August 26, 2016
Hi loves! Happy FriYAY! Hope everyone had a great week and is ready for the weekend 🙂 I finally put together a list of baby items I found helpful the past 9 months and hope you first-time mamas or even second, third, or fourth time + mamas can find useful 🙂 Let’s start off with baby gear…
After doing my research on the best stroller and car seat for Rylie within our budget, I ended up choosing the Nuna Mixx stroller and Nuna Pipa car seat. Safety was of course my number one factor, but I can’t lie, I really love the look of all Nuna products and feel they choose colors and materials that are very satisfying. Rylie on the other hand, definitely feels otherwise. I haven’t tried any other brands but a few of my girlfriends who went with the same car seat, says their child doesn’t like being in it either. The car seat looks comfortable (because I can’t honestly say it is, as I can’t fit in it to tell haha), and comes with a breathable canopy shield which I really love. The stroller is very easy to maneuver and isn’t too heavy for me to fold down and pick up however, this is only without a seat attached to the stroller base. With the stroller seat attached it does require you to use a little more strength taking it in and out of the car.
The Milk Snob car seat and nursing cover is one of my most favorite items I purchased so far. I tried those apron nursing covers but felt it didn’t give me enough coverage when I wanted to feed in public. The Milk Snob cover is just like a poncho so it completely covers your body, front to back while feeding. I always feel so comfortable using this as I can pull my shirt up without people seeing my flabby stomach. The material is also very soft and breathable, so Rylie loves to use it as a security blanket while we’re out.
The diaper bag I have is the Skip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag . Chris got it for me as a mother’s day gift when I was pregnant last year and before the Skip Hop Chelsea backpack came out. I love pretty much everything about my diaper bag, except for the fact that it cannot be worn as a backpack. It has a ton of compartments for your keys, phone, diapers, bottles, makeup, hand sanitizers, etc. Again, I love this bag but definitely find having backpack straps to be a lot easier.
Speaking of making things easy, this is exactly what the Ergobaby carrier does. Rylie still fusses when she first gets into her carrier, but after I start walking she’ll put her little head down and either fall asleep or just chill and look around. Gosh, baby wearing is just amazing. I wish I had started when Rylie was a newborn, but back then she was extremely light so I didn’t feel the need to. If I have a second baby in the future, I will definitely baby wear from birth.
Rylie didn’t always take a pacifier and we tried just about every brand that Target and Babiesrus carried until we came across the Nuk Pacifier. The nipple is an orthodontic nipple and she took to this one pretty quickly. A must-have accessory to go with a pacifier would be a pacifier clip. I got the Lou Lou Lollipop silicone pacifier clip for Rylie since she is currently teething. It is BPA free and made of 100% food grade silicone, making me feel pretty comfortable about her gnawing on it.
For entertainment around the house, Rylie uses the Baby Einstein Ocean Explorer walker and goes crazy running in it. I use this walker or her Graco Pack n Play to keep her busy whenever I’m cooking, cleaning, or getting myself ready. She also loves her Fisher Price Kick n Play Piano Gym. These items will keep her busy for a good 20 minutes!
I had to add Baby Bling Bows to my list because I almost always never leave the house without one. Rylie has worn so many different bows, but my absolute favorite brand would be Baby Bling Bows. Their headbands are made of nylon keeping it very stretchy and comfortable, allowing them to grow with your baby. They never leave a dent on her head, and she’ll always falls asleep with one on.
Bathtime / Diapering
Bath time is really the best time in our household, but it wasn’t always this way. When Rylie was born she loved her bath time but after a few months she started to hate it. Before we started to co-bathe, I used the 4moms Baby Bath Tub. Let me tell you this is such a genius product! It has a digital thermometer to help keep the water a perfect temperature for baby, and has 2 side drains that allow for a continuous flow of fresh clean water. I would definitely recommend this bath tub. To keep Rylie busy during her bath, I got her the Elegant Baby Squirtie bath set. She loves them but my only complaint is that I need to make sure to squeeze each one really good after her bath to avoid it getting gross and mildewy.
After her bath, I always put Rylie in a hooded baby towel like this that you can get from Target. Babies lose their body heat quickly through their head, so a hooded towel is a must to keep them warm.
For baby wash, diaper cream, diapers, wipes, sanitizers, and nipple balm, I use the brand The Honest Company. You can purchase their products in bundles through their website, but I purchase the products I use from either Nordstrom or Target. Every item is made without harsh, health compromising chemicals and is eco-friendly. I found The Honest Company diapers to be the most gentle and absorbent for Rylie whereas other brands gave her some rash or had an occasional leakage. Not to mention they have some of the cutest prints ever, although Nordstrom and Target have limited styles. I haven’t tried any other wipes except for the honest wipes, but what I love about it is that they are thick and don’t have a perfume smell. I also use them if her hands are dirty or if I need to wipe up a mess.
The Oxo Tot Wipes Dispenser makes it easier to grab wipes when you have only one hand available (other hand holding baby’s legs up) during a diaper change. It also avoids you having to shove back the extra wipes that came out all at once, thanks to the weighted piece inside the dispenser.
Before I got pregnant, I saw the Nose Frida nasal aspirator at Nordstrom and thought it was the most grossest thing ever! You’re basically sucking their boogies out and into a tube. I swore I’d never use this on my child, but when Rylie had some boogies stuck deep in her nose and the bulb aspirator was too big for her tiny nostril, I got desperate and had Chris buy it. It really works and as gross as it is, its great that you can see what comes out so you know you’re clearing their nose. It also comes with disposable foam filters, and the tube itself is easy to clean. Another good thing is that since you work as the suction, you control how strong the suction will be vs with the bulb aspirator you can’t adjust this.
Rylie has been breastfed for the past 9 months (and counting) and has refused all bottles we have tried except for MAM bottles. She still refuses milk from a bottle but will drink water from it. MAM bottles are anti-colic and come with a little more pieces than just a regular bottle, adding a couple extra steps for cleaning. I actually like the fact that the top and bottom pieces come apart so I don’t have to use a bottle brush to clean it. I also like the Comotomo Baby Bottle because the bottle itself is squeezable which I find easier to grab. Rylie doesn’t care to suck from this bottle, but she does like when I squeeze the water into her mouth, lol.
I try to make Rylie most of her baby food and use the Beaba Multiportions Silicone Food Tray to freeze them. This tray is so awesome and is the perfect portion size for Rylie currently. I also use the Beaba Silicone Spoons to feed her since she loves to bite and these won’t hurt her mouth.
For the foods that do not require a blender, I use the Nuk Mash and Serve Bowl. I discovered this amazing product from Chris’s cousin who’s baby is one month apart from Rylie. I use this daily to mash her bananas, avocados, or sweet potato that hasn’t been pureed. Its quick, easy, and will be made to the consistency of your liking.
Since we started solids, Rylie has been fed in the Bumbo Floor Seat and tray. I read a lot of mixed reviews for this product, but found it to be okay for us. I’m still on the search for a high chair so we’ll continue to use this until we find one.
Baby snacks! Those Plum Organics Super Puffs are a life-saver. We recently introduced these and my picky eater absolutely loves them. They’re tiny little puffs that melt easily in your mouth, with a subtle sweetness to them. I may or may not eat a few whenever I give them to her…
The Boon Lawn Drying Rack is the cutest accessory in my kitchen. This product is a must for me since I prefer to keep the baby dishes separate from our regular dishes. You can purchase cute little accessories that stick into the lawn and hold pacifiers, nipples, bottle rings, etc., at a higher level to dry.
Our bedtime routine is pretty simple and may vary depending on how Rylie is feeling that day. We try our best to keep her on schedule, but you know that goes! We start off with a nice warm bath and let her splash around. Then we’ll dry her off and put her in footed pajamas (Old Navy, Carters, Gap, or Koala Kids) unless I know she has energy to play a little. If so, I’ll put her in a t-shirt and change her to her pajamas once she’s sleeping. As a newborn baby, we swaddled her as she was most comfortable this way. We used the Aden + Anais swaddles because they’re super soft and breathable as well as really cute 🙂 We no longer swaddle, but I always keep one in my car in case Rylie needs a blanket to either sit or lay down on.
When Rylie was one month old, a girlfriend of mine gave her this Fisher-Price Soothe and Glow Giraffe and the rest is history. This giraffe has been with us every night until about a month ago when it went missing in Rylie’s toy bin. It plays soft, soothing music for 15 minutes and helps to keep baby calm once they’ve fallen asleep. I love that this soother is pretty small and can be taken with us to Grandma’s house or in the car.
Another favorite is the Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother. When Rylie wasn’t able to crawl around or pull herself up yet, she would lay down in her crib and stare at this aquarium. It honestly kept her busy for a good 10-20 minutes at a time! Once she started becoming mobile, she’d crawl over and push the star fish button to turn it on and off. I’d be in the bathroom and hear it going on then off, then on and off again. Annoyingly cute, haha. Definitely recommend this crib accessory.
Okay, you’re going to think I’m crazy but here is another MUST HAVE baby soother. It’s called Sound Sleeper and is an app I found through my iPhone. This is another life-saver that I mainly use while we are out. It plays white noise for 30 minutes (I have the free version) and keeps Rylie asleep through anything! I started using this as she was a newborn and still use it religiously today at 9 months old.
Lastly, we have my favorite Jellycat stuffed animals. These are super soft and easy for baby to grab. I wouldn’t say this is a necessity but they are really cute and perfect for sleepy baby pictures 😛 Rylie never sleeps with anything since everything can pose as a danger, but I will let her cuddle an animal or blankie, then take it away once she’s asleep.
That wraps it up for my current list of baby-must haves. If anyone has some baby-must haves that I haven’t listed, please feel free to share with me. I love getting tips and advice from all you awesome mama’s ❤ Have a great weekend!