when i was about seven months pregnant, david and i started to shop for the baby. we were living in south carolina at the time and i remember walking into babies-r-us and feeling like i had just been hit with the hugest anxiety bomb known to mankind...what the freak am i supposed to buy for this child? why are there five different baby bathtub choices? which one is the best? if i don't make the right choice for her, is she going to hate bath time and then grow up with an irrational fear of water? is this bathtub choice going to shape the rest of her life?
the answer is no.
but this stuff just might make your life a little bit easier.
1. my brest friend. i mentioned this in my newborn survival post and i think it bears repeating because i really did love it. it supported my back, was adjustable, came with a soft and washable cover, had a little pocket for storage (i kept little nail clippers/nail file in it) and it didn't slip while nursing (which i imagine the boppy does, but i have never used the boppy so i guess i don't know).
2. ju-ju-be diaper bag. after i had ava, i think i carried my louis vuitton speedy for a couple weeks. i had a hard time letting go and accepting the diaper bag. it has a stigma, a stinky-mom stigma, but after i went to the dark side i was eternally glad. this bag is great. it comes with a changing pad, enough pockets to hold everything you could possibly need, a handy keychain attachment to make access to your keys easy, and it comes with removable straps to make it a backpack if needed. it wipes clean, has external pockets for bottles, and comes in a variety of really cute prints.
3. bright starts safari gym. i am sure this is the reason ava is a genius baby. santa so generously brought her one for christmas and she was enamored from day one. she would sit under this thing for hours, kicking and reaching and looking at the lights. it plays four super happy, not that annoying songs and collapses easily for convenient transportation.
4. cloud b plush sound machine. we were gifted this for my baby shower and it was quickly dubbed "ava's magic giraffe" because it put her to sleep in minutes, every time. it has four different sound options, including and most importantly, white noise, which blocks outside noise and supposedly sounds like the womb, helping baby fall asleep and stay asleep. this is a must-have, ava really did love it and i really do wish she would sleep like she did as a newborn again. oy vey.
5. brica deluxe firefly mirror. this little gem is kind of a distraction for the driver, but really useful. this mirror comes with pretty lights and fun songs that entertain baby while you drive. it also comes with a handy remote control, so you can change the songs and turn the device off and on while driving. or stopped at a stoplight. that might be a better option.
6. moby wrap. i seriously can't think of any reason why we didn't get a moby wrap first thing when ava was born, but we were new to this whole parenting thing and didn't think it was necessary. it so is! get a moby wrap! wear your baby! i can't wait to have my next so i can strap her/him on and go about my business. they are super easy to tie and wear, comfortable, and if my xxl husband can fit in one, you can too.
7. lavender essential oils. i have never tried the doterra stuff because i am cheap and lazy, but i picked this up at gnc and it has helped soothe ava on many occasions. i put a couple drops in her night time bath and rub a couple drops on her feet before bed time and it helps her relax and unwind. i've heard miracle stories about doterra making babies sleep through the night and healing ear infections and yada yada, so if anyone wants to send me some and make me a believer, i'm willing to accept the challenge.
8. mamas and papas urbo stroller. we love our stroller. love love love it. strollers were one of the most intimidating purchases for me...what makes a stroller a good stroller? do i really need to spend $1,000 on the bugaboo so i can be a cool hipster mom? should i just get a snap-and-go so i can easily transfer the carseat? so many questions, so many opinions and thankfully we were very generously gifted with the urbo. it is beyond simple to collapse, moves like a dream, is sleek and not bulky, and we couldn't be happier with it.