Two months ago, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy. I’m in such disbelief that it’s already been two months. It literally feels like yesterday we were being admitted to the hospital because my water had broken. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.
Instead of me reminiscing and blathering on about my baby (because, let’s be honest, I could do that all day long), I thought I’d share some of my favorite things these past two months.
I am not going to rank them, but if I were to, this would be number one, hands down. The Fisher-Price Auto Rock n’ Play Sleeper. I love so many things about this rocker but most specifically I love that it rocks itself, that is is inclined, and how easy it is to fold and store.
Auto Rocking: When I put Ander down for bed at night I make sure he’s already asleep. Most times he stays asleep and I don’t need to use the rocker, but sometimes the act of placing him in the sleeper startles him awake. The auto rocker gets him right back to sleep, so I can get some sleep.
Inclined: LOVE! Ever since he was born, he had congestion issues. Typical newborn congestion. When he naps in his crib or the pack and play during the day, and his congestion was bad, you could hear very noisily nasally breathing. I always hovered because I was afraid he’d stop breathing. With the inclined sleeper, it was just enough incline that I didn’t have to worry because I could hear him breathing so much better than flat on his back.
Folding & Storing: Unfortunately we had a death in the family recently and had to travel with the sleeper. It folds at the push of a button and it fit perfectly in the back of our SUV with plenty of space for everything else we needed to take with us. I couldn’t be more pleased about that. I’m not sure how a night in the hotel would have gone without this thing.
The NoseFrida – If there’s one thing I regret not packing in my hospital bag, it’s the NoseFrida. Ander had some residual amniotic fluid, which made the aforementioned newborn congestion much worse. That all resulted in him not being able to breathe laying down in those flat bassinets and it really bothered him (which by extension bothered me). The bulb syringe did nothing for him. For the two nights we were in the hospital, I stayed up all night, holding him up so that he could breathe. When we got home, I immediately tried the NoseFrida on him and it worked! I sucked so much out of his nose and he was able to breathe amazingly! He got sleep that night and I did, too!! I love that it’s easy to use and that it’s effective. It’s not perfect, as I’ve used it a few times and it hasn’t touched the blockage I can easily, visibly see, but for the most part it’s effective. It’s absolutely a product I could not live without. I suggest pairing this item with Little Remedies Saline Drops.
Nail File Boards – Newborn nails are SO FRAGILE and soft that I was too nervous to cut them with clippers. The nurses all suggested emery boards as well. I ordered Rhoost brand files that came in a 10 pack – allowing me to equip the diaper bag, my purse, and practically every room in the house with one. Ander’s nails were overgrown at birth. They bent down around the tip of his finger, so I had a lot of work to do. As they grow, they very often snag (with all his flailing, the on and off of clothing, etc.) and I’m using these on him daily!
The Boppy Nursing Pillow – I completely underestimated how much I would use this. I did not register for the Boppy pillow, but my cousin generously gifted me hers and I’m SO glad. My boy, he was born 8 pounds, which is not a small baby. He has since then averaged a weight gain of over an ounce a day – he’s a very good eater. Holding him for every single feeding killed my back and arms. I started using the Boppy and felt immediate relief. Baby could eat and I could be hands free (and my muscles were eased). I also use this pillow for my photography. I place the Boppy on the rug, place a blanket over top of that, and place the baby down. That’s how we currently take our monthly photos! (Note: Don’t worry – I NEVER leave him unattended.)
Baby Bjorn Bouncer – We LOVE this seat! It’s currently stationed in our kitchen so that Ander can hang out with me while I cook lunch and dinner. He’s currently going through a phase where if he can’t see me, he goes nuts. In order to get any cooking done, this chair is amazing. I love that it’s not automated, easy to clean, and it’s upright.
Not Automated: This chair moves solely based on the momentum of the child. Ander doesn’t move too much yet, but he loves to kick his feet and that alone gets the chair rocking a little. He giggles and seems to very much enjoy this motion.
Cleaning: There are two parts to this chair, the frame and the cover. The cover slips right off and goes into the washing machine. I’ve washed it many times already and I love the way it doesn’t loose its’ shape or color. I’m very impressed.
Upright: Newborns often have trouble pooping – they push but also clench which is counterproductive. Add in trying to poop laying down and that just makes it harder. He’s gotten much better at this within the last few weeks, but before that it was not a fun experience. When Ander is working much too hard to pass a bowel, we put him in this chair and like magic, he is successful. It is worth purchasing for this reason alone. (Anyone who has a newborn that also experienced GBS (grunting baby syndrome) would attest, I’m sure.
Motherhood Nursing Tank (& Robe) – I love this tank because it makes public and at home breastfeeding easy. In public, I wear this tank with a regular shirt over it. When it’s time to feed, I just lift up the shirt, unhook and we’re off. At home, I mostly just wear the tank (both with and without a bra) and I wear a Motherhood robe (it’s pink, floral print, and gorgeous!) over top because it’s still a bit cold in the house. It’s easy, comfortable, and gives me confidence.
These are my favorite products from the first two months of mommyhood. Please let me know below or on Twitter what your favorite products are in this season of your life. Thank you so much for reading! Don’t forget to follow on Bloglovin’ and Instagram!