Dock-a-Tot is a unique lounging pad designed for when your baby needs extra support. It can also be used as regular loungers for rest, lounge, play, cuddle, tummy time and diaper changes. I was handed down mine by my sister, who said she never ended up using it for her baby that was born 5 months prior to mine. I ended up not using it either.
My night nurse recommended NOT using it because it’s better for the baby to get used to sleeping in the crib immediately. I found it to be very expensive and unnecessary. But, to be fair to the Dock-A-Tot, my friends that had very small babies (6 pounds or under) said they loved the Dock-A-Tot because it made them feel like their tiny baby was cozier and more protected when sleeping in their crib.
Shop your tushies off for every item included in this post below!
Xx,
Mama ArdyParty

The Pantry: A Mama’s Sanctuary

The Pantry: A Mama’s Sanctuary
I have never been the most neat or organized person, but after experiencing the “nesting stage” when I was pregnant and then discovering The Home Edit’s collection at Container Store — my addiction to organization is here to stay. While it’s still a work in progress, my pantry is now my favorite part of the kitchen thanks to these amazing containers and labels.

Conquer the Clutter

I love these labels! The Home Edit’s label font is so beautiful, yet realistic that I often get asked if I wrote them myself. My handwriting is serial killer level bad, so I get a lot of joy from that assumption. The Home Edit’s labels come in a few categories such as Pantry, Fridge, Bath, Kids, Closet and General Storage. When I realized that I wanted more specific labels for my pantry items, I ordered some from Amazon that had more options and was a similar font to The Home Edit ones I already owned. You can see a slight difference between the Amazon pantry labels (“granola & oatmeal” and “bread”) versus the Home Edit’s labels (“sauces,” “snacks,” and “meals”).

Healthy Snacks

When in a hurry or because my son is having a meltdown (which is often these days), I love knowing that whatever I grab from my pantry’s snack bins won’t be something bad for him or make me have mom guilt over. I aim to only provide snacks that have less than 10g of sugar. (Ideally none!)

Easy Access

Now that my son is walking (mostly running – giving me constant heart attacks) and eating solid foods, the pantry is one of his favorite places to sneak into. All kids are snackers. It’s just what they do. So having a pantry that’s organized and offers healthy, clean eating options makes both mama and baby happy.
I also keep bowls, plates, cups and utensils in a lower drawer to provide easy access for my son. I love nurturing his independence by having him go grab his own bowl or sippy cup when it’s time for a snack. You can tell he feels very accomplished with his big boy task each time he does it on his own.
Sippy Cups
I like to have a variety of sippy cups so that my son can get accustomed to drinking out of straws, soft spouts, hard spouts and the spill-free round-edged cups.
Suction Bowls and Plates
Although the fancy porcelain children’s plates are cute, I am very glad I stuck with the suction-based plastic plates and bowls. My son LOVES to throw food and if he has the opportunity, will throw the bowls and plates too. Thanks to the suction-based options, this is less likely. I love the pretty marbled version below!
Bibs
To make clean-up faster and easier, I stay away from cloth bibs. These silicon bibs are super easy to wipe down, and the long-sleeve full cover bibs are a saving grace for protecting your kid’s clothing from the inevitable mess that ensues when feeding a toddler.
Now don’t get your pantries in a twist, cause The Home Edit and Container Store can help you conquer the clutter!
Xx,
Mama ArdyParty
Shop the entire post below: