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Baby Girl is 16 weeks old. With raising her and Boo, I’m feeling fairly seasoned. I know there’s a lot more to learn, but that’ll come with any other babies we have.
As parents, we love our babies. We love to care for them. Thankfully, we have so many products that can help make our jobs easier. Here are 6 of my favorite items I can’t live without.
1. Baby Wrap
My #1 must have product to get anything done or go anywhere during the first 4 months is the baby wrap. I currently own a Kea Babies Wrap. I love this wrap. The knit fabric does not stretch as much as the more expensive Moby Wrap. It’s cheap and easy to wrap. I’ve used it for walking in Downtown OKC, the Amarillo Zoo, and even cleaning at home. When Boo was a baby, I used it for walking in Downtown Guthrie and to the Medieval Fair in Norman.
Wraps can also help if your baby suffers from colic or acid reflux. They promote kangaroo care. Nursing in one is also pretty easy. Most young babies will snooze away in them.
2. Diaper Rash Cream
Our poor babies. Almost every baby has had a case of diaper rash at one time or another. With Boo I used Destin. It worked like a charm. But with Baby Girl… Destin hasn’t worked so well.
What works better? Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. Not only does it smell nice, but it heals her little bottom right up.
3. Gripe Water
This is one item I didn’t have to use with Boo. With Baby Girl, however, that’s a different story. Baby Girl had what we thought was colic. She’d cry three hours a day, almost every day, and nothing seemed to help. She had green, mucus-filled poopy diapers. She was gassy and I felt like that was what was causing her colic.
I did some research, found dairy is a culprit of colic, and I cut it out. It would be a few weeks until the proteins were out of my body, however. In the mean time (and because I still might accidentally get into some dairy, since going dairy-free is HARD), if she seemed to hurt from colic, I’d give her a dose. I followed the dosing instructions, both in amount (or less than the amount by age) and in the timing. Gripe water made all the difference.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t claim to be. Ask your pediatrician if gripe water is best for your baby.
4. Baby Swing
This swing has been a lifesaver. Ry’s mom gave us and Baby Girl a swing for Christmas. It helps us entertain her and keep her asleep. She doesn’t sleep for long when she lays in her bassinet by herself.
Our swing plays music, has a removable mobile, and an adjustable rocking setting, as well as a timer. You can strap your baby in with the five-point harness.
5. Baby Bouncer Chair
Given to me when I had Boo, this bouncer chair works great in the bathroom for when I’m getting ready in the morning or showering.
As a mom, this is a lifesaver. Even if it only lasts 5-10 minutes in keeping them happy, it’s worth it for a shower!
Our bouncer chair plays music on a low and high setting and vibrates. It also had a removable mobile and a three-point safety harness.
6. Baby Changing Mat
It’s so helpful to be able to put a mat down on any safe surface to change a baby quickly. With Boo, I had a changing table. With Baby Girl, I don’t have that time I did.
I simply use her changing mat, normally on the floor. If I use it on the couch, I keep a hand on her at all times.
I love that changing mats are easy to clean, comfy, and you can choose or make epic, soft covers for them.
BONUS! Baby Play Mat
Baby Girl actually got this for Christmas from her Gigi. (Thanks again, Gigi!). Her baby play mat has fish and sea creatures. It fills up with water on the inside and the outside ring fills with air.
Baby Girl isn’t a huge fan of tummy time, but this mat helps keep her attention so she doesn’t get mad as fast.