Somehow it’s been five whole weeks since we brought home our second son, Oscar. How does time fly by so quickly? This being our second time at the bat, I had a decent idea of what I’d need to get through the first month of Oscar’s life. After a month of being a mom to two boys under three, I thought I’d share my favorites – the things that have gotten me through these early days.
1. 4moms mamaRoo. I knew I’d need something to keep Oscar happy when I had to attend to his older bother Harry and the mamaRoo was the number one thing on my wish list. Turns out, it was for good reason. I can buy myself at least 20-30 minutes of happy baby time while I’m making breakfast, taking care of big brother, or hopping in the shower with the mamaRoo. Oscar loves it (especially the Tree Swing setting).
2. Solly Baby Wrap. Speaking of hands free baby holding, the Solly Baby Wrap is another lifesaver. We use it all the time – when we’re out for a walk, grocery shopping, or even when we’re at home and Oscar just wants to be held and I need my hands for something else. We have a lot of different carriers, but I loved the Solly Wrap this month because it seems to cradle my little newborn just right, plus the fabric is so soft, light, and stretchy that it fits him perfectly every time.
3. Yoga Ball. This is a strange, somewhat offbeat must have for a newborn, but I’ve found it to be a bit of a miracle. Anytime Oscar is a bit cranky, I can sit on the yoga ball and bounce with him and he calms down in seconds. Most of the time it puts him right to sleep too!
4. Old Navy Zip-Front One Piece Pajamas. These are great. The zip makes it so easy for middle of the night diaper changes. They are so soft and the color options are plentiful. They’re inexpensive and my new go-to gift when any friends have a new baby.
5. Rock ’n Play Sleeper. Harry loved this and now Oscar does. You can see my full review here, but I’ll say it’s safe, comfortable, and portable, all things that are key with a newborn. We carry this around the house to have a safe place to put Oscar down if we need a moment.
6. Wubbanub. I’m a breastfeeding mom and in order to avoid becoming a human pacifier, I knew we’d have to have something else on hand. Enter the Wubbanub. Oscar likes to have a pacifier from time to time, and I love that the monkey on ours keeps the nipple close to his mouth when he lets go of it, so he’s usually able to find it again. Any other pacifier falls right out and requires constant work putting it back in his mouth.
7. Aden + Anais Burp Cloths. These are another second time favorite, because they are SO soft! Way softer than any other burp cloth I’ve come across (Oscar loves snuggling them) and I love the shape of them. The contour around my neck and never fall off.
8. NoseFrida. Poor Oscar picked up a cold his brother brought home when he was just three weeks old. It broke my heart hearing his little sneezes and coughs, but thanks to the NoseFrieda, I really didn’t worry too much about a stuffy nose. It worked wonders to clear out his nasal passage so he could breath while eating and sleeping.
9. iCloud Photo Sharing. We live in Germany, far away from any family, so the iCloud Photo Sharing has been so great. I’ve got a group set up with Oscar’s (and Harry’s!) grandparents, aunts, and uncles so I can upload new photos every day and everyone sees them (forget the million text message chains). They change so much every day at this age!
10. Total Baby App. I loved this app with Harry, and was excited to bring it out again. It tracks everything – dirty diapers, sleep, nursing, baths, doctor appointments, medications, etc. I mainly use it for nursing sessions (it’s great to see how much he’s eating and which side I need to start on next time) and sleep (to see if he’s developing any patterns). I bought this app for $4.99 when Harry was a newborn and it’s more than worth it.