I've seen several mom blogs where they post their must haves. I find it to be extremely helpful, so I thought I'd do something similar. I'm not nearly as creative (and frankly don't have the time) to make the cute collages those bloggers make of their items though. Oh well.
1. Infantino Activity Gym:
We've pretty much used this from day one! Jack loves to kick his legs and flail his arms and grab onto things, so this is perfect for him.We also use the "pillow" that comes with it for tummy time and he actually seems to enjoy it. (TIP: start tummy time early...I've read that the earlier you begin tummy time, the more likely they're to tolerate/enjoy it So far it has worked for us). I love the colors (doesn't scream baby!) and that you can move the animals around and/or add to it.
Funny story: Ben was playing with Jack on the mat one night. I kept hearing him tell J "get that Sea Horse...get the Sea Horse." I said "umm.....what Sea Horse??". Yeah....he was referring to the GIRAFFE. Bless his heart! B may need an animal refresher course..ha!
2, iBaby Feed:
My brain is fried. I can't remember my own name half of the time, so I knew I needed help with remembering J's feedings etc. I searched the app store and found this one. So far I'm a fan. It's user friendly, and has several options (bottle, breast, pumping). Plus it will send you a 10 minute warning for when the next feeding is supposed to begin. Very handy!
3. Moby Wrap
I knew I wanted a good wrap to wear Jack in. There's a plethora of options, but I heard great things about the Moby. Ben got one for me for Christmas and I knew I couldn't wait to use it. It's a tad daunting at first because there's a ton of fabric. The directions are pretty easy to follow and figure out.
It has been a life saver. On the days when J is fussy, I'll put it on and carry him around. It allows him to be close yet my hands to be free. I also like wearing it when we go out to eat or shopping etc. It's nice not to have to lug the car seat in, and keeps him from getting fussy!
It can get hot though, so I'm not sure what we'll do in the Summer. Any suggestions???
4. Key Fit Caddy
Seriously the best invention since the stroller. It's light weight, beyond easy to open/close, compact and easy to maneuver. It's great for shopping or every day use. Not so great for walks on the trail though!!
My parents were skeptical about why I needed this stroller in addition to the regular one. After the first time they witnessed me using it, they were sold. It has been that helpful!
I know other carseat/stroller companies offer a frame stroller, this just happens to be the one I know about.
5. Summer SwaddleMe
My sweet blogger friend Amie actually sent us this and we really enjoy it. Jack will get out of a wrapped swaddle quicker than anything. On the nights he needs swaddling, we put him in this instead. He can still move his legs, but his arms are snug. He has gotten out of it once though...apparently he's really determined!
There are a few of our must haves! What are some of yours???