So Autumn was 7 weeks old yesterday, and has been home with us just over 6 weeks. I was looking around this weekend at her room (to be finished and posted one of these days) and around the house at all the stuff we’ve accumulated for her- oh man, so much stuffs!!
There are so many great products for her and us that are making things enjoyable for her and as a result our lives easier. Slightly easier? I dunno about that some times, like when we think we are getting into a rhythm and then BAM! she decides to spend all night up. ALL NIGHT. Anyway… here are some of my favorite things right now.
Baby Favorites @ 1 month
We’ve gotten really good at swaddling Autumn with swaddling blankets but these SwaddleMe’s really do make things even easier! The velcro holds her snuggly in place which is great since she can sometimes Houdini her arms out of the blanket swaddles. While she sometimes freaks out when we first swaddle her we know it’s best for her so that she ultimately calms down as being swaddled mimics being tight and cosy (translation= constricted) in the womb. Plus is prevents her from moving around while sleeping and wacking herself in the face and waking herself up.
In addition to the swaddlers in get Autumn to sleep well, this has been a life saver for us. Autumn sleeps really well when the Sleep Sheep is playing 1 of the 4 sounds it has (Mother’s Heartbeat, Spring Showers, Ocean Surf and Whale Songs). There are several versions, including travel, of the Sleep Sheep products but I think this is the best one because it has more options and is just a few more bucks compared to the others. This version has a sound sensor that is triggered when the baby wakes in the middle of the night and starts to make some noise again prompting the Sleep Sheep to start the last song it had played. As well, it has 2 options for the length of time the music plays- 23 or 45 minutes.
We did A LOT of research for which diaper pail we would select. Ultimately we picked the Diaper Genie Elite because of it’s capacity, is hands free, and seals in odors by closing off the diapers with 2 lids. We use this A LOT.
We use this combo all thanks to the really nice visiting nurse who was noticing that no matter how often we were changing Autumn she was getting a diaper rash. She was noticing that the wee one’s bum was a little sensitive to just using the Butt Paste. The Butt Paste is really thick so it required us to use some effort/force to get it completely off after every diaper change. So she suggested we mix some up of the Butt Paste with some Vaseline to cut the thickness. This works well for us because we are using getting the active ingredients in the Butt Paste but thinned it out so it’s easy to get on and off.
Water bottles are a must for me any time, baby or no baby. But now that I am pumping I can’t get enough water. Seriously, can’t get enough. Every time I pump I drink a full water bottle (24 ounces) and then I down more through out the day. Well, this is my favorite water bottle because it Autoseals- which means it’s closed until you open it when you go to drink it. This is awesome for me since I’m tired and extra klutzy and drop or knock over these babies all the time and if I had to clean up spilled water all the time I’d lose my mind!
Price did a big Amazon order one day and picked this out for me to use with the pumping stuffs that are constantly getting washed and washed and washed. I really like this drying rack because it has 2 levels so it can hold a lot without taking up much room, it rotates so it’s easy to get something on one of the levels, and excess water drains into the sink or into trough that comes with it.
I’ll do a Favorites post every month as Autumn grows, changes, and develops.
What are some of your favorite things for newborns?
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