Thursday, July 19, 2007

For Allison

Posted by Mandy at 12:28 PM
You said I should blog my baby recommendations.. so here ya go!

You mentioned getting a hotsling..I do have to say that I like those too! I don't have one but almost got one before my GREAT friends got me the Ergo for my baby shower. I do think you'll get more use out of an Ergo... years and years of it. Any sling (in my opinion) will get hard to baby wear in after they get to a certain weight.. since they only go over one shoulder. Other recommendations I have... and remember, I do attatchment parenting so some of these things are specific to that. :)

Cosleeper! It's a bed that is for the baby that has one side off of it, it fits right against your bed so the baby can sleep right beside you, without you worrying about rolling over on top of him and without you losing any bed space. I have one that's a bassinet and a cosleeper.. you can put the side on it if you want. Love it! (mine is by Graco... got it at Baby Depot) I highly recommend cosleeping though.. not everyone is a fan!

"Swaddle Me" blanket. This by far is my favorite new find. I got mine at Baby Depot for $10 and have used it EVERY NIGHT since Samuel was born. (took it to the hospital.. it was all the rave lol.. every nurse came by to see it.. word of mouth spread!) It has velcro that keeps them swaddled up! Samuel is over a month old and he still fits in the 'small' size.. though I'm soon to buy a 'medium' b/c he sleeps sooo well in it.

Huggies Gentle Care diapers. I was a huge Pampers Swaddlers fan until I used these... I can't beleive I'm recommending Huggies over Pampers! lol

Plug in Baby swing.. mine is a cool Fisher Price Aquarium swing that my sister let me have.. but it takes batteries... LOTS of batteries. Now they have new swings that plug into the wall!!! Man oh man what I'd give to have one! lol

I'm a big breastfeeding nazi... so here is what I recommend for that!
- Lansinoh cream. (lanolin for your breasts... works wonders!!)
- Gerber Premium Contoured nursing pads... by far the best I've ever used.. and I've used them all!
- Boppy Pillow. I love mine and use it all of the time! Especially now that Sam's heavier... and especially at night when I'm too tired to really hold him well anyway.
- bottled water... sounds silly right? lol Let me tell ya... you'll want a bottle of water to sit down with everytime you nurse (because you'll be thirsty and b/c the more water you drink, the better your milk supply.. so drink up!) and having a cold one ready in fridge is always something I enjoy!
- the best breastfeeding book ever is put out by the Le Leche League... it's called "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" and will answer any question you could have and put to rest all of the awful myths out there that make many women quit. Please get this book!

How about a list of stuff i've found useless? lol (or a waste of cash)

#1 waste of money is any kind of diaper genie! If you have to buy bags to refill it.... forget it! Save your money and keep your walmart plastic bags and just twist diapers up in them and toss them that way... no stink! (and if you breastfeed the diapers won't stink anyway..another bonus!)

Snuggli baby carrier (or similar versions). DOn't get me wrong.. I loved them when mine were small infants.. but they outgrow them quickly! (and I spent a good chunk of money on mine with carter...) I'd definitely invest in a better baby carrier if you plan to use it long term.

Really expensive strollers! I just got the best stroller ever from walmart (a double stroller at that) for $89 and it rocks! (it's by Evenflo) Sometimes cheaper isn't bad!

I'm sure there's millions of other things that other mommies can comment on... I know I've left stuff out but there's what i thought of right off the top of my head. All you really need for the baby is a few outfits, you and your hubby, and some comfy blankies. :) (and a pacifier... in case your baby is like my second baby was and wants to eat CONSTANTLY)

by the way... would you please leave me your url to your blog again? I lost it :P


K.T. and her family of crafters. on Thursday, 19 July, 2007 said...

I would have to agree whole heartedly with every one of them-I had a diaper genie and HATED it.
I was fond of the wipes warmer that is portable(not the wrap around kind).I also love Balmex more than any other diaper cream-I still use it,it is a very good multi use product.(It works great if your child has windburn on the cheeks-overnight-they wake up with no windburn,yeeeeeeeahhhhh!!)

Brittany on Thursday, 19 July, 2007 said...

Funny...we have a diaper genie, and we like it. Although, we only use it for dirty diapers, so we don't have to replace the bags near as often. We just throw the wet ones away.

I think my absolute favorite baby thing is our stroller. It's nothing special. It's one of the travel systems with the baby carrier that sits in the stroller. We got it at Walmart. I just love it. I can't imagine shopping without it.

Someone gave us a Snugli sling and we hated it. I think we've used it twice. Shaun used it when we went to the mall of America and his back was hurting so bad after only an hour or so. I've been hinting to Shaun about the Ergo. It would be great to have for the next baby (whenever that is).

I love the Huggies gentle care diapers. We tried Pampers with Cayson and he couldn't wear them. They broke him out. In fact, Huggies are the only ones that don't break him out.

I also love Pampers disposable bibs for trips. We have to feed Cayson at the church quite a bit, so that comes in handy. We don't have to keep up with his regular bibs. And the Huggies disposable washclothes are great for trips too. They already have the soap in them.

As far as diaper cream, we use Budreaux's Butt Paste. I've never used another brand so I have no idea if it's better or worse than anything else, but it seems to work really well.

And now that Cayson's eating solids, my favorite (and his) snack are Mum-Mums. They are rice wafer-like things. You can crush them with breast milk or formula and then later on give them to him whole. Cayson absolutely loves them.

Allison said...

oooh Thanks Mandy! I think I'm going to print this out. I feel like there is so much to learn and read and not enough time to do it in. It's becoming very overwhelming!

I've heard of several of the things you mentioned - I just changed my registry to include that swing that plugs in. I also have one of those blankets down at every place I've registered too. Hey, I have my baby shower in PB next Sat the 28th - you are more than welcome to stop by if you want. :)

You should do a parenting/baby tip every week on here! :)

And before I forget, my blog is

Thanks again!

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