In case you missed it, you can see her 1-year birthday party here too!
Vienna has such a sweet disposition, Mr. Bond and I can’t even believe it. She inspires me to be a better person. She loves to “talk” in her own language and use her hands. She understands a lot of words, more than she can express herself. She hugs her stuffed animals and loves to sit and “read” books very attentively now. It’s the cutest thing ever to see her walk over to her books, sit down, and look at all the pages. I wonder what she’s thinking!
Vienna is running now and keeps me on my feet most of the day, haha. She has 8 teeth (some of which are molars), and her hair is filling out a little more. I’ve started putting her hair up in a little ponytail more often now! I can’t wait to do more fun things with her hair when it’s longer (braids, two ponytails, etc). She’s tall and slender and thankfully a very healthy babe.
I can’t believe in this short time she’s gone from a tiny little newborn to a little girl who loves to feed herself in the high chair, runs around, babbles, and has the sweetest imagination.
Now onto our favorite and most used baby products…
When it comes to daily baby care, I’ve been using Mustela for bath time almost-exclusively since Vienna’s birth (and actually beforehand on my bump with their prenatal range). Now there’s a lot of nostalgia involved with their signature scent, and I always seem to come back to their stuff even after trying out other brands. I especially love the 2-in-1 hair and body wash these days, since it’s the only thing I have to keep in the shower to wash Vienna from head to toe. Super convenient.
Vienna is still the biggest fan of bath time and water in general. I can’t wait to go to the beach with her in the next few months!
The Hydra Bébé lotion is easy to apply with the pump, keeps her skin hydrated, and smells lovely even the next day!
I’m teaming up with Mustela today to offer a coupon code and a giveaway.
And for my US readers, enter for a chance to win this Bath Time Set!
To enter the giveaway,
- Follow @mustelausa and @irinabond on Instagram.
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- Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post with your most-used/essential baby item(s) right now plus your child’s age range so we can all continue the conversation!
Open to US, 18+ and older. Giveaway ends Monday, February 22nd at 12:00pm PST.
Toys & Books
Watching Vienna’s eyes light up when she wakes up in the morning and realizes there’s toys to play with and seeing her wind down after bathtime with her books just makes me so happy for her. Isn’t it amazing that children have an innate sense to play? I may be a total weirdo, but these are the things I think about as I watch her grow.
Also, coming from an immigrant family and being the oldest, all my toys were usually hand-me-downs (and I didn’t have very many of them), so I love seeing her play with hers. Not that there’s anything wrong with hand-me-downs; she has some of those too, but you know what I mean if you come from an immigrant family too.
We switched to a rear-facing convertible car seat at the one year point. She doesn’t love being seated backwards, but it’s what’s best, so we’ll keep it that way for safety reasons. We absolutely love the attached little cup for snacks. And this limited edition fabric is so cute!
I’m privileged to have both the Stokke and the Quinny (I’d likely only have one stroller if I weren’t a blogger), so I can provide some insight and comparison if anyone’s interested. I keep my Stokke in my car trunk for when we drive somewhere and the Quinny at the front door for walks, which makes my life a lot easier but isn’t an absolute necessity of course. I bought the Stokke and was sent the Quinny and love both.
We use the Moodd for walks, since it’s smaller for keeping by the front door and has 3 wheels for jogging. It has an open basket that’s a little bigger than the Stokke but everything in it is also visible. It reclines and faces both ways, just like the Stokke. Folding the base is really easy. We love it too!
This high chair gets a LOT of use ever since Vienna started eating solids. We use it in the kitchen at our current place, since it’s one of the few parts of our place with wood floors, and this girl is a messy little cutie at least 3x a day. I like that it’s a simple design that doesn’t look too baby-ish, wipes down easily, and has that optional tray that basically serves as her plate… It can also convert into a regular chair as she grows.
I’m considering a crib conversion kit or getting a toddler bed. What’s been your experience? At what age do most people do that?
We haven’t been using any baby carriers lately, since she’s a lot bigger now and prefers to run around on her own. But if I were to use one, it’d be my LILLEbaby, since it’s appropriate when baby gets heavier.
I’m still breastfeeding, but it’s more of a comfort thing for her. I love our bond with it so I don’t mind if we nurse for a few more months. It’s the sweetest thing how she just calms down with me and plays with my hair/shirt/jewelry.
Besides feeding her whatever we’re also eating, I make her baby food sometimes and put it in these reusable pouches. I also buy this organic baby food, these teething wafers, these puffs, and these creamies.
I’m trying to transition to just straw cups. So far we use this one and this one. They both leak when you turn them upside down, but I think that’s inevitable with a straw, right? Or has anyone found one that doesn’t leak and isn’t covered in Disney characters?
Wish us luck with the move this coming weekend, and good luck on the giveaway!
Also, you can follow me on Snapchat to see all these things in action in our everyday life (just search for ‘irinabond’). All the cool kids are doing it. 🙂