Baby favorites at one year

25 January 2017

Though we are still using and loving many of the baby items I’ve posted about since June was born, I thought her first birthday was a good opportunity to share a few of the things making our days easier and more enjoyable right now! Something you won’t see on this list? Toys! While June has a few in her collection, none of them seem to capture her interest as much as run-of-the-mill household items, including but not limited to magnets, K-cups, pens, tubes of lotion, sunglasses, and remotes. There is NOTHING cooler than a remote, let me tell you…

one year baby favorites

— Now that June has a considerable amount of hair, this soft brush comes in handy for taming it.

— Up until a few weeks ago, we were using an old iPhone for white noise. The speaker finally gave out (as we were warned it would), and so we replaced it with this slim-lined, unobtrusive white noise machine. A+ purchase!

— There are tons of options for diaper rash ointment out there, but we’ve had good luck with this one.

Alexa! I have plans to write a separate post about technology in the home, but let me just say: I was very against getting an Echo, but after having her for a few months, I am enthusiastically on board. We listen to music way more often (pretty much all the time!), which our whole family loves.

— Again, there are lots of sippy cups to choose from, but we’ve liked these ones. By the way, it’s a strange task to try to teach someone how to drink from a cup, but apparently our methods worked because June drinks like a champ these days! She also LOVES to slam the cup back down on her tray after every sip :)

— It’s not a literary masterpiece, but June is getting way more into books these days and Zoom Zoom Baby as well as other lift-the-flap titles are some of her favorites.

— I love Freshly Picked as much as the next gal, but at less than half the price, these rose gold moccs are an awesome alternative. A very happy birthday gift from a dear friend!

— Now that June is sleeping upstairs, we’re using the Amcrest camera and app to keep an eye on her. It’s a good price point for a monitor and we’ve been happy with it.

— Now that June has more hair, the thin headbands from Simple June are some of our favorites. Once she has even MORE hair, I’m looking forward to putting the thicker ones from Amalie Maren back in our rotation! Right now, they just look a little funny :)

Mamas, would love to hear a few of your favorites for this age!

P.S. Favorites from the first six weeks, five months, and eight months.

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January 25, 2017 8:43 am

I can’t believe June is one! What a fun age! I would love to hear more about how you use Alexa. I am trying to get us to listen to more music at home, but we never remember to turn it on and often don’t know what we want to listen to if we do. I’m wondering if you can tell Alexa to pick playlists on Spotify based on your mood like you can with the app? Anyway, looking forward to hearing more about how it works!

January 25, 2017 9:11 am

We unexpectedly got an echo dot for Christmas.. so I’d love to hear all of your uses for it. Right now ours is basically just a dust collector :)

January 25, 2017 2:34 pm

I love these! I’m planning to write a “one year favorites” post myself in the next few months (our boy is 9 months old now). And that Burt’s bees diaper rash ointment is on the list, too!
Also looking forward to hearing about Alexa!

January 25, 2017 10:15 pm
Reply to  Kerstin

Can’t wait to see what you’re loving for your little gent! :)

January 25, 2017 3:40 pm

yesss #buythemnothing!! (I wish our ENTIRE family could realize this, lol) LS loves a remote and some toilet paper! I’m loving the snack holder thing-the ones with the lid where they can reach in and get a puff or two out at a time without spilling them everywhere. Genius! Though, you didn’t mention toys- we LOVE the Cozy Coupe. LS has a total ball in it and loves the big hill in front of our house. And I’m hoping the water table gets lots of usage once it really warms up! Both were birthday gifts and I’ve heard a water table is a big hit around this age. We’ll see. My personal favorite thing is the Ikea Kallax + bins to store all the toys (especially stuff she doesn’t even understand yet) she has been gifted with over the last couple of months. We set it up in a Montossori fashion with open space below and toy bins on top so her options aren’t overwhelming. She constantly goes for the musical instruments, which are a hit, too. I’m really enjoying the uppababy umbrella stroller we scored for less than $45! I didn’t think we would need it at all, since we have a big stroller, but it’s super light and easy to keep in the car while our other one lives in the garage, ready for longer walks. We go to the zoo alot (also-a major favorite thing- a membership to a music class/gymboree or something like the zoo-GREAT for this age!) so the umbrella stroller is perfect for this! I LOVE having it!

January 25, 2017 10:17 pm
Reply to  Megan

We just got June a snack trap the other day because she kept stealing her cousin’s whenever we’re together! :) Musical instruments are definitely some of J’s favorite toys, too. And we just got a membership to the Museum of Life and Science that we’re excited to use this year!

January 28, 2017 10:45 am

i don’t see any details on the hairbows (last pic)?