Earlier this year, my life changed in the best way possible – we welcomed #BabyVegNextDoor into our lives, a beautiful, healthy girl of 7lb 8oz.
I don’t plan to make my blog a Baby/Mommy blog, though I do hope to share more of how we’re making our busy life work with a baby as I work full time and still aim to get healthy meals on the table each night, at my very infrequent blogging pace.
But first, I have two baby-centric posts planned – first this one to introduce our baby girl and share some of our favorites from her first four months, and coming soon a review of a book about both babies AND food.
For now, I’ll just be introducing her as “Baby”, as we’ve decided to keep her name off the blog for now for her safety/privacy.
Somehow time flew by and she’s gone from a too-tired-to-stay-awake-for-an-entire-meal newborn to a book-loving, nap-hating, super chatty girl.
She’s also grown out of the “newborn” stage (which by definition ends at 3 months). And then some. Some days I swear she’s practically an adult now.
She giggles. She gives kisses (really more like cheek bites). She’s SO close to sitting up on her own. Heck, she even goes to “school” 5 days a week.
It hasn’t all been easy, but it’s all been so special and we can no longer imagine our lives without her.
I know I love reading “favorites” posts, and thought it might also be helpful to many of you to share some of the items that made her first four months easier or more fun for us both.
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- Baby Bargains (Book) – Though it’s not a “Big” item in itself, we consulted this book before making any big purchases to ensure we were getting good quality products at fair prices. My friend recommended this book to me, and now I recommend it to everyone I know who is expecting. This book reviews brands and products and also shares guidance as to which features are must-haves and which you might be able to do without – make sure you get the newest version of the book since products are constantly changing. I was lucky enough to snag the current version at my local library by reserving a copy online.
- Chico KeyFit Car Seat – This is a very popular car seat for good reason. It’s very easy to snap in and out of the car and stroller, and pretty light-weight.
- City Mini GT Stroller – Very easy to fold up and store in the trunk, and it’s got great wheels. For the first couple of months we snapped the car seat onto this (with an adapter) but now seat her directly into the stroller. I was disappointed that the parent console doesn’t come along with it, but it’s an add-on I couldn’t live without.
- Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor – Babies are tricky – She often makes a LOT of noise when she’s asleep….and stays pretty quiet when she wakes up. So the video display has been really helpful to us. From what I understand, this Video monitor has a signal that’s harder to intercept than some other types of video monitors.
- Halo sleep sacks – We have several Sleep Sacks in both fleece & cotton. When she was smaller we exclusively used Halo swaddles since she always wanted to have her arms out, and Halo swaddles can be used with arms in or out.
- Clothing – I wish Baby’s entire wardrobe was made of Footie Pants and one-piece Playsuits since they are so comfy and easy to put on. We have this set and were sad when she outgrew it.
- Aden & Anais “Burpy Bibs” – We love that these cover a large surface area and that their snap closure a.) keeps them on snugly and b.) does not cause havoc in the washing machine like our velcro bibs do!
- JJ Cole Bundle Me – This is a MUST for any baby in a Chicago Winter. They also sell lighter-weight versions for other seasons/climates.
- Water Wipes – I buy these natural Baby Wipes by the case. Our pediatrician recommended using just paper towels and water for wipes that wouldn’t irritate Baby’s skin, but these are so much easier and have only one ingredient besides water – 0.1% grapefruit extract.
- Triple Paste – our Pediatrician recommended this Diaper Cream for a very bad case of Diaper Rash we had. It’s very thick and long-lasting.
- High Contrast Art Cards – she loved looking at these ever since she was teeny tiny!
- Little Blue Truck – great rhyming and lots of animal sounds!
- Chicks Run Wild – it’s really for older kids, but I love reading this rhyming story to her – a funny tale of a mama hen trying to get her chicks to bed.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar – a classic for a reason – and it teaches about butterflies, the days of the week, and nutrition!
- I am a Bunny – beautiful illustrations of the 4 seasons.
- The Golden Egg Book – A bunny wonders who’s inside of that egg. My nieces love when their papa scratches the back of the book to make the sound of the duck scratching at the egg.
- Baby Listens – Good rhyming and fun sounds. We read this one almost every night at bed time.
- Highlights “Hello” magazine – such cute little books, each full of rhymes, songs, stories, and – her favorite – pictures of other REAL babies.
- This Lullaby
- Anything by Elizabeth Mitchell (If you have Amazon Prime her albums are available for free streaming)
- We’ve become Pandora-aholics… Toddler Radio, Disney Children’s Radio, and Children’s Lullaby Radio stations especially.
- Bright Starts Grab & Spin Rattle – it goes along in her car seat for every outing. Though it does get a little wet on the inside when washed, that hasn’t been a problem.
- Rhino Toys “Oball” – It’s easy to grasp so was the first item she was able to hold and pass between her hands. And it’s dishwasher safe!!!
- Vulli Sophie the Giraffe – A little bit pricey, but a few squeaks from Sophie or a bite of her face ALWAYS cheers up our baby girl!
- If you ever need to use a Breast Pump you NEED this hands-free pumping bra. I thought it was a gimmick until I heard about it from more than one friend and wish I had not waited so long to get one. It’s a total game-changer!
- My Instant Pot. For the first few months, I made a point to slow cook a double-batch of something every week, and freezing some for later. Check out my freezer stash and my Slow Cooker Pinterest Board.
- Expecting More: 4th Trimester Workout DVD – I ordered this DVD set after reading Katie’s review. The set includes 8 workouts all between 10 and 30 minutes made especially for new moms. I will say it was A LOT harder to squeeze in even a 10 minute workout than I ever would have imagined, but I have really been enjoying these workouts – they aren’t intimidating, yet I definitely can feel them working.
I’d love to hear from you!
What items do you recommend for new moms & babies?
What are your favorite items to give for shower gifts?