We are in major baby watch mode over here—I’ll be 39 weeks tomorrow! Baby watch has been an interesting thing this time around. With the twins, baby watch took place in a hospital. It was actually the best place to be on baby watch because I was literally at the right place, at the right time (I was on bedrest). With this pregnancy though, the uncertainty of when labor will start (and if it’s anything like last time, when it starts, it starts) and where has been interesting! Will I be on a client call? In the shower? At Target? I keep telling people this, but what happens if I’m in line at a drive thru, with cars ahead of and behind me? Tunnel out? Open the door and start running? Sheer ridiculousness, I know, but these are the things that are going through my mind!
We are as ready as we will ever be for this baby. We’ve got baby stations set up all over the house, clothes are washed and put away and the house is somewhat clean and organized. Heck, we even have a new-to-us minivan now sitting in our driveway.
When it came to taking stock of all of the gear, we had A LOT to choose from thanks to hand-me-downs from the twins. I always joke that our third floor rivals the inventory of Buy Buy Baby. Even so, there were a few things I felt like I needed that I didn’t have last time. And probably more interestingly, there were lots of things that I didn’t feel the need/want to bring out again (and are awaiting new homes).
So without further ado, here are some new things I hope we’ll love and some old things we decided to leave behind (to store, to sell, to give to a friend, etc.)
What I Bought For Baby #3
These are things that I hope will solve some things we had with our twins, but never quite found the right solution. I think at a certain point with the twins we were so tired of needing new gear (whether we borrowed it, bought it, etc.) that we “made do” on a lot of things.
1 – Solly Wrap in Baltic – We absolutely loved wrapping our twins, especially in those early months, so when Baby #3 came around we knew we would wrap again. We had Boba wraps for the twins and while we liked them, they got HOT in those summer months. The fabric is really thick and sturdy. So this time around, I went in search of a super light, breathable, but still-sturdy wrap. Nearly everyone said the Solly, so fingers crossed it works for us!
2 – Mini Fridge – Don’t laugh! Aaron brought home a mini fridge for me a couple of months ago and set it up in our master bathroom. I did a lot of pumping with the boys and Aaron has “fond” memories of stumbling down the stairs at 3 AM to put the milk in the fridge. And let’s be honest—I’m excited to have more drinks at arms’ reach.
3 – Lanolips – Please tell me I’m not the only one that uses Lansinoh Nipple Cream as a lip balm. It’s amazing! However, whipping out a big tube of nipple cream in meetings and while out-and-about got me my fair share of stares. Plus sticky fingers! I found this stuff called Lanolips that solves all of that for me. Same thing inside, but in lip-friendly packaging.
4 – Books, books, books! – With the twins’, the night feedings were hard on me. They were lonely and was when I most felt the pangs of PPD. I think a lot of that had to do with me constantly staring at my phone and browsing mindlessly through social media and random celebrity gossip sites. I found that when I read a book or listened to a podcast it was a huge mood lift and I actually began to look forward to those night sessions with just me and my babes. So this time, lots of books are at the ready.
5 – Haakaa Manual Breast Pump – While it says “pump,” I hear the Haakaa is less about pumping and more about catching leakage/extra milk on one side while nursing on the other. I am so excited about this little contraption because before I always felt like so much milk got wasted at nursing sessions. Plus, it’s only one piece! Fingers crossed.
6 – Fawn Design Diaper Bag – When I went back to work after I had the twins, I was met with the constant “bag shuffle” every morning, transporting my wallet and other important things from the diaper bag to my work bag. So, I went off to look for something that did both. My parents got me this for Christmas and it’s been awesome! Both as an “adult” bag (I took it to Scotland!) and as a diaper bag.
7 – Hipp Stage One Infant Formula – I have no idea how breastfeeding will go this time around. I always made enough for 1.5 babies with the twins, so we split it between them and supplemented the rest. I am not a formula snob by any means, but I’ve heard enough about this darn Hipp formula to be intrigued. It’s expensive, but if it means happy babies I’m sold. I figured we’d buy a box (it equals about 1.5 of the tubs sold here in the US) and give it a try.
8 – Baby Bjorn Bouncer – We never were super successful at finding a good “baby holder” for the boys when they were super young (hence all the wrapping), until we were at a friends’ house and we got to try out her Bjorn bouncer. My goodness it was magical. When we saw one pop up at a local online auction for $45, we grabbed it.
9 – Simple Wishes Handsfree Pumping Bra – This is a case where sometimes I get a little too committed to DIY-ing. You see, I attempted to make a handsfree nursing bra on my own, which meant taking a $5 sports bra from Walmart and cutting out holes for the flanges. And then I was so committed to my DIY that I used those bras the entire time. And they sorta worked, but in the end, I wish I would have gotten the real deal, which would have saved me a lot of time and frustration.
10 – Extra Boppy Cover – We always needed an extra cover (one was always in the wash!) with our twins, but never pulled the trigger. I spotted this one from Madly Wish and knew it would be the perfect back-up.
What I Left in Storage (aka Gear I Can Live Without, At Least For Now)
11 – Keekaroo Diaper Changing Pad – I have mixed feelings about this Keekaroo. The positives—cushy and excellent for wiping down (no laundry required). The negatives—it’s HUGE (doesn’t fit on a standard changing table, for example) and the surface gets really cold. I remember my boys always jumping a bit when I laid them down, which bothered me. So it’s in storage for now.
12 – Infinity Scarf/Nursing Cover – I could never figure this thing out. No matter how much I yanked, pulled and twisted, I was always 1″ away from a nip slip. I like to cover up when I nurse, so I’ve learned good ‘ole muslin blankets are the name of my game.
13 – High Chair – This one sort of makes me sad! Don’t get me wrong. We loved this BLAMES chair from IKEA—both its function and how it looked in our house. We used two of them for at least a year. But in the end, we found that our boys were much happier (and much more willing to eat) when they were seated at the table with us. Plus, without the chairs, we’ve been enjoying the extra floor space. With Baby 3, we’ll probably pick up one of those clip-on seats that attach directly to the table.
14 – Mixie Bottles – Oh lord. Yes these things are cool and they spoke to my planner, type A heart. It’s a way to measure out formula and water and store it all in the bottle until it’s ready to be mixed. Yes, they worked, but they were a huge pain to clean. Plus, so expensive. In the end, we kept it simple and stuck with Dr. Brown’s.
15 – Diaper Bag – This is another tricky one! Yup, we liked it. And used it a ton! But it doesn’t meet my need to have an all-in-one handbag/diaper bag requirement. I’m guessing we’ll still use it, especially for trips, but for now it’s retired.
16 – Gathre Play Mat – I bought into the hype with the boys (noticing a trend?) but in the end, it wasn’t the right thing for us. I’m a big fan of spot treating and washing things, which was tricky with the bonded leather material. Plus, it got hot! A good ‘ole blanket or quilt works better for us.
17 – 4moms mamaRoo – I’m sort of already regretting labeling this a retire—haha! We had an older model with the boys and while they loved playing with it, Teller was so-so on the motion. The brand gifted me a newer model several months ago, so we’ll try it again, but I haven’t brought it downstairs and set it up. I’m trying to stick to my “tried and true’s” before I resort to bringing down more gear, if that makes sense.
18 – Fisher Price Bouncer – This little seat is soo cute (ours had a lamb on it) and comfy, but my kids could never get comfortable in it. I think it was the recline angle. We’re covered from a bouncer perspective anyways, so this is another thing that will stay behind.
What about you? What’s the gear that you wish you had, or stuff you loved so much you wanted more of? Would love to hear your thoughts. I guess what this list doesn’t cover is the gear I had with the twins that I really loved and plan to use again. There’s tons! I’m itching to get back to home decor posts, so maybe another day. 😉
Pssst… Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!
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