Summer kicked off this weekend and we celebrated with a trip to the beach. It was Miles’ first beach trip and we packed up our summer favorites and hit the road. When it comes to baby gifts and gear, I love summer items the best: blues, whales, anchors, etc. Below I’m sharing my current baby favorites, many of them summer themed and all of them highly recommended for your own little one or for gifts. Then, at the end of the post you have a chance to win the entire list of favorites!
The Best of Baby: Summer Favorites
The Land of Nod Be on the Sea Activity Mat is a current “summer favorite” but it’s also one of my favorite baby items ever. It’s so sweet, soft and practical. It’s more plush than it looks in photos and more interactive than I was expecting too. I love when Miles’ siblings sit around the mat and show him what all the sea animals do. The colors are beautiful and Miles loves playing on this mat on his back, belly and has even fallen asleep (I guess it’s so much fun it tires him out!).
We’ve worn Skylar Luna pajamas in our house for years. This summer I discovered their “short rompers” for babies and love them. They are so soft and lightweight. They’re perfect pjs but also work as an adorable outfit too. Miles lives in this nautical romper. Skylar Luna is eco-friendly sleepwear and super comfortable.
Miles had been wearing his big brothers yellow Freshly Picked Moccasins and just got his first new pair. We picked Malibu Blue for the summer time! We love Freshly Picked moccasins and think they make a great baby gift. Freshly Picked says: “Each pair of moccasins, whether being shipped to the rich and famous (or at least their kids), or shipped across town, are made with care, perfection and a love for the little feet they are intended for.”
I was on the hunt for a new diaper bag this summer. I wanted a fun print, something easy to clean with lots of pockets. I had heard of Ju-Ju-Be bags and decided to try one. I am so impressed! I’m using the Be Classy Bag and love how functional it is. There are plenty of pockets for both Tommy and Miles’ things. The Be Classy is the newest style of bag that Ju-Ju-Be has added to its growing list of fun, functional, and fashionable diaper bags, bibs, backpacks, and more. The changing mat that comes with the bag is much softer than most which is key for a summer on the go. I chose the “First Lady” pattern for the summery stripes!
I received my first BABYBJORN item at my baby shower almost 7 years ago. Since then, we’ve used that item and many, many more. This summer we added some of their new Watercolor Collection to our BABYBJORN collection. BABYBJORN’S newest color palette is inspired by water. They borrowed water, paint and imagination from children’s play for this beautiful new Watercolor Collection. View the collection here, to see all of the colors and the products available.
If there’s one BABYBJORN item we really couldn’t live without, it’s the Travel Crib Light. I’ve tried tons of travel beds and nothing compares to BABYBJORN’S. It’s easy to use and comfortable for little ones. It weighs only 13 pounds and the Travel Crib Light sets up in one simple movement and comes with a handy carrying case. It’s perfect for when you are sleeping (or playing!) away from home with your little one. We have a lot of summer travel ahed of us and now travel with two Travel Crib Lights for Tommy and Miles.
Back in January, I bought a Heartfully Made Banner for the boys shared nursery. It’s honestly my favorite piece of decor in the room. It’s so sweet and well made. I decided to get one for the girls room too (next I want one for the kitchen!). Heartfully Made delivers a little handmade happiness with their fun and colorful wall hangings, banners, and garlands. This shop is a great place to find unique baby gifts.
We have quite the collection of I See Me Books in our house. They are always fast favorites and something we’ll cherish for years to come. Personalized books are sweet for babies and become really special for children as they learn to read and recognize their name (and pictures) in books. Friends sent us the “Hello World” book when Miles was born. It’s an adorable board book and Miles’ big sisters read it to him all the time. We just got the Goodnight Little Me Gift Set and it’s also really sweet. Whenever someone asks me where to get a great personalized baby gift, I always recommend I See Me.
We first learned about Little Sapling Toys when Tommy got one of their teethers. We’ve since given many teethers as gifts, got Tommy a set of their blocks for Christmas and nowwe’re playing lots of music on the new Little Sapling Drum. Little Sapling Toys is a family business that designs modern wooden toys and crafts them with the highest quality materials in their Huntsville, UT wood shop. They believe in innovative toys and a healthy earth and plant a tree for each toy sold.
We got a set of Milestone Cards when Tommy was born. They were so much fun to use for monthly photos and now we’re reusing them for Miles. We just got the First Fun Activity Cards and they’re perfect for the adventures we’re setting out on this summer. The set includes 30 cards to capture and remember fun activities all year long: from going to the beach, camping to hiking and more.
Now for the giveaway: One lucky winner will receive our “Best of Baby” list of items (detailed below). Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Be sure to visit our Facebook post for the giveaway for chances to enter. Good luck everyone!
The list of prizes:
2. Skylr Luna Nautical Short Romper. Winner can select size, based on availability
3. Freshly Picked moccasins. Winner can select size and style, based on availability
4. Ju-Ju-Be Diaper Bag. The winner will receive a Be Classy bag in the print of choice, based on availability.