At 6-months, Baby B is curiously grabbing at EVERYTHING her arms can reach. This is adorable and normal, but alas, my necklace collection is gathering dust. And outfits just don’t seem complete without them. But the good news is there are goodies out there that are stylish for moms, and fun and safe for babies to chew on. The choice of materials are pretty much limited to silicone, wood, or fabric, but there’s definitely more out there than I anticipated. I’m also putting on my thinking cap about designing a piece of my own. Not to mention, I have a couple of normal, sturdy pieces that I’m ok with letting B chow down on; like my signature chunky gold cuff.
I really like this teething pendant from Teething Bling by Smart Mom Jewelry. It comes in all sorts of colors.
They have a silicone bangle also. I would wear three or four at a time, cause that’s how I roll.
Here’s the Jane necklace by Chewbeads. They have an assortment of colors also, and once again, I’d wear several at once.
And the Cornelia bracelet (also Chewbeads). Ya’ll know I like chunky.
The OhPlah teething cuff. I’m not wild about the imprints on them, which seem a little cheesy to me (they remind me of soap), but I really like the shape of the cuff.
And I love this Chomping Necklace from Tweet Baby; it’s probably my favorite:
I’m also thinking I could get creative and make my own teething necklace out of a wooden teething ring like this below, by adding a leather or nylon string.
And this bead and crochet nursing necklace from Kangaroo Care is fun and bright and comes in a variety of colorways if you’re not into bright primary colors.
This one from Little Green Earthling is especially cute. I like the mix of cloth, beads, and wood elements.
Mamas, have you worn any sort of baby-friendly jewelry? What are your faves? Or, if you were a Mama, could you rock a teething ring?
Finding the perfect diaper bag has been so frustrating. First, I got this one from Skip Hop, the Dash Deluxe in charcoal:
I got it because it seemed like BabyDaddy and I could both use it without him complaining about it looking too frilly. In the end, I feel like I’m carrying a man-bag when I use it. Also, messenger bag styling doesn’t work so well with babywearing, which I mostly do when we go out – the strap has nowhere to go. meh…
Then I picked up this 3-in-1 bag at the Gap, thinking I could use it in backpack mode while baby-wearing, and in messenger- or handbag mode when not, and that it’s a bit more stylish (I have it in metallic grey. The black is admittedly pretty boring looking.) than the Skip Hop.
Boo. Hiss. Boo. A one-strap backpack? dumb. It falls off the shoulder. Plus, the drawstring is hard to get into. Fail.
And I keep looking around at others, but they’re all disappointing in some way — too-obviously babyish (please, people. I’m the one carrying the bag, not the baby. It should not have tacky cartoons on it), too expensive (although I’m beginning to think having THE RIGHT bag might be worth it), to frou-frou-posh-looking for my taste, too big (why do most mothers I see carry around so much STUFF? What do they have in there?), too floral (even for me, a lover of florals).
In the end, I went for tried-and-true.
This is my trusty backpack that I bought a million years ago in Costa Rica. She has been everywhere with me, held everything, and never complained. She has been book-bag, laptop-bag, airplane carry-on, overnight bag, over-sized purse, even yoga bag. She’s sturdy, comfy-to-carry, and has all the right pockets. And, while she may not be the pretties of gals, she has lots of character and she’s enjoying her newest role as diaper bag.
She does an excellent job carrying a few diapers, a light blanket, a baby sling, some wipes and a changing pad, a change of clothes (for Baby, not me. hehe.), hand sanitizer, a pacifier, a chico bag, a burp cloth; my phone, wallet, and keys; and a tube of lip gloss. What more could I ask of her?
Have you had a hard time finding a diaper bag you love? What did you settle on?