Favorite Baby Items Update

by HEAB on November 20, 2012

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This is an old post that I’ve been updating regularly over the past year.  Hope it helps some expecting mamas out there and Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers!

I often get emails requesting advice on my favorite baby products and what I have found to be most useful. So, I’ve cut and pasted my response into a blog post with updates as things keep changing. She’s growing up way too fast!

Update: In addition to our toddler, we now have boy/girl twins (born June 2012), and I’ve added a few more must-haves to the list.

1) Birthing Advice. I didn’t really read any childbirth books. Chris and I took natural child-birthing classes together, and our instructor was super knowledgeable and really knew her stuff. She had answers for all of our questions and research to back everything up. The classes were beyond helpful, and I felt totally prepared. If you’re hoping for a natural childbirth, I would highly recommend hiring a doula. Ours was a doula/RN/midwife, and she was awesome. She helped us put together our birth plan and even attended a doctor’s apt. with us to go over the plan with our OB. Originally, we hoped to stay at home and labor as long as possible with her there, but things did not go according to plan (you can read my birth story here). However, it was great to have her there b/c since she was a registered nurse, she was able to unhook all the monitoring equipment so that I could walk around. The nurses at the hospital knew and trusted her, and just left us alone. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.

C-section: With our twins I had a c-section since Baby A was breech, and it wasn’t that bad.  My advice to anyone who knows they will have a c-section is to walk often that first week after surgery.  It will be painful getting in and out of bed, but the walking will help your recovery.  Also, do not eat solid foods until you pass gas post-delivery and stick with liquid calories if you can.  No one told me this, and the gas pains I experienced after eating those first couple of days after surgery were worse than the pain around my incision.

2) Food for Mama & Baby: I love love LOVE Nina Planck’s Real Food For Mother & Baby. The book has wonderful dietary advice for pregnant women, nursing women, and first foods to feed baby. I love the author’s philosophy – it just makes so much sense. As far as solids go, we started out doing Baby Led Weaning and have incorporated some purees into the mix.  You can see all my favorite baby food recipes here.

3) Sleep. Oh my goodness, I cannot stress the importance of sleep for your baby.  In the beginning, I completely underestimated the amount of sleep Summer needed, and we often mistook her tired signals for hunger. (Everyone tells you will be able to distinguish between tired and hungry cries after a few weeks. Well, I had a hard time with that one.)  When she was a newborn, she would just catnap for 20 minutes here and there making for really long days for me, but again, we were often feeding her when she was actually just tired. After doing some reading, I started putting her down after no more than 90 minutes of awake time, and she started taking longer naps.  At about 5 months, we started to get into more of a regular nap schedule. There are several schools of thought on sleep schedules/training for babies, and we had great success with Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Again, babies need a ton of sleep, and I used to think that if I could keep Summer awake longer in the afternoons then she would sleep better at night. Um, no, the more sleep she gets, the happier she is, and if she is up for longer than she should be, she gets over-tired, and things just go downhill from there. Summer now falls asleep all on her own with little to no crying. Since she was about 5 months old up until now (she’s 8 months), she’s been napping twice a day, usually from about 9 to 11 AM and 1 to 3 PM and then sleeps from about 6 PM to 6 AM every night.

We’ve followed Dr. Weissbluth’s advice with our twins as well, and they are sleeping through the night and napping like champs!

4) If you’re planning to breastfeed, have a lactation consultant help you as soon as you can. The nurses were no help to me in the hospital – they saw Summer sucking and said, yeah that looks fine. Even the LC at the hospital wasn’t much help, and just sent me home with a pump, telling me to pump every 2 hours since Summer seem to have no interest in feedings (she was so small and we couldn’t get her to eat – all she wanted to do was sleep). Anyway, we found a good lactation consultant that did home visits, and without her, I would never have made it as long as I did with breastfeeding. If you’re a Nashville reader and would like a recommendation for a good LC, please email me!

Chris and I always said we didn’t want a lot of baby stuff, but we have found everything listed below to be very helpful…Update: Now that we have three children under the age of two, anything that makes my life easier, I want. ;)

1) For the car seat, we got a Chicco Keyfit 30 Infant Car Seat and Base.  The car seat is simple to use and is the number one rated infant car seat in the U.S. If you will be using the car seat in two separate cars, you may want to think about purchasing an additional base. You’ll also need a stroller, and although we put a lot of mileage on the stroller that came with the Chicco Travel System, it was a bit bulky and cumbersome.  In hindsight, I would have simply purchsed The Keyfit Caddy for when I needed to pop the carseat into a stroller rather than getting the whole Travel System.  A few drawbacks to the Chicco Keyfit Infant Seat: It doesn’t fit into some snap-n-go stroller frames, and nor does it fit into the front basket of grocery shopping carts.  The straps often get twisted and need to be fixed before buckling baby in, and I’ve noticed all our kids easily get hot in the seat on warm days. None of these things are a big deal for us, but I thought they were worth mentioning.  I really do love our car seats.

Update: We purchased a Britax Marathon car seat when Summer was ready to move into a forward facing car seat, and it’s great – fairly easy to install and user friendly.  We also ended up purchasing a Bob jog stroller, and both Chris and I love it.  It maneuvers around so well compared to our bulky Chicco.  Another wonderful around-town stroller (for when you’re ready to upgrade from the caddy) is the City Mini.  Update: Just got the double City Mini.  LOVE IT!  We plan to put  add a glider board to the back so that our toddler can ride too.

To keep the babies warm in their car seats and strollers when it’s cold out, I love the JJ Cole Bundle Me.

2) We got this crib from Amazon and I love it. It’s smaller and low the the ground which I like. Plus I love the design – very classic, and it converts into a toddler bed.  For the twins, we purchased two Gulliver cribs from IKEA.  We were looking for an inexpensive but highly rated crib since we had to buy two.  I love how simple they look, they were easy to put together, and you cannot beat the price.  You can see the set-up for our nursery here, including cribs, dresser, changing pad, etc.

Crib Bedding: As far as bedding goes, you don’t need a complete set as you really won’t use the quilt (except maybe for tummy time on the floor), and we ended up removing the crib bumpers for the twins as one of them kept smooshing her face into it – not safe.  So, in hindsight, I’d probably just get a few crib sheets and a cute crib skirt or make my own.  If you need a bumper to keep arms and legs inside the crib, I recommend getting a mesh one.

3) The swinga lifesaver those first few months. Summer loved it and often fell asleep in it, and now I use it when I need to do stuff around the house and want to keep her entertained.  We purchased a second swing when the twins arrived, and they were super convenient those first few months with two infants and a toddler in the house.   The twins napped in their swings A LOT their first four months.

4) We didn’t get a bassinet but opted for a Pack ‘N Play. It’s great b/c you can use it as an infant bed and a crib when you travel, but it can also be used as a playpen. For the first few weeks, we co-slept or I had Summer in the Pac-N-Play next to the bed. Then we started putting her in her crib and I slept in the guest room right next to the nursery. So, it wasn’t inconvenient to feed Summer in the middle of the night. However, if I was sleeping in a room far away from the nursery, then I would probably use the Pac-N-Play so she could be closer to me. If you get the Pac-N-Play, I would get a couple of these quilted sheets.  We use the quilted sheet + a regular crib sheet when the babies sleep in it.

Update: The twins slept in the Pack ‘N Play for 8 weeks in our bedroom before moving to their own room, and we recently purchased a second Pack ‘N Play to keep downstairs for their naps during the day.

5) Baby Monitor - We got this one, and it’s fine. Some people told me to get a video monitor, but for us, I didn’t think it was necessary.

We did end up receiving this video monitor for the twins as a gift, and I have to admit it’s really nice being able to see the baby, especially since we have two.  I also like the “talk” feature for when they are older, and I can say, “Get back in bed” over the speaker. ;)

6) Baths - We got this bathtub. We used it for Summer’s very first bath in the bathtub, and although big sis has graduated to the regular bathtub, the twins love their baths in the whale tub.

7) Diapers - Pampers Swaddlers. We’ve tried several other brands but always go back to the Pampers Swaddlers. I tried the Bum Genius cloth diapers but was not a fan. They leaked horribly for us. Once all of our babies started sleeping through the night, their diapers would often leak, and so we started putting two diapers on them.  Then when they were big enough, we switched to Huggies Overnights for nighttime (smallest they come in is size 3). No leaks. Love them. We purchase our diapers in bulk on Amazon through their subscribe and save program.

8.) Wipes. I use cloth wipes, and I wrote a blog post about them hereUpdate: My wipe warmer started to smell funky, even after bleaching it. So, for now, we’re using disposable wipes – we just use the Kirkland brand from Costco and have had no problems with diaper rash.

9) Swaddling blankets. Swaddling is key – really helps calm a newborn down. We use the Happiest Baby on The Block method, and these are my favorite swaddling blankets. We were given a ton of different ones, but I only use the Aden + Anais are they are a great size (really big) and they are made from Muslin which is a really breathable material. If I use anything else, Summer gets hot. We swaddled her a lot in the beginning, but now she prefers to have her arms free, and so I just swaddle her lower half.

Update: No longer swaddling, but still use the blankets all the time – carry one in the diaper bag, car, etc. Great as a stroller cover, etc.

2nd Update: We have now have newborn twins, and I have discovered a new favorite swaddling blanket: The Miracle Blanket. Despite many recommendations, I was too cheap to purchase this blanket when we had Summer, but we got a couple when we found out we were expecting twins.  They make swaddling so easy, and the baby’s little arms stay inside the blanket.  Love these blankets and worth every penny in my opinion!  Babysteals.com sometimes offers the blankets as their deal of the day, and so make sure you sign up for the site’s daily emails.

3rd Update: Still love the Miracle Blankets, but the twins started wiggling out of them around 12 weeks old, and would swaddle in Miracle Blankets, and then zip/velcro the babies up in HALO sleep sack swaddles.  They would go immediately to sleep without a peep as soon as swaddled.  We recently transitioned out of swaddling to sleep sacks as the twins are getting close to rolling over.

10) Bottles. I planned on breastfeeding exclusively, but that didn’t work out as planned. So, we use the Medela bottles. I never researched bottles as we had to supplement Summer with formula one night and just bought the bottles our lactation consultant had with her. They’re fine. The only problem I’ve had with them is that sometimes the nipples collapse, but if you loosen the lid a bit to allow more airflow, problem solved.  Many of my friends use the Dr. Brown’s bottles, but I didn’t want to deal with washing all the separate parts.  If you do bottle feed, I would recommend purchasing a bottle brush for washing them and some sort of bottle drying rack.

11) Pacifier. We didn’t plan on using a pacifier as, but Summer always wanted to comfort suck.  So we ended getting her a Wubbanub, recommended by the lactation nurses at the hospital. She loves it, and although we don’t give it to her during the day, she still sleeps with it every night. It’s a Soothie Newborn pacifier which you can buy at Target.  For the twins, we use the Soothie brand as well as that’s what they were given in the NICU, and I attach them to everything with these pacifier straps.

12) Diaper Pail - I have never been a fan of Diaper Genies. I baby-sat a lot growing up, and they just seemed more trouble than they’re worth. We use this diaper pail - it’s small and simple. I empty it once a day and use Target or Trader Joe plastic bags to line it. I threw a few Arm-N-Hammer scented discs made for diaper pails in the bottom, and we’ve never had a problem with smell. I got those at Target.  Still love our simple diaper pail – we now have three. :)

13) Bac-Out cleaner. Works great when spit up happens on items that can’t go through the wash – i.e. carpet, pillows, etc.

14) Burp Cloths - You can never have enough of these. We keep them all over the house and use them as towels and wipes when we’re feeding the babies.  They will soften up after a few times through the washer.

15) Bouncy Seat/Infant Lounger- We never had a good one with Summer, but the twins love this infant seat.

For the first few months of the twins’ life (and we’re still using them at 5 months old), we often set the babies down in their Boppy Infant Loungers.  WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE, and I wish I’d had one for Summer.

16)Summer had a lot of fun in her Bounce Bounce Baby Activity Zone, and we plan on using it with the twins as well.

17) White noise machine. White noise is key, and we keep it on all night and during naps. We never really used it with Summer in the beginning but quickly learned how much it can help.  The twins have slept with white noise in their room from day 1. We use these white noise machines turned on the highest setting as well as box fans in their rooms.  You can never have too much white noise!

18) Baby Carrier. For infants, I love the K’tan, and when the baby gets a bit older, I love my Babyhawk Mei Tai carrier.  We also purchased an Ergo Carrier from BabySteals.com.  So comfy and definitely my favorite carrier for when the baby is 6+ months.  Great for dads too.

19) As far as clothes go, we were given almost everything. Buy a lot of onesies – don’t get many newborn ones as he/she won’t wear them for long, but do get several 0 to 3 months. We love the sleepers with feet as it’s really hard to keep socks on a newborn. My favorite place to buy baby clothes is at consignment sales, Goodwill, Old Navy, and on Etsy.

Update: I have discovered socks that will actually stay on a baby’s feet.  Seriously, Robeez are the best baby socks ever!

20) Boppy pillow - this is great for breastfeeding. Mine came with a cover with a hide-away strap that can convert the boppy into an infant holder, and I used to sit Summer in it often. It’s still great for propping her up as she’s not sitting up on her own yet, but it won’t be long!  Update: Summer started sitting up on her own 2 months ago and we no longer use the Boppy that much. I do sometimes place it behind her if she is sitting on a hard surface just in case she should fall backwards.

Edited to Add: Many of my friends love the My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow.  Never tried it myself, but I hear great things about it.

21) Bumbo Baby Seat - We have the one with the tray, and Summer started sitting in it at about 4 months.

Update: The Bumbo was recently recalled, and so make sure to get one with the strap to buckle in baby.

22) Baby shampoo/body wash - Summer has sensitive skin, and we use this California Baby Wash or Dr. Bronners, and they both work great.

23) BooksLook Look was the only book Summer would pay attention when we started reading to her. She’s now enjoying story time more, but Look Look is still one of her favorites. It has something to do with the contrasting black and white images – newborns love it. Also, make sure you look into Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to see if it’s available in your area – if so, your baby can receive a free age appropriate book up until the age of 5. We love our Dolly books!

24) If you plan to breastfeed, here is some info on pumping. I never made enough milk for Summer (tried everything to increase my supply, but not much has helped). Anyway, after 4 months, Summer was starting to prefer a bottle more and more, and since each nursing session was taking up to an hour, I decided to stop as it was just getting to be too much. I’m still pumping, and Summer gets about 1/2 breast milk and 1/2 formula. We rented a Medela Symphony Pump from the hospital, and it’s great. I’ve done some research, and if you need to increase your supply, then a hospital grade pump is definitely your best option. It cost us $75 a month, and your insurance may even cover it. If you simply need to maintain your supply, then I’ve heard the Medela Pump In Style is a great option. If you do end up pumping for some reason, I highly recommend a hands free pumping bra – makes the time go by so much quicker as I could read or email while I pumped. I sometimes even fed Summer her bottle when pumping. I just made mine using an old sports bra. Update: I weaned myself from the pump when Summer turned 6-months old.

25) We opted for this booster seat rather than a high-chair. It was much cheaper, works great, and Summer can sit right next to me at our dining room table.

And when your little one is ready for solids, I LOVE these bibs.  Great coverage and make clean-up easy.  They also work well as smocks for art projects.

26) One of the best pieces of advice I received was to skip the glider/rocker and purchase a LaZBoy or some type of recliner for the nursery. You will spend hours in this chair and buying something super comfy is totally worth it!  Trust me, if you have a vaginal birth, you will NOT want to sit on a hard surface those first couple of weeks. A recliner is great too, because after feedings you can simply recline back and take naps with your baby. Those quiet moments together with Summer asleep on my chest are some of my favorite memories from her first few months. Plus, you can always use a LaZBoy in another room after you’re done with it in the nursery. I’m pretty sure CD has big plans for ours post-babies. :)

27) Best Diaper Bag = a favorite backpack. Easy as that. Tried the Skip*Hop thing, but ended up ditching it after a few months.  We have gotten a lot of use out of our portable changing station.  We purchased one similar to this at Target, and it’s great for changing diapers on-the-go. I just shove it in my backpack/bag and use it all the time.

Update: When the twins came along, I felt completely overwhelmed with all the stuff I needed to carry around and got a couple of Thirty-One bags.  They’ve been great, and I feel so much more organized!

28) You’ll need baby nail clippers and an infant rectal thermometer.  Make sure to have a first aid kit on hand and take home a baby aspirator from the hospital.  The ones from the hospital are the best!

Hope this helps any mamas-to-be or friends of mamas-to-be out there!

{ 34 comments }

Meagan November 20, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I just shared this with my friend who’s due in March! Thanks for sharing :D

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Meagan,
Oh good, hope it helps your friend. :)

Sarah November 21, 2012 at 12:30 am

Awesome list! I stuck Elmo in the mail this morning. :)

Melanie November 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

Ha ha, I love the “get back in bed” comment. I wonder who you have to say that to? ;)

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Melanie,
I have a feeling I’ll be saying that phrase quite often in the next few years. ;)

Bree November 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I’ve started a similar post. I think having twins puts a spin on the usual “must haves”. I was nodding at most of your list. A lot of similarities! I swear by the Halo Sleep Sack Swaddles and recommend them to everyone. We are finally swaddle free and into sleep sacks, but I swear by the Halo swaddles.

Pampers swaddlers are by far the best diaper for my two.

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Bree,
The HALO sacks are great. C & K loved a tight swaddle, and once they turned into little wiggle worms, the HALO sacks were lifesavers!

stephanie November 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Sleep is a neurological function which means all the books in the world can’t idisrupt what a child’s brain tells it to do. Good that your kids sleep well! I’d give the credit to their brains and not a book.

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Stephanie,
I agree that our kids are naturally good sleepers, but we also encouraged good sleeping habits from the beginning with black-out curtains, white noise, swaddling, putting them down before they get overtired, etc., and some of the info/tips I read in Dr. Weissbluth’s book was helpful. I was completely clueless and had no idea how much sleep a newborn needed and just figured baby would fall asleep when she was tired, which was not the case for us.

AD November 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

I also have twins (boy/girl, my first children) born in may. I have a question for you regarding sleep: I read ‘healthy sleep habits, happy twins’ and although we’ve implemented all the steps (early to bed, putting baby down at first sign of tiredness, etc) for many months, my son still wakes 4-8 times per night while my daughter sleeps 12-13hours. They both had been doing great but around 4months old he started to get worse and worse. We’ve had to separate them because he was always waking her up! Did you use the ‘extinction’, ‘graduated extinction’, that he suggests? How did you prevent one twin from waking the other? Thanks!!

HEAB November 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

Hi AD,
Charlie kind of did the same thing, and with his age adjusted, I assumed it was the 4-month sleep regression I always read about. He would sleep without a peep through the night and then all of a sudden started waking up throughout the night and refused to nap for more than 30 to 45 minutes while Katie would nap for 2 hours. We separated them for naps some days – still do. If Charlie keeps waking up, I’ll just put him in his swing as he still likes to sleep in it. We keep them together at night as they never seem to wake each other up during the evening. If one wakes up, I’ll let them fuss for 10 to 15 minutes as I know they don’t need a bottle. After 15 minutes, I’ll go up to their room and replace a pacifier & rub belly – that usually helps calm them down and go right back to sleep. I don’t get baby out of the crib or feed them. They never really cry or scream – just get fussy, and usually quiet down before the 15 minutes is even up.

One of my friends with triplets told me to always keep a Pack ‘N Play set up in another room for when you have to separate, and she would always keep the baby who kept waking up in the Pack ‘N Play until he/she was sleeping through the night or napping better. So, if you have the space in your house, I would recommend separating until your son is sleeping better. You might want to talk to your pediatrician as well to make sure there is nothing physically wrong – like reflux or something along those lines. Hope this helps and good luck! Twins are such a blessing but figuring out their sleep patterns can be challenging!

Nadine November 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

1. Always a smile on my face from your posts! You mentioned Happiest Baby on the Block. I was lucky enough to have that author as my boys’ pediatrician. The best! Swaddling is great!

2. Been making waffles for my boys with TJ’s pumpkin bread mix, by my own method. Any great ideas about what to substitute to make something more waffle like?

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

1. Nadine, oh gosh, no way. Awesome pediatrician to have on call! :)

2. As far as the waffles are concerned, I love them, but I’m no expert. Might help to separate the eggs and whip the whites and fold them into the batter for a fluffier waffle and don’t over-mix. You could also try adding a little more fat (Mmm, butter) and make sure your waffle iron is HOT. Hope this helps!

Debra November 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Great info. None of it really pertains to me at this stage of my life since I’m a grandma of 5. However, I sometimes just need my fix of HEAB writing. Always enjoy reading your blog and love when it pops up on email. Happy Thanksgiving!

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Thanks Debra. :)
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

Cherie November 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Great update Healther. I have a younger friend/couple trying to get pregnant and will forward it to them. I know they will appreciate it!

I hope you, Chris and the children have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Great, hope it helps your friends Cherie and best of luck to them. Happy Thanksgiving to you too. :)

Jess November 22, 2012 at 3:06 am

This would have been so helpful when I was pregnant. I had no clue.

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Jess,
Neither did I! ;)

Tracy November 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Heather! Lots to be thankful for this year :) Enjoy the day.

HEAB November 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thanks Tracy, and yes, so much to be thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! :)

Keri November 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

This is kind of a personal question, but are you nursing the twins? I just found out I’m pregnant with my second. I nursed my son (now 13 months) to a year. But it was really hard to do! Now I don’t know if I should plan on doing that with my second. Obviously, twins are a lot more work:) just curious! And don’t feel like you have to respond if you don’t want to.

HEAB November 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi Keri,
I don’t mind answering your question at all – I talked about breastfeeding a lot during my low supply struggles when nursing Summer. It’s not easy for many women – trust me, I know!

Not sure if you followed my blog when I was breastfeeding, but I had low supply issues from the beginning, and despite trying everything to increase my milk, not much worked. So, I nursed Summer for 4 months old and then exclusively pumped for another two months. We supplemented with formula from the beginning as I never produced enough milk to give her all she needed. I’m grateful that Summer received as much breast milk as she did, but looking back, I think all the pressure I put on myself the first 6 months of her life really took a lot of enjoyment out of the newborn stage.

When I discovered we were expecting twins, I decided I would try BF again, but if I was going to have to pump/supplement with every feeding, I would stop as I knew I could not be hooked up to a pump every couple of hours with a toddler and twins to care for. The twins arrived 5 weeks early, and BF was too much work for them. I tried a few times and pumped the two weeks they were in the NICU. However, when they came home, pumping was too much, and I stuck to the promise I had made myself. I weaned myself off the pump, and we are feeding the twins all formula. I had a few breakdowns over it in the beginning, but it was truly the best decision for us. Looking back, no regrets this time around.

Congrats on baby #2 – how awesome your two will be so close in age, and I hope my experiences help – just do what is best for YOU and YOUR family…and remember Mom needs to be happy too. :)

Keri November 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

This was very helpful. I like what you said about promising yourself something and sticking to it. I think a lot of our struggles were from my being stressed that if I didn’t breastfeed, I was a failure (NOT TRUE!). I know if I were in your situation with twins, I would much rather enjoy them than worry about pumping, washing parts, and all that jazz. And how wonderful is it that family can watch them without you guys having to worry about getting home in time for feedings! Thanks for being transparent about your life!

HEAB November 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Keri,
You’re welcome, and yes, SO NOT TRUE. :)

lindsay @ fuel my family November 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I couldnt live without my moby carrier for infants and ergo for toddlers. And we had a basic breathing monitor for my second daughter which has allowed me to sleep more soundly not having to get up and put my hand on her back every 30 minutes at night, but maybe im jsut that crazy paranoid mom :)

HEAB November 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Lindsay,
Nah, several of my friends have used that monitor. You’re not paranoid – just a mama in love with her baby. :)

Kayla November 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

Thank you so much — I’m expecting in March and there is so much good stuff here. Definitely bookmarking. :)

Meagan December 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I just found recipe and thought I’d share – Summer would probably love these!
http://www.sideofsneakers.com/tinysneakers/baby-pancakes/

HEAB December 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Meagan,
Oh my gosh – those pancakes/muffins could not be simpler, and Summer loves bananas. Thank you! So making these for her tomorrow! :)

Liz December 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

I went to Babies R Us last night to register for baby Lucie. I came home and had a hormonal breakdown right when my husband walked through the door. This post made me feel so much better! Seriously, I owe you one.

HEAB December 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Liz,
I’m so glad this post helped – registering for baby items is so overwhelming! I had no idea what I needed or which products would work for us. Try not to stress. This stuff just makes that first year with baby easier – all Lucie will really NEED is love, clothes, and food…oh and a car seat to bring her home from the hospital. :) Again, don’t worry, everything will fall into place and you’ll be ready for her arrival.

Amelia @ Eating Made Easy December 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I just popped over here to look for an old overnight oats post, and I saw that YOU’RE BACK!!! I had no idea you were back in action on HEAB, what delightful news. Big congrats on the arrival of your twins, and hope all is well!

HEAB December 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Amelia,
Thank you and yes, I’m back at HEAB. So glad you are too. Enjoy your oats! :)

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