We finally found an adequate tree stand with the help from a friend on the inside 😉 Jane Marie works at Lowe’s corporate and helped us track one down. Hooray! So now the tree is officially standing in our living and making the house smell like sweet, sweet Fraser Fir!
Why no picture? Because it’s still naked. I had full intentions of decorating it (at least getting the lights on), but after we ate dinner (Greek quinoa salad with grilled chicken)
and put Hailey down, I was whipped. So today I vow to decorate! And maybe even find a present or two to wrap and put under it. But want to know a secret? I don’t think I’ll be buying much for Hailey for Christmas. Maybe Santa will bring her a new book or maybe a new outfit, but truth be told, she doesn’t need much.
In fact, I wish I would have known that babies didn’t need much from the get go…
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I remember driving to Buy Buy Baby for the first time. I figured I swing in, register for some items and call it a day. I was armed with my Baby Bargains book and felt confident I could hammer out what we needed pretty quickly. Then… I stepped through the front door.
Holy baby overload!
The place is the size of a department store and was full of items I’d never even heard of (what the heck is a Mamaroo? Do I need one?) That’s all it took to shake my confidence. I decided I’d start simple (as if there is such thing- HA!) and pick out a stroller. So I meandered over to the stroller section, took one look around, realized there were over 50 strollers each touting to be the best, and turned around and left the store.
I felt overwhelmed. How would I ever figure out what I needed? How did anyone ever have babies without everything Buy Buy Baby claims you ”need” on their helpful (insert eyeroll) registry check list?
Well, I’ll tell you what I did. I started asking around. I asked my mom friends, my twitter friends, my blog friends and finally found the answer!
…everyone has a different opinion. 😉
HAha! The unfortunate truth is that different things work for different babies.
However, since I’ve been asked a few times what worked/is working best for Hailey, I wanted to share my favorite items.
1. Baby Jogger City Mini
I knew that the travel systems (like Graco) weren’t going to work best for me. I found them bulky and difficult to use. I wanted a stroller that I could easily handle with my 5’1” frame and one that would be versatile for walks and simple jogs. This one is perfect. It isn’t too heavy and closes easily with the pull of one handle. You can lock the front wheel to make wogging easier and more secure. My Peg Perego car seat snaps right in with the help of the converter. I don’t see myself needing another stroller, unless I became a hardcore runner and wanted to do long, intense runs with the baby.
2. Sleep Sheep
At first I thought the sheep was cute, so why not get it, but now I see it’s so much more than a furry farm animal. It plays 4 sounds (ocean, rain, heartbeat and whales- Hailey prefers the whales) that help lull her into a deep sleep at night. When she was smaller, I’d bring it with me when we went out because the noises would soothe her, but now we just use it at bedtime. It has an automatic shut off, and you can set it to turn of in either 20 or 40 minutes. I think I’ll miss the whales when they aren’t right next to our bed anymore…
3. NUK Orthodontic Pacifier
I think I briefly touched on it, but I started off being anti-pacifier. The funny thing is, I’m not even sure why I was, but I’m glad I got over it. At around 3.5 weeks I offered Hailey a pacifier when she was inconsolable and it immediately calmed her down. Why was I so worried? The poor thing just wanted to suck on something to self soothe. I know everyone has a different brand they like, and we’ve tried a few, but Hailey clearly prefers the NUK orthodontic nipple pacifier. We’ve had zero troubles with breastfeeding or bottle feeding and I feel much more comfortable going out with her knowing I have a pacifier in my arsenal.
4. Mirror Books
Maybe I’m raising a vain little girl, but she likes to look at herself. I can’t say I blame her- she is pretty cute ;). I always though books for young babies (0-3 months) were pretty pointless, but Hailey proved me wrong. For a while I only focused on keeping her fed and happy, then it dawned on me- the girl needed some stimulation! I whipped out our Baby Einstein mirror book and immediately she was intrigued. When she ‘reads’ her books, her eyes get big, she starts kicking up and storm and reaches out to touch and hold the pages. It’s adorable. And clearly it means she’s a genius, right?
Originally I thought the boppy would be the ultimate help for breastfeeding. Although I do use it for nursing, it isn’t all that great. In fact, in retrospect I would have bought the My Brest Friend pillow because it is more structured and secures around your body for feeding. However, I do use my boppy everyday because Hailey likes to chill in it. And yes, chill is the right word because it doesn’t quite hold her up in a sitting position, but more so a reclined, gangsta like position. I’m sure I also would have really liked the Boppy Newborn Lounger, but I didn’t know about it until recently.
These are my favorite 5 items, but to be honest, what I really learned is that babies don’t need a whole lot. Diapers, sure. Clothes, a few outfits, of course. But as long as you are there to talk to them, cuddle them and carry them, you don’t need a whole lot of fanciness.
That being said… no, I will not relinquish the sleep sheep.
What baby item would you most recommend?