Note from Leslie: We are all in for a big treat! My dearest friend Erin has agreed to guest-post for us. Erin & Jonathan's precious baby girl, Felicity, was born at the beginning of December and I am absolutely OBSESSED with her and her cuteness. I knew Erin would be full of baby girl favorite-resource wisdom to share from her parenthood journey thus far. Take it away!
When you are pregnant with or adopting your first baby and registering for all the essentials, there are a few obvious necessities about which everyone has differing opinions--the carseat (I'd go for the Chicco Keyfit), stroller (wish I had the Phil and Ted's), high chair (opted instead for the Fisher Price Booster seat), etc, etc. Then there are the less obvious, but no less wonderful, gems that you stumble upon and can't imagine doing without. At 4 months into this awesome motherhood gig, those items have been:
1. The Quick Zip Sheet Set--I almost took these off my registry because my mom thought they were gimmick-y. Yet even she will now tell you that she is so glad I didn't. These are the BEST. Rather than having to untie all the bumpers and shimmy the mattress out to put on a clean sheet, all I have to do is zip on a new top sheet. Pure genius, huh? And when the time comes that my little one has a middle-of-the-night blow-out (knock on wood, it hasn't happened yet), I will be even more thankful for these puppies.
2. Bum Genius 4.0 Cloth Diapers—This will probably take a lot of convincing for those of you who have visions of white burp cloths with big safety pins, or of your hands and washing machine covered in you-know-what. But seriously, it is NOT like that! We (yes, even my husband) are obsessed with these things, not only for the awesome cost savings, but also the environmental benefits and the fact that they are so stinkin cute! Being far from a domestic goddess (I may or may not have uttered the words, "So Mom...how do you mop?" in the last year), if I can do them, anyone can. And I'd be willing to bet that you'd actually really enjoy them. The time it takes to wash/dry/fold them is minimal—maybe 15 minutes every few days. We also conservatively estimate that our initial investment will be paid off by the time our little girl is around 8 months. (AND, we get to use these for any subsequent kiddos!) The hubbie and I affectionately call them “the gift that keeps on giving.” Every time we use one, we hear little "Cha-Ching" sounds going off in the distance. (In addition to being a lazy housekeeper, I am also notoriously cheap frugal.) So, while cloth diapering does warrant a bit of research, hopefully I’ve convinced someone to at least give them a second thought. (And for what it’s worth, while there are lots of styles of cloth diapers out there, we have loved the Bum Genius 4.0’s. They work the same way as any disposable diaper so are very grandma/babysitter friendly.)
3. Baby Geek iPhone App—best 99 cents I ever spent. In the early days and weeks with a newborn, this helped me keep track of dirty diapers, which side to nurse on, how long she nursed, weight and height, etc. (Lest you think I’m anal, the pediatrician and nurses really do ask about this kind of stuff so I had to keep track of it.) There are plenty of apps like this out there, but for what we needed it to do, this was perfect (and cheap).
4. Dwell for Target Kimono Onesies—so… I can certainly live without these, but they are so flippin presh, and we needed something girly on this list in honor of Baby Girl Jerkins. These onesies have fun graphic prints that aren’t your run-of-the-mill baby designs, and the kimono style is a fun change (though maybe a little trickier for dads). So far, they have held up really well in the wash. And it’s tough to beat $12.99 for 3 onesies. (Are you seeing a theme here? I told you I was cheap.) Two thumbs up.
Any favorite baby items YOU can't live without? Please share!