It's been awhile since I've done a Favorite Things post. Here are some things that are making parenting a bit easier on me these days. . .
Will loves all things tubby related. He has loved baths since day one. We have occasionally taken a few baths together, but the water always had to be pretty shallow for him to relax in his lounger, resulting in a cold Mommy. I received this bath chair as a handmedown and I have to say, I'd buy it if this one broke. I like the fact that it suctions to the bottom of the tub and clips on to the side. It seems a bit safer than just the stick to the bottom type that I have seen other friends use. . . more stable, somehow. Also, it does rotate so that I can scrub different body parts without having to take him out of the chair and when I am not in the tub with him, I like the padded armrest. I will say that you have to fill the tub pretty full for there to be enough water, which might be a downside if you are pressed for time. We enjoy taking our tubbies together- but only on days when he has already dirtied a few diapers since I don't relish sharing my water with floaties!
Also, if Will was writing this post, he would be sure to mention these tub toys. Not only to they squirt water (which he finds about the funniest thing EVER), but they also light up. He is a big fan and starts smiling when I pull them out of the tub toy box.
I mentioned these in my food post last week, and if you have never tried them, I highly recommend giving them a shot. They dissolve very easily and are a good size for him to grab on to. Edited to add: You don't have to buy these through the website. I have found them at Wal.mart ($2.08/box not on sale), Safe.way (2/$4 on sale, $3.49 regular price), and Fre.d Mey.er (Kro.ger) (2/$3 on sale, $3.79 regular price).
I do have one item which I tried last week and I have to say, I think it's a giant waste of money. One of my girlfriends had been raving about this infant feeder and I had a small amount of money left over on a BRU gift card. I decided to go for it and I was decidedly disappointed. First off, the food didn't seem to come down smoothly. I had to shake it quite a bit both to get it going and to get the last bits out - and a lot got stuck in the bottom and wouldn't shake out. Also, the "bowl" of the spoon is deep and Will can't figure out how to get the food out from the bottom, which has led to some feeding frustration. Ithink that it might have worked okay for the runnier first cereals, but I still puree things pretty finely, so I am not sure. I think if you are just starting out with feeding, it might be better, but we are past that stage. I gave mine to my friend that likes them, since she wanted another one. To each their own with these spoons, as is the case with parenting in general!
And Farah asked for bib recommendations. I have to say, these are pretty amazing. I only have two because we got them as a gift and they are kind of spendy, but these are the ones that I reach for constantly. They fit perfectly, they are soft, but waterproof, and the pocket at the bottom is pure genius. This is also a good bib, and a little more economical (the link here shows a higher price than I have paid at Fred Me.yer, where I spent $6), but I don't like the way it fits around his neck as much. Let me know your favorite bibs, because I am still searching for the "perfect one."