It seems like all of the NEW things I have in my life right now are baby things, so the majority of my favorite things today are probably going to fall into that category. Hip Hip Hooray!
O N E
Harper is formula fed. When my other kids were babies we would fix up bottles every night with water and then have those little plastic compartment things where you put the formula to make individual bottles. It was just our nightly ritual before bed. Well now I have a new nightly ritual. I grab my Dr. Brown’s Formula Mixing Pitcher, fill it up with water, add the formula, and MIX. So easy. (We don’t fill it up all the way, we only make as much as we can use before the window to keep made up formula runs out) I put it in the fridge, and then I can just pour the pre-mixed formula in to the bottle, warm it up a teeny bit, and we are good to go. The pitcher mixes the formula up super smooth. When I was shaking the bottles I was creating a lot of air and the formula wasn’t mixing very well. When she’s done with her bottle, we wash it and set it on the drying mat for next time. Mixing bottles individually isn’t hard by any means, but this is something we’ve really enjoyed having and we use everyday.
T W O
I am a nervous momma. I can’t help it, I really try to not be so anxious about everything. It drives people who know me crazy, but.. oh well. My motto, I’d rather be safe than sorry. Again, back to when my other kids were babies, I would have the hardest time falling asleep at night because I wanted to watch them to make sure they were breathing. I was always touching them to make sure their chest was rising and falling (I actually still do this with Tristan and Kate, I guess old habits die hard). I had seen some advertisements for something called an Owlet Monitor and I did lots of research on those while I was pregnant with Harper. The price was really steep, and some of the reviews made me doubt my decision on wanting one of those, so I looked for something else. A friend of mine mentioned a Snuza Movement Monitor that clips on to Harper’s diaper. The price was a lot less and it had really good reviews, so I got that instead.
I am in love with this monitor. It flashes every time she takes a breath, so I can just look over at her and see the light and know she’s breathing. I don’t have to turn on my light, get out of bed, and go look at her or put my hand on her chest. You can even have it make a little sound with each breath as well, if you’re in to that. If she were to stop breathing, the monitor will vibrate and make a sound to sort of startle her to get her breathing again. I think sometimes babies just forget to breathe, and this gets them back on track. Once that happens, if she still doesn’t start breathing, the monitor will set off an alarm. We’ve had it vibrate twice, and we’ve had the alarm go off once. To say I’m thankful for this little clip on monitor is an understatement. It’s so valuable to me, especially now. (I usually button her clothes over top of it, but left it out so I could take a picture – I didn’t want you to think that it had to be on the outside like that!)
T H R E E
Tristan had a little puppy named “Scout” when he was a baby. You could personalize it to say his name, talk about his favorite food and colors, and play games with him. One of our favorite features on Scout was his night time music. This really became a blessing to us when we moved to Hawaii from Florida. Tristan’s schedule was allllll kinds of messed up. Scout was something he knew and was used to, and that night time music was our saving grace during that time. When Kate was born, some friends of ours got her the girl version called “Violet”. LIFESAVER. We still have Tristan’s Scout and Kate’s Violet stored away with other things I refuse to throw away.
When we found out we were pregnant, one of the first things on our shopping list was a Violet for Harper. When we played the songs and things it brought back so many memories of when T & K were younger. It felt comfortable to listen to, like an old friend..haha. I think if we had 10 babies, each one would have their own Scout or Violet.
F O U R
I am obsessed with swaddle blankets. O B S E S S E D. They come in the cutest designs imaginable. And they’re so soft, and so BIG. I feel like we use them for so many things. We really didn’t swaddle much with Harper. She’s a great sleeper on her own, and she likes to have her feet free. (I’ve noticed) BUT, we still use her swaddle blankets everyday. A friend of mine had a baby girl 1 month before Harper was born and she sent us the SOFTEST mermaid swaddle blankets I’ve ever seen. There’s just so much to love about them. Some of my favorite places to get swaddle blankets are Little Unicorn, Clementine Kids, and Spearmint Love. I usually give swaddles for baby shower gifts. Some of Harper’s favorites are below!
F I V E
I saved the best for last today. Tristan and Kate have been the best helpers to me since Harper has been born. They are so attentive to her, and it’s really nice having two extra sets of hands sometimes. How did I manage before? haha. It may be a weird way to think of it, but I’m so happy I was able to give Tristan and Kate this experience. They are thrilled to death to have a baby sister and I’m so happy they’re at an age where they can really remember what life was like with Baby Harper, and how much they loved having her around.