Someone asked me before what my top baby items were for Aubrey. I had a lot on my registry and I had the help of one of my friends, Michele, to get items on there (and also added some extras that were NOT at her suggestion. I liked them!) Here are some items I’m glad we have for baby #2!
Vibrating Bouncer Seat
We inherited one from Jon’s sister & brother in law – and this thing was a lifesaver. Aubrey loved the soothing vibration and she had, early on, a slight bit of jaundice and this just went right by our back slider door for some indirect sunshine. She loved being able to stare outside. Ours wasn’t this exact one, but the features are all the same. It was convenient to bring into the bathroom, as well, so I could shower while she just lounged around. ($55-65 price range, Target).
I also got this from Jon’s sister – the My Breast Friend pillow. There are tiny little ball pillows to help with the position on each side to go under the baby’s head. I’d strap this baby around me and it made life so much easier. I used this a lot early on since it was warm in our house and I wouldn’t have to cradle Aubrey’s hot body against the crook of my arm. The cover zips off to toss in the wash. ($25-40, Target)
Nursing/Baby Position Pillow
I loved this pattern of the Boppy Pillow and had it on my registry. A few folks asked why I loved having 2 types of nursing pillows – and honestly I never used this one to nurse. I used it for a ton other reasons. I sat on it after coming home from the hospital, we propped Aubrey up on it both leaning back and on her tummy, Butters, our cat, snuggled in it, and it was just a really versatile piece. The cover also zips off for easy washing. I am going to replace this girlie cover with a boyish one for Luke. ($30-40, Target)
This noise machine from Homemedics has been a lifesaver. It plugs into the wall, so you’re not draining batteries (although you can use batteries too), has a sleep timer to shut off the sounds after 15/30/45/60 minutes. There’s sounds plus lullabies that can play, and a projection with 3 disk options. I’m so used to this when we sleep that I miss it if it’s not on. It’s come in handy on trash day to keep Aubrey asleep during her naps, and you better believe if this thing breaks we’ll be out buying another on that same afternoon. ($20-25, Target)
Very important – buy one that PLUGS INTO THE WALL. You’ll thank me later. I actually had a hard time finding one on Target’s website that did this. Do your research. D batteries are very expensive. And if this is the only thing your kid will sleep in, you’ll be dishing out a lot of cash on batteries. When I took a class with a Baby Planner (she’s no longer in business. boo. loved her), she said that swings for kids should have 2 positions. One is side to side (to use when they’re tiny babies) and then front to back (for when they’re older). She said you shouldn’t use the front to back with younger kids, and I can’t remember why. Ours that we bought from a friend was like this one. Where it hung, you could push a button and change the orientation of the seat. Aubrey loved her swing and I’m hoping Luke will too. Especially if Mama wants to eat a hot meal and he just wants to be bounced around. ($150+ for wall-plug in, less for battery operated, Target).
Pack n Play
No need for an expensive one with fancy bells and whistles. But I do think it’s a necessity if you plan on taking your kid anywhere during the holidays and you want them to nap (and not on you). Aubrey’s has been used from the moment she was born, during 2 years of Christmas & Holidays, camping, and the beach. Ours is a basic model like this and we just pile in some toys to keep her busy or she snuggles up when it’s night time. ($60-100, Target)
There’s a few other items that some deem a must have, others not. For us that was our Tummy Time mat and our Bouncer. The bouncer got lots of use once Aubrey outgrew the swing. It did take up some space but we had it to give. The tummy time mat reacted to touch so if she kicked a side of it, the lights and music would start. The reinforcement gave her incentive to keep doing what she was doing.
Lamaze – Jacques the Peacock – Aubrey loved staring at his bright colors, and the backside has black and white patterns that are more recognized during early development. Each “feather” also had a different texture/sound. ($14.99, Target)
Lamaze – Wrist/Foot rattles – A friend gave me the feet set for Aubrey and she loved this when she was little. It helped during tummy time to try and figure out where the sounds came from. ($10, Target)
Lamaze – Peek-a-Boo Forest Book. Aubrey had a soft-textured book that made lots of noises and offered different touch stimulation. Made for a great carseat/stroller companion! ($10, Target)
I know every baby is different and no guarantee Luke will love all the same stuff Aubrey did. But the basics we’ll use – the pack n play, sound machine, nursing pillows. Can’t wait to get more use out of all the items we were either gifted or purchased!