Haiden just turned 9 months old the other day and it’s had me reflecting on how much I learned as a first time parent. While my experiences as a mama haven’t been the most traditional, I still think I got the hang of the whole “mom-ing” thing. But I couldn’t have done it without the people and products that were right by my side. Since you can’t really get my family at your nearest Walmart, I thought the next best thing would be to share some links to the best baby products I’ve come across in the last 9 months.
I promised myself I wouldn’t rant about a product but I think I have to this one time. I swear the Tushbaby Hip Carrier is a dream I didn’t know I had. My daughter has been especially clingy these past couple months and it’s become difficult for me to get any tasks done around the house. Want to clean? Guess who’s coming with. I struggled for a while with carrying her around and getting things done but then I remembered this little carrier I got as a shower gift. I have to admit- when I first got it, I didn’t think I would use it too much because, well, if my daughter can sit up on her own, I plan to put her on the floor for independent play. But things don’t always work out that way. The Tushbaby Hip Carrier is AMAZING. There’s no strain on my back or arms that I’d get with carrying her. All the weight goes into the seat and all I have to do is make sure my arm is behind her so she doesn’t fall backward. There’s pockets for snacks, bottles, toys, etc. all around it. I swear it’s the mom tool belt. It’s the ultimate gift for any expecting mom (or yourself).
I quickly became the designated booger sucker when Hai was born and while I didn’t have an issue with it, I wasn’t going to be the one to decline an electric aspirator. It scared her at first, but I think it does a way better job and I’m proud to say I haven’t had to suck a booger out of her nose with my mouth in some time. That alone is enough of an investment.
Just like the Tushbaby, this carrier was a big help when it came to cleaning up the house with the baby. This carrier worked best for me when Haiden was a newborn because she was too little for the other carriers for a while. It was also super comfortable for me. It took some to nail the wrapping but once I figured it out, it was snug and sturdy. She cuddled up and slept on my chest while I got laundry done and I never heard a fuss. Perfect.
Anything by Itzy Ritzy is a huge must-have. I swear they’re geniuses there. Their diaper bags are a bit of an investment, but they’re so worth it. I prefer their backpack style diaper bags because they’re so much easier to lug around. The one I’ve linked is my all time favorite design with plenty of pockets and pouches (14 to be exact).
This was Hai’s first crib and I absolutely adored it. It was adorable! I wasn’t able to find one in stock when I moved, but now I see it’s available again so I have to share it! I loved that it was convertible so for the price it’s really a no brainer.
To this day we use this bad boy and I think both Haiden and I are hooked on it. With so many different sound choices and endless color options, there’s a way to fit any mood my baby is in and help her get to sleep quickly and comfortably. Hatch also makes a series of other sound machines so once the little one is in their own room, you can feed your own new addiction and have one in your room too! My favorite feature is that it’s all controlled by your phone so there’s no need to get out of bed to change settings or turn it on or off. It’s perfect for me because I tend to forget to turn it off until I’m across the house!
Everyone laughed at me for this one, but when you have long nails like me, it’s a huge help. I hated getting ointment under my nails and struggling to get it out. I swear some of those creams are like putty. This brush was super helpful and saved a ton of mess.
I’ve already raved about this once but I’ll do it again. This thing is great for traveling with a little one. It folds up easily and there’s even room inside to store things for travel naps. I liked to keep it on the couch for Haiden’s day naps so I could keep an eye on her without using our monitor. She seemed to sleep pretty well in it while she fit it and it was always out. It seemed silly at first since we had a bassinet, pack and play, and crib, but I swear they’re all super different!