Day: October 13, 2016

5 Useful Baby Products and 3 you don’t need.

Awhile ago Slaviswife posted about essential baby products. Here’s my  list of essentials and a few things you can do without.

Arms Reach CO sleeper. I got this for my first and have used it with all three babies. It works really well. It’s not easy to fold up but never really needed to fold it up until the baby outgrew it anyways. I love having the baby right near the bed but still having my own space as I have a very hard time sleeping. The mattress is firm, easy to clean and it has storage underneath which is really helpful. We never actually used a traditional crib. When our babies grew out of this we used the pack and play and then finally a mattress on the floor.

Arm's Reach Concepts Mini Arc Co-Sleeper Bassinet, Turquoise Geo

Boppy pillows can actually be very helpful. I admit I thought they were a bit gimmicky at first but one of my babies had a really difficult time learning how to nurse and the boppy really helped position her nicely so I could focus on getting her to latch properly. I didn’t have to position three different pillows around my waist to get the job done. Was definitely worth it.

Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner, Peaceful Jungle

A simple bouncy seat. My babies loved these. Although they grow out of them pretty quickly I used ours whenever I cooked dinner- Especially with the babies who didn’t like the babycarriers. Yes, there are babies who hate those things – despite their ever growing popularity. Don’t feel guilty for putting your baby down in a bouncy seat.

Fisher-Price Baby Bouncer, Luminosity

Baby Carrier. Two of my babies hated these one loved it. So I put it on the list of useful baby items. But keep it low tech! The simple design is better. I liked this one. Simple, elegant didn’t slip and slide like some of the others. It is also very easy to put on. Also probably easy to sew if your crafty.

Infantino Sash Mei Tai Carrier, Black/Gray

cloth diapers. Even if your not going to use cloth diapers all the time. It is nice to have a few. Especially If your baby is prone to bad rashes like mine were. Cloth diapers will really help air them out and let it heal much faster than the disposables. These grow with the baby so you need less of them and they are easy to wash and use.

Three popular products you can do without.  

A Changing Table. Looks cute and useful but there is really no need for this. I always ended up changing my baby on the floor or on a bed with a towel underneath. By the time the second baby comes you’ll look at this and just see a piece of furniture getting in the way.

Product Details

Baby Monitors, Never ever used them. Thought they were superfluous, I always heard my baby cry, but this may just have to do with the size of one’s home. And these video baby monitors- overkill.

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens

Baby Tubs. Waste of space. Babies really don’t need that many baths to begin with and it’s pretty easy to bathe them in the sink when needed. Soon they will be sitting up and splashing about no problem.

The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub, Blue

Playground

Dear Parents

  1. it’s okay for your children to climb up the slide
  2. It’s okay if they play with the mulch
  3. or sticks
  4. The puddle at the bottom of the slide? Have at it!
  5. Jumping off the swing won’t kill them.
  6. Falling down builds character.
  7. Ignore your brood. Go ahead! Really-
  8. Sit down, read a book, do a workout.
  9. Stop hovering.
  10. And Stop wondering who’s in charge of those unruly children- their mine- yes, all of them, no, I don’t have twins.

Spiritual Advice

I received some of the simplest and best spiritual advice from our parish priest. He reminded me that the graces I receive, since I am a married woman, flow from Christ through my husband. So if I want graces to better parent my children I must first  work on respecting and loving my husband more. He also mentioned the importance of submitting to my husband’s headship in order to remain under his spiritual protection and to provide a loving home for our children.

I suppose I knew this but believe me, it didn’t hurt to hear it in the confessional. I realized I was fixated on parenting, I wasn’t seeking graces in the right places. I can’t expect to grow in love and patience with my children if I’m not seeking to better myself as a wife first.