Our 2014 Real Moms are starting off with a real bang. Today’s real mama, Desiree has some really, really great products and equally as fabulous descriptions/reviews. The thing I love most about these real moms features are the intro to new products like the Swaddle Strap – how many mama’s has a product like that helped? A huge thanks to Desiree and her darling little guy, Brayden for sharing their favorites with us and if you’d like to share yours – email me!
I’m a first time twenty-something mama of an adorable 2 months old baby boy, Brayden. We live on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia, in a 3,300 square foot home that’s much too big for our little family. As a (typical) first time mama, I did a ton of research before my baby boy arrived searching for the best of the best products for him. Of course there’s no set list of products that can totally prepare you for a spunky newborn who hates to sit still, dislikes baby swings, and only naps in his mama’s arms (geez!). The Wise Baby product reviews and Real Mom Wednesdays certainly helped with my product choices and I’m happy to share which items we absolutely would not be able to live without.
1. Monkey Wubbanub
Brayden’s monkey Wubbanub has been a lifesaver. He refuses to take any other pacifier. He really only takes his Wubbanub when he’s trying to sleep, but I genuinely believe he enjoys the comfort of the monkey sitting on his chest. He even holds the monkey when it’s sitting on his chest.
2. aden + anais Easy Swaddle
Brayden has been quite the challenging sleeper. In the first couple of weeks when we brought him home I had a hard time getting him to stay asleep in his bassinet. I just couldn’t figure it out. After reading several books, I decided to give swaddling a try. We started off with swaddle blankets, but his arms kept getting free. I decided to try the Aden + Anais easy swaddlers. I love these because the material is super soft (even after running them through the washer several times) and there are adjustable snaps. He now sleeps wonderfully at night in his bassinet!
3. Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine
When I struggled to find the best way to get Brayden to sleep, I came across some advice to use a sound machine. I really love all the different features of this sound machine. It has 12 different white noise and lullabies (including a “womb” setting, which is the one Brayden loves). There’s even an iPod/iPhone plug in at the bottom. It has a timer and a night light! This sound machine was a little pricey but definitely worth the purchase.
4. Gap “Bundler” PJs
These PJs are super soft and extremely convenient for late night diaper changes. Who wants to unbutton and re-button adorable pajamas while you’re half asleep in the middle of the night? These are a little pricey as well but they are so soft and extremely practical. I also feel like they run big so I plan on keeping Brayden in the 0-3month bundlers until he grows out of them!
5. California Baby Shampoo and Body Wash
This was a gift from our baby shower, but I really like it! The scent isn’t too strong and a little goes a long way. I liked it so much that I invested in the diaper rash cream and lotion which are also great products.
6. Taggies Tag n’ Smile Plushie Mirror
This mirror is so cute. We use it during tummy time to keep him engaged. He likes to stare at himself so I use it as an incentive for him to lift his head. It’s soft and I imagine him using it as he gets older too. It also folds flat, which makes storage easier. The mirror is a distorting mirror, but I didn’t find that to be an issue. If anything the image is more fun to look at for Brayden.
7. BOBA Classic Baby Carrier 3G
I have been blessed with a spunky little boy who DOES NOT like to be set down in a swing, on a blanket, propped up with a pillow etc. He has loved to interact with the world since day 1. We decided to get the Boba 3G carrier because it didn’t require an infant insert and could be used from 7lbs and up. We’ve been using it since he was 2 weeks old. This carrier has helped me get things done around the house while keeping him happy and close by. I also love this carrier because the straps are easy to adjust and my husband can use it as well.
8. Baby Einstein: Mirror Me!
Brayden and I read every day. What I love most about this short and sweet book is that there are mirrors on each page and like I said, my baby boy loves to look at himself!
9. Quinny Moodd Stroller
This stroller was a surprise purchase from my husband. We love it because it’s super easy to maneuver, it unfolds automatically, the seat can be positioned forward facing or towards you, the seat reclines, and it’s stylish! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this stroller. The only down side is that it does not turn into a “double” stroller like so many others in the market nowadays. It pairs well with our Maxi-Cosi Mico infant car seat and we love it!
I was very skeptical about the Nosefrida when I first heard about it. At 3 weeks old, Brayden started getting really stuffy and like any other new mom I panicked and thought he was sick. The pediatrician informed me that it’s totally normal for newborns to get stuffy because they haven’t developed nose hairs to keep out the dirt yet. I tried to use the “bulb plunger” to get the boogies out, but I really had no idea if I was actually getting something out. I bought the Nosefrida hoping this would help, and it’s awesome! It’s see-through so I can see what’s coming it. It’s also very easy to clean and it literally sucks everything out.
11. Anna and Eve Swaddle Strap
At first I was extremely hesitant about this swaddler. I think the name “Swaddle strap” intimidated me. After 3 consecutive nights of early wake ups because my little Houdini baby wiggled out of my other swaddle products, I desperately scoured the internet to find a swaddle that would prevent my baby from escaping. This 4am purchase is by far the best baby purchase I’ve made. The first night we used it he went back to sleeping 6 hours at night. I love this swaddle not only because he can’t wiggle out, but because I can dress him in anything and not worry about him over heating. You also don’t have to un-swaddle to change a diaper. If you’re an advocate of the swaddle, I would highly recommend this.
Thanks again for your AWESOME list Desiree!