It’s hard to believe that Myles is 12 weeks old today. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share some of my favorite items I’ve been using a lot during his first 3 months. The’re not all must-haves necessarily, but they have come in super-handy!
1. iBaby Feed Timer
This iPhone app saved my sanity during the first couple months. There are lots of free and paid apps in the app store for tracking your nursing/diapers/etc. but this one turned out to be my favorite. I use it every day, all day, so it was well worth the $2.99 price tag. Myles had pretty bad jaundice early on, so it was really important for us to track his feeding and pooping to make sure the bilirubin was getting flushed out of his system. When the doctors and nurses asked me about his feeding and bowel movements, I could confidently tell them exactly how he was doing thanks to this app. It even lets you export all your data, which I took to Myles’ doctor at our last visit. He was pretty impressed, let me tell ya.
(Download for iPhone, $2.99)
2. Wipes Warmer + Cloth Baby Wipes
I’m just starting to do more cloth diapering with Mylo (he was WAY too small for his “one size” cloth diapers when he was born, and is just starting to fit into them now), but I love his cloth wipes! For poopy-messes, the warm, wet flannel wipes work SO much better than disposable wipes! We still have disposable wipes for on-the-go, but at home I always reach for the cloth ones first. I soak the cloth wipes in a mix of 2 c. water, 1 tbsp. lavender-scented baby wash and 1 tbsp. olive oil, then roll them up and put them in the warmer.
(For the record, our favorite cloth diapers so far are BumGenius 4.0 snap closures, and we also love our FuzziBunz hanging wetbag/hamper!)
3. Moby Wrap
I know, I know. Everyone says this, right? But I love this thing. Myles is getting heavy enough that I really don’t like to carry him in his “bucket” car seat. It’s much easier for me to pop him into the Moby Wrap when we’re shopping and it keeps both hands free!
I also have an Ergo baby carrier but that was a little bulky when Myles was first born. I feel like it distributes his weight a little better than the Moby does, so I think we’ll be using it a lot more as he gets bigger. It’s nice to have both carriers to have options!
4. Double Electric Breast Pump
This became really important when I went back to work. I actually got the Ameda Purley Yours Ultra first. I liked it because it was a closed-system and it came highly recommended. Unfortunately, it (a) didn’t have enough suction to work for me, and (b) it made this ungodly beeping noise that made me want to throw it through a wall. No joke. So I wound up with the Medela Pump in Style Advanced instead and it has been working great for me so far (3 days a week, 3 times a day).
(Medela Pump in Style Advanced with Metro Bag, $293.99 on Amazon.com)
Other things we love:
- Fisher-Price Precious Planet 2-in-1 Projetion Mobile ($43.98 on Amazon.com)
- Regalo Swing Down Bedrail ($14.88 at Amazon.com)
- Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder ($13.16 on Amazon.com)
- Dex Baby Nursery Organizer ($13.48 at Amazon.com)