Well I’m a little over 3 months into this new gig called motherhood and I happen to be a complete and total expert at everything. ::crickets:: Ahem, well maybe more like amateur struggling to stay afloat somedays with an occasional victory every once in a while. What is the most valuable lesson I’ve learned so far, you ask? To be flexible, patient, and to start every single morning with a fresh, new attitude. I’ve also developed a love for certain products that I’m using a lot of now (burp cloths, baby toys, clothes, etc.) and I thought I would share a few of those with you today.
Amazon Prime: let me just tell you. . . Amazon Prime is the bomb. My friend Allyson raved and raved about it for months and months and I was always like, “yeah, that sounds cool” but I never bit the bullet and signed up. I rarely shopped on Amazon. But now it’s practically the first place I look if I need things. From underwear for my husband to a new baby toy, the free and quick shipping cannot be beat. I haven’t ventured into the Amazon Mom realm quite yet, but I hear that’s pretty great as well.
Aden + Anais Burpy Bibs : David went through quite the spit up phase as we were trying to find the right formula for him. During that time I realized that no burp cloth could be big enough for the spit up that he produced. I nearly wanted to wear my robe all day over my clothes just so I could be spared of yet another outfit change for the both of us. Well, the Aden + Anais burpy bibs have come to the rescue. My friend Joanna gifted me a set and they quickly became favorites. The way they curve in around my neck means a little bit more spit up protection, and they are also really soft. Eventually David will be able to wear them as bibs (they have little snaps on them), and I’m sure they’ll be my favorite even then. #spitupisnasty
Pottery Barn Kids Safari Bibs : Again, the spit up was kind of crazy for awhile there so he needed to be in bibs constantly. We have since figured out a much better formula for him, but he still wears bibs quite often. These are my favorite because they are large but still soft. I found that the larger the bib, the more likely it had the “plastic” interior (which it’s useful for keeping them dry) and I didn’t like the stiffness. I also found that the spit up didn’t absorb as well into those and it would simply roll down onto his clothes. #fail
Baby Einstein: Take Along Tunes : A friend of the family gifted David this toy while I was home a few weeks ago. And I was whispering “Thank you Carla” as I entertained David with it on the airplane. He loves the lights and the sounds. It has two volume settings and the songs last fairly long. He plays with this so much (and by plays with I mean I hold it in front of his face and he slaps it) that the songs play in my head well into the night as I’m trying to fall asleep. #motherhood
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles : We went through a few bottles when we were trying to figure out our favorites but ultimately landed on these. I like the small vent that lets the air out, and the nipple doesn’t collapse often.
Honest Co Shampoo and Body Wash : This is definitely our favorite as it produces a nice lather and smells delicious too! The scent is very mild, and we’ve never had an issue with David getting irritated from it (it’s natural and hypoallergenic too).
The Woombie Air : This is the only “swaddle” that will contain him! It zips up the front, and even has a lower zipper for late night diaper changes. I like the mesh part in the front so he doesn’t over-heat. He may wriggle around a lot, but he never breaks out of this!
Aden + Anais Swaddles : Before we started using the Woombie, we would “double swaddle” David in two of these. I love that they are breathable and huge! I have a few stashed in my car to drape over the car seat if it’s sunny or windy, and I don’t feel like I’m suffocating him with a heavy blanket. I think we’ll use these for a long time.
Do you have a certain product that you simply cannot live without? Let me know in the comments!