Motherhood Check-In: The Essentials List

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When you find out you're having a baby, basically everyone you know will tell you some random piece of advice that you didn't ask for and you are generally expected to follow what they're saying, less you be harshly judged. Then towards the end of pregnancy, the advice changes from pregnancy related to baby related, same expectations, same judgement. We're all guilty of this. Here's the thing about that: none of it matters. Out of everything pictured above, one item was recommended by someone. One.

Most of the items I now consider essential baby items we stumbled upon out of necessity. Others, we basically guessed and guessed well. For instance, the Infant Optics DXR-8 Baby Monitor we had to get because the one we wanted (the less expensive DXR-5) was out of stock. This is the best baby monitor in the world. It's got video, night vision, zoom, lights that show you when the baby is making noise, a 'talk' feature, everything. The Angelcare Baby Bath we stumbled upon when a friend purchased one as a shower gift. We already had the Puj tub, but quickly found out it wouldn't work for us for various reasons and ran to the Angelcare tub. The Rock 'n' Play happened because Adalae had a choking tendency when we brought her home from the hospital (she was still working on swallowing) so we didn't want her to sleep flat on her back. This thing is the best ever. If there's anything we can recommend, it's this (you guys, it connects to your phone via bluetooth). The Boogie Bulb was a great guess, as was the Honest Diaper Rash Cream. Both work fantastically. The best wipes I've used thus far are the Babyganics Wipes. A lot of people have recommended the Honest Wipes, but I really like these. They're organic, and seem to have a soothing sensation for baby. She really liked them. The Aquaphor Baby was recommended by my hair stylist when I brought Adalae in for her to see during my recent hair appointment. I mentioned that she had baby acne, and she promptly said Aquaphor! Worked like a charm.

The point of this post is this: while these are my essentials, and really they are, you're going to figure out what works for your kid pretty quick. Follow your gut, and if you want, give a few of these a try, they're worth a shot.

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  1. I love the Rock 'n' Play. My niece and nephew both had horrible acid reflux and it really helped them to be able to sleep.

    1. Yes! I don't know if Fisher Price really intended this usage, but it's really a life saver.


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