I’m kind of having a hard time believing that we’ve got 6 months of parenting under our belts. Some days have felt like they would never end, but for the most part, time has been flying. I wanted to share a few of our most used tools over the past few months. These are the things we have used almost every day or have been most helpful for us. Paul is growing and reaching new milestones almost daily it feels like, so I’m interested to see how this list changes over the next six months!
1. Rock N Play
I didn’t intend to use this for as long as we have, (currently working on the transition to the crib!) but because of Paul’s terrible reflux, he needed to sleep on an inclined surface for a bit longer. I don’t really have any favorite features other than it’s portable and Paul loved it.
This is more for me than it is for Paul. I can’t handle the congested breathing sound so I use it pretty frequently. I think we may have traumatized him over the past couple of weeks through his first cold. So. Much. Snot. But praise hand emoji for the frida!
Even though Paul went on a two month paci strike, he still enjoyed gnawing on the plush part of these during that time. These are easy to keep up with and easy to throw in the wash. Every time I give Paul his paci now (we stick to bedtime and in the car), I want to do a little dance because life was a little rough during his strike.
4. Angel Care bath/Baby Aquaphor
Part of our nightly routine includes bath time every night. Because of this, Paul’s skin can get dried out so we add in a bit of Aquaphor every other night. We love this tub because it allows water to circulate under Paul (he’s not sitting in his own dirty water). Bath time is a favorite around here!
I did a ton of stroller research so I’ll probably do a separate post on everything I learned while shopping, but we love this stroller for it’s lightweight frame and versatility.
There’s not really a video baby monitor that blows all the others out of the water, but this one had the best reviews on Amazon and we’ve been happy with it.
So when we were in the NICU and I was still coming to terms with the fact that I didn’t have 5 more weeks to think about these things, I asked one of our favorite nurses “so…when we get home…where do I put him when I’m not holding him?” She laughed at me and said we would figure it out. Thankfully our neighbor brought over one of these for us to use and it quickly became our go-to. We tote it all around the house and Paul has loved it!
While I only used this for its intended purposes for a few of weeks, we still use it every day for tummy time, lounging, and most recently, supported sitting. I actually hardly ever used this for breastfeeding because Paul was so tiny and we also had this pillow that supported him a bit better in those early days.
This is a recent favorite, but Paul is a huge fan. He stays entertained in this longer than anything else and loves bouncing as hard as he can.
10. Nursing Covers
While these are designed to be worn as a nursing cover and a carseat cover, I went ahead and got two separate ones because the idea of covering the carseat and all of it’s germs and then putting it over his face while nursing was kind of ick for me. I wear this one because its a bit bigger and I cover the car seat with this one.
11. Sound Machine
Since Paul’s room is right next to our bathroom and right above the guest bathroom (we really didn’t think through which room to use as his nursery very well), this helps us feel like we aren’t having to tip toe around the house after he goes to bed. We even travel with it because we’re those first time parents.
Paul loved this when he came home from the hospital, then he hated it, and now he’s back to loving it (at a level 5 speed only, please). It doesn’t get used every day, but we’re thankful for it!
I accidentally bought the wrong bumbo instead of the original, so this one has been a bit too big until recently. It came with its own tray though which is nice and we’ve been using it a lot lately while learning how to eat real food!
Since Paul is a summer baby, we haven’t used these for warmth, but we do use them for just about everything else. They’ve doubled as playmats, nursing covers, burp cloths, car seat covers, pillows, teethers, and backdrops for photos. They get softer with each wash and are compact enough to throw in the diaper bag.
I have a feeling this will get more use with our next kid when I need to be more hands free, but this was a huge help while traveling (especially on my solo trip to Texas!). I love that I can roll it up and throw it in the diaper bag and that it can fit both me and Taylor.