Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A few of our favorite things. . . . Birth-6 months

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

While those things are all wonderful, that's not what we're talking about here today. We're talking about baby gear, specifically the ones that get you from birth to the six month range. 

If you search the internet for what you need for a baby, you're going to be so inundated with information you may end up entering "shut down" mode like I did. I literally had to shut the laptop lid before I shut down from being so overwhelmed. There is SO much information out there! Most new parents end up registering for all this new stuff, and then a week or so in realize they don't half of it. Or, realize they need completely different stuff. Fun times, right? Not that we're professionals at this AT ALL, but I have been pondering the few items that really helped us the first few months. Without further adieu, a few of our favorite things. . .

 As you can see she spends a lot of time in the swing

Baby girl loves her some swing time! When she was fresh she would sleep in it pretty regularly (gotta love reflux!), but nowadays she just hangs out in it and "talks" to the baby in the mirror;-) We have the Fisher Price "Snug-a-Puppy" and couldn't be happier. It rotates in three different directions so we can turn her based on her preference as well as adjust the speed and music options. 

Playing is tough work

Play Mat
This thing is wonderful! She spends a good 30-45 minutes playing on it every morning. She lays there are gabs with the toys dangling while also trying to grab them and pull. I'm going to be so sad when she finally bores of this because it buys me time every morning to get going on the day! Bonus points for being able to fold up nice and easy.

Noise Machine 
Poor kid was in trouble from day 1 since neither of her parents can fall asleep without this either! It's nice to have when the dog barks or if we have people over in the evenings. There is never any worry about whether she'll wake up or not. I know it'll be a tough habit to break later, but today we're loving it!

Ignore her cranky face, she loves that thing!

No matter who your kid is and what their personal preference is, they're going to need to be rocked. A LOT. And a good glider is going to make those long nights of rocking a lot easier. Ours was gifted to us by my aunt after her kiddos outgrew it and we couldn't be happier. David has even asked a time or two if we can put it in front of the TV in the den!

Angelcare Monitor
Y'all this thing is wonderful. It has given me so much peace knowing that an obnoxious alarm would go off if she stopped moving after 15 seconds. SO.MUCH.PEACE.

Nose Frida
A lot of people have heard of it and are totally grossed out. Then they have a super sick/congested baby and give it a try. They are then fans for life. At least that's how it worked in our house. Baby girl had her first cold and this momma's heart was breaking in a million pieces-I was willing to try anything! Even sucking my child's boogers out through a tube. . . The first few times she wasn't into it, but now she just accepts it as a part of life. #parentingwin

I'm sure I'm forgetting some items, but these are a few of our definite favorites. What are your favorites??

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