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gift giving guide

November 24, 2014

We received some fantastic gifts from family and friends for our showers and after baby Dan V was born. Above are a few of the everyday items that saw a ton of action. With many of the items we didn’t know how much we’d come to appreciate them but those that gifted them sure did.

You see, V was a bit of a puker. He spit-up a lot. Like a lot-a lot. But that’s what babies do! (Trust me we talked to our pediatrician more than a few times about it. Apparently it’s a baby thing.) So quite a few of these items are on the list simply because they made the spit-up months a bit more dignified.

Without further ado…

  • Cloud B Sleep Sheep® – My brother-in-law’s mom purchases this for every shower because everyone she’s gifted it to raves about it! We don’t rely on it as much as some but we do love the different white noise options it offers – V particularly likes the whales. They even make a smaller travel version that you can attach to a car seat or Pack ‘n Play so you literally never have to leave home without it!
  • Aden + Anais Classic Burpy Bibs – These are fantastic! They have a snap so that you can place around the baby’s neck like a bib. Or you can throw over your shouldger as a burp cloth. They’re wide and have a curved shape so they fit really well around baby or on your shoulder and cover a lot of surface area. They’re also super absorbent.
  • Aden + Anais Classic Swaddles – These swaddling blankets are nice and big and thin which makes them really versatile. We’ve used them to swaddle V when he was little-little, for a blanket to cover him during warmer months in the car, stroller or on naps, attached them over the handle of his bucket car seat for shade, etc.
  • Carters Terry Snap-Up Sleep & Play – The key to this piece is ‘terry.’ The terry Sleep & Plays are awesome because they dry very quickly. If you have a puker, you’ll definitely want to get these. Plus they come in great colors and patterns. They’re both practical and irresistibly cute.
  • Swaddle Designs Baby Burpies – These burp cloths are sold in color coordinated packs of two. They are the perfect combination of adorable and absorbent. We received a pair as a gift before V was born and after we purchased another 2-3. Because if you’re got to wear a burp cloth to avoid being covered in spit-up why not do it in style?!
  • Summer Infant SwaddleMe – These are literally the best swaddles, especially when your baby starts to kick out of the ‘baby burrito’ swaddle blanket fold. They are a super simple, no fuss way to bundle your baby for bed. Cannot say enough good things about them!
  • Pottery Barn Kids Sherpa Stroller Blanket (Personalized) – My sister-in-law purchased this blanket for us with V’s initials on it after her was born. We LOVE it. It’s thick, soft and warm. Also, who doesn’t love a good monogram?
  • Bright Starts Lots of Links – OK, this may seem odd but trust me these links are amazing. We received them as a gift for one of our baby showers and I thought ‘Um… thanks?!?!’ having no idea when I would use them thus they were stashed away and almost forgotten. Let me tell you I’m glad I remembered where I stuck them because the possibilities are endless with these things! I use them for everything…
    • Connect toy to car seat, shopping cart or activity gym
    • Connect a mirror to the top of an activity gym
    • Attach Aden + Anais Classic Swaddle to the handle of a bucket car seat to provide additional shade for baby while allowing air flow

There are so many other unique items that we received but these were the unsung heroes on the front lines of baby duty day in and day out. They may not seem like much, but let me tell you they made our lives just a little bit easier as well as more fashionable. (As fashionable as you can be when dealing with spit-up on the reg).

Whether they are for you or for someone you know, you can’t go wrong!

LV ♥

– JLVR

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kardashian connection

October 7, 2014

One of my internet happy places is Suri’s Burn Book. Recently this picture was posted in regard to North West and her parents Kim Kardashian and Kaye West. (Originally from Khloe Kardashian’s Instagram).

Though the quip was focused on the dolls, all I could think is that Dan V and North West share the same toy! OMG – I die!

North West's  Damhorst Wooden Toys  Photo c/o Suri's Burn Book

North West’s
Damhorst Wooden Toys

My in-laws have a family tradition of buying a step stool from Damhorst Toys and Puzzles for each baby born into the family. They gifted us this step stool for Dan V when he was born.

Damhorst Small Name Puzzle Stool

Damhorst Small Name
Puzzle Stool

Though Dan V would likely be considered ‘from the wrong side of the tracks’ because we are not even close to the Kardashian-West’s tax bracket, are only peripherally related to a few reality TV stars, V wears labels such as Baby Gap and hand-me-downs from non-famous relatives and he’s neither had a Vogue photo shoot nor traveled internationally – you can’t beat a great gift from Damhorst!

You may not be able to afford North West’s other pricey designer baby gifts – like Hermes booties and matching checkered blanket – but these are a few that won’t break the bank! Kim and Kanye approved.

North’s goods…

Get into Suri’s Burn Book @surisburnbook, you’ll love it.

LV ♥

JLVR

P.S. The custom dolls are another story – PRICEY!