Happy Wednesday all! This week I finally feel like my life is getting back to normal. We are settled(ish) in NYC, Tyler is working his first full week since July and oh yeah, we live in New York now! The past month has been a whirlwind and these Real Mom Wednesday’s have been my saving grace of consistency. Today’s mama has an uber fabulous list, one that I read saying “uh, huh, uh, huh” so I know you’ll enjoy it. Thanks Jenny and we are always looking for volunteers to share their favorites, email me if you think you’d be interested!
My name is Jenny and I am a first time mom to an 8 month old laid back and curious baby boy, Luke. A month ago we moved from a spacious apartment in suburban Charleston, SC, to a small apartment in a large city in the North East US. Our move meant we had to downsize in many ways, including in the baby gear department. My must have’s are things we knew were coming with us no matter how little storage was available!
1. Dr. Brown’s Formula Mixing Pitcher– After weaning Luke from breastfeeding at just shy of 7 months, I quickly realized how difficult it was to make formula! I could not figure out how to get all the clumps out when mixing. I resorted to google-ing “how to mix formula” when I stumbled upon this pitcher. I’ve made a rule for myself since becoming a mom: if a baby gear item made my life easier and less stressful then I bought it (as long as it wasn’t cost prohibitive). This certainly fits that criteria and I’m so glad I came across it.
2. aden + anais Muslin Sleeping Bag – Considering we moved from a very hot and humid climate, and that our little guy would only go to sleep if he was zipped into his sleep sack, we needed something breathable. These muslin sleeping bags are one of our new favorite aden + anais purchases. We started Luke in Halo sleepsacks, which were perfect for cooler months, but once it got warmer we needed a lighter, more breathable fabric. Just like all the other aden + anais muslin products, these are incredibly soft and durable.
3. aden + anais Burpy Bibs, Liam The Brave – These are the BEST burp cloths hands down. I have some of the white cloth diapers that were suggested to me before Luke was born and I never used them regularly because I found these to be much more effective. They are contoured to fit your shoulder/neck perfectly and they are incredibly absorbent. They are so soft and I love all of the cute designs they offer. I don’t use these as bibs yet because Luke is on the smaller side, but I can only anticipate that they will be perfect for when he is bigger and still teething. These are almost always in my gift at baby showers because they are worth their weight in gold in our house.
4. Ikea Antilop highchair and tray – We waited to buy a highchair until we moved. Once we arrived we realized how little space was available and how little we had left in the budget for a fancy highchair. The antilop was the perfect fit and at $25 for the tray and chair, it’s a steal! The legs come off which makes it easy to store away. It is also incredibly easy to clean, and you can literally hose the thing down if needed. After a month of use there isn’t one thing I would change about it.
5. OXO Tot Feeding Plate with Roll-Up Bib – I have made the rounds through both bowls and plates, as well as solid food bibs with no success until I stumbled upon these. This is the first bib I found that actually catches the food when it misses Luke’s mouth! It’s easy to rinse off or stick in the washer and air dries very quickly. And it has a very strong velcro fastener in the back that makes it impossible for my little man to pull off. The plate has the most ingenious rim that helps you scoop the puree or solid food onto the spoon and a rubberized bottom so it doesn’t slide around on the tray.
6. The Dairy Fairy Arden Bra – I had issues breastfeeding from day one and ended up having to pump the majority of feeds for the 6 1/2 months I exclusively breastfed Luke. This bra was another item that was worth its weight in gold to me. Not having to change into a pumping corset in the middle of my day, whether at work or at home taking care of Luke, was essential to making pumping that often work for me. The fact that you can pump and nurse wearing the same bra was a life saver! They are also very adjustable so you can wear the same bra immediately after birth, through engorgement, and even once you are down to the size you will be during the duration of nursing. They are cute too!
7. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Milk Feeding Bib – Luke has reflux and has been a spitter since the day we brought him home from the hospital. These bibs have been absolutely essential with regards to saving us from doing countless loads of laundry, especially early on. These have a spongy rim that goes around the neck of the bib and catches anything before it gets in their little neck folds. We bought 8 of these when he was maybe a couple of weeks old and are still using them daily.
8. Manhattan Toy Winkel – This is the perfect toy for tiny hands that have a hard time grasping objects. Luke started using this toy at around 2 1/2 or 3 months old and still loves it. We actually had a defective one initially, so I emailed Manhattan Toy’s customer service. They were amazing and very quick to send us a new Winkel, along with another “surprise” toy for our trouble and didn’t even ask for the defective one to be sent back to them.
9. Marpac Dohm-DS Dual Speed Sound Conditioner – This sound machine is awesome. It provides continuous soft white noise, plugs in, and has two speeds. Thanks to this thing Luke sleeps like a champ, even with all the loud city noises. We love this so much we are considering getting one for our bedroom as well.
10. Fisher-Price Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper, My Little Snugabunny – I thought for sure by now we would have put away the bouncer. I don’t know if it’s my baby, the bouncer, or a little of both but I don’t see us putting this in storage for a while still. Luke LOVES this bouncer so much! He is always happy when we sit him in it and loves to kick away. What I like most about this bouncer compared to others I’ve seen is that it is wider than most, the seat is very plush, and really does accommodate a growing baby.