We'd read the books, taken the classes, watched videos and talked with friends and family for advice. But alas, all the gear, research and planning can only prepare you so much. We've only been parents for about six weeks, but already I know which products work for our little guy and what was a waste of time or money, so I'd like to share with you a few golden pearls of wisdom from this new mom.
White Noise apps The photographer who took Owen's newborn photos used a white noise app on her cell phone to soothe him while she snapped pictures. The calming rhythms of rain falling and waves crashing helped him settle down when he was upset and have continued to work wonders in the car and when we're putting him to bed at night. We've each downloaded the apps on our phones and iTouches. We take the iTouch with us in al outings!
|Cloud B Sleep Sheep Plush Sound Machine|
|Summer Infant Video Monitor|
Video Monitor Our friends suggested this one to us and I'm so glad we got it. I can be downstairs in the morning having coffee while Owen is still sound asleep upstairs in the bassinet. I like that I can't just hear him, but see him too. Eventually this will be even more golden when he takes regular naps in his crib so I can get things done around the house.
|aden + anais muslin burpy|
Burp Cloths A friend gave us these and they are the best burp cloths. They are more absorbent than any of the other burp cloths I've tried, and if you have a spitter you know absorbency is a top priority. The other great thing is that it doubles as a bib so you can snap it on your little cutie to catch any unexpected spit up too.
|Infantino Jittery Pals Baby Toy|
Stroller Toys We have the little mouse and he has become Owen's little best friend. We clip him onto the carseat in the car and stroller, onto his bouncer and crib. He just recently began noticing toys and really responds to this one. He seems to like the vibrating, colors and rattling noise the mouse makes. We might need a few more of these!
Babies change so quickly and so do the toys, gear and strategies they enjoy. What works this week to entertain and soothe Owen may not be what works next week. I know I'll be back again soon with a whole new list as I continue to discover new products and as Owen continues to grow and gain new interests.