I’m less than two months away from having another one of these cuties:
I mean, seriously. Don’t you just want to eat her up? Sorry about the photo quality, this was before my smartphone….and picmonkey.
It’s been five years since I’ve been in baby-mode, and all the tricks I learned the first time around are starting to come back to me. Yes, yes, I know all babies are different, but hopefully some of these products will make your life easier, as they did mine. Those first three months were the most challenging period of my life, so anything to make that time easier is worth mentioning.
I won’t list the obvious life-savers, like a baby swing, Boppy, and swaddling blankets. There are plenty of basic baby item lists out there. I just wanted to talk about the items that were/are huge hits with my family and friends, products that I haven’t really seen on other lists.
But first, a story.
I hope my husband forgives me for putting this on the internet, but it is the cutest first-time dad story. After our first diaper change with my daughter, the nurse came in to check on us. “These things are amazing!!” Sean announced, holding up the diaper wipes, “Where do you get them??”
The nurse looked at me like, is he messing with me? Has the man never seen diaper wipes before?
He had not. Or used them on a baby. Those of us who babysat since we were old enough to not need a babysitter ourselves forget that some people (particularly men) do not have the same experience with babies/little ones. Sean obviously picked it all up in time, but I would imagine that it would be pretty scary to bring a baby home if you didn’t have much experience caring for them. Hey, we all figure it out eventually.
Rock ‘N Play Sleeper
This one is a bit of a cheat. I got it for my second baby, and have yet to use it in practice. But, when I saw this new product that was a hybrid of a rocker and bassinet, plus super portable, I had to have it. But that’s not the best part. It’s. On. An. Incline. For anyone who’s had a baby before, you know that a lot of babies have trouble sleeping flat on their backs. It causes issues with reflux, which leads to a fussy (non-sleeping) baby. For a long time, my daughter would only sleep in the baby swing or car seat (neither is recommended for long periods of sleep) because they were on an incline. I’m sooooo happy that I can put the next child in a bassinet that will keep her at an angle so she can sleep better.
If you choose to use formula, I highly recommend signing up for the Similac coupons, via their email list. You could save a bundle on a pretty pricey part of having a baby. I also have friends who like the Target brand formula. They swear it’s the same ingredients.
Obviously, you need diaper wipes. I think most first-time parents gravitate toward Pampers for diapers & wipes, but I much prefer Huggies. The Pampers wipes stretched too much for me. I always ended up tearing them in the dispenser, and didn’t feel like I had the same control during the *ahem* clean-up. I preferred the stiffer Huggies wipes. They just seemed stronger.
Best Non-Video Monitor: Summer Infant Slim & Secure Digital Audio Monitor
I know video monitors are all the rage these days, and we have one too, but honestly I didn’t feel like I needed one until my daughter was at least one. Before then, I usually knew if she was sleeping or not. If you’re looking for a good non-video monitor, even just for travel or grandma’s house, I highly highly recommend this one. We went through four of them pooping out on us before we found the Summer Infant brand.
I’ve seen this on a couple of other baby lists, and it makes me so happy that more people are becoming aware of it. I want to shout my love for this product from the rooftops. One day your baby will be all stuffed up, and aside from saline drops and a humidifier, there will be nothing you can do about it. Until this little mommy-helper. Yes, it’s a tube connecting your mouth to your baby’s nose. But, there’s a filter, and it’s totally sanitary. You can wash the whole contraction each time, and replace the filter. It clears the baby’s nose out so they can breathe… and sleep.
Classical Baby DVD Set
If you’ve read any articles on newborn/babies, then you know that tv is not recommended until the age of 2. That being said, if you find yourself in a situation where you needed to make dinner, shower, whatever, and wanted a DVD, this is the one. It is the only thing that would stop my daughter from crying when she was about 6 months old. I’m not even kidding. It was like magic. She loves them to this day, and will be five in June. Highly highly recommend these.
Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo
Kept my daughter’s sensitive, fair skin clear of eczema, and doesn’t cost a fortune. Plus it’s a two-in-one product so you don’t need separate shampoo. Love it.
Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
All babies love music. I have yet to meet a mom whose kid didn’t love this toy.
Munchkin Snack Catcher
Obviously for the older babies– these last & last and are perfect for minimizing messes during snacktime.
Baby Einstein Alphabooks
Another item for older ones, but these books taught my daughter her ABC’s when she was only saying a handful of words. Like, early. Pretty cool books.
Did you use any of these things? Have other life-savers for those tough months?