Chocolate Dipped Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with Crushed Peppermint

Chocolate Dipped Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with Crushed Peppermint

It was only one year ago that I sat here, hugely pregnant, with no idea what the next year would bring. Who has any idea what to expect their first year as parents, really? You never quite “get” it until you actually birth the kid, so like the blind leading the blind, I stepped into the ranks of mothers everywhere who have zero clue as to what the next few weeks (and months, and years!) would bring.  

Honestly.  I’m still blown away by how crazy it is to be a parent.  All the registry lists and articles and books and advice-givers in the world can’t prepare you for this kind of total life change.  

Chocolate Dipped Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with Crushed Peppermint

At first, the the early days, I tried the super-mom thing.  I was really, really bad at the super-mom thing.  I felt guilty whenever my sink was full of dishes and my husband and I slept on sheets that hadn’t been washed in two weeks.  I felt guilty when the baby didn’t sleep, and when she slept too much, and when she ate too much, and when I didn’t eat enough, and when I lost touch with friends and when I tried making new ones and failed at it (though I eventually got much better at it), and on and on and on.  They tell you not to let the small stuff get to you, to let the laundry pile up, to appreciate every moment of having an infant in your newly-rocked world.  But when you’re wired a little on the intense side, as I tend to be, that kind of life change, the re-working of the way your brain operates, it takes a bit of time.  And in the end, I had to come to the conclusion that I can’t do it all (shocker, right?)  so I took a step back and let things just be for a while. 

Hey, remember this post?  Where I confessed about how I struggled with this same issue of perfection, and my father gave me a stern talking to?  Yeah, I didn’t listen.  This is a long road I’m on. 

I stepped back from this blog for ages because the idea of it not being a “perfect” place was just too overwhelming for me to handle.  It had long been a source of pride for me, but not being able to keep up with it like I’d wanted to made me depressed. Between taking care of the baby, being a supportive wife to my husband, staying in touch with family and friends, all.the.laundry., and carving out moments in time for myself, this poor little corner was severely neglected.  After this post, I had to give myself a bit of time away so I could finally figure out what I wanted it to be.  

Chocolate Dipped Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with Crushed Peppermint

What do I want it to be?  Not much.  Nothing special.  Well, special to anyone other than me.  I’m not doing sponsored posts for a while.  I’m removing my ads (some only as contracts allow), I’m slowing things down, I’m not going to focus on perfect photography and the perfect post and a perfect site.  I realize as I type these words just how truly good it feels to let it all out, and to not hold myself to any standard of perfection.  So friends, I hope you’ll still stick around for a not-as-pretty looking site, with maybe not a newly photographed recipe every time, and and not a standard of excellence that I don’t know if I can reach.  And maybe, for a while at least, this can just be a place that documents the strange little trip the Big Man and I have been on in the last 11 months (!!!??) since our little Peanut exploded into this world.  

So with that, I present you with my coming-out party, after nearly two months of quiet: these bomb-diggity Chocolate Dipped, Crushed Peppermint Sugar Cookies.  I made them for the awesome Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, which I’m proud to be involved in for the second year in a row.  Proceeds from sign-ups go to help Cookies for Kid’s Cancer, and I’m waiting with bated breath as to how much money we raised this year. I’ll blast it on social media as soon as I know!

This year, I had the immense pleasure of sending one dozen of these cookies to these badasses: 

Jenn at Not Starving Yet

Steph at Steph’s Bite By Bite

and Susan at That Susan Williams.

And the even BETTER pleasure of receiving THESE: 

Buckeye Cookies from Tracy at Pale Yellow

Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti Two Ways (chocolate and vanilla!) from the adorable Amy at Club Narwhal

and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Meike at Love and Joy 

None of the cookies lasted too long, I can assure you of that.  Totally worth every stinking calorie.  And I’m so honored to be in the company of bloggers who made these cookies, who helped contribute to such a cool cause.  

Please check out their blogs and also to The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap Facebook page, or to the sign-up sheet for more information. 

And, my lovely nerds, if you can forgive me for my utter silence and stepping away from this space for a few months, and try to keep an eye on this little corner of the web, I promise I won’t just up and disappear again.  It won’t always be pretty and it definitely won’t be perfect, but I’ll give what I can.  In this holiday season while we count our blessings, I’m thankful for a space where I can be myself, even if that’s sometimes a struggle.  

Happy Holidays, nerds. 

Chocolate Dipped Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with Crushed Peppermint

Chocolate Dipped Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies with Crushed Peppermint
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These festive cookies are crunchy on the edges, chewy in the center, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon, heaping, Kosher salt
  5. 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  6. 2oz cream cheese, warmed
  7. 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  8. 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  9. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  10. 1 tablespoon whole milk
  11. 2 tablespoons almond extract
  12. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  13. 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
Instructions
  1. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cream cheese, butter and oil. Lightly whisk in the egg, milk and almond extract into the butter mixture. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients to the wet until the batter is combined.
  2. Roll the batter into a ball and wrap in cling film. Refrigerate for one hour.
  3. When the dough is chilled, either bake as drop cookies or roll out and cut with cookie cutters. If making drop cookies, drop tablespoon sized balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Lightly press each ball down with the bottom of a glass.
  4. Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired prior to baking.
  5. Bake at 375*F for 15-20 minutes or until the cookies have lightly browned at the edges.
  6. Once the cookies have cooled, melt the chocolate. Using a small spatula, "dip" the end of each cookie in the chocolate. Sprinkle each cookie with the crushed peppermint. Let set for at least two hours so the chocolate can harden.
  7. Store covered in a cool, dry place for up to one week.
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated
Adapted from Cook's Illustrated
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Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie | omeletta.comOctober means I can officially get away with wearing sweaters, leggings and boots for approximately six weeks without freezing my butt off while doing it.  Until my husband sees me getting dressed and asks, “why are you leaving the house with no pants on?”  God, men totally don’t get fashion.

Know what I don’t get? The Great American Pastime of the PSL.  Yep- Pumpkin Spice Lattes, of which is am so not a fan.  They taste like pumpkin cupcake flavored coffees, which I’m assuming is the draw, but that’s just not my jam.  I’m a sucker for a good flavored coffee (my standard DD order is large iced hazelnut, no sugar, milk only, and yes I’ll take a donut for the baby, even though she won’t be having any but I’m not telling that to the lady behind the counter)  but I was just never able to jump on the PSL bandwagon.  

Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie | omeletta.com

So I’m forging my own pumpkin path!  I’m doing my own pumpkin thing!  I’m making pumpkin smoothies and drinking them like a boss!  And then the baby will eat all the rest of the pumpkin puree I’ve made, because she has suddenly decided its the greatest tasting thing in the entire known world, and when I plop a spoonful of puree down on her high char tray she will scoop it up with her fingers so assiduously that most of it even gets in her mouth. And not, say, on the floor, or the wall behind her, or smeared down the side of the standing fan that is stupidly placed next to her high chair.  

So pumpkins are a thing around here. Just not the way that Starbucks likes it.  We’re such rebels.   

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Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie
It's like a PSL for your breakfast. Only healthy.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup fresh pumpkin puree (see note)
  2. 1 apple, peeled, seeded and quartered
  3. 1 ripe banana
  4. 1 tablespoon honey
  5. 1/3 cup milk
  6. 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  8. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.
For the pumpkin puree
  1. Preheat the oven to 350*F. Rinse your pumpkin (any size will do, as long as it fits in your oven) and slice in half. Scoop out the seeds and either toss, or reserve to roast.
  2. Drizzle the flesh with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Place the pumpkin flesh side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Roast for at least 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the pumpkin. It's ready when a fork slides easily into the flesh and it can be easily scooped away from the skin. Let cool before handling.
  4. Pumpkin puree can be frozen for up to three months.
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Table Scraps 9/30/14

I was exhausted all the time when the peanut was a newborn but now that she’s a one woman crawling machine, hellbent on destroying our entire apartment in a single sweep?  I’m really exhausted.  I spend the whole day running after her and grabbing things out of her hands and picking her up when she’s fallen and can’t get up.  She leaves a trail of things in her wake wherever she goes:   

Wake of Destruction | omeletta.com

And she’s developed a fascinating with the trash can.  Sometimes I have to put it in the hallway outside the front door, just so she’ll leave it alone.  

 Peanut's Trash Can Friend | omeletta.com

Anyway!  I have another rando roundup of links to share…  

September 30, 2014

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I have this weird obsession with cults.  Did you know the Heaven’s Gate website is still active, and that some members stayed behind (and missed out on the ole’ Halle-Bopp Spaceship to Heaven, poor guys) just to keep it running?  Check out this Gizmodo article here. Fascinating.  

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The title of this piece says it all: “If ‘breast is best’, then why are our devices for pumping the worst?”  You already know how I feel about pumping.  A pump that makes lives easier is a win for everyone. 

“If you ever want to know what it feels like to be milked by a robot, try a breast pump”

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Stop what you are doing right this second and check out It’s Like They Know Us over at Tumblr.  An offshoot from a facebook post from one of my favorite podcasts The Longest Shortest Time, the whole tumblr mocks the ridiculous stock images you see of happy families doing completely unrealistic things.  Like trying to get work done with a baby in the house.

It's Like They Know Us (Tumblr) | omeletta.com

 Are you watching Outlander?  If not, what’s your problem?  I confess had to warm up to it a bit – it was never ever going to be as good as what I saw in my brain while reading the books – but I am continuously shocked by how good Sam Heughan is as Jamie. 

And I lovelovelove these roundups of each episode by meme: 

The Horse Thing- Outlander | omeletta.com

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I’m on a quest to create more room in this apartment, and I”ve become obsessed with ORGANIZING ALL THE THINGS.  My Pinterest board on the subject is going a little bonkers. Remember way back when I complained about Spring Cleaning vs Fall Cleaning?  The thought still stands.  When Spring comes, I have no interest in cleaning.  I have way more interest in getting OUT of the house, thanks.  But Fall, to me, means another six months of housebound-ness lurks around the corner, so I’m suddenly a little chipmunk busying herself for the cold season, dragging bags of things down to Goodwill and busting out the Pledge.  

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Sleepy Peanut | omeletta.com

via instagram, @omelettablog

Sleep is the eternal struggle here, as I’m sure it is with many families.  As soon as we get on an awesome schedule and the peanut is putting herself to sleep and I’m patting myself on the back because I’m the obviously the best mom ever, she changes it up on me and we have to rewrite all the rules.  So I loved this post from theStir about the ridiculously conflicting advice found in sleep books.  As if your brain isn’t screwy enough, running on no sleep, you then have to try to make sense of the myriad of information out there about baby sleep practices.  It’s enough to make you want to take a nap. 

“Really, the best advice I think any new mom can get is

“Do whatever works, and if it stops working, try something else.

And for god’s sake, don’t tell anyone what you’re doing.”

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That’s it for this week!  Speaking of sleep and all, it’s been rough around these parts, especially in terms of getting any rest.  A few weeks ago, the peanut got a snotty, drooly, wakeful cold, then she started crawling, clapping and pulling herself up to standing and inching around the coffee table within a matter of ten days.  It all screwed with her sleeping schedule, so I’ve just been trying to hang on for dear life.  As such, everything else got put on hold for a bit.

But I’ll be back this Friday with a regularly scheduled post- does a Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Smoothie sound good to any of you? (uh, yes.)

 

 

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Autumn Tomato-Gin Soup with Goat Cheese

Tomato-Gin Soup with Goat Cheese | omeletta.com

This tomato-gin soup, with a melty round of goat cheese on top, is pretty much synonymous with my life in these early days of autumn.  The last gasp of summer keeps fresh tomatoes on my kitchen counter, I will do anything for cheese, and the addition of gin?  Well, I’m a new mom.  Enough said. 

The peanut is in that phase of life right now where everything goes in the mouth.  The remote control and our smartphones are her nearest and dearest favorites, but when we’re at the park down the street from our apartment, ain’t nothing going to do other than a nice, crackly dead leaf that’s been lying on the ground and probably walked on by a million pairs of germ-infested shoes.  It doesn’t help that she’s started crawling this week, and is very quickly gaining speed motoring around.  It’s hard enough to keep her from digging into the bathroom trashcan while I run her bath; when we’re not at home and she has a whole park to cruise around in, I spend an incredible amount of time prying her tight little fist open and releasing something germy. I just cross my heart she doesn’t contract anything weird, keep our pediatrician on speed-dial, and tell myself that it’s all in the name of building an immune system.  (Please tell me this is rational)   

Tomato-Gin Soup with Goat Cheese | omeletta.com

Now that she’s a whole 8 months old (#HowIsThisPossible), she’s even more fun to eat with.  We eat more or less the same things these days.  I’m still keeping her away from gluten, egg whites and nuts, but almost everything else is fair game.  The other night I chopped up slow-roasted chicken and potatoes I’d made for dinner a few nights before that, heated it slightly on the stovetop, and dumped it all on her highchair tray. She carefully scooped up each and every morsel, stopping every once and a while to struggle with her sippy cup (we’re still working on that one).  I know that at some stage I’ll stop delighting in watching her eat, so I like to savor these moments as I can.  I still can’t get over how this tiny human, who doesn’t even have teeth yet, enjoys food the way that she does.

Unfortunately, one thing I’m not down with sharing with her is this soup.  ”Oh, because it has gin in it?” you might say.  Ok, well, yeah, that too.  ”Oh, because babies can’t eat soup?”  Um, no, not quite, because when we do “share” soup, I just strain out the liquid and feed her the rest.  No, I’m ashamed to admit that if I had a chance to share this with my tiny daughter, I would be loathe to, because I love it and I want it all for myself.  Mom of the Year right here, folks.    

Tomato-Gin Soup with Goat Cheese
A perfect, end-of-summer soup for the chillier days of Fall, when tomatoes are still beautifully ripe. The goat cheese is a creamy addition at the end.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 white onion, diced
  3. 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 cup dry gin
  5. 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  6. 2 cups water
  7. 2 large vine-ripened tomatoes, diced
  8. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  9. 6oz tomato sauce
  10. 14oz can whole peeled tomatoes, the liquid reserved and the tomatoes roughly chopped
  11. 8 oz (about 2 handfuls) fresh spinach
  12. salt and pepper, to taste
  13. fresh chevre goat cheese, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook til lightened and fragrant, about 1-3 minutes. Deglaze the pan with gin, scraping the bottom to get any browned bits off.
  2. Add the stock and water and bring to a simmer. Add all of the tomato products and bring back to a simmer. Let simmer until the liquid has reduced by at least a third and the soup has reached a desired consistency. Then stir in the spinach and let it wilt completely.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve hot with rounds of goat cheese on top.
Notes
  1. This soup freezes fantastically for up to three months.
Adapted from inspired by The Splendid Table's Tomato-Gin Soup
Adapted from inspired by The Splendid Table's Tomato-Gin Soup
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5 “Must Have” Baby Items I’m Glad We Never Got (And 5 I’m Glad We Did)

 "Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

Registering for baby gifts when I was pregnant was incredibly stressful for me.  Registering for wedding gifts back when we got married? That was fun.  I went CRAZY on kitchen supplies and beautiful home goods that I still lovingly admire to this day (bless you, Martha Stewart for Macy’s)  But registering for a baby?  If you choose the wrong item, it could HARM YOUR CHILD.  Hey, no pressure!  Say you get a baby item off your registry and it’s ineffective, so you leave it in the corner to gather dust.  Then one day your newly toddling kid crashes into your unused baby bathtub sitting in the corner of the bathroom, they fall and smash their face in, you take them to the ER for stitches and then CPS gets called because your kid got hurt and they have to do a home visit and the lady from CPS give you the judgey eye because your sink is full of dirty dishes and you haven’t done laundry in a month because you spend all your time keeping your kid from falling over unused baby stuff.  Now tell me how much “fun” it is to go around Buy Buy Baby with a scanner gun.  

As if I didn’t have enough to worry about while I was pregnant, like accidentally eating a turkey sandwich or picking up a bowling ball.

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad I Never Got | omeletta.com

So without further ado, let me present to you the 5 “Must Have” Baby Items we did not need or use.

Just to add: the links to products below are affiliate links, which means I’ll get pennies on the dollar if you make a purchase through the link.  All of the opinions are my own, and none of the companies listed here had anything to do with this post.

1.  A Jumperoo.  And a Walker.  And an Exersaucer.  

Pick one and stick with it.  As soon as your kid inevitably grows out of it, it will become a useless piece of plastic.  Save the storage space and decide on one.  We have a Baby Einstein exersaucer that we lovingly call “the spaceship” and it is awesome.  At my parent’s place, we have a Bright Starts walker and it is awesome.  I’m glad we don’t have both or more cluttering up our small two bedroom apartment.

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com  

2.  Shopping Cart/High Chair cover.  

I received this as a gift and then let it sit languishing in a cupboard till I gave it away.  Don’t be so  precious.  Buy some Handi-wipes (I should buy stock in that company, I have so many packets) and wipe down the nooks and crannies, then get on with your shopping or dining. "Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

3.  Cushioned High Chair.  

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

I say this especially because we chose Baby Led Weaning, but it applies to any parent, I think.  You don’t need a high chair that reclines (that is in fact, dangerous).  You definitely don’t need one that’s too cushioned, because cleaning it will be a pain in the ass.  The high chair we have now is completely plastic and perfectly simple to just hose down, especially after Hummus Lunch when I’m also scrubbing it out of her hair. Make sure the tray is nice and big and wraps close to their body and wide around the sides.  (And you can never go wrong with a tablecloth shoved underneath to catch spills!)

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

4.  High-Powered Breast Pump.  

First, let me say that this applies to me only because I stay home with the peanut, and I’m never away from her for long enough periods to where she needs more than one bottle of milk.  If I did, work outside of the home on a regular basis and wanted to keep breastfeeding when I was with her, then I would get a hospital-grade pump in a heartbeat.  Preferably one of those hands-free, high-powered ones that look like you’re hooked up to something the mad scientist who created Edward Scissorhands invented.  But since I need milk only so my husband or the baby sitter can take over a feeding here and there, or to mix with her oatmeal in the morning, my cheapie, single pump Evenflo machine has been fabulous.  It’s a step above a hand-powered one, and it suits me fine.

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

(When it comes to pumping?  My best advice to make sure you consistently pump enough milk is to stay on a regular schedule with your pumping and drink an incredible amount of water.  I pump every day at 10:30pm before bed (and hate every second of it, but it is what it is) and drink nine thousand gallons of water every day. #fact.  Brewer’s Yeast and oatmeal in the mornings helps, too)  

5.  Video Baby Monitor.  

Actually, we don’t have a baby monitor at all.  Believe me- when she needs me, I’ll know.  That kid has an amazing set of lungs.  It helps, obviously, that we live in an apartment with walls so thin that I can hear my neighbor tapping his toothbrush on his sink at night. The closest we come to a video monitor is the mirror hanging across the room from the baby’s crib, so when I peek in through her slightly-opened door I can see in the reflection just what she’s up to in there.  Lately I’ve caught her holding some very serious conversations with her stuffed animals.  Even when she was real tiny though, it wasn’t that difficult to tiptoe in and take a look at her and creeper-ish-ly watch her breathing.  If I had a video monitor I know I would be an obsessive freak about it and watch her like a hawk.  Try to get your kid used to sleeping with a little bit of noise, so they don’t wake up if you go in their room.  And don’t foster new-parents obsessiveness with a video monitor.  Trust me on this one. 

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

Here’s what I AM happy we got.  (AKA New-Parent Lifesavers)

1.  Sophie.

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

The be-all, end-all of ridiculousness of overpriced teether toys, Sophie is actually worth it.  She costs us a staggering $25-FREAKING-dollars (for a plastic giraffe, smdh) at Babies-R-Us in Manhattan, but the baby loovvvvvves her (She’s only $18 on amazon.com, thank goodness).  We’ve lost Sophie once already and had to emergency buy, so our current Sophie brought the total cost spent to $50.  I’ll be damned if Sophie someday is worth $75, so she’s on a tight leash these days. 

2.  Boon collapsible tub.  

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.comThis thing is awesome.  It can be flipped up on one end so you can prop up a tiny newborn with their head out of the water, or use it as a full bathtub once they can sit up (and you don’t feel like filling the whole tub with water).  When you’re done, it folds flat and can be hung behind the shower head to drip dry.  It also places the peanut in prime position to play peek-a-boo with the shower curtain.

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

 

3.  Boon silicone feeders.

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

I know, another Boon product.  I swear they have nothing to do with this post! When the peanut started teething, I asked my brother to buy me one of those mesh feeders so she could suck on a breastmilk icecube.  He bought me this by accident, and it’s the most perfect mistake.  So much so that I bought another one for back-up.  I fill it with anything that’s too messy for her to hold in her hand (watermelon, avocado, overripe banana, mango) and she eats and teethes her gums at the same time.  She’ll eat anything if it’s in this feeder.  Her eyes light up when I hand it to her.  I also credit it for helping us really get going with the whole Baby Led Weaning train.  I think it helped her make the connection between the taste of food and bringing something to her mouth by herself.

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

4.  The Mommy Hook.  

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

The Mommy Hook was a gift from a friend who had a baby about four months before we did.  She said it was super handy for her, and I totally see why.  These days, I notice it on every stroller around town.  It always has my keys and a pocket-style reusable shopping bag hooked to it, and it’s invaluable when I need a second set of hands.  The only con is that the Big Man gripes that it should be called “The Parent Hook”.  Whatever.

5.  Ergo Baby Carrier.

"Must Have" Baby Items I'm Glad We Never Got | omeletta.com

 Believe the hype. The Ergo baby carrier is the best.  This is coming from someone who has five (5!!!) baby carriers.  My Ergo is a a maroon-colored hand-me-down and it’s my go-to carrier, always.  I can sherpa the kid around town all damn day if I wanted to, and my back will never hurt, and she’ll never slip out of place.  I use the Baby K’tan wrap for doing chores around the house but as soon as we’re out, it’s Ergo time.  The only con is that I can’t nurse in it, like you can with a soft carrier, but eh.  Who cares when this thing is so comfortable. 

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There you have it!  I’m sure that as the kid grows, the things that are handy will change as well.  Keep an eye out for the best newborn baby items, my next post in the series.  Anything you registered for that’s now sitting uselessly on a shelf?

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