A sick weekend means that our house spent more time indoors, than out! However, we did do some deep cleaning as well as napping and soup eating. Thus, a general lack of exciting plans leads me to some link love this weekend!
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ETA: Of course, I began compiling this list when our little one was around 4 months old. I’ll add a few things at the end which we’ve used from month 5-6. Also, I enjoyed reading these lists to gather ideas about what our baby may like. Figure out what works best for you and your baby!
We believe in swaddling, and our baby loves it! (In fact, we are trying to transition away from using it now and it is not fun!) We tried swaddling ourselves, and this Woombie is a great purchase. Easy to zip up and stretch enough for him to move around. Well worth trying for those babies who like to swaddle.
We use ours for going out of town, and we plan on using as a play pen when E gets older. I know some people who use their quite a bit more than us, but I think it will get more use down the road.
Noise machine (old alarm clock): Our E man likes white noise (plus it helps to drown out the rest of the noise in the house). There are many available for sale; but, we just happened to find a setting we liked on our old alarm clock.
Humidifier: When E was about 2 months old, he got a bad cold and this really helped with congestion. We will use it frequently if he looks like he’s getting sick. Good, useful purchase.
Don’t Leave Home Without It! Our doctor gave us two of these, and I scoffed, thinking “why would I need these things?” Well lesson learned on our first trip out of town and E man needed his nose cleared at 2 a.m. Seriously, I keep one in his bag at all times.
Boppy :I would recommend every new mom get a Boppy (whether or not for breastfeeding). It is such a great little pillow that the baby can use as a head prop or tummy time. Great buy for most babies.
Doughnut: Not sure what the real name of the “Doughnut,” but made by the same company as Boppy. We really got our money’s worth out of this. It is like a little lounger pillow and our 6 mo. old still fits on it. He actually takes naps in it (with my supervision) and loves lounging on it. (Our baby actually outgrew Bumbo pretty quickly, so we use the Doughnut and put the Boppy on it as a little baby recliner – he loves it when we are all hanging out at the house).
Jumperoo: Would have paid ten times as much for this. Our baby LOVES the bouncer and will bounce till his heart’s content. When he was too short for it, we just put a few books underneath. We ordered it when he was about 3.5 months old and has been using it ever since. We can tell he’s ready to be mobile on his own and is close to outgrowing it.
Fisher Price Swing: No bueno for our baby. He didn’t like swings OR vibrating chairs at all (hence, why we were thrilled with the bouncer). I see many great reviews and I think it is just one of those things that parents will have to wait and see if their baby likes it.
Burp Cloths: We were given a few monogrammed burp clothes as gifts, and boy – do we ever use them! Keep a pile close by because they are necessary for spit up and drool!
Stroller: My husband did the research for the car seat and found this popular Chicco System. We got the car seat, base, and stroller. We really love all the pieces, thus far. (We know that we will have to change his car seat once he outgrows.) He loves his “bucket” and we would take it with us to restaurants, etc, and he often falls asleep in it. He is just now at the point now where we use the stroller by itself (without the bucket). It IS bulky (for throwing in and out of the car) and doesn’t have a lot of bottom storage space when the bucket is in. However, we are still really pleased with it all. We may look into a BOB down the road, but for now, this suits all of our needs.
Baby Bjorn: Our favorite carrier, by far. He would often go to sleep in it while I did household chores and fixed dinner. Easy to snap and go!
Wish we would have purchased: This is the Fisher Price Lamb swing, I believe. We were given two swings, neither of which did our baby like to be in. I read so many reviews of this swing and really wished we had had it the first two months based on the great reviews!
I’ve gotten a few posts prepared, and I had a plan for “What I’m Loving,” but then a job offer got in the way. Short story: I work from home, which is a blessing. However, I got an offer for a short term contract that is really an ideal semi part time offer. I didn’t want to make the “daycare” decision until our E man was 1 yr. old. But, here is this offer that came not once, but twice to my door.
I have no idea how this will pan out, but our E will be in daycare (that we like, visited, and is a part of our church) maximum 4 days a week. Both of our schedules are flexible, so we are going to work to help him be in daycare less. Ahh. Regardless, this mama has been a MESS. It hurts the heart, even though he probably won’t even remember. Plus, it is a short term contract, so my husband and I agreed that this will be a “trial run” and if I don’t want to do it again, we won’t. All I can say is: Best for our family, right now (My only little bit of “new” parent advice…this is how my husband and I have learned to roll).
Theme of Parenting: I thought pregnancy was hard, until I went through two day labor/C-section. I thought labor and hospital visit were hard, until I had to comfort and feed my newborn. I thought having a newborn was tough, until I had to figure out going back to work. Friends, I’m getting that, this – the parenting, does not get any easier.
So! Any Daycare tips and/or advice? I know he will have to have everything labeled…any good places to go for stickers/clothing labels, etc? Things that we will need or want to have him take? Also, I’m worried about his nap schedule – and good tips for helping him with that? Thanks in advance!
Now, for more fun tidbits!
San Pellegrino Aranciata. This is a delightful drink for beating those ridiculous temperatures we’ve all been having lately. Serve it in a cocktail class to make it even more swanky. (Or fill up a beer glass half with pilsner and half with San Pellegrino lemon for a refreshing toddy).
Jack Rogers in platinum. Classic, comfortable, go with literally all of my summer outfits.
This picture explains why I wish I could just G-Chat Reese and have her be my very best friend. Outfit: Classic. Comfortable. Stylish. And do I spy one of those J.Crew snap totes from a few years ago (of which I have about 3)?
Bought this dress from Land’s End Canvas two weeks ago. I followed the reviews and this does have a generous/comfortable fit. The material is a like a stretchy pique knit. On sale now for $34.99. So glad I bought it. Cute enough to feel pulled together and comfy enough to run around with my infant and bear the heat (i.e. not show the glow of sweat).
Love Sheridan French’s blog. Fabulous style: I want this vest she blogs about in her latest post.
Bug Tee, from Anthropologie. Somehow this shirt evokes memories of camp for me – I would love some worn chino shorts, an Adirondack chair, and fresh glass of lemonade with this tee.
Summer House, by Nancy Thayer. Great beach read – especially if you love family drama.
Lilly Pulitzer Penelope Top. Adorable, lightweight, and comfortable a-line for post partum tummy – Perfect! This one, may or may not, be on order 😉