As we get ready for H2, I have found myself dusting off/reflecting on the items we used and loved the first time around.
Combine that with the fact that from time to time, I get emails from lovely moms-to-be asking about my new-baby must-haves and I figured that while these things were top of mind, I ought to share a few of my favorites (for those of you who are interested in these types of things…)
Cameleon Bugaboo: Yes this stroller is stupid expensive, but for anyone who has wondered if it was worth it…all I can say is that this stroller was/is my very favorite baby related purchase. I logged an insane amount of miles with the Bugaboo during Hazel’s first 6 months and I couldn’t have been happier with it. I know stroller criteria is completely dependent on a slew of life actors (ie. do you have stairs? will you be putting it in your car? Do you have room for storage? Ect. ) but for Urban moms who want a walk-everywhere stroller - this is thing is GOLDEN.
Oeff Sparrow Crib: I am sure there are plenty of cribs that would have gotten the job done, but this one is just so good looking… Even now, a year after first laying Hazel in it, I find myself admiring the modern look and clean lines. Plus, Hazel has been sleeping through the night in the crib since she was 5 weeks old (which I realize has probably very little to do with the furniture itself)….but that totally counts for something. Great buy.
Adan + Anais Swaddles: Register for as many of these things as you can. I used these swaddles for everything from their intended purpose (swaddling) to burp cloths, changing pads, stroller sun shield….and now that Hazel is old enough to sleep with a blanket, these are her favorite nighttime cuddle object. Soft. Airy. Folds up compactly enough to shove several in your diaper bag. (Note: The regular versions are easier for swaddling, but the Bamboo version are much softer).
Touch the Art Books: LOVE! Buy the whole series.
Shangrila Play Mat: This rec originally came from Georgina and I am so glad I took her advice. I realize it is sort of loud-looking (fine, ugly) but for some reason (black and white accents, textured material, hanging toys), babies go crazy over this specific mat. Even at a few weeks old, Hazel clearly liked this mat better than all the other version we tried. In the beginning, your nugget spends a great deal of time/tummy time laying on this mat - so you might as well invest in one they love. Totally worth it!
StorkSaK Sofia Diaper Bag: This diaper bag is SO fantastic - but not cheap. I was able to justify the purchase by saying that it became my daily purse/weekend tote which drove down its cost per wear significantly. Storksacks are really well made with pockets for all the stuff you need pockets for (diapers, bottles, etc) and a nice leather that wipes clean easily. The bags are also super accessible which is essential for a mom with limited free hands (magnetic pocket closures = pure genius). Plus, they are really stylish….which never hurts. Oh and don’t forget the stroller clips.
My Little Lamb Swing: This eyesore was a LIFESAVER. I had the chic, modern Mamaroo, but Hazel no interest in the advanced bounce patterns it offered - she liked to swing. Hours on end. Swing and sleep. This contraption may have offended my design aesthetic and taken up way more space than i would have liked….but it saved my sanity!
Monte Luca Glider: Crazy Comfortable, Big enough for my husband…small enough for me, Stain Resistant, Sturdy. Great for nursing and is now the spot where we read to Hazel every night.. This piece was a great investment that will be in our family for many years (and bedtime stories) to come. If you have the space - get the rocking ottoman to go with it.
OXO Sprout Tot Chair: This chair grows with your child, looks sharp when pulled up to your kitchen table, is super easy to clean….but more than anything, Hazel LOVES sitting in the seat and will gladly chill in her chair for the entire duration of dinner parties. Priceless!
Note: These are certainly not my most budget-friendly recommendations…As I mentioned, these are my mini-reviews of my most loved baby items. I promise to put together a post of low-cost-must-haves at some point. Deal?