Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Little Help for a "Friend"..

I have become oh.so.attached to Megan over at "In this Wonderful Life" over the past 2 years. If I tell you the truth, I don't even know how I found her, but my life is so much better because I did. No, we don't know each other. No, we've never met. But, my friends & I talk about her like we do. "Have you seen Prego Mego's post this week?" "Did you hear about the twin's hearts?! THEY'RE PERFECT!" Yes...some might think it's strange that I've become attached to women I will likely never see in person, but I feel like we all share bonds that makes reading their daily lives worthwhile. Anyway, she is pregnant with twins (boy & girl...Knox & Sloane) & is wondering what her readers' favorite things are. I know I've done several "Must Have Monday" posts, but in one big recap, here are my "must have baby products" in no particular order.

{1} So, I know that I had blogged about Tommee Tippee bottles previously. But, I now stand by Dr. Brown's. I am not putting down Tommee Tippee bottles by any means, but when Kinsley Anne went to the occupational therapist for feeding troubles, they recommended the switch. The OT said that most babies do very well with Dr. Brown's. The trouble that Kinsley Anne was having with TT's was that she was pushing the nipple between her tongue & the roof of her mouth and not sucking the nipple like she should have been. It was creating a lot of hard work for her, she was tiring, and vomiting as a result. Her feeding time went from 40+ minutes down to 11 minutes or less for a full bottle by just switching bottles. We have always used level 2 nipples since we switched. They also make "Y" cut nipples if you need to put rice cereal in the bottle for thickening purposes.
{2} Diaper Genie. I blogged about this here. We have 2, one upstairs, one down. They hold a ridiculous number of diapers & REALLY cut the odor. The only downside is that you have to buy the diaper genie refills.

{3} Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen. It comes in a normal sunscreen or a stick. We use the normal stuff for her body & scalp. We use the stick for her face to prevent it running down her face. It's pricey, but this is what the pediatrician recommended, so we're sticking to it!
{4} Bright Starts Ingenuity Automatic Bouncer - Bella Vista. This was found at Target. I blogged about it here. Many nights when Kinsley Anne was just a teensy newborn, she wouldn't sleep in anything but this. It saved my sanity...at least partially, anyway. :)
{5} Bumbo. Also, blogged about this one here. This really helped develop her neck & head control. She started out slumping to the side but quickly got good at this. We now use this frequently in the bathtub since I'm paranoid that she'll fall over and drown. Yes, I know...highly unlikely considering I barely take my hands off of her in the tub, but still....
{6} Bright Starts - Doodle Bug Around We Go. This was Kinsley Anne's Easter present this year. We bought it at Sam's. She LOVES this thing. It has 3 sound settings that change when you flip the pages on a "book" in front of the keyboard. It also has lots of other sensory toys & she doesn't get bored very easily while playing in it. We let her play outside in it when we're playing in the yard, inside when we just want our arms free, etc. She likes that she can "walk around." It was really reasonably priced, but if you're not a member at Sam's, I'm sure other places have similar variations.
{7} Chicco Liteway. This thing is amazing. It's small, lightweight, easy to work. I take walks with Kinsley Anne in this thing & she loves sitting up in it like a big girl. It turns on a dime. If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive singleton lightweight stroller, I highly recommend this. Maybe they have a double version?
{8} Chicco Cortina Travel System Stroller - Discovery. These things are bulky, but SO necessary. I can't tell you how many times I was thankful to have a travel system when Kinsley Anne had fallen asleep in the car & we had to run in and out of a store for an errand. Or when you have to go into the doctor's office with her diaper bag, etc & I could click her in, throw the bag underneath, and scoot on our way. I honestly don't use the stroller too much anymore because we have the lightweight one, but I definitely got my money's worth!
{9} The First Years BPA Free Gumdrop Newborn Pacifiers. We first used the circular pacifiers that they use in the hospital, but then I found these. They are the exact same nipple, but the shape lets their nose stay free. Kinsley Anne LOVES her gumdrops & the occupational therapist said that these are what they recommend to parents.
{10} Summer Infant Complete Coverage Video Monitoring System. This was one of the most expensive items that we registered for, but it has saved us a lot of sleeplessness & overall, we're very impressed by it. Kinsley Anne's nursery is upstairs, our bedroom is downstairs. We set up the video camera on a little shelf over her crib, the big screen is down in our bedroom, and the handheld goes wherever we need it to. The quality is really fantastic. Occasionally, we're annoyed by the static, but it really is a great system. Babies make lots of "normal noises." And, it's hard to tell by an audio-only monitor what is just noise & what means "I need you." So, this has helped us to sort that out from bed rather than having to go check on her everytime we hear something.
{11} Summer SwaddleMe. These things are AMAZING. Kinsley Anne wouldn't sleep well unless we used it. I am a nurse & was formally taught how to swaddle with a receiving blanket, but when you have a baby who should be nicknamed Houdini, no amount of swaddling expertise will keep your child wrapped tight. This thing works & is well worth the money.

If I think of other must haves, I'll be sure to add another post. I hope this helps, Megan (& other expectant moms!)

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

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