As my due date fast approaches YIKES! I thought I’d put together a list of my fav must haves for baby boy!
Aden + Anais swaddle blankets: I love(d) these for E. They are huge in comparison to most blankets making it easy to swaddle a bigger baby or an older baby. You can use it for a nursing cover, a blanket in the car, a ground cover in a pinch, picnic blanket, something to change your baby on. E still uses hers at night and when it’s chilly out for rides in the car. A lot of people are wary of purchasing such an ‘expensive’ blanket when there are so many other options available. In my opinion these are one of the best investments I made! You can find them at many of your local retailers, but be aware they aren’t all the same quality which will reflect in their price. The more expensive ones will be softer and you’ll be able to tell the difference, while the ones from ‘box’ stores will be not quite the same caliber. Don’t get me wrong they’re still amazing blankets but it’s not quite the same!
4mom MamaRoo: I swear I didn’t see/hear about these with E. I went to the store bought a similarly priced swing and it worked wonders for her. BUT since she swung it to its death we were in need of a new swing for the little guy. So it only made sense to hop on the bandwagon and snag this one. While reviews vary I’m hoping he loves it.
Noodle and Boo (everything): Sooo I found this stuff several months ago, and I fell in love with the way it smells! And have implemented it into E’s bath routine ever since. They have cleansing cloths for the days when baby doesn’t need a bath or can’t have one yet due to the whole umbilical cord stump being attached. The lotion makes baby’s (or toddler’s) skin oh so soft and I can’t even describe the soft sweet smell that the whole line provides. It smells like I want a baby to smell!
Bringing Home Baby Outfit: There are a ton of options out there. Literally a million, I was having the hardest time deciding what to bring baby home in. I want it to be an heirloom quality piece, not too trendy, adorable, comfy and appropriate for his September birth. A lot of the things I loved, my hubby thought were too feminine and wouldn’t agree on. And then I found these little numbers. They are 100% GOTS organic certified with coconut buttons and dyed with ingredients free of synthetic chemicals and toxic irritants! I mean who doesn’t want something soft, organic and natural to be the first thing to touch their little munchkin’s skin? The only problem I’ll have is what color to choose!
Carseat: Speaking of bringing baby home. A carseat is a MUST! How else are you gonna drive home your little bundle of joy? In your lap Britney a la 2006? Not on 495 people! I am currently torn between a convertible carseat or an infant. My choices are here and here. We have the Peg Perego for E and I love it, but she didn’t start using it til she was over a year old. I’m nervous about the whole 5-70 lb aspect of it, so I’m still on the fence. Some part of me can’t justify spending the money on an infant seat, since the life of them is so short! Update: The hubs decided to have an opinion. So we bought an infant seat for now! He should be able to use it for (hopefully) about a year and then we can move him into a convertible seat. We went with the Graco Click Connect 30, for safety ratings, cost efficiency and because E had the same type and we can use her stroller and car seat base!
Diapers: uhhh duh like I should even have to say this. BUT my fav for newborns are the Pampers Swaddlers! I love that they have the wetness indicator and I pretty much used this brand and style until we moved on up to 2s. At the hospital we were given Huggies but for some reason I just didn’t loooove them on a tiny babe as much as the Swaddlers. And as E got older I became a loyal Huggies lady. And at Target if you purchase 2 boxes of select diapers this week get a $10 gift card for your next purchase!
Wipes: I used the Pampers Sensitive wipes for E. They are soft and seem to clean better to me than any other brand I tried. The Huggies brand just seemed so rough like it’d chap your butt, and if I don’t want a chapped butt why would my baby?
Butt Paste: Yes I call it butt paste judge. Desitin is by far my favorite, it was recommended by E’s doc when she had a gnarly rash on her rump several months back. We were told it’s even better than prescription strength stuff y’all! I have tried natural holistic organic blah blah and they just don’t work. When in doubt use what you know will get the job done. There is nothing like your babe suffering because you refuse to use anything ‘unnatural’.
Sleep: I’m going to be blatantly honest here. I’d prefer a crib for baby boy BUT we are moving approximately 2 months post birth, and the room in our rental is sizably smaller than the house we just sold. I fit E’s crib, a swing, changing table, glider/ottoman combo along with 2 dressers and king sized bed, a vanity etc in my house. The room in our townhouse there is still space for all our bedroom furniture, BUT some massive rearranging is going to have to be done in order to make a bassinet and glider fit in there. Not to mention the fact movers will come pack out my house a few days before we move and I will be DRIVING (ok riding) cross country with a newborn, toddler, and 2 dogs. So I’m still hunting for the perfect bassinet/co sleeper for this nugget. Update: After talking with my sis in law I was recommended the Chicco Lullago! I’ve placed my order and can’t wait to see how it works out! It is a ‘travel bassinet’ so it will make it easy to break down and take with us on the go!
White Noise: I need white noise in my life, I cannot sleep with the whir of a fan or the ac. And let’s face it if the baby is sleeping in my room he’s gonna need to block out some of my loud coughing or dogs barking, husband snoring or E yelling from down the hall. Enter the sleep sheep. I actually am considering the fox bc it’s just darn adorable and matches the foxy/tribal theme of his nursery BUT we need noise. Constant
Baby Book: This go round I stalked out baby books from the beginning of my pregnancy. I knew for certain I would be going with the brand Lucy Darling for boy or girl! Well it turns out it’s a boy and I love the animal book. It could be considered gender neutral if you like it for a girl or to give it as a shower gift! I loved these books so much because of how cute the illustrations are and they go up to several years after birth. It’s just one page per year but still! How sweet to have all those memories in ONE book!! And it has a little section for ‘before we met you’. Which is fun to be able to snap a maternity pic and put it in there for the little one to see later in life. And it prompted me to HAVE to take a pic.
Baby Monitor: Currently E has this monitor in her room, I loved everything about it for the past 2+ years. It comes with a under mattress sensor, that made me feel safer knowing she was still breathing while she was asleep and I didn’t have to be that awkward creepy mom and go over and touch her or put a mirror under her nose to ensure that she was in fact still alive. With baby 2 well on his way, I really want to use that for him! I want to have that same reassurance that he is still alive and kicking even though he isn’t moving around like a toddler! This lead me to an new issue. E won’t have a monitor. Now that she sleeps in her own ‘big kid bed’ I need to be able to see what she is up to in the middle of the night. On occasion she wakes in the night and I don’t want her wandering around her room unattended! Enter this little gem. I scoured the internet for the best dual video monitor and this is what I found to be the ‘best’. Until we are ready take away the under the bed sensor for little guy, I can use just one monitor, and once he moves out of my room and into his own he can have his very own monitor on the same system as his big sister!
When planning for your 2nd or 4th were there items that were on your must have list? Feel free to share in the comments and let me know if I’ve missed anything!
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