Obviously, I love Real Mom Wednesday. I love hearing what y’all love and today’s mama, Britt has knocked it out of the park. She’s got a solid list full of absolutely awesome descriptions. So awesome, I ordered Margaux the book on her list! I know you guys will love Britt’s list as much as I do – enjoy! And if you want to lend your wise mama insight to all of us other mama’s – email me. We’d love to have you.
I am a first time mom to the sweetest, happiest baby boy, Hix. Hix is 11 months old. We live in a city in a 1400 sq ft, 3-bedroom, 2-bath house. While space is not our biggest concern, I certainly did not want to waste money or space on items we would not use! I tried to do lots of research and lots of mom-interviews before registering or purchasing anything. I have many favorites but I tried to list favorites that have not been talked about before or maybe something that was a game-changer for us!
1. Baby Jogger City Mini GT: Although Hix is almost 1, STILL my most favorite baby product that I could not live without is the Baby Jogger City Mini GT stroller. I just cannot say enough about this stroller! I really went back and forth about strollers for so long before settling on this one. I originally wanted to get a Snap-n-Go stroller and also the BOB jogging stroller. I knew I would be walking a lot as I walked my dog almost daily, even when I was 40 weeks pregnant. So, I was really interested in the BOB for walking. But when I thought about running errands (mall, shopping, zoo, etc), the BOB seemed to bulky and I thought that would be where the Snap-N-Go came in. But after much research and interrogating other moms, I realized the City Mini GT was perfect for both! I REALLY did not want two strollers. I leave this stroller in my car and it pops out so easily and then to fold back down, you LITERALLY only need one hand. It navigates the streets and sidewalks really well when I take him on walks and it is small enough to go shopping in and out of the aisles. I am so thrilled to only have one stroller and one stroller that does the job of many! F.A.V.!
2. “Look, Look!” By Peter Linenthal: So, this book is a little random, but is truly like magic. My mom found out about it while on a 4-hour flight sitting next to a 3 month old baby. Every time the baby would get fussy, the mom would pull out this book and the child would literally stop crying and look at the book. I believed her but was skeptical…when Hix was 3-months-old, we got the book out and tried it! Amazing! He really was interested in the book and it completely captivated him! It makes sense because they say babies can only see black and white for the first few months of their life and then they start developing the rest of the colors. This is a great baby shower gift as most people have not heard of this or seen it!
3. Medela Pump in Style Advanced and the Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra: Yes, I was one of those giggling at the picture of the lady with her hands free bra on, pumping parts attached to her breasts while she sat at her computer at work typing…until I pumped for the first time when Hix was about 2 weeks old. As I sat there with both of my hands occupied holding the pumping parts to my chest, I knew I could not do this for one entire year. I couldn’t change the channel on the TV, check Facebook on my phone, answer my phone, respond to a text…nothing! Hands were completely occupied! And heaven forbid if Hix needed anything, my hands were tied (literally!). If you needed to turn up or down the pump, or turn it off for crying out loud, you had to do some form of yoga move to pull that off without spilling milk all over yourself! I Googled and researched until I was satisfied with my choice. When that bra came in, I was a new person! And yes, I became the lady from the picture once I returned to work, with my hands free bra on and typing away! This bra enabled me to pump while at work and continue to breastfeed my child for many more months than I ever could have without it! And just a shout out to the Medela Pump In Style Advanced – I loved it! Hix was able to be breastfed for over 11 months with this and I was so pleased with it!
4. Kate Spade Stevie Diaper Bag: This is the exact one I have pictured above. These bags are great! I was able to get it for MUCH cheaper at the Kate Spade outlet. Even though we did not find out what gender our child would be, my mom was hesitant for me to get this bag in case I had a boy. But I am so glad I went with my gut and got the colors I wanted, because this bag was for ME! It just carried his stuff in it : ) I am still in love with it one year later. It has tons of pockets on the inside and two on the outside that are great for bottles. It is the perfect size and even comes with a changing pad – that I use all the time! LOVE.
5. Little Noses Saline Drops & the Nosefrida: Yep, I know. Sounds and looks disgusting! Everyone lives and breathes by the bulbs that the hospital gives you for sucking out their noses, but nothing compares to the Nose Frida! Again, it looks totally gross, but it is amazing the difference it makes. And snot does not even come close to the tube you have to suck on. You’ll use it once and see what I mean. I use it in combination with the Little Noses Saline Drops and it works miracles! We have had to suck out Hix’s nose since he was about 2 weeks old and I’m so glad I finally bought this. Although gross, it is nice to be able to see if anything is coming out of his nose when you use it unlike the hospital bulbs.
6. Boon Lawn & Twigs drying rack: Just go ahead and get over the fact that, yes, you are going to have to hand wash some bottles on a daily basis. Unless of course you buy about 30 bottles OR run your dishwasher once a day. Originally I did not use very many bottles because I breastfed, but I did pump AT LEAST once a day and I cleaned my parts after every pumping session. So, this drying rack and twig accessory never left my countertop and ALWAYS had something on it! I love that it is flat (unlike the round, tiered drying racks) and I think it holds so much more. The Twig is great for nipples and other bottle parts and pieces! Not gonna lie, it has definitely also held its share of wine glasses : ) See dual-use…what’s not to love? Plus, it’s so cute sitting on the counter!
7. Inchbug Orbit labels: Hix received these as a gift from his godmother when he was first born. At first, I was unsure of our need for them. But once he started going to Mother’s Day Out and EVERYTHING had to be labeled…I realized this was perfect! No one wants to write in permanent marker on their bottles (especially if you plan on having more babies) and not to mention, that stuff washes off no matter how “permanent” it is. Using masking tape is ridiculous if you ever plan on washing your bottles. So, this is the perfect solution! I also love I can use them down the road for sippy cups or snack cups, etc. Plus, I think if you had twins, this would be so helpful to know who’s bottle is who’s in the refrigerator…or even on your coffee table!
8. Fisher Price Rain Forest Waterfall Peek-a-Boo Soother: I received this as a shower gift and we immediately put it on the side of the crib. Initially, I would turn it on when we laid him down in the crib to go to sleep. He wasn’t really interested, so I sort of stopped using it. Then one morning as he got older, I woke up to music on the monitor. I picked up the monitor to see him staring at the lights and moving animals on the screen. He was captivated. This turned out to be a great “crib entertainer” when he woke up in the mornings. He would sit and turn it on and off for 20-30 minutes and sometimes would even go back to sleep!
9. green sprouts Waterproof Eva Bib: I registered for these thinking they were cute (mine had cute farm animals on them for a neutral gender). Hix did not spit up at all (so lucky!), so I really did not use bibs until we started feeding him solids at 6 months. I pulled these out for the first feeding and NEVER looked back! I quickly realized there is no point in using anything but a waterproof bib. I rinsed it off and hung it on the twig (see above) to dry for our next feeding! Genius! Also, the pockets are super helpful for catching food that would otherwise fall into the high chair or on their legs.
10. Neat Solutions Disposable Table Toppers and Tiny Diner Mat: Once Hix started eating solids, I began carrying these in my diaper bag. Typically, I pull out the reusable TinyDiner Placemat first. It is great because it sticks to the restaurant table, so he can’t pull it off, and it also has a “pocket” to catch food that doesn’t make it to his mouth : ) It makes me feel so much better about germs with his pickup food. This way, I can put it out for him to pick up without having to put it on a plate that he will inevitably throw on the ground or having to put it on the nasty restaurant table! I keep the disposable table toppers as backups in case A) my husband used the TinyDiner placemat last and forgot to clean it off : ) or B) for some reason the TinyDiner placemat won’t stick to the restaurant table. (Both have happened before!) The disposable ones are obviously easier, but I try to be environmentally friendly so I feel better about rolling up the TinyDiner and taking it home and rinsing it off for the next time.
The other items that would be a close 11, 12, & 13:
11. “Top 100 Baby Purees” by Annabel Karmel: great for making homemade baby food!
12.Mumi & Bubi Baby Food Freezer Storage Trays: loved these for storing homemade baby purees!
13. iBaby Feed Timer App: must for breastfeeding moms! You can keep track of dirty/wet diapers, when you pumped, when you breastfed and when you bottle fed. Perfect for those late night feeds when you can’t remember which side your baby last fed from…or what time your last feeding was! It has timers and alarms and all sorts of helpful things!
Britt, you rock and so does your list – thank you!! xoxo