A Girl’s Got to Have It: Essentials For Your Newborn Baby Girl

So you’re having a girl? Congratulations! Before you rush out and buy all the adorable clothes you can find in the shops, you should make a list of what you actually need. Being a little bit practical now will definitely pay off when your little one arrives.

Bodysuits

Bodysuits are an essential item for newborns when choosing clothing for your baby. New mums might not be familiar with these — they’re basically long or short sleeved suits that fasten by poppers at the bottom. Not only do they help keep diapers in place, but they’re also a vital layer to protect your baby’s soft skin from other fabrics. Whether you go for short- or long-sleeved depends on the season, but make sure you stock up on at least 10 of these — you’ll be washing them and lots of other baby girl clothes a lot.

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Sleepsuits

Forget little dresses. For the first few months cute all-in-one sleepsuits will likely be your baby’s day wear too. They’re a quick and easy way to dress your baby and will keep her cozy and warm. Newborn sleepsuits come with built-in feet and scratch mitts, useful for protecting your baby from scratching herself. If you want to go super girly go for pink and floral prints, but you can find some fab baby girl clothes in bright shades too. Rainbow stripes and spots look adorable.

Sleep sacks

A sleep sack is the most practical item for your baby to sleep in. It’s a mini sleeping bag which attaches over your baby’s shoulders at the top. Not only do babies look unbelievably cute when they’re in them, but sleep sacks help your baby to sleep because, unlike blankets, they can’t wriggle out of them.

Socks and tights

Shoes aren’t necessary until your baby can walk, so for the meantime keep their tootsies warm with socks, bootees or tights. You’ll find some lovely socks, including ones that look like mini ballet shoes, and nothing is cuter than a tiny pair of bootees!

Accessories

Every lady needs to accessorize, and new born girls are no exception! Hats are an absolute must, whether it’s summer or winter. In winter, go for fluffy hats with ears, while summer babies usually need a fairly warm hat that will also protect them from the sun. Dribble bibs are also a good idea as your daughter gets a bit bigger.

One thing to note: new mums often underestimate how much clothing they’ll receive as gifts, so be ruthless and only get the basics — there’s a strong chance that you’ll have no shortage of pretty dresses once the visitors have been! Keep any gift receipts, just in case you have to return something, since babies grow so quickly and are often too big for clothes before they’ve barely worn them. And be warned: like it or not, you’ll end up with lots of knitted cardigans from well-meaning grandparents!
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Images by Dan Harrelson and Graham and Sheila, used under Creative Commons license

Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up

The Doc is in! I love Doc McStuffins and so do my kiddos.“Doc McStuffins: Time for Your Check Up!,” the second DVD compilation for Disney Junior’s hit animated TV series “Doc McStuffins,” will debut May 7, 2013. A must-add to the family viewing collection, the DVD comes packaged with 5 fun-filled episodes and a FREE growth chart.

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Episodes:
1 – Gulpy, Gulpy Gators! / One Note Wonder
2 – Tea Party Tantrum / Blast Off!
3 – Arcade Escapade / Starry, Starry Night
4 – Bronto Boo-Boos / Brontosaurus Breath
5 – Doctoring The Doc / Hot Pursuit

I have to be honest and tell you that Doc McStuffins has to be one of the best shows out there right now. This show has made going to the doctor so much easier, in my opinion. We just had our 5 year appointment and 90% of the time I was saying, “now remember on Doc McStuffins when they did this?” Plus, this show is just adorable in general!

Do you and your kids watch Doc McStuffins? Who is your favorite character?

Iron Man 3

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I will start this post with an admission. The only Marvel movie I have ever watched, prior to this review, was The Avengers. All of my super hero knowledge comes from a combination of that movie and the Super Hero Squad cartoon.

Scott and I were able to go and check out an advanced screening of Iron Man 3 on Monday and let me tell you, it was awesome. I’m a huge Robert Downey Jr. fan and I love his as Tony Stark. I think he is just truly fantastic and made for the role. After seeing the previews, I knew I was going to love this movie.

Marvel’s Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

 

The film is rated PG-13 and I truly think that is a fair rating. It is pretty intense at times, so I would hold off taking your younger kids to see it until you’ve had a chance to watch it first.

The special effects were pretty amazing throughout the film, but they were not overly done. There is nothing I dislike more than a film that is strictly about the effects and loses you with the story. This film had a great balance.

 Are you going to see Iron Man 3 over the weekend? I’d love to hear what you think of the film!

eShakti

eShakti‘s spring collection is now available and let me tell you, it’s adorable! I was able to order one of their dresses to review:

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Insanely adorable, right? The beauty of eShakti is that you can customize their already great dresses to fit your needs.

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Their sizes are true to what you would buy in a department store, which makes ordering them incredibly easy. eShakti sells their clothes in sizes 0-36W and their clothes ship within 7 business days.

I did not make any alterations to my dress when I ordered it and it fit like a total glove when it arrived. I cannot wait to wear this dress on Easter Sunday and then throughout the summer. The material is light and there are a ton of little details in the dress.

This is my third item from eShakti and I keep falling more in love with them with each arrival. Check out eShakti’s website to check out all of their new Spring styles!

Nickelodeon Easter DVD Roundup

Just in time for the Easter holiday, Nickelodeon has released a bunch of your kiddos shows on DVD!

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Dora’s Easter Collection – All-New Collection
Get ready for twice the Easter Adventure in this two-disc collection, featuring eight egg-citing springtime adventures from the Dora’s Easter Adventure and Dora Egg Hunt DVDs! First, help Dora and Boots save Easter! The Hip-Hop-Bunny is bringing all the eggs to Dora and friends’ big Easter Egg Hunt, but when sneaky Swiper swipes his basket, Dora and Boots need your help on an adventure to make sure it’s a “hop-hop-hoppy Easter” for all! Plus, go back to Dora’s first Easter Egg Hunt to help Dora and Boots find the Big Yellow Egg with a prize inside!  All this and more in this DVD full of egg-cellent adventures to explore! Plus for a limited time only, free Easter stickers inside!

Includes these DVDs:

• Dora’s Easter Adventure
• Dora’s Egg Hunt

Max & Ruby: A Bunny for Every Season Collection – All-New Collection
Enjoy the four seasons in East Bunnyhop with Max and Ruby in Max & Ruby’s first ever multi-feature DVD Collection! Spring into the Spring season with Max and Ruby as they hunt for Easter eggs, camp outside, go bird watching, and more. Soak up the Summer sun as Max and Ruby work a lemonade stand, fly kites, and put on a backyard magic show.  Fall into a Halloween season full of some tricks…and even more treats! Spend a funny bunny Winter building snowbunnies, sledding, and celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve too! With 48 sweet bunny stories, Max and Ruby will do lots of things all year long – except agree! Plus, save $4 on the DVD when you visit NickelodeonDVDCoupon.com.

Includes these DVDs:
     • Springtime for Max & Ruby
• Summertime with Max & Ruby
• Perfect Pumpkin!
• Everybunny Loves Winter!

Max & Ruby: Easter with Max & Ruby
Spring into the Easter season with two very funny Easter bunnies – Max and Ruby! From Ruby’s Easter bonnet to Max’s Easter bunny, and an Easter Parade too, you’ll be celebrating the season bunny-style! Join the se

asonal play dates with Max and Ruby!

Nickelodeon Jr Favorites: Celebrates Spring!
Celebrate the spring season with Dora the ExplorerBlue’s CluesMax & Ruby and Little Bill.  In addition, enjoy a bonus episode from Rugrats.

Do your kids have a favorite Nick Jr. show?

VeggieTales: The Little House that Stood!

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The Wise Pig Built His House Upon the Rock! When the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue! Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his houses on a firm foundation – following the wise plans from the Master Builder’s Handbook!” Will the Little Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses – and their lives – on solid ground? Find out in this parable that shows kids when they follow God’s blueprints, they can stand strong when the storms come!

PLUS! Ever wonder what happened before Humpty cracked? Find out in this very Veggie retelling of the classic Humpty Dumpty story “The Good Egg of Gooseville” where we learn that a good neighbor always “lends a little hand” to those in need.

Both of the episodes on this DVD are great teaching tools for our kids. The Three Little Pigs episode focuses on the parable of the three builders and the Humpty Dumpty episode focuses on the parable of the good Samaritan. Big Idea has even provided discussion topics for parents and their children as they watch the film:

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The Little House that Stood! is now available and you can use this $3 off coupon when you purchase it.

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For more information on the movie and for character craft ideas, check out VeggieTales on Pinterest!

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