Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Questions for Y'all

1. I need to buy a couple "I'm the Big Sister" shirts for some of my friends in the city who are having their second babies. Does anyone know of cute affordable shirts?

2. We've been using Bumpkins bibs for Baby J and I LOVE them, but are there any other fun brands out there we should try?

3. I need to buy a 2 year old boy something for his birthday party. Any suggestions? I'm clueless what they like at that age.

4. I'm looking for some cute diaper bag tags for Baby J's diaper bag, stroller and car seat for when we travel. Seen any?

5. Does anyone make their own baby food? I'm thinking of trying a few batches just to see how hard/easy it is. Any suggestions?

23 comments:

a H.I.T. said...

My sister made her own baby food the first time around (b/c my niece was allergic to rice which is in all baby food). She said that it was painstakingly hard and she just never felt like she had the time to make it. Once it was made, it was super easy to unfreeze, etc., but it was making the big batches that really put her out.

Sweet Simplicity said...

I would check out etsy.com for all the gifts. They have the cutest stuff on there!!!

Sherrie said...

I made homemade baby food for my third son. It was really easy. I just used a food processor and then put portions in an ice cube tray for freezing. Once frozen I would pop out the cubes and put them in a labeled freezer bag. It was so easy and much less expensive (and healthier).

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

here is a link to some excellent information about making your own baby food: http://www.theshoppingmama.com/2009/07/how-to-make-your-own-baby-food.html

At two, boys enjoy playing with cars and trucks (no small pieces), balls, little people/figurine type stuff, blocks...basic items like that. Etsy is FULL of adorable diaper bags and many sellers are running christmas in july sales right now. I would search CIG in the baby category. As for the t-shirts, I would get them on etsy, they have TONS of cute options:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28137391&ref=sr_list_2&&ga_search_query=big+sister&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=date_desc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28117736&ref=sr_list_3&&ga_search_query=big+sister&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=date_desc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28113361&ref=sr_list_6&&ga_search_query=big+sister&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=2&order=date_desc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title

AEO said...

Blocks for the 2 year old!! The love to stack and knock things over.

Annie's Eats blog has a few posts on homemade baby food. It's actually really easy as long as you own a food processer and a lot of ice cube trays! You can pretty much make anything!

Elisabeth said...

My babyfood making friends all swear by this website: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Julia said...

PotteryBarn Kids has some really cute, durable, long-lasting, easy to clean baby bibs on sale. I just got a green and white checked one for $7 and L-O-V-E it!

I JUST wrote a post on my cooking blog about homemade baby food making wreyfords.blogspot.com check it out!

Pink Velvet Mommy said...

my friend Sherry here in Dallas has the cutest website and can fill a couple of your requests with really cute stuff. Cute big sis shirts(she has the cutest t-shirts period) I think she has some really cute personalized gift stuff that you would find something for the 2 year old.
Have you looked on etsy for bag tags??
I love Bella Tuno bibs for my 10 month old daughter.
Good luck with the baby food, it crosses my mind about once a week and it never seems to get done.

Pink Velvet Mommy said...

forgot to include the link to sherry's site
http://amonogramboutique.com/

Dollface said...

There is a really cute make your own baby food maker at Williams and Sonoma... but unfortunately I am not an expert!! xxxoo

Susan D. said...

I just noticed this website for tees https://www.simplycolors.com/index.php. I bet Etsy would have cute shirts as well.

I made almost all of M&L's baby food and it is easy. You basically need a good stick style blender that you can put in pots to easily puree food. I think mine is Cuisinart. Silicone ice cube trays for freezing the pureed food. (Silicone is easier to pop out the little food cubes). Check out the Wholesome Baby website for some ideas and recipes.

Good luck!

Emory said...

For the big sister shirts, I would try this place. I found them the other day and they have super cute shirts!
http://www.lunabtee.com/

Daisy said...

Amalah (www.amalah.com) write an advice column (linked on the sidebar of her blog, Smackdown I think is the name) and she has quite a few posts on making her own baby food & traveling with it. My sister-in-law wants to make her own for my nephew and after doing some research (starting with the columns above) & asking some friends, I got her a Magic Bullet hand blender & my parents got her the baby food steamer/maker from Williams Sonoma that others have referenced. (They only have one & it is from a French company.) That & some ice cube trays and you should be ready to go!

Baby Boy gifts for age two- I love giving the box set of the Classic Whinnie the Pooh tales and/or some nice art supplies- finger paints, chubby crayons, sidewalk chalk & some large pads of thick cardstock. You could also give a set of nice toddler silverware/sippy cups, perfect for that age.

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

I have bought big sister t-shirts from this etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5531258

Cute stuff...

and come on over to Doodle Bugs to get a bag tag :o)

The Hensons said...

Etsy for sure and as far as the bag tags there is a girl in Bham AL that makes the cutest bag tags. www.shophollydays.com They are like $7.99 and she will do what ever you want on both sides. Check them out!

Miss Monogram said...

A couple of great suggestions for bag tags: madisonsloan.com and fontainemaury.com

Both will list them as luggage tags probably but you can put whatever you want on them and they lots of cute motifs and patterns!

SCG said...

MMM-
Check out this shop for the shirts...These would also make a cute gift for the 2 year old if you happen to know what he is in to.
By far one of my favorite ETSY shops!!!
High quality--Super cute!!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5744498

Lauren said...

http://shimmersisters.blogspot.com/

For cute affordable Big Sister Tees! Totally customizable. Just tell me what colors you like!

Keith and Jamie said...

Here are my two cents on the homemade baby food...WORTH EVERY MINUTE! It is easy, affordable, and just plain better. I have twins and they have only eaten jar baby food three times...only because it was an emergency. I love making their own food. I did not do the ice cube trays...I just made enough that they would eat the same food four time to ensure they were not allergic. Then I would put it into the rotation. Wholesomebabyfoods.com is such a blessing! They have it all laid out, and I just printed some information hung it on the fridge...done! I used a blender...it was what I had and it worked. You will love that you are giving your baby the best!!! I would love to answer any other questions you might have...please contact me via email: czfire77@bellsouth.net

USCEmily said...

I just had to buy a gift for my best friend's son who turned 2, and I got him frog rain boots and a frog rain coat from Kidorable. I actually got them from diapers.com. They are adorable and he loved them- he is currently way into frogs and such!

Kappa Prep said...

My aunt used to make her own baby food and I am almost certain McMama does it too. In fact I think she has several recipes on her blog as well as posts where you can follow her step-by-step.

Charlotte said...

I am planning on making my own baby food and have already started practicing to see how hard it is....I use the Beaba Baby Food Maker from Williams-Sonoma- it is so easy. It perfectly steams the food and then you switch the other side and it purees it to the perfect consistency! It's an all in one machine that is SUPER easy to clean as well! Then just stick it in some ice cube trays, pop in the freezer, and you're done! Each cube can be a "serving"! I have loved practicing and can't wait till my little one is on food...
For luggage tags, I bought mine from Fontaine Maury- they're a stationary company and I am sure you can find a retailer from their website! Good luck!!
Ps- LOVE your blog!!!

The Ross Family said...

If you're interested in making your own baby food, I highly recommend this site - nurturebaby.com. It's completely devoted to that subject, and very resourceful, (and cute, which I know would be right up your alley).

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