I am super excited about our real mom post today. Real mama Stephanie, has selected some great products but she has also put a new twist on things – she included products she wishes she left off her registry. Stephanie’s idea has inspired me to dedicated an entire upcoming post to items I wish I left off my registry – genius idea, right?!? So thanks Stephanie and thanks for sharing your great favorite baby products with us today. If you are interested in sharing your favorite or not-so-favorite products with us, email me for the deets, it is super easy!
I am a first time mom to a 8 week old baby boy, Holden Charles. We live in urban Los Angeles, in a single story 1600 SF house with very little storage!
1. Uppababy Vista
We love our Uppababy Vista, and can’t say enough great things about it. The stroller base allows us to use the carseat, bassinet, or reclined stroller seat with just one click in and out depending on Holden’s needs! The under seat basket is big enough to hold the diaper bag, and groceries, or shopping bags, and more! The stroller seems a little clunky at first, but after a few tries it opens and closes very easily, and really is the best! Also, the UV protected sun cover on both the stroller seat and the bassinet have proven invaluable in sunny LA. We have so little storage, that the ability to have all the stroller options in one is a must!
2. Keekaroo Peanut Changer
This is my number one favorite item so far! No changing pad covers to store and launder. My husband loves it as well. After every diaper change, we just wipe it down with a baby wipe, and we’re good to go! Plus it has a great shape, is just as comfy as all the regular foam pads, and comes in great colors. We have the turquoise!
3. Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover
We would be homebound if it weren’t for this simple piece of fabric. I always thought I didn’t need it, and a blanket would work just as well, but I was wrong! The genius of this is the “rigiflex” opening at the top, that allows you to look down at your baby, help him latch, and see how things are going, without exposing yourself to the whole world.
4. Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra
Another breastfeeding mama must have! Pumping is a necessary evil, but with this bra, you can type, play with baby, or cook dinner while you do it! It’s also amazing, because it seems that when I wear the bra, I pay less attention to every drop of milk, and with less stress, I produce more milk!
5. aden + anais Burpy Bibs
I know I am not the only person to love all things A & A, but I just had to profess my love for the burpy bib! The shape is perfect to fit over my shoulders, and they are wide enough to protect the hubby’s shirts from the morning spit ups on his way to work. Plus, when I realize 45 minutes into my lunch/ shopping excursion/ etc. that I am wearing a burp cloth, the patterns are so cute that I can play it off as an intentional addition to my outfit.
I have tried to get Holden to take another pacifier, a less expensive pacifier, one that the dog doesn’t enjoy so much. We have already lost a couple to our “fur-st born”, but the baby loves them, so I keep ordering them! I know he’s only 8 weeks, but he already holds on to that little elephant for dear life!
7. Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge
I gave an Oscar worthy performance when I opened this at my baby shower. I already had my fancy baby tub, and whoever thought I was going to put my baby on some silly sponge must be crazy, right? WRONG! This $9 sponge is true genius. Holden hated his fancy bath (more on that later), so we ordered the Primo tub a couple weeks in. Well, plastic is slippery when wet, and in a desperate attempt at bath success, I grabbed the sponge. It fit perfectly in the tub and Holden loves it! It provides enough cushion to keep him propped up and comfy, without having to hold him in place. Also, I pour warm water over it before the bath, so Holden stays warm from all sides during his bath. It has completely changed our bath time experience…sometimes it’s the little things!
8. Moby Wrap
What was a bit daunting at the beginning, is now second nature. This is Holden’s absolute favorite place to sleep. Its also a great way to be out and about with the baby and keep him safe without giving strangers and germs too much access. It helped us have our first successful trip to Target, and a great morning at the Farmer’s Market. Truly a life saver during the witching hour when combined with bouncing on a yoga ball, or a nice walk!
The two items I wish I had left off my baby registry:
9. Prince Lionheart washPOD
I so wanted to love this tub. With the great idea of providing a more womblike bathing environment, it seemed ideal. Unfortunately, when your child can’t sit up, or hold up his own head, it is just a scary little bucket. Maybe we will love it in a few months, but it is targeted towards the 0-6 month crowd, and I caution anyone who plans to rely on it from the start. Happy to be wrong on this one…would love to hear if anyone has had success.
10. My Brest Friend
While I appreciate the benefits of this pillow, and did find it helpful during the first week home, once all the friends and family left, it proved to be a bit of a challenge to buckle oneself into a pillow while holding a crying, hungry child. Also, if you like to nurse in a glider, like the Dautilier or other similar wooden models, the pillow is too wide to fit between the armrests, rendering it completely useless.
A big thanks to Stephanie for sharing her favorites and not-so-favorites!