Monday, February 7, 2011

Must Have Monday

I am making an attempt at starting a new "tradition" on my blog. I will try to discuss {at least} one item that is a "must have" in our life right now. Lots of these things will probably be baby-related. I found this blog very helpful while I was pregnant because she often highlighted many baby items that she had bought/received & liked. She was very thorough in her descriptions and it occasionally helped me make a decision about what to buy. There are just so many items that are marketed as "must-haves" that you end up with far more than you really need. Hopefully this helps any of you new or expectant mamas out there!!

Without further ado, I will start today with 2 items, both baby-related.

{1} Bouncy Seat

We chose the Bright Starts InGenuity Automatic Bouncer - Bella Vista. This was purchased from Target. This was purchased by my soon-to-be sister-in-law & longtime friend, Ashley. It has been a super item to have because it is easy to move from room to room or from upstairs to downstairs. When we first brought her home from the NICU, she hated laying in the cradle, so we had to resort to the bouncy many nights just to get a few hours of rest. The features we like is that you can turn the bouncy on 2 different speeds (we always turn it on the lower setting) & you can also turn on music/nature sounds. Kinsley, for some reason, is soothed by the noise being on even if there is also a TV or radio going at the same time. The downside to the bouncy is that it is on a timer, so Kinsley Anne frequently falls asleep to the bouncy & may start to wake up when the bouncing stops so we have to quickly turn it back on before she fully wakes up. All in all, we love this & would recommend it to anyone with a baby on the way!!!

{2} Bumbo

This is our most recent baby purchase, bought at Babies 'R' Us. They can also be found at Buy Buy Baby & Target. We find that Kinsley thinks that she is a "big girl" and while wide awake, she frequently fusses if you have her reclined back against you or try to hold her so that she is laying down. She wants to be sitting upright or "standing." My husband and I were debating, do we spend the money on both a Bumbo and an exersaucer or do we just painstakingly wait it out and buy the exersaucer when she's ready for it? Well, we decided to buy the Bumbo and we are SO glad. She can frequently be found sitting in her Bumbo on the kitchen counter while I cook, sitting in the Bumbo mesmerized by the TV while I clean (yes, I know..I'm already a bad mom), or sitting in the Bumbo watching all of the commotion going on around her. She obviously, at her age, can only stand sitting in it for ~30 minutes and then she gets tired & fussy, but those are 30 precious minutes of accomplishment!! The Bumbo seats come in pink, blue, purple, green, and teal. We decided on green so that it would be gender neutral for a future child (and for borrowing purposes when my sister one day has children, right Katy?). We also like that the Bumbo has an available tray for ~$10 that attaches when they're ready to attempt cereal feeds.

Tomorrow's post: Top 2 Tuesday! It's a good one!!

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

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