Jul 15, 2016

Friday Favorites: Baby Edition

TGIF! Sure, I'm on maternity leave but that doesn't mean I enjoy weekends any less than I always do. Jared's home from work and there is fun to be had. We are going to attempt a couple outings as a little family this weekend- I will surely be reporting back on how they go. Wish us luck ;)

I wanted to share a few favorite baby items today. When I was pregnant I'd read blog posts about "must-haves" for the first few months and now that I've had a baby I feel the need to share mine. For the most part, Jared and I really tried not to register for an excessive amount of things. Yes, babies naturally come with a lot of stuff, but we really tried to steer clear of non-necessity items that would just be more clutter in our home. I know every mom and baby are different but I enjoyed reading these posts so I figured I'd give my spin on things as well. After seven weeks- here are my current faves!

Our baby is one of the one's who needs to be swaddled to get a good nap in. His crazy little newborn arms and legs just wake him up too much if not. I know a regular blanket could be used to swaddle him but these have been awesome. You wrap him up like a burrito and the velcro tabs keep him snuggled and secure. Some babies hate swaddles, T loves them. Also, they come in a zillion different colors and patterns, they are seriously cute.
Ours in action! Far left: Only 4 days old so the swaddle was definitely too big on him- haha. They work great now though! :)



BabyTracker App - iPhone // Android
I truly don't know how I would ever remember anything without this app. You can keep track of feedings, diapers, sleeping, growth/milestones- just about everything all in one place. I just have the free version, but I think you can pay a few dollars and get even more features. I know there are dozens of baby app's out there, so if you have one you like please shout it out!

We initially didn't register for this, but it's something we quickly purchased after being at home a couple of weeks. Little man doesn't like to sleep in silence. We used a fan noise to keep him happy and content until we got this bad boy. We went with a cheap one, I know there are much fancier ones out there but this one is working just fine for us. It has 6 sound options and a timer. Simple and gets the job done.

Receiving Blankets
We registered for one 4-pack of these and ended up with probably 10 of them total. I remember thinking we had way too many and we'd never need them all- but I was wrong on this one. I'm glad I didn't return any like I'd considered. They are just useful for everything and it's amazing how quickly T can dirty them up. We have a few different brands but Carter's blankets and this gauzy, nautical one are my favorites.

We were gifted some of these and they have come in handy quite often. I guess you could use a regular baby wipe, but these are more gentle and meant specifically for faces. Helps get off any crusties of the mouth, eyes, nose- you name it! Not that I've gotten out and about that much (ha!) but I do keep a pack of them in the diaper bag too, they are nice to have. PS- also like their hand sanitizer!

Other notable items?
Newborn clothes and newborn diapers. Everyone told us NOT to get much (if any) of these and turns out we needed them a lot. He was born three weeks early, but he still was 7 pounds at birth which isn't that tiny. He was in newborn diapers for about 5 weeks and he's still wearing mostly newborn clothes right now. Just something to keep in mind! Also- I'm Team Pampers in case anyone wanted to know. Is there hashtag for that or anything ;)

So nothing earth-shattering here, but these items have saved our sanity and made the first couple of months a little less hectic. And this concludes my first, "I think I kinda, sorta know a tiny, little bit about caring for my newborn now," post.

21 comments:

  1. At 15 months old, my son still loves his muslin blankets. They're the best. We're also team pampers. A was 3 weeks early also, 7lb 13 oz, and we probably used newborn for maybe a month and a half?

    I also recommend Boogie Wipes once he starts catching colds. They are AMAZING at getting dried snot off their faces. What wipes do you like? Seventh Generation are my favorite.

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  2. I am going to go ahead and save all of these items. I think we are registering this weekend so I will be sure to add them to my list. These all sound like good staples to have. I know my sister told me to not return any blankets I get regardless if it seems like I have a zillion because they dirty quickly and they can be used as burb clothes and changing pads in a pinch. Plus, baby blankets are soooo cute!!! Good luck on your family outings this weekend!!!

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  3. Your list is SPOT ON!!!!!!!! The swaddleme blankets - MUST HAVE!! And the sound machine? Absolutely!! C was in newborn clothes for I don't even know how long - 3 or 4 months so they are a must!! You got this girl!!!

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  4. I feel like your list is perfect for those few things I wouldn't think about! Face wipes, a noise machine! I love when he looks like a little burrito! ;) hehe

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  5. My sister in law talked a lot about the baby tracker app. That sounds like such a great idea to help you keep track of everything, and it's so easily accessible.

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  6. I love reading these! It's so funny how some people wouldn't make it without some things and others never needed them. We didn't need much of this, but I agree on the newborn clothes and diapers! She was in them for 6 weeks. I'm so glad I had a friend who bought us a ton of newborn onesies or I don't know what we would've done.

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  7. You probably know about this, but I didn't and I wish I had started sooner! Pampers has a rewards program where you enter codes found on the diapers and wipes on the Pampers website, and they add up for points you can use to buy things. I only just started doing this like 2 months ago and I wish I had been doing it since the beginning! So. Many. Diapers.

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  8. #TeamPampers! Jk I don't know if that's a thing or not but it sounds legit. I vote if it's not a thing you make it a thing.

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  9. Hooray for ventures out as a family! Can't wait to hear about it next week! Those swaddle blankets are precious. Can't they make them in adult size with the velcro and everything? Have a great weekend!

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  10. Woo hoo happy Friday!!!! Hope y'all have a great weekend together! :)

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  11. T looks like such a cute baby burrito! Hope you all have lots of fun on your family outings this weekend :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  12. What a good list! And at is so cute all wrapped up like a burrito. And yay for team Pampers (helping with out retirement :P hah)

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  13. I've heard awesome things about that babytracker app!! I will definitely be downloading it.

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  14. Did you get that grass bottle dryer thing? I hear people swear by it, even though its funny looking.

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  15. Okay, this makes me feel good that I've pretty much got everything you've shared on my list! Gosh, I can't believe we only have 7 weeks left before we meet sweet Harper!

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  16. He looks so cozy in those swaddles!!

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  17. This is a great roundup! I'm going to download the babytracker app. I've already got a noise machine and a bunch of swaddles on our registry. My sister and I are having a joint shower in 2 weeks so I'll be excited to organize some of our stuff after that. I'm officially 32 weeks today. Eek!

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  18. awww he looks so cute and snug as a bug in those swaddles! saving this for the future :)

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  19. I always wished those velcro swaddles would work for Bensen. He screamed his head off the two times we tried them out on him haha. We LOVE our white noise machine though.

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  20. Be sure to plug your Pampers points into pampersrewards.com. You can earn free goodies. I scored all of Connor's first birthday invites free from Shutterfly with my points.

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