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Five New Baby Must-Haves

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I call myself a veteran mom, but realistically, I’m no Michelle Duggar.  However, I did roll out three children faster than New Line Cinema rolls out trilogies.  And as my fellow vet-mom Angie once told me over milkshakes at midnight in a burger joint in Washington, DC, “Just like anything else, you get better with practice.  You can get better at parenting.”  Take heart, new mom.  It is so true.  I recall staring at newborn Rembot, hyperventilating slightly because I had no former experience with babies, and I was surely going to injure her while getting this teeny tiny onesie over her teeny tiny head.

Not quite four years later, I can change a newborn diaper on my lap in a pitch dark room while reciting the Preamble to the Constitution and pedaling a recumbent bicycle.  NBD.  Not that I’ve perfected it all (points to unfolded laundry; gestures towards toddler dancing on coffee table), but what little wisdom I have, I’m happy to pass along.

Making humans since 2008.

I’ve compiled a list of things that you MUST MUST MUST HAVE if you’re planning on having a new human any time soon.  I’ve pared down a lot and I avoid buying something just because a parenting magazine or a convincing Babies R Us employee swears I need  it.  Baby bathtub?  Don’t have one.  I just bring Minnie right into the shower with me.  Special diaper genie?  Nah.  I just throw it in the garbage and we take the garbage out daily.  Super heavy carseat into heavier stroller system?  No.  I’ve saved my back and my spine by forgoing these.

These things I list below?  If I had to, I’d give up my next three meals for them, and I’m not one to pass on a meal… ever.

*Note.  No one has paid me for inclusion.  They don’t even know that I’m writing about them in this post.  These are items I’ve seriously tried and seriously loved.  Edit: A year later, and this article is still going strong.  While no one has paid me for inclusion, the below links have been updated to include affiliate links.  :)

Okay, here we go.

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1) Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle.  Three kids in, and I’m terrible at swaddling.  This thing is beautiful.  It velcroes right into place and keeps babers warm at night.  I’ve purchased fleecy ones for winter time, and cotton ones for summer.

2) Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse.  What?  Someone gave this to you at your baby shower and you chucked it somewhere in your basement cause you deemed it to be kind of creepy looking?  No no no no no nooooo!!  Quick.  Run down to your basement, retrieve the seahorse, say you’re sorry, and then offer it a Slim Jim.  Love this seahorse and it will love you.  More likely, it will emanate a soft glow and play gentle music.  Your baby will look lovingly at it and then ZZZZzzzzz.  I love you, Baby Seahorse.  Please stay in this crib and never ever leave.

I want to love you (P.Y.T), pretty young thing…

3) White Noise.  Yes, your babies should get used to sleeping through noise, and Minnie certainly will snooze while her sisters are tap dancing to a Bruno Mars song (don’t ask; it’s Lola’s fault).  Buuuuuut, white noise has saved my life a few times, so I’m not about to kick it out of bed.  We’ve used white noise in all forms.  1) A purchased white noise machine.  2) Jack did an audio recording of our vacuum cleaner, looped it, and then burned it to a CD.  3) A 12 minute track of ocean waves purchased from iTunes, then burned to a CD.  Edit: Now we use the White Noise app for the iPhone.

Love them all, and now I use it to sleep, because I find that Mommy Spidey-Senses will pick up every.little.noise.  My girls are notorious for being loud breathers (they snore while they’re awake.. it’s a harmless larynx condition.. we’ve seen an ENT, don’t send me any hypochondriac emails, please, I love you), so this helps me fall asleep.

4) Wubbanub.  Whatthewhat?  WUBBANUB.  It’s a stuffed animal attached to a pacifier.  The stuffed animal provides a teeny bit of weight so the paci doesn’t fly across the room all the time.  And it’s cute and it’s extra cute when Minnie clutches it.  I chose a cat.  Why a cat?  Because after the Scratchy incident and the home intruder incident, I feel like it’s only appropriate that a cat becomes an indentured servant to someone in my household for the next year or so.  :D

5) A carrier that won’t kill your back and doesn’t take five years to strap onto your body.  I’ve used several kinds of carriers before.  Slings didn’t cut it for me, and neither did Baby Bjorns.  Lately I have been loving the lillebaby carrier, because it has a sweet little setting for newborn carrying.  As in, I brought Minnie home from the hospital, slapped this puppy on and carried her around, arms-free.  It straps around my hips for extra support so it’s easy on my back.  And now I can do dishes, or, more likely, eat chili dogs.  Update: Still love the lillebaby for newborns, but now that Minnie is bigger, I am hopelessly devoted to the Ergo.

There.  My five must-haves.  Get them; buy them; love them.  Come back and hug me.

What would you add to this list?  Do you like onions on your chili dog?  (The correct answer is yes.)

If you liked this post, I reeeeally think you’ll like Surviving the Third Baby and 7 Game Changers for Parents.  #:)

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79 Comments

  • Reply Mel June 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Sheesh Roo, your kids are too cute! I’ma pass this onto a friend of mine – she’s expecting in September, and even though she has one of the ridiculous car seat/stroller/crib combo things, (not that heavy, I’ve faffed with it in/out of a car, round a zoo for a few hours), she’s still getting bits. This should help her!

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Haha, thanks, Mel! :D

  • Reply Caitlin June 17, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    And I thought I was the only baby who fell asleep to the sounds of a vacuum cleaner. I do not enjoy it anymore.
    Roo, do you have an i…device? Like an iphone or ipod? I have an ipod touch, and I have to say my FAVORITE white noise app is called “Sleep Pillow”. It has a few sounds, and you can purchase a “better” version, but I love the water noise (I call it “water against some rocks noise”), and fall asleep right away with it. I mean seriously I just pass out. It’s awesome! :D

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Caitlin, I have an iPhone, and I used to have Sleep Pillow. Loved that thing! :) Lately I’ve just been playing a cd of ocean noises. :)

  • Reply kelly June 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Darryl did the recorded vacuum on loop for our firstborn! Musician husbands. :)

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Hahahahaha, yesssss. Cut from the same cloth.

  • Reply Tara June 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    It’s been awhile since we had a babers (love that term) around here…ahem, my one and only kiddo is 7. But, I remember fondly the things we HAD to have and wouldn’t leave home without them.

    The sleep sheep. Back then it was made by Lionheart, I think other people make them now. It strapped onto her crib and had 5 settings (ocean sounds, womb sounds, heartbeat, white noise, meadow) that we could set it to and it would play for 5 minutes and then fade out. We used that little sucker to put the kiddo to sleep until the sound box died. She preferred womb sounds, heartbeat & white noise.

    The bouncy seat. When nothing else would calm the kid, this thing would. We had variations at every house we went to.

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Sleep sheep… sounds amazing. We do a bouncy seat, too. She likes to sit in it and stare at the ceiling fan. :)

    • Reply Monica June 18, 2012 at 12:42 am

      We love the sleep sheep around here too. It came for christmas, when baby was 6 months old and I don’t know how we made it the first 6 without one! It travels with us too.

  • Reply Ingrid June 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    white noise is the bomb! we love the white noise so much we have a machine in each of our rooms :D also, i lurve my bouncer seat and bring it from room to room. kitchen counter when i cook, dining room table while we eat, garage when we watch big bro play outside, and bathroom floor while i shower :) and i like the bjorn, but it does make my back hurt after a while. i need to check out that lillebaby carrier!

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Ohhhh yeah, we do have a vibrating bouncy seat… that needs new batteries. :P

  • Reply Tams June 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I have to second all of those, just switch out the seahorse for a twilight turtle and the wubbanub for a pacimal (it can be used with any pacifier not just the soothes) and lastly switch out the lillebaby for my Boba 3G (although I am admittedly searching the lillebaby right now). The Boba is good for 7-45 lbs and has a strap to hold my purse on my shoulder, if it came with a utility belt that held my coffee travel mug I would need to marry it. Oh and add “baby legs” so you don’t have to get him/her nakey for those middle of the night diaper changes.

    Your girls are beautiful!

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Oooh I may have to check out the Boba. And thank youuu!

      • Reply Jessi June 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

        I love my Boba! I got it for my birthday when my then 9 month old was getting too tall to be in a front carrier without headbutting me.

      • Reply Kristen July 12, 2012 at 3:25 am

        I looooove my mei Tai!!! I got mine from myblessedbaby.com but she has since closed her business… I loved it because she quirked it a little by making the seat a little thinner to be easier on the babies legs and. She added a pocket, pacifier strap, and changed it from four straps to two tops straps ( straps make adjusting and versatility limitless!!!) and an adjustable buckle belt that goes from 20″ to 57″ the belt buckle made putting it on sooo much easier!!! I still wear my four year old in his during long hiking and walks when he gets tired when we are out so I don’t have to push a stroller!! I just looked and it looks like the boba is pretty close to being the same design… I just can’t tell if the bottom is straps or buckle!! You won’t go wrong w it if it is the same as my mei tai

        The other thing that I had to have and have gotten my sisters and brother was an itzbeen… It is a baby care timer that keeps track of how long “IT’S BEEN” since a nap, diaper changing, feeding etc so you don’t have to try to remember after all of your middle of the night parties your baby demands!!! http://www.itzbeen.com/. It has a light on the top so you can use it as a night light while nursing and it also has a L and R switch so you remember what side you nursed on last!!! It has a clip on it so you can clip it on your diaper bag, pants…. Wherever you need it to be!! Gotta have one!!!

  • Reply KristenK June 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    My kids had Wubba Nubs…and I used a beanie baby to make one when we lost one at the mall!

    One thing I wish they had when Jack was born was the Fisher-Price Rock-N-play… That was a life saver with my happy spitter.

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      You know, we had the FP Rock + Play for Baby Shark, too. Miss that thing.

  • Reply Alison@Mama Wants This June 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Is my baby the only one who doesn’t like the Sleep Sheep? He does like the sound of the air conditioning ducts so….

    I would marry the Fisher-Price Newborn-to-Toddler Rocker, it was a lifesaver for my first (when he was 6 months & had an awful cold, it was the only place he could fall asleep in). My second LOVES it and naps in it often. Also, fab for taking with me into the bathroom (yes, keep far away from the water source, of course) when I have to take a shower and no one is around to look after the baby.

    OK I need to go hunt for the seahorse! (sounds like I may want to marry it too)

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I’m going to have to check out this rocker…. :)

      • Reply Tams June 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

        Ohh we have the newborn to toddler rocker too! It is fantastic and the only way I showered for the first year I swear. My almost 2 year old still sits in it daily.

  • Reply Liz June 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    White noise for sure. Fisher-Price newborn to toddler rocker is fabulous. Bought it 7 years ago when pregnant with Luke and it has been passed down to Hannah and now is in heavy use rotation by Charlotte. It vibrates, it reclines to infant position and when they are older just fold the leg down and it is a rocker for toddlers. I love it. I don’t love that it has an ugly barn and cow on it from 7 years ago but whatevs, I slap a pink blanket on that thing and call it a day. ;)
    Hmmm, what else? GAS DROPS! Walmart has them the cheapest – generic and less than $4 for a 1 ounce bottle. I have a acid reflux gassy baby and those things are life savers. When she is screaming her brains out and is too upset to even take a pacifier, I give her a squirt of drops and pop the paci in and she is happy as a clam.
    My son loved Baby Einstein- the DVDs and the CDs – classical music would hypnotize him and he really was the calmest baby on the block. I need to try this out with baby #3. I forgot about all the tricks! ;)

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Baby Einstein CDs! Forgot about those. Heading to amazon now. Thanks, Liz!

  • Reply Missy June 17, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I LOVE that the Sea Horse is #2 on your list.
    Ok, my new found (wish I would have had it since babers #1) MUST HAVE item is a Nosefrida. It’s a super duper snot sucker, one that will make all other snot suckers hang their sorry little heads in shame. It *seems* a little gross because you use suction from your mouth to suck it out but I pinky promise you will never EVER get snot in your mouth. My #3 had super intense chronic runny noses and once my aspirator from the hospital broke from too much abuse I bought about 5 more that were totally useless. Then I discovered Nosefrida and my life was forever changed. Check it out mommies, you won’t be sorry.

  • Reply Rachel June 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I totally agree with them buuuuuuuuut I also must say that a video monitor is AMAZING and although you can live without it’s a 99.9% almost must. We have one and I couldn’t really do without now that I have done with. There’s nothing like the show that goes on when no one is looking. My husband and I have spent nights watching the tiny screen with the most captivating interest again and again.

    I agree with the seahorse 10000%. My son is 2 and he has spent every night with it. I want to hug my step-aunt or what ever she counts as for getting it for him. I often think, “I should send her a 2nd thank you note because of it’s awesomeness.” I think a lot of things though.

    The white noise. Uh YEAH! We have 2 of the giraffe things (1 for travel and 1 for home). Can’t live without them.

    Ok sorry about almost needing to start a blog myself length of this reply.

    • Reply Monica June 18, 2012 at 12:45 am

      I’ve wanted to send out 2nd thank you notes too! The first ones I sent were “yeah, thanks…” the 2nd ones would be “this is amazing! we use it all the time!”

  • Reply Jennifer June 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I passed this on to my sister-in-law, she’s due any day now with their first. She loved the Wubbanub, I think I’ll get her one as a gift! Thanks Roo!!!

    • Reply Roo June 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Sure thing, Jennifer! :)

  • Reply Monica June 18, 2012 at 12:51 am

    That carrier looks neat. I love my ergo (ok the infantino version of the ergo!), the bjorn (ok the cheap version of that one too… well I tried both on at the store and the infantino one was lighter so I decided to save the money and the weight) was good when he was little but not anymore!! I don’t wear my baby that much, but I never drive anywhere without a carrier in the car. We live in the middle of nowhere and god forbid I break down and have to walk a mile to get help while carrying a monster of a baby hahaha. Great list!

    • Reply Roo June 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks, Monica! Seriously, a good carrier does wonders for my productivity… and sanity. :P

  • Reply Tracie June 18, 2012 at 1:56 am

    That seahorse reminds me of those glowworms that used to be popular when I was little. I never had one. Maybe I should get myself a seahorse…

    • Reply Kirby June 18, 2012 at 4:07 am

      They still have glow worms but they look different from when we were little. Each of my girls have one (diva#1 wasn’t giving hers up).

      • Reply Jessi June 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

        Yeah we got a Gloworm too because of a happy childhood memory I had. Looks cute enough but the song is waaaaaaay shorter than Seahorse’s.

    • Reply Roo June 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      I never had one either!!

      • Reply Tracie June 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        I’m taking some solace in the face that I wasn’t the only glowworm-less kid. Ha! ;-)

  • Reply Leah Butler June 18, 2012 at 4:29 am

    The vibrating chair. Oh yes, I bow down to you vibrating chair. You are the bread to my butter. You were the only thing that would keep my daughter in dream land and the sleep of the dead for more than a couple of hours. So her cute little booty slept in that for a couple months right next to our bed. And mommy got 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

    I miss you vibrating chair – but not in a creepy way. LOL

    And I have been eyeballing that seahorse creature for a few weeks now…but wasn’t sure if it would stack up to the ultimate glowing creature – the GLOW WORM. And so am waffling back and forth on the fence between sea horse and glow worm. Which creature says “I’m a bad ass baby, don’t funk with my sleep patterns” more? Hmm….

  • Reply Rochelle June 18, 2012 at 10:41 am

    My daughter is almost 5 years old now and STILL sleeps with her Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse every night! She LOOOOOOVES it.

    • Reply Roo June 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Awww that’s so sweet! The bigger girls seem to like Minnie’s seahorse, too. :)

  • Reply Megan June 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This post was AWESOME! I am due in January with my first, so I am totally making a list of these things for my registry! I have heard (and seen) how great the sleep sacks are, but I never would have guessed about the sea horse!! Thanks!!!!

    • Reply Roo June 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Congratulations, Megan! Hope pregnancy is treating you well!

  • Reply Amanda June 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I was one of those people who was given the seahorse and kept it in the box thinking “what a joke”. After reading this I pulled it out and put my 5 month old down for his nap with it. Not a single peep! I wish I would have used it sooner! I also have struggled with the baby bjorn lately (he is 5 months old, 19lbs and 30″) and had never heard of the Lillibaby. Well, I just bought one and hope it is as amazing as it sounds! After the seahorse, I will try anything that you have loved!

    • Reply Roo June 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      HA! Amanda, I’m so glad it worked out for you!! xo

  • Reply Rachel S. June 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I second, third and forth on the Halo Sleep sacks. I had to extend mine because my 2nd has out grown their length, but not width. I would say with my first the must have was a wipe warmer, but not so much with my second.

    • Reply Roo June 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Seriously, I should buy stock in Halo.

  • Reply Melissa June 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Swaddle blankets are a must and God Bless whoever designed that seahorse!! It is a lifesaver! Since I pregnant with #3 I will check out the Wubbanub and the carrier for sure! I’ve been making babies since 2008 as well ;0)

    • Reply Roo June 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Woohoo! Let’s start a club, Melissa! :)

  • Reply Andrea June 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I had the Fisher Price Waterfall soother that hangs on the side of the crib, complete lifesaver! Had one when my older ones were little that projected rotating stars on the ceiling, My kids LOVED it but the darn thing broke after 2 weeks!! Exchanged it for a new one, it also broke after 2 weeks, gah!!! wait, got sidetracked… Bouncy seats! My first were twins so bouncy seats were life saving! And the #1 necessity for having a newborn… Realizing that you don’t have to raise your baby the way you think everyone is expecting you to! take advice with a grain of salt!

    • Reply Roo June 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Ohhhhh Rembot loved the waterfall soother, too! And yes, your #1 is great advice.. go easy on yourself. :)

  • Reply Jennifer June 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Aden and Anais swaddle blankets, even if you don’t know how to swaddle. They are soft and comfy and BIG. My kids still use them. They just get softer and better with every washing.

  • Reply Lindsey Mattei June 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I suck at swaddling too and have used those for my little ladies…. thought Isla is quite the squirmer that she still busts out of them. :)

    • Reply Roo June 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      I’m sorry that Isla is a superhero and you can’t hang.

  • Reply danielle m June 19, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    That seahorse?? You are so right. SO very very right. This list pretty much covers it. The only thing I could think to add would be that snap and go thing for the car seat. You take the carseat out of the car with sleeping baby in it, snap it into the swing, and the baby sleeps forever. Lifesaver!!

    • Reply Roo June 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Oooh. Good one, Danielle!

  • Reply Christina June 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Word to big bird on the seahorse – that thing is a lifesaver! Its my gift for every single baby shower.

  • Reply Kristina July 11, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    My 15 month old used/uses all of these! I would add the Sophie Giraffe though! We cannot go anywhere without her..life saver for teething!

  • Reply Lindsay Durrenberger July 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    ACK. I’m 8 days out from my due date and I only have one of the aforementioned items. (Wubbanub, natch.)

    Oh noooo! Why did I just find this?!

  • Reply Carol October 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    After having two babies, I have to say my must-haves are rechargeable batteries (and charger) and a set of tiny screwdrivers! Perfect gift for the first time Mom. She might look at you funny, since it’s not fuzzy or pretty, but before long she will thank you profusely and think of you multiple times a year for many years to come!!

    • Reply Jess September 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      AWESOME IDEA

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  • Reply Leslie November 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I cannot say enough good things about the Rasberry! Seriously if you have one that is teething or getting ready to, go get it NOW! It’s like a pacifier, but instead of being smooth its very bumpy- like a rasberry. I kid you now they will chew on it for HOURS, we wen’t through about 4 and I tell everyone I know about them!
    I also love my sound machine, I have used it since college, and bought one for my babes when she was born.

  • Reply Lauren November 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    1. Rock N Play Sleeper
    2. On the go Sleep Sheep
    3. Swaddling sleep sacks
    4. Nasfreida for sure! Best snot sucker ever…
    5. BOOKS!

  • Reply Ashley December 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Apparently I’m the odd duck (and so are my kids). None of them liked any form of a swaddle so all our sleep sacks went un-used. White noise machines or any of those musical toys helped them sleep. The two that took pacifiers rejected the wubbanub. And I LOVED my ring sling and still use it with my 20 month old. (the only kiddo it didn’t work for was my new son because he has a clubbed foot and the brace he wears makes it tricky for carriers).
    But…
    I loved my infant tub and just laid the kids in it inside the shower with me so I didn’t have to hold a slippery baby.
    I love love love my diaper champ (like a diaper genie, but takes regular trash bags) since taking the trash out means taking it down a flight of stairs and going around the building to the dumpster.

  • Reply Dalyne February 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I came a cross this post last night and after two nights of not sleeping I decided to hunt down this seahorse, I just bought it today and used it 10 minutes ago, it is the greatest purchase of my life. Thank you!

  • Reply Cassie February 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    If you have a smart phone you can download “sleep sounds” or “white noise” apps for free!

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  • Reply Jess September 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Six weeks ago we had baby #2, and this one has different rules!

    #1 (our son) loved:
    Fisher Price vibrating swing, called a Seat and Eat or something. It locks still if you don’t want motion.
    Nuk pacifiers
    Halo Sleep Sack
    Happiest Baby on the Block CD – hairdryer noise

    #2 is a princess and has very few desires (but very little patience for unrequested items):
    bouncing on a bed or exercise ball
    toys that make the crinkly plastic noise
    those giant gauzy swaddle blankets that make a nice tight baby burrito
    baby Bjorn carrier

    The good news is I think she’s going to like the Bumbo chair really soon. The boy didn’t really take to it, so it’s in near perfect condition :)

  • Reply Angela October 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I need to sincerely thank you for this post. My 5-month-old daughter had been going to sleep at night with no issues up until a week and a half ago. I happened to read this post again today and went and purchased the Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Soothe and Glow Seahorse to see if it would help. She was asleep within 10 minutes! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This post saved my life and I really appreciate you writing it.

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  • Reply Anna December 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I was just searching your blog for new mom posts because I’m expecting :) and came across this post. I have one question. How do you bring the baby into the shower with you?

    • Reply Roo December 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I just keep the baby close against my chest while showering. Totally best to do with another adult in the room for the first time or two. :) And congratulations!!

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  • Reply Janelle April 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

    My 3rd loves the Wubanub but I didn’t use it as much as the regular Soothies because I wasn’t sure about the best way to clean it. I threw it in the laundry sometimes, washed the binky part by hand many times, but maybe you have a way I hadn’t thought of?? I need to decide whether to buy another for #4–I am optimistic that she will also take a binky. Those things (whatever brand my babies prefer) are lifesavers!!! That said–here is my list:

    1. Pacifiers (any kind the baby will take)
    2. Pacifiers
    3. some sort of sling/carrier (I like the 7 sling once my babies were old enough to sit up and got it dirt cheap)
    4. bouncy seat
    5. Pacifiers

  • Reply lindsay May 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    you suggest to place the seahorse in the crib with a baby??? as much as it might be a convenience, i am under the impression from doctors and internet alike, you are never to put anything into the crib with a baby until the child is at least a year old. so, why not leave the seahorse in the basement a while longer and invest in a decent mobile or cd player?

    • Reply Roo May 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      I do. Our pediatrician gave us the okay. Feel free to check with yours!

      • Reply Flip April 30, 2017 at 11:55 am

        As I’m finishing reading this post, I find myself stopping to reflect to see how authentic I am at being myself, esaclipely in my online efforts. I feel I am doing a pretty good job in that respect, though I know that even a few months ago, I may have been trying to be more than I was.Thanks for making me think, Jackie!

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