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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
I intended to write a post about Memorial Day…and I may still, but I got side tracked (which I often do), to the wonderful world of GroVia.
We traveled for Memorial Day. We were going to my parents’ house 3 hours away. No biggie, but I wanted to bring my cloth diapers with me. Packing pockets can be a bit bulky and I was looking for something a bit lighter that could be used more than once. I dug through my “I’ve used these but they aren’t in rotation” bin and found four GroVia shells, 4 soakers, and some fleece liners, and a few of the disposable inserts, and some non-GroVia bamboo doublers. I thought it could get us through the three days we’d be gone, and a quick wash on the middle day, fingers crossed we have no ‘poosplosions’!
I hadn’t been using my GroVia’s previously for a variety of reasons. Mainly my babysitter prefers pockets so she doesn’t have to layer the shell, soaker, and fleece each time. I work during the week and I need to have everything prepped for her each day unless I want to come home to find the lil’ guy in disposables. Pockets are easier for this since I just wash, stuff, and stack them.
However, when I started this cloth diaper thing, I swore I LOVED the All-In-Two/Hybrid concept and wanted to go with it. Not only because I think it’s a bit ‘airier’ on the bum, but I also like that I have needed less of everything in my rotation. Less shells because I can reuse them if they aren’t wet or poo’d on, less wash because I don’t have to wash 14 diapers every other day, it’s just less. So I dug them out and thought “perfect for travel”. It will keep his bum fresher in the car seat, have less bulk and while we’re driving I can just toss the poopy diapers away rather than store them in the 100+ degree car each time. He spent the weekend in GroVia’s, and I LOVED it.
GroVia offers a variety of products, their slogan “A diaper for every family™”. They offer Cloth, Hybrid, and Bio Diapers and Bio Soakers, you can see them all on their products page. They have All-in-one diapers in newborn and one size, all-in-two diapers with cloth soakers and the option of a Bio Soaker, and a Bio Diaper (which I haven’t seen personally but is on their website). In addition if you scroll down on their page you can see all the other diaper accessories they offer.
My review of the Hybrid (All-In-Two) Diaper
For starters, the shell it’s self comes in some ADORABLE prints and bright colors. The tabs on the aplix are nice. They aren’t large hooks and loops but rather a soft material that is super flat and smooth. It holds like no tomorrow! They have “tuck under laundry tabs” so when you wash you can tuck the tabs in and they STAY there through the wash. It’s really nice and eliminates the diaper chains. I LOVE THIS. I HATE diaper chains. They also have front snaps that allows for a great custom fit over time. The shell grows with the baby. Less to buy overall!
The inside of the diaper is a cloth mesh; it’s super soft and breathable for the bum! I swear the shell helps keeps lil’ man cooler on hot days, no shorts needed! There are snaps on the mesh that allow the cloth soaker to be snapped into place. This is fantastic because the soaker doesn’t shift around when he moves. He can twist and turn, but the shell and soaker are ‘one’ together which is nice. In other shells, I’ve had the problem of the soaker/prefold shifting as lil’ guy moves around or is carried.
The soaker its self is nice. It has gussets which I swear help contain ‘poosplosions,’ and is soft. It isn’t however, ‘wet proof’ so if you don’t use a fleece liner over it, baby can feel the wetness of the cloth. The soaker has a waterproof backing which I think helps contain the pee along with the shell. In addition, I like that the area between the legs is narrow, behind the bum it’s wider, and the front is just right (though on the smallest shell setting you have to tuck the front in a bit). It allows lil’guy to keep his legs closer together, which I like, though I’m not sure he notices the difference. The legs also are cut higher so his thighs can ‘hang out.’ I like this because he tends to get dry patches where other diapers rub on the thigh. After doing the suggested prewashes, the diaper has managed to contain his super pees. He hasn’t peed through this diaper yet. If I know it’s going to be a while (3 hours) before I can change him again I add in a bamboo doubler. GroVia doesn’t make bamboo products yes, but fingers crossed they offer something in bamboo soon. They do however, offer a Organic Cotton Booster.
As for the Bio Soaker option, I LOVE it. While we were out and about I was able to change his diaper and throw it away eliminating the need to store dirty diapers in a car that was very, very hot. [dirty diaper + hot car = stinky car ride!] The Bio Soaker just sticks into the shell. I think it was a bit stickier than needed as it left a bit of ‘goo’ on the snaps, but with a little rub after a rinse it came off. The Bio Soaker has gussets that contained his messes. They absorbed really well and when he pooped, we had no leaks and I could reuse the shell.
I hope to add a few more inserts and shells to my stash over the summer with the Gro-To-Go sale. I think these will be great for the park and zoo trips!
- Light and seems very breathable
- Aplix with ability to convert to snaps later (easier for night and squirmy babies)
- High cut legs
- VERY trim fitting (especially with Bio Soaker)
- Cute colors and prints!
- Holds poo well with gussets in both cloth soaker and Bio Soaker
- Ability to add Bio Soaker for disposable option on the go
- Has a warranty
- Have to use fleece over soaker for stay dry effect similar to pocket
Buy it, buy it, buy it. They have a summer sale going on called Gro-To-Go. For $49.99 you can get their summer kit which includes three shells, 50 Bio Soakers and 3 packets of Tiny Bubbles detergent. A $22.00 savings (So you basically get a shell for free).
** I purchased my GroVia’s. I wasn’t asked or given anything to write this review.