Today’s real mama is a mama after my own heart – mama to two little girls, one of which is named Eloise and a shared first name! What can I say, she has great taste?!? JK. But she really does have great taste and a fabulous line up of products to share with us today. Her products aren’t all that is great – she’s included detailed descriptions i.e., mini reviews of each of her picks. I know you’ll enjoy Lindsey’s wise words as much as I did. If you would like to share your favorites, please email me for the easy details!
I am a stay-at-home mom to Penny (1.5 years) and Eloise (6 weeks). We are living on a tight budget so I have research and carefully considered each baby purchase. With four of us living in a 1300 square foot basement apartment, we have also had to consider our limited space. Penny and I enjoy story time at the library and mommy-and-me swim lessons. My evenings are spent snuggling Eloise and watching a good movie with my husband, Andrew.
1: Boppy Nursing Pillow – With Penny I had a different nursing pillow that I didn’t love. While I was pregnant with Eloise I was determined to find something better. The new Bobby Nursing pillow met all my demands and then some! It holds the baby up higher than most pillows. It has a flat side that keeps it’s shape that is perfect for positioning a newborn as well as a soft side. The strap is helpful for positioning. An added bonus, the pattern and colors are much prettier in person then they looked online!
2: TrueWomb Swaddles – These were a splurge but have been worth it! Penny was so determined to suck on her fists as she slept that could break out of every swaddle. I thought about giving up swaddling all together but she would startle herself awake. TrueWomb swaddles are the only thing that kept her arms in and allowed her to move them up by her face. Babies arms can move freely up and down but they cant flail. The leg pouch doesn’t restrict baby’s hips and naturally moves legs into the fetal position. The material is soft and stretchy and holds up well to repeated washings (if you keep it velcroed in the wash).
3: Carter’s 2-pack Swaddles – I still swaddle Eloise during the day with blankets or when her TrueWombs are in the wash. I bought a set of these Carter’s blankets and loved them so much I immediately bought another set. I brought them to the hospital with me and all the nurses raved over them. They were shocked to find out they were inexpensive blankets from Carter’s. They are soft and stretchy and the perfect size for swaddling newborns.
4: Amazon Mom – To join Amazon Mom you must have a Prime membership (easily worth every penny if you don’t already have one). Diapers and wipes are 20% off and sent to you automatically every month. It is really simple to change your subscription or cancel if needed. Amazon also has other household items in their subscribe and save store with similar discounts. Amazon has great customer service. You can return unopened boxes of diapers for free.
5: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer – Tracy helps you understand your baby’s cues and cries and how to help them. All babies love routine. This book teaches you how to lovingly help your baby get into a routine so both of you know what to expect. Penny feel into a routine easily and never cries when we put her to bed. She has always been able to fall asleep on her own. Eloise is pickier about how and when she likes to sleep and this book has been my go-to resource.
6: Itzbeen – This is a small device with timers to keep track of the last time baby ate, slept, had their diaper changed. A lot of apps will do the same thing but I think this is better. When I nurse at night I dont like to use my iphone, it’s too bright and distracting. I also don’t like to turn on a lamp so instead I use the soft light on the itzbeen timer to see what I am doing. I can leave the timer with my husband or a babysitter and they can be on the same page. It is so easy to forget things when you have a newborn so this device keeps me sane and helps me figure out what might be bothering my crying baby.
7: Make My Day Silicone Baby Bib – Along with being adorable, this bib is extremely practical. The silicone easily wipes clean and can be washed in a dishwasher. We only have one and despite a year’s worth of daily use, it still looks brand new. The neck closure is adjustable and effective enough that Penny has never been able to take it off by herself. The pocket is ingenious. I will never buy a different bib!
8: Sassy Baby Disposable Diaper Sacks – Instead of buying a diaper trash pail, I use a regular trashcan. When the diapers are wet, I throw them right in the trash. For poopy diapers, I use one of these. They do a great job blocking the smell and one box lasts for months.