Monthly Archives: June 2011

10 Baby things we couldn’t live with out…the first three months (part 2)

So to continue the post on the 10 Baby things we couldn’t live without the first few months here are the remaining 5.

Dorel Juvenile Safety First Sleepy Baby Nail Clipper

Get the nail clipper with the light! It works in daytime too. That little light lets you see under the nail to make sure you’re not getting any skin! Enough said! I love it.

Footed Sleepers with side snap undershirts

You need a ton of these. They are easy to put on, easy to change, easy to change with your eyes half closed and zero sleep. The side snap shirt is easy to use, good for the umbilical cord (in my opinion) and you don’t’ have to try to get anything over baby’s head. I even bought side snappers in 6 months because I like how easy they are for night or play, or really under anything, and they are cute with a cloth diaper

Camera [Nikon P100]

I love my camera. Having a background in design I wanted a nice camera that I could use and DH could use. It takes amazing photos. It can be set to auto for DH and I can use it in manual if I find the time to take nice photos. (Though I’ll admit, I mainly use it on auto as well). It also has a video option, and hooks up to the TV for viewing. It made it easy with visitors to just plug it in and have everyone look at the photos at the same time. Basically, you just need a camera, even a phone would do. But you’ll want to catch those first moments and remember them!

JJ Cole Bundle Me

I had a winter baby. It was nice to put him in his clothes, and put him the car seat. I didn’t have to mess around with sleeves and layers. I put him in a long sleeve under shirt, fleece clothes, a hat, and the bundle me. I could then, just flip up the front for the two seconds it took to walk into the store/doctors’ office.

Prince Lionheart Premium Wipes Warmer & Warmies

This was one of those things I swore I’d never own. So silly. However, it proved to be a life saver. Lil’ man needed his diaper changed all the time and a cold wipe would wake him up with a jolt.He’d be wide awake for at least an hour. A warm wipe, on the other hand, would kind of make him squirm, a new diaper would go on, and he’d go right back to sleep. Get the wipe warmer. We started with disposable wipes, but have now switched to cloth wipes. We use a mixture of the Prince Lionheart bamboo warmies and Thirsties reusable wipes. We use less of the reusable wipes in one change than the two or 3 we were using with disposables. We just wash them with our diapers

So those are the ten things I think everyone should have to start with! Hope this helps in your registry decisions!

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and….I’m back! Sorry for being MIA for 12 days…

Having taken a little over a week off due to lil’ man being in the hospital (he’s ok now, and back to his usual perky self, thank goodness), I’ve returned, but I’m a bit behind. I’m working on some exciting posts as you read this, and hope to begin posting by Friday this week. Sorry for being MIA with no notice! 

Lil’ man was running an unexplained fever for 3 days and it kept spiking ,and then going down, then spiking. After a round of antibiotics he’s all better. We go for a few more tests to see what made him sick next week, but he’ll be just fine and it probably was a fluke UTI since his preliminary tests came back good. It’s never fun having a sick lil’ one. It breaks my heart to see him in the tiny hospital gown.

 Please check back Friday AM for the rest of 10 Things we loved, and a garden update!

Also check out the new links to the right and left. I’ve added the Diaper Finder button from Dirty Diaper Laundry. A great resource to help you choose your cloth diapers, as well as a few more links to blogs and events going on!

Yard work….

 

It’s Saturday, and 95 degrees out. Rather than going to the pool, or park, or something away from home, we are getting things done. We’re doing yard work!

A few months ago, before the ‘monsoon season’ we had here in the midwest, we ripped out all of our front yard ”landscaping”. The people we purchased the house from hadn’t done anything with it for over 15 years from what we could tell. The bushes had grown over the windows, there were random sink holes, and mulch, covered with rocks, covered with more mulch. It was a disaster.

Feeling motivated to have our yard look as nice as our neighbors’ yards do, we made a plan. Then it rained for roughly 2 months and nothing got done. We now have empty dirt beds and weeds. So today we’re on a mission to make it look somewhat better.

We’re new to this, and basically live on the DIY channel.

Ahmed, we need to find you! Come to our HomeDepot! (Just send us a sneaky message letting us know you’ll be there, we’ll keep it a secret, promise!) We LOVE Yard Crashers, and Desperate Landscapes. Our’s is pretty desperate.

While we head back to work in the heat, we want to know: What yard projects are you doing? Do you have any suggestions for plants for a front yard?

We have a beautiful Magnolia tree to work around!

 

10 Baby things we couldn’t live with out…the first three months (part 1 of 2)

With all the babies being born in our family as of late people have been asking me: What did you find useful? What is the one thing you can’t live without on a daily basis? Here is list of the top items we used the most in the first few months.

The Nap Nanny

 

The NapNanny was a gift from DH’s cousin, his wife, and their twins. They swore by the NapNanny. When I first found out about it, I was skeptical. I thought, “My kid has a bassinet; he has a crib, a boppy, AND us, what else could he need?” Little did I know this would be the most used item in our home the first three months lil’ man was here. We used it for naps, and we used it to interact him when we didn’t want to have him laying flat on the ground or in our arms. If used as directed, and supervised, I can’t see how you couldn’t love this thing! It is covered in a super soft minky fabric. You can buy an additional cover in case you have to wash the one it comes with. It was also fantastic to have on hand because lil’ man had a few weeks with reflux, and having him sleep on an incline was easy in the NapNanny. Love it, I honestly suggest it to everyone I know.

Summer BestView™ Handheld Color Video Monitor

I got a lot of funny looks from some well seasoned moms when I registered for a video monitor. I got it anyway and I love it! You can add cameras, it has a secure transmission, and its works well in the dark. The image is in color in a lit up room. I like this because in the first few days of my baby not sleeping in our room (he’s right on the other side of the wall now, and I probably don’t even need a monitor) it put my mind at ease to see him happy and sleeping. In addition, I like it because I can see him playing in his crib, see if he’s really awake, or see if he’s dreaming and I don’t need to get up to get him. Our lil’ guy is quite the sleep talker! I anticipate it will be nice to have once he’s in a bed and I can see what he’s doing during his toddler years.

Swaddling blankets

You can NEVER have enough swaddle blankets. We were lucky enough to be given hand me downs from my grandmother so our swaddle stash is quite large! My grandmother used them with my mother, my mother used them with me and my sister, and now I’m using them with my son. They just don’t make them like they used too! SwaddleDesigns has some great quality blankets that come close to the old ones. We used them for everything; from their intended purpose to swaddle the lil’ guy, to a burp cloth, puke rag, poo catcher, you name it. We use swaddle blankets like there is no tomorrow! They are also great to put on the carpet during tummy time. It’s nice to have less stuff to think about, use this for that, that for this, etc., we just grab one and move on.  Look for over sized swaddles, they make for a much tighter wrap and your lil’ one won’t ‘bust’ out of it as easily! 

Medela Breast Pump

I used the Medela Pump N Style to help establish my supply and now use it five days a week because I’ve returned to work. It was nice to get comfortable with the pump before going to work; it made the transition smoother. I was also able to pump and leave a few bottles if I wanted to go out for a few hours after the first month. (The grocery store never seemed like such an exciting place, it’s now 45 minutes of me time, I even leave my phone in the car!) I also use the tote and cooler to transport anything I pump at ork home. I like how it is discreet. So far I’ve been able to keep lil’ man mainly on breast milk; which was important to me during the first year. I would also suggest getting a few good nursing bras. I like the medla hands free style. It doesn’t give me ‘saggyness’ it fits like a regular bra. Our hospital actually offered someone to come and fit you the day you go home. This was nice because I was able to get a really good fit. I suggest it if you can!

Cloth Diapers (One size and New Born)

I wish we would have cloth diapered from the start. It isn’t that much more work, just a load of laundry every other day (and the smell of the EcoSprout soap is amazing). You will be doing more laundry than you have ever done with a newborn; one extra load, every other day is nothing! Cloth diapers have been better for my son. He hasn’t had rashes or major ‘pooslopsions’ since we switched to cloth, saving us from changing his clothes so often. In disposibles we were constantly dealing with ‘poosplosions’. There are a variety of cloth diaper brands out there and even many made by SAHMs, so your choices aren’t limited. While I haven’t had a chance to ry new-born sizes out, I would assume they are as good of quality as the regular sized diapers that the reputable companies have to offer. Check out GroVia‘s new-born size, and Rump-A-Rooz is supposed to have a fantastic newborn diaper with a snap down for the umbilical cord. Cloth diapers will last longer than just the first few weeks in terms of weight. Cloth diapers can also be used on more than one child and eventually sold as gently used. A good investment. Check out the Cloth Diaper Geek (see button to the left) for great info on all things cloth. (*Pictured Rump-A-Rooz lil’ Joey)

See a second post next week with five more things we couldn’t or wouldn’t want to do without!