Babes in sweet swaddles with bright color splashes
Sweet chubby bottoms without diaper rashes
Magnetic nightgowns and linen ring slings
These are a few of my favorite [baby] things
There is a mind numbing number of options when it comes to all things baby. As moms, we want the best, smartest, easiest, cutest and safest things to bathe, dress, soothe, nourish and carry our babies. With so many products to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming! While, expert I am not, I wanted to share with you a handful of items that are pretty amazing in my book. These are a few of my favorite baby things…
- Magnificent Baby magnetic gowns. Seriously, where have these been all of my motherhood? My sweet friend, Sarah, gave me one for Man Cub and I’ve been singing its praises ever since. Let’s face it; newborns are not easy to dress. Try to put a snuggly gown over their head and they act like you’re trying to kill them. These gowns slip on their little arms so easily, then the magnets click together in just a few seconds. Brilliant!!! I hope the smart inventor peoples are currently working on additional ways that magnets can improve my life!
- aden + anais Easy Swaddle Blanket. I’m a huge fan of lightweight muslin swaddle wraps, but most babies, Man Cub included, can Houdini their way out of the tightest wrap in no time. Enter the Easy Swaddle. First of all, no origami skills are required to successfully swaddle your babe. Second, the handy snaps ensure a much more secure wrap. Finally, the light breathable material makes it comfortable for baby no matter the season. And the prints! My sister-in-law bought this one for Man Cub because she knows I go weak in the knees for anything woodland. Foxes and acorns? Seriously, they designed this one just for me.
- Super Duper Diaper Doo. Seeing a sweet baby bottom all red and irritated makes this mama’s heart hurt. All three of mine have had their battles with diaper rash, even my brand new Man Cub. What’s that old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? That’s why I reach for my Super Duper Diaper Doo with every diaper change. This lanolin-based ointment creates a barrier between that sweet little tush and, well, you know.
- Angel care Baby Bath. Since our old bather was quite pink and generally disappointing in every way, I decided to get a new one for my little man. I wanted something that would allow him to take baths with his adoring sisters, while keeping him safe and comfy. This one fit the bill. It’s simple, very inexpensive and dries out and stores quite easily.
- Baby carriers. Whether it’s your first baby or your tenth (but ESPECIALLY if it’s your tenth), a good comfortable baby carrier can be your best friend. There is so much room for preference in the world of baby carriers, but I’ll tell you a little about my two favorites. My old favorite is the Baby K’tan. It’s very idiot proof (which is perfect for me!). I can slip it on and pop my little man inside in under 30 seconds. My K’tan goes with me everywhere and is perfect for little outings such as story time at the library or running a few errands. Last week, my dear friend Sasha leant me her gorgeous handmade green linen ring sling. And, I think I’m in love! So much so, that I’m going to have to make one myself. I plan to use this tutorial, and you know I’ll be blogging about it when I do! 😉 If sewing isn’t one of your talents, you can buy a nice ring sling like this Maya Wrap.
- Yeti Rambler Tumbler. If you’re a nursing mama, you need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. For some reason I don’t drink as much if I’m drinking out of a glass. Plus, it sweats everywhere and makes a big mess. But this amazing feat of ingenuity will keep ice water cold literally all.day.long. No sweating either. And maybe it’s in my head, but I’m convinced water just tastes better in my Yeti cup. Well, in my husband’s Yeti cup that I gave him for Valentine’s Day. I don’t actually own one yet. But he’s awesome at picking up on hints and he does read my blog so…hopefully I might own one someday.
- Non-nursing nursing clothes. I’ve always been too frugal to invest in any nursing apparel other than a few bras. My new favorite nursing “system” is a tank top with a nice stretchy neckline, like Old Navy’s tami, and a loose flowy jersey tunic like this one from Jane.com. When baby gets hungry, I just pull the tank top down and slip Man Cub under my shirt. The tank provides tummy coverage and the soft oversized top acts like a 360 degree nursing cover. I’ve nursed several times in the middle of a busy restaurant and no one even realized what I was doing. #winning
- Babies. My all time favorite baby thing is the baby itself. One of the questions new mamas are most frequently asked is, “Is he/she a good baby?” Is there such a thing as a bad baby? Of course not! I realize the question is really, “Is he easy? Is he low maintenance?” But I always have to answer, “All babies are good babies!”. But this guy…he’s more than good. He’s perfect.