I remember registering for my baby showers when I was 6 months pregnant and having a legitimate panic attack as I drove away from Babies R Us. I had just spent hours tagging item after item that I apparently needed, ad yet I had no idea how to use any of them! I didn't have this same reaction after registering for my wedding, because c'mon - who doesn't know how to use a dish?
To give you pregnant moms some insight in to the items that you will absolutely love and use every single day, I've compiled a list of my favorite MommyStop Must Haves - enjoy!
1. Skip Hop Pronto Diaper Bag & Changing Pad
Cloud b Sleep Sheep On The Go
Mr. L was only 11 weeks old the first time we traveled far from home for an extended period of time. My Mom had the bright idea to bring some things with him, especially sleep items, that he would find familiar when we were in a new place. Unfortunately, at this time in Mr. L's life, he hadn't latched on to anything particularly special. I was planning on bringing blankets that had a familiar scent on it, but I wanted to bring something more soothing. I stumbled upon The Sleep Sheep while out shopping one day, but it seemed humongous and just kind of annoying to pack and bring with us. The smart people at Cloud b must have known this would be many parents' opinions because they developed a smaller sleep sheep, called The Sleep Sheep On The Go which is perfect for traveling. We started using this device a couple of weeks before our big trip and when we were on our journey we used it any time Mr. L needed to go down for a nap and it worked flawlessly. Of course, there is one very large draw back to The Sleep Sheep - it has a time limit of 27 or 45 minutes which doesn't make any sense to me. I don't know why it doesn't just play and play and play until someone manually turns it off, and I know several children who have woken up as soon as it turns off! But for Mr. L that wasn't the case so I would definitely use this item again.
Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets
At $49.95 for a box of 4 blankets, The Hubs thought I was certifiably nuts when I brought these home one day. But once I wrapped Mr. L up tight in the most perfect swaddle he'd seen since our days in the hospital, he was hooked on these blankets as well. Yes they're expensive (But I believe Target sells some now for a much more affordable price), but they are amazing. The fabric is so lightweight that you don't have to worry about your baby getting too hot while they are playing "baby burrito" inside. The quality is top of the line and even after using them day in and day out for over six months with Mr. L, they still look as good as new. Aside from being used to swaddle your baby, these blankets are so large they are great for laying on the ground for a picnic, or draping over the stroller or carseat to protect your child from the sun. Aside from their fabulous features of functionality, they are also adorable and whenever baby #2 comes about, I can't wait to have another set to wrap him or her up in!
Little Giraffe Luxe Blanket
We were given a Little Giraffe blanket at one of our baby showers, and when I felt it and saw how nice of a blanket it was, I laughed to myself thinking "why would I ever let a baby use this?" I assumed that having spit up, pee and other bodily fluids come in contact with this luxurious miniature throw would ruin it, but considering that Mr. L has used it since his first week in this world up until now and it's been covered in more substances than I care to mention and has been washed in the washing machine one thousand times and is still just as luxurious as it was the day I took it out of it's fancy little box, this item is a definite must have!
I've got more Mommy Stop Must Haves up my sleeve, but for now hopefully this will get all of you new Mommies some ideas for what goodies you'll need!
For you veteran Moms, what has been your favorite baby gadget? Leave a comment and let us know!