I am so so so excited! My brand-new nephew was just born Monday morning, and I am over the moon for my brother and his wife. I cannot wait to meet the little guy. They have great timing, too, because we are making a trip back to visit family (and go to our 10 year high school reunion- scary!) this weekend. So I am dancing with anticipation and joy at the thought of seeing his cute little face in person.
But their new arrival got me thinking back to when I was pregnant with Ian, and all the “stuff” that I got to get ready for him. I’ve seen a lot of lists out there about what to buy, and a lot about what not to buy. I’m not going to tell you what to buy or not- that’s totally your choice. Instead, I’m going to tell you what I would buy again in a heartbeat. Things I loved and still love!
1) Aden + Anais Classic Swaddles
These blankets are BY FAR my favorite blankets ever. We used them for swaddling and overall comfort when Ian was a newborn. Then when we got to be too long and wiggly, we used them as a lovey. Once Ian was rolling and no longer swaddled, we used it in the crib as a light blanket. I know, I know…suffocation! Danger! But I actually felt really safe leaving these blankets in the crib with him (but please note- I am not a child expert, doctor, baby whisperer, etc… so please use your own judgment about these things). They are extremely lightweight (they’re muslin), and Ian was able to brush things off his face and body at this point. Now, at almost 2, “blankie” is a must-have item for Ian. We got 2 packs, and I’m so glad! That way we can always have a fresh, clean one available when we need it (or more than one, as Ian often insists on carrying around 2 or 3 at a time)!
Our daycare actually clued us in on this wonder! Ian had pretty dry, itchy skin as a baby (and still does at times). We had no idea what to do to help him out…one day, daycare suggested Aquaphor. Let me just say it is amazing stuff. Greasy, and slippery…but amazing.
3) Sound Machine
We got a simple sound machine for Ian- it has a few different “white noise” options and some music, as well as a projector (for these little image disks that rotate). We hardly ever used the projector, but we use the ocean sound every single night. I’m not sure that it really helps HIM all that much, but it gives me a little extra piece of mind knowing that there is something to help drown out the noise that I’m sure we make while he is sleeping.
4) Infant to Toddler Rocker
We used this thing daily when Ian was little. It has a vibration setting, so we’d plop him in it (sometimes even swaddled) and use it to calm him down. It worked really really well. Now that he’s older, he doesn’t use it much- but he does like to climb into it every now and then and play with the bar of animals.
5) Flannel Receiving Blankets
We used these as spit rags and they were by far the best spit rags we owned. We had some other things that were actually called spit rags- but they were too small and not absorbent enough. These were perfect. We had 2 packs of them, and we probably could have used 2 more for the sheer amount of spit up Ian was able to produce. I can’t imagine not having these.
6) Summer Infant SwaddleMe Wraps
We clued into these a little later- maybe a few months in. And oh goodness they are a game changer! They make swaddling a breeze! They turn your little one into a snug baby burrito and the Velcro stays in place so your wiggle worm can’t break free. We were fairly good at swaddling with a regular blanket, but once Ian got more squirmy, these made a world of difference.
7. Skip Hop playmat
I loved this mat, and so did Ian!! I liked it mostly because of just how beautiful it is. Unlike the preponderance of baby toys, this is NOT super bright and gaudy. It has a nice color palate and the dangling toys are adorable. I also liked how easy it was to store, transport, and set up. Ian liked it because of all the animals and the various activity panels. Win-win!
What items did you use for your kids that you loved and would definitely use again??