With Lilah being almost four months old, I thought it’d be a perfect time for another post of things we couldn’t live without these past couple months. It’s so hard to know what she’ll actually like until we get to the point of needing them. We’ve bought things that Lilah won’t have anything to do with and then there’s things that I’m glad we did buy because sometimes it’s the only thing that will calm her down.
1. Graco FastAction™ Fold Classic Connect™ Travel System – Metropolis™
Even before we knew if our baby was a boy or a girl, I knew I wanted something gender neutral, so I picked out this travel system in Metropolis. My amazing aunt bought us the car seat and her son paid the difference between the price of just the car seat and the travel system so we could have the stroller as well. Having the stroller has been a complete lifesaver. Lilah almost always falls asleep in the car and if she doesn’t she’ll fall asleep while walking around a store. Most of the time, the grocery carts at our stores are in very bad condition and if she is asleep they wake her up. We started using her stroller in stores instead of the carts and she never wakes up. I love that she her car seat just clicks into the stroller and for right now, we don’t have to even take her out of the car seat.
2. Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny™ Cradle ’n Swing
This is another lifesaver for me. She has been using this since she came home from the hospital and I honestly don’t know what we’d do if we didn’t have it. For the first three and a half months this was how we got her to go to sleep every night. We’ve just recently started the process of getting her to fall asleep in her crib instead of the swing. She still takes her naps in it every day to maximize her nap time. She will even just sit in it, with it in the upright position so she can see me better, during other times of the day and play with a toy while I fold her laundry, clean her room, or work on homework. My favorite feature of this swing is that it has a plug-in option so that we can save on batteries.
3. Summer Infant 3-Stage SuperSeat®
I knew I wanted to get her something to sit in and keep her busy for a little while so I could get a little more done during the day. We were originally going to go with a Bumbo, but when we say this, we knew this was what we were going to go with. We bought it a week or two after she was three months old and put her in it a few times, but she didn’t seem to really like it. She’s really come to like it in the past few day though. She’s got more control over her head and body and can handle sitting in it for awhile now. The main reason why we chose this over the Bumbo was because of the price and the fact that it came with toys for her to play with. If we had gotten the Bumbo and the tray for it, we would have paid over fifty dollars for it. I believe we only paid forty for the Summer Infant seat. The tray with toys is great because it gives her something to play with that won’t go anywhere. If we had gotten the Bumbo, she would have dropped her toys that I had given her to play with.With the Summer Infant seat, I just have to place the tray around her and she has plenty of things to keep her entertained. Another feature I liked about this seat is that it becomes a booster seat once she’s ready for it. I’m sure that once she’s ready for it, it will have a permanent place in our car for her to use in restaurants instead of their booster seats.
4. Bright Starts Lots of Links
I don’t know what we’d do without these. They provide Lilah with tons of entertainment and she loves to teethe on them as well. We bought eight or nine different teething products and she won’t have anything to do with them. I bought these for her stocking for Christmas and after seeing if everything would fit and these wouldn’t I pulled them out, linked a few together, and gave them to her. She immediately put them in her mouth and started chewing on them. A set now stays on the handle of her car seat and it keeps her entertained if she happens to be awake in the car.
5. Bright Starts Snuggle and Teethe
I picked up the giraffe style of this at a Kmart one day and I’m so glad I did. She loves this toy. It crinkles and gives her something to chew on as well. I believe it’s made out of a terry cloth material and then it has a couple of teethers as the feet. She loves chewing on the head though. I think the rough material helps soothe her sore gums. I picked up the elephant for her for Christmas and I’m trying to find at least one more as well. This is a must have for when we leave the house. She’s so entertained by it.
6. Munchkin bowls and spoons
When we started Lilah on solids we needed something to feed her out of. We started her a little early at three and a half months with some rice cereal mixed with formula. We then added some fruits and she has definitely loved them. I chose these spoons for her because they were the smallest ones. The other brands for four month olds looked so big. A bowl is a bowl so I really didn’t care which ones we got. These ones were just the cheapest price for the most bowls.
7. Nuk pacifiers
These are literally the only pacifiers she will take. She’ll even still take the ones she used when she was first born. I don’t know why she likes this brand of pacifiers, but I really don’t question it. We’ve other brands now that she’s older and she’ll take them, but once she realizes it isn’t her Nuk, she spits it right out.
8. Munchkin formula dispenser
Now that Lilah is on formula, we had to have something to put it in instead of carrying along a can of formula. If we’re going to be gone for the whole day, I’ll bring a small can of formula, but we usually buy the bigger cans of formula and they don’t fit in the diaper bag. We bought this a few weeks after her being completely on formula when we saw what a pain it was to have to carry around a whole can. This serves it’s purpose well. It has three compartments and each holds nine ounces of formula. I usually fill one compartment with eight ounces or four scoops, one with six ounces or three scoops, and one with four ounces or two scoops. That’s more than enough for us to go out for the day and I know I have enough to feed my baby.
We have several different types of bottles. Lilah isn’t too picky about what she drinks out of as long as she gets to eat. She has one Nuby bottle that she drink out of that will eventually convert to a bottle with handles and then to a sippy cup. She still mainly drinks out of her Avent natural and classic bottles. These are the ones we usually give her. She also has a few bottles from the Parent’s Choice brand. They’re nice, but they definitely aren’t her favorite.
10. Her Nursery
I know that some would say this was something that could have waited a little while, but I’m so glad we got it done before Lilah was born. Lilah only slept in our room in her pack n play for a few weeks before she was over it. After the first night that she slept in her room and in her crib for a five hour stretch, we knew we were going to continue to let her sleep there. We’d try to have her sleep in our room in the pack n play and as soon as we would put her down, she’d wake up. For our sanity, she sleeps in her room.
11. Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine
Now that it has gotten colder, Lilah’s air conditioner has been taken out. The air conditioner was providing the white noise needed to conceal some of the other noise around the house. My parents purchased this for her room and it never gets shut off. I use the heartbeat sound and Lilah never wakes up during the night.