It is real mama Wednesday! Today’s mama has so many great favorites to share with us. I love her list because it is full of essential gear (stroller, wrap carrier) and also some great toys and mama helpers – it is a one stop shop! Enjoy Erin’s awesome line up and if you’d like to share your favorite baby gear, check out all the details, here.
Hi! I’m a first time mom to our little bundle of fun, 5 month old Jackson. We live in the great city Long Beach, CA in a 1400 sq ft condo. I really wanted baby gear that we could use for multiple purposes and could be used with more than one child. We also don’t have a lot of storage space so anything to save on space was a must. While I have a bunch of favorite products that we use daily, these are my must haves and fun finds that we happened upon.
1. Baby Jogger City Mini GT – So far this stroller has been awesome! I really wanted to try to only have one stroller (maybe purchase an umbrella stroller later on.) And this stroller has really allowed us to do just that. It’s lightweight, super easy to use with our B Safe carseat and a cinch to fold up (just pull the handle!) After having an unexpected C section I was even more happy with my decision when I was able to get the baby in and out of the stroller by myself. Even though you can’t jog with this stroller, we have taken it on hikes and rough terrain and it’s held up nicely.
2. Chewbeads Mulberry Teether – this was the best toy purchase ever (except maybe his monster). This was the first teething toy he could successfully get a good grip on really go to town on. He loves rubbing the beads back and forth on his gums and I like that I can easily wash it.
3. Carter’s Monster Activity Mirror – This was the first toy he would actively engage with. At about 2 months old he would roll on his side and stare at himself in the little mirror. It was also easy for him to grab onto and chew on. Whenever he was fussy I would give him this toy and he would instantly smile at that cute baby in the mirror.
4. iPhoto Stream – This has been a lifesaver for us on updating Jackson’s 8 grandparents, 4 great grandparents and numerous out of town aunts, uncles and friends on his daily happenings. It’s also a really easy way to share family pictures. It’s also the easiest way for me to scroll through all of his photos and wonder what happened to my itty bitty baby.
5. Solly Wrap – I had a ring sling and Ergo Carrier already so I didn’t think I needed a wrap. But I had a hard time figuring out how to support the baby’s head with the sling and the ergo infant insert was a total fail for us. I ended up ordering this wrap when my baby was about 2 months old and I’m kicking myself for not having it when he was a newborn. It’s pretty easy to use once you figure it out (practice in the mirror!) but it was really easy to tuck his little head in there and know he was fully supported. Also the lightweight material was a must for a summer baby. And bonus – it comes in tons of beautiful colors. The hardest part is deciding which one!
6. Aladdin Mason Tumbler 32oz – Nursing moms need to drink a LOT of water. I’m bad about keeping up on my intake so I needed the biggest glass I could find to refill throughout the day.
7. ciao! Baby Portable High Chair – Jackson received this as a Christmas gift and it is the best little chair! He was able to sit up in it pretty young because he was so well supported. It’s also a cinch to throw in the car when we are on the go. We camp a lot and I can’t wait to use it this summer!
8. NoseFrida – The thought of this really grossed me out but it’s a necessity. Jackson has had a few colds and this really was the only thing that provided any sort of relief. Plus those bulbs are a breeding ground for bacteria. The frida is easy to clean and much more effective.
9. NuRoo Baby Swaddler – at about 6 weeks old Jackson started having problems falling asleep and staying asleep. His arms would go crazy and he would wake up by hitting himself in the face or flailing around too much. He never liked having his arms covered and would always work his way out of the swaddle. I tried a few swaddle sacks but this one worked the best. Plus the fabric is super soft and stretchy and it’s one size fits all so you don’t have to buy multiple sizes.
10. Lactation Consultant – I’ll say it – breastfeeding can be really hard in the beginning. It did not come easy for us. He was a lazy eater who didn’t want to latch and I had no milk for 5 days. It was rough. But it was something I really wanted to do and felt was best for our family. Without the help of the lactation consultants on staff at the hospital and the ones I saw once we were home, I probably would have quit. Many times insurance will cover at least part of your visit but even if not, it’s worth the $100-150 most visits cost. It’s a lot less expensive than formula in the long run. That is the biggest piece of advice I have for new moms that want to breastfeed – get help early on. It makes it so much easier! And the The Nursing Mother’s Companion was a great book that I had for those long nights in the beginning when I had a hundred questions and no one to ask.