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The Baby Stuff I'd Rescue In a Fire

The Baby Stuff I'd Rescue In a Fire

My third born ray of sunshine turned one over the weekend, so I decided to talk about how a Lazy Genius raises a new baby on The Lazy Genius Podcast. It's all the things I wish I knew before I had kids. If you are or know a current or future mom of tiny humans, it's a good one to share. 

And so is this! These are my FAVORITE items from Annie's first year. No one is paying me to say anything; these are totally my opinions. There are a few affiliate links with Amazon if you decide to snag any of these for yourself or a friend. You don't pay more or take any extra steps; I simply get a few cents from your purchase as a thank you from Amazon which helps keep The Lazy Genius Collective up and running. If you do buy through me, I'm so grateful! But however you get these, I highly suggest you GET THESE. 

1. My favorite spot for a baby to sleep...

A week old.

A week old.

A couple of months old.

A couple of months old.

Four or five months old.

Four or five months old.

The Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Deluxe Rock ‘n Play Sleeper is a mouthful of a name but worth its weight in diapers. It rocks, vibrates, moves easily from room to room, and Annie slept in hers until she was seven months old. If it was time to sleep, we'd move the rocker to where we were and stick her in. Usually after a couple of rocks, she was asleep, especially in those early days. If she was extra cranky, the vibrator was magic. And for those mid-night, mid-nap wakings? Turn on the vibrator right away, and that baby might just settle back to sleep in a flash. PLUS if your baby has any amount of reflux, this rocker naturally allows for semi-upright sleep which is HUGE for babies with tummy troubles.

2. My favorite way to ease a baby's wretched gas...

Colic Ease is magic. It's an all-natural formula that you drop into your baby's mouth and then can immediately hear it breaking down her little gassy tummy. If your baby has gas pains or responds poorly to when you eat dairy, onions, or anything that TASTES GOOD, give Colic Ease a try. We used it with all three of our kids, and it's CRUCIAL to survive. Gas pains are no joke, y'all. 

3. My favorite thing to put on a baby's feet...

These adorable leather moccasins from Geo and Gem are so fly and - bonus! - they double as a portable chew toy. Baby's fussy? Take off her shoe and stick it in her mouth. Because she's not walking and that's not gross yet, it's the best. They come in a ton of colors and are the BEST. I never would've bought them for myself, but fortunately I have thoughtful, beautifying friends like The Nester who put magic on my baby's feet. 

4. My favorite way to give a baby a bath...

Don't let the photo fool you. This was her first bath... which never goes well. I mean look at my hand! It's bigger than her entire torso. She basically five minutes old in this picture and is hating life. But this actual bathtub is the coolest, sleekest, futuristic spaceship bathtub ever. It folds flat. I KNOW. It stores anywhere because IT FOLDS FLAT, and when it's bath time, you just stick it in your sink and rinse that sweet baby bum. Once Annie was close to sitting up, we moved to a regular bathtub, but for bathing babies in those first few months? The Puj Flyte Compact Baby Bathtub is the only way to go.

P.S. This shampoo/soap/bubblebath brand is my favorite EVAH. Great for sensitive skin, natural ingredients, great smell, and it lasts an eternity. Plus the brand is 100% Fair Trade and gives portions of profits to empowering women in African villages. I mean, come on.

5. My favorite way to carry a baby...

Eleven months old on a walk.

Eleven months old on a walk.

Eight months old at church. This happens every Sunday.

Eight months old at church. This happens every Sunday.

There are a million wraps out there, so you pick yours and ride it proud. Me? I went with a Solly and would never choose anything else. Here's why it's worth the extra $15 bucks compared to other carriers. 

  • The color and pattern choices are killer. I can't resist a stripe, but the colors in their new collection? Sky? Tigerlilly??? Stop it.
  • The fabric is so lightweight which means no sweaty mamas and babies, especially in the summer months.
  • The fabric also stretches a ton to help get the coziest fit while still being insanely secure.
  • It's a small business run by a mom. Always a fan of that one.

I wear Annie in this at least once a week at church (which is right in the middle of her nap time) and used it all the time in those first few months. It's sometimes hard to know when you're supposed to wear your baby, but when you have two other little kids requiring clean butts and a packed lunchbox, you figure it out pretty dang fast. Love my Solly.

6. My favorite way to let a baby hang out...

A couple of weeks old.

A couple of weeks old.

A couple of months old. #thighcrease

A couple of months old. #thighcrease

Five or six months old.

Five or six months old.

Before your baby sits up on his own, this BabyBjorn Bouncer is a lifesaver. I'd put Annie in this little chair when I made dinner, when I sat outside while the boys played, or anytime she needed to be close by but not directly on my body. We even used it as a makeshift highchair in a pinch which, to be honest, didn't work great because Annie likes food and bounced so hard that she got covered in yogurt. It happens. But this little chair has a hefty price tag compared to other baby seats, but this one is sleek, highly functional, folds flat for easy travel, and actually looks good in the living room. I registered for this, knowing that if I didn't get it as a gift, I wouldn't get it for myself. Man, I'm glad I got it as a gift. Worth. IT.

7. My favorite way to get snot out of a baby's nose...

You basically suck it out with your mouth and a tube and some weird styrofoam thing. It sounds gross (because it is gross), but it WORKS. And, no, your baby's snot will not go into your mouth. Gone are those teal green bulb things; the NoseFrida is the Rolls Royce of snot suckers. GET IT.

8. My favorite books to read to a baby...

We have a lot of baby books left from the boys, mostly about sharks and trains. Annie's a fan. But I wanted to get her some books for her own, and these make my so happy it hurts my face. The BabyLit series is a blast. The illustrations are stunning, the baby lessons are real (opposites, colors, counting), and the English major in me gets to nerd out every time we read. We have Little Women (playtime activities), Emma (emotions - LOVE this one), Pride and Prejudice (counting), Sense and Sensibility (opposites), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (colors), and Wuthering Heights (weather). They're magic. I love them. Please read them to me forever.

9. My favorite way to swaddle a baby...

Post-nap on the left (you can see it under her) and pre-nap on the right (trust me, she likes it, just not the nap).

Post-nap on the left (you can see it under her) and pre-nap on the right (trust me, she likes it, just not the nap).

My babies are all a little nuts, so they were swaddled for long time. I need my sleep, man. If flailing arms get in my way, lock 'em up. I used regular swaddle blankets for the first couple of months, but once Annie started growing and turning into The Hulk, I had to find another option. Enter the Anne & Eve Swaddle Strap. It only straps the arms which is nice in the summer and as your baby grows. Plus, it goes on like a breeze. The only downside is the velcro; it's a little loud when you take it off. It shouldn't be a huge problem though since the legs are free, allowing for sleepy diaper changes.

10. My favorite place to rock a baby...

This one is weird because it's just a chair. And not even a baby chair. But that's why I love it. It's a knockoff Eames rocker, and it's the perfect proportion to rock a sleeping or nursing baby. And it's basically the hottest chair ever. We loved it so much we bought a second one a month after we got the first. We have one in each living room, and even though we don't use it for baby-rocking anymore, it's now used for regular sitting and does it beautifully. And it's a killer price. Love this thing. 

11. My favorite baby toy...

Sophie. It's a twenty dollar chew toy that seems like such a marketing scam and anything else will work fine. Yeah, they don't. Annie loved Sophie way more than any other toy for the first eight months of her life, and I've known a baby to not feel the same. Mom after mom has said to me, "Why does my kid like Sophie so much? I don't get it! BUT I CAN NEVER LOSE IT." Plus it's cute. Always a plus.

12. My favorite baby lovey...

Before I had my first baby, I read that giving them some type of lovey or blanket early on would help with feeling secure and even with sleep. CHECK. All of my kids started with an Angel Dear Blankie. My oldest's now looks like a knotted rope and my middle somehow snagged two, and Annie got a pink one and loves it. Hers has an elephant head, so we named her Ellie. I know; we're so original. But it's great to say, "Let's get Ellie and go night night" and watch her hug Ellie and more eagerly transition to sleep. Love these little things. Ellie was in more of Annie's pictures than any member of our family.

13. My favorite way to not look super pregnant after the baby comes...

I hate the baby body conversation. It's awkward and difficult, full of double standards and unspoken expectations. But when you have a baby, your ab muscles split in half and sometimes don't fully join back together. It can cause back problems, a compromised spine, and that little pooch that makes you look four months pregnant all the time. Oh, and if you try and do ab exercises without a fully repaired split? They make it worse. The actual worst. This book was my recovery. The exercises are small, more physical therapy than working out, and they work. My abs never came back together after my boys, so I had lost hope that they would with Annie. The damage had been done, right? But I started doing the exercises every day, and my abs were back together in three months. Crazy. Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Look and Feel Your Best is a great thing to read and put into practice after your tiny human enters the world. Because, you know, you have so much free time and everything.

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Don't forget to check out the podcast episode where I share the things I wish I knew before I had kids. If you don't have time to listen and want a quick printable list, I've got you covered.

 

 

 

Bracket of Guys: Round Three Winners!

Bracket of Guys: Round Three Winners!

Bracket of Guys: Round Three

Bracket of Guys: Round Three

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