Again, I must say it has been 9 years since we last had a little baby in this family. There are a million new baby products that you can choose from. It’s a little overwhelming. My advice: Keep it SIMPLE…
We recently went to Toys R Us to get Miss A a “activity mat”. These things that babies lay on, stare at, occasionally play with, and hopefully we get our money’s worth (quiet time) The range of this product was $20 to $75 !! Somehow it took us 30 minutes to pick one out. sheesh. This was not simple. We ended up choosing this one, at $20 on sale!
These are a few baby / mommy items that I have come to love! Yes there are millions and if your a new mom, or surprise new mom like me, it gets overwhelming – hopefully this little list of goodies helps!
This is an amazing lightweight, breathable wrap to carry the baby in, up to 1 year old. It is made from this amazing bamboo jersey fabric, so it’s stretchy and soft. We have the grey/white one.
This has been my favorite item! I use it to run to the store, go to the kids sports practices, attend volleyball games, or do chores around the house with Miss Ainsley cuddled close. She sleeps so well in this. I love that I can cover her face when in public, avoiding curious people wanting to touch and look.
I have definitely gotten my money’s worth with it.
Check out the Youtube Videos for “How to Wrap” and even “How to Breastfeed” while the baby is wrapped!
Clinically tested, hospital recommended Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter, 2-Ounce Jar is safe, lanolin-free, zero toxin nipple cream for nursing mamas, and anyone with dry, cracked skin. They use organic ingredients, Non-GMO products that you can actually understand their ingredient list!
Okay this stuff has been a lifesaver. Though it’s been 9 years since I last breastfed, I do VERY MUCH remember the nipple pain : red, sore, cracked, bleeding even….so sad! I’ve still had some soreness with breastfeeding this go round, but NOWHERE near what I’ve experienced in the past. I apply the cream religiously after each feeding. I love thta it’s completely safe for Miss A, and theres no need to wipe off before feeding.
You can find this at Sprouts, Central Market, and Whole Foods.
These pillows are pretty cool. It holds your babe at the right height to breastfeed comfortably. It has saved Miss A from whiplash when being held by the kiddos. It is great for tummy time. This particular one that I bought has a nifty strap that will hold the baby up for activity time. This brand is also much cheaper than the original “boppy” brand.
My Sista bought this for us, and I’m so happy with it! The reviews are kinda scary, but this has so far been great for us.
It was easy to set up. Has a good picture in both day and night. It has good range. The monitor has a large 5″ screen which is perfect for me…the stalkish mom that can’t stop staring at her babe lying in bed. You can easily adjust the brightness of the image screen, adjust the volume, and easily turn off and on the image view. No batteries needed, this charges plug in.
Miss A and I have already burned some rubber in this baby. I’m loving the jogging stroller.
My babies strolling. (notice my “Guard Dog” taser…hahaha)
Why I love it : Big Wheels, Large storage basket, 2 cup holders (very important) , Iphone holder (fits my iphone 5) and a nifty storage are in between the cup holders, the black/grey color scheme , the front wheel is able to lock or unlock, folds up to stand on its own with kickstand with just one hand using a strap. If you walk/run this is a great jogging stroller!
My cons: this thing is heavy, but most jogging strollers are pretty hefty. It’s large and takes up a good chunk of space in the SUV, but most jogging stroller do. Besides that it’s pretty awesome.
Why is choosing a baby swing so hard. There are about 5.2 million different swings to choose from.My first choice was this one. However it’s sooo expensive, and babies usually only use swings for a few months from what I remembered. So I couldn’t justify the price with just one baby using this.
Well it came down to this one. It had that new nifty side swinging action, some music, a twirling distractor, and it was on sale when I bought it…which was the main reason I went with this one! Miss A loves some nap time in this!
7. Swaddle thingys
If you value sleep time, swaddle that baby. Babies are used to being all snug and warm from your womb, so mimic that feeling when you want them to relax and sleep.
Miss A has slept pretty awesome at night with the help of the Summer Infant – The Original SwaddleMe Adjustable Infant Wrap Small/Medium 7-14 Pounds Leopard – CLEARANCE PRICED
I can put this in her super fast now, her arms are kept down and don’t flail around. Flailing arms is usually the reason Miss A wakes herself up. She currently sleeps for 4-5 hour intervals at night with a quick feed around 2:45am then goes right back to bed.
I did try the woombie wrap, but Miss A goes crazy everytime. Ive tried to put her in it awake and she slightly freaks out. I have successfully put her in the woombie, but she was asleep. My sister has been way more successful with the woombie with her little babe. He sleeps around 8 hours a night wrapped in the woombie, so it does work!
Don’t want to purchase a nifty swaddle apparatus? Learn how to Swaddle like a BOSS from the this post.
8. Muslin Blankets
Speaking of swaddling, you need an awesome swaddling blanket if your going to be the BOSS.
Two kinds of Muslin blankets I’ve used are the Aden By aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blanket 4 Pack, Safari Friends & and Carters 3 Swaddle Blankets 100% Cotton Muslin
I think the Carter’s blankets are actually a little softer than the Aden & Anais blankets.
So these are a few of my favorite things….(cue Sound of Music)
Good Luck new mammas, and pass on any good advice…I need it!