Monday, March 9, 2015

Momma Mondays: New Mom Must-Haves (and nots)

Every Monday we're going to talk all things mommy and kid. Whether it be favorite products or things to do with your bambino. This past weekend we attended a good friend's baby shower and it got us thinking what our new mom must-haves are. Here are both of our top fives!


1) Ergobaby (or any baby carrier). I was talking about the Ergobaby today and saying how much both my son and I love it. We've used it since he was about 3 days old and have continued to use it up until a few weeks ago when we went to Florida. It's great to travel through security and on the plane since Nolan is still a lap infant. It allows me to keep my hands free and I'm truly convinced they lace this thing with some sort of drug that puts my kid to sleep every time he's in it. I wear it around the house, on walks around the city,  to carry him to the car, while I was shopping or just cleaning the house. The motion of walking is instantly soothing (at least in his case). "They" say that skin to skin contact is good and I've also read that babies learn a lot by seeing your facial expressions by being in the carrier from a young age so those are just a few more advantages. In the almost 2 years since Nolan's been born, a new model has come out and if I ever have another baby I think I might just spring for the new one (it allows you to have baby facing out when you're carrying them in front as opposed to the 2 options of baby facing in when you're front carrying or back carrying on the model I have.). If you live in the Philadelphia area, Cloth has a baby carrier rental program that helps figure out what carrier works best for you and your baby. Genius!

ergobaby in action at 1 week old

2) Fisher Price Rock N Play Sleeper. Kristin and I can both agree on this one since she lent me hers after her son grew out of it. Light, portable, and babies love it. Simple enough to move from room to room and perfect to put in the bathroom while you take rush through a shower. Once they start rolling, it's game over and you can begin crying because you need to start thinking of creative ways to wrangle the little monster long enough so you can look presentable enough to step foot out of the house.

3) White noise machine. It doesn't have to be a proper machine. It can be an app (there's tons of free ones) or an old radio set on a fuzzy station for all I care. I'm no baby expert but for 9 months, they hear whooshing in the womb, your heartbeat, and they're all curled up nice and cozy in there. When they're thrust into the real world and we expect them to sleep in silence it can sometimes be problematic, They're (literally) out of their element so a little background noise to help calm them down or play while they're  drifting off to dreamland (hopefully for a very, very long time) wouldn't hurt. And if you find it doesn't help sleep at all, just turn it off, delete the app or throw the machine out the window. We live in a city where there are occasional constant sirens and drunk people roaming the streets so any machine that can drown outside noise out and soothe my kid is good in my book.

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4) This one is a must have-not...the Diaper Genie. I know, it looks so sleek and sexy. Don't do it. Please. I was warned of this when I was pregnant and I ignored it. Babies go through a lot of diapers and they all go to the same place. Changing the special diaper genie bags, aka overpriced plastic bags, gets old and like Sweet Brown said, "Ain't nobody got time for that." Kristin has the Diaper Dekor and it's the same shit, different day (literally).

5) Nosefrida, aka snot sucker. I know, it sounds gross. It sounds gross because it is. Essentially you are blowing your kid's nose for them because they lack this talent until god knows when. As I mentioned earlier, my son is almost 2 and I still use this thing so hopefully they start to learn to blow their own nose by the age of 3. Wrestling a 25 lb. child down to try and suck his nose out is a workout. F-THAT. Kristin bought this as part of her shower gift yesterday because everyone needs one of these suckers ... pun intended.

pieces L-R: mouthpiece, tubing, lid, filter, main sucking part
The filter prevents any, for lack of better word, snot from going up through the tube, through the mouthpiece and into your mouth. Unless you have no suction control of your mouth and have the suction power of an industrial Hoover, there's no way in hell snot is touching your lips. I've used this thing 1000 times and it hasn't even gone halfway up the main tube so don't worry.


1) Aden + Anais swaddles. This was the other part of my baby shower gift for our friend, because I used these every day for the first year or so. We had two packs (so 8 total) and ended up washing at least one blanket every day because inevitably he'd get spit up on it. Some kids don't like to be swaddled (Lori used these more as a general blanket), but mine LOVED it. I was all about the swaddling because it was the only way he'd sleep. These also come in handy when you want to cover up your infant carrier if it's cold/sunny etc. 

Sidenote: Prince George was wrapped in the bird-print blanket when he left the hospital. I may or may not have tried to purchase that one (even though we were way past the swaddling days), but it was sold out ... so I settled on the bib. Shockingly, this is the only George-related purchase I've made to date. Well, other than the commemorative teacup. Don't judge.

2) Boon lawn drying rack. Two-plus years later this thing is still taking up space on my countertop, and I love it. So much more fun than a boring old drying rack and it fits tons of bottles, sippy cups, lids, whatever. Plus there's attachments for nipples/bottle parts that look like little trees and flowers. CUTENESS! Oh, and you can throw the whole thing in the dishwasher, too. I'm sure I'll use it as a general drying rack whenever he doesn't use a sippy cup anymore. 

In case you can't tell, we're going through a (year-plus-long) Frozen phase here.

3) Zip-up sleepers. What kind of jerk decided that baby's pajamas should snap all the way up? Seriously?! When I gave birth, they didn't really have many sleepers that zipped, except in larger sizes. When I was just shopping for our friend's baby, I noticed tons of them, even in newborn. Good for you, Carters, for finally realizing that people want zips. Thanks for making me feel like an idiot in the middle of the night when I couldn't even walk a straight line, let alone match up 1,000 snaps on a leg hole. F-that! 
Long live the zipper!

4) Furniture/TV straps. This one is on the serious side, but very important. I never realized you were supposed to anchor your dressers, bookshelves and whatnot to the wall until Lori sent me this website last year. After crying hysterically, I immediately went into a panic and bought these anti-tip furniture straps and TV straps from Amazon. My son is a climber and gets into everything, and I can see how easy it would be for him to open a dresser drawer, climb on it, and the entire thing to come crashing down. Kids are crushed to death every year by dressers and TVs toppling on them - so scary. Please, please secure your furniture!
It was hard to get a good picture, but this is the back of our TV anchored to the wall.
5) My must-have not is the Bumbo seat. Ours was a hand-me-down from family, so it wasn't a big deal that I didn't use it more than two or three times. But my kid wasn't a fan, and if I wanted to strap him into something, why wouldn't I just put him in the bouncer, or rock n play, or whatever? I know some people absolutely love the Bumbo and will disagree with me, but it was one of those things that didn't work for us, and I'm glad I didn't waste $40 on it. 

What are your new-mom must haves? Share away in the comments!


  1. I just bought that Boon lawn drying rack on sale at Boots for £4.25! Bargain!