|I made a slipcover to match Feeney's bed and our living room curtains for baby M's swing|
Seven Weeks of Wisdom: A Few of Our Favorite Things
I'm humming the favorite things song in my head right now - raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things.... Before baby M arrived I scoured the interwebs for advice and lists of newborn essentials. I didn't want a nursery full of totally useless stuff, especially when space is at a premium. So with the sage wisdom gained in seven whole weeks, I give you our favorite newborn stuff, in no particular order. No wait, I lie. This is definitely the favorite: white noise machine. We have a sleep sheep strapped to M's carseat for on-the-go, and we also have a regular, not marketed for babies, white noise machine that I bought years ago when I worked in an office that was right outside the kitchen, neither of which had doors. I'd heard waaaay too many personal conversations not made for my ears and needed to drown out the noise. It's been in storage for years. Now it's under Maddox's cradle. And it's our magic machine. M was in our room for about two and a half weeks and even though emotionally I wasn't ready to move my baby to his own room, we sucked it up, moved him, turned the white noise machine on and like a light switch we all started sleeping a couple more hours between feedings. Which brings me to the next favorite thing, the my Brest Friend nursing pillow. CJ's Cozy Cushions. Next up, Aden + Anais swaddle blankets. the book, and one S to carry them out. Speaking of down for the night, baby M sleeps in a bassinet, inside his cradle, inside his nursery. We use the bassinet that came with his Bumbleride Flite umbrella stroller. bumGenius 4.0 diapers. blogged about this fall. Exclusively breast fed babies' poos don't need to be sprayed before washing, but we do anyway to cut down on staining and to enable us to go longer between washings. I'm loving our clothes line too; the sun does wonders to get out all sorts of stains! On the subject of diaper changes, we love peepee teepees. swing/bouncer combo and our activity mat. The seat on the swing is a removable bouncer and the swing itself has a nice LOUD white noise machine built into it. Give this boy rainfalls or babbling brooks with birds in the background over kiddie music any day! Plus it plugs in, so we can make it through dinner without batteries running out.
Our Skip Hop Treetop Friends play mat is a huge hit with baby M. His favorite toys are the owl and the bird the the beads in its belly. We can get a good 20 minute play session out of him on this mat in the morning before the big yawns come out and we sneak off to his nursery for story time.
washPOD. We started using it as soon as his belly button fell off and from the first dip that boy could go from wailing and screaming to all coos and oohs in two seconds flat. It's magic. He kicks his legs around like he's still in the womb.