Planning a baby shower or birthday party for a little guy or soon to be born baby boy can be tons of fun or loads of daunting work. Here is a list of boy themes we love right now (in no particular order):
Toys come in all shapes and sizes from costing you (or the one gifting it) next to nothing or way too much. Starting off as little bitty guys I think favorite toys were not even true toys; tupperware, wooden spoons, and plastic measuring cups. But once he started trying to furniture surf I knew I had to get him a walker. His all time favorite toy was the VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker. It made animal noises, lit up, and played music oh and of course it was a walker which gave me a brand new freedom before he could truly walk on his own.
Following that toy the next best things he got were an old fashion wooden train set with stackable blocks, a wooden push duck on a stick with rubber flapping feet and a wooden bumble bee pull toy. Those old fashion toys were purchased from an older man in town that makes wooden toys by hand. I'm sure Melissa and Doug have something similar but now that they have gone main stream I'm not sure the quality is there. Basic wooden toys cannot be beat.
Our Kidkraft retro kitchen and play food although not outwardly boy is a big hit with our son. But toys that top the Best Toys for Boys list includes:
1. Mega Blocks
2. Hot Wheels Monster Jams & Monster Jams Speed Demons
3. Bruder Roadmax Construction and Garbage Trucks
4. Bruder Toy Man Construction Trucks
5. Little Tikes Gas N Go Mower
6. Bosch Tool Work Bench
7. Little Tikes Cozy Truck
8. Ikea Kids Easel
9. Thomas the Train Wooden Train Set
10. Little People Dump Truck
There comes a point when getting more toys outside the Best of List becomes a hassle that is just adding to stuff in our home. That is when I wish people would give more worthwhile things like clothes- especially basics that will get a lot of use! Some ideas include pajamas, coats, basic long or short sleeve shirts, and a staple pair of pants. And man did I wish we got more cute baby boy clothes for him from showers. It figures the baby girls always get more clothes!
I don't remembering valuing a great night's sleep as much as I do now that I have a child. The last good night's sleep I had was drug induced during pre-term labor when my OB discharged me from the hospital with an Ambien and told me to go straight to bed upon taking it.
Flash forward to two years after giving birth and while sleep is better now than during the infant nighttime nursing sessions while still having to get up for a traditional job it still isn't amazing. I think I'm wired to wake up to the little peeps from my guy but lately I find I'm just waking up and cannot fall back asleep. Caffeine becomes my crutch and on days when my guy decides he won't nap I am just beside myself.
Being a working mom or not when your child decides not to take a nap, go to bed, or wake up at 2 or 3AM you feel like a zombie. I have been reading some great books lately and the best piece of wisdom I have read is that all children go through "seasons" and to just relax and remember how quickly they grow and move on to something else.
There is something innately common with boys that requires them to get messy. It is interwoven into their chromosomes. Even my oddball clean freak 2 year old son gets messy (he wants to help clean up). I'm sure anyone with young children can make this claim but its just different with boys. Running, climbing, jumping, digging, smearing...boys are messy.
Our journey into all things messy began with the typical explosive poops. You start to wonder how so much poop can come out of such a tiny human being! Spit up was also a common mess both on me and on him, but I think despite that spit up smell that seems to soil one pair of clothes after another, the poop still tops the list of worst things to clean up. Have you ever noticed that poop-mageddon always happens at the worst possible moment? Little man is wearing his cutest/nicest outfit and it's in the middle of church or an airplane rides.
Enter the wondrous products called STAIN REMOVERS into our lives. Sure we used our bout of stain remover pens before parenthood, but never before did we have to deal with poop-splosions until we had our son. I tried to plan for the worst and always carried a change of clothes for both me and him, carrying stain remover pens and wipes, and a plastic bag to "pack out" the worst, but alas you're never really prepared. A wise mother once told me you will never stop smelling poop after you have a child and wow was she right.
Now that our son is into toddlerhood we get all sorts of stains from pizza, pasta sauce, markers, ink, mud, etc. I'm not a stain remover brand pusher but we've tried Oxyclean, Tide, Bleach, and Resolve, but I'm not sure any one of those works better than the other. I suppose it all just seems to come down to timing of the stain treatment. I don't consider myself to be too much of a type A but I know as a mom if I've spent money on an "investment" piece of clothing like all the wonderful Hipster Baby clothes we offer I will try my hardest to keep clothes stain free. I also know down the road after future siblings have worn the same outfit and its still in decent shape I've succeeded in the world of stains and life with a son. And even if my future children aren't boys I know other moms will appreciate the care I've taken with his clothes when they buy them through consignment! (Hey I'm a real mom and appreciate the value of a good Consignment store/pop up, etc. But sadly I have found most Consignment boy sections completely lack quality boy clothes such as the ones we offer at Hipster Baby).
How do you handle giant messes with your child? Particularly pertaining to stains on clothing? And do you have any special clothing upkeep rituals for your little guy? Maybe splat mats throughout the house or spraying him down with a hose for extra special circumstances?
STAIN FIGHTER TIPS:
First scrape off any excess and then take these steps:
Baby Formula or Breastmilk: cold water, baking soda to prevent yellowing
Blood: rinse with cold water, pretreat then wash
Chocolate: pretreat then wash in hot water
Crayon: try adding baking soda in the wash
Glue: pretreat then wash in hot water
Grass: pretreat with detergent then hot water
Oil/Butter: a touch of dish soap, then wash a normal
Juice: rinse with cold water, pretreat and wash
Fall is a time of year some people absolutely love. Although some retailers would rather just skip it and jump right into Christmas/Hannukah season based on how much earlier they mark down and put away "Fall" Holiday decor and goodies to save room for stockings, trees, tinsel, ornaments, etc our Hipster Baby family still thinks Fall is a great season to partake in. Starbucks pumpkin spice latte fans now have a moniker PSL emblazoned on doors to let them know their special drinks are now in season. And wow lets not even talk about the general pumpkin fans out there going crazy over limited edition foods. But I bet you didn't know Thomas makes a pumpkin english muffin? All of these "traditions" for Fall are the many reasons I and so many others love to celebrate and enjoy this season- including cool weather, tailgating, and MLB Playoffs!
I've joined the Fall craze on Pinterest finding the cutest versions of pumpkin carvings/paintings/embellishments, home decor, and the like but I think what I most look forward to is spending time curating up a Halloween costume for my son. So far he has been Yoda (and I Princess Lea), A Dwarf, and Charlie Brown (Snoopy and the obligatory red dog house included). I even had enough insight to plan the Christmas card last year around his costume because A Charlie Brown Christmas is oh so hipster and not something you see on everyone's family card. No offense to the traditionalists but our family likes to do things a little more unique than the average Joe.
This year I found a great Firefighter Costume for our little guy. I realize its a typical boy costume but the few things I can tell you with certainty he loves includes: Fire Trucks, Construction, Landscaping, and Cleaning (I swear my boy is a real manly man but he has the cleaning gene!). Maybe next year we can be less atypical and more unique via the Construction or Landscaping theme but who knows if his current loves will dissolve by then. And although I've bought part of the costume I do plan on some major elaboration and genuine ideas through props...more on that later.
What great costume ideas are you committing to this year for your little guy? Does it fall in with the masses? Is it something you add to, create yourself, or just buy off the shelf? Does he let you have any say in what he wears or is it now 100% his choice? In the end what matters most is enjoying time with your family and sharing in the family candy stash when your kid(s) isn't/aren't looking.
I sometimes wonder if my child is unique or just typical. Sure my perspective is based on only having one child at this point but I also know every kid has a different personality and with that comes different engagement, different reactions, and a different tone.
We've been experiencing the "Terrible Twos" for a few months now which has shown a lot of tantrums, drama, and plain old not listening. But I think looking past that we have seen a ton of growth and change in our little guy. Sure he might have a complete melt down if things don't go his way (such as telling him climbing into and playing in the kitchen sink is not acceptable), but we can have conversations about lots of things so take your pick!
Being a mother of a toddler boy also means I know what is about actively chasing after your child, explaining that climbing on everything isn't always the safest thing to do, throwing can get people hurt, and jumping onto mom's head isn't fun for mom. Although I don't promote it I also long for the day that my son will sit and watch TV! The best I can do to keep him entertained for short periods of time is having him watch Dump Truck or Garbage Truck videos on You Tube.
Potty training has also been interesting...but I won't digress. Let's just say that stepping away for a minute while your son is on his potty and coming back to poop on the floor of the bathroom has happened more than once!
So am I in the minority or have other moms experienced this too?
As a mother with a young son I aim to keep my little guy clean, clothed, and looking cool. I am so excited to introduce one place where you can shop solely for the little man in your life. Whether you are mom, grandma/nana/mimi, aunt, friend, godmother, or a kick ass dad/grandpa/uncle etc we have lots of great options to choose from.
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