Five Favorite Baby Products

When I started our baby registry what feels like ages ago, I was totally overwhelmed. There are a gazillion baby products out there, and I didn’t know which products were truly necessary, or which would be a waste of space. We live in a pretty small house, so any products I registered for or purchased needed to be worth the investment. I turned to other moms for advice, and they came through in a huge way. Over the past few months, I’ve also homed in on which products are absolutely essential for us. Here are the five products we absolutely love and could not live without.

Baby Bear tucked away and fast asleep at the New Belgium brewery.

1.) Baby K’tan. This product saves my sanity on a near-daily basis. For the first two months, Baby Bear wanted to be held all the time (including while he slept), which was adorable some days, but maddening others. Baby-wearing has allowed me to satisfy his need to be held, while still getting things done around the house. When baby’s wrapped up next to me, he doesn’t make a peep. We’ve taken him everywhere in this wrap, from brewery tours (see above), to art museums, to fine dining restaurants. Being able to get out of the house and socialize does wonders for my mood. I’m sure there are other (cheaper) baby wraps that get the job done, but the Baby K’tan could not be easier, once you get the hang of it. It now takes me just 30 seconds to get baby in the wrap, which is incredibly quick compared to what I’ve heard from other moms with different wraps.

2.) VTech Safe & Sound Baby Monitor. I adore this baby monitor. It was a cinch to set up (according to my husband), and both the picture and audio quality are great. The monitor has a bunch of fancy features, but here are our favorites: the camera pans 270 degrees and has a tilt feature, so whether baby sleeps in his crib or his swing, we don’t have to move the camera base; the monitor shows the room temperature, so I can make sure the room isn’t too hot or too cold; the monitor is wireless (with a pretty decent battery life), so I can take it anywhere in the house (maximum range of 1,000 feet); and, you can purchase up to 7 additional cameras to connect, if you want to set up monitors in various rooms. This provides incredible peace of mind, and I don’t feel like I have to peek into his room every 2 minutes!

Baby Bear being wheeled around on the uneven terrain of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

3.) Baby Jogger City Mini GT Stroller. Despite the name, this actually isn’t a jogging stroller, but an everyday stroller. We love this thing for a few different reasons – it’s suuuuper easy to fold/unfold (seriously, you can do it one-handed), it maneuvers like an absolute dream, and it has larger wheels so it can handle “off-road” terrain (very useful for the Rocky Mountain National Park). It also adapts to fit our infant car seat with an inexpensive and easy-to-install part, so we didn’t need to buy an “infant stroller” and a “toddler stroller”. Yes, it’s more expensive than most other strollers, but we think it’s worth every single penny, especially when you think of how many times you’ll use it over the next three (or more) years!

Baby burrito.

4.) Halo SleepSack Swaddle. The hospital gave us this as a gift when we were discharged, and I seriously don’t know that anyone would ever sleep without it. Swaddling is the #1 recommendation for getting newborns to sleep, and the SleepSack makes wrapping up a flailing baby a breeze. The SleepSack fit even our 5 lb. preemie baby (which is something I can’t say for the SwaddleMe we also have) and is totally Houdini-proof. Even now that the SwaddleMe fits our 8.5 pounder, we much prefer the SleepSack. I ordered an extra so we always have a clean one on hand.

Kate Spade

5.) Kate Spade Watson Lane Betheny Baby Bag. I am a fanatic about purse organization, and having an organized diaper bag is so important to my sanity. There’s nothing worse than having a screaming, squirming baby and not being able to put your hands on the one pacifier/bottle/toy/blanket that will comfort him, not to mention doing diaper changes in unfamiliar environments! This bag has two outside pockets to keep my items (keys, wallet, cell phone) handy and accessible, and a million pockets inside to store the baby essentials. It’s also nylon, making it incredibly easy to clean (just wipe down with a damp paper towel). The price tag is a little steep, but Kate Spade products last forever and are worth the splurge for me. You can also sign up for their emails to be alerted when they have major sales, or check places like TJ Maxx for discounted styles.

And there you have it – my five most valuable baby products! This was not a sponsored post, and there aren’t any affiliate links. Just my honest opinion on what works for us.

What baby gear is on your MVP list?



Mama told me there’d be days like this

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I just set up an account on Bloglovin’, so now I’m “claiming” by blog. I’m still new to this whole blogging thing, but I’ve read about Bloglovin’ on several other blogs I follow. It seems like a convenient way to read all the blogs I follow, regardless of platform, in one place. Not to mention it’s much easier to discover new blogs. WordPress hasn’t been very helpful on that front.

Today, Baby Bear and I are having what my grandmother would have called a day – emphasized with a heavy sigh and quite possibly a look towards the heavens. While nighttime sleep has lately not been an issue (knock on wood), morning naps have recently been a huge challenge. Usually we wake up around 8, snuggle in bed for the thirty minutes (we are on the co-sleeping train, more on that later), and then get up to start the day.

About an hour later, I can tell he’s sleepy. He’s fussy, fidgety, and mouthy (but won’t nurse or take a bottle). We start the bedtime routine of swaddling, rocking, and singing a lullaby (Goodnight, My Angel by Billy Joel). I put him down, followed by another few minutes of singing and rocking, then I creep towards the door. This typically gets me a solid 1.5 – 2 hour nap, at which point he’s hungry, but all smiles as soon as he eats.

The past few mornings, he wakes up screaming right at the 40-minute mark. I know he’s still tired. He knows he’s still tired. But no amount of swaddling, rocking, nursing, or singing will convince him to fall asleep again. He’s awake and he wants the whole neighborhood to know. Today I had to go around closing all the windows in our house because I was worried someone might hear his wails and call child services.

The only thing that finally (after two hours) convinces him to fall asleep is putting him in his “kangaroo pouch” aka a Baby K’tan (which is an absolute LIFESAVER).

He’s sleeping, and that’s the important part, but part of me worries that I’m forming bad habits. Will he ever be able to sleep by himself? When does he learn this “self-soothing” thing I keep hearing so much about? Why didn’t he come with an instruction manual?

Ah, parenthood.