Family over 4 years ago by Liz Adams

Favorite Baby Products at 5 Months

the best baby products for a 5 month oldCharlie is officially 5 months old and in the last couple of months it feels like he has officially outgrown the newborn stage and is on the verge of becoming a toddler (not really but it just goes so quickly!). Dave and I constantly catch ourselves watching videos from those first few weeks with him and we are in shock at how much he changes week after week. So much so that half of the things we used and loved in the first three months either have no interest to him now, don’t seem to do as much as I thought they did or we have found even better products to replace old favorites. I wanted to share all of the products that we are using and loving lately (in no particular order)…

We love Aveeno products for baby. Our nighttime routine consists of a bath about 45 minutes before bedtime and the calming lavender wash is our favorite. It definitely sets the mood for sleep! We also use the lotion as a massage before Charlie gets in his pajamas.

Speaking of setting the mood for sleep, I had posted on my snapchat that Charlie was going through the 4 month sleep repression HARD. A follower recommended that I use a diffuser with essential oils and it has been a game changer in our nighttime routine. We use the DoTerra diffuser and Gentle Baby oil. Not only has this helped get Charlie to sleep but it has also helped to regulate his digestive system.

I am slowly weaning from nursing to formula full time for Charlie since he was diagnosed with acid reflux and we need to make sure that he is getting enough ounces a day. We use and love the Avent natural bottles and makes the transition between the two really easy. Charlie is also reaching for our food so I think it may be time to start him on some solids – any suggestions on good ways to introduce this?

Charlie is not a fan of tummy time and we are working to strengthen his neck so he can figure out how to roll over (when does this start??). We use the Bumbo seat and it is great for keeping him upright, strengthening his neck muscles and helping him to interact with items. When we put Charlie on his tummy we use this Youtube video of nursery rhymes to keep him distracted!

Charlie plays with 4 toys. His BlaBlaKids cow rattle ( he LOVES this thing, especially when he is on his changing table),

Items in our diaper bag: this light up toy, Babyganics baby wipes (that can be used on face and hands, too), these pacifier wipes (life savers), an extra change of clothes, and a changing pad.

We are still using and loving the products I mentioned in this post! Just wanted to share a few new favorites. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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  1. Hi Liz!

    Charlie is growing so fast! I love watching your snaps they are so cute!
    I wanted to make sure you were aware of Beautycounter and their line of safe and nontoxic skin care and beauty products. They have just released a baby line and it is super gentle and safe for baby’s skin. check it out! I’d be happy to answer any questions!
    http://www.beautycounter.com/kids.html#baby
    xo Abby

  2. Liz,
    Thanks for sharing what products are working for your family! With a baby coming we are overwhelmed by all that’s out there and I love to hear what is well-loved and useful! And Charlie is such a cutie!
    Jess

  3. Our little one started reaching for our food around 5 months as well. I couldn’t believe it! It’s amazing how quickly they progress. We started him on pureed sweet potatoes and mashed avocado. Both became his favorites for months until he started eating more solids. At 10 months, he now loves anything he can pick up himself (black beans, blueberries, peas, etc.).

    He didn’t have acid reflex like Charlie, but Lawson did start losing weight around 6 months. After 2 months of trial and error (and a visit from a pediatric nutritionist), we figured out I wasn’t producing enough milk. When I tried pumping, I got a total of 10 ounces a day when he should have had closer to 30! I have never felt so horrible in his young life. Luckily he’s back on track now.

    Thanks for sharing your favorites. Even though Charlie is younger than Lawson, I still love reading anything to do with him and how motherhood is going for you!

  4. Hi Liz! I have read your blog for so long now but I don’t believe I’ve ever commented. I always loved your style and features on the blog but I grew so much closer to it once you announced that you were pregnant last spring, as I had just found out that I was too! My little boy was born a month after Charlie and it has been so nice to hear you confirm/experience the same things I have. Love your snaps of that adorable little boy too 🙂 It’s crazy how fast time is going, isn’t it?! We are just winding down with the four month sleep regression (it hit my Luke a little early) and I feel your pain (the transition to his crib, sticking to our bedtime routine, and the Dohm sound machine helped!). Also, similarly, we transitioned to full formula not long ago due a bad milk/soy protein allergy that we couldn’t get under control. Hope the weaning process is going well for you and the formula is helping Charlie’s reflux! I had such mixed emotions about ending our breastfeeding relationship, sad that we were losing that bond, but relieved that I would have a more content, healthy baby in the long run. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for your very real posts about how Charlie has changed your lives. Now I look forward to the baby updates just as much as the fab clothing/lifestyle posts! xo leah

  5. I was going to use a Bumpo with my kids and then read articles by pediatric physical therapists which discussed the seat and its impact on baby’s development. I did end up using an exersaucer (only for a few minutes) but ditched the bumbo…and did as much tummy time as I could endure. What an adorable baby you have!

  6. Tummy time was hard in the beginning but it totally pays off! My 11 month old still loves the Fisher Price Two Tune TV (classic toy from when I was kid!). Might be good to put in front of him when he’s doing tummy time.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Classic-Tune-Television/dp/B001W03MH0

    We started with baby oatmeal (Gerber organic – they have a banana flavor one that he is CRAZY about) about an hour or so after his morning bottle. Just add a bit of the cereal and start it out super milky (add to BM or formula). And even if he doesn’t like it at first, try it a few more times. It takes a while for babies to get used to texture. And I’m sure your ped will tell you, one food at a time so you can watch for allergic reactions. We fed it to him in a infant recliner chair at first, but he loves to be in a high chair to see things at our level. He was in a highchair around 4.5-5 mths and hasn’t gone back.

    Charlie is such a cutie! Enjoy the days. It goes by SOOO fast!!

  7. I’ve read for awhile, but never commented- I have a daughter around Charlie’s age who despises tummy time as well. A baby yoga instructor who listened to my new mom freak out about this suggested that we place her on her back on a blanket to help with developing trunk strength (to counteract all of the time her spine spends in a c-curve in her baby Bjorn bouncer and rock n play). Within a week of this, we noticed her making more moves with her lower body and rocking. Finally this week she went back to belly and now is happier on her belly? Purely anecdotal and simple- but for us it worked! Good luck! I know I am anxious about her reaching milestones!

  8. Hi Liz,

    First, Charlie is such a cutie! Isn’t it crazy how quickly time flies? My daughter turned 10 months today and I was just lamenting to my husband that she’s growing too fast! Bee sprouted her first tooth recently and I was getting sad over the fact that she no longer has her cute, gummy smile.

    I wanted to chime in about food — we started solids around 6 months. I bought a Beaba and love making food for her. It’s so easy to steam veggies and fruit (apples, pears) with it. I also use ice trays and glass jars (we use Wean Green) to save food in the freezer for her. I actually started her with spinach because my daycare provider suggested trying greens first. She was iffy about it at first, but the key is to keep trying (but not force it either). Now, she’s an amazing eater! She’s had everything from oatmeal, kale, tofu, bananas, avocado, salmon, etc. I actually gave her peanut butter recently based on more recent studies. Also, I started with some purées, but now give her small chunks of food for her to pick up and feed herself. I think at the end of the day, do what you think is right for Charlie. You’re doing a great job so far!

  9. Hi Liz! I have an 11 month old and it took her awhile to roll over… we loved the Fisher Price Sit Me Up Chair. It was a game changer for us and really supported her neck so much better than the bumbo 🙂

  10. Hi Liz
    As a first time mum as well, I stumbled across your blog whilst I was pregnant and desperate for some style and glamour inspiration, particularly during the many weeks of morning sickness that never seemed to end!
    I’ve enjoyed following your adventures with Charlie, even more so now that my little guy has arrived. When the tough gets going it has also been heartening to hear your stories and know we are not the only ones experiencing the same problems.
    Although he is a little younger (Louis is almost 4 months old) we’ve also had a hard time with tummy time. We got the idea from the Baby Sparks app, where we put a cushion or rolled up towel under Louis’ chest. We also put his toys in hands reach so he has something to take his focus off the fact he is on his tummy! By no means perfect but we’ve found that we have greater success with tummy time doing this.