Ikea > Disneyworld.

I went to Ikea again the other day. And by the other day, I mean two months ago. Or was it three? The POINT is, I went to Ikea and I was reminded how much I FREAKING LOVE IKEA.

I had read on dirtydiaperlaundry.com that Ikea was selling a thing that was not called a flat diaper but basically was a flat diaper so I went to check it out. I use all-in-one (AIO) cloth diapers for Babystar, but I have a stack of leaky BumGenius Elemental diapers and I was looking for a fix. I bought a two-pack for $4.99 (one is plain white but the other has stars – swoon) and just so you know — no, they did not fix my problem. Folding up the flat and adding it behind the attached cotton of the Elemental DID stop the pee from leaking but it made the diaper too puffy to be practical. I guess I could cut the flats in half. Or buy half-size diaper flats online somewhere. Or cut the cotton out of the Elementals to turn them into covers. But then I’m no longer really using AIOs which I have kind of gotten used to so I will probably just sell the BumGenius Elementals. I have enough Smart Bottoms and Blueberry Diapers now. And the stupid Smart Bottoms are leaking now too. Long live Blueberry.

BUT I DIGRESS.

Ikea is my bae. Which is teenspeak for luv-ah. I think.

I also bought a pack of popsicle makers for $2.99 to save for when Babystar starts teething. Which is right freaking now as she is getting eight teeth all at the same time. Poor Babystar. So I had to find the popsicle thingies which reminded me that I bought them hence this post.

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If you are wondering, I made the popsicles using some of the frozen baby food cubes from the freezer (thawed in fridge then repurposed) from her puree protest from the summer. I mixed pureed fruit with yogurt and swirled it a bit before refreezing. She enjoyed it but wouldn’t hold it by herself. Lazy baby.

I have loved Ikea since we met many years ago, but my love has def grown deeper wandering that Cave of Wonders with a smol one.

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First of all, there is nothing more boring than waiting in line while your mother returns something. Oh, but look, there is a cool giant toy thingy to play with over here. Nm, take your time, mom.

Did you guys know about this secret room for parents with a comfy chair for nursing and a play table to occupy older kids and a changing table with mobiles hanging over it and FREE FREAKING DIAPERS if you run out and books to calm a cranky toddler and this room is a miracle and I never even noticed it until I had Babystar with me and was looking for a place to nurse her. I think it’s some sort of Hogwarts-esque (or would that be Durmstrang?) Room of Requirement that you can only see/enter with a child. I am only 70% joking. (For those of you Woodbridge Ikea patrons, it’s near the restrooms that are near the restaurant that is near the children’s section.)

And speaking of the children’s section.

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This is the greatest high chair ever and it’s only $19.99. Don’t be fooled by that sign that shows $14.99. The tray is an extra five bucks. We had this high chair long before I was even pregnant with Babystar because my niece visited enough that she needed her own place to sit. And it’s minimalist enough to just blend into the house without screaming BABYBABYBABY.

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Same deal with these bowls and forks and spoons and plates and stuff. So cheap. So useful for when Littles are visiting. I have bought a few more packs now that Babystar eats here daily. And I can toss a bowl and fork or whatever in the travel bag and if it gets lost, ok. Not ideal, but ok. They are so inexpensive and perfectly sized. Thank you, Ikea.

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This little boat is the best bath toy ever. My sister bought it while visiting with her son and left it and it is super cool. The little cups stack on top and one pours and one has holes in the bottom to make a shower in the bath when filled with water. Plus it’s a boat. Babystar loves it.

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The play area is the bomb dot com. Yes, I know they are trying to sell me these things. (Don’t worry. I’m sure will buy them.) It is clean. Clean. I’m telling you, I have recently been paying attention and most ‘kid’s play areas’ are not very clean. And it’s full of actual fun things. I did not post those random kids there. In fact, I had to wait until none were showing their faces because I wanted a picture but wanted to respect other’s privacy. It took awhile because the kids were having so much fun. (I just pretended to be texting.)

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These are the flat diapers sold as ‘burp cloths.’ Did you see the stars? You see the stars, right? Too cute.

I also bought Babystar a set of child-sized kitchen utensils for $3.99 that day a few months ago. I see one or two of them every once in awhile. She loves them but hides them all over the place like a squirrel. At least this one is in the kitchen, right?

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Eating Her Words.

Spine of Board Book must be a delicacy in certain Toddler Circles. Babystar loves to eat her books.

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Though to be fair, she may have just been following instructions. It CLEARLY says ‘eat’. Emphatically, even. Notice the exclamation point. (Stop yelling, Book.)

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Silly baby. The sweet Husband noticed and he also noticed that she liked books with real babies in them and he probably also needed to up his total for Amazon Prime now that they have that new ‘only available as an add-on b.s. now what even is that’ so he bought her some new board books. I’m told the total was about $16. I have seen these books with my own eyes but cannot find them all now. I would bet money that at least one is in the van. Here’s an action shot of one of them though.

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At least she is turning the pages too fast to chew on them these days.

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Socks on Blocks.

We are very pro-Dr. Suess in this house. But this wasn’t even intentional.

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I bought her some cool blocks at Ross while the teens were shopping for clothes. And I also bought some socks because HOW DO WE LOSE SO MANY BABY SOCKS. I really have no idea where they go. And I put them together on the couch to snap a quick pic for this blog and only just now do I realize that BLOCKS ON SOCKS, SIR.

P.S. Look at these cool blocks! 100 for $14.99. I believe that is fifteen cents per block, right? I didn’t check. Either I am a math wizard or really dumb. Don’t tell me which, ok?The blocks are made of foam but they look like wood. And they don’t hurt when I step on them. Or when Babystar falls on them. Or when I throw them at any of the Teenagers (just kidding no I’m not!).

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The Anti-Toy Movement.

This must surely be a thing. EVERYTHING is a thing these days. IS this a thing?

Babystar prefers Not-Toys to Toys.

Is there an Anti-Toy Movement? Should we start one? We could be super vintage. Like Bronze Age-vintage. You know, when babies mostly just played with bronze. Silly babies.

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