I’ve been meaning to type up this post for awhile now and since Sawyer is officially 2 months old, I think it’s high time I share what must haves got us through the first 8+ weeks of his life.
In no particular order:
The binky (aka pacifier, or nuk):
Some moms are adamantly against using a pacifier for fear of nipple confusion (if breastfeeding) or a reliance as they get older. Or also fear of it impacting tooth growth. We have those concerns, but believe it’s self-soothing abilities far outweigh the possible future unknowns. Since the bean likes his binky (Nuk brand), my boob never (or rarely) gets used as his human pacifier. I’m also able to be far more independent since the binky keeps him happy and quiet.
Okay this actually may be my favorite baby item ever. It’s sort of fabulous. It’s primary use may be for breastfeeding, which I still use all.the.time. But it is also the bean’s home-base. He naps in it, hangs out in it, takes a bottle in it, chills in it, and sometimes even sleeps in it while it’s nestled in the bassinet at night. I like to lay a blanket inside(or over it, as shown) so he doesn’t slither underneath the cushion. The blanket also kept him more propped up when he was really little.
As far as baby carriers go, I’ve only tried the Bjorn, but any ol’ baby carrier will do as long as it’s comfy for you! It’s just so wonderful to have both hands free! This has been a life saver for me, especially for walking the dog. I learned the hard way how difficult it is to push a stroller and walk my 45 lb dog. Not fun my friends.
The Babee Covee:
I randomly picked this up while at a Baby Pallooza fair I attended in my pregnancy. It is literally like 7 different items in one: a blanket, an infant carrier cover, a grocery cart seat cover, a breastfeeding cover, and more. As you can see I use it to cover the infant carrier. I love being able to peek through the hole to check on the soybean while still keeping him completely shielded from the wind or bright sun. Seriously love this cover. I would highly highly recommend getting one. Even the hubby came around to loving it
The bouncy chair:
We got the Fisher Price Comfy Time bouncy chair in Coco Sorbet for Sawyer. While he doesn’t use it all that much, it is perfect for bringing him into the bathroom while I shower. The combo of steam, rushing water, and calming vibrations keep the bean happy so I can take my daily shower in peace.
Chicco KeyFit Caddy:
Yep we bought a $400 jogging stroller and use this <$100 stroller so much more! It has a huge basket in the bottom great for carrying groceries, coats, diaper bags, purses, etc. It’s super light and folds up in a cinch. This has been a fabulous post-baby purchase. We envision bringing this stroller with us to NYC in May. And if it breaks before then (due to over use by me!) then it’s cheap enough to buy another. Perfect!
There are a number of items that we got and don’t really use, but that would be another post.
But in other news, my Mom arrived last night– she is staying for 2 weeks. Wahoooo! I’m so stoked. I have a ton of plans in store for us, including the zoo
If you’re a new parent, what item[s] worked for you?