Here is my list of items I can't imagine not having for baby Logan :)
***I am in no way being paid by any of these companies (I wish I was LOL) these are just my personal choices of must haves that I can't imagine not having!***
1.) Fisher Price Discover 'n Grow Kick and Play Piano (say THAT 10 times fast LOL)
This is an awesome item for Logan he literally loved every minute of kicking and playing on this thing for hours over the last couple of days alone! He LOVES it! I'm not a sports fan but this has me thinking he may be a soccer player LOL ;)
|You can check out one of my recent posts for a video of Logan playing on the piano mat!|
2.) Fisher Price Newborn Rock N Play Sleeper (I SWEAR I am not working for Fisher Price LOL)
This is what Logan sleeps in PERIOD! If he's not sleeping on a human he's sleeping in this LOL. It was a necessity given his reflux issues and will be his sleeping area for awhile still - at least a couple months. We have the neutral version that could work for either gender :)
|SO adorable I know ;)|
I LOVE me some Thirty One items and this bag ROCKS for a diaper bag! Lots of outer pockets and plenty of space in the center. Durable handles - trust me I put a lot of stuff in that diaper bag it gets HEAVY! I picked a cute bold floral pattern (kinda girly but hey I'm a girl!) but it is blue and green colors - I don't think Logan cares LOL
|this is the fabric I have and the same bag but mine has different personalization on it|
4.) MOBY - I love, love, love it! Now I personally MADE mine but it's still the same idea :)
Logan is a huge fan of the Moby :) To make mine all I did was get 5 yards (although I'm not a small girl so 5 1/2 yards would have been better) of 100% cotton fabric (the real Moby is made with cotton jersey I believe) and then I cut the width to 24 inches and hemmed all the edges. I also placed a little tag marker directly in the center of the piece of fabric - as the real Moby has that too to help with wrapping. I used this video to learn how to use it :)
EDIT**** we have now (7/31/12) also come to love the Beco Butterfly 2 baby carrier - it is a bit easier and quicker to put on and easier to feel secure now that Logan is over 12 lbs. and getting bigger by the hour it seems LOL here is a picture :O)
5.) Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine (with light)
This thing is fabulous! It has a light that you can push on at the top - which has been great if Logan makes noise in the middle of the night I can see if he's okay - I used to sleep with the light on but now I push it on if I have to check on him (he's still in our room sleeping in the Rock N Play). It make a variety of sounds we keep it on a white noise one that resembles a fan sound. You can also play lullabies that are on there or connect your ipod to it. Cool stuff! Also helpful to mommy who can't sleep when there's no power (as I ALWAYS have a fan on) so there's batteries in there in case the power goes out too (we used it once a few months before Logan was born when the power went out LOL)
6.) NUK binkie - literally ALL Logan will use!
Hilariously enough he REALLY seems to LOVE the frog one he has - it came in a pack of 2 but the other one that is JUST like it he spits out LOL - too weird - also odd since I LOVE frogs LOL ;) They are marked 6 months+ but seriously the kid will use NOTHING else - and they ARE supposed to be the best orthopedically or however you spell it ;)
7.) Diaper Champ (we have have an older version then this link shows but same idea)
This is a GREAT item! You don't need SPECIAL bags for it so we can use our normal garbage bags which is GREAT! With how many diapers this kid goes through this is a MUST HAVE for sure! Also it is really useful in keeping the smelliness contained so you don't have to take the garbage out every single day - especially nice given we live in a 2nd floor apartment. Anyways I can't say enough about how much the Diaper Champ rocks :)
8.) Dr. Brown's Bottles & Bottle Steamer
They DO have extra parts but I really believe that these bottles have been very helpful with not making Logan's gas issues worse :) The vent and straw which are the EXTRA parts help keep the air from getting into the nipple - at least that's what it says LOL. I only bought 8 oz. bottles - I don't see the point of the smaller ones - you'll only need them for so long anyways the bottles are MARKED with ounces so you can fill it with as little or as much as 8 oz. I bought a steamer from someone for $5 the link goes to the one that closely resembles it (and the maker is Avent). Until we have a dish washer it is FAR easier than boiling the bottles!
9.) Rompers & Sleepers that ZIP up!
I LOVE one piece rompers! They are amazing! So easy and just - well - great - especially when it coems to changing diapers - just unbutton the bottom and BOOM change the diaper! ALSO I love onesies and snap all the way up because I am SURE I am not the only mom with a baby who does NOT like clothes pulled over his head (I hate buttoning them BUT I hate a sad crying baby more)! Sleepers that zip - same thing - diaper changing is easy and the ease of use is FAR better then all those dumb buttons (which are even HARDER to button when you are half asleep for middle of the night feedings)!
|zip up sleeper (and the beloved piano mat again)|
10.) Cloth diapers for burp cloths (from Wally Mart)
Ok so burp cloths they sell at stores - ya know the cute ones? Yea they SUCK! Or I should say they DON'T suck because they literally don't suck up ANY spit up! I mean honestly my SHIRT might as well be the burp cloth because those cloths are good for nothing but being cute - which is therefore USELESS! Sooooo I use tri fold cloth diapers that I got in a pack or 10 or 12 from Wally Mart for like $10 I think! They are GREAT and have saved many a shirt :)
11.) Fisher Price Cradle 'N Swing
Love this swing - first of all it is freaking CUTE and gives your baby little bunny ears when he/she is in it and secondly Logan loves it :) Other than the piano mat it is all I have that entertains him right now! It is GREAT because it can swing side to side OR front to back! AWESOME! Also the cute mobile moves around which Logan loves to watch - and there is a mirrored part that keeps his attention. There is also music and nature sounds available - though as another blogger mommy mentioned - the music does turn off after awhile which could wake some babies up and the mobile stops turning too!
Few other little things - gas drops (LOVE them), a carseat with a triangle handle (I find it MUCH easier to hold) that fits into a stroller - and a mirror for the car so I can see Logan while I am driving (I need one with a LIGHT though so I can see him at night!)
Edit**** (7/31/12) Logan LOVES baths and I recently got a little sort of chair insert for his infant tub! It is PERFECT because supporting his head while he kicks away and has a good time is NOT EASY so this has been a life saver :) THIS is the exact product we bought.