Posts tagged ‘Baby Items’

Baby Items You Cannot Live Without (2)

If you missed the first post in this two-post series, click here to read it. I have a few more items to add to the list of must-have baby items. As a refresher, these were the items on the first list (you can go to this post for links):

The Miracle Blanket
The Medela Breast Pump
Music & Motion Soother
The Moby Wrap
Lansinoh Breast Pads
Chicco Cortina Travel System

Just a reminder that you can click on the bolded item and it’ll take you to the product.

A Vibrating Bouncy Seat
I actually can’t find our exact one online but it doesn’t matter, it is similar to the one I linked. There are a bagillion of these to choose from. We chose this because it is simple, compact, it bounces when Jansen kicks, and it vibrates. You don’t want a big seat because you’re (probably) already going to have a swing and a Pack N Play… the last thing you need is more baby crap sitting in your living room. If Jansen is awake when I’m getting ready in the mornings, he’s usually content sitting in his chair while I shower and get dressed. The vibrations soothe him and the hanging turtle, frog, and snail entertain him.

The Owl
Okay I searched and searched for this owl online and I have only been able to find it at this place. As of the time I wrote this post, there were only 2 in stock and I bought them both. If you find them in a store, I suggest you buy all of them. If you didn’t click the link, it’s an owl that hangs from Jansen’s car seat. Lauren gave this to Jansen a couple days after he was born and he loves it. I don’t know what it is about this owl but it is seriously Jansen’s best friend. He talks to it ALL THE TIME. Apparently they tell each other jokes. And I don’t think it’s exclusive to Jansen because anytime my niece is around, she tries to steal it. There are tons of car seat toys out there but I think they really like this one because of the big eyes, plus it’s bigger than most of the other car seat toys so they can actually see it. I’m really not exaggerating. Jansen was hysterical one morning last week and the second I put him in his carrier and he looked at his owl, he started laughing. LAUGHING!

Munchkin Bottle Brush
Do not, I repeat DO NOT try to clean your bottles without a bottle brush. It takes twice as long and is 4 times as frustrating. I don’t know much about formula, but breastmilk has fat in it that sticks to the sides of the bottle and makes it really slick. The best way to get that off is to fill it with a bit of hot soapy water and scrub it a couple times with a bottle brush. I also really like this one because it has a suction cup on the bottom so it can stand upright on the side of the sink. All the water drains off and it stays out of the way.

A Mobile
Any mobile will do, so there is no link. I looked for a mobile before Jansen was born but I never found one that I really liked. I saw a few on Etsy but they were just a bit out of my price range. So I decided not to get one. What would he care anyways?! It would be dark in his room at night and he wouldn’t even be able to see it. But then he got a glimpse of a mobile at a friend of mine’s house. He was mesmerized. So my mom decided to make one for him to either go above his changing table or his crib. We chose to hang it above his crib. He loves it. We usually keep his light on for a little while when we put him to bed and he stares at it.

Here’s a crappy cell phone picture:

On-The-Go Changing Pad
Very very very important. I have had to change Jansen on living room floors, car seats, and in the back of our SUV. Not only does this keep him from having to lay on scratchy, cold, or dirty surfaces, it also protects those surfaces from pee or the inevitable blow-out. I have this diaper bag. (I know, I know. It’s the cutest diaper bag in the world. Good luck trying to find it. My cousin bought it for me and I have yet to be able to find if for sale ANYWHERE.) My diaper bag came with a roll-up changing pad, that’s the one I linked to. I know there are fold up ones out there and some people prefer those. I really could care less how it stores, I just need it! Also, I’ve seen there there are disposible changing pads out there. Those could be handy but I think they seem pretty wasteful. We have a partial pack of them that were given to us as hand-me-downs. I may throw one in our small diaper bag that we have for quick errands.

Changing Pad Covers
This is in reference to the changing pad you’ll have in your nursery. Ours is like some Serta contoured thingy. We don’t have an actual changing table, we bought a dresser that is serving as our changing table for the diaper days. All we have to do is remove the changing pad and it’ll be a dresser fit for a grown up room. So on the changing pad, you have to put a changing pad cover. I had originally just registered for one. WHY? How in the world could you only need one? I suppose if you can wash and dry an entire load of laundry between diaper changes, then you could just use the one. But the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. So buy two! For real. I’m not even going to recommend a brand because I honestly don’t think it matters. Just make sure it’s soft and it’s easy to put on and take off. No zippers, just elastic (imagine a fitted sheet).

I think that’s it y’all. In a week or so, I’ll post my advice on things you DON’T need and “buy this, not that.” For the most part, baby products are trial and error. You don’t know what’s going to work best for you and your baby until you actually have your baby. Although I do believe that this list is pretty much the non-negotiable-items list. If you have anything else to add, feel free to do it in the comments. I know of several people bookmarking these two posts for when they have babies. It’s extremely helpful! When y’all gave me your advice several months ago, I literally printed pages of comments, took notes on them, and took that with me to register.

*The Miracle Blanket giveaway closes tonight. CLICK HERE to enter.
**Ten on Tuesday is posted. CLICK HERE to visit the ToT page.

December 20, 2010 at 12:08 am 9 comments

It’s A Christmas Miracle!

I know I’m supposed to be posting the second half of my must-have baby items list today, but we need to put that on hold for a second. I don’t think you’ll mind. Read on…

So yesterday I raved about the Miracle Blanket. I wrote the post and then asked Stephen what he thought the must-have baby items were. His answer, “Definitely the Miracle Blanket!” I’m telling you, this thing is fantastic. So fantastic that we both see it as the #1 Must Have Baby Item. Jansen loves it, he sleeps through the night 99% of the time, and it keeps him warm without any suffocation risks. Seriously y’all, this thing is awesome.

Since so many of you clicked over to their website yesterday, they came to visit me. And by “they” I mean Mike Gatten, the inventor of the Miracle Blanket. See what happens when you click these links? You get rewarded! He wants to give one of you the Miracle Blanket of your choice!

They have several colors to choose from, click here to see the choices. I have a white one with teal trim and this blue one:

I know, I know. It doesn’t look like much. BUT IT IS MUCH!

We started using it when he was like 5 days old, he was teeny tiny. He was so tiny that it didn’t really work to stick his legs in the bottom pocket, so we used to wrap him like this:

So yeah, that’s not technically how you’re supposed to use it… and I’m sure the people at Miracle Blanket are kicking themselves for letting me promote their product. Whatever, it worked for us. Now that Jansen is bigger, we use it the right way.

If you’re curious about the product, watch this video from their website. It’s really not difficult, it takes us all of about 7 seconds to wrap Jansen up now.

Here are the details: one reader will win the Miracle Blanket of their choice. The giveaway begins now and it’ll close Monday evening at 7:00 Texas time. I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday. This is how you enter, each option is good for one entry:

-Leave a comment. Just tell me who you’d give the Miracle Blanket to if you won.
-Tweet about the giveaway. Include @rootsandrings and a link to my blog, then come back here and tell me you tweeted.
-Blog about the giveaway, then come back here and tell me you blogged.

Good luck!

December 16, 2010 at 7:25 am 63 comments

I’ve Never Had a Baby Before

There are approximately 43,928,827 baby books on the shelves at Barnes and Noble. There are at least 3 times that many baby websites here on the interwebs. And there are probably 100 times that many people in this world with opinions. So where is a girl to turn for some advice?

Her blog. Duh. I started this blog a year and a half ago so that whenever I got pregnant, I’d have people who I trust to give me advice.

Not really. I started this blog because I thought it would be fun to write things on the internet and make my family read them. Thanks family. Without you, R&R would have withered away and rotted away into the depths of the web.

Where was I going with that? I have no idea. Maybe we should have just let this site wither away…

So. You. Help. There is this thing about babies. They need stuff. You can’t just grow them in your uterus, scream for a painful 17 hours of labor, and then bring them home and continue living life as you were. Or so I’m told. And I assume that what I was told is true because the second I peed on that stick, people started giving me things.

I kept myself off the baby websites for 21 weeks. I knew there was no point trying to pick things out if I didn’t know the gender of the baby. But once we found out that we were having a little boy, I lost it. I have yet to spend a dime (thankyouverymuch) but I have found several things that Jansen has to have.

Like these. Oh Lord have mercy, distressed jeans.

Did you just die? Oh just wait. Jansen needs these too.

So cute. And then there is this onesie that Taryn makes.

Wouldn’t he be so handsome in that? Oh and check these out. All the cool kids have YELLOW BELTS!

I would put him in a little red or yellow polo and pop his collar. Yes I would, Stephen. YES I WOULD.

So do you see my problem? The only thing I care about is mini adult clothes. Mini adult clothes won’t help Jansen sleep or make him giggle or develop his brain. More importantly, these clothes won’t teach him how to play second base. Just kidding. My child will never play second base, he’ll be too tall.

But really. This is me, down on one knee, begging for your help…. My name is Chelsea. I am 25 years old and have no business raising a human. I watch Wheel of Fortune and eat Totino’s pizza. Will you please help my son be a functioning member of society?

I need your secrets. What do I need? What does Stephen need? What does Jansen need? What items got you through the tough times? Favorite toys, bedding, glidders, brands, bottles, etc. etc. etc. Stephen and I will be registering soon and I’d like to form an organized list of “Must Haves” so that I don’t get a migraine and scream in Babies R Us because of baby crap overload. Are you with me?

I know a lot of you have kids so you’ll have some advice. And I know some of you don’t have kids but you have opinions because you either know some babies or you are just that cocky to think you know best without any experience at all. Whatever your reason, please share your thoughts and feelings. Or else Jansen is only getting sweater vests and board shorts.

Thank you in advance for your help. I’ll be sure to give you all credit when Jansen is valedictorian of his kindergarten class. Oh, and if you’re like me and only NEED one of the above featured items, you can click on the picture to go to the website I found it. You’re welcome.

May 13, 2010 at 8:33 am 55 comments


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