I’m no pro on parenting (especially as concluded by my clients)…But I have tried a lot of baby products over these past three and a half years. Confession time, when my first son was born I got to know my local postal workers too well. Related note, online shopping is so easy from your phone during midnight feedings! Which turns out, still counts as shopping to your credit card, just a heads up.
Third baby in and I’ve noticed a few things that I go out of my way to replace or make sure I have on hand for baby time…..
We bought these to use with cloth wipes and cloth diapers. Even though the diapers don’t see much action lately because I have a laundry problem, we still use them all the time. Wet bags are just great for general life, we pack them everywhere. The beach, outings, trips away. We even hang one in our pantry for dirty kitchen towels. When you have kids you WILL have gross things that need to be contained. They are also great for sorting your packing (a bag a day with the kids clothes and then you put them right back in for washing later).
You can use and app or buy something like this. I’ve used both, they are especially useful if you need to block nurse and keep track of nursing time on each side, also for those days when you lose track of diaper changes.
An inclined sleeper
I wish I had bought this sooner, especially with my daughter who had reflux. When we brought Dawson home, he wouldn’t sleep longer than an hour when horizontal. No crib, no bassinet, no co-sleeper beside mom. Yet he would conk out all day in this Rock n Play. It is also great for travelling.
Wool nursing pads
I may have compared my letdown to a ‘kegstand for infants’ so no question I need to keep myself outfitted with nursing pads. I have used wool nursing pads from baby numero uno. They wash easy, are super absorbant and double as coaster for your romantic glass of wine at the end of the night.
A stretchy comfy wrap
Wraps can be intimidating but once you get the hang of it you will love it. Get a wrap that has some stretch to it so it is forgiving of movement and easier on your shoulders. One thing I love about wraps is you control the tension and style. So wrap it quite high and tight to hold your newborn, or looser and on your back for your older baby.
ONE great baby book
A beautiful bra
Whether you are nursing or not, treat your ladies to something that makes you feel beautiful underneath the layers of over sized tees and spit up.
Double stroller with car adapter
If your pregnant wife is sobbing on the floor of Babies R Us because you two are so overwhelmed with stroller shopping, you would be smart to foot the bill on her first choice, even it seems excessive – because she will put miles on that bad boy. You should also get her some cupcakes too, just saying. If you are hoping to have kids close together, invest in a double stroller. A car seat adapter is a must too, no waking a peaceful baby, just lift the car seat from place to place and carry on with the day.
Sure these stretch marks are my battle scars and blah, blah, acceptance, blah. Yet, when I feel like a striped deflated balloon I prefer to keep these scars to myself while nursing. I keep covered with a belly band from pregnancy, an undercover mama or even a tank that I have cut below the bra for nursing access – the DIY version of this tank (warning, this last one will trigger many questions from your husband and jokes about wearing the altered tank at all times like a never nude).
An AVENT bottle warmer
If you are a pseudo-hippie like me, you don’t own a microwave. Not that this helps your ‘I’m not destroying the ozone’ status when you pour gallons of hot water over a baby bottle to warm it up. After two babies and an embarrassing amount of treated tap water abused we finally are using a bottle warmer. It has a defrost setting, which is great when you leave for a girl’s day and hubby is left with a freezer of your breast milk. It is also sleep-deprived friendly, you press turn the switch and it heats up in three minutes. It can also heat up baby food! There might also be some hot cocoa making and coffee reheating from time to time. Just saying.
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