My mentality was one of simplicity. (If you saw our playroom now, you would burst into a fit of laughter.) But, in the beginning, we really tried to get just what we needed and not much more. I also see posts regularly on social media platforms asking for advice on what to get for a newborn, a nice shower gift, etc.
So, here you have it: A list of our very favorite things. In no particular order...
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I read a review once that said "This is the grossest thing I have ever loved." And you may question my sanity for putting something so weird first on our list. Tracy was adamantly against even considering using this little device (also called the Snot Sucker - so you get the drift), but has since become a believer herself. Those little bulb things the hospital gives out don't hold a candle to this thing.
In the middle of the night, you will be so thankful that you don't have to fumble with little snaps. Enough said.
I highly recommend a sound machine. Even more so if you have another child that could potentially interfere with the little one sleeping, or, in my case, a husband that resembles a bull in a china shop. 16 months later, we still use ours every night.
This is not your typical cradle. Both of us have used this little miracle sleeper for all three of our children. It's super easy to maneuver (I used to drag it from room to room so she could be with me while she was sleeping). The incline keeps baby sitting up slightly, which is good for any reflux conditions. I kept AK at the side of my bed for three months. Tracy kept EM with her for even longer!
Kick N Play Piano Gym
My favorite thing for baby once she hit about two months old. I watched her develop her fine and gross motor skills right in front of my eyes. She loved this thing. Once she got a bit bigger, the piano adjusts so she can pound on it while sitting.
Sophie the Giraffe
So cliche. But, by far, their favorite hand toy ever.
Miracle Blanket Swaddle
Both EM and AK had difficulties in the sleep department - but what baby doesn't! These blankets are amazingly easy to use, completely effective, and definitely helped our girls to stay asleep as infants - try as they might, those little arms could not get free.
Munchkin Snack Catchers
These cups have saved me many a meltdown, particularly when we are not at home. I have even resorted to putting entire meals cut-up into bite size pieces in these cups in order to get certain children to eat.
This is a mess-free snack that baby will devour. These little rice-cake-type crackers will give you at least 7 minutes of baby occupied time which is priceless as far as I am concerned.
|Baby MumMum - the chosen appetizer before the real meal!|
OxyClean Laundry Stain Remover Spray
This product is literally the ONLY one, and I have tried what seems like all of them, that will remove all the different types of stains your baby/child will make on their clothes. You name it, this spray has removed it, and I have saved so many clothes from the garbage as a result. Seriously.
Julbo Looping Sunglasses
These could be considered slightly pricey as far as kids sunglasses go. However, the money they will save you in not having to buy a new pair for your kid every week will make it worth the splurge. When this company says that they have flexible frames and cannot be damaged by bending, they are not kidding. We have had our pair for 2 years and counting and are still damage free- and that includes the lenses.