Welcome to the first post in my 'Baby Registry Must-Haves' series! This week, I'm featuring those necessary items for feeding your newborn.
<From the top, left to right, then down - you get the picture>
1. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Travel Bottle and Food Warmer Set
2. Name Bubbles Baby Labels
3. Boon Grass Drying Rack (with accessories)
4. Aden + Anais Snap Bibs
5. JJ Cole Bottle Cooler
6. Dr Brown's Bottles
7. Boon Clutch Dishwasher Basket
I hope this first post in my 'Baby Registry Must-Haves' series helps build your baby registry! Stay tuned for more upcoming posts to complete your registry with road-tested, mommy endorsed products!
If you love it, buy it!
Boon Grass Drying Rack, image from Babies1st, http://babies1st.com/p-145942-boon-stem-grass-lawn-drying-rack-accessory.aspx
Dr Brown's Bottles http://www.buybuybaby.com/1/1/5150-dr-browns-natural-flow-single-8-ounce-bottle-from-dr-browns.html
Boon Clutch Dishwasher Basket http://www.giggle.com/Boon-Clutch-Dishwasher-Basket/0004099128,default,pd.html
aden + anais snap bib http://www.adenandanais.com/en-us/productlanding/4623/baby/bib-burp-cloths/snap-bibs/classic-snap-bibs/snap+bibs.aspx
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Travel Bottle and Food Warmer Set http://www.toysrus.com/buy/infant-care/tommee-tippee-closer-to-nature-travel-bottle-food-warmer-set-522010-4361041
JJ Cole Bottle Cooler http://jjcolecollections.com/bottle-cooler
Name Bubbles baby labels http://www.namebubbles.com/Labels-By-Use/Baby-Labels/Baby-Labels-Pack/Product.aspx?ProductID=140&DeptID=12&AdID=282
I've always considered myself pretty good at only having things in my life that I love and actually use.
When I was single living in Philadelphia, I managed to live in a 400 (ish) square foot apartment with virtually no storage and zero clutter.
Now I have a baby, and the amount of crap this child necessitates is ridiculous! I was convinced while pregnant that I would never be 'that mom' schlepping around multiple bulging bags just to go run a few errands; but, I am. The reason I'm 'that mom,' is because babies need stuff, and a lot of it!
Granted if I'm just running to the supermarket for a quick trip, I'll shove a diaper, wipes and toy in my handbag and call it good. But if I'll be out of the house for more than 45 minutes with my little one, I need to have an arsenal of supplies to combat the litany of scenarios he's already thrown my way while on the go.
Hauling all this crap is a pain, literally, a pain. My handbag and his diaper bag are heavy and the straps dig into my shoulder (making it nearly impossible to tote both and carry him). If I opt to just put both bags in the cart, the basket is half full before I start shopping.
Initially, I had the Buggygear™ Buggy Heart Stroller Hook. This hook is pretty good for a mini-outing (accommodating one, maybe two small to medium sized bags pretty easily). The only issue with this hook is that the heavier items tend to slip the hook to the side of the stroller handle causing the bottom of the bags to end up rubbing on the stroller wheels.
Being a fan of Buggygear™ products, I stumbled across their Boutique Stroller Hooks and figured it was worth a try. After road testing these bad boys this weekend, I'm thrilled to announce that they are awesome!
The hooks are a breeze to attach to stroller handles with rubber straps that clasp shut easily. Also, you can put them anywhere (not just on the top of the handle like most other hooks); this allowed me to put them lower on the stroller braces and helped prevent tipping (this picture was taking without the baby in the stroller and even with my handbag, his diaper bag and a huge Old Navy shopping bag - NO TOPPLING OVER). The double hook feature accommodated everything and eliminated rubbing on the stroller wheels (just a bit of rubbing from that massive Old Navy bag). I can't wait to try them out on a shopping cart (oh, the things motherhood makes exciting).
If you love it, buy it!
Most baby toys on the market are awful for newborns. There are tons of (overpriced) toys that small babies can't even play with. I didn't know this until recently, and I'd venture to say most people don't know this.
When Bennett was born, we had and received a lot of very cute toys for him, but I quickly learned that newborns really can't play with much. A lot of toys are hard to grasp with tiny fingers (paired with lacking motor skills) and also are just too heavy for bity arms. There were two toys Bennett got in his first few months that are perfect for very young babies. The first is the Green Toys Twist Teether and the second.... well, you'll just have to keep reading!
So, my mom signed Bennett up to received monthly Citrus Lane gift boxes when he was born. These awesome packages arrive every four weeks packed full of cool products based specifically on your child's age and gender.
In his first box from Grandma, there was the Twist Teether from Green Toys. He immediately was able to grasp it! Then within a few days, he was able to shake it! As a first time mom, this was HUGE. I think I have about 30+ minutes of video footage and hundreds of photos (one shown above) with him shaking this toy (ahh, the things my second child will never have to haunt him/her).
Another awesome toy for little ones, is the Innobaby Teethin' Smart™ EZ Grip Teether & Rattle Flower. Scrolling through my Instagram feed from Bennett's first few months, this little green flower is everywhere. The soft design and tiny rattle feature in the bloom make it a big hit with newborns. In fact on Christmas morning, my little guy was surrounded by tons of super cool toys and only wanted to shake his little green flower.
Now as a nearly eight month old 'big boy,' he still loves playing with the Twist Teether and Rattle Flower. These are both go-to-toys for the diaper bag since they're not too big (or too terribly noisy). If you're putting together a baby shower gift package, you have to include at least one of these awesome toys!
If you love it, buy it!
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