10 Baby Things {+ a giveaway!}

 GIVEAWAY CLOSED – Congratulations Sharon!  And good luck with your new baby.

We’ve been discussing my pet peeves and I realized today I would be remiss if I did not mention the largest of all (for right now) which is…

As the mother of three children I have gone through my fair share of baby products.  There are some things that I swore by with baby #1 that I realized were goofy with baby #2 and by #3 they were on their way to the Goodwill (or to someone with only one child who didn’t know better).  
Now that my baby is almost one year old, I feel in a position to round up the top ten baby products I used, abused, and loved.  Plus, one lucky winner will get to have – all to themselves – the best system for making baby food! (You should be making baby food, it’s really easy)
Why did I choose these?
1. Diaper bags are dumb.  They are heavy, annoying, and totally emasculate your husband.  L.L. Bean bags are washable, durable, and re-usable when your kids are not in diapers anymore.  Plus, way cuter.
2.  No other ball has gotten as much use as this.  It’s fabulous for infants because they can grab it.  It bounces, providing loads of joy for toddlers.  And it doesn’t go far if you hit it, making it easier for t-ball practice.
3. Hanna Andersson pajamas last an eternity!  Through three kids and onto hand-me-downs and they still look decent.  Plus, they are super cozy and made from organic cotton
4. It’s a really expensive blanket, so buy it with your first kid.  You can’t find anything as cozy as the Little Giraffe blankets.  They come in tiny sizes too which made the perfect comfort blanket for my son when we traveled.  We also have the jumbo adult size one on the couch because we’re obsessed.
5. Really cute shoes aren’t hard to find, but really cute, locally made, long lasting shoes are.  We love these.
6. When you’re on the go and need to have food on hand, these pouches are divine.  When Pearl refused to eat off a spoon, these pouches were a lifesaver.  Anymore you can find them almost anywhere.  Taste them before you give them to your kids – I think the ‘pea’ ones are vile.
7. When I was pregnant with Pearl and in New York it seemed like every parent had the “double decker” stroller.  I thought it was brilliant – and I still do.  Ours looks like it’s been through a war zone.
8. Blankets in the car or in the ‘diaper bag’ are annoying.  To be warm enough, they are crazy bulky.  That’s why I love BabySoy blankets – the warmth of wool with the weight of cotton.  
9. If you don’t make your own baby food, you should.  It’s crazy easy.  What did you eat for dinner last night?  Grind it up.  Salmon?  Potatoes?  Green beans?  Throw it in the Baby Bullet and away you go.  I have always made baby food for my kids.  It’s crazy simple – and impossibly simple with the Baby Bullet because it comes with EVERYTHING you need.  Literally.
10. A way to carry your baby without breaking your arms or your back.  I’ve tried every carrier available and this is the best.  Pearl even napped in it on Saturday and she’s two.  
In honor of the my favorite baby products, Baby Bullet is offering one lucky winner their very own Baby Bullet system!  
*Here’s how to enter :: 
– Comment below (so I know you are interested)
– Go to the Baby Bullet Facebook page and click “like”
– Go to my Facebook page and click “like” (if you haven’t already)
Easy peasy.  At the end of the week, I’ll randomly generate a winner based on who has commented below.  The winner will receive one Baby Bullet, one Turbo Steamer, and one cookbook.  
I really am excited about the Baby Bullet because I genuinely believe everyone should make their own baby food.  You can control what goes into the food, you know it hasn’t been over processed, and you know where it’s been processed (no allergy concerns).  When Lars was a baby I made everything in the food processor – not that it was hard, but when Pearl was born we had a Magic Bullet.  It was remarkable how much simpler it made everything.  The Baby Bullet takes it one step further.
I don’t even think I need to mention how much cheaper it is to make your own food either – but it is.  A lot.
Enter!  I hope you win.  Then you only have nine things left to buy.  
**UPDATE** Some people are having a hard time leaving a comment below – I’m not sure why, but try first and if it doesn’t work, send me a message on Facebook (link above) and I’ll add you to the list.

*Legal Business
The ‘giveaway’ is a sweepstakes contest wherein the winner will be chosen at random based on those who have entered a comment in the comment section of the blog.  Facebook ‘likes’ are not a requirement of entry and will not be considered when choosing a winner, but encouraged. Winners will receive one Baby Bullet system as defined by the makers of Baby Bullet, one Turbo Steamer, and one Baby Bullet cookbook.  The ‘giveaway’ is open to US residents aged 18 and older beginning June 11, 2012 and ending June 15, 2012 at 5:00pm PST.  

By entering the giveaway through this website, you release Alexandra Hedin Design from any liability whatsoever and waive any and all causes of action related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the giveaway.


40 thoughts on “10 Baby Things {+ a giveaway!}

  1. Alexandra Hedin

    Andrea Felton

    I'm not able to comment on your blog for some reason, but wanted to wish for the baby bullet 🙂 I am expecting my third little one and appreciate your list so much. I also have learned along the way!


  2. Natasha

    Awesome giveaway!! I really want a baby bullet- I make my sons food but to bust out our full size blender and have to clean it is a pain- mostly because it takes a lot of space in our tiny kitchen! This would be well used in our house!!


  3. LadyNewton

    I really will enjoy having this I been wanting one for years just never had the extra founds to get one this baby bullet is an awesome thing a mu gig and I pray to God that I win it!<3


  4. Elsie

    Great list. =) I'm about to have my second and made my own baby food with the first, but it seems like it'd be so much easier with the bullet! =)


  5. Elizab Poe

    This would be great due to the fact that last week my grandson got choked on a jar of babyfood we bought at the grocery store .. my daughter in law has been wanting one of these and it is on our to buy list .. this would be perfect to win one


  6. Heidi Dausman

    I love the look of the baby bullet!! I so attend on getting one if i dont win! I have my first baby on the way july 19th!! IM super exited and want to make sure my baby gets all the goodness he can with the baby bullet i wont have to worry about it!!


  7. Sabrina Troup

    I totally 100% agree with your list! my fiance and I are working on baby #6 and she's due at the beginning of august! she'll be our 5th girl.
    I would love to have a baby bullet… life would be much simpler


  8. Jessa

    We were just wondering if the baby bullet was a good product and if we should go buy one! Thanks for the list.. being a first time mommy I can use all the advice I can get!! BIG THANKS!!


  9. Abby Smith

    Liked baby bullet and you also, I'm young 19 yr. old mom with a soon to be 4 month old girl. I have such GREAT things about the baby bullet and am looking forward to trying it. And your list helps a lot. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  10. Lindsey S.

    I have a baby bullet and I absolutely love it. I have bought baby food only once for my 6 month old and that was because we were traveling and the food couldn't keep that long. When I tasted the peas and bananas in the jar, I thought it was disgusting. The peas and bananas I make in the baby bullet actually taste like they are supposed to. My little man has yet to find a food from the baby bullet he doesn't like. I agree they're the best. I share the word to all the moms I know. 🙂


  11. Alexandra Hedin

    Kimberly Kirkner
    Unable to comment on blog. Interested in baby bullet. Expecting my first child and would make a perfect addition to our life as I work full time and as well as my husband and spends free time volunteering forbade fire company. This would help cut out the time of other food preparation by making and storing my own baby food. Thank you


  12. Sharon

    This list is VERY helpful! I am 2 days from a repeat c-section with my second baby boy. I have been eying the Baby Bullets but haven't gotten a chance to pick one up quite yet. 🙂 I am very grateful for this chance to win one!


  13. Alexandra Hedin

    Brandi Hallowell

    I can't comment on your blog either but am also interested i'm trying to win the baby bullet my 2nd son was born 9 Weeks early and I really want to make home made baby food for him so I know what is but into the baby food he's eating


  14. DH

    I would love to get the baby bullet for my babygirl. I hear nothing but amazing stories about it &would like the chanceries give my daughter what we are eating &know all the ingredients. We will have our fingers crossed, well actually I will:)).


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