Saturday, January 5, 2013

baby essentials

I feel compelled to write a post about the things that have absolutely saved my life in the last five months. What's the reason, you ask? On Wednesday night Elden's Snuza Halo went off. If you're unfamiliar, the Snuza is essentially a movement monitor that can detect a baby's breathing. If it doesn't detect motion after 15 seconds it vibrates for 5 seconds to try to stir the baby. If it still doesn't detect movement after those 5 seconds, it alarms so you know to check on your child. This happened once before (on Jon's birthday, natch) and the reason it had alarmed was because it had fallen off his diaper. However, Wednesday night while Jon was in the shower it went off so I went rushing in to check on Elden. I called his name as I ran in and he didn't stir until I rubbed his tummy. Could his breathing have just been shallow? Yes. Could he have actually stopped breathing for 20 seconds? Maybe. If he had stopped, I don't even want to think about what could have happened if we didn't have the Snuza.

Here are my top baby items that I absolutely can't live without:

1. Snuza Halo Baby Monitor - Originally got this because I was paranoid about SIDS and Jon knew we would sleep better at night if we had it on the baby. We had considered some motion pads that you can put under the sheets, but we had read about a ton of false alarms due to the baby moving off of the pad. We liked that this clipped directly on the baby's diaper because false alarms were much less likely. Even though it is a little pricier, this is absolutely the #1 baby item I couldn't live without. (see above)

2. ERGObaby carrier - This is a pricier baby carrier, but the adage that you get what you pay for is so true. I have worn this comfortably for hours and it is often times one of the few ways to calm Elden down. It converts into a side and back carrier as well and can hold a baby up to 39.7 pounds. It's amazing.

3. Summer Infant Video Monitor - Jon's parent's got this for us this Christmas, so yes, I did live without it for about 4-5 months. However, now that we've got it I can't imagine going back. This monitor is glorious when it comes to knowing what your baby is doing in his crib. It helps us figure out if we should go in when we're doing "cry it out" with Elden and it gives me peace of mind at every little noise he makes. I can simply turn on the video feed and see if he's okay instead of being tempted to run in there to check on him.

4. Play mat (with light-up toy) - It took us about 2 months to put batteries in the little light up tiger on this thing and the second we did Jon and I shared the sentiment of, "why didn't we do this sooner!?" This revolutionized our lives and allowed us to actually sit down and share a meal together. We simply Velcro the light-up tiger on Elden's bouncy seat and bring him into the dining room while we eat. The lights can keep him entertained for seriously an hour at a time. It's glorious.

5. Vaseline with Cocoa Butter - We use Vaseline all. the. time. on our guy. We use it instead of diaper cream to protect against diaper rash and I also use it on his face because these winter months coupled with all that drool from teething have him dried out. It doesn't contain anything like alcohol which most lotions do so it doesn't burn Elden when I apply it. Plus it's cheap and multipurpose. 

6. Honest Diapers - We primarily use Honest on Elden. They are non-toxic, sustainable, chlorine-free, and plant-based. Coupled with Honest wipes, these things do a crazy good job of keeping diaper rash at bay. It certainly doesn't hurt that they come in ridiculously adorable patterns and are automatically mailed to my house each month.

7. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe - I had heard great things about this teething toy, but I also noticed the steep price tag. I asked around and the consensus was that most babies really liked chewing on her. We decided to give it a shot. We haven't looked back.

If I think of anything else I'll be sure to share. None of these companies have paid me or provided me free products to review their stuff. These are genuinely my top baby items. I hope it helps as you prepare (or already did) to welcome your little one. :)

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