I love reading these types of lists because I love learning about things that may be a life changer (and I’m also not very cool and extremely cautious so I’m usually not the first to discover something that’s amazing). Bloggers always have a well designed photo that features all the items with numbers next to it, but I don’t know how to do that. (If there is a photo inserted here it’s because I caved and made Daniel do it once the boys were asleep).
I rarely used this with Ollie, but it was so convenient and helpful once I had Atlas and needed somewhere to stick him while putting Ollie down for a nap. We got the Euro Mini model because at the time we bought it we had an Ikea Malm so our bed was inches off the ground and we were in a little apartment and didn’t have space for a full sized crib. Once we got a new bed we had to buy the leg extension pack which made it kinda wobbly, but it still is great. I know we will be getting more use out of it with baby girl.
Ollie lovedddddd this swing. He was an extremely clingy attached baby and I would be able to get some breaks by rocking him to sleep in this or even having Daniel rock him in it. Atlas didn’t care much for it, but it was a safe place to keep him from little toddler hands. I also have a ton of photos of them inside of it because it creates the softest, best light.
It has a max weight of 15 pounds, but I used it longer and clearly it can hold more that 15 pounds…
(Not clearly shown- the sling, but how silly is it that this is the first photo of us as a family of 4)
Here is the sling
I’m pretty bummed because when I was looking for a link to their slings, it looks like they aren’t making them anymore!? There are plenty of other slings out there, I just have only used this one and the prints are adorable. I got it when they have their outlet sales for $30, so don’t trust that inflated amazon (non-prime) price. Daniel even got use out of it by reversing it so it was plain brown rather than floral.
It was super easy to use and great when we were in a rush (rather than having to wrap a wrap) and used it until Atlas was probably 3 months.
I got this wrap a little bit too late when Atlas was 3ish months so I’m really excited to get more use out of it this time around. He was an early back archer which made it not last long (typically can use it up to 6-9 months I believe). I sold my Moby wrap for this because I love how lightweight it is and how it can fit into a diaper bag. The moby would take up the backseat floor of our car.
We got one when we had Atlas which was heartlessly taken when our car got stolen last August. We just replaced it this past weekend and I forgot how much I love it. Before having two kids, I’m pretty sure Ollie had only been in a stroller once as a baby and MAYBE a handful of times as a toddler. He is quite a lazy walker now and will often say, “Stop! Going too fast. Need a little break.” about every minute, so I love the convenience that he can just jump up and stand or sit in the back if he pulls a “I’m just too tired to walk” fit. Perfect for Disneyland.
For some insanely stupid reason I was very against baby gowns when I had Oliver! I finally caved and bought one for newborn Atlas and it’s amazing. Especially for someone like me who is a very disgusting, cheap, lazy environmentally conscious mom who holds out changing diapers for as long as possible. Pull the gown up, check for poops, and go about your day. Only issue is having to hike the gown up when buckling them in to a car seat.
I used a Tummy Tub with Oliver and it was the worst. Impossible to hold him up and wash him simultaneously and too small for the needed four hands to get the job done. This was such a necessity with Atlas because the place we were living only had a tiny shower so I couldn’t resort to just bathing him when I took a bath like I often did for Ollie.
Don’t get that. Get the puj.
Game changer for sure. Quality of life upgrade. Especially for bedsharing families. I would be getting up to go check on Oliver and Atlas so often that it was taking a toll on my limited down time. It didn’t help that despite my running to our bedroom every time I heard a tiny noise that Atlas crawled off our bed 8+ times. Now I can be even lazier and sit on the couch (uninterrupted) watching Pretty Little Liars and eating chocolate covered pretzels.
9. Coconut Oil
Anyone else’s newborn peel and flake like crazy? As in you take off their onesie and it starts snowing beautifully unique skin flakes around you? Coconut oil. (Too bad for you I don’t have any photos of my flake babes)
10. Muslin Blankets Swaddles
Nursing cover, snot rag, sunshade, cozy blanket or napping baby cover.
I’ve always used the Aden + Anais ones, but Amina not so secretly got me a pack from Mini Boden that I’m really excited to use.
10*. Sweats and shirts that you don’t mind getting stained by breastmilk
When I leaked while nursing Ollie my shirts would be oil stained, but that wasn’t the case with my milk with Atlas? Idk why, but play it safe friends if you’re not going to use nursing pads so you don’t stain your new postpartum jcrew shirts.
What are necessities for you!? What other cool things am I missing out on??