Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My Lifesavers

I always wanted to know what the top things I HAD to have for Ella and the amount of baby products out there is incredibly overwhelming.  I appreciated all of the mommies out there who shared their expertise. My friends and family were incredibly generous when we were preparing for the arrival of the little nugget and all of the items below were gifts. 

So here we go, the things I could not live without:

Fisher Price My Little Snugabunny Cradle 'n Swing

Ella would live in this thing if I let her.  She loves to sit and look out the window and she frequently takes naps in it.  I can pop her in this thing when she is tired and she will fall asleep within 2 minutes.  MAGIC!  I love that it does the side to side and front to back motions.  She prefers the side to side cradle swinging, but we switch it up every once in a while.  It also plugs into the wall so I don't have to worry about batteries dying.

This is my miracle blanket.  We tried the Miracle Blanket brand, but the Swaddleme was so much easier.  I love the stretchy velcro tabs, and I can wrap her super tight.  Plus, Ella looks like a little baby burrito and it makes me laugh.  

I read this right after Ella was born and wish I had read it sooner.  I have discovered how important it is to keep Ella on her schedule.  She knows what to expect and I can read her cues and meet her needs much quicker.  I definitely think this is the reason she was sleeping through the night at 8 weeks.  A good read for daddies too! 

aden + anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets and Burpy Bibs

I love this brand.  The blankets are great for swaddling newborns until they are strong enough to kick out of them.  I love the cute burpy bibs and snuggle blankets.  Ella always has one of these in her hands and likes to cover her face with them when she naps.  They also get softer the more you wash them.

Ella had a little diaper rash once and this cleared it right up.  I used the Burt's Bees stuff first, but I feel like it made it worse.

I love this thing!  I quickly discovered what a pain in the butt it was to have all of the diaper changing gear floating around in the diaper bag.  I could never find anything and I had to lug the whole thing to the restroom when Ella needed a change.  Now, I just grab this out of the diaper bag and I have everything that I need. 

This is one of those gifts that I thought would be nice to have but wasn't on my priority list.  I was wrong!  You need this if you are a nursing momma.  The wired edge at the top allows you to see the baby without holding the top out and the baby can breathe!  I also use this at a car seat cover when we go to restaurants and such to block out the light and nasty people germs. 

Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover

I would be lost without these products.  Go out and buy one for a new mommy!

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