As hard as it is to believe, we are already approaching the two month mark on little Lucas’s arrival. I knew that time was going to fly by, but seriously?? How does it go by so fast?!
(Photo courtesy of Cara Olsen Photography – she’s fabulous!)
In these past (almost) two months, we have certainly come across our fair share of items that have become more or less, lifesavers. Things that we really could not go a day without. So while it’d be easy to go on and on about ALL of the things that we’re loving for Lucas, I thought I’d put together a little list of my newborn must haves…things that I have absolutely, 100% needed in these past two months.
Summer Infant SwaddleMe blankets – Lucas loves being swaddled and these blankets have proven to be a lifesaver for us. They’re so much easier than doing the full swaddle with a blanket (like the ones below) and they keep our little Houdini from getting his hands out the top. I can’t say enough about these…we love them!
Aden & Anais Muslin Swaddles – Before Jay and I discovered the SwaddleMe blankets above (we registered for them, had them washed and in the dresser, yet didn’t realize they were there until almost two weeks in) we were exclusively swaddling Lucas in these blankets. They are just so incredibly soft, not to mention nice and big (forgiving for those less-than-stellar swaddles). We still occasionally swaddle him in these, but we also use them for just about everything else…so it’s a good thing we have about 12 of them, since we go through them super fast!
Sound Machine – We actually already had a sound machine in the house but weren’t using it anymore in our bedroom so we repurposed it for Lucas’s room. We have the one pictured below which isn’t targeted for babies, but it has all the same exact sounds as others that we checked out in the store. Lucas loves the sound of the rain falling, so we use that when putting him down for bed.
Diaper Genie – I had heard mixed reviews on this one but we wound up getting it at one of our baby showers so we stuck with it. So far, I totally love it. I haven’t experienced any sort of “foul” smells in his room (and he’s had some doozies) and it’s really easy to change. Whether or not it’s cost effective, I had no idea. But we love it.
Summer Infant Baby Touch Video Monitor – I registered for this monitor after having three of my close friends register for the same one and give it rave reviews. Now, I too, can attest to the fact that this is a great monitor. It’s easily portable and I love having the added video to see what the little man is up to.
Fisher Price Rock ‘n’ Play Sleeper – Since day one, Lucas has been sleeping in this sleeper. We initially used it so he could sleep in it next to our bed, and while he was only in our bedroom for the first two weeks, we continued to have him sleep in it in his nursery. I go back and forth all the time on when I want to transition him to the crib for good (we do some naps in the crib) but for now, he’s still sleeping in this for now.
Dr. Brown’s Bottles – We decided to register for these bottles after doing lots of research and receiving lots of feedback from many of our friends. The bottles have been fantastic so far for Lucas, he hasn’t had any trouble taking them, and we haven’t noticed any increased gassiness from using them either. While he’s not taking bottles everyday just yet, we’ve been using them occasionally so he can get used to taking them for once I’m back to work and will have to start pumping more.
Fisher Price Discover ‘n’ Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym – This was a purchase that came late in the game (I only bought it last week) but Lucas absolutely LOVES it. Since he is always moving (seriously, it’s probably the #1 thing that people comment on when they’re around him for more than 5 minutes), his constantly kicking feet have a blast rocking out on those piano keys. Plus, the mirror above provides him tons of entertainment. So while it’s not really a necessity, it’s amazing and had to be added to the list.
Babies”R”Us Gift Card Giveaway!
When we registered for all of our baby items (gosh, that seems so long ago now!), the majority of our items came from Babies“R”Us. I’ve had great luck with the store so far and it was so, so easy to complete the registry process.
Babies”R”Us has recently started a brand new promotion called The Sweetest Registry Deal Ever, which I’m excite to share with you all today. So what’s the advantage of this new deal?
- Expectant parents and caregivers can earn up to $200 back on items purchased off their Babies“R”Us Registry created between now and November 15, 2013.
- Moms can earn 10% back on purchases made off their Babies“R”Us Registry (up to $200). This will come in the form of an e-gift card approximately 10 weeks after their expected arrival date, enabling parents to purchase even more products and essentials for baby.
- While in-store, registrants will also receive additional perks, such as a special welcome package, which includes a Baby Registry Planner with a full checklist of essential items, invitation cards to inform family and friends that they are registered at Babies“R”Us, a $5 off $25 coupon, product samples and more.
- (You can also find out more info on the promotion by checking out their Facebook page and following them on Twitter)
To help spread the word about their new promotion, Babies”R”Us has offered to give away a $50.00 gift card to a lucky STSL reader!
- Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d use the gift card for.
- BONUS: Leave a separate comment with one of YOUR must have baby registry items (hey, we can all use a little extra guidance in that process!).
(Open to US residents only)
I’ll choose a random winner this Friday, September 27th. Good Luck!
Disclaimer: I also received a gift card in exchange for promoting their new promotion. The Babies“R”Us information and gift cards have been provided by Babies“R”Us.