Amazon Baby: Why I love it & what to add to a registry

Long after I gave birth to my twins I realized that I should have registered at Amazon.com.  A very close girl friend of mine, Jessi, ended up registering on this site and she opened my eyes to why it works so well. No, this isn’t just an ad for their services… I actually wish I had registered with them for a few reason:

#1- You can add items from multiple websites (Pottery Barn and Land of Nod?! Woah, I wish I had done this because certain items are more appealing at each store)
#2- You can search for the best priced version of the items you want
#3-There is a 10% completion discount 30 days before your due date
#4- Everyone has easy access to Amazon.com registry list and it’s easy to find
#5- If your friends and family have Amazon Prime they can ship (most) registry gifts 2-day for free (well, kind of, you have to pay for Amazon Prime… But, let me tell you, Amazon Prime is worth it!)
#6- 90 day return policy (Not the best… But, not the worst)
#7- Choices!!!! You have SO many choices… Did I already say that?

In the end, it doesn’t matter where or even if you have a baby registry, but there are some amazing products out there that will help make your new-mommy life easier. Here are some of my favorite baby items. By no means do you NEED all (or any) of these items:

Baby Einstein Sleep Aquarium… This is a MUST have for your nursery. Around 6 months old, your sweet little baby will learn to hit the star fish to sooth themselves back to sleep at night. Those little plastic fish are mesmerizing, don’t you think!

 

This Sleep Sheep is not just adorable, but it serves a purpose… It has a variety of soothing sounds that will make your life better- Trust me.  

Sophie The Giraffe is america’s favorite chew toy for a reason!

I wish they made these cozy baby chairs for adults… They vibrate, play soft tunes, and create a cozy place to park your little one.

Register for a BOPPY-  which is an U shaped pillow- Then register for a nice cover from Pottery Barn.

When it comes to a “pack n’ play” I don’t think you need anything fancy, just safe. So, in my opinion, opt for a less expensive version unless you truly plan to use all of the bells and whistles on the expensive ones. I mainly uses these as travel cribs.

A play mat/gym… When it comes to this item it doesn’t matter which brand you choose, go with what looks good to you. However, I must say, babies are attracted to (there there for happier with) bright ugly toys…. Just sayin’

Isn’t this gross! Yes, you suck snot out of your babies’ nose. BUT, in the middle of winter when your little peanut is suffering from the sniffles, you will be SO glad you have this random invention.

I LOVED my baby swings, they were the only thing that let me sleep a couple extra minutes when the twins woke up. Bottom line, worth it!

Add a play station like this to your registry… It doesn’t matter which style or brand, just pick the one you like the most. 

I didn’t have a Mom-a-Roo but I wish I did… If you can add something extra to your registry, why not make it a Mom-a-Roo?!  It is a lot like the swing, so if you already have a swing you might not want to register for this item. It does take up a lot of room (and so does the swing!) 

This is the best looking drying rack I have found- Add it! 

Add this elbow bath pad (and the matching knee pad too). Its nice to have when you are giving the toddlers baths for years to come.

Nubba Wubbas are the best- Get one! And if your little one ends up liking it, it will be your best friend. 

Ergo Baby makes the nicest carriers… If you are planning on registering for a baby carrier, pick this brand. It is nice. More expensive than others, but nice. Obviously, don’t forget to add a copy of Nap-a-Roo to your registry! You will be happy when you read it and your baby goes straight down for a nap! 

Here is a link to get your registry started.

Once you become a “MOM”… You can sign up for Amazon Mom, which I would recommend as well.  But that is for another day.


BEAR: Be Excited About Reading Day

10665715_10154660229860249_1549176268837527481_nSee you tomorrow for Be Excited About Reading Day at Horizon Books.

Schedule:

10am: Former PreK teacher Trisha Short reads children’s favorites
3pm: Book signing & reading of Nap-A-Roo by local children’s author Kristy Kurjan
3:15-5pm: Book signing by Pathfinder Parent and counselor Joe Sanok (“Mental Wellness Parenting”)
4pm: Elementary Science teacher Dawn Iott reads Mrs Frizzle & the Magic School bus (dressed as Mrs Frizzle)

Special thanks to Maria Tucker for designing such a stunning window display this year!!983803_10154692380480249_5115935206522446836_n

Story Hour at Horizon Books: Friday, December 5th 10am

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Please join Nap-a-Roo’s Kristy Kurjan for Story Hour at Horizon Books on Friday, December 5th at 10 am. Come in to hear some stories, do some activities and do a craft. Here are the details:

Fall Story Hour at Horizon Books in Traverse City

Every Friday at 10:00 am, Horizon Books offers Story Hour. Come in to hear some stories, do some activities and do a craft.

Location:
243 E Front St
Traverse City , Michigan
49684 United States

Baby reading Nap-a-Roo Board Book

About KPO Creative LLC

KPO Creative LLC is a creative publishing company based out of Traverse City, Michigan. It’s current featured project is Nap-a-Roo, a children’s board book written by Kristy Kurjan and illustrated by Tyler Parker. The adorable nap-time book will arrive on shelves in late summer 2014.

KPO Creative LLC

P.O. Box 1759

Traverse City, MI 49685-1759

Wholesale and press please contact: kristy.kurjan@gmail.com

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About Tyler Parker

Tyler Parker is the talented illustrator of Nap-a-Roo children’s board book. He is an illustrator/ukulele enthusiast currently residing in Seattle, Washington. After spending the greater part of his developmental years in a small town in the Adirondacks he received his BFA in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2007 before escaping to sail the usually figurative high seas. He completed his MA in Sequential Design and Illustration from the University of Brighton in 2009. His favorite food combination is pretzels and ginger ale. Visit his work at: www.TheArtofTylerParker.com

Tyler Parker

The Bookstore: Frankfort, MI

The Bookstore Frankfort MIWow, thank you Frankfort Bookstore, for putting Nap-a-Roo in your front window all summer long. For those of you that don’t know, Frankfort, is one of the “cutest little towns” in Michigan (or in the world! We are honored to be sold in your amazing book store.

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Bella Belli Maternity: Birmingham, MI

Bella Belli Maternity

Birmingham, Michigan is the town I grew up in… And boy has it become adorable (not that it wasn’t before)!  This town is filled with fun shopping and great places to eat! One of the best stores in town is Bella Belli Maternity on Old Woodward.  Not only does it carry Nap-a-Roo Board Book but it is stocked with baby clothes, accessories, and mom-to-be wear. A little more information:

Welcome to Bella Belli online, voted metro Detroit’s “Best Maternity Store” by WDIV Channel 4 for the last 5 years! Located in the North Old Woodward district of Birmingham, Michigan, Bella Belli carries everything you need to celebrate your pregnancy without sacrificing your style. You will find fashionable maternity clothes and accessories, plus unique must-haves such as skin care products, layette, crib bedding, baby gifts, and nursing apparel.

Check out the best in maternity from Ingrid & Isabel, Japanese Weekend, Olian, Ripe, Maternal America, Michael Stars, Citizens of Humanity, Lilac and many, many more trendy lines. Bella Belli also has a wide range of diaper bags from Petunia Pickle Bottom, Cake, Storksak and Diaper Dude.

Bella Belli Maternity
790 North Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009

888-MI-BELLI (888-642-3554)

Store Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm EST
Thursday 10am – 6pm EST
Evening and Sunday hours by appointment only
Ordering Online

Ordering by Phone

Prefer to chat, ask questions and order at the same time? Call during business hours and we can help right over the phone. (See above for phone number and hours.) We may even have a few items in the store that aren’t on our website. Orders are processed Tuesday through Friday, excluding holidays. All weekday orders received after 1pm EST will be processed the following business day.

Bella Belli with Nap-a-Roo