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STUFF I LIKE: the 9-12 month old edition. And also mom needs some shit for herself – edition.

November 6, 2011


And if you’re interested in glamour wear for you cat, go ahead and visit the  modern cat. Which I stumbled upon in a google image search. Lucky us.

It’s that time again. Time for me to make some dollaz. If you didn’t know things like the sky is blue, I make commission from these posts. But I want you to know that I actually do order this much shit from amazon for one reason: Amazon Mom. If you are not a member, you are an idiot. I don’t care if you’re a mom or not, join. You get free 2 day shipping and it’s free to join. The more mom shit you buy, the more free shipping you get.  You don’t even have to mail your kid for proof of momness. THEY JUST BELIEVE YOU.

The way I choose my items, is I search the word “shipped” in my email and see all the crapola that I bought. Then I pick which is worth telling you about. If you (or B) knew how much there was, everyone would choke on their own tongue and die. So let’s leave it at that.

And to further prove my loyalty, I will be featuring some shit that I bought this month that is not from Amazon, i.e. I make no money off of it (stupid). But there’s some shit that I must tell you about.

Without further ado, Edition 1293 of

STUFF I LIKE. (sit back, it’s been a while)

this is the stuff I like for myselfness and for a 9-12 month old kiddo.

The Sneaky Chef Cookbook

G is a full fledged eating machine. But he’s starting to learn how to be annoying about it. Like throwing his food in my face and on the floor and on the wall. I swear unless it’s coated in tomato sauce and basil, the kid won’t eat it. I love secret and I love sneaks, so I got this book. I was originally going to buy Jessica Seinfeld’s version of it, but this chick thought of it first and Jessie S got her ass sued. I support original thoughts (side eye suri cruise website which I will not reference). And this book is awesome. It’s about hiding healthy foods in your kids pink polkadotted candy cookies. Don’t give me that “OH THEY NEED TO LEARN TO LIKE BRUSSEL SPROUTS”. I don’t have time for that nonsense. Let’s just have the kid grow taller than 5’2” and we’ll be all set.


Munchkin Two Snack Catchers

These things have saved my life on many levels. I fill them up with grapes or cereal or chicken or monster poop and the child reaches his little paw in and pulls the food out. I hook them to whatever he is sitting in. He’s not that coordinated (HE’S A DAMN BABY PEOPLE) so it takes him generations to pull all the food out. 2 birds, stoned. Baby stops crying for long periods of time as he is occupied and no longer hungry. BAM. Also he learned what inside and outside means. I know, babies are so dumb.


Glockenspiel (thinger)

I’m going to be honest here. This thing is more for me than for G. But as you’ll see we went through a serious WE’RE NOT FORCING YOU TO BE A FUTURE ROCKSTAR AND PAY OUR MORTGAGE, WE’RE JUST INTRODUCING MUSIC TO YOU stage. This was part of it. But MAN ALIVE…do you know how fun it is to try and play Walk Like an Egyptian and Loveshack on this bad boy? G is like grabbing it for his turn and B and I are like, wait wait wait, let me just try and play 99 Problems on it. It’s not childsplay. This thing is in tune and has a great sound. LOVES IT.

Egg Shaker

This also falls into our no pressure rockstar plan. We go to library playtime and they play a song that’s like SHAKE IT SHAKE IT SHAKE IT ON YOUR ELBOWS SHAKE IT SHAKE IT SHAKE IT ON YOUR KNEES. Which, if it wasn’t child play time at the library and 1am at the club, that song could  mean something very different. Regardless, the kids all have one of these bad boys and go NUTS over it. They are like HOLY SHIT THIS IS AMAZING. Get it. It’s like a dollar.

adidas Originals Samoa

Now the fun stuff. Single Guy picked these kicks out for G and they are super awesome. He gets compliments on them all the time from other cool babies. Because they are a crazy color they go with everything. They are easy to get on and they stay on, which many shoes do NOT. (side eye Toms overpriced hipster shoes). We’re doing a family photoshoot and literally the whole outfit concept is around these shoes.

Source Naturals Wellness Formula

DUDES. This stuff is where it’s at. I’ve relied on it for years. When you feel like you’re getting sick you take 3 of these horse pills every 3 hours and it will literally knock the Bubonic Plague out of you. Advice: DO NOT buy the capsules. Only get the tablets. If you accidentally buy the capsules you will have to take SIX every 3 hours. That’s like an ungodly amount of shit to swallow. That’s what she said. I’m serious, you need this for the winter.

Conair Infiniti Curling Iron

Because I have a distaste these days for showing and/or washing my hair, this thing has made my Nicole Richie hair fantasy a reality. It makes super awesome curls. Here is an example

It comes with a little glove. It’s only a three fingered glove though. You know …because the other fingers don’t matter.

Bummis Bio-Soft Liner, Large

It took me an embarrassingly long time to learn about these. If you cloth diaper, you should probably have these. They are a flushable liner that goes in the diaper. So when there is a massive smooshy spilly vomitty poop, you pick up the liner and you just flush. No more discussion, if you don’t have you. YOU BUY IT NOW.

Ukulele (Light Blue)

Remember that whole, music is awesome thing and be really good at it really soon? We’re don’t F around. Apparently ukuleles are perfecto child guitars. The strings are soft plastic so if they were to break, no injuries. I think. So far so good. G LOVES this thing. And he actually knows how to strum it.

I however, own this thing and have no idea how to hold it. We’re learning together.

PS they all come in like a billion colors. I really want them all. Like the most amazing wall display EVER.

Remo Kids Percussion

I have a great friend who is an elementary school music teacher. These drums are the business. Also the hippies go wild for them. ALSO G thinks he’s conjuring spirits of the rainforest with it. Everyone wins.



I would just like to pause for a quick story. We were at a 1st birthday party this weekend and I was like, “man that’s a lot of toys, where are you going to put them all?” And they were like, “oh well she doesn’t have any toys yet. She just plays nicely” And that my friends is WHY we have all this shit. G DOES NOT JUST PLAY NICELY. We bought every GD thing known to man in the hopes that he will start to “just play nicely.”

Moving on.

Britax Boulevard 70 Convertible Car Seat

Oh the time came. The time came when G grew out of his “I can carry you out of the car in your seat without waking you up so I get some quiet internet time” seat. And we had to get him a “wake you up EVERY time you fall asleep in the car and I have to just run in and get a damn coffee” seat. But it happens. Every one of my friends recommended this one. They are all annoying because they have to be rear facing. But this does the job. And it’s safe. Whatever, it’s a carseat.



Ikea something I can’t pronounce High Chair 


We had to take an impromptu trip to NC for a few days and needed a high chair. This bad boy is awesome. It’s simple, has a tray for extra dollaz and isn’t ugly. The legs come off easily for travel and I loved it. I kept ours though because it has wheels but I MAY use this one instead. GO SWEDES.


Diaper Bag Organizer 


Cloth diapering is awesome for your baby and the earth but not for your purse…or diaper bag (purse rhymed). They are HUGE and  you can’t fit anything else in anywhere. So I threw my old diaper bag at the wall, got a huge awesome tote (that I’m not showing to you because I don’t want you all to buy it…but it’s leather and pretty and amazing) but I needed some organization. THIS SHIT IS WHERE ITS AT. Literally this is amazing. It’s made by asians (obvs). I gave them the measurements of my bag and what I wanted to store and they sent me the best thing ever. Life changing.


Cutest damn walker ever 


Right around this age they start walking. A lot of walkers are AWFUL with tons of lights and colors and shit. This thing was 20 bucks and G loves it. He looks like a 90 year old man toting his personals around the kitchen. He’s SO cute with this thing and I think it’s adorable. Ikea really rocks for baby stuff.

I asked B if he would like to feature any items on the Stuff I Like post. And he was like…hmmm. My iPhone.

Me: So you want me to be like, “here is this awesome thing that you don’t know about…the iPhone.

B: Yeah, it’s good.

Me: Ok, I’m sure everyone will be really grateful that I told them about it.

B: Yeah, I also like my headphones for my iPhone.

Me: Ok we’re really on a roll here.


So world, B would like to recommend to you THE iPHONE.

You’re welcome.

Go buy all of this shit now so I can buy more shit and tell you about it.



OH, and as always…please tell me about any shit that I don’t know about that I need for this age. WORD to your bird.

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  • Alexandria November 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    We had the little green Adidas too when my son was about G’s age. At 1 they’re all Italian soccer player, at 3 its Creative Recreation high top gangster shoes.

  • ashlie November 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    You and G with matching guitars? Most adorable thing I’ve seen all day. And I was at a 1st birthday party earlier today, where my daughter was wearing a denim skirt, so I know what I’m talking about.

  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe November 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Amazon is the worst though, because they send everything every time in separate shipment and when you order twelve things a week, and they all arrive in their own unnecessarily huge boxes, it earns you way too many husband side-eyes.

    • MODG November 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      when you checkout you have the options of saying “ship things in smallest amount of shipments”
      do that.

      • Erin November 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

        I just caught on to the “smallest amount of shipments” – game changer! I have Amazon 1-click ap on my phone, and I do a lot of 1-clicking during the 3am feedings. How people nursed before iphones, I do not know.

        • Krista November 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm

          Seriously. I don’t know what I did with my first kid and no smartphone. One click shopping is the devil (but also awesome)

        • Lisa November 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

          I really do not know how people nursed before iphones etc. I have an ipod touch, and my mom was horrified at my BFing/ipod-ing habit. In the early newborn days when I was all “Will my decimated nipple grow back?!” and crying and raking my toes through the carpet and playing Yahtzee/browsing babycenter to make it through a nursing session that felt worse than waterboarding, my mom was trying to make my gaze in my baby’s eyes and peacefully imagine the future. Fuck that. Princess Piranha didn’t give a shit about my schmoopy eyes, so getting the goddamn highest score EVER on Word Warp helped me from hopping on the formula train. And now she’s a magical boob juice genius (maybe? she still never naps) who can probably figure out every word you can spell from RUBIES. That’s my girl.

          ps – nipples grow back. Could’ve happily lived my whole life without knowing that.
          pps – I’ve totally answered the question, “Oh, what’s that box from Amazon?” with “Oh, that’s a box. GUESS WHAT THE BABY DID TODAY?” and gotten away with it.

          • Elizabeth November 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

            Same happened to me only it was my MOTHER IN LAW and she tried to TAKE AWAY my phone. Then she told my husband he needed to take away my phone, and he listened to her and I lost it on him. My kiddo had colic and a milk protein allergy and sometimes I needed facebook to tell me the world was still turning.

  • Robin November 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    think my husband would like The Sneaky Chef?!

    • Kelly November 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      I received the other one by Jessica Seinfeld as a gift. I tried a bunch of the recipes, they seemed okay to me. My husband caught on though and that is now on the banned book list in my house. My two year old loves his veggies, but it’s a MIRACLE if I can get the six year old or the husband to consume anything resembling veggies.

  • Erica Callahan November 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    These are honestly the most amazing posts ever. basically my entire Amazon wish list is based on your posts! I have an almost six month old guy–did you make baby food? Did you ever post about it and I missed it? Can I write “post” any more times in this comment?

    • MODG November 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Yes we made our baby food in the magic bullet (go back a few stuff i like posts)
      but we did baby led weaning then fairly quickly after

      • Erica Callahan November 7, 2011 at 8:33 am

        Ah yes, I remember. I am considering baby lead weaning–I’ll get the book and see how it goes. Thanks!

        • Me November 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

          You know, I asked my son’s Dr. about baby led weaning and she had never heard of it?!?!?! Then she proceeded to tell me it was stupid….what a jerk

          • Meghan November 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm

            I asked my pediatrician about it, too, and she was all supportive “ahh, well that’s a great idea, and that sounds like you did your research!!” and then proceeded to talk to us for 25 minutes about the different types of jarred baby food out there and to make sure we test several flavors, blah blah blah. Some things parents just know more about, 8 years of med school or no. We’re still going to do BLW, with Baby-Bullet-Purees at first, and if she doesn’t like it, welp, too bad!!

          • MODG November 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

            baby led weaning like changed our lives. B and I both agree it was the best decision we’ve made so far as parents. It’s SO much easier to live our lives. But we did wait until he was like 7-8 months to go full out blw.

  • Candice November 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    this is all really great stuff but i really wanna see the leather tote. kind of predictable, but it’s true. post it!

    • MODG November 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm


      • Candice November 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

        do it now! make it a reference link! or contact that website & be like … i want a cut. either way: stop being a fucking tease & POST IT.

      • Elisa November 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

        #3!!! Oh, and great pics. Did you mention what kind of camera you have?

        • MODG November 7, 2011 at 9:31 am

          it’s in the “hot list” window where I keep all of my hotness to your right

  • stef November 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this post. Thank you for creating 2/3 of my Christmas list. Also I’d be concerned if you didn’t get some sort of reimbursement for these posts since I immediately purchase 80% of what’s posted.

  • Brandi November 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    There needs to be a diaper bag for cloth diaperers. I can barely squeeze 4 in my pricey skip bop diaper bag, and then Alex’s LL Bean bag goes the rest for long trips. Those liners are the best shit catchers! I haven’t even had to use my bum genius sprayer attachment!

    • TC November 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      I have 2 in cloth and we lug around an f’ing Coleman backpack!

    • Elizabeth November 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      So the liners just sit on top of the diaper? Do you use one every time you change baby?

  • Alex November 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    We have the IKEA high chair. It is AWESOME. It lives at my mom’s (which is what we bought it for) but I seriously like it than the monstrosity of a high chair at my house. No frills all the way!

  • Krista November 6, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I think I just read this post more closely than any college or law school assignment. Unfortunately my husband might destroy my credit card if I bring one more thing into our house. Too. Much. Stuff. Anyway, the post was the best thing I read on the internet today (everything else was Sandusky related and vomit inducing).

  • maggie November 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Ack! You’re not going to tell us what diaper bag/ tote you use??? I used to use the Lands’ End daytripper diaper bag but kept the cloth diapers in a separate bag or just kept them in the car. Now I have the slightly larger Skip Hop Duo and…well, it’s not perfect either. Sigh.

    • MODG November 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

      Here is my hint
      use Etsy.

      we moved FROM the skip hop. Not big enough

  • TC November 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    OK, how is it that I have an almost four year old and a 16 month old, both of whom I cloth diaper and I haven’t heard of the Bummis Bio-Soft Liners before??? All those times I had to scrape off poop with a disposable spoon! I will be purchasing these stat!

    • Cat November 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      You haven’t lived until you’ve done the liners with the cloth. Thought I loved cloth already, but add liners and I’m singing (literally “Super Duper Pooper!”) every diaper change!

  • Vanessa November 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Just bought the sneaky chef and I am super excited to try it as well. My son is 14 months and yes throws food against the wall, and literally acts like he is going to die if I give him broccoli. So hope this works for him and my hubby.

  • Bree November 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Totally a couple stuff I like posts ago but I just bought the hemp texture stuff you posted awhile ago and now I can’t live without it! I bought the small bottle/tube of it to try it out…two days after I got it I went ahead and bought the big one!

    The only thing I have that I would recommend at this point is amber teething necklaces or bracelets. Totally stops the drools and I haven’t had to use teething jell or Tylenol or anything since we bought ours. We have had 8 teeth wiggle through and have had no grouchiness unless I forget to put it back on after a bath or something. I was skeptical but am soooo glad I gave it a try!

    • Mother of another G November 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      I second the amber teething necklace. But ours never comes off, even in the bath. He has been wearing it 8 months solid now and its still going strong!

      • Bree November 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        Yeah…we take it off when she eats because it grosses me out when food gets smashed into it 😛

      • Lisa November 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm

        WHAT. Seriously? My punkin has been a drooling, gnashing mess since she was four months old with only two teeth to show for it at almost 11 months old. If I wrap her in amber, will this chill out, or are your babies just chill to begin with but have amber accessories? Be honest.

        • Bree November 7, 2011 at 9:05 am

          She was a crazy mess…then we went to the pediatrician and they said don’t use baby oragel anymore…i cried a little inside then started talking to all my crunchies and they told me the amber secret. I haven’t had one fussy teething time since I got it. She even got through bleeding back teeth without giving me grey hair! I wasn’t a believer…but this craziness worked!

          • Lacey November 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

            Do you all keep the necklace on at night too? I just got one and I’m not sure if I should leave it on or take it off when he goes to bed at night…

          • Mother of another G November 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

            We leave ours on all the time, even overnight. Took him a day or two to get used to it but if we take it off now he goes off!

    • Bree November 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      Oh and I gave up on diaper bags…I use a canvas reusable grocery bag with the local farm we get our veggies from’s logo on it. Not so stylish but I don’t get the sad face when a milk sippy cup leaks all over it and it supports local! But I could totally use something to organize it!

    • MODG November 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

      We used a teething anklet when he was little but I didn’t notice anything. Now that’s he’s older I’d love to get a necklace HINT HINT LESLIE. I KNOW YOU’RE HOPEFULLY MAYBE READING THIS

      • Ash November 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

        OUr daughter has worn the necklace since 3 months-all the time. Never used anything else. She has 4 teeth and I never knew until she bit me. Also, make Sure necklace is BALTIC and UNpolished in order to work :)

        • Ash November 7, 2011 at 10:22 am

          It also helps with the immune system and she has never been sick and even goes to a babysitter and is around sick kids all the time. She has had a runny nose here and there, but never SICk. She is also breast fed so I know that helps too.

          • Melissa November 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

            With my son who started teethin at like 5 mos we just used appled juiced up wash cloths….however my girl who will be 4 mos tomorrow has been teething for a damn month already and its totally pissing me off b/c shes so opposite of my son and just ugh anyway I am so going to buy this amber teether you are talking about! b/c teething rings, bibs, and even wash cloths piss her off…so here we go~

  • Michelle November 6, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    These blocks If G has an annoying habit of throwing toys, you need these. They don’t leave a mark on your face when you are hit with an unforeseen projectile. They are good to chew on, easy to hold, fun colors, numbers, and animals, and all around fun for parents to stack as high as they can only to be annoyed when the 9 month old knocks them down AGAIN damnit I had 7 going! ( not the I would know)

    • Bree November 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      YES!! These are awesome!!!

    • Marjorie November 7, 2011 at 9:06 am

      We love these! We have the 123 set AND the ABC set because mommy needed more blocks to build pretty towers! In fact, we have nearly all of the toys from the B. Toys line. It’s all so cute and I love the fun colors that are a nice break from primary colors or pink and lavender.

  • Lisa November 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    My baby LOVES these.

    They’re covered with real baby faces, they stack like 3 feet high but take hardly any space to store, and they’re fun to for wee ones to stack and knock over. Highly recommend.

    • Kate November 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

      My son would love these! He is obsessed with faces. Sometimes it’s weird because he will try to touch all strangers noses and mouths. Yuck. These can be a replacement. :-)

  • Audrey November 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Oh man, I wish I knew about that IKEA walker. I just bought one elsewhere but everything I found was so expensive. I spent about $60 on the one I got, and it was one of the cheaper ones I could find. These books are fun: They are “in my forest” “in my pond” “in my tree” etc… and feature a little finger puppet in a board book. My 10 month old loves them and kisses the little finger puppet animal good night at the end. Very cute!

    • MODG November 7, 2011 at 9:34 am

      We have these in a previous “stuff I like” post

  • kateodate November 7, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Is it just a coincidence that you reference “99 problems” after the post from the other day?

    Also, I recommend slip-on Vans in as many colors/patterns as you can handle. Slip on and Velcroy Chucks, too until about, oh, 18mo or so when they get down with the reg. hightop ones. (me = thankful that they’re practically impossible for little hands to remove during car rides.)

    My boy, at G’s age, had a pair of Pumas is a bright blue w/ yellow. Loved them with all my heart.

    • MODG November 7, 2011 at 9:34 am

      your kiddo doesn’t kick of slip ons?

      • kateodate November 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        Oh yeah, he did. Just consider it rite of passage for the days when they can wear the double knotted kind. And, actually, at this point (2 in December) he rarely does. Guess the novelty wore off.

        PS: check out the way I misspelled “Velcro”. Its neat.

  • Melissa November 7, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Best diaper bags ever!!
    I have the BFF and think it’s totally worth the price (I spent way more on my pre-baby purses). There are also “Earth Leather” bags. :)

  • Vicki November 7, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Have you seen this?

    Also, I use a backpack for cloth diaper-bagging. Just a regular old backpack. Sometimes things get buried in the bottom (that’s what she said…?) but it is so much easier to carry (it doesn’t slip off my shoulder all the time).

  • Maggie November 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

    here is the thing you need. it is the swankiest sleep sack ever. we have two in every size. trust me on this. :)

    • MODG November 7, 2011 at 9:35 am

      we have sleep sacks in a previous stuff I like post

      you can always look at them in the sidebar click “stuff I like”

      • Maggie November 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

        yes but this is a sleep NEST. it has no equal. I promise! :)

        • MODG November 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

          50 BONES?!
          you buy me one.

          • Krista November 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

            Haha, the cookies and cream one is $70. Is that serious??? If guess if your house is really cold that might be worth it…maybe.

          • Maggie November 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

            in all honesty, they were cheaper when I got mine, and I used some gift cards I had racked up. and I never paid more than $48 bucks. it sounds expensive but we live in freaking NH where it gets so effing cold and the baby would wake up shivering. not anymore!

    • Cori November 7, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      THANK YOU to the reader who posted this. We found one of these at a garage sale and my son has never slept so good in it! I’ve been on the hunt for MONTHS and no luck! I’m ordering them today. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Britt November 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

    This is the best thing ever. Its the only toy my 14 month old will play with for more than 2 seconds. Its only sold at Target.

  • Maggie November 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

    also many of these comments are about stuff you already posted in your previous lists. don’t people read? 😉

  • Maggie November 7, 2011 at 7:58 am

    ok last comment, I promise I am not a stalker. have you seen this? as someone who believes in magic and hippie love, I thought this might be your jam :)

    FYI this totes worked for me. I just found out I am having another girl, and that is what my first daughter’s hair predicted. MAGIC.

    • MODG November 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

      i hate you for this.


      • Maggie November 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

        sorry girl. maybe it doesn’t always work? :)

      • Krista November 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

        I have two kids and I just checked them: my daughter is the oldest and has a point. I had a boy next. It doesn’t always work.

        • Krista November 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

          Wait, nevermind. I just read it again. It worked. Damn.

  • Marjorie November 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    G definitely needs this Bounce and Ride!
    It’s only $25 and my daughter absolutely LOVES it!

  • demi November 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

    hey ho. this is in reference to your FB status-recently purchased this for a friend, yes it’s multi colored and carazy, but the shit keeps his mind blown for hours. i’ve witnessed it.

  • Ash November 7, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I have a whole package of those liners for the CD’s and I keep forgetting to use them! I used them once while camping. And, that wagon walker- we picked one up at a 2nd hand store a month ago- not as pretty as the one you posted, but IT is SO much better than the 3 wheeled ones that tip over. My daughter pushes it around with her toys in it and has a grand time, however, its so old and it needs some WD40 or something so it squeaks SOOO Loud when she pushes it. At least I can hear her coming. ha. My daughter is always trying to play with the remote controls (to tv) and the keyboards on our computers, so I gave her an old wireless keyboard to play with and an old remote that no one uses. Just took out the batteries. She now knows which ones are hers and which ones are not. “Toys” I already had and they entertain her for a bit. She always plays with her cd’s when they are drying on the rack, so now I am trying to teach her to stuff them herself as a “FUN” activity :)

    • Miss Andi November 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      The liners are awesome. My nursery no longer smells like baby poop. Bonus that you can just wash the ones that got peed on! I love that! (It’s possible I only recently figured out that can you wash and dry the ones the pee ones… )

  • Pickle November 7, 2011 at 10:16 am
    I got my daughter these for Christmas when she was 9 months old. It says choking hazard, but they are plush fruits and veggies…seriously? Anyway, those tomatoes were her best friends for months, until the dog got to them.
    I asked my mom to get her this recently, after seeing it at a play space where all the kids fought for it. She LOOOOOVES it, but she’s 19 months and runs everywhere, so maybe better for when G is walking well.
    Theses are awesome, and go right in the sippy cup.
    This has been in heavy rotation since LAST CHRISTMAS. She started out pushing it with the handle and just recently started riding on it and pushing with her feet. She also likes storing things in the seat (if I can’t find my cellphone, chances are good that’s where it is.)

    I love those snack catchers too.

    • Pickle November 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Ooh and these:

      • Katie C November 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

        That’s a cool website!!

    • Pickle November 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

      My comment is still awaiting moderation? How oh how will the world know my consumer brilliance?

  • Rachel Matteis November 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Get a Rody horse. Bouncy fun (that’s what she said), lots of colors, grows with your little one. And it’s Italian, so that’s a plus.

  • Katie November 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

    K, I know you have an almost 1 year old boy and all, but I need some ideas for twat to hell to get my 8 year old daughter. For realz. She is into rock, and American Idol. Clearly, I am an awesome mom. We are on a super tight budget since we are already buying all the shit you posted for our 1 year old. Modg, please help.

  • Katie C November 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

    For little older guys a corrugated cardboard castle/ship/house is an amazing thing! Hours and hours of play, and they can even color it to their heart’s content!

  • Shannon November 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Your post taught me things I didn’t know- glorious! I am glad that you disclosed that you are earning commission. I guess I didn’t realize that…but good for you! A house manager like yourself deserves all the income she can get. Also glad to know about Amazon mom…seriously I am like the damn baby around here.

    Also, re-read your Ferber post for inspriation last night as I started the intervention with my 10.5 month old (yes, I should have done it months ago). So happy to have you on my blackberry when I needed to stick to my guns. Soon I will be sleeping and my life will have more sparkle and less under-eye concealer.

  • Emily November 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I have to second the cardboard boxes, best baby toys ever. I know, I know, not as much fun as buying baby shit, BUT this way you can buy shit for yourself and give him the boxes. It’s a win-win…

  • Mandy November 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I got my daughter (who is a whole day older than G) a Shoenhut My First Piano for her birthday. Clearly, she hasn’t gotten to have it yet but it will support the rockstar dream quite nicely. Also, any of the B toys from Target are a hit.

  • Nicole November 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

    My son turned one today and we had his party yesterday. Of course the gift I got him was the biggest hit! And it will go with the whole G is going to be a music genius plan! I got him a Plan Toys drum set. Got it on Amazon. It’s adorable and the drums stay on with elastic so he can’t break anything. The age on the box says 3+, but not really any small parts. Plan toys has tons of cute stuff!

  • Lindsey November 7, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Dude, once again, I’m asking about your clothes. Where did you get that cute black sweater with the white birds?!?!?!?!

  • Jen November 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    BALL POPPERS!!!!!! best 1st birthday gift everrrr.

    • Kelly November 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm


    • AsphaltQueen November 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      My 11 month old LOVES this.

  • elizabeth November 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    For both my girls on their first birthday I got them a Pottery Barn ovesized Anywhere chair. The oversized one will last longer as they get bigger. they LURVE it, even now as they are 3 and 2, they make boats out of them, slide down the backs and sit to read books. great washable covers and tons of color choices…

  • Mandy November 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    To distract me from the crazy that happens in my head as we are trying to get preg with our first, I’m doing only productive things like, you know, searching for the perfect large purse/diaper bag. I have known for a few years I want to cloth diaper when we have a baby, and I already knew I wanted to get some sort of large purse or tote to use as a diaper bag bc, well, the other ones just aren’t my thing. But I hear a lot of CD moms talking about how much room they take up, so I have no idea how big of a bag are we talking about here? I have been looking at the Kelly Moore Libby for my camera and she says can double as diaper bag, but not sure if that is really big enough? Bigger? I was also looking at some leather options but didn’t know if I am naive to spend dolla billz on a giant leather bag to have it used for crap mess all the time? School me with your wisdom MODGreadermoms.

    • MODG November 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      You want just a GIANT open tote bag. Like Giant. Let me tell you what goes in my bag

      2 cloth diapers
      wipe pack
      changing pad
      disposable diaper just in case
      spare outfit just in case
      food packs
      mum mums
      lipgloss (dumb)
      wet bag for the cloth diapers
      light weight sling

      you need a BIG bag

      • Mandy November 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm

        Thank you for sharing your mom genius!! My SIL has pretty big Vera Bradley bag for diaper bag for her 2 kids but I didn’t trust bc 1 she does not cd and 2 she chose Vera Bradley. Obvs Not my thing. Thanks!!

        • Cat November 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm

          I have a weekender for my daily diaper bag. I don’t know who they think is going to survive a whole weekend with that thing? But it’s great for cloth diapers. I can pack everything on your list plus 3 or 4 more diapers, a boobie cover, and Sophie. We don’t go anywhere without Sophie. If you don’t know Sophie, you just don’t know! 6.5 months still no teeth, but he’s been trying for months!

  • Me November 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I just looked at the pic of you and G w/ the guitar….how do you keep your rug clean (your rug that’s on the floor not your other rug, you pervs) ?

    We have a shark steamer and it doesn’t seem to do the job.

    • MODG November 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      it’s NOT clean. Trust.

      but we have a no shoe policy

  • Theresa November 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Hands down the best thing my daughter got for her first Chrismtas (she was 9 months) was a ball pit. She just had a generic blow up pool with a huge bag of balls but she played with that thing until it deflated and we bought another one. We are planning on buying our twins who will be 9 months as well for Christmas, one this year. There’s not really a specific one I reccommend persay, but we are getting something “bigger and better” this time around. If you do get one though, get an extra bag of balls. Yeah, you pick them up all day, but I promise it entertains!

  • Miss Andi November 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Lurve the liners!!! You know you can wash and dry the ones that he just pees on with the BG inserts, right?!?

  • Dawn November 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Ok, so I have totally spent most of the afternoon at work filling up my Amazon shopping cart with all this coolness.

    Time well spent.


  • OnMon November 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    RE: “SHAKE IT”: I do wish elbows were featured more prominently in The Club.

  • Megan M. November 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    My favorite 1st birthday gift is potsy. It can be used for container play and then later for the beginning of pretend play. Also, it has an on/off switch which is key when buying toys that make noise. I’ve given this as a gift to at least 5 babies for the their 1st birthdays and used it at work with countless babies (I work in early intervention) and have yet to met a kiddo who didn’t love it.

  • Grace November 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I SWEAR by those diaper liners. Everyone says “dunk and swish” or “get a diaper sprayer”. But my manicure does not go in the toilet bowl, and that sprayer gets shit everywhere. The liners are where its at, I don’t care who thinks its cheating. Whoever thinks its cheating doesn’t have a garbage disposal baby who dumps four times a day.

  • rae November 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

    ummmmm most importantly, what is up with Single Guy? Update Please!!

  • MM November 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I have two girls a year apart (1 and 2) and we have two of these. Originally bought them for travel, but now they are our go-to chairs for eating at home too. Take up no space and nice to have the girls up at the table with us.

  • I'llSleepWhenThey'reGrown November 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I have a huge bag, too, but I got it at a farmers market. This gal was selling Amy Butler purses (the fabric and the pattern) and it’s HUGE. I can even fit my laptop in there when I’m exchanging diapers for work things. It’s like this, but I got a black/grey pattern because I’m boring when it comes to accessories.

    And my EB just discovered the glory of the ikea walker/wagon at a friend’s house. It’s on the xmas list now. Don’t tell.

  • Molly November 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Saw the Wellness Formula @ Whole Foods & it says not to take if you are breastfeeding. Thoughts?

  • Julie November 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm


    every episode of full house reviewed in chronological order

    • LaurenF November 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      I just showed this to my husband (who is a card-carrying member of the DTDHC) and he said, “NOOOOO. Every episode? Better question: How did you stumble upon this? I’m calling in sick tomorrow.”

  • Lacey November 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Okay, so this isn’t so much a thing, but you would get extra super sparkle hippie points for it:

  • crazypants November 9, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I commend you for throwing your “I get paid” line out there. Any Amazon program with the two-day shipping is the balls.

    Also, the pacifier pic up there of you, B, and G makes me all “this is how I want to be with my baby and my husband, and I’m wondering if I’ll have that with my current bf. Drat.”

    Also also, where did you get that shirt in pic? Please and thank you bye.

  • Lauren November 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I am happy to see that the Snack Catchers (we call ’em snack traps) made your post. They are a life saver… My son is 2 and he carries them around or eats from them happily in a carseat/stroller. :) Another recommendation if you are looking for a good learning/interactive toy – the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn learning home: It’s awesome. its big enough that he can crawl through the door, plus has lots of things to play with. You can move the numbers/clock, the window goes up and down, there is a light switch which turns on a light, you can open the mailbox and put things in it… it was a staple in our living room for about 9 months after his first birthday. it would still be there now, but we put it in storage to make room for his toddler-sized activity table. :)

  • Julie November 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    My kids are obsessed with this bath toy. Its just running water, and you can make it pour into the cups that come with it. They both love it so much, they fight over it. Idk if its as fun as a penis in the tub. I only have daughters.

  • Kelly November 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I love Amazon Mom. I think I seriously ordered more because of the free 2-day shipping. But after 16 months, THEY TOOK AWAY my complementary Prime benefits. It was a very sad day. I may have cried a little…
    I still love the Amazon diaper subscription service though. Since we went the disposable route, saving 30% and having them delivered to my door without me having to think about it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

  • Kasia November 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    This caught my attention as a good toy for 1 year old and up:

  • Kristin November 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I SWEAR by Wellness Formula! Do you take it while nursing? I’ve been a bit worried about taking while nursing, and my life HASN’T BEEN THE SAME

  • Kendall Lynch November 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    i’m glad you didn’t tell what your diaper bag is bc my future diaper bag is one i saw on another girl’s mom blog, and i am stealing that shiz. it’s beautiful, but i have diaper bag envy, so i’d probably be into yours and then buy it and tell everyone who compliments it, “oh, i just found it online.” which would be the truth, except i stole it from you. but thanks for posting the other stuff – very helpful and good.

  • Amanda November 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    For what it’s worth to people, here’s a list of toxicity levels in car seats:

    The Britax don’t fare too well (we have one, too…we were totally bummed.) Just throwing it out there for readers who might now know and would be interested before purchasing!

    • MODG November 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      I already researched that. It’s just the seat padding and only 1 specific pattern (not the pattern we have)

  • Sarah vL November 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Just wanted to say I came all the way back here just to click on the link to buy those vitamins – I could have googled it or whatever but I wanted to make sure you got whatever money you could from my purchase. :) Go team MODG! :)

  • Cathy November 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Okay y’all… My little snot machine is starting to get me sick and I want to try the Wellness magic pills up there but it says not to take while breastfeeding! Modg, PLEASE advise!!
    Oh, in case you’re wondering this IS my first comment. My BFF recommended your blog and now I’m obsessed with catching up from the beginning. My hubby is always yelling at me to get off my phone and pay attention to him instead of reading :)

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  • Eryn Todisman December 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Make sure to check your Ikea “Antilop” high chair. (it’s pronounced like the animal) There was a huge recall for them a little while back because the safe straps are easily undone/the clip breaks/they come out of the chair somehow. (You can take it to Ikea and exchange it for the safer newer model.) My son fell out of his chair while I was literally five foot away cutting up an apple for him. He was fine but got a nasty black eye and we got a different high chair pronto! Still from IKEA (I love them so much) but not the antilop. We got the Spoling the second time around. It’s even more portable that the Antilop but we loved both high chairs. (you know other than the recall, black eye issue.)