As I approach Penelope’s first birthday (by the way, whaaat?!) I’m thinking back on all the baby stuff that helped make this last year a little easier. Here are a few that I could not live without:
Favorite Diapering Product: Keekaroo Peanut Changer
Hands down this has been my favorite product this first year. I saw a stat that said in the first year you can expect to change 3,360 diapers. Yep, that’s about right. I don’t know about all your little ones, but in our house when the diaper comes off that’s apparently the best time to “go.” This changing pad is a solid surface so all you need to do is wipe it clean – that’s it, no pad replacements, no laundry. We L-O-V-E it!
Runner Up: OXO Perfect Pull Wipes Dispenser
One-handed open, one-handed pull, one-handed close. Did I mention you can use this product one-handed?
Favorite Feeding Product: Tommee Tippee Easi Roll Bibs
I’m already doing her dishes after each meal, so with these I quickly clean her bib, too. No dirty bib stockpiles. I have two and that’s all I need.
Runner Up: Boon Pulp
Penelope is very independent. We went through a phase where she refused to eat anything I gave her on a spoon, she wanted to do it herself. This infant feeder allowed her to feed herself before she was ready for finger foods.
Favorite Nursing Product: Bebe Au Lait Muslin Nursing Cover
Nursing covers can be thick, ugly, and really hot for both mama and baby. This nursing cover is thin, breathable, and comes in cute patterns.
Runner Up: Pack-It Cooler
Being on the road most of the day for my job meant I had to pump in strange locations, and sometimes I didn’t have access to a refrigerator during the day. This Pack-It cooler allowed me to be out-and-about for the whole day without having to worry about the cooler getting too warm. I went through a few different coolers until I found this one that actually stayed cold all day.
Here are a few miscellaneous things that I have loved over this last year too:
Favorite Blog: Coffee & Crumbs
I laugh, I cry, I sigh, and that’s all in one article. This collaborative blog is so real, relatable, and refreshing. Look it up, you’ll be glad you did.
Favorite Food: Kind Bars
How I sustained myself for approximately 3 months.
Favorite Book: Baby 411
I read this cover-to-cover before my daughter was born (insert nerd emoji here). Having that bank of knowledge to draw from, especially in the very stressful early days, was so helpful for me. Knowledge is power, especially when you haven’t slept in 3 days.
Favorite 4moms Product: breeze playard & the infant tub
I love all of the 4moms products, but I can honestly say that I’ve used the breeze playard every single day since Penelope was born. She slept in the bassinet next to our bed every night for three months. Now I keep it just outside the bathroom as a safe play space for her when I take a shower.
My husband, Dan, is a HUGE fan of the 4moms infant tub, so I needed to give it some props here, too. Dan takes on the fun task of giving Penelope her bath every week. Initially, an infant tub doesn’t sound too thrilling but in his words: “I was a rookie, but this tub make it really easy for me to know that I wasn’t messing it up. I felt safe knowing I had the right temperature water for her. Plus, that reservoir where I could scoop the clean water to rinse her was an unexpected bonus that I didn’t think would be such a big deal.”
So these are the things that really helped make this challenging first year just a little easier. I’d love to know: what were your favorite, can’t-live-without products that you used in the first year?
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Written by Nicole C., a 4moms brand ambassador and FOLD contributor. Read more about Nicole here.