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Recently, my little genius learned how to crawl. This is a milestone that makes everyone, except for parents, rejoice. Why, you ask? Well, because parents, especially stay-at-home-parents, know what this means: you will never sit still for more than five seconds again for the REST of your life. I can literally set Nick down, turn my attention to an interesting blog post, and then look up to find that he has disappeared into thin air. Of course, I can usually find him behind the couch trying to claw the ears off one of the pets, or in the kitchen trying to stock up on dog food. The point is, the boy is fast. And as a result of this insane need for speed he has, he has added to his repertoire of baby injuries an ugly case of rug burn.

It was recently that Tim noticed that his son’s knees were an unnatural ripe-tomato color. He asked me what that was. Not wanting to say that I spend 24 hours a day with the kid and still hadn’t noticed, I said it was just a case of mild sunburn. He accepted this explanation until it became clear that the “sunburn” wasn’t fading, and also that Nick hadn’t even been out in the sun for a few days. That’s when we realized that our kid was actually singeing the skin on his knees in his eagerness to see the world. Of course, being the shopaholic that I am, I immediately recognized the opportunity for a bit of a shopping spree in the baby department. And that, my friends is when I stumbled upon these lovely creations called Baby Legs:

Available here, these are really, really cute, awesomely hip baby leg warmers. You slide them on like socks, only they go all the way up to their chubby baby thighs (you know, really 80s without being scary!). They’re so much better than pants because they make diaper changes a breeze, they’re better than socks because they can’t be kicked off, and they’re perfect for the summer when it’s cool inside, but hot outside. If you’re anything like me, your child probably spends a lot of time in a t-shirt or onesie and no pants, and this is the perfect solution to keep them at an ambient temperature. AND, no more rug burn! These also provide the perfect amount of cushioning so that there are no rashes or bruises from the little monkey’s frequent tumbles. The best part? They can be used on kids from newborn to school-age, because of the magic stretchy material they’re made with.

They are available is soooo many colors and designs – the categories are extremely fun to browse through (there’s “Classic”, “Funky”, “Earthy” and “Organic” just to name a few). My absolute favorite is “Modish”, because I just can’t get enough of the argyle pattern. The picture above is their “Jack Set” for little boys; they also have a matching one for little girls. Each pair is $12, but you can get them on sale on the specials page for as low as $8. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you can know in advance when there’s a sale coming!

As for me, I am happy to say that I have restrained myself to purchasing just two of these… for now.

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If you want a baby who sleeps like, well, you know… then get this marvelous, ingenious device:

This, my friends, is a Sound Sleeper. And I can honestly say that without it, I would be a stark raving lunatic right about now. If I could see the man or woman who came up with this idea, a soothing white noise machine for babies, I would fall to my knees and kiss his or her hands and feet. I would give him or her free manicures and pedicures. I would share my huge stash of mini-Kit Kats. You see, I have an extremely light sleeper for a child. That’s right; in addition to my eyes, my coloring and my big cheeks, I gave my son my stupid light-sleeper gene. What does this mean for our naps, you ask? Well, succinctly put, a person a few houses down could be having an allergic reaction to something, said person could sneeze delicately into a tissue, and Nick would be up, screaming like a little, tiny banshee. It gets really old at 5 AM when the sun starts to rise, the damn birds start their infernal chirping, and my son starts going, “AAAAHHHHHWAAAHHHH!!!” Really old.

I remember when Nick was a few weeks old and I was frantically thumbing through a parenting magazine, looking for tips to just.get.him.to.sleep. They mentioned a “white noise machine”, and I drove the 45 minutes to my nearest baby store, and bought the Sound Sleeper. And since then? We’ve all been sleeping very, very soundly.

The Sound Sleeper comes equipped with 30 sounds, including Ocean, which is what we’ve always used (some of the others are womb {creepy!}, brook, rain and birds {Gah! Damn birds are everywhere}). It also has volume settings so you can turn the noise up or down according to baby preference. And the BEST part is that when the power goes out, it automatically switches to battery, people! Finally, a genius device that understands the agony of hearing your baby go “AAAAHHHWAHHHH” mere seconds after you’ve set him down, because of a stupid power outage! Living in a city where storms are an everyday occurrence, you really start to appreciate this kind of thinking.

The Sound Sleeper is a bargain at $22.99, and I highly encourage every pregnant woman out there to get one, even if you don’t think your baby will be needing it. And if your child is a light sleeper, here’s a big cyber hug. Now what’re you doing still reading my blog? Run out and buy this thing, pronto!

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