CC has grown and changed so much over the past month! I can’t believe how much more aware and interested she is in everything around her. Her inquisitive nature is really starting to peek through. In this post I share about my favorite products for my growing girl as a new Mama from the past month.
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❊ Swaddleme Original Swaddle – CC grew out of the Halo SleepSack Swaddle in length by eight weeks old. I didn’t like how baggy the larger size of the same model was around her neck, so I decided to look at other brands. The Swaddleme in the large size has been the perfect fit for her ever since. We use it for naps and night time sleep. She still needs to be swaddled to go to sleep at three months old, but I like how I’ll be able to gently transition her out of the swaddle using the Swaddleme since it is easy to use with one or both arms out.
❊ Maraca DOHM-DS Natural White Noise Sound Machine – As much as I loved using the Sleep Sheep as a white noise machine for the first two months, it only has a 20 or 40 minute cycle option. CC grew out of it during her third month and increasing lengths of night time sleep. This plug-in machine has an actual fan inside and stays on for as long as it’s turned on. You can adjust the volume of the fan by opening and closing the vents along the top and sides of the machine. It creates a great, soothing white noise sound that fills the room nicely.
❊ Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor – We moved CC into her room to sleep for both naps and overnight by 9 – 10 weeks old. This video monitor has been a constant fixture for me ever since! I love that it has clear night vision so I can keep an eye on CC when my new Mama worrywart brain kicks in without disturbing her rest. Another nice feature is that you can move the lens and zoom in and out remotely. It brings peace of mind for this Mama!
❊ Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil & Nutribiotic GSE Liquid Concentrate– I talked in length about my struggle with thrush and the at home remedies I used to beat it in this post. Even though both CC and I are currently thrush-free, we continue to use coconut oil and GSE (grapefruit seed extract) as a preventative measure. They’re now staple daily products for both of us!
❊ Sassy Farm Portable Mobile – CC started to show interest in toys after she hit the two month mark. The first things she really noticed were high contrast, patterned items like this portable mobile. Her newborn eyes could focus on the black, white, and red design and the patterns and noises (chimes and rattle) were perfectly suited to capture her at this early developmental stage. She has since moved on to be interested in a much wider variety of toys (and just about everything else), but she still enjoys playing with this mobile which we keep clamped to her Snugabunny Rock N’ Play. You can also remove the mobile from the clamp and use the velcro to attach it to a car seat bar for on-the-go fun.
❊ Look, Look! by Peter Linenthal – We received this book as a gift from a friend with a one year old who I count on for great baby advice. I would now recommend it to all new mamas. As much as CC has always enjoyed being read to, this was the first book she could really see. The black, white, and red high contrast pictures and larger patterns are eye-catching to a newborn. It was definitely her favorite around the two month mark. Even though she now enjoys looking at lots of different picture books, she still enjoys this one. Bonus: it’s short, sweet, and easy for Mama to memorize.
❊ BabyBjorn Bouncer – I bought this when CC was just a couple of weeks old as I’d heard only great things about it. It wasn’t until she was about nine weeks old that she really enjoyed sitting in it. Since then it’s been a favorite as it’s a great place to put her for story time or to watch Mama run around the kitchen. It comes in especially handy since CC has reflux and we have to keep her upright for a bit after feedings. I like that it has three different angle settings for rest and play and that you can buckle baby in securely.
❊ BabyBjorn Wooden Googly Eyes – This toy bar is designed to use specifically with the bouncer. I do think it’s a bit overpriced for what it is, but I am glad I bought it as it was the first set of toys that CC could really interact with. When clipped onto the bouncer it sits at arm’s reach to the baby for easy access. At first she would just whack at it unintentionally but now she really concentrates on moving the wooden beads and flowers.
❊ Pandora – I already mentioned this in my March Lifestyle Favorites, but it bears repeating here since it really was and continues to be a Mommy Favorite of mine. CC loves to be danced with and for awhile during the height of her fussiness it was the only surefire way to calm her. As much as I love singing to my girl, this Mama can only sing and bounce a crying baby for so long without running out of steam. That’s where the Pandora Disney channel came to my rescue! I love that this music streaming program plays a variety of Disney music and that I can “curate” the selections by a thumbs up/thumbs down system. The free app is really nice, but I opted to upgrade to the paid version for an ads-free experience. There are so many different channels and kinds of music to listen to, as well.
❊ The Wonder Weeks App – There are a lot of unknowns as a new Mama and so many things it’s impossible to prepare for no matter how many classes you attend and books you read. One of the most challenging things I have faced as a new Mama is not knowing what, if anything, is wrong when my baby is going through a fussy period. Once you’ve ruled out hunger, dirty diapers, tiredness, and physical discomfort, it can be really disheartening not to know what’s going on. As it turns out, most babies fall into similar patterns of fussier times in accordance with big developmental leaps (these are different from growth spurts). The Wonder Weeks App is a handy reference to guide new worrywart parents like me through these fussy spots. So far, the app has been extremely accurate for not only predicting CC’s “stormy” periods, but also the new developments that she comes out of these times with. Even if it is a bunch of hogwash, it’s given me a reason for the fussing, which is worth the two bucks for the app in my opinion.
❊ Mama Natural – I came across this blog when researching natural reflux remedies and found a wealth of information that has helped shape some of my decisions along the way. I really enjoy the encouraging tone of Genevieve’s posts and videos. She provides great tips and tricks based on experience without coming across as judgmental or elitist (which many similar blogs and resources sadly do). I recommend a look if you’re like me and interested in learning more about natural remedies and tips for babies and mamas.
I talk about each item in more detail in this video:
I hope you enjoyed this look at my top picks for my three month old. I would love to know what some of your Mommy favorites are if you care to share!
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