Bull Wubbanub / Lanisoh Soothies / Summer Infant SwaddleMe / Naked Mango Smoothies / Aden+Anais Muslin Washcloths / Pampers Swaddlers / Carseat Mirror / Carter’s Fleece Sleepers / Solly Baby Wrap / Carseat Cover / Sherlock / belVita Breakfast Biscuits / Cake Nursing Bra
Everyone always says that there’s a lot of baby gear that you’ll only use for a short while, but while you’re using it, it’s indispensable. I agree! I have a lot of things that I love, or know that I will once we use them more (ahem my Jeep jogging stroller!), but here’s a list of our favorite things from the last few weeks for both momma and baby (and mental health).
Bull Wubbanub: I thought these looked pretty ridiculous, but now I’m sold on them! Wacey has a pretty intense sucking reflex, and it soothes him to have something to suck on all the time. The pacifier part is an Avent Soothie, which is one that he likes, but the best part is the bull. It keeps Wacey from launching his pacifier, and he can already hold on to it to help keep it in his mouth. We’ll be getting a couple more of these–I have my eye on the reindeer :)
Lanisoh Soothies: I will be getting a box or two of these for every new mother from now until the end of time. They work wonders when you’re just getting used to breastfeeding, and if you pop them in the fridge beforehand, it’s AMAZING. Yes, they’re a little pricey, but you’ll do almost anything to get some sweet relief and $8 a box seems like a steal.
Summer Infant SwaddleMe: These swaddles take all the guesswork out of swaddling. They’re quick, easy, inexpensive and great for littles who like to be wrapped up tight.
Naked Mango Smoothes: Since I’m breastfeeding, I’m trying to be as kind to my body as I can while still eating enough calories to keep up with Wacey. However, making a smoothie from scratch is so far down on my list that it may as well not even be on the list! I love these pre-made Naked smoothies in the big container (mango and strawberry banana are my favorite because they’re the thickest) and I have a glass every morning with breakfast. To buy: check out Costco, they’re much cheaper than at the grocery.
Aden + Anais Muslin Washcloths: These are also going to be an item I’ll buy for baby showers. I love this company’s fabrics and prints, and we have one of these on had all.the.time because they’re are the BEST burp cloths. They’re almost like a cloth diaper–thick and absorbant. Plus, I like that they come in plain white. Definitely one of my favorite baby shower gifts that we received.
Pampers Swaddlers: These are our favorite diapers so far. My favorite feature is the line that turns blue when the diaper is wet! Huggies has that same line, I just feel like these fit him a little better–they’re narrower than both Luvs and Huggies, and he’s a long and lean little guy.
Carseat Mirror: Another favorite shower gift! I don’t know what specific brand ours is, but it looks a lot like this one. I love it because it makes it easy for me to see Wacey without actually turning around and climbing over the seats in the pickup. Because we’re first-time parents, so we have a need to see him 24/7 :)
Carter’s Fleece Sleepers: Wacey LIVES in these. Literally, he just wears pajamas all the time. We had a mad dash to the store after he was born because he was smaller than we expected him to be, and so none of his 0-3 mos clothes fit, and we didn’t have enough newborn clothes. Rookie mistake, I know. Enter these! $5 and they’re soft, cute and make changing diapers a breeze.
Solly Baby Wrap: I am all about babywearing–heck, I’m wearing Wacey right now! I have two wraps: this one, and one that my friend Anne made for me. I love both, but I can’t link to Anne’s so I’m linking to this one. This one is awesome for newborns, it holds him so snugly that it makes it truly hands-free. Wacey’s a snuggler, likes to be moving when he’s awake and gets colicky in the evenings, so wraps are a godsend. Plus, it beats having to lug the carseat into the store and it frees up room in the shopping cart.
Carseat Cover: LOVE this. We’ve been to the pediatrician quite few times, and have gone to the store (I can’t run out of milk, y’all) a couple times, so I love having one of these to keep the wind off. Mom made one out of soft flannel for us, it’s got a blue and white southwestern motif on one side and caribou/elk on the other side. But, if we ever have a girl, I’ll be hunting down a fabric like this one.
Sherlock: We’ve spent some extreme quality time with the couch lately, and I have this weird thing where watching mediocre daytime television makes me feel lazy and sloppy. So, in the absence of Netflix (ugh satellite internet), I’ve been checking out DVDs from the library because I’m cool like that. I’m obsessed with Sherlock–I’ve watched all three seasons and can’t wait for the fourth. I’ve requested the first two seasons of Game of Thrones next, and in the meantime my plan is to catch up on True Blood :) Any other TV series suggestions?
belVita Breakfast Biscuits: I LOVE these. I get the blueberry in bulk from Costco, but I also love the apple cinnamon and the cinnamon brown sugar. The brown sugar ones taste just like the animal crackers in the striped circus box :) They are wonderful with a smoothie, I can eat them while nursing Wacey and they curb my hunger for a couple of hours, which is a miracle right now.
Cake “Cotton Candy” Nursing Bra: Let me tell you, I hate nursing bras! Hate them. I mean, they’re handy for the nursing aspect of things, but I miss my old bras. Thankfully, though, my mom found this one for me, and I’m so glad she did. It’s comfy, snug, smooths out post-pregnancy back fat and wears well under clothes, so it’s more like a really fabulous seamless sports bra than a nursing bra, and for that, Cake, we thank you.
Thanks for reading! We’re figuring out life as a family of three, and so far it’s going pretty well, I think. It’ll be easier when he has a little bit of a schedule going, but for now we have lots of naps on the sofa, and the coffee table has been my work command center :)