Tuesday, May 15, 2012

True Confessions


I recently bought Jack this great booster seat for our dining table. We have one of those higher dining room tables (somehow it works really well for a tall husband/short wife combo), and Jack's high chair wasn't quite high enough to pull up evenly. Now that he's doing really well with table manners, it was time to join us at the table.

This is the Prince Lionheart boosterPod from Amazon in charcoal grey. The only reason I chose it was because it's charcoal grey. If the $15 one at Wal-mart had been a great neutral color instead of bright red Disney's Cars, then I probably would have that instead. It was super easy to install, and it blends well pushed under the table.

He loves it.

So this reminds me of a time that I was totally mommy-judged for seeking out ways to camouflage baby items. I said something about not wanting my house to look like a toy store which was not well received. Yep, a child lives here, but he doesn't pay the mortgage. Therefore, toys are picked up and put away at meals, naps, and night, and they are stored in baskets that match my living room. I promise I don't stifle his creativity!

18 comments:

  1. Amen! I've had the same hesitations about a play mat. I don't want Disney princesses or jungle scenes in the living room floor day after day.

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    1. We picked a play mat that had planets and astronauts on it. It was the closest we could come at 2 weeks of age to encouraging physics and math. :)

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  2. I'm very much like you. I don't like "character themed" kids stuff and I try to always get gear that blends in or isn't too obnoxious. :)

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    1. Yep! And it's not like I don't let him drag them all out. We just make sure that we put them back where they go.

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  3. Hello! Prince Lionheart here. We are happy to hear that you love your boosterPOD. Thanks for sharing the love. Oh and by the way, check our website for our imaginatively illustrated playMATs.

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    1. Thank you so much for saying hi!

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  4. Cartoons and bright colors all over the place? Hell no, girlfriend! I am with you. There is nothing wrong with wanting a home to look like, well, a home. I am all for kids making messes and try not to be too anal, but I don't like bright colors and plastic and always choose the least offensive option as well. Finding a plain baby bath tub was like an act of Congress!

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    1. Oh gosh. That's why mine just bathed in the bathroom sink. I don't know where I would've stored a tub! What tub did you get? I've heard the Puj tub works well for newborns, folds up, and is a pleasing white color.

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  5. No judgment here - I'm with you on this. It gets daunting trying to find the few non-theme-y things, doesn't it? Like you, I just want things that Master P can enjoy / learn from that don't also singe my eyeballs.

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    1. Yes! I'm not even opposed to character clothing as long as it's done tastefully, although I'm sure there will come a day when "my" tasteful is not Jack's. Oh my.

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  6. If you can have a baby in the house without it looking like one lives there, well that's more than most of us can say and what we hope for one day. More power to you girl! I'm striving to get there in a teeny house where everything is in front of you!

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    1. Oh there's not a lot of room. He just has a big, blends-with-the-room basket. It will be a great basket to store throw blankets in once he outgrows toys in the living room. I also have a basket for our laptops, power cords, etc. so containing the toys is not limited to only the baby. :)

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  7. I think it's better for toys to have their place. Too many toys, I truly believe, affects a child's attention to one toy at a time (this has actually been research...thoroughly. :))

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    1. I will trust you on this as you are an expert. I just went through and culled out some of his toys (the really baby-baby ones) and tucked them away for another day. The basket was beginning to overflow.

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  8. We switched Drew to a similar highchair probably about the same time he was Jack's age...I loved not having to scrub down the big high chair and getting it out of sight so my dining area had more room....and it felt like Drew was more a part of the dinner time convos. We might not even use the big high chair at all with baby Sam and just use the snap on tray to contain the baby mess.

    It is also my preference to have the baby stuff /toys concealed. I thought it would be impossible but there are so many great storage solutions these days. I still want a big ottoman that has storage for some toys in the living room...right now we only keep toys in the boys' room.

    I sure loved seeing Jack this week @ CFA!!!! He is SUCH a charmer!!!

    AmyD

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    1. Yes, the big ottoman would be great! I have some drawers in my coffee table that are about to be converted to Jack's space since he persists in pulling everything out of those drawers anyway. Might as well be his own stuff he's dragging out.

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  9. Okay well I'm rolling my eyes at your judger. Honestly, who CARES enough about how someone ELSE keeps their home to pass a judgment and make a comment on it? Good gracious. Also - we could all use a break from Disney Cars. It's a great movie but must we plaster our friends on everything? No, no we must not. You are doing a fabulous job, mama.

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    1. Thank you. And might I say that you are doing a fabulous job TIMES 3.

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