So sometimes you wake up and see an alert on your phone that you are 32 weeks pregnant! Yes, that is how I keep track of this pregnancy, by iPhone app. Sorry baby number four, your three siblings keep me quite busy. If it weren’t for that app I probably would go into labor and think, how could it be? Aren’t I only 30 weeks. But, only a little more to go so I figured why not share the things I have come to really love over the last five years of having babies in the house.
Now I know all moms have their own “swear by” items that they stick too. I happen to really enjoy seeing what products other moms have come to covet. These are some of my ‘have this in the house when I bring this baby home, or so help me OB put the baby back’ items. Was that sentence dramatic enough for you? Oscar noms have gone out, I just wanted to throw my hat in the stay at home mom drama category.
Maxi Cosi Carseat– Now, this car seat has yet to be used with an infant. But after many friends recommendations, and countless hours on the computer reading reviews we bought this one for baby girl. When it arrived I was so excited to open it and feel the soft cushion. The head support is so unique, and if little one can’t get comfortable in here, then there is no chance.
Halo Bassinet / Co-sleeper– We are a co-sleeping kind of familia. Truth be told, Avalon still sleeps with us most nights. Ace and Pierce stayed in bed with us well into bringing a newborn home. We always did a bassinet in the bedroom to have a place for baby. But this thing!! Just go watch the video. Kind of amazing for those middle of the night feedings, not to mention it can be raised to the height of my bed, which is usually a problem with other bassinets or co-sleepers.
Medela Manual Pump– This might sound crazy to some, but I love this little pump over my Medela Freestyle. I know, I know, how is that possible? But I don’t pump all that much. I usually wait to start pumping till my milk regulates itself a little bit, so I don’t get too engorged. Then I will pump here and there to get a good freezer supply going. This little pump is great for taking with me in the car, or on a hike, to go shopping with. Or just to get that first initial burst of milk out of the way as to not drown baby. I just love this, and you can’t beat the price.
Mustela Newborn Set– I got this set as a baby shower gift when I was pregnant with Ace, and have used the products ever since. Now I just treat myself to a newborn set for each new baby. The foaming wash is the best! And the only thing I have ever used that gets rid of the dreaded cradle cap right away. Highly recommend.
JJ Cole Bundle Me– If you live in a cold weather place, this is a lifesaver! It’s like a little acrtic jacket for your car seat. No need to try and keep blankets on, that baby will eventually kick off. Just zip them up in this, and they stay toasty and warm!
Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets– Aren’t these every moms favorite? I’m like a broken record over here. But I too love them. I happen to really enjoy the bamboo blankets, which I didn’t discover until having Avalon. So I plan on picking up another pack of those before the next little diva arrives.
Kickee Pants Romper– Now these rompers will change your life, simply because you will spend your time trying to figure out how you too can wear one. They are made with the same bamboo material as the swaddle blankets. The softest thing ev-er! My mom bought me a couple of these when I had Pierce and I have been hooked ever since. Don’t let the price scare you away, Amazon tends to sell them for less, and they LAST! Wash after spit up wash and they do not lose that luscious feel.
Carter’s Onesie– Is the onesie brand a heated topic? Should I steer clear? Well I laugh in the fear of danger…hahaha! But Carter’s for the win, forever and ever! With Ace I think I bought every onesie brand out there. I mean, new baby, I had to try them all. Carter’s became my favorite, and the ones that I continually stock up on with each baby.
Gap Newborn Hats– Simply put…these don’t shrink in the wash! They are basic, and simple, and do the head warming job.
Bath Tower / Diaper Station– You probably saw this on here and thought, what is that thing? Well that is a bathroom tower. We happen to use them as diaper stations around the house. A box of wipes fits perfectly on the top shelf, any size diapers in the middle, and ointments or extra burp clothes at the bottom. We have three of these spread out a round the house, and love them. They are discreet, and look nothing like a diaper station, yet keep everything you need right there. Not to mention they are great to have in the bathroom for all your postpartum care needs if you know what I mean.
Burt’s Bee Multipurpose Cream– I tried so many diaper rash ointments out there with Avalon, and nothing worked. Everything seemed to irritate her skin more. I researched other creams that I could use and found this one. Winner! I still use it with her, and for countless other things. Dry skin patches, rashes, boo boo’s. It’s great.
Moby Wrap– I really like a wrap in the initial baby wearing stages. I usually transition to a carrier once baby can hold their head up. But for the wearing around the house, or a walk around the block I like the wrap. This is the only one I have tried, but I am open to suggestions if you guys have others that you like.
We are also in the market for a new video monitor if any of you moms would like to share how you stalk your little one day and night.
And of course feel free to share some of your must haves, or if you have done a post like this link me to it!!