Our infancy stage with Oliver has ended. Now it is time for reflection and planning how we can improve our experience and parenting when the next child comes along (no we are not pregnant!). The most difficult avenue we dealt with during Oliver's infancy was in the independent sleeping department. I have been researching and testing out products that can help us the next go 'round. There are also a few fun things that I wish I had purchased the first time, but will have to indulge on for baby #2.
I have slowly been purchasing and collecting these items, but some are still on my wishlist. Here are my top 7 items I wish I'd had for baby #1.
I have heard thousands of rave reviews about the DockATot. For those of you who have no background knowledge of the DockATot, it is a breathable, portable sleeping cushion that can be used in a pack'n'play, in the bed for co-sleeping, by the pool, etc. Its cocoon shape helps keep baby snug and the breathable lining helps reduce the risk of SIDS. The cover is also washable which is key! We plan to use the DockATot as a co-sleeper and move it to the crib as baby gets older.
We have the Deluxe (0-8 Months) in Mod Pod.
2. A Sink Tub
We never bathed Oliver in the sink when he was little, and I regret it. It hurt my back leaning into the tub, and the tub we had was too slippery for a newborn. I don't have one yet, but I would love to get a Puj Flyte, foldable infant sink tub. You have to check it out (I linked some at the bottom of this article so you can see what it looks like). The tub folds for easy storage and fits into any sink. It will be a hard sell to convince my husband to let me buy one, but it is on my wishlist.
3. Milestone Cards
I did the monthly stickers with Oliver but they were a fail. I would forget to use them, he would rip them, or more likely he would eat them. I quit after 4 or 5 months and didn't use the rest.
These cards from Milestone are awesome! You can write the date of each event on the card and they cover more than just months. They have "I Got My First Tooth", "Today I Stood For The First Time", "Today I Ate Solids For The First Time", etc. - you get the idea.
I have the Original Baby Cards, but they also have Toddler Cards, Newborn and Pregnancy Cards (on my maternity wishlist) and even cards for events leading up to your wedding! I just think the idea is so neat.
4. The 4Moms Mamaroo
We had a swing that we used for Oliver when he got to be about 4 months old, but if I had my dream bouncer it would be the 4Moms Mamaroo. It simulates mom's movements with bouncing, rocking, back and forth, and figure 8 motions as well as being slim to save space. We don't really need a new motion simulator since we have the swing, but this is suppose to be the cadillac of baby soothers. I would love to get the next baby napping out of my arms from the get go, and this might do the trick.
My birthday is coming up - just to throw that out there - in case anyone wants to buy me one!
5. Wooden Teethers
Oliver had and has a ridiculous amount of toys, so I really don't need to buy anymore, but the one thing I wouldn't mind investing in is some more wooden teether. They are more durable and safer than most of the silicone or plastic ones. Oliver bit through a silicone animal teether so I threw a bunch of those out. If I buy anymore, they will definitely be wooden.
This camera teether is also a rattle and is from Finn and Emma. They have some animal ones that I am coveting as well as some wooden rings with rattle animals attached.
p.s. Finn and Emma also has thesegorgeous wooden play gyms. I liked our play gym so I'm not going to get a different one for any other babies, but they are worth a look.
6. A Good Multi-Use Nursing Cover
I hated with a passion the nursing cover that I had when Ollie was nursing. I already bought one that I love and I will probably get one or two more to have in the car and in case one gets dirty. The one I have right now is the Rose Quartz by Covered Goods, and I will buy all of my covers from them because they are amazing. True story- I laid in bed and wrapped myself up in it while watching TV the other night because it is the softest thing ever! The covers also function as a scarf, carseat cover, cart cover, or highchair cover. I love that versatility. Plus their prints are gorgeous and they really are so soft and lightweight so as not to bother baby while nursing.
We did a terrible job of swaddling Oliver which I think led to his sleep issues. My husband was actually really really good at swaddling, but after a few weeks I got lazy and didn't want to swaddle him anymore. It was too much of a hassle so we just said he didn't like it and quit. However, he would wake himself up at night from thrashing around and would end up in bed with us.
No such luck baby #2! I want to invest in some good velcro swaddlers. I have my eye on the Summer Infant SwaddleMe (even though I hate most of their prints), the Love To Swaddle Up (for when they want their hands free), The Halo Sleep Sack, and the Woombie.
I also have a nice muslin summer swaddle from Modern Burlap (pictured above). I want a few more of these muslin blanket style swaddles as well.
Well that is my list! I will slowly be etching away at it and fine tuning it until it is time for another newborn.
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.