- 7 years ago
Came across this on parentingsquad.com and had to share:
1. Wipes Warmer: AMEN SISTER! I discovered that I can warm a wipe faster and better by just placing it against my thigh, arm, or stomach. It warms the wipe in less than five seconds. I don’t need to worry about the wipes turning brown, having a plug available, nor the LOUD sound the warmer makes opening and closing the darn thing!
2. Co-sleepers: I purchased a book called Sleeping with Your Baby A Parent’s Guide to Cosleeping. It details the safe ways to cosleep. No cosleeper necessary. Technically just having the crib/bassinet/playard in your bedroom is considered cosleeping, it doesn’t have to be attached to your bed. I bought a First Years Close and Secure Sleeper to put in the bed with us, but even with a Cali King size bed, there was not room for that thing and my DH and me. So now we use it in the living room to let the baby sleep next to us on the couch while we watch tv without the fear of her falling off or suffocating in the cushions.
3. Themed Sets: Again, a mistake I almost made! I bought an expensive 4-piece set ($250), then I returned it and instead bought a 10-piece set from Walmart which I LOVE LOVE LOVE and which came with wall hangings and a mobile and everything. Plus it’s a more generic set so it was easier to accessorize. Don’t bother with a theme, just focus on colors.
4. Baby Bath: So true. I bought a Summer Infant Deluxe Baby Bather which is basically just a mesh chair for her to sit in (at least it folds up). I used it for MightyBaby’s sponge baths before her umbilical cord fell off, and I’ve used it for her baths a bit since, but she will soon outgrow it, and my DH has already mastered the art of simply taking a shower with her. Once she’s old enough for bath toys and such, she’ll be able to sit up unassisted and won’t need a baby tub anyway…
5. Designer Baby Clothes: One word: Freecycle. Join your local group and cash in on the booty. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen garbage bags full of baby clothes offered in my area. We have so many clothes, MightyBaby has worn everything exactly once and is already outgrowing most of her newborn clothes! My DH just shared with me yesterday that the reason baby clothes cost so much brand new is because the manufacturers must meet a very high standard for sensitivity testing, so they must use expensive dyes and fabrics, and the seams must be sewn a certain way. Much better to buy used and throw it in the wash. Save the new clothes for special occasions (like Christmas, Christening, etc).
6. Baby Swings. I don’t know if I agree or not. We got a swing free (Freecycle!) and it has been ESSENTIAL in calming down MightyBaby on several occasions. But each baby is unique and not all of them like swings. I guess borrow one to see? But for us this is a lifesaver. We did get it used though, since baby’s can only really use these until they are 15-20lbs, so they aren’t generally in bad condition. But they eat batteries like crazy (unless you get a Fischer Price model that has an AC adapter…)
7. Baby Toiletries. Don’t know that I agree with this either. Sure you don’t NEED baby soaps, but I love the smell of my Method Squeeky Clean products, and the lotion really did help MightyBaby’s dry skin…I guess this is a to each their own thing. Plus I love my baby oil too. What I don’t use? Baby shampoo, baby conditioner, or baby powder (I use A&D ointment).
Anything else you ladies would add to the list?