Happy Friday! It's been a crazy few weeks since we moved into the new house but I'm excited to finally get back to the blog! Our little guy is not so little these days and he is very quickly approaching his first birthday. I can hardly believe that my baby will soon be a toddler. Since I'm feeling a little sentimental, it seems like a good time to pull together some of our favorites from the last few months of babyhood.
Clockwise from top:
1. Grapple Toy I was first introduced to this amazing little gadget when I met a fellow blogger friend and her baby girl for lunch. Helen had arrived at the restaurant completely prepared with all the necessary essentials to keep her baby happy including the Grapple. It has a suction cup base that can easily attach to a tabletop or highchair tray. Flip up the adorable apple top and you have a nifty little cup for snacks. The best feature is that it can hold three toys with it's adjustable tethers. Absolutely genius. After spending the majority of our lunch fishing toys off the ground that Landon had flung from his highchair, I didn't wait long to get a hold of our own Grapple. It was so great to have for our summer trips! For some reason, it didn't stick to the airplane tray table as planned but it did suction nicely to the personal seat back screen. The apple leaf is also a handy hook so I've attached this thing to the stroller several times too. A+ for design in my book. This would be a fantastic gift for a new mom. Be sure to check out Helen's blog, I Dream of Pretty Things!
2. Hanna Andersson Sleeper Hanna is known for adorable jammies in super fun prints but the greatest thing about their sleepwear is the quality. Landon wears these over and over again and he has consistently outgrown them before they show any signs of wear. While other pj's have ended up with a hole in the toe or faulty zippers, the Hannas have really stood the test of time. During those warm summer nights, the footless versions were perfect. Plus, I just love how the slim fit shows off those sweet baby thighs and belly! Right now, his Halloween pair is in heavy rotation. Since these cost a little more than the average pajamas, I try to wait for them to come on sale. They were 25% off over Columbus Day weekend so keep an eye out for holiday promotions.
3. Mealtime This little touch and feel board book was a gift from Landon's fabulous Aunt Jen. He loves to feel all the different textures including the very sticky jam on the PB&J page. He always turns right to the bowl of pasta so we think he inherited his mom's love of carbs. This book is small and very durable so it frequently comes with us in the car or diaper bag.
4. Hape Pound and Tap Bench I love all the nice wooden toys that Hape offers but this is a great two-in-one. It is part xylophone and part pounding bench, and good for developing dexterity (or baby will just hurl the little balls across the room...that's how the first few weeks went). Landon has spent plenty of time testing the new hardwood floors in his room with this toy's mallet (it was all white carpet up there before the remodel). It has been fun watching his skills improve with this one. He started off violently banging his mallet on all surfaces of the toy but will now gently tap on the colored balls until they fall through the holes and make musical sounds on the xylophone keys below.
5. First 100 Words Landon is already a mini bookworm and this book might be his favorite. There isn't a story to follow along with but he loves to look at all the images, smile back at the smiling babies, and make "grrr" sounds when he spots different animals. He is perfectly happy flipping through this book several times on his own.