After your sweet baby arrives, the real chaos begins to unfold and as a new mom, anything that gives even the smallest semblance of making life easier seems purchase worthy. Round one for me did not come with too many options, round two on the other hand, thirteen years later, it’s raining mommy and baby products. From a choice between Phillips Avent and Dr Browns to needing a baby bottle buying guide to help our decision .
For me, trying new products, services and discovering innovative gadgets is intriguing. The question I continuously ask myself is ” Do I need all these new stuff?” and usually the answer is “NO.” Honestly, if you can’t find more than one process an item will help, do not buy it. If you do, you will easily end up with tons of ottomon, baskets and storage boxes filled with useless stuff.
Been there, done that… So here are a few of my favorite things
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The Robe was ultimately my most used item of clothing over the past eighteen months. How I calculated 18 months is what you may be asking? Well, baby boy is currently 15 months and from my final trimester to now (3 + 15) , this awesome lightweight cotton robe has been my fabric first choice. Many days, especially in the final wobble stage, clingy clothes were a NO, so I would shower and wear my robe unless I were leaving the house. This robe also made it into my hospital bag essentials as it was what I wore when I got out of that hospital gown the day after delivering my prince. Also, as a new breastfeeding mommy , there will be those times when baby awakes screaming for dinner while you’re in the shower, and the warm water and steam causes your milk to start dripping. That robe will save your life as you scurry out of the shower to your baby’s rescue and to ensure that valuable boobie juice doesn’t go to waste.
Another one of our specialties as moms happens to be multi tasking and this ability is put to the test when baby begins eating solids. Let’s face it, the only time you’re absolutely sure of what you are consuming is when you prepare it yourself and as convenient as those baby food pouches are, they’re also pretty expensive. To be 100% sure of what you’re putting in your child’s body, you are now faced with the task of preparing separate meals for baby as he/she cannot eat what the rest of the family is eating just yet. The QOOC baby food maker made life really simple for me. I chose one day each week (usually Sunday) where I cut up baby food combinations, evenly distributed them in zip-lock bags and refrigerated them. Everyday all that was required was to toss the contents of the zip-lock into the blender and allow it to steam and blend for a healthy fresh meal for baby.
As a cost cutting measure, I used the combinations from the food pouches and made baby food for the week. The Infantino Squeeze Station was actually one of my favorite gifts. It’s super convenient, speeds up the process for packing and the pouches are much easier to store than bowls in your refrigerator. This item is very durable, can also be reused and passed on for a very long time.
Then there is my all time favorite, aesthetically pleasing and convenient Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizer . Initially, I simply loved how this item flowed with the aesthetics of my kitchen. Then I noticed all the other awesome time saving attributes, such as its ability to automatically sterilize and dry bottles, the 4 in 1 separate functionality and the storage capacity. When my son turned 1, I stopped sterilizing as often as I usually did, so I would wash and use the dryer setting only.
These items are also great gift ideas for moms to be and can be added to your baby registry as I did. Check them out and thanks for reading !!!