Essentials for baby # 2

I have to admit, when I had my first born, I was a lost cause. But, in hind sight, it was with good reason…I had no idea what to expect! Plus, I was one of the first of my friends to have a kid so I didn’t really have anyone to ask what worked and what didn’t work. You read and read about all the latest products and everyone recommends different things, but in the end you have to figure out for yourself what works and what doesn’t for your growing family. And that really doesn’t happen until you actually have your little one.

I remember going to Buy Buy Baby to register and was beyond overwhelmed. I mean, the store is literally floor to ceiling baby stuff! Luckily, they have great staff that walked me through the store and told me what “I need” and I went from there. Most of the products I was recommended I did end up using, but there was also A LOT of stuff that you really just never use…or you forget to…or your baby doesn’t like it, etc. I thought I’d give you a list of my baby essentials (and products that worked wonders) that I needed for baby #1 and will be using again for baby#2:

  1. Swaddle wraps – These things are AMAZING!!! Basically, it’s a straight jacket for your little one 😉 But, in all seriousness they really worked for us. The magic is that it can velcro! We tried your basic swaddle blanket and learned how to wrap it ever so perfectly so baby wouldn’t wake up and guess what? Baby Houdini always managed to get out no matter what. They really like the snug fit with the wraps I’ve learned. Anyway, they’ve really come a long way since I got my first one over 3 years ago and have really cute designs. They have different sizes and ways that they fit. They start out really snug in both the legs and arms. Then, the next size is snug in the arms, loose in the legs. Then finally their arms can be free and still loose in the legs  but still covers the legs and zips up (if that makes sense). From there, we moved to jammies. You can find them at a lot of places – Target, Buy Buy Baby, Walmart, Amazon, etc. Here’s the link and a pic for your reference:  Swaddle Wraps65582044630249p
  2. The DOHM – another AMAZING product!! To be honest, we did not discover this product until my son was about two years old from one of my good friends who used it with her second baby. But, you can bet that this bad boy will be used as soon as my little one gets home from the hospital! The Dohm is a white noise machine. And the best thing is that there’s only one sound which is more like a fan sound! You can modify it a bit, but for the most part, it is super easy to use and works wonders! Honestly, I sleep better when it’s on. When my son was a baby, we tried all sorts of soothing sound machines as well as apps, but nothing has worked quite as well the dohm. My son is a terrible sleeper and always has been. To the point where I’m that crazy mom putting up blackout curtains and setting up the room for perfect sleeping (even when we visit others!) just so this kid can sleep! (and so I have a little bit of sanity). Here’s the link and pic: Dohm sound machine   51030299
  3. A good swing – This one is pretty self explanatory, but having a good swing  is everything. I actually discovered what all entails a good swing when I realized that my son’s daycare was managing to get him to sleep for his naps..and for a long time! We used to have a smaller one without all the bells and whistles, but that actually made a big difference for my son. He was enamored by the lights on the swing mostly, but also the mobile and the mirror where he could look at himself. I know there are others that have come out in the last three years that are a lot more expensive, and I’m not sure how well they work, but this type definitely did the trick for our little guy:  Baby Swing    ptru1-21100437dt
  4. A good rocking chair – Another product that is self explanatory, but nonetheless needed! We bought ours from Babies R Us and it is actually a glider and recliner. I know PotteryBarn, Land of Nod and other sites have beautiful ones at a hefty price tag, but while I did care about looks, comfort was just as important.  I knew many, many hours would be spent in that chair! Works so well at putting baby to sleep…as well as husbands!! 🙂 Baby glider recliner   dorel-baby-relax-rylan-swivel-ptru1-23586346dt
  5. Burp cloths…that are actually cloth diapers! We bought all sorts of burp cloths from ones with cute designs to ones that can snap into bibs, but nothing worked quite like good ole fashioned cloth diapers! I learned this little trick from my mom. Thanks! 🙂 The others are great, are cute and do their job for the most part, but the cloth diapers are so good  at absorbing all of that yucky stuff and just do an all around better job at clean up. If you want a little more cuteness, my sister in law actually sews on really cute patterns in the middle to make them a lot more appealing and fun! Gerber makes them and you can find these anywhere and everywhere. Gerber burp cloths/diapers    0004721371405_500x500
  6. Blackout curtains – I never knew that darkening a baby’s room would be so helpful until I saw my son’s daycare use them. They literally put black felt on the windows at nap time and it works wonders!!! However, since most of our kids have their own room and/or share and the actual curtains can be left on all day, something a little more aesthetically pleasing would probably work a bit better. With my son, we just got some at Target to match his room. You can get regular blackout curtains (which is what we did with my son), blackout liners or blackout curtain panels. I kind of went a little crazy with my soon-to-arrive daughter’s decor and I got a double curtain rod, bought a white blackout panel that fits on the back rod and then a more sheer colored decorative curtain panel that fits in the front. I bought my double curtain rod at Target and the white blackout panels at BedBathandBeyond    9364363301029g


So, there you have it…my top 6 essentials! Notice most of it has to do with sleeping?? haha I’m a big fan of sleep and will do whatever I can to make these kiddos sleep! A lot of these sleep ideas stemmed from the book The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp. (I’ll do a more detailed post on this book later on). This book worked wonders and is on my list to reread before baby girl comes! If you have any essentials you use, please let me know! I’d love to hear about them! Until next time 🙂

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