In addition to my monthly lifestyle favorites I thought it would be fun to also share my current top picks as a new Mommy. I’m going to talk a bit about my favorite products from the past month as well as hopefully also other things such as activities and venues as my daughter, CC, grows into enjoying those sorts of things later on. These posts will reflect my favorites based on her age.
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❊ Carter’s Swaddle Blankets – I battled with the traditional muslin blankets for awhile before I was given a set of these as a gift and finally found swaddle peace. They’re much smaller and easier to manage in my experience. I like that they have a bit of stretch to them as well which helps provide a secure yet flexible hold. CC is growing out of them now but they worked great for the first two and a half months.
❊ Carter’s Burp Cloths – We dealt with quite a bit of spit ups in the second month and these burp cloths got a lot of use. They’re a great size that stay on my shoulder well. I like the cotton jersey and terry cloth materials. Plus they’re not too pricey, which made me feel more justified in buying a couple packs as it’s nice to have a whole bunch of clean ones on hand.
❊ Solly Baby Wrap – I’ve become a baby-wearing Mama! I started out with the Solly Baby Wrap at about 3 weeks postpartum when I felt strong enough after my c-section to support CC in this way. In the beginning I always wore the wrap with a Belly Bandit (this one fit my short torso the best) underneath for extra support. I love the Solly wrap for how secure it feels on. Plus, you can’t beat the fabric!
❊ Baby K’tan – As I started to wear CC more and more each day I decided I wanted to try another kind of wrap that was a bit easier to get on and off (CC didn’t care for the ring sling, which is another easy on and off design). The Solly is super long and requires a specific wrapping technique that can take a few minutes to do properly. The Baby K-tan takes the wrapping out of the wrap. It’s the same baby-wearing concept but with a user friendly design that’s easy to pop on and off. I use it every day and highly recommend it to the baby-wearing newbie!
❊ Pacidose – We needed a way to administer medication and other liquid remedies to CC and the typical syringe style applicator did not work. It’s difficult to control how abruptly liquid comes out of the syringe, which would sometimes make CC gag. She’d almost always spit out some or all of the liquid. The pacidose is an ingenious tool that makes it easy to give liquid doses without any choking, gagging, or spitting out. Once CC got used to it she started sucking the liquid out on her own.
❊ 4Moms Infant Tub – CC loves bath time and I love this tub that makes me feel confident bathing her. It fits perfectly in our double sink in the kitchen, which helps save my back while she is this small and needs constant monitoring and support. I really like the design which features a clean reservoir that flows into the main area with an outflow drain for dirty water. The built-in temperature gauge is handy as well.
❊ Summer Infant Comfy Bath Sponge – As much as I love the 4Moms tub it doesn’t come with the most supportive cushion for a newborn. I paid less than $6 for this contoured sponge which fits perfectly in the tub and provides much more support and comfort for CC during bath time.
❊ Shea Moisture Baby Extra Mild Wash & Shampoo – I use this extra mild wash on CC’s hair and body during bath time. I like that it is fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. We have yet to have any issues with baby acne or cradle cap and I think it’s because we use this super gentle wash.
❊ Nurshable.com – I spent quite a bit of time in my glider nursing CC during her second month as we forged through growth spurts, developmental leaps, and reflux issues. There were many times when I felt a bit lost as a new Mama with no past experience to draw upon. I did a lot of one-handed web surfing while I nursed to try to find answers to my many questions. During one particularly rough period when CC was almost 6 weeks old I stumbled across this post about the 6 week growth spurt. Reading about this woman’s experience was a turning point for me during a time when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed. It confirmed that what CC and I were experiencing was not only normal but a necessary part of our breastfeeding journey and bonding experience. I ended up reading almost every blog post over the course of the month and found answers to many of those nagging question marks hanging over my head. I haven’t “found my tribe” yet (fancy lingo for spending time with like-minded mamas), but this blog was a start in helping me feel less alone in my journey.
I talk about each item in more detail in this video:
I hope you enjoyed this look at some of my top picks for my two month old. I would love to know what some of your Mommy favorites are if you care to share!
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