A few days ago, I was honored to take part in a survey for Morgan of Pepper Design Blog. Another mother of two girls, Morgan and I have become quite the bloggy friends over the last couple of years. She was gracious enough to help me right after L was born with her Tips on Going Green, and I was more than happy to repay the favor now that she’s just had the most adorable little girl.
While she’s adjusting to being a mother of two, Morgan is running a series called Momma Musings, where she asks several mothers these two questions: What is your favorite (and perhaps most unexpected) part of mommyhood? and What is/was one baby/nursery item you can’t/couldn’t have lived without? (click here to see my number one answer)
I’m a pretty indecisive person (remember, I don’t really have one favorite color or favorite movie), so deciding on one MUST HAVE nursery item was tough. So I thought I’d post a run-down of some of my other favorite items that almost made it:
1. Eneloop batteries – Rechargeable batteries are a must for every parent with a young child. As I type this, I can already think of three toys in our house needing their batteries replaced. Eneloop batteries are better than most rechargeables; and with over 2,800 four and five star reviews on Amazon I’m not the only one who thinks so. They hold charge for a long time, and we love the fact that you can get spacers to use the AA batteries for toys that require C and D-cell batteries.
2. Baby Swing – Both of my girls loved to nap in the swing as newborns. Sometimes it was the only way to get them to settle down (other than nursing). Of the three swings we’ve used, our favorite has to be the Graco Lovin’ Hug Swing. It may not have a lot of the bells and whistles of other swings, but that is made up with the fact that it’s compact, folds for easier storage (there’s no real easy storage for swings!), and best of all – it plugs in! Tip: Go to a reputable children’s consignment store to find good prices on gently used baby swings. The one closest to our house often has very nice swings available for $50 or less.
3. Baby sling/carrier – Between both our girls, we’ve used no less than 5 different baby carriers. I’ll be posting soon about my opinions of each specific brand; but as a whole they are a definite must! Whether you need to hold your child because you’re traveling, shopping, or just trying to soothe a fussy child while working on the family dinner, I don’t think I could have gotten through the last year without my carriers!
4. Nursing cover – I know there are some mothers who have no problem whipping it out to nurse their child in public, but I’ve never been able to keep my girls properly covered without the use of a good cover. My cover of choice is by Bebe Au Lait, though I’m sure there are plenty of other good options out there. The structured neckline of the Bebe Au Lait really helps to look at your child while they’re nursing, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to use the built-in wiping cloth. (even times I wasn’t actually nursing, having the cover rolled up in my bag meant I was never without some kind of burp cloth or wipe.