I’m pretty minimal when it comes to baby supplies, but after going around the baby block 5 times, here are several products I have found to be well worth the investment.
I know co-sleeping can be done safely, but it has never worked for us. I’ll admit, this littlest wiggle worm spends more time in the bed with me than not, but it’s not my preference. On the other hand, I nurse my babies during the night for quite a while, so I like them close. The Arm’s Reach Co-sleeper has provided the best of both worlds.
It straps nicely to the side of the bed (strap runs between the mattress and box spring in a simple but effective design) and has a bassinet layer for when baby is tiny and immobile, which you remove once baby gets bigger. It is so nice to not have to climb out of bed multiple times a night, to be able to reach over and put my hand on the little one while he sleeps, and just to feel like I can keep a close eye on him, all the while having our own space in the grown-up bed. (Theoretically, ha!)
Pricey–but well worth it!
I tried several different slings and baby carrier, and the Ergo wins hands down. Every other one I used pulled on my back and shoulders so much that I had to quit. The Ergo distributes weight over your hips instead, making for a very comfortable and practical carrier, even as baby grows heavier.
The benefits of babywearing are untold for bonding between mom and baby. I like to have my little babies in a carrier because it discourages random strangers from touching, kissing, or scooping them up without my permission. (It amazes me that people feel free to do this.) The Ergo has also saved me many, many times when baby needed to be close but I also needed to have my hands free. It’s a pretty sweet feeling to be doing dishes or laundry with a warm baby asleep on my back!
The one downside for me is that I’m too uncoordinated to put baby in by myself. For the front carry I have to have someone snap the buckle in the back, and for the back carry I have to have the kids help me. I’m not sure how anyone would get a baby in the back carry position on their own—but apparently it can be done. It would probably help if I had watched the how-to video that comes with the carrier.
I will add that I have only used the Ergo once my babies got a little bigger. There is an additional infant insert for very tiny babies that I have heard good things about, but I don’t have any experience with it personally.
Again–this costs a pretty penny, and my frugal self rarely shells out this much for an item I’ll use for a short time–but the Ergo is worth every penny!
I don’t know if this is available in all parts of the country, but you can get it from Amazon. This magical diaper rash cream beats any other one I’ve tried, and it even smells fairly pleasant. There is nothing worse than to have a red-bottomed baby screaming in pain, and Boudreaux’s has come to the rescue lots of times.
So those are my favorite 3 items for baby!
What about you? What baby products would you hate to live without?