Five month favorites

8 June 2016

Our girl celebrated her five month birthday this week, so I thought it was high time to share some of the baby gear we’re loving these days! Many of the items I shared in my first post are still in heavy rotation (especially the Ergo, the A&A blankets, water wipes, and muslin cloths), but here are a few more favorite goodies we’ve added to the crew…


From top to bottom and left to right:

— Now that June is rolling (and rolling and rolling), we’re swaddling her with her arms out and have switched to these swaddles.

— This super soft blanket was a gift and has become our preferred playing surface. We bring it out to the porch almost every day for a good rolling session!

— June did not love the mamaRoo when she was younger, but around the three-month mark she started to take a liking to it. We keep it in the kitchen and it’s a great perch for her when we’re cooking dinner or washing dishes. The price point is definitely high, so if you can borrow one from a friend, I’d recommend it – that’s what we did!

— I’m fairly obsessed with reading, so you can bet we spend some quality time with books in this house. Right now June’s favorites are ones with rhyming and bouncy rhythms, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Barnyard Dance, and Bear Snores On.

— We use this backpack as our diaper bag! I love that it’s simple and gender neutral. I think I’m going to do a post about what we keep in it (spoiler alert: it’s not much!), because I feel like the ones with tons of pouches and pockets are kind of unnecessary.

— I know these blocks are not the most attractive, but June LOVES them. They were recommended by her physical therapist, and they’re great for catching her attention. She’s also starting to really explore them with her hands, which is adorable!

— June’s stylish Aunt Marget bought her these heirloom lovies, and they are the perfect gift: Mama loves them and Junebug loves them! She doesn’t use a pacifier, so these help soothe her when needed. If she’s going to be carrying a lovie around for years, I’m glad it’s a pretty one! :)

— Our stroller is the City Mini GT. We have been super happy with it so far! It turns on a dime; it folds with a snap; it’s rugged enough to run on gravel with but compact enough to take into Target; and it looks good while doing it. We also have an adapter that allows us to snap on her car seat, which is so helpful.

— My current favorite outfit for June is these little dresses from Carter’s that have a built-in onesie. She’s really into grabbing and mouthing her clothes, so the onesie bottom helps her maintain a sense of decorum :)

— So far we’ve tried Pampers, Huggies, Honest, and Target diapers, and though I love the fit and design of Honest, the Target ones are our go-to. They are three times less expensive than the Honest ones (!) and you can often get a $10 Target gift card if you buy two boxes at once. Plus, they are chlorine and latex free!

— The o-ball was also recommended by June’s PT as a perfect first toy, since it’s so easy to grasp. We got this one at Target and it’s a big hit at our house!

— I like having music on in the background, so the Spotify app has been getting lots of use! We listen to everything from Raffi, to Disney, to show tunes, to bluegrass, to acoustic folk, to our dance party mix :)

So there you have it – a few of our favorites at five months! I’d be remiss to end this post without mentioning June’s ultimate favorite these days: being outside. Whenever she’s fussy, a quick trip to the porch almost always soothes her! A good tactic to keep in our back pocket :)

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

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June 8, 2016 8:46 am

I have a 1.5 month old baby boy so I just love these posts. I bought water wipes for my guy per your recommendation. I think I’ll give Target diapers a try now too. We’ve stuck with Pampers so far. We tried a box of Huggies but really didn’t like them. Keep the baby posts coming!

June 8, 2016 9:17 am

Love these posts Em! So fun to see how June is growing, and what y’all are enjoying during each season. :)

June 8, 2016 12:02 pm

I love these baby posts! My babe (15 months) was and still is obsessed with Sandra Boynton books (Birthday Monsters was her favorite)! And I also used a backpack around this age (especially helpful when they are in those infant carseats you have to carry around) – a backpack is so convenient. I now use a black leather tote as a “diaper bag” and never got a “real” diaper bag. Not necessary. I do love Honest diapers though! Especially having them delivered!

June 8, 2016 3:08 pm

Y’all have got to get a porch swing!!! She will LOVE it. LS swings and swings and swings :) also– the small crunchy stroller books or toys are a big hit as well as Mr. MOO– the cow by VTech. It’s adorably annoying? “down by the cool of the pool” is a fun book we love! And CCBB, of course! We are also loving Rufflebutts rash guards since it’s practically summertime.

June 8, 2016 6:48 pm

Thank you for posting what toys your PT recommended! I have a 5.5 month old and so I ordered them.

June 9, 2016 1:48 pm

Love this! Looking ahead a month, the perfect six-month toy for a baby with good gross motor skills is a Remo kids floor drum! I got it for Westy for his 1/2 year birthday and it was his home base for the next 7 months – he used it daily to practice pulling up to standing, and was thrilled every time he hit it and it made music. It was great for 3 other cognitive developmental tasks at that time: learning cause and effect by banging, using the drumstick as a tool, and practicing putting objects in and out of it when flipped upside down. Highly recommend considering!

June 10, 2016 8:32 am

I can’t even remember what our favorites were at that age (yikes! My son is almost 2!) but we switched to a basic Herschel backpack for our diaper bag earlier this year too and have loved it! Great price and so comfortable to wear. I would love to have a couple in different colors, although not necessary! Haha. My husband’s a fan of the brand too. I’m intrigued by your stroller. I’m in the market for a double and the city mini doubles all seem to be highly rated. I think I’ll have to try them out in the store.

Kelly Strawberry
June 13, 2016 8:07 am

I put the Mamaroo and Halo sleep sacks in storage this weekend. :( I almost cried! Maybe Cam won’t be an only child after all, ha! My baby is 7 months this week and we have discovered THE POOL. We will be in the water all summer. I like to hold him and help him swim around, but I also love the float that he can sit in. He loves to just chill and float around!

June 23, 2016 3:36 pm

Emily, I wonder your take on baby monitors. I didn’t see them listed on your lists yet and wondered if you’re using a video monitor. We’re hoping to have a baby in the next year and my sister and sister-in-law just had babies so I’ve been observing what they do and have. My sister is GLUED to her video monitor and I find it so mentally trapping and stress inducing! I feel like parents have gone YEARS without this technology and mostly done fine. (Does it really help with SIDS all that much?). I identify a lot with your approach to purchases and “things” and wonder if you purchased this and if so how you use it in a way that helps you but you don’t feel glued to technology all the time. Thanks in advance, love your baby posts!!