Eight month baby favorites

8 September 2016

It seems like the milestones are coming fast and furious these days, from eating solids to crawling to pulling up! With all that action has come some new gear, so I thought I’d share a few things that June, John, and I are loving these days…


— Like any good baby with New England heritage, June has an oh-so-classic L.L. Bean boat & tote embroidered with her name. We use it mainly to pack her gear on road trips.

— Until seven months, June slept in our room. After she graduated from the Rock & Play at five months, she transitioned to the Lotus bassinet. It is fantastic for travel (it folds up into a backpack!), and we also have the crib attachment, so we’ll be using it for years to come.

— Did you hear about the landmark peanut allergy study released last year? You can order the snack from the study, Bamba, on Amazon. We’ve fed June a bite almost every day once she started solids because mama’s not having a peanut ban in her house if she can help it.

— We’ve been making June’s purees since she started solids, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how easy it is! Steamed or roasted veggies (either fresh or frozen) go in our food processor (we got this one as a wedding gift), then are portioned into ice cube trays and frozen.

— For smaller portions, like if we’re just blending a single plum, our immersion blender/mini chopper has been invaluable. (And regardless if you have a baby, you should have an immersion blender! They are the best for making soup!)

— My priorities for a high chair: not ugly, small visual profile, and easy to clean. The Ikea Antilop is a big winner in all categories, and it’s inexpensive to boot ($20!!).

Weck jars have been great for reheating and mixing frozen food as well as storing refrigerated portions.

These baby spoons are gentle on gums, easy to hold, and come in pretty colors!

— My Mom does NOT like these bibs (I think because they’re too “industrial” for her grandbaby), but the convenience can’t be beat — especially now that June is learning to drink from a cup and her bib pocket looks like a swimming pool at the end of a meal :)

— This little high chair pal was not something I would have thought to buy on my own, but I’m very grateful someone gave it to us as a gift! June loves to play with it while we’re getting her food ready, cleaning up after a meal, or cooking, and it saves us from picking a toy up off the floor every three seconds.

— Our rechargable stroller fan has made walks in the summer heat feasible with a baby. (Side note: between when I made this graphic and when I’m writing this post, the exact fan we bought seems to have disappeared from Amazon, but this is a fan from the company who made ours, and this is a fan that looks exactly like ours. Weird!)

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

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

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September 8, 2016 7:52 am

That peanut allergy study is fascinating! June is such a doll. I love boat & totes!

Kelly Strawberry
September 8, 2016 8:50 am

I often add peanut butter to Cam’s food, but I’m excited to check out these Bamba snacks!

Also, I just assembled a high chair last night that was gifted to me when Cam was born (Graco Blossom…$170 on Amazon!) and I like the Ikea chair better. My parents have the Ikea high chair at their house and we love it. The Graco Blossom is big and bulky, but it has five stars on Amazon so we’ll see how it goes. I have to agree with you that the small visual profile is a top priority.

September 8, 2016 12:58 pm

Love this! Since lots of babies are transitioning to their own rooms at this time, I recommend aden + anais crib sheets! Everyone knows a + a for their swaddles, but I didn’t think to look at their sheets. I thought buying crib sheets was particularly hard. Most had patterns I thought were cheesy or the quality was really poor or they were just too expensive. One day I was in buybuy BABY and stumbled on the sheets linked below and fell in love. They are the softest muslin, just $19.99, and come in a neutral stripe (we have the blue stripe which is actually the perfect French blue). I was so smitten that I got the matching changing pad cover. We love them and the quality is amazing for the price (I’ve washed them like a million times and the color and softness is the same).


September 8, 2016 3:01 pm

Hi Molly! I might have to look into those sheets, because we love all things A&A and June’s nursery has a lot of French blue in it! Thanks for the tip!

September 8, 2016 8:29 pm

I will definitely be bookmarking this post for when I become a mama someday! I love the idea of preparing purees at home to nourish my future littles. :)

September 8, 2016 9:36 pm

I have nothing to add in the baby department but how is June already 8 months?! :)

September 8, 2016 10:19 pm

Hi Emily! If by some miracle I make it to the next Articles Club (our schedule has been crazy this year) I’ll bring the changing pad cover so you can see it in person. If not, know that the blue is a bit periwinkle-leaning. Also, I hope you share your nursery here! I love your style.

September 9, 2016 10:20 am

As someone without a baby but who hopes to have one in the near future, I love these lists! The world of baby gear is beyond confusing. I have a slightly dumb question- is the stroller fan for the adult or for the baby?

September 9, 2016 11:11 am

Hi Sarah! Hahaha I love your question!! The stroller fan is for the baby :) Hopefully my lists are helpful, but in general, just remember that there are few things you absolutely NEED, and you can buy them along the way as needs come up instead of all at once!