Today’s real mom Wednesday is a special one… one because, we’ve got a great mama sharing her favorites and two because we are letting y’all in on a little sneak peek of our new site design launching on Monday! More about that later but today’s mama, Kaity, lives in NYC and has a great list of products for those in urban environments and beyond. Enjoy and let us know what you think of this new “look”! And if you’d like to share your favorites, we’d love to have you, email me for the easy peasy details!
I’m a first time mom to an amazingly smiley, mellow and sweet 4-month old boy named Hudson. We live in the Upper West Side neighborhood of NYC in a small apartment, so we’re always getting creative with ways to make the most out of our home. We’re very fortunate to live in an incredibly family and baby friendly neighborhood, so we are always surrounded by an abundance of baby and kids stores and boutiques, and the availability of great products for baby is almost literally at our fingertips. I’m sure every parent says this, so we’re no exception: we’re quite picky and do a ton of research before we invest in something for our boy. We have the added challenge of having to find items and toys that are easily stowed away, portable or low profile — we don’t have a lot of square footage! That said, here are the items we cannot live without.
1. Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins: When I was nursing, I met with two (yes, two!) lactation consultants, and both of them recommended without hesitation, Playtext Nurser bottles with Drop-Ins. Initially, they recommended the slow flow nipple since he was a newborn at the time, and I’ve since upgraded to the medium flow. While I don’t love how wasteful the inserts are and having to buy inserts regularly, the convenience is great and after trying many other bottles, this is still the one our boy loves and takes to. It also makes traveling very easy when all you need to really bring are a couple of extra nipples and inserts!
2. Boppy Newborn Lounger: When Hudson was a newborn, a good friend of ours sent us a few items her baby loved — including the Boppy lounger. It never occurred to us that we might not want to hold our baby 24/7. The lounger ended up being a lifesaver for me during my maternity leave. Being home alone, it allowed me to place baby in a safe, comfortable place when I had to run to the bathroom or make a quick lunch. Hudson loved it as well – the shape of the pillow cradled his tiny body, and it was clear he felt secure.
3. HALO SleepSack: We’ve been hit with a pretty cold winter, and because our apartment is pre-war, it’s older and heat isn’t always as easy to regulate, so we err on the side of being a bit cooler. The fleece sleep sack keeps Hudson super warm and comfortable at night.
4. Medela Freestyle Breast Pump: I have a love/hate relationship with pumping. I hate doing it — washing bottles, pumping around the clock. But I love that I’m providing my baby the best nutrition I can, and I LOVE having the Medela Freestyle Pump. The pump is actually being lent to me by my friend, and it allows me to be mobile and pump anywhere I want without feeling tied down to a huge pump. It’s super portable and gives me a little bit of freedom in a process that can often leave you feeling tied down.
5. Fisher Price Whale of a Tub: This is one of the few things we felt needed to be more full sized. We had originally invested in a tub that could be folded up and tucked away and ended up hating it! Baby would slide down, and just never seemed very comfortable in it. That’s when we bought this adorable tub for him — he absolutely loves bath time now!
6. Beco Gemini Baby Carrier: Maybe I’m biased – but I truly believe this is one of the best all around carriers out there. Everyone gets the Bjorn (which I hear is good!) because it’s the most well known. But after doing lots of research, the Beco Gemini gets higher ratings in most categories. What’s great is that there are so many ways to wear your baby, AND if you’re a fan of letting your baby face out to see the world, this carrier is the best rated for comfort and safety for your baby. It is designed in such a way that your baby’s hips aren’t strained, and therefore, less of a risk of hip dysplasia. Living in NYC, we’re huge baby wearers, and this one wins in my book.
7. Green Sprouts Waterproof Absorbent Milk Catcher Bibs: Hudson can get distracted on the bottle…resulting in dribbles of milk and a little bit of a mess. These bibs are awesome because the collar has a soft foamy design that is gentle on baby’s neck and helps to prevent neck rashes. We go through so many of these in a week.
8. Boon Grass Drying Rack: Aside from being very cute to look at, it helps this exclusively pumping mama keep her bottles and pumping accessories organized and dry. I use every inch of this thing!
9. aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets: One of the best things we own. It’s our all around everything-doer. It’s a blanket, it’s a pillow, it’s a sun shield, it’s a playmat…oh, and it’s a swaddle 🙂
That’s it! There’s a ton more – but I think these are my cannot live without items!