Since we recently moved, and had to go through all our stuff, it made me realize some of the items that really got us through those tough newborn/infant times. And yes, even though our girl is 20 months now, we keep this around because it will be useful for baby number two if we decide to have one. I’m also a hoarder of baby things and just can’t bring myself to get rid of them. Especially since some can’t go to donation I would hate to have to throw them away.
These products are in no particular order, just now I remembered them. Also, based on availability, some products may not have links.
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Diaper genie– We first tried to get by with just throwing her diapers away in the garbage, but slowly realized that when she had some stinky ones, the trash bin just did not mask the scent. So we went with a diaper genie and it helped wonders. https://amzn.to/2XdgwmS
Vibrating bed- Sadly, the bed we used for Cameron has recently been recalled, but that doesn’t mean I can’t praise how well it worked for us. The Fisher Price Rock n Play really helped us out when the bassinet I had originally bought was not working out and I wasn’t quite ready to move Cameron into her crib. I think the slight vibration is what really sold us, because that just helped Cameron go right to sleep. We had very good luck with this.
Fisher Price soothe and glow Giraffe– Cameron was gifted a musical giraffe for her first Christmas from her aunt and uncle. At first we didn’t think much to use it at bedtime, but then one day we played it for her as she was going down for a nap and we realized how well it worked to calm her as she was trying to fall asleep. We loved it so much we bought a second one to send down to daycare. https://amzn.to/2XcYr8n
Bibs– As far as bibs go, I can’t recommend a specific brand, we just went through a lot of bibs. Cameron was the queen of spit up when she was an infant, so these helped us so much to keep her outfits semi clean. Now that she’s a bit older, we try to use more of the plastic sort of bibs, rather than the clothes. Another tip would be the bandana bibs, those were lifesavers as well and always came in cute prints. Amazon and target is where we found most of ours.
Baby monitor- This is a product that came in handy, not really at the newborn stage, but once we moved Cameron into her own room at 7-8 months, it really gave me piece of mind. Especially because we have a video monitor and I love being able to see her as she sleeps. https://amzn.to/2J8LToQ
Box fan– Cameron takes after both her parents in the fact that we need some sort of white noise to fall asleep. And she takes after her mother for needing it to be a bit colder to enjoy sleep. We utilized one of the many box fans that you can get at any big box retailer in the summer to help with that. And I must say, it really really helped us with getting her to fall asleep.
Blanket– another random product, in which it just sort of happened that it helped us during her infant time and now leading into her toddler years. She has a soft, comfy, fuzzy blanket, that I got randomly at CVS of all places a few years ago at Christmas time. One day we used it to calm her down, and that’s all she wrote. It has now become HER blanket. Can not go anywhere without it.
Diaper spray– If you’re like me, you don’t love putting diaper cream on your babies bottom. It’s just messy. And yes, they have tools you can use to make it less messy, but I found, using a spray just makes it a whole lot easier. I’m actually mad I didn’t find this sooner. This one works great, especially because we’ve dealt with some very bad diaper rash recently. https://amzn.to/2LqnPAk
4moms MommaRoo– One again, Cameron’s love for movement and vibration brought us this seat. It has different speeds and different motions so we could always switch it up. It also worked off Bluetooth so we can control it from our phone, which my husband absolutely loved doing. https://amzn.to/2XI8nX6
Boppy– We has two boppy’s. One I attempted to use while breastfeeding, that didn’t work out great for me. The other one we used as a seat of sorts for Cameron. It worked nicely to have her sitting on the couch with us, or on the floor, or propping her up for things. It had many uses for us and we loved it. https://amzn.to/2ITVwc5