It is Wednesday y’all! Time for another great real moms favorite baby products. Up today is Wise Mama Meredith who has put together list of “off the beaten path” favorites which is downright awesome. Several of my favorites make this list (the nursing gear is my absolute favorite). Enjoy her fabulous list and if you have your own fabulous list to share, check out the details, here. There is no acceptance, as long as you send the details outlined we schedule you! xo
I am a first time mom to Eleanor, a four-month-old alert little sweetheart and blogger at Meredith Tested. She changes every day but these are the things we’ve used the most and hope to continue to use down the line. We live in a small city in New England in a 900SF apartment (with two doggie roommates, too!) so we love items that can be stowed away easily. We have and love a lot of the Wise Baby Real Moms favorites like the Rock n Play, aden + anais muslin swaddle blankets and WubbaNubs, but these are our “off the beaten path” picks.
1. Solly Baby Wrap – Okay, so this isn’t “off the beaten path” for Wise Baby in the slightest but this is seriously one of my favorite items. We were lucky enough to be gifted two by family so we can always have one on hand when the other one is inevitably in the wash. This is a good “entry level” wrap and perfect for newborns but we still love it and pretty much use it every day to walk the dogs, or even to keep Eleanor close and calm while I’m working on the computer.
2. Sprout Baby app – For the first week or two, we tracked everything (diapers, feedings, sleep) with this app to show our pediatrician. It’s free for the first 10 days but we still use it to track feedings so it was well worth the $4.99 upgrade to the full version. I know there are many other tracking apps out there but I found this one to be the easiest to use.
3. My Brest Friend Pillow – Silly name but this is the best nursing pillow, hands down. There’s a learning curve to getting it on – it wraps around and clicks in place so many women need the help of a partner at first. But now I can put it on by myself with no issue. We use it so many times a day and it is really secure and so comfortable for the baby and me. Once I figured out (with the help of a lactation consultant) that it is supposed to sit higher up on the body – right under the bust and not lower on your waist which still might be a little round – it fit beautifully.
4. 65cm Exercise Ball – I purchased a ball as a desk chair to use during my third trimester and to possibly use during labor but it has proved to be invaluable to help get Eleanor to sleep for naps and at night. Light bouncing while we sway her to sleep has been really helpful for calming. Another tip – we got ours in white instead of the usual gym-style neon pink/etc. so it doesn’t look glaringly awful bouncing around every room in our house.
5. Chatbooks app – Sign up for the Chatbooks app, link it to your Instagram account (if you don’t have one, it’s easy to sign up) and boom, every photo you post to Instagram will be printed into a cute little photo book. You can set up your account to have multiple contributors so anytime my husband or I post a photo, it goes into our books. With minimal effort, our friends and family get to see photos live as they appear on Instagram and we’ll have printed copies of our photos to flip through for years to come. Chatbooks app is free and each 60-page book is only $6. (And no I don’t work for them or anything, hehe.)
6. Boob Design nursing wear – These shirts are a must-have for any nursing mom. I appreciate how easy it is to nurse my baby in public or in private with Boob Design shirts. I really don’t like nursing covers, so these shirts are perfect for me. Just lift the panel at the front and latch your baby. They are pricey but well designed and constructed. It can be hard to find them in stores in the US so I buy from Figure 8 Maternity, online. If you can only invest in one, a t-shirt style will probably be the most versatile.
7. Green Mountain Diaper “ClothEze” prefolds in Large – These are an awesome size – way bigger than any other burp cloth out there – and incredibly absorbent. In fact, the more you wash and dry them, the more absorbent they get. They are ideal for catching all kinds of messes.
8. Drool bibs – Our babe produces a lot of spit up and drool so absorbent bibs are necessary if we don’t want to change her outfit 45 times a day. While there are lots of cute bibs out there, I like ones that have a “cushion” circled around the neck like Tommee Tippee or Green Sprouts for extra absorption and protection.