Friday, January 24, 2020

Our Top 5 Baby Gadgets

I know, I know.

There are SO many baby items out there, am I right? And there's just as many lists and articles telling new moms what they should or shouldn't have. 

Every time we go into Target or Buy Buy Baby I'm always amazed at how many new and cool gadgets there are. (By the way, is it "cool" to say "cool" anymore? I can't keep up with slang). 

So, you can imagine that as a first time mom, it is so incredibly overwhelming to come up with what you "need" vs what you "want" on your precious registries. I mean, I wanted a baby swing, but do you think she liked it? Nope! It went onto Facebook Marketplace and was replaced with a 4 moms mamaroo


Every one has opinions about what worked for them vs. what will work for you. So if you WANT that cool high chair, get it. Babies are precious, individual creatures and you'll never know what they'll like until they'll tell you they don't. 

As another example, diapers. Our hospital used Huggies, and since I didn't stock up on diapers (I don't recommend doing this - you'll never know what size they'll be in, and they grow so quickly that you may only use one box of one size - also, guilty), I ordered a box of the same brand to be sent to the house. 

We decided we'd try other brands, since we did have a few boxes we received as gifts. NOPE, SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT. Rashes and leaks, oh my. Once we switched back to Huggies Little Snugglers, we knew we found a winner and couldn't change it. 

So, here's a list of some things that we've found super helpful in the first 15 weeks of newborn life. 

I can't tell you how many people told us that they never used theirs and how much of a waste it was. So, when a close, trusted friend told us to put it on our registry, we did... and they bought it for us! Honestly, I was so hesitant at first because I wasn't sure if we'd really use it. I put it downstairs in our living room next to the pack 'n play because I knew that's where we would be spending the majority of our time. 

It has been a lifesaver! It's so easy to use, the refills are super cheap on Amazon, and you can't smell any smelly diapers when you walk into the house. You have to change it every other day, but you can literally do that one handed. We love ours so much we even bought a second one for upstairs use! 

When this was first suggested to us, I kindly declined because I was planning to exclusively breastfeed. But, life has a way of happening and we had to supplement with formula, which we are 100% okay with. As long as our baby is getting healthily fed, we don't care!

For a while we were okay with "manually" (haha) mixing her formula bottles, but once we remembered this fabulous suggestion, we jumped right on it! It has been the best feeding purchase we've made. It creates a warm bottle in just minutes! Just make sure to always keep it full of formula and water (sometimes I forget, which creates a fog at 6:30 in the morning), and clean the funnel. I like to clean and sanitize all the parts once a week. 

3. LOVEVERY Play Gym

I know, I know, the price! We actually found ours on Facebook Marketplace, barely used, with ALL parts! One of the main reason we wanted this activity mat was because of how simple it was. No flashing lights, no loud electronic noises or toys.

There are five different zones where you can place your baby down on for tummy time and watch them learn! They have zones for sound, touch, focus, hiding/finding, colors. There's also a cover that goes on top of it to become a tent! It can truly be used educationally for up to a year, which is amazing play.

4. Chicco Bravo Primo Travel System

A stroller and car seat combo is something that you definitely need, so I fully recommend going to a store (like Buy Buy Baby) where you can look at them, push them around, and pick up the carriers to see what you like/don't like. One of the main reasons we picked this system was because the handle on the stroller is adjustable, and was the highest that we could find. Since Zack is so tall, it was imperative that we found something comfortable for him and I to use.

The fabric is easy to clean, the straps and buckles are great quality, the stroller folds and unfolds super easy, and the storage basket on the bottom of the stroller is huge! We've also found that once we put the carrier in the stroller and use both canopies, it hides babe really well - which works great for germs and people.

5. Boppy Pillow

The Boppy is a must have that can be used for all ages. I ended up taking it into the hospital for easy feeding because of my c-section. It's perfect for feeding and holding while they're in the newborn stage, as well as tummy time and propping up for when they're older! The cover comes off for easy washing (hello, spit up stains) and you can even buy different ones for different occasions.

Of course, don't use them for sleep (follow the safe sleep ABC's - Alone, on their Back, in their Crib). 

*y'all. I'm not getting paid for any of this, just so you know. This is all my own personal opinion and I hope someone finds it useful! 

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