We're a few months into raising our girl, so I thought I would share a few of my favorite things for baby and mama.
Moby wrap - This saved our sanity when Thea was in her "I'll scream if you put me down" phase around 8-10 weeks. This was my favorite wrap because it allowed me to wear her snuggled to my chest in an upright position, which she seemed to prefer. I tried other slings, but I felt like she was too bunched up and I was worried about her airway being constricted. Until the heat of a Virginia summer made it too hot, I used the moby almost daily. And now that fall has brought cooler days, I'm back to wearing it just about every day.
Under the Nile organic cotton baby booties - These booties were the only things I could keep on Thea's feet. I'm sad that she's grown out of them now, because it's hard to keep socks on those little feet.
Weleda calendula baby face cream - I use this daily. It worked well on the little bit of cradle cap that Thea had, and it also really helps with dry skin on her face and little scratches from her flailing hands.
Lansinoh nursing pads - These pads are the most absorbent and discreet that I have found. And believe me, I have tried a lot of brands (Medela and Gerber, among others). I tried to use washable cotton pads, and I leaked right through them.
LilyPadz - As a big leaker, for the first couple of months, these pad were essential to me because they stop the leaks instead of simply absorbing them. They're also the only breast pads that were completely unnoticeable under clothing.
Bravado original nursing bra - Every nursing mom has their favorite bra. This is mine. It's most like the bras I used to wear before things got extra large and extra heavy. This bra has fit well while accomodating my changing size - through engorgement, my milk regulating, and my post-baby weight loss.
Bumgenius 3.0 one-size cloth diapers - These diapers have worked so well for us. I love the fact that they will grow with Thea so I won't have to keep buying new expensive diapers as she grows. I also tried fuzzi bunz and feel like the Bumgenius fit her better and contain the mess pretty well. They're very easy to care for too. I really like using Blueberry hemp inserts for nights - they're very absorbent and I don't have to change her overnight unless she's made a big mess.
Miracle Blanket - This blanket is the only swaddle blanket that was able to contain our escape artist.
Babylegs - They are simply irresistibly cute.
Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection - A friend of mine gave us this to welcome Thea, and it hardly leaves the CD player. It is a good mix of classics and songs I had never heard before. Tunes by Woody Guthrie, Ella Jenkins, and Pete Seeger are included, among others. My personal favorite is "Pole, Pole."
Vicks Baby Thermometer - I loooove this thermometer. Using it, I have no worries about how far to insert the thermomter. And it reads the temperature super-fast too.
If I had to pick only two resources on mothering, I wouldn't choose the books on sleep or baby development or scheduling. Instead, I'd go for these:
So, there you have it!
What are your favorite things?