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Friday Favorites – Baby Edition

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7 Newborn Essentials the I Love carrier: Baby K’tan7 Newborn Essentials the I LoveAfter a mere 7 weeks of motherhood, I already have a LOT of favorite baby things. So many lovely people gave us beautiful clothes, hair bows, toys, books, and much-appreciated advice. In lieu of dumping all of that info on you, I narrowed this list down to 8 of my absolute favorite baby-related things. Some are physical things, and some are virtual things, but all of them are things I just love. If any of you have babies or are soon to have babies, I hope this is helpful and that you find some new favorite things too!

After a mere 7 weeks of motherhood, I already have a LOT of favorite baby things. So many lovely people gave us beautiful clothes, hair bows, toys, books, and much-appreciated advice. In lieu of dumping all of that info on you, I narrowed this list down to 8 of my absolute favorite baby-related things. Some are physical things, and some are virtual things, but all of them are things I just love. If any of you have babies or are soon to have babies, I hope this is helpful and that you find some new favorite things too!

1. Instagram:

I follow takingcarababies religiously. Cara is super educational and relatable. I haven’t actually taken any of her classes (yet) but I feel like I’ve learned so much just from following her over the past few months. I love that she takes a scientific approach to baby sleep, but explains it in a super down-to-earth way. She is so fun. I want to be her friend.

2. Baby Carrier:

I love my Baby K’tan. It’s easier to use than a wrap, more comfortable than a structured carrier. It’s also way less expensive than the super popular, yet overpriced name brand wraps, which are actually just long pieces of fabric. But I digress. I use this around the house a lot, and it’s been perfect for Susie to catch a quick nap in while I’m getting stuff done around the house. It’s also super easy to put her in for a grocery run or a walk to the mailbox. Plus it’s just super cozy and comforting to have my baby strapped to my chest.

3. Nursing:

If you’re going to be nursing, you’re going to need a good nursing bra. Kindred Bravely sent me this one to try, and it’s GREAT! It’s super soft and comfy – even if you aren’t nursing. For a limited time, you can use my code CAMO25 to get 25% off of their camo nursing bra.

4. Travel:

 

We bought the Evenflo Pivot Modular Travel System and I love it. It’s super user-friendly. It’s easy to convert from car seat to stroller, and from the bassinet-style stroller to toddler stroller. But practicality aside, I also think it’s just adorable. And it comes in gender-neutral colors so you can keep it for future children.

5. Sleep:

The hospital gave us this Fleece Halo Swaddle to take home and we loved it. It was so easy to use, and our baby fell asleep almost instantly upon being swaddled. Once we got home we wanted to switch to a lighter fabric for summertime, so we bought the Cotton Halo Swaddle too. They both zip from the bottom, so you can easily check diapers without unswaddling your baby. We use this every day. Highly recommend.

6. App:

I use the Glow baby app daily. Initially, I used it to track feeds and dirty diapers to make sure baby girl was eating enough those first few days after coming home from the hospital. Now I still use it to track feeding times/sides and sleep. We aren’t sleep training yet, but it is helpful for tracking her routine. And I’m kinda a nerd and like to see everything charted out.

7. Organization:

I really wanted something to keep all the daily baby essentials organized in. But everything I found in stores was super blahhh or just not practical (hello handles??) Enter Parker Baby Rope Diaper Caddy. I saw a friend share this on instagram saying it was a lifesaver…so I IMMEDIATELY bought it and love it. It’s super easy to move from bedroom, to living room, to nursery (even one-handed.) I use it to keep diapers, wipes, sanitizing wipes, burp clothes, pacifiers, a hairbrush and nail file on hand. Plus, unlike all the other diaper organizers I found, it’s actually cute.

Bonus:

Baby Gym:

This was kind of an impulse buy for me, but I have never seen a more adorable playmat/baby gym. My little College of Ag heart couldn’t say no. Plus I had completion discounts from my Amazon registry to use. And Amazon had SAME DAY shipping available. What is this world we live in? So obviously, I couldn’t resist. And within hours I was unpackaging and assembling this baby gym that I kinda want to play with myself because it’s just that cute.

 

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