Happy Wednesday, I hope your week is off to a good start! It is time for real mom Wednesday where one of our savvy, wise mama readers shares her favorite baby products with us. Today’s mama, Marianna has a fabulous line up of products and what is even better than the actual products is Marianna’s mini product reviews she has shared with us. A big huge thanks to her for providing us such insight! If you are interested in sharing your favorites, email me for the easy details!
Hey there. I’m Marianna, a first-time mom to Annie. She‘s an easygoing 4-month-old cutie pie! We live in a large, suburban, southern city. We moved here from the Boston area right before she was born, so part of my pregnancy was spent planning a cold weather, urban mommy-hood before having to switch gears for a warm (hot!) suburban style. We have our own e-retail business which I help run from home, so I get to spend lots of time with the little one but have to balance the daily duties of work and mothering.
1. BABYBJORN Babysitter Balance Organic –This was a late addition to our registry, and I am so thankful it was gifted to us. We knew we wanted a Mamaroo (and we love it!), so I wasn’t sure we even needed this item, but it turns out that we use them for totally different things. The Mamaroo is where Annie takes her naps and relaxes when she starts getting fussy before bedtime. The Balance is perfect for giving her a place to sit while I do things during the day – she can watch me make lunch or sit in it while I run to the bathroom for 5 seconds! She is starting to get big enough to bounce it herself, and we recently purchased the play attachment, which is a big hit.
2. Boon Lawn Countertop Drying Rack – We registered for lawn and one twig initially, but one of our friends sent us a stem and a second twig later. I thought it would be too much, but we use every square inch of that real estate. Stem is great at holding the little pump pieces, and twig is good for the Dr. Brown’s bottle parts, pacis, nipple shields and other stuff.
3. BabyKicks Burp Cloths – I’d never heard of these before, but several sets were given to us, and, man, are they great! They are super-absorbent, thick and organic to boot. We have other burp cloths around, but when we run out of these, we know it’s time to do a load of laundry. They are pricey (glad they were a gift!), but they really are fantastic.
4. Skip Hop Giraffe Safari Activity Gym – All of Skip Hop’s products are cute, but I really like this activity gym. The treetop canopy was especially nice when Annie was into high-contrast stuff like light fixtures, shadows and, of course, the ceiling fan. She loved to look up at the canopy, which I think mimicked those other things. The safari animal accessories are fun too, with lots of squeaks and crinkles.
5. aden + anais Muslin Snap Bib – For some reason I didn’t really think we’d need bibs starting out – it’s just milk, right? But with a messy nurser and a pro- spitter-upper, we soon saw the light. These have the all-important snapping side closure, which makes removing the bib from a milk-drunk, sleeping baby much easier.
6. Land of Nod Changing Pad Cover – We have a few different brands of changing pad covers, but the Land of Nod one is my favorite. The fabric is soft and quilted, and it feels more substantial than some of the others we have. They have tons of cute patterns, from designs that match their nursery bedding to basic polka dots and stripes.
7. Jellycat Animals – Now, these are obviously not a necessity, but they are my favorite when it comes to stuffed animals. Long before I had a baby myself, it was a go-to addition for any shower gift I gave. The animals are so cute and incredibly soft. The 12” size is great, but we were also given a couple of the 8” animals. I thought they’d be too small, but they’re actually perfect at the moment for her little hands. “Puppy” even coaxed out Annie’s first smile!
8. Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra – I knew I would eventually need a pump and all the accompanying parts and pieces, but I assumed I’d have some time after the baby arrived to figure all that out. First lesson of motherhood came fast – expect the unexpected. Turns out Annie had to spend her first week in the NICU, so I got familiar with the pump real fast. And after the first day of holding the flanges in place every three hours, I sent my husband to the mother’s shop in the maternity ward to purchase this hands-free bra. It’s adjustable in the back which comes in handy., too.
9. Pottery Barn Diaper Bag – I wasn’t sure what to look for in a diaper bag. I knew I wanted something neutral that my husband wouldn’t be embarrassed to carry in a pinch and also had some hope of being used post-infant. This diaper bag has just enough inside pockets for my type-A self, and it’s roomy without being humongous. I don’t use it every time I leave the house – sometimes I throw my changing pad with a couple diapers and a pack of travel wipes in my normal purse – but it’s perfect for being out a few hours, when entertainment and a change of clothes could come in handy.
10. Pottery Barn Swaddle Blankets – Along with everyone else, we love our Aden and Anias swaddle blankets, but at the beginning they were just too huge for our newborn. We bought a pack of these because they were smaller – 36”x36” instead of 47”x47” – making them much more manageable when we swaddled out little peanut.