Monday, August 26, 2013

Favorite Things//6 weeks...

I love other blogger's favorite things post.   Especially since I am a review reader.  I love to read the reviews on any new product I am buying.  The Amazon customer review section is my favorite go-to.  I like to hear the good and bad.  So when I see a blogger write about a certain product they love or hate in some cases I take note.  Sometimes they are products I think I would like to try myself other times I just find the information useful.  Anyways, I wrote that whole big ol' explanation to tell you that I decided I would join suit and write my own favorite baby things.   Since this is the 3rd go around I am pretty set in my ways but I included a few old loves and a couple of new ones that make life with 3 little ones a little easier.  

Blankets//I LOVE these Aden + Anais blankets.   My sister got a set when Daphne was born and I swore if I ever had another they were a must have.   They are great for summer babies because they are super light weight so you can still put them over baby to protect them from the intense sun or random weird people who feel the need to randomly and awkwardly touch your baby. I use them for swaddling and as a nursing cover up when we are around family.   Another plus is the cute prints.  I actually picked this pack because of the turtle print since the big 2 are in love with all things turtles.

Stroller with carseat adapter and glider board// I am sure you are sick of hearing about the love I have for my Baby Jogger City Select stroller but it is a deep, serious kind of love.   I should mention that I hate strollers with a passion the only thing I hate more than strollers are pacifiers when it comes to baby stuff.   I didn't have one at all with Bristol.  Well, I had a jogging stroller, but the only thing I used it for was jogging.  Okay, slight lie, I used an umbrella stroller when I flew to California on my own with her because I was pregnant with Eldon and didn't want to carry here through the airport.  Anyways, back to the topic at hand, when Eldon was born I saw this stroller on line but since we thought we were done having babies at the time I couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money on a stroller.  Especially since I never needed one with Bristol.  Well, when we found out we were pregnant with Brighton, I knew we would have to get a stroller.  We were finally out numbered and the day of carrying the carseat in one hand and holding the hand of the other one was gone.  So I did some research and kept coming back to the City Select.  I really didn't think Jeremy would agree to it, but low and behold, I have my stroller.  And I use the heck out of it.  I wont even take it out of the car to make room if we think we wont need it on whatever trip we are going on.  With the glider board I can keep all 3 safely with me and I don't have to worry about them running around in a parking lot.  Bristol loves that she can watch Brighton.   If you are planning to have more than 1 kiddo I highly suggest getting a stroller than can grow with you.  Several brands make them these days but I am biased and think you should totally go with the City Select.

Bottles// I searched everywhere for these and finally just ended up ordering them off of Amazon.  Thank goodness for Prime.  With Bristol these were the only bottles she would take so I just automatically used them with Eldon.  I tried a different brand with Brighton because Target no longer carries them in the store but I hated them so I went back to The First Year's Breastflow.  If you are breastfeeding these are a great option since they are designed to be just like breastfeeding.

Burp cloths//Well these are actually Gerber Prefold Cloth Diapers but they work wonderfully for burp cloths.  Especially if you have a spitter upper like I do.   They do a pretty good job at catching all the throw up.  I have a stack of cute, useless burp cloths in the closet that I never use.  I used some left over fabric I had from Brighton's bedding and dressed them up.

Diapers//I love Flip diapers.  Normally I wait until the 3 month mark to start cloth diapering but as I mentioned before Brighton had a diaper rash that we just couldn't kick.  Even with massive amounts of triple paste we couldn't subdue it.  So we pulled out the diaper stash since a never ending rash is exactly why I started cloth diapering with Bristol.   I love the Flip diapers because they are really affordable.  I have a huge stash because with Bristol I only had 4 covers and 12 inserts which was totally doable and it only cost a $100 which is like 2 months supply of disposable diapers.  Just know that all the fun colored covers become addicting and before you know it you will end up with like 12 covers and 36 inserts.

Bouncy chair//Our Fisher Price Bouncy chair has a different cover but the base is the exact same.  This was a favorite of Eldon's and Brighton seems to love it just as much.  I am considering buying one for my Mother In Law's house so we can put Brighton in it when no one is holding her.  Which is like never.  So maybe I should just stick to the one at our house.

Ergo//I was a skeptic on this one.  I remember someone telling me it was the best thing in the world when Eldon was a baby and all I could think about was how the waist strap buckled on an area I would much rather not draw attention too after I had a baby.  I am not sure when my opinion changed but it did and I am glad it did because this thing has been a life saver with Miss I-don't-want-to-be-put-down.   It is super comfy, a little on the bulky side, but much easier to get into than the Moby I had with Bristol.   And there is a plus.  If you don't care about color, you can find them at TJ Maxx for about $70 which is almost half of the retail price.  I am still thankful that my Sister In Law mentioned that little bit of info to me.

Diaper bag//Oh my beatuiful Timi and Leslie Charlie II.  It is BIG.  Like I can fit 6 cloth diapers, 4 changes of clothes, my DSLR, iPad, all my purse junk, a changing pad, wipes, and a wet bag in here.  Like I said it is big.  The cool thing is it came with a lot of extras including a clutch which comes in handy when you are leaving baby with someone else.   I love it.  But you probably already guessed that.

So there you have it, my favorite things from the first 6 weeks of Brighton Ann's life.

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