My Favorite Baby Items
It snowed in NYC this morning! What the what? This Florida girl thought it wasn’t supposed to snow until Christmas Eve.
Before we dive head first into winter (seriously – Mother Nature needs to take a chill pill and let us eat our turkey before throwing snowballs at us), I wanted to share some photos with you showcasing NYC in all its fall beauty.
Central Park & Riverside Park are breathtaking this time of year! If you’re looking to visit NYC, I recommend coming in October or November to see the fall foliage. It is definitely something I missed out on growing up in Florida.
Atlas and I had to brave the cold this morning to head out to the pediatrician’s office. Something very exciting happened this morning. We made it to our appointment on time. If you’re not a mom, then that means nothing to you. If you are a mom or if you’ve ever tried to go somewhere with a newborn, you should be giving me a standing ovation right about now…
**Thank you. Thank you.**
I also managed to make some eggs with hot sauce (my new favorite) for breakfast and scarf those down before we left. And I remembered to grab my jacket AND gloves AND the baby before I left. I know…now, I’m just blowing your mind for the fun of it. I’ll stop.
My little stinker gained some serious weight. He is over 12 pounds now.
He’s an eating machine, so I’m not surprised that he jumped from the 25th percentile to the 90th percentile in weight. Fun fact: I have no clue what I just said. I assumed once I was a mom, I would understand what all that ‘percentile’ talk meant. Turns out, I still don’t get it. I just nod and smile at the pediatrician like I totally get it though because I want her to think I’m a smart mom. Obviously, I’m an idiot.
She did tell me I could start spacing his feedings out since he’s grown so much. Part of me is thrilled about this, but part of me is nervous because this kid gets seriously cranky when he’s hungry. He gets that from me, unfortunately. I told Dave this week I think Atlas is an emotional eater…also something he may have picked up from me.
My Favorite Baby Items
I thought I would take today to share some of my favorite baby items with you. I want to preface this information by saying that every baby/family is unique, so what works for Atlas and me may not work for you & your baby. Shopping for baby gear is like shopping for running shoes – there’s a million choices to fit a million different people. However, if you’re in the market for baby items these are just a few that I love.
In no particular order…
1. The Baby Bjorn. Okay, so this may be my actual favorite item because it is the only reason I get things done while Dave is at work.
If we set Atlas down, there is 98% chance he will cry. He demands to be held…and not just held…held and bounced. This is great for those times when I want to snuggle him. This is maddening when I want to get something done (i.e. dishes, laundry, vacuuming, making a meal, etc). The Bjorn lets me hold Atlas and still keep my hands free.
During the day when I walk the dogs, I put Atlas in the Bjorn and off we go! He usually falls asleep within 10 minutes of being in there (cue angelic choir). It’s also perfect for when we want to walk the trails in Central Park. I don’t have to worry about pushing a stroller on paths that aren’t paved.
When it is chilly out, I cover him with a blanket or I wear one of Dave’s oversized jackets and zip him up. It is like Atlas’ own little cocoon and and he loves it.
2. Kissy Kissy Sleepers. These are adorable, soft, warm and perfect for easy diaper changes, which is important for those 3am changes when you want to crawl back into bed as soon as possible. Atlas owns several of these nightgowns (we buy the most ‘boyish’ ones we can) and I love putting him in these in the evenings before bed. In fact, when my mom came to stay with us 2 weeks ago she asked what she could bring and I requested more of these sleepers because Atlas wears at least 1 of these a day.
3. The Stokke Xplory stroller.
This was the item Dave had to have. He thinks it looks like a Smart car or a fancy sports car. It’s about the same price as a car too (slight exaggeration, but not really). It took a while for Dave to convince me we ‘needed’ this stroller because of the hefty price tag, but I’m so glad I caved & we purchased it. I love it for so many reasons. Atlas can lay flat in it, so he sleeps great while riding in it. He is up high, which is wonderful since we live in a dirty city (NYC streets are disgusting). The stroller also can serve as a highchair down the road. Atlas faces me while riding in the stroller, which is nice for a new mom who obsesses over being able to see her baby at all times. And my absolute favorite thing about the stroller is the winter kit.
Not only is Atlas snug as a bug in a rug in there, but my hands are warm too while I push him. I was thankful for all that when we were walking to the pediatrician’s office in the freezing cold today.
Now, I should note that I would not invest into a stroller with such a hefty price tag if we still lived in Florida. However, living in NYC, we walk everywhere because we don’t have cars. We also walk our dogs a lot more now that we don’t have a yard for them to play in. And it gets cold in NYC. Really, really cold. And when it gets bitter cold, we still have to walk to the grocery store…the doctor’s office…the park…etc. so it is important that our baby boy stays warm and protected from the elements.
So, if you live in a big dirty city where it gets cold for a good chunk of the year and you walk everywhere, I can’t recommend the Stokke enough!
4. A white noise machine or a white noise app for your smart phone. We have a white noise machine and I also have an app called “Sleep Bug” on my iPhone. We use both at night when we are putting Atlas to bed and he sleeps MUCH better when there is white noise. I use the ‘waterfall’ sound on the Sleep Bug app and Atlas seems to like that. The kid just doesn’t sleep good if it is quiet. If I put him down for a nap and then turn the sound machine off, he wakes up almost immediately.
5. A humidifier. I think this is something I would want even if I didn’t have a baby though since I’m living in the north now. It gets so dry and the humidifier keeps our room comfortable. And just like the white noise…I think Atlas likes the sound of it.
6. This whale tub.
Atlas absolutely loves bath time in that thing. He smiles and is so alert while he’s in there. The tub comes with an insert, so an infant can sit in the tub comfortably. The insert can be removed later so the tub can accommodate your toddler.
We tried bathing Atlas in the sink and he HATED it. Screamed and cried during the entire bath every time. But fill that whale tub up with water and sit him in it and he’s a happy camper.
So that’s it. Those are my favorite baby items for this newborn stage.
As far as items just for mom, I also recommend lots of lanolin cream, candy corn and all the Modern Family seasons (just discovered this show and I’m loving it).
Now, I just need someone to invent a contraption that gives me 5 extra hands so I can hold a sleeping baby, blog, eat and pet dogs at the same time.
Aaand…I’m not sure if you can hear it from where you are, but my baby is crying so I have to go.