This chapter is a hard transition. No no, not because it feels overwhelming and nerve-wracking…because it is a massive lifestyle change for both of us. Always on the go has been the norm for many years and suddenly *bam!!*…there is a small human in the mix. But, hey, she is pretty cute so we aren’t complaining. Perhaps we are biased?
As first time parents, we have been learning (quickly) what our tyke likes and how to utilize it all to make her comfy and happy. They say a baby’s demeanor is half genes, half environment and if that is the case, we know Chloe gets her happy genes from both parents and is surrounded by fun. A lot of people have been asking questions on what we have for Chloe in making sure she is a happy and a well-rested babe, so we thought we would share what we think attributes to her calm and cool nature. Here is our list of favorite baby necessities:
Hands down the best thing we ever bought! It’s a Swedish-design made for babies to sleep in and feel comfy like they are in the womb. We love that it is portable and lightweight. Chloe sleeps in this anywhere we put her- living room floor, kitchen island, bedroom, visiting her grandparents…If anything, get this for your little one- we swear by it!
We blame Instagram for showing us so many damn cute baby things! Two of our favorite swaddle designers are Little Unicorn and Oliver + Kit…both have beautiful, colorful, fun swaddles that we (ok, me…) couldn’t stop ordering. They’re soft, stretchy, and fun to look at. Chloe sleeps best when swaddled (very snug, with arms lowered). She naps like a champ in between feedings and has been sleeping a solid 5-6 hours each night since she was 6.5 weeks old. We’ve tested her without swaddling…and all we get is a break-dancer who is trying to beat the Guinness Book of talking the most.
Honest has adorable prints on their diapers- and who doesn’t want cute undies? For Chloe, they have been working great (even with a few blowouts) and fit her well. Her size was sold out almost every time we hit up stores, so we opted in to their monthly diaper & wipe bundle online and get it all delivered to our door. Easy!
Determined to be a #CoolMom, I went in to the search for a baby bag early on. I kept coming back to Fawn Design’s backpack/crossbody bag which is made of faux leather- super easy to clean and holds everything Chloe needs. I think the best part of it is we can use it as a backpack- it has made it easier to carry the babe around and get in the car.
This tech-y chair has several settings that put Chloe right to sleep. It’s quiet, lightweight, and you can hook up your phone to it to play your own music or white noise. So when we need to clean up in the kitchen or put away laundry, we buckle her in to get some free time in. Works best for us after a car ride- when she is hardcore passed out- and we get her in it to stretch out a longer nap.
The very first bottles we purchased to try out were Dr. Brown’s and there’s no looking back. The Options system has been working like a charm with it’s reduced-reflux vent system; and we liked that the starter box gave us small bottles for when she is little and large for when she increases her formula.
The Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speaker sits in Chloe’s room so when we feed her at night time, we can make sure soothing music pumps through to keep her relaxed. Use your phone to open Spotify and link it to the speaker. As an Ethnomusicologist and World Music instructor, Chloe gets some interesting music to zone out to! Some Native American flute gets her to fall asleep quickly after she eats!
The best thing about keeping the travel pad around is you can move it anywhere you need within seconds. Chloe is up on a table with the Skip Hop Pronto pad so we aren’t going upstairs every time we need to change her. Leaving the house? *zip zip* Pack the pad with you and throw in your bag. Quite useful for car trunk changes on the fly!
What works for you and your babe?