Because I have so much wisdom to share…
Infant All-Stars by lifelilbrighter on Polyvore
I decided that I needed to do second part to my baby items blog. A lot has changed since Alyssa was a baby (hello slim, attractive strollers!) plus I’ve learned a few more things with Brianna.
*note: not sponsored, just mom chat
1. Crane Humidifier– both my girls struggle BIG TIME with eczema. I could write an entire post about it. The impending winter (and its “bomb cyclone”) mean that the humidifiers come on at night. This version was recommended to me by a few moms—inexpensive, works great, doesn’t need a filter, etc. It also comes in really cute animal shapes.
2. Baby Bullet– planning to make your own baby food? This saves you time & money. Holla.
3. Aquaphor– another weapon in the fight against eczema. It looks and feels just like vaseline, but works about 100x better. Trust me. I rub it on the baby’s eczema spots (her face and head) and also use it as lip balm for Alyssa & myself.
4. Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play– I mentioned this item in my previous post, but I’ve actually a chance to use it now, and it is a MUST HAVE. Bassinet’s were considered somewhat of a “take it or leave it” baby item when Alyssa was born, but everything changed with this one. It has an incline for the baby to rest with her head up. This is major for babies with reflux & gas issues. My gassy baby (sorry, Bree) slept like a champ in this bassinet.
Also, if your infant loves the Rock ‘n Play, I highly recommend the Zip-a-Dee-Zip for transitioning to the crib. Details a little further down.
5. Aveeno Baby Wash– Another repost, but it’s mentioning twice…I’d never use anything else. First off, it’s shampoo and body wash in one. Having separate bottles for a baby sounds ludicrous to me. Second, it’s great for sensitive skin (another eczema helper) and I’ve used it with both of my babies for years. Plus, the scent isn’t over-powering.
6. Aden + Anais Swaddling Blankets– a little bit more expensive than a pack of swaddling blankets from Target, but so worth it in this case. Extra large in size, heavy or light depending on how you bundle them up, and so so soft. When B was tiny, she would only fall asleep on my shoulder if I had one of these draped on me. Not just my shirt, not a generic blanket; just these. Too funny.
7. JJ Cole Bundleme– I did a sponsored post for this company, but I love this bundleme so much that I’ll mention it again, sponsor-free. I don’t know how I did without one when Alyssa was a baby. Actually, I do–there’s a hand-me-down 12 month winter coat sitting in B’s closet that I’ll probably never use again. I zip up her “sleeping bag” as we call it, and she’s nice and cozy, without being strapped into a hundred layers. Love that.
And a few extras that Polyvore hasn’t caught onto yet:
Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge– Oh, I could go on and on about this one. Easy to store, easy to use, works with babies of all sizes… and it’s dirt cheap! Seriously, ditch the giant plastic baby bath, this one is so much better. Bree loves to scoot down on it, and kick her feet in the water–she loves bath time! As the baby gets older, you can sit them up on it. I’m so glad I read about this one when I was pregnant with B.
Infant Optics Digital Video Baby Monitor– This one is no frills, but works well, and costs much less than some of the trendier brands. We love it, and didn’t have to spend a fortune. It doesn’t pan around the room, so if that’s important to you, then pass–but it works perfectly for us. I especially like that the sound cuts out if the baby doesn’t make any noise for a few minutes. Saves energy and your sanity. You know she’s rustling around if the sound pops back on. Trust me, you won’t miss the static noise.
Zip-a-Dee-Zip– another life-saver. Saw these guys on Shark Tank, and had to have one. Here’s the basic idea: babies like to be cozy when they sleep. When they are all alone in their cribs (as the guidelines tell us to do these days) they feel scared and uncomfortable. Also, they have a startle reflex until about 6 months old. If they reach their arms out and feel open air, they feel like they are falling, and wake up. But, if they are in this blanket/sack, they have room to move around (even flip over) but still feel constrained enough to feel cozy and safe. The babies reach out while sleeping and feel the edges of the sleep sack, which calms them down enough to keep them asleep. Another bonus? It keeps Brianna from scratching her eczema spots at night. Another one I love.
What’s on your must–have list?? Spill your secrets, us moms have to look out for one another!