That being said, there are things that I do know, and those are the products that worked for us these first three months of Mr. C's life. Since Mr. C is quickly closing in on that three-month mark (holy cow!), I thought I would share with any readers who don't happen to be mamas 10 things that I have found invaluable for these first three months (I'm posting the first 5 now, and the last 5 tomorrow). I'm also planning on doing a post in the next couple days of stuff that people say you NEED and load you up with, but then you never use.
PS... Can I emphasize that I can't believe my kiddo will be 3 months old in 10 days? ohmygoodness.
Without further ado - 5 (of 10) valuable baby products for months 1-3 (See the items 6-10 in this post):
1) Fisher Price Rock and Play Sleeper
|Mr. C chillin' in his RnP at 2 weeks.|
I searched high and low for solutions. This product was praised highly over on TheBump.com community boards, so I thought we'd try it out. A-mazing. It's at an incline, so Baby isn't flat (good for those reflux babies). It's the perfect size for putting right next to the bed so you can reach over to rock it at night. And, the best part, it's narrow enough that Baby fits, but feels tight in there. He's sleeping in it to this day (in his own room) — though I'm guessing we'll have to transition him within the next month or two.
(Sidenote: I have no idea why it's called a Rock N Play because there's no "play" factor involved. Maybe they thought that would make people think it more versatile. I don't know. It's not a toy and doesn't turn into one - though it does come with a silly little rabbit thing. It does however, rock. Whatever.)
2) Just a plain old Exercise Ball
Jon was told by another new dad at work that he should get an exercise ball to help soothe Caleb when he was crying. C was never a crazy fussy baby, but, if you've ever been around a newborn, you know how fast their crying can get out of control. So, we bought a $20 exercise ball at Target on our next visit. The first time Jon sat on it with C and bounced, C immediately stopped crying and settled down. I don't know what this magic is all about (maybe something about how it feels in the womb), but I like it. We still use it, and it still works like a charm — EVERY TIME.
Here's a video of my phenomenal husband bouncing C. He was about 4 weeks here (C, not the hubby ;-) )
3) Aden and Anais swaddling blankets
|Here's C snuggled in with one of his blankets|
at 4.5 weeks
Number one, they're huge so that they can be used for swaddling (and work great as a nursing cover in a pinch). Also, they're made out of pretty thin material (muslin), so they work great to cover up the kiddo in his car seat when it's too warm for one of the pretty knitted blankets I have. We've never actually used them for swaddling (we could never get them tight enough for C's strong little arms), but we use them for pretty much everything else. So versatile — and when it comes to babies, the more versatile the product, the better.
4) Fisher Price Cradle 'N' Swing
|Here's Mr. C enjoying some quality|
swing time (notice his Aden and Anais
blanket in use :-) ).
|He loves staring at that mobile!|
When my mom visited in January she told us we had to have one of these swings because my bro and I loved ours, so she gifted half the cost to us. C loved it ... and for the first time, I could put him down for more than 2 minutes without him screaming. Our particular themed model (Luv U Zoo) has a mirror and a mobile above and a bright colored banner behind — all of which C likes to look at. Other models have other various attention-grabbing contraptions. It swings in three positions, has the option of music or nature sounds and even spins the mobile for you. The best part? That it has an adapter so you can plug it into the wall. This saved my arms and helped me get
5) Moby Wrap
|He just loves his view of the world from in there!|
|Here's Mr. C and his carrier|
taking up my entire grocery
PS Don't let their appearance intimidate you. They may look difficult to put on, but seriously, just use the little manual and you'll do just fine. I had it down pat in three tries — I didn't even have to YouTube how to put it on (though, I've heard that can be helpful too).
Alright, so those are my 1 through 5. Granted, not all these things will work for every baby. Each kiddo is super different with what they need and respond too. However, these all just happen to work really great for us and I thought I'd share the knowledge in the event someone was looking for a possible solution.
I'll be back tomorrow with 6-10!