Christmas Gift Guide for Mom and Kids

Christmas is finally here! I’m so excited for this Christmas, it’s the first Christmas that Calvin is actively moving around the house and baby talking his life away. I have so many plans for our family this season and of course I can’t forget the gifts. I wanted to share with you guys some of our favorite things in case you’re looking for gifts to get the kiddos or a mommy friend. I’ve chosen Calvin’s top faves and my favorites. 

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Christmas Gift Guide for Kids

1.My B Toys:

This is Calvin’s favorite toy right now, the whacky ball. He loves playing with small items and anything in motion. This toy is perfect for sensory development and repetition. The toy has a mirror background that reflects the motion of the balls through the maze. Can’t forget his favorite plane. My B Toys has so many amazing toys, so be sure to check them out. 

http://www.mybtoys.com/toys/

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2. Hape:

I put this toy on Calvin’s birthday wish list and it’s just wonderful. Calvin loves the small balls, he crawls around the house with them in his hands and has learned about sounds when the balls drop onto the xylophone. They’ve helped him a lot with his motor skills. The other thing he got was this wood bike, I ride him around our home with it and he loves it. I can’t wait for him to learn to ride it on his own. This is such a great gift for toddlers. 

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3. Books:

Right now I have two favorite book brands, ” Canticos” and ” BookRoo“.

If you’re Spanish and grew up singing ” Mi Burrito Sabanero” you are in for treat. Canticos has created their own version in English and Spanish for kids and you can even download the app and sing or read along to the book.

https://www.amazon.com/My-Little-Donkey-Burrito-Canticos/dp/0996995935/?tag=canticosworld-20

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As always BookRoo has my heart, they are a month subscription for children books. I think it’s a wonderful gift for any child, baby and up. The best part? you don’t even have to wrap the books, they’re already wrapped for you! surprise!

https://bookroo.com/

The Jesus Story book: We got this one for Calvin’s baby shower and I treasure it. We asked for the bilingual version and it’s amazing. definitely a sweet gift during Christmas time.

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4. Teepee:

This tent is from Cozy Culture and it’s my favorite part of Calvin’s room. I love that I can change the style of it and love watching Calvin play in it. We spend mommy and me moments in it always. Cozy Culture sells the tent and mat separately. If you don’t have a tent, you want to get one for Christmas!

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5. Puzzles: 

I love these puzzles by Melissa and Doug, their so fun and perfect for toddlers. This is great for teaching toddlers to identify shapes, colors and matching. They have so many different puzzles for kids and cheap too.

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6. Art:

” My first Crayola”  are products by Crayola intended for babies and toddlers. I love both of these products. The ” Mess Free touch lights” is like a light board. so perfect for keeping toddlers entertained while it being mess free. I love that you can just use your finger to create art. The ” Washable Finger paint” kit is perfect for introducing baby to paint. Calvin love painting but that gets messing quickly. The kit comes with paint, apron, and drawing paper. However, you can easly get paper, non toxic paint and any shirt you’re okay with baby messing up.

Christmas guide For the mama’s:

1.Jewelry:

My amazing and talented friend started a small business along with her mama and their jewelry is to die for. They’re handcrafted made of clay and each inspired by their favorite art pieces and Dominican culture. These are perfect for any mama friend or even for your own wish list. Be sure to check out their website & instagram account.

https://www.agustandambar.com/

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2. Market Bag from Apolis:

I love, love this bag. It’s my go to bag when I make trips to the supermarket or a quick run to Target. I love how much space and weight it can hold. Definitely a bag I recommend any mama to get. 

https://store.apolisglobal.com/collections/bags

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3. Fanny pack:

This summer I purchased my first fanny pack and it’s probably my favorite one ever! I loved that I got to wear it all summer and use it as my goto bag when running errands. I bought mines from Fawn Design, they have so many colors and also have other bags. 

https://fawndesign.com/products/fawny-pack

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4. Spa Date:

What woman does not love a spa date? I definitely would gift any mama a spa date. Right now the most talked about spot is called ” Sojo Spa. Club“. I hear the view is amazing and such a great place to relax. It’s located in NJ for all my city mamas. You can book them a facial or massage also.

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5. Backpack:

So I’ve been trying to get a comfy backpack for school since September and recently I stumbled upon this Nike backpack! And I LOVE IT! I always go for girly back packs but the straps are always so thin and mess with my back! So this has been a game changer for me. I can carry my laptop, books and even carry Calvin’s stuff with me to work and it’s easy on my back. If you’re a traveling mama, yup.. you want this bag.

https://www.nike.com/t/radiate-backpack-b191xP

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6. Coffee Mug: 

I am not a coffee lover, but motherhood has made me one. I had a IG mama introduce me to the ” Keep Cup’ and I needed to have it! It’s super cute, glass and the perfect to go cup and reusable!  Such a great gift for the coffee lover mama.

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https://us.keepcup.com/

7. Essential Oils/ Diffuser: 

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This is on the top of my Christmas list! I’ve been so blessed by essential oils through my friend Sam and learning about all the benefits of using them has convinced me that I need them and a diffuser in my life. I use essential oils for my anxiety, you’ll always find a roll on oil at my desk. Plus you can use them on your kids for their tummies, to help them breathe better and clear the air.

https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/shopping-cart?returnUrl=https:%2F%2Fwww.youngliving.com%2Fen_US%2Fproducts

 

I hope this gift guide was filled with things you would enjoy and purchase, have more suggestions for gifts? Leave a comment! I would love to add more things to share. 

 

love, 

transparentcitymama

Bookroo (Review)

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@bookroo_love has sent us another box of books and we are loving it. The month of September introduced us to the books “ Skip Hop: My backpack”, “Arf! Buzz! Cluck! A Rather Noisy Alphabet” and ” Peekaboo! On the farm”. Our favorite is “Peekaboo! On the Farm”, Calvin loves playing peekaboo with us. It’s our go to game when we want to keep him entertained. #parenting The animals are hiding their faces and when you open the flap… PEEKABOO! it’s a CHICKEN! ha! I love that each book is filled with colors and very detailed. I enjoyed that two of this months books had surprise flaps, those kinds of books were my favorite growing up because you never knew what you find under it.

 Bookroo is a subscription for kids that helps them fall in love with reading by combining the excitement of opening gifts with discovery of new, treasured books. Bookroo offers three types of boxes, board book (ages 0-3), picture books (ages 2-6) and chapter books (ages 7-10). Every month is a new surprise for books!

Every month you can look forward to a new theme. I truly believe this box is worth the subscription, I hope that Calvin loves reading as much as our family loves book! His book shelves are filled with books and we’re glad some of them come from Bookroo.

 

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New favorites delivered monthly!

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BookRoo (Review)

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Growing up reading was not my thing, I didn’t like it nor was I good at it. I remember that my teachers would only get me to read if I would listen to the audio version of the book. Those were fun memories. Anyways, while I was pregnant I was already buying my favorite childhood books for Calvin. The Giving Tree was my first on the list! Guys, is it just me or does that book not make you cry! I can never get to the end without sobbing!

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@bookroo_love is a subscription for kids that helps them fall in love with reading by combining the excitement of opening gifts with discovery of new, treasured books. I really enjoyed opening each book myself, I can’t imagine a kid. So much excitement.

Bookroo offers three types of boxes, board book ( ages 0-3), picture books ( ages 2-6) and chapter books (ages 7-10). Every month is a new surprise for books! I personally loved each one of these books and Calvin loved the touch feel book. I’m excited to make these three books part of our reading time. Each one is so unique. The ” Planes, Trains and  Animobiles ” book teaches children about different animals and different ways of transportation, it’s funny and cute. Calvin loves when I add noise effects to each new animal we meet. The ” Eyes” book is filled with vivid colors, each page displays the detail in each animal’s eyes. Great book to teach babies to identify their eyes. My favorite of all is the touch and feel ” Animals” book. Calvin loves touching the different textures inside the book, this is also his first touch and feel book. Anyways, did you notice a pattern in each book? yes, they were all about animals. Every month you can look forward to a new theme. I truly believe this box is worth the subscription, I hope that Calvin loves reading as much as I do and this box will bring that excitement for reading.

New favorites delivered monthly!

 

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Traveling with a Baby

IMG_1005This past week our family took a trip to Punta Cana, DR. It was our first family trip with Calvin and I was a bit nervous about bringing a baby on a plane. I think as a parent you start imagining all the things that can go wrong, I mean who really wants to be on a quiet plane and have their baby screaming and crying? No one. lol, So my first tip is, book an early flight. Most babies take naps early in the morning and the hope is that the motion of the plane would make them sleepy. When booking your flight I would suggest getting a seat near the aisle, it gives you easy access to the bathroom just in case the baby needs a diaper change. During check-in time you should also note that you are allowed a carry on and a diaper bag. If you decide to take your stroller on your trip, your stroller is to be checked in but you will not be charged. We checked in one luggage and our Grand DockAtot ( We did have to pay for this because it’s a sleeper and big.) If you own the Deluxe size, you can just take it as carry on.

   So how should you carry baby on a flight? One of my mommy friend’s suggested I use my Ergobaby carrier, it’s more comfortable and better support and you want to get rid of as much baggage as possible. I packed our stroller, my Wildbird sling, and the Ergobaby just for different options to carry Calvin around.

   Our flight was at 7:45am, as soon as the plane took off Calvin went right to sleep. He goes to sleep pretty fast with any motion, his reaction was funny. It looked like he got scared and pulled close to my chest and forced himself to sleep! Ruben and I were dying laughing. Here are a few things I thought were a must for the flight.

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Blanket ( #target ), Paci ( #wubbaNub ), Noise blocker headphones ( #Banz ), Security Blanket. 

A blanket can be useful because of the temperature on the plane, I didn’t dress Calvin in a long sleeve onesie since our flight would be short and our destination was hot, so I figured a blanket was needed. I brought along his favorite comfort blanket and his WubbaNub. (He loves it! I’ve tried so many pacifiers and he won’t take none. ) The Banz noise blocked headphones, I love them but Calvin hates them. lol, I love them because they do block out noises and help babies sleep in loud places. Calvin would keep them on when he was much smaller, now, not so much. If you do have a smaller baby I would suggest investing in a pair. I took Calvin to a concert with these headphones and they were everything.

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Skip Hop ( changer), Wipes ( Pampers) , Aveeno ( Sunscreen), Babyganics ( teething pods), Boon ( Health and Grooming Kit), Mustela ( Eczema Lotion) 

For basic baby care products, I packed all of these. I really love the Skip Hop changer bag, we got it for our baby shower. It comes with pockets to store wipes, diapers, and baby bottom cream. The changing pad is also plastic and removable. I love that you can just take it with you without having to carry your diaper bag to the bathroom, especially on a plane.  I packed Tylenol, body and face sunscreen, baby bug spray, lotion, teething pods, our health and grooming bag, diapers and of course clothes. I packed around 8 items of clothes for 5 days.

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HappyBaby products can be bought at @Target

FOOD! / snacks are very important. I tried to pack as much as I could. We brought a can of formula ( which did not end up being enough), and all of our HappyBaby snacks. I really love this company, they’re organic and they have so many different food products. I packed puffs and teether crackers, oatmeal cereal, and pouches. I’m not a fan of store baby food ( just my preference) I’ve been making Calvin’s puree food since he started solids. However, I would have been crazy to take frozen food with me, so I settled for their pouches. I really like that the pouch is clear so I can see what’s inside, they have so many different veggie and fruit combinations and they’re organic. If you looking for a great baby food company, I would recommend Happybaby.

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Fisherprice ( game control), The first years ( cup stacks) , @Bookroo_love ( book), Fisherprice ( feet piano) 

TOYS! Pack all of babies favorites. It’s like bringing a piece of home with them. These made our trip easier because we could entertain Calvin when we were at the beach/ pool or eating out. He loved playing at the beach with his cup stacks, we have so much fun putting them on his head. He giggles all the time trying to figure out what’s on his head.

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Swinways ( Baby float) Amazon ( Gate Bag)

These two items I would consider necessary, I bought this float for Calvin to protect him from the sun while being in the pool and also for his own safety. If you’re going on vacation and you will be going to the pool, you can always ask the hotel if they provide floats for babies/ kids. The gate bag was suggested by our friend, she shared that she experienced damages on her stroller when she checked it at the gate and lost parts of the stroller. I bought this bag on Amazon and it was really great. Our stroller still had some minor damages but it was in one piece.

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DockATot is heaven sent

If you didn’t know most hotels offer cribs for babies. So be sure to ask your hotel if they have cribs. I think choosing a family-friendly hotel is probably a great option for a family vacation. For our trip we brought our DockAtot Grand along, Calvin loves sleeping in it and its super comfy. Although our hotel provides a crib for us, he ended up sleeping with us in his DockAtot. The bed was actually big enough for us three for the first time. ha! The DockATot is a baby product that I love and if you’re traveling with a small baby I think it’s worth investing in especially if you are co-sleeping. It’s safe, comfortable and you can take it with you anywhere. I would also suggest getting a travel bag for it, I wish would have had one for this trip to avoid the headache of it getting damaged at check-in.  I’m so thankful they sent us over a travel bag for our next trip! Thanks, DockATot! ( sponsored) 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these tips and that your first trip with a baby is wonderful! If you have more tips, please be sure to leave a comment below and subscribe to my blog if you want to follow my journey!

love,

Transparent city mama.