I feel like a broken record lately, because all I can talk about/think about is the upcoming addition to our family who is scheduled to make his arrival on Feb 4. Yes, I’m finally getting a manny, his name is Alejandro and he’s moving here from Ecuador where he’s been wrapping up his studies in deep tissue massage and skincare regimens as well as early child development, and—
Oh, not really. My husband won’t let me have a manny, because he’s a GREAT BIG WHINER.
No, I’m talking about the baby who’s currently ensconced in my belly, methodically reducing my internal organs to mush with his various well-aimed kicks. According to various “medical theories”, he’s going to actually be on the outside of my body soon? And I’ll have to, like, take care of him and stuff? While simultaneously parenting a 2-year-old and doing freelance jobs and not allowing the house to collapse under the weight of its own filth?
The whole idea is kind of blowing my mind and making all other achievements seem wussy in comparison. Oh, you climbed Everest? Whatever dude, at least you had Sherpas.
Anyway, I thought we could talk about some must-have baby items today. Not that I don’t have a metric crapload of baby stuff already, but maybe I’m missing some critical product that will ensure Baby #2’s comfort, angelic behavior, and tendency to sleep through the night starting at 6 weeks of age.
The theme here is not necessities—not diapers, clothes, etc—but extra luxuries that you’d recommend to any new parent. Hey, ho. Let’s go!
Kiddopotamus Microfleece SwaddleMe. I plan to include at least one of these in any baby shower present I ever give, I absolutely loved them with Riley. Being tightly swaddled was comforting for him and when he was still in that floppy newborn state it made me feel more confident about holding him (burrito vs boneless jello). I swear these contributed to him being able to sleep through the night early, there’s just something about returning babies to the womb state where they can hardly move.
Happiest Baby on the Block DVD. I know, I know: cheesy parenting voodoo. I don’t normally go for this type of thing, but some of these techniques actually worked with Riley, and worked really well. The shushing, the jiggling, the swinging . . . it’s all a bit weird, but babies seem to love it.
Soothie Pacifier. Riley only used a pacifier for a short amount of time (not due to any intervention on our part, he just seemed to lose interest) but as a newborn this was the only kind he liked. I liked it too, because you can see inside their mouth while they’re sucking on it, which was weirdly mesmerizing . . . or maybe that was just the sleep deprivation? We only had one, which the hospital gave to us. Looking back, I can’t believe I never bought some backups—what if we lost that one solitary binky? DOOOOOM.
(Note: I left off baby carriers since we already covered that topic a while back.)
Okay, your turn. What products made life just a little easier for you when your baby was first born?