A while back, I wrote a post about some of our favorite baby products. We’re still using most of the stuff I wrote about then, but with our growing (and more active/mobile) babe, we’ve added a few things to our favorites list. I wouldn’t say these things are our must-haves, but they’re definitely some good-to-haves that we didn’t necessarily know about pre-baby. And if they make our little one happier and our lives easier, we’re fans.
- Chewbeads – I have three of these necklaces, and Weston and his little gums love them dearly. It’s nice because unlike with a typical teething toy, I don’t have to worry about him dropping this on the floor seventy billion times for me to pick up and wipe off seventy billion times. And if we’re out at a place where he doesn’t feel completely at ease, the necklace is almost like a comfort item, since it’s right there to grab and play with if I’m holding him. (Anything that keeps him from yanking and chewing on my hair).
- Relax Melodies iPhone app – We discovered this little gem while staying overnight at the beach. After realizing we left Weston’s noise machine at home, we had a minor freakout. Weston is a really good sleeper at home, with the noise machine on for naps and nighttime sleep (at a really low volume at night when there aren’t other sounds around the house to block out), and we like to stick with what works. Especially because an inconsolable, unable-to-sleep baby in a hotel room would be a less than pleasant scenario. He does take naps without it in his carseat or stroller when we’re out and about, and he doesn’t have it when he stays with my parents, so it might not even be that necessary. But using this app put us at ease knowing he was more likely to have peaceful sleep. We used the “river” setting, and he slept great. It was nice to not have to tiptoe around the room once he went to sleep. This app is definitely handy for traveling, since then the noise machine is one less thing to pack.
- CeraVe moisturizing cream – Weston has sensitive skin, and although we occasionally have to use prescription-strength stuff on certain places (like eczema patches he gets on his cheeks), this cream works wonders for the rest of his little body. It’s nice and thick and fragrance-free, so it doesn’t cause any irritation. We’ve used tons of different lotions and creams, but a dermatologist recommended this brand, and it’s our current fave for protecting and moisturizing his eczema-prone skin. (We also use Aquaphor on his face, which is great, too; we just prefer the CeraVe for the rest of him since it’s less serum-y and more lotion-y).
- Outdoor blanket – Since the weather has been nice and Springy lately (well, except for this week…what the heck), we’ve been venturing outside to get some good ol’ vitamin D during the day a lot more often. We love tossing this blanket down in the backyard. It’s big enough for spreading out lots of toys and books, and the material makes it really easy to wipe off. It also folds and zips up neatly into a rectangle with a nifty handle…although it takes approximately 75 tries to get it folded right…but eventually you get the hang of it.
- IKEA Antilop highchair – Obviously a highchair is handy to have around with a little one in the house, but I am absolutely in love with this one. We received a Graco one that we registered for pre-baby, but after seeing this IKEA highchair, I knew it would take up less space, be easier to clean, and require much less time and frustration to put together (you’re welcome for that last part, husband). And it’s only 25 bucks. Win.
It’s fun to see how our favorite products evolve over time as our little guy grows. We’re learning that this parenting thing is all about taking in suggestions from others, coming up with some ideas of your own, and combining all of that knowledge to discover what works best for your kid. So this list is just what’s been working for us lately with our sweet 8-month old.
What baby products are you loving? Anything in particular for these warmer weather months we’re getting into?