Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tried & True - My FAVORITE baby items!


I could talk baby items all day long. Things I've loved, things that work amazing for us, things we bought and NEVER used...so on and so on. But this list is the items that immediately came to mind as some of our favorite items these past five months. I broke the items apart into sections and will review them like that as well!

Travel: 

Nuna Pipa Car Seat: We were deciding between this car seat and the Uppababy Mesa. We finally ended on the Nuna Pipa becuase it had slightly better safety ratings...but the huge factor for us was that this car seat has the European lap belt. What that means is that you can take this car seat in taxis, cars etc. without the base. This has been awesome for city living as we can pop the car seat into a taxi and also on my recent trip to the carribean. I was able to quickly put it in and out of the rental car we had. 
Skip Hop Diaper Bag: I knew I wanted a backpack style diaper bag right off the bat. So much easier to be able to have your hands free! I love this one because the material is so easy to wipe clean and all the pockets help to keep me organized!
Uppababy Vista: This stroller is THE.GREATEST.THING.EVER. It's so beautiful for starters!! It comes in tons of colors but I am a huge fan of clean white so we chose the Loic! This stroller is also incredibly light, I have no issue popping it in and out of my trunk and with one clip it is ready to use. I also love how verstatile the seats are, it is so simply to clip in the car seat, the bassinet or the toddler seat. I loved having the bassinet when Lila was so tiny!! The basket on this stroller is also HUGE which is so amazing for city living. I can run all my errands and everything will fit in the bottom basket!
Solly Baby Wrap: We chose the Solly Baby Wrap as the wrap of choice for Lila 0-8 months. I used it a lot around the house when she was a newborn because she loved being held close to my chest and I was able to get so much done! I also used it at 4 months for our trip to the carribean. I could not have gotten through the airport alone with a baby without this thing!! You are able to go through security wearing this instead of having to hand off your baby and walk through. I will admit there is a little bit of learning curve to figure out how to wear it, I watched the video on their website a couple of times before mastering it!

Feeding:

Bottles; We chose two different types of bottles and lucky for us Lila loves both of them!! I use the Dr. Browns Glass bottles mainly at home because they are heavier. I chose the glass bottles because they are better for baby (instead of drinking out of plastic) and you can put them in the dishwasher! I use the comotomo bottles for traveling and Lila loves these to, she can pretty much hold these by herself already.

Burpcloths; Let me prefice this by saying not all burp cloths are created equal!! I have some that I just do not like to use because they are so small and akwardly shaped. I love the Burts Bees organic cotton burp cloths, they are a thick cotton and wash up so nice time after time! I also LOVE the gerber flannel burp cloths, these are basically the size of a small blanket and are so helpful!

Siesta High Chair: I did a lot of research before landing on this high chair but so far we absolutely love it! I chose it because it can collapse flat and be stored in a pantry for example. This was important to use becuase in the condo I do not always want to have all our baby items out on display! It also has a fully reclining seat, so even if you baby can't sit up yet she can lay in this while you are prepping dinner!

Sleep:

Magnificent Me: Oh these magnetic jammies are a game changer. These make late night diaper changes sooo much easier. We also had a couple of the gowns that were perfect for the first couple Dr. Appointments. When you take your newborn to the Dr. you always have to strip them down to their diaper...we used these gowns without a onesie underneath so that we could easily dress and undress her in the office. 


Halo Swaddles: Is there a class that the labor and delivery nurses take on how to swaddle a baby? For the life of me I could not swaddle Lila in a way that she couldn't break free in less than 5 minutes. We had one of these halo velcro swaddles and it made everything so much easier...we got home and immdietely ordered two more. She slept in these every night for the first two months. 

Sound Machine: I never leave for a trip without this! It blocks out so much of the noise and Lila sleeps amazing with it!

Dock A Tot: This was one of the items I almost removed from my registry. First of all its expensive...like stupid expensive for what it is and I just wasn't sure what made it so special. Well now I will tell you it was worth every single penny. Lila has slept in this every single day, naps and nighttime. It keeps her snug and secure and she just loves it. I would advise to buy a color other than white though...I don't know if Lila is just oily or sweaty or...who knows but there is a yellow mark where her head lays and I cannot get it out!
MOM HACK: When traveling via airport put the dock a tot inside the case with your carseat....saves you a bag to carry!

Diaper Care:

I have used about 7 different diaper creams in Lilas five months on earth and this one is my favorite. It smells really good and is really thick and seems to work the quickest! I buy it at Whole foods but you can also get it on amazon!

Diaper Cream Applicator: This may seem frivolous but I promise you it is worth it. Diaper cream is not that easy to wash off and ALWAYS gets under your finger nails. 

Play: 

Pehr Baskets: I love these baskets for storing toys. I keep one in our living room and love that it still looks cute and not super babyish!

O Ball: This has been the first toy that Lila has really enjoyed. She loves to grasp it, shake and of course try to eat it!

Activity Table: I wanted to get one of these activity gyms for Lila but was getting so discouraged because most of these things are just MASSIVE. I didn't want something that took up tons of space so I was so happy when I found this one. It has the smallest footprint of any that I have seen and the colors aren't extremely offensive like so many of them are. It also turns into a table for when the baby outgrows the balance/bounce feature. 


XOXO,
CAIT

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