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My Top 10 Favorite Toddler and Baby Products

Everyone has their own list of favorite baby products. This list has been successful with both of our kids.

Wow. My baby girl is a year old now. She is walking, starting to talk, sleeping through the night, (loudly) voicing her own opinions, and all around growing up. Sigh. I can’t really call her a baby anymore (but I still will for a long time). Now that she is entering the toddler stage and my son is exiting that stage, I’ve come to realize how many products we have come to love. Despite their vastly different personalities, there have been 10 (toddler and) baby products that we have come to love.

**There aren’t any affiliate links…these are all just personal opinion, but I have linked the exact or similar products below***

Everyone has their own list of favorite baby products. This list has been successful with both of our kids.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Evelyn | One Year Old

Evelyn Morgan is one year old

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

Evelyn Morgan is one year old

My little one, my baby girl, my princess, my sweetheart. How is it that you are already a year old? It was just barely Christmas and I blinked and now it is Christmas again. How have you grown up so fast? I swear, you turned a year old faster than your brother did. Although I am so happy you are growing up, part of me wants you to stay my baby girl forever.

One look at your sweet smile, and I melt. You are so precious to. I admit, I wasn’t the best mother the first few months of your life. I suffered pretty deep postpartum depression and anxiety. To be honest, I hardly remember from Christmas until Easter. But, whenever I look at you know, I feel nothing but love–pure, unadulterated love. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Evelyn | Eleven Months

Evelyn is eleven months old!

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

Evelyn is eleven months old!

You are growing up so fast. I can’t believe that you are almost a year old! Nothing really has happened in November. We did have Thanksgiving dinner with the sister missionaries. But, you only took a few bites of Daddy’s yams, then you were done. You are also starting to get some separation anxiety.  But, you are still very social. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Evelyn | Ten Months

Evelyn's 10 month update: sleeping, communication, mobility, likes, dislikes, and more!

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

Evelyn's 10 month update: sleeping, communication, mobility, likes, dislikes, and more!

Oh boy. Poor Evelyn. Poor second child. Another monthly update that is a week two weeks late! I haven’t really been blogging at all last month, and of course this gets pushed to the back as well. Even the pictures aren’t the best. I actually used your Halloween costume for this month’s pictures. You were a snow leopard for Halloween. It’s been cold, windy, and cloudy a lot recently and I just never had the time for dress you up and take pictures outside.But, boy what a month this has been Evelyn! One major up and one major down. You are walking!!!! And, Grandma and Grandpa came for a quick visit. You loved all the attention they poured on you all weekend long. But, you’ve also had a major teething session and currently have a double ear infection and bronchitis! You are actually on a nebulizer right now.

When you took the first bit of steam from it at the pediatrician’s office, you did not like it at all. It was a big oxygen mask on your face and I had to pin your arms down. You fought the whole time. Rhys got very upset, to the point of crying for fear. He was scared of the “bad guy medicine” on his baby sister. He only calmed down once he saw that you were safe and out of the nebulizer. Your brother loves you so much. I hope you know that, even when he pushes you and takes away your toys. You are the apple of his eye. Continue Reading

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Evelyn | Nine Months

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Dear Evelyn Morgan,

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

This month went by so fast! I swear, just last week, I did your 8 month update. A lot has happened for you this past month! Two major milestones hit and a major emergency! We actually had to take you to the emergency room after calling Poison Control. Our bathroom doesn’t have a medicine cabinet and I stupidly kept our medication under the sink. You learned how to open the door while I was in the shower. Unbeknownst to me, you started playing with the Ibuprofen. Apparently I didn’t tighten the lid on it. When I got out of the shower, there were a few pills around you and some white around your mouth. So, I called poison control. They said to take you to the ER. Justin came home from work to watch Rhys. They put you under observation for a few hours, then took your blood. The blood test showed no medication in your blood streams, so we guessed you didn’t actually swallow a pill, just spit up. We went home. Then a few hours later when daddy changed your diaper, there was a pill there…after we had changed it a few times before!!! MIRACLE!

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Weight | 17 pounds 2 ounces (31st percentile)

Height | 28 inches (64th percentile)

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Eat | You drink 4 bottles of 6-8 ounces. You continually tank it all. Typically you have a bottle right when you wake up, then when you go down for both naps and for bed. You have three meals and some snacks. You still love goldfish, cheerios, and yogurt bites. You also really love eating whatever we are eating rather than your own food. You are starting to dislike baby food and will only eat maybe half a serving before refusing bites. I can tell you are going to be a stubborn and picky eater.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Sleep | Daytime: You still have two naps, typically at 9 and 2. You sleep anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours. Sometimes it takes a while for you to go to sleep but typically, you do well now. Finally.

Nighttime: We put you down at 7 with a full bottle. Every now and then, you will wake up before Rhys falls asleep or before we go to bed. We’ll let you cry for a bit to see if you can settle yourself back down. Typically, you do. For the most part, you are sleeping through the night now. However, sometimes you will wake up at 5 am and be up for the day. We don’t appreciate that. Sigh. We’ll work on it.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Milestones | Movement: You are definitely cruising along furniture, sometimes even with one hand. Sometimes you will even move between pieces of furniture. Now you can stand up well. You love to stand up, but close to furniture. You have even taken a few steps! Holy cow! You just barely turned 9 months old last week, and are already trying to walk! I can’t believe it! You will be full-on walking by yourself by Halloween!

Communication: You have started to say “mama”…or a variation of it. You still haven’t caught on how to sign “more”, but you get excited when I sign it. You have learned how to be frustrated and you are very apparent with it. you will growl loudly and arch your back. It’s really cute, actually.

Playing: You love playing with the kitchen set, Mr. Potato Head, the toy car play area, and Rhys’s Legos. But, he doesn’t appreciate it when you mess up his Lego games…You love rolling balls around and chasing them. You also love to wrestle with Rhys and Mama.

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Personality | You are definitely becoming a lot more active and curious. You still like to sit and watch, but you are more willing to go places and do something now. You are such a social girl and everyone loves you. We had lunch at Costco the other day and every one stopped to coo and aww at you. But, your independence and stubbornness is becoming more apparent.

Likes: 

  • bathtime/showertime
  • playing with Rhys and Mama
  • yogurt bites
  • being social
  • cuddling, hugging

Dislikes:

  • being forced to eat
  • getting stuck between/under furniture as you crawl
  • teething

Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle. Evelyn is now nine months old. She can stand on her own, tries walking, sleeps through the night, and loves to wrestle.

Evelyn, every day, I love you more and more. I can tell we will butt heads quite a bit, just as I did with my mom. But, I also know that we will be super close. Never stop cuddling me. Never stop giving everyone a big slobbery kiss and giant bear hug.

Love Mama and Daddy

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.