One thing Iâ€™ve noticed about Round 2 â€“ we use a lot less stuff. Maybe Claire is just an â€˜easierâ€™ baby (true) or maybe weâ€™re just more low-maintenance in general (definitely true, too). But there are some things that I canâ€™t imagine getting through each day without. Hereâ€™s a list of the gear we love!
I refused to consistently swaddle Henry because I didnâ€™t want to make him â€œdependentâ€ on it. This time around, I feel like, â€œSCREW IT. I AM WILLING TO DO WHATEVER WORKS.â€ Guess whoâ€™s been sleeping better? Yup. Me (and Claire!). I was using light, cotton swaddles, but MomHTP suggested I try to find a fleece one. I love this swaddle because itâ€™s super comfy-cozy and doesnâ€™t seem so â€œtrappyâ€ â€“ just snug. Also, itâ€™s a sleep sack as well, so you can unzip it from the bottom and change a diaper without unswaddling the baby. The first time I put Claire in it, she slept 8 hours straight but has since done a bunch of 4 and 5 hour stretches.
I started off with a bassinet that a friend loaned me but soon switched to the Armâ€™s Reach Co-Sleeper. This thing is amazing. You can â€œrollâ€ down one of the sides so there is only a small wall between your bed and the babyâ€™s, which means you can look in at the baby without sitting up (score!) and keep your hand on the babyâ€™s chest without having to awkwardly drape your arm over a high side. Also, I think that, because thereâ€™s no big bassinet wall between you and the baby, the baby sleeps better â€“ she can see you instead of just looking at a wall, and she can hear you better, too. It feels like youâ€™re in the same bed without being in the same bed (which, personally, make me nervous, and I donâ€™t sleep well). Also â€“ the mattress on this is significantly thicker than the bassinets Iâ€™ve used, which I think helps sleep, too.
Same one that I used last time â€“ I still love it. Itâ€™s a great pump. Itâ€™s fast, efficient, and I havenâ€™t had any problems with it over 8 months of exclusive pumping with Henry and daily pumping with Claire.
Actually, I owe you all a breastfeeding post because I know some people are interested. Basically, things are going better than they did with Henry. I do a combo of breastfeeding (usually in the mornings and during nighttime wake-ups) and bottles (during the day when weâ€™re out). Itâ€™s a combo that works well for me. My master plan is to pump off an extra bottle every day and will probably stop breastfeeding Claire around the same time I did Henry (Iâ€™m thinking six to eight months is when Iâ€™ll hit my limit) and then wean her, switch to frozen milk, and then transition her to formula after my frozen supply runs out. Iâ€™m comfortable with this plan â€“ and that makes me happy because the entire Henry feeding saga made me very unhappy.
The Boppy lounger was one of my favorite products with Henry, and I love it for Claire, too. I ended up buying a second one (one for upstairs and downstairs) and itâ€™s worth every penny. Itâ€™s super clutch when you need to put the baby down somewhere (like when youâ€™re getting dressed in the middle of the hallway before driving your toddler to school, as in the pic above!).
This is one of those weird parenting tools that you canâ€™t imagine youâ€™ll need and then canâ€™t imagine living without. Claire gets a lot of boogers (I think because of the heater being on all the time), and this gadget (plus some saline spray) makes removing them super easy.
Iâ€™m sure there are tons of great swings on the market, but I still really like our old one. Mostly because you can rotate it three ways so the baby can be swung in different directions. Swings are a LIFESAVER. Again, I am less worried about making Claire â€œdependentâ€ on sleep aids as I was Henry (I just want to effing sleep!), so we use freely the swing for calming, falling asleep, and some naps. With two kids, itâ€™s especially useful â€“ like having two hands!
Another thing we loved with Henry and love for Claire. In fact, I bought her another pair so she has her brotherâ€™s old ones and some newbies. These booties are SO great because, unlike baby socks, they do not fall off. Ever. She wears hers every single day. (Side note: they shrink a bit in the washer/dryer, so order size 6 months for a newborn and after a washing, it will fit fine with tons of room to grow).
Here are Henryâ€™s baby gear postsâ€¦ Itâ€™s funny for me to read these â€“ I no longer use a diaper bag [a big purse works just fine] or a baby bathtub [I just get in the bath with her or bathe her in the sink]. Henry hated the swing and his Boba carrier, but Claire loves both!