In my 21 years on this earth, I’ve lived in 7 different towns in 3 states. I am naturally a messy person and a bit of a pack rat, but that life experience has mostly cured me. If I’m not in love with an item enough to keep packing it, moving it, and unpacking it, then I get rid of it. The older I get, the more ruthless I am about decluttering.
As I’ve been preparing to move again next month, I’ve been reflecting on which baby items I should keep. My son was born 2 months ago, and these are some of the items we have found to be the most useful:
Fisher Price Rock N Play – At first, I was skeptical about this. However, my preliminary research showed that people love it, and now I know why. It’s light weight, which makes it easy for me to transport from room to room. It securely holds the baby so I can do other things. Tigger sleeps in it frequently. I have developed a technique of dragging it along behind me with my foot while also holding Tigger. (I never knew the ninja-like skills that motherhood would require.)
SwaddleMe Swaddle Blankets – I was unconvinced of the usefulness of these before Tigger was born. Back in the dark ages when my little sister was born, we did not have such things and she turned out fine. However, there is a reason why Tigger is nicknamed Tigger on the blog. The child never stops moving. When he needs to go to sleep, he tends to wave his arms and overstimulate himself. Swaddling keeps him still and helps him to be calm enough to go to sleep.
Some people really like the Aden and Anais brand of swaddle blankets, but I just could not bring myself to fork over that type of money. The link I have included is to Amazon, but I bought mine for $3.50 each at my local Once Upon a Child.
Infantino Sash Mei Tai Carrier – Tigger loves to be held. Holding him in the carrier allows me to use my hands to cook, start laundry, tidy the house, etc. We decided to start with this more basic, inexpensive carrier. It works for babies who are as small as 8 lbs. Tigger was nearly 9 lbs. at birth, so we were able to use it from the beginning. I might consider upgrading to an Ergo when he gets older, but this is working well for now.
What are your three favorite pieces of baby gear?