. . . for Lauren and Lauren: one month favorites

August 21, 2013

one month favorites

My sweet blogging friend Jennifer and I have known each other since I started blogging and her friendship has been such a blessing, as we've gone through a lot of the same things in regards to getting pregnant .  We found out we were both pregnant within a few days of each other and had our babies within a few days of each other too.  Jennifer asked me to share some of things that I have loved this first month and shared hers as well.  She did a great job putting it all together and let me share it on my blog too! :)

Here are my favorites from the first month: 

1. Circo Love n Nature LED Tap Light
When I registered for this I didn't realize how much I'd love or use it.  We keep this next to our bed and leave it on all night.  I love that when I wake up I can see Addilyn right away and know that she is okay.  It's also not too bright where it seems to get her really awake, but bright enough I can see to feed her and change her.  Plus, it plugs in so you don't have to keep buying batteries.

2. Gilligan & O' Malley Nursing Bras
I did not think much about having to wear a bra to bed but I definitely need too and am glad I found these.  And I wear them most days too, which once I start actually going out more I'll have to wear real bras I guess. :) They are super comfortable and easy to move to the side quickly when you have a crying, hungry baby in the middle of the night!

3. Happy Baby Wrap Carrier
I won this in a giveaway and had registered for the Moby Wrap but was happy to use this instead. Addilyn loves it and usually falls asleep after ten minutes or so of being in it.  She spends at least a few hours a day in it.  I love it because I can be on my computer, eat or do things around the house with it.  I still feel a little nervous not holding onto to her with at least one hand but hopefully I'll get over that soon!

4. Arm's Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet
The first few weeks Addilyn did not want to sleep in anything but my arms.  Many nights I slept on the recliner in our living room, which helped too since I felt like I was nursing every hour.  We tried everything to get her to sleep on her own: a swing, the bouncy seat, the little section on the pack and play. We pretty much at a little store of baby furniture next to our bed.  We decided to try this co-sleeper and have had much better luck.  I love that I can see her on my same level, can easily hold a pacifier in her mouth for many minutes and can easily pick her up too.

5. Summer Infant Swaddlers
Addilyn does not like to be fully swaddled, but we still use the sleep sack so that her legs are nice and snug.  We just leave her arms out.

6.Water Bottle
I thought I drank a lot of water when I was pregnant but I am drinking way more now.  And thankfully water sounds much better now than when I was pregnant.  I know it's a good thing to drink lots of water when you're breastfeeding and I definitely feel the need to.

7. Fisher Price Baby Bouncer-Forest Fun
We both love this!  I think Addilyn loves that it vibrates and is at an incline and I love that it is easy to carry from room to room while she's in it.  She's pretty content in here while she's awake (of course depending on the time of the day) and will take naps in here too.  Without this I'm not sure how I'd go to the bathroom or shower.

8. Gerber Newborn Gowns
These are the only thing we put Addilyn in for pajamas.  It is so much easier than zipper or snap pajamas to check her diaper at night.  And since we put her in a swaddle/sleep sack I know her legs or feet don't get cold.

And here are Jennifer's favorites for her sweet boy Bryce:

1. Gerber Newborn Mittens
You'll be amazed at how babies can come out looking like Edward Scissorhands. Their nails can be quite long but they are thin like paper making it darn near impossible to file down. I actually packed these mittens in our hospital bag and the nurses kept swooning over what a good idea it was to bring them to with (I know I'm a genius). Much to my hubby's dismay, I made Bryce wear these puppies until the day we took him for his newborn pictures. Couldn't risk scratching up that pretty lil' mug of his!

2. Nosefrida
You know how some people have a weird fetish with popping pimples? Yeah, well, I kind of have this odd obsession with sucking my son's snot. Okay, so it may sound strange but this non-invasive nasal aspirator is awesome (and yes, there is a filter so the snot doesn't come anywhere near your mouth). I had read rave reviews about this sucker (haha no pun intended) and figured I would give it a try. Bryce's nose get's congested a lot and so far I have found the Nosefrida works a whole lot better than the bulb aspirator at clearing it out.

3. Fisher-Price Snug a Bunny Swing
Swings, some babies love them, some babies hate them. Thank goodness Bryce loves his swing (most of the time).

4. Graco Pack n Play with Newborn Napper
This thing has been a lifesaver! The baby's nursery is on a different floor than our master bedroom so it's nice because not only can we have him near us while we sleep at night (and I don't have to walk the stairs semi-conscious to nurse) but it also has a changing table. Definitely glad we registered for this!

5. Baby K'tan
This carrier is so easy to put on versus the Moby which looks really complicated. Any time Bryce  has a full belly and a clean diaper and is still fussy I know I can always count on this carrier in calming him down. In addition, it allows me to use the restroom, eat , and do laundry!

6. Gerber Soothe Colic Drops Probiotic Supplement
Our little man has problems digesting after his feedings and I hate seeing him in pain trying to pass gas. It was a relief when our pediatrician recommended these colic drops. Unlike the other drops on the market this is the only supplement for breastfed babies with the priobiotic L. reuteri (which is a friendly bacteria!) It has definitely helped a little in easing his tummy troubles.

7. Aden & Anais Swaddle Wraps
When I was pregnant this was the one brand that other mommas constantly recommended to me. These swaddle blankets are perfect for summer babies because they are lightweight and breathable. Originally, I was intimidated by their large size (seriously, they look like you can swaddle a baby rhino in them) but once you ace your baby burrito wrapping skills you will love them. I use them for multiple things like draping over his car seat to block the sun and to cover myself while nursing in the doctor's parking lot (yes, something I thought I would never do!)

8. Babyganics Hand and Face Wipes
These wipes are great to have on hand for in between baths!

If you want to check out Jennifer's adorable baby boy and her amazing projects she shares visit her here!! And moms - please tell me some of your favorite items for the first few months!



Carly said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Making a list of must haves :-)


Dawn said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I'm going to have to try that little light. I am driving my husband nuts with the nightstand lamp.

Courtney Kassner said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

This is so helpful! I've been looking for good nursing bras and will definitely be checking into those! Also that Happy Baby Wrap!

Thanks for sharing!

Desiree Macke said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

The Nosefrida is THE BEST thing! We are STILL using that thing. And, it's one of my go-to gifts when we're invited to a baby shower. It looks a little weird, the concept is a little weird, but it's seriously so awesome.

Angie said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I always thought newborn gowns was so smart. I used them with all three of my kids!

The Life of Poole said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I live in those nursing bras right now! Finn loves his hands by his face so he hates his arms swaddled but I'm afraid he'll startle himself at night and wake up, but maybe I'll try not wrapping his arms and see how he does. Usually he just takes a while to fall asleep because he's moving his arms and trying to get loose but then gives up and goes to sleep but the noises he makes while doing so drives my husband crazy when we're trying to sleep too haha

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Thanks for sharing Katie! Still can't believe were mommies:)

two birds said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

whenever a pregnant friend asks what she must have, i always say a bouncy chair. they are a necessity, i agree!!! great picks...i wish i had this list when i had my kids!

Jen B said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Katie, Medula has a great "real" nursing bra and so does Bravado. Both also have insertable "pads" that help them not to be so thin for a little extra privacy... I have one of each and they are all I wear during the day.

Lindsay @ Pursuit of Pink said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I agree with everything you both listed!!! I even passed the link along to a pregnant friend, telling her to buy everything you talked about. And I feel the same way about my sound machine, I love the night light so I can check on Kendall and make sure she is breathing without having to turn on a lamp and wake up my husband (I check to make sure she is breathing ALL. NIGHT. LONG.)

Denise said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Awesome list.

christina said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

good picks. #8 jammies were a must for us :)