For some reason when I was pregnant and it was time to create a baby registry, I had major anxiety. As in, it was laughable how much the thought of picking out a car seat and a stroller and a breast pump brought on a severe case of the sweats. It's not that big a deal, right?
But he is my first baby. And I wanted the best. And I love doing research on things like this.
I am imparting all my hard earned wisdom cultivated in the late night
hours over the last year to all of you. I have read blogs, product
reviews and Amazon descriptions, hit up new and old mamas alike and
here's what I have for you: a list of things I could not be living
Le swing: Fisher Price My Little Lamb Platinum Edition Cradle N' Swing
is the first item on the list because, in some ways, it has helped me
get back on track with managing my life. I didn't register for a swing
because they are (mainly) huge and our house is (mainly) small. Also, I
had read somewhere you should wait until your baby is born before
deciding between a bouncy seat
and a swing to see which one they prefer. Our friends generously let us
borrow their bouncy, but alas, Jack is a swingin' kind of guy. He is
not a fussy baby, as long as he's being held most of the time... uh,
yeah son, mama has things to do and this arrangement is not gonna work
out for long! Enter the swing. It has changed my life. It's like baby
crack... fo reals!
Le Miracle: The Miracle Blanket
Some people refer to the first three months after birth as the "fourth trimester"
(a bit of an oxymoron, but I digress). Essentially, the belief is that
right out of the womb, babies don't have the coping skills needed to be
comfortable on planet earth. The answer? Swaddle the kid like a psycho
in a strait jacket. I'm sure plenty of you know about the beautiful
muslin Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets
and while we use them for a variety of things (keeping the sun out of
baby's face, wiping up spit, playing fun games of "Mother Theresa
dress-up"), they've been difficult to use as actual swaddles (i.e. the
few times we've used them overnight, I've been awfully scared of Jack
suffocating). In walks The Miracle Blanket. It's like the muslin
swaddle's somewhat plain Jane sister who has a winning personality and
ends up getting the guy in the end. We use it Every. Night.
Le Carrier Pour La Bébé: Cybex Aton
I wax poetic on this car seat, I should mention I'm almost certain this
company decided to stop selling their product in the U.S. (I am SO
happy we snagged one before they did!). Designed by those crafty
Germans, this seat is not only the lightest on the market, it's also one
of the best looking (in my opinion). Also, it clicks into its adapter
easy peasy which has made my life one bit easier. No matter what
direction you go in the car seat world, make sure this is on your
registry... the hospital won't let you leave the hospital without one.
ALSO, determine if your car seat works with the stroller you select. We
ended up getting a Cybex stroller
in addition to our B.O.B. so that we could push baby boy around the
first 4-5 months of his life before he can sit up unassisted.
Le Mute Button: Philips Avent Soothies
Le Best Friend: My Brest Friend
Le Dog Walking Assistant: The Moby Wrap
We received two types of wearable baby carriers: the Beco Gemini (structured) and the Moby
(simply fabric). Jack was much smaller than we were anticipating and was
unable to use the Beco right away, so we started using the Moby. Now
that I've finally mastered how to tie it, I can say I love wearing Jack
in it. Not only was it a lifesaver for the first six weeks during "the
witching hours" from 4 to 8pm (he immediately zonks once we start moving), it's also been handy as a helper for walking Moe when Kyle's
at work. In addition, seeing Kyle wear Jack in it? Holy moly, he's never
been more attractive. Because, really ladies, is there anything better
than seeing your husband be a kick ass father? I don't think so.
Le Pump: Medela Freestyle Hands-Free Double Electric Breast Pump
friend Micaela sent me her breast pump to use before I had Jack and
I'll admit, I thought I'd be using it once and a while. Like most of the
things I'm discovering about motherhood, I was completely wrong and
have used it non-stop. I had milk supply issues right out the gate with
breastfeeding (it turns out my boobs wanted to be disappointing from
high school right up to now), and the first month of Jack's life, I was
essentially chained to this thing. Breastfeeding is easier than before
so it's not AS important as it was in the beginning, but it does allow
me to have some extra milk in the diaper bag should we need it.
Le Diapers: Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive
I could go on and on about the items I'm loving
(as well as the ones I think are kinda meh), but this write-up has to
have an end at some point. If you want to ask me about any of it, feel
free to email me at email@example.com. In addition, I can't
recommend Lucie's List enough for any first time parent trying to navigate "baby gear hell."