Oh the conveniences of parenting. I’m not saying we need all or any of these things. But I am saying that these things made life a lot easier. Here is a list of some of my favorites.
Summer Infant SwaddleMe: These velcro swaddle wraps are pretty ingenious. No hassle, no fuss! These were great for the first eight weeks and then my son started to break out of them.
HALO SleepSack: Around 10 weeks we started using these sleepsacks instead of swaddles. It took a couple of days for my son to get used to having his hands free from a swaddle but once he got used to it, these worked great because I knew he’d stay warm.
Bjorn Babysitter Balance: I like that there are three different positions - play, rest, sleep. So after feedings and burping I felt super comfortable placing my son in there to chill while I took care of things -- dishes, laundry, dinner, a shower!! etc. Babybjorn also introduced a new Balance Soft last year.
Baby Play Mat: This one is similar to the one I have. It was fun to see Greyson inadvertently swat at the toys hanging above his head. The mat is also good for practice tummy time.
Boppy: I remember thinking “What the hell is a boppy?” when I was pregnant the first time around. This nursing pillow is great, especially for those long nursing sessions in the middle of the night. I have also heard great reviews about My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow.
ComoTomo: Love these bottles. The bottle is squishy and the nipples are a bit softer and more flexible than others I’ve tried. It’s the only bottle he’ll take.
ON THE GO
NüRoo Pocket: I had the pleasure of meeting the two founders over coffee when Greyson was just weeks old. They explained how they designed a babywearing shirt that promotes skin to skin. And explained all of the benefits of skin to skin. I remember one day in particular when my son was super fussy, which was rare for him. I stripped him except for his diaper and put him in my NüRoo Pocket. Within minutes he calmed and fell asleep. I was so relieved because to this day I still remember that feeling of pure exhaustion. This would make a great gift for any new mom.
BabyBjorn Carrier: I’m glad I registered for a Bjorn Carrier during my first pregnancy. I loved it and used it until my daughter got too heavy for me to carry. Many MommyBeta readers suggested the Ergo, which provided more support as the babes get older and heavier. Since then however, BabyBjorn has come out with the BabyBjorn Carrier Miracle, which provides more back support and BabyBjorn One Carrier, which I’ve tried and will share my thoughts on in a separate post.
Snap N Go: I kept this snap n go frame in my car so that I could snap the baby’s car seat in and go. Good for quick trips when the baby + car seat gets too much to carry.
TECH & ELECTRONICS
Instacart: A nice service for grocery shopping & delivery online. I used it for the first few months after bringing home my son and then stopped once I was able to master grocery shopping with two kids. Basically you choose the grocery store you want (from a list), select groceries, pick a delivery time and someone will drop off your groceries.
Baby Log: This iphone baby activity tracker app is handy indeed! I mainly used it to track feedings - both nursing and bottle. You can also track diaper changes and sleep.
Marpac White Noise Machine: I swear by these white noise machines. We live on a main street with constant traffic including fire engine sirens, loud motorcycle engines and garbage trucks - and this little machine blocks out a lot of this street noise for my toddler. We ended up getting a second machine for my son’s closet nursery to help block out some of the sounds from my toddler.
What are/were some of your essentials?