WARNING: This is SUCH a mommy blog post. Part of me hates myself for it. BUT I HAVE INFORMATION I NEED TO SHARE.
Ok, so now that JR is 4 1/2 months old, I’ve started to finally be able to figure out what pieces of baby “stuff” work the best for us. And since I’m sure some of you out there are or hope to be expecting a wee one in the future, I thought I’d share. I’m not going to say I couldn’t live without these things because, let’s be honest, when it comes down to bare-bones survival with a baby, you need a blanket, maybe some diapers, and a functioning boob. So let’s just call these “nice-to-have” items.
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste
I mean, the name is pretty fabulous to begin with, but this stuff has been pretty amazing. JR isn’t paricularly prone to getting diaper rashes, but this goop clears up any redness with ONE application. Sure the $16+ price tag for the jar seems a bit steep, but it’s lasting forever and it just plain works.
I was originally going to write AN ENTIRE post devoted to this, but that would be a bit much, I think. We tried the Bjorn. JR hated it, judging from his insane screaming the second we put him in it. We tried the Hot Sling. My frame and his girth were just not compatible with their sizes (and please don’t tell me I was wearing it incorrectly. I watched the demo vidoes 87,321 times, and each attempt was cut short with JR attempting to throw himself onto my hardwood floors in order to save himself from getting his circulation cut off). So, a couple of weeks ago, I caved and bought this wrap, which is essentially a million feet of stretchy cotton that you twist around yourself all Jedi-like, creating a soft, flexible apparatus within which you can perch your child in a variety of configurations. So you’re bonding! While you do the dishes! Everyone wins! I almost cried the first time I put it on because FINALLY I was able to hold my 18 pound child close to me for longer than 5 minutes.
Don’t get the wrong idea – we are not doing cloth diapers. Much praise to those of you who do. I just don’t think I could handle it. We use these primarily for burp cloths, but lately they’ve taken on the role of JR’S MOST FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD. Forget any toys we’ve purchased. All he wants to do is snuggle these, chew on them, or play peek-a-boo. The best part for us is that we never actually had to purchase any thanks to a friend who handed over about 30 of them once her daughter got beyond the “spitting up everything she ate” phase.
Johnson & Johnson nursing pads
The same friend who gave us the burp cloths recommended these. I had originally used the Lanisoh version but I found them to be super scratchy and irritating. I also tried washable ones but they just weren’t cutting it. My let-down reflex is, shall we say, enthusiastic, and there were some potentially embarrassing moments before I found these. They’re a bit thicker so you need to layer, but they are so soft and so not expensive.
Oh, Ring-A-Links, with your cute name, lovely bright colors, and fun textures. This one *might* actually be worthy of getting a “must-have” title, at least with us. These little guys are tucked away somewhere in almost every room of our house just so we can easily have something on hand for the little man to grab at (or chew, lately). You can use them on their own or to hang up other toys on our stroller, car seat, etc. JR just loves to gnaw on them all day. The best part? They can easily be slipped around overall straps or through button holes so the kid doesn’t lose them. The hubs figured this out once during church and it made me want to make out with him right then and there.
Anyone else got some recommendations?