Our littlest, Vaughn, just turned 10 months old.
A whole 10 months have gone by since he showed up and turned our whole just-figured-it-out-after-the-first-child world upside down. I’m not going to lie, it has been challenging going from one child to two – I mean we really had NO idea how hard it would be!
BUT, Vaughn has been such a blessing and in some ways, handling him has been so much easier because I actually knew what I was doing this time. With Logan, we had no idea — we couldn’t believe they let us take him home! But we figured it out, and now, after two little dudes, we have mastered the art of baby care-taking. :o)
I thought it would be helpful for any new or soon-to-be Moms out there to see what I have used and loved during the baby stages of both my babes.
These are my favorite products and I swear by them! So whether you’re looking to add to your stash or create a registry or buy some gifts for someone you know that is about to enter the wonderful world of parenthood… these are winners. ALL of these can be purchased at my favorite store and best friend, Target.
Stroller & Car Seat
One of the biggest purchases, the stroller is essential for parents on the go. The most important features to me were that it should be lightweight, easy to fold, rugged so I can go on trails, and it should recline and have a nice sun shade.
I found it all in the Britax B-Agile! Super light weight, and I could fold and lift it into the car with ONE HAND – meaning I could have a baby on my hip and still get it done. Winner Winner! It has survived amazingly well through both kids so far and we still use it regularly. The greatest part was that it easily allowed for the Britax B-Safe car seat/carrier to snap in when the boys were under 6 months. Vaughn is still in this car seat today.
Britax B-Agile & B-Safe Travel System
We had a different monitor with Logan that has since been discontinued, but now that we have Vaughn, I can’t imagine having anything other than the Motorola. We have TWO cameras, one in each boys’ room, so I can
spy watch over both of my angels (it can toggle back and forth automatically for you, or you can do it manually). The sound and video quality are amazing, and you can even connect it to wifi to check in remotely. Also it acts as an intercom so I can totally yell encourage the toddler to stop playing and go to sleep….. I’ve also used it to watch my husband read to Logan in his room because it is just the sweetest thing ever :o)
Motorola Video Baby Monitor
I had the regular Ergo with Logan but man oh man do I wish the 360 had come out back then. SO MUCH BETTER! Neither boy enjoyed facing inward, but since the 360 has the facing out option, I use it with Vaughn everyday – and I have peace of mind knowing he is sitting on his behind rather than crushing his boy parts and messing up his hips. It’s easy to put on and very adjustable for all shapes and sizes!
Even if you get a carrier I HIGHLY recommend having a sling as well! They are especially useful in the very early months, and if you’re just hopping out of the car for a minute or running a quick errand, or need your arms free around the house or whatever, the sling is the quickest way to grab baby and go. For me, it was a lifesaver when I started taking Logan back and forth to school. I had to get out of the car (and bring Vaughn with me) twice a day for just a couple of minutes. The car seat carrier is HEAVY once the baby is over 10 pounds so the sling worked perfectly. You can totally use your Ergo, but it takes a few minutes to get baby situated and strapped in, so the sling saves time!
Balboa Baby Sling
I have two of these now – one for baby bottles and nipples and all that, and the other for Logan’s plastic straw cups. They look cool and allow everything to dry quickly — I will totally use them for my wine glasses once we have moved beyond the bottles and suppy cups!
Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack
You’ll need these for all stages. Trust me. Wet or poopy clothes (because blow-outs WILL happen), or perfect for bathing suits too!
This is just genius and oh so cute. We were SO hesitant to give the boys baths when they were first born. It was terrifying — these little tiny guys all cold and vulnerable — you’re afraid you will break them! But you don’t. This bath really helps — bathing them in the sink is the easiest!
Blooming Baby Bath
I cannot say enough about this line of products. I absolutely love everything and believe me, we have almost all of it. The Hand/Face/Baby wipes are GREAT for all ages for cleaning up (they are so messy!), the bodywash and shampoo are awesome, and I love love love the sunblock. It’s organic AND affordable — often those two are hard to come by in one shot! 😉
Oh so lovely, cozy, and absorbent. Can’t ask for anything more in your bibs, burp bloths and blankets. Logan still uses his swaddling blankets in his crib and he’s THREE. The burp cloths have a snap so you can also use them as a bib. PERFECT!
Aden + Anais
Do NOT overlook Target when shopping for the Nursery! We actually found BOTH boys’ cribs at Target and saved SO much money. The quality of both are perfect and both are convertible into Toddler beds, which will save us money down the road.
They have adorable bedding sets and crib sheets too!
So there you have it. I’m sure as the boys grow older I will compile more lists of must-haves and favorites, but for now, these are the things I love and can’t live without.
What are your favorites? I’ve got a 3 year old and a 10 month old — always looking for new great products!
*I am a Target Affiliate – Items purchased via these links will result in this Mama earning a wee bit of commission, and thus help me to keep on keepin’ on as a SAHM. 🙂