Tuesday, May 8, 2012

baby must-haves

When I was pregnant, I always loved reading baby must-have posts from other mommas, so I thought I'd compile a little list of things we've loved so far!

Aden + Anais Swaddlers - These swaddlers are wonderful! They're stretchy and BIG, so you can get baby wrapped up nice and tight. They're made of thin, breathable muslim so baby doesn't overheat which is important for reducing the risk of SIDS. Bonus? They're cute!
Summer BabyTouch Digital Video Monitor - I have to say I love this thing! Originally, we had decided on a sound and movement monitor, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought I'd like the peace of mind that seeing Jaqs in her bed would provide. Boy am I glad we went this direction! After a couple nights in her Pack & Play in our room, we learned that Jaqs was much happier in her crib, so she's been in her room ever since. This monitor has made that a lot easier on mom and dad!
Dr. Brown's bottles - Jaqs gets a pumped bottle sometimes, and these are the best! We've had no gas or nipple/flow confusion with them. There are several parts to clean, but I say it's worth it if it keeps baby's belly calm!
Chicco Cortina KeyFit 30 Travel System - We really love this travel system! It has impressive safety reviews and is easy to install. The car-seat clicks in and out with ease, and the stroller seems to provide a pretty smooth ride. We went with a gender neutral yellow so it could be used for future kiddos as well.
Pampers Swaddlers Diapers - We only tried these and Huggies, but we much preferred the swaddlers! They seem to fit so much better. Plus, the Huggies had a very chemical smell that I was not a fan of putting on my baby's bum.
NUK pacifiers - We tried a few different types of pacis, (Soothies, Avent) and these were the clear favorite. We didn't force the paci thing at all, and at first Jaqs wasn't a big fan...that is, until the NUK came along. She LOVES these things! We try not to shove it in her mouth all day and don't let her sleep with it, but for that evening fussing, these things seem to calm her in a way that we can't. Darn you, paci!
Graco Swing & Bouncer Duo - We got a 2-1 to save space, and this swing has definitely been enjoyed so far! Jaqs usually takes one of her naps in it during the day. We haven't used the bouncer separately yet because baby girl is kind of small for it, and she slides down, but she'll definitely fit into it a little better soon.
Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment - We mostly keep Jaqs' bottom slathered with this to repel moisture and prevent diaper rash, and it's worked wonders so far! It makes clean-up easy for those sticky poos in the early days, too, so pack it in your hospital bag ;)
P.S. - the Target brand works just as well.
HoMedics SoundSpa White Noise - This white noise machine is awesome! It has several sound choices including mother's womb plus a picture projection for older babies. We didn't want Jaqs to require silence for sleep, so hopefully this is helping us to achieve that. It seems to be soothing and calming at bedtime and for her longer afternoon nap.

These are just a few of our favorite things so far! I'm sure we'll add to and change this list often, so maybe I'll update what we're loving on occasion!


Megan Diane Gibbs said...

NUK pacis are the only ones L would take to..i think its because of the orthodontic shape, they just fit right :)

and we LOVE that sound machine, ocean on HIGH hahaha!

just think how much this list will change by next month? that bouncer will be in full use! love it :)

Heather said...

I'm loving the Chicco Keyfit! And the Pampers Swaddlers.

Beth Ann said...

I love the A&A swaddle blankets, too. A couple of months ago I was in a little shop that has the bamboo A&A swaddle blankets. OH.MY.GOODNESS. They are soooo soft...like a cloud! Still very light weight and come in beautiful prints. Look them up on amazon...you must get one/some! ;)

We love our sound machine, too! Oh, and whenever you start cloth diapers (I'm sure you know this) you won't be able to use the aquaphor. California Baby calendula cream is basically the same deal - clears up everything - and can be used on bottom and is cloth diaper safe. That said, we VERY rarely have to use anything at all because cloth diapers keep the baby bum in good shape! ;)

OH! And I am TOTALLY impressed at little Miss sleeping in her crib! That's awesome!!!

Mateya said...

Great list! Thanks for sharing :)

yarger gal said...

great list!!

did you know A&A now makes a crib sheet? callie LOVES hers and mommy wishes it came in king size!! :)

Shelley said...

My girls LOVED NUK pacis! How fun... Enjoy :)

Emily Marie said...

Thanks for sharing, I love seeing what works for other mammas out there!

LEA said...

I'm trying to make our registry now, so this is super helpful!! I love hearing what people used...especially since they have found things they love from experience!

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