This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I can't even believe it, but our little Christmas baby is turning 1 this month! I'm getting nostalgic just going through pictures from this last year; time flew by. While he's our third son, he was also our first baby born in the Winter, which in Maine means a whole new ballgame. Here's a round up of some of our essentials and items I'd highly recommend having on-hand if you're expecting a Winter baby, including our favorite WaterWipes (which I'd reccomend for babies all year round and really wish I had when my oldest was born)!
I keep WaterWipes on hand at all times because with three boys (one in diapers), you never know what kind of mess you'll be dealing with next. We use them for everything from germy hands and sticky faces to diaper changes, spills and everything in between. They are gentle on baby's skin with no drying chemicals (they are made with 99.9% Irish water and .1% grapefruit seed extract). My younger two both have sensitive skin only heightened during the Winter season, and Waterwipes have worked great for them. I've been stocking up on Waterwipes for a great price at Walmart. Check out the store locator to find Waterwipes in a store near you.
I found our car seat cover to be a life-saver as we were often on the go. Baby W stayed warm & cozy as we loaded up even on the coldest days. A cover that goes on the outside of the infant seat is the safest option.
In my opinion baby socks are for the most part worthless as they just don't stay on. I'm a big fan of soft booties that snap at the ankle as they stay on and keep that gap between the pants covered.
Footie outfits are essential in my opinion. They are comfortable for baby and keep their little feet covered. Not to mention they are just easy to put on and take off.
Swaddles and sleeps sacks are a great way to keep baby warm and cozy and are safer options eliminating the hazard of loose blankets in the crib. Baby W still loves sleeping in his sleepsacks and we have different fabric options based on the season and temperatures etc.
Hats are a must in Maine, and finding one that covers their ears and stays on their little head is important but can sometimes be trial and error.
Sometimes it's trial and error to figure out what works best for your little one, but finding a good lotion or oil (sometimes even coconut oil works best) is essential. We found some great options free of chemicals and extra ingredients.
With Winter babies (especially in cold climates like Maine) you always worry a bit more about sickness. There tends to be so many yucky germs going around. I figure hand-santizer for the rest of us in the house (especially with school-age brothers) can only help.
Speaking of Winter germs, it's a good idea to keep a thermometer on hand; I always have one at home and in my diaper bag. For young babies, the rectal thermometer is simple and acurate. If you feel like baby may be coming down with something, it's a good idea to keep an eye on him and check his temperature often. Babies who are under two months and get a fever are usally hospitiliazed or checked out thoroughly.
Winters in Maine are cold and the air is really dry. A humidifier in baby's nursery helps eleviate dry and iritated skin and chapped lips and can be a great tool when dealing with colds and congestion.
Soft wrap style carrier
Not nessessarily essential but I found my cotton stretchy wrap to be a huge help last winter (especially with baby #3). It allowed me to keep him close and warm against my chest which a blessing for so many reasons - he stayed cozy, I could easily zip my jacket right over him and when wearing him it felt like he was getting touched by germy hands.
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Thanks as always for stopping by! Any thank you to WaterWipes for sponsoring this post. I wholeheartedling love and reccomend these wipes to everyone because they are so gentle and yet still durable and effective. Find out more about WaterWipes over on their website or follow them onFacebook for all the latest.
The Holiday season is here! It's my favorite time of the year with so much celebrating, festive events, time with friends and family, and I get so excited to pick special gifts. You'll find gift guides galore on the blogosphere but I like to focus on amazing items made right here in Maine. It's important to me to support small businesses and buy local when we can. We have so many talented makers and entrepreneurs in this state, these lists of mine barely scratch the surface. I hate to to show up empty handed, so today we're talking about some great Maine made hostess gifts.
1. Lobstah Trap Caddy - fill it with favorite local brews, or locally made condiments & sauces
2. Coasters from Benoit's Design CO. - I'm partial to the lobster buoys but there are so many different options to choose from
3. An assortment of soaps from Casco Bay Soap Company - if you're looking for a seasonal scent try "Maine Pine" though personal favorite is "Sea Shore Scrub"
4. Scented candle from Seawicks Candle Company - the hardest part will be picking a scent with so many to choose from, including their super festive "Maine" candle
5. Hand Printed Tea Towel from Morris & Essex - I'm partial to the lobster but they've got some really great prints for everyone
6. Seashellglass vase from Maine Coast Creations - fill one of these pretty vases will flowers and you're sure to put a smile on any host/hostesses face
7. Assorted chocolates from Wilbur's of Maine - who doesn't love chocolate, especially Wilber's?! Their blueberry creams and peanut butter cups are melt-in-your-mouth delicious IMO.
What's your go-to hostess gift? Be sure to stop by often in the next few weeks, I'll be sharing more Mainely Made Gift Guides for everyone on your list and launching some fantastic giveaways! Thanks as always for stopping by! Happy Holiday Season!
About this Mama
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys, and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine.