Happy Wednesday y’all! Wednesday is always a good day around these parts and today is no different. Wise mama, Vivian has an awesome list of all natural products and one of my favorite on-the-go products, ever! Vivan has included informative, mini-product-review type commentary on each product so I know you’ll enjoy her list! If you have a list of favorite you would like to share, we would love to have you – you can find all the details, here.
I am one lucky gal as mama to my delicious ten month old son Reed. We live in a wholesome suburb outside of Sacramento and have the luxury of being surrounded by parks, trails and beautiful outdoor spaces. As a first time mom, I’ve been relying on some WiseBaby favorites along with a few others to have gotten me through most of this first tiring but amazing year. If you manage to find time to read through this, I hope you will find my favorites helpful!
1. Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station – Realizing that I don’t always need to have my entire diaper bag with me everywhere I go, this changing station quickly became the most convenient and useful item when I’m out with Reed. It allows you to tuck in diapers, wipes and the zippered outer pocket lets you hide extra outfit, keys, credit card or cash. The attached wrist wrap help keep my hands free to wrangle my little one with.
2. SoYoung Messenger Diaper Bag – I stumbled onto this Canadian company and their Charlie bag after purchasing another brand of diaper bag. I HAD to have this bag and decided to invest in it because I know it’ll be useful for many years to come. Love the unisex look of this bag. The light patterned interior lining makes it easy to find things in the bag. There’s a compartment for everything! I mean everything! Multiple ways to carry this bag. Magnetic closures make it easy to operate with one hand. I can easily fit the Skip Hop Pronto Changing Station, extra outfit for baby, nursing cover, wet bag, light blanket, bottles, burp cloth, toys, my wallet, my sunglasses, my phone and other small personal items in this bag. Too many great features to list!
3. IKEA Sniglar Crib – I know I know, you might be thinking “Oh dear IKEA? Must be cheaply built!”, well hear me out. My goal when it came to the crib, was to get a solid wood crib so I don’t have to worry about the emission of formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals from the glue used in particle boards or plywood. So enter the IKEA Sniglar crib. This is the most affordable solid wood crib I could find on the market ($69.99!). Other solid wood cribs would’ve set me back $1,000+ easily. It offers two height settings and converts to a toddler bed. It is unfinished so you can decide if and how you want to finished it. I left mine bare wood. It is sanded smooth and I will have no worries when Reed decides to gnaw on it. It is solidly built and looks nice and simple! One great idea I saw on Pintrest to make this look high-end was to paint the leg portions below the bottom rung to match your nursery! (Be sure to use a no VOC paint though!)
4. Earth Mama Angel Baby Lotion – Shy from making my own, this is the purest lotion I found on the market. 100% organic ingredients. Absorbs nicely without residue. Highly rated by the Environmental Working Group. Nice gender neutral scent that doesn’t linger for too long. Babies aren’t supposed to smell like flowers! This lotion gives me a peace of mind that I’m not putting harmful ingredients on and in my baby!
5. Baby DeeDee Sleep Nests – Best sleep sacks ever! We relied on the quilted sleep nest to get us through winter. The soft cotton jersey material of the sleep nest lite will get us through summer. Extra roomy to allow baby full range of movement while keeping warm. Tog ratings included to help figure out which one you need and how to dress baby while sleeping with the sack. Best features I love are the shoulder snaps and a reverse oversized zipper making it easy to place baby in the sack while he’s crawling away from you or even when asleep.
6. Marpac White Noise Machine – Disclaimer: I’m a sleep obsessed mama for my baby. I do not believe in teaching my child to sleep on the go so he learns to sleep anywhere convenient for me. Stillness and undisturbed sleep is so important for developing babies. Yes, I have the luxury of not having another child to take care of! After trying this out before Reed was born, the MORPAC white noise machine was so soothing that my husband and I kept the one meant for the nursery! It does not shut off on its own because it is either on or off. Doesn’t have glow light that disturbs sleep. It is light weight and small enough for traveling with. It is not something Reed relies on in order to fall asleep. It is simply masking noise so he can sleep while we carry on around the house. ‘Cause we party it up once baby goes to sleep! (Right!)
7. Bambo Baby Diapers – I always thought I would go cloth but as a brand new mom, I didn’t want the extra laundry while trying to figure out how to take care of a newborn! I also cringe at the idea that diapering service washes other babies’ diapers with mine. So, I was delighted when I discovered Bambo Nature. Made in Denmark, these are the softest, most absorbent disposable diapers. Not to mention they are certified 100% free of chemicals, eco-friendly and adhere to stricter European standards. I have had no more than a handful of leaks the last 10 months and not a single diaper rash! They don’t even have overnight diapers because they are so absorbent! You will not be disappointed by this no nonsense, best quality diaper at a very reasonable price.
8. green sprouts Glass Sip ‘n Straw Cup – I searched high and low to find the best non plastic drinking cup for Reed. I also decided to skip the sippy cup and would try to get Reed to drink from a straw. When I finally found this Sip’n Straw cup, I was delighted to know that liquids would only come in contact with the glass container and silicone straw. The tempered glass is protected by a bpa, phthalate-free plastic outer shell. The handles are removable once baby is able to grasp the bottle. It comes with a sippy spout and a straw spout. Reed has dropped this multiple times and so far it has held up well. Easy to clean with bottle brush and bottle nipple brush for the spout.