I am so in love with this little guy, that it makes my heart hurt at times. The smile on his face is my home. As first time parents, we have gone through our share of baby products. (Sometimes we even had doubles) Some have been major fails and others we can’t stop recommending to others. Today I’ll be talking about our top FIVE favorite baby gadgets and where you can purchase your own.
1.) The Mamaroo
As most of you first time parents know, constant movement is a newborns ideal environment. In the womb, our little cubs are used to the movement of our walking. When they come out of their little nests, they are craving that movement. So if you are up to rocking twenty-four seven then more power to you (sleepless) mama. But if you find yourself wanting a device that can do at least one of the many mom jobs for you, the MamaRoo will be your best friend. We purchased our MamaRoo at Buy Buy Baby for $249.99 but you can purchase yours here for only $239.99 and as always two day free shipping if you have Amazon Prime.
4moms, mamaRoo, Baby Swing, Multi Plush
2.) JJ. Cole Wrap
Baby wearing. It’s the new hip thing; even if you don’t care about the studies done on baby wearing and it’s effect on your baby, you will LOVE the idea of being hands-free. Who doesn’t? I mean it’s the reason we like Bluetooth in our vehicles and the reason we buy robotic vacuum floor cleaners. We are the generation of HANDS-FREE. So what can be better than being hands free and having your little one right next to your chest? Baby wearing is a great way to do your skin to skin while getting chores done around the house. Not to mention it can be more convenient to wear your baby then to push around your stroller. Tight spaces anyone?
Most baby wraps are a long piece of material that needs to be wrapped around mama bear. The JJ Cole wrap is pre-wrapped and just requires you to put it on like a t-shirt. So instead of spending fifteen minutes trying to wrap a (3) yard long material around me and my cub, I place on my JJ Cole wrap and I am out the door. The JJ Cole wrap is $39.99 at Buy Buy Baby but if you purchase through this link it is only $29.82.
JJ Cole Agility Stretch Carrier, Black, Medium
3.) JJ. Cole car seat cover
We live in a pretty mellow climate. Our winters aren’t too rough but there have been some chilly days thus far. I am thrilled that we received this cover for our baby shower. My LO hates blankets and jackets. So instead of having to bundle him up on cold days, I just use our JJ Cole carseat cover. This cover is insulated with soft fleece and the outside material is weather-resistant. It also offers a removable top for temperature control. This cover keeps my little guy nice and toasty. His naps are always ten times better because he is comfortable. You can get the same Graphite colored covered that we have here JJ Cole Car Seat Cover for Infants, Graphite
4.) Motorola Baby Monitors
I see you. Baby monitors can be every moms best friend or worst nightmare. With all of the hacking and surveillance going on in our country, baby monitors can be a scary thing to invest in. I mean, who in their right mind wants cameras in their home that any creep can tap into. While researching baby monitors, Seth and I wanted to be sure we purchased a product that was going to be the safest for our family. We looked into many products but most were hosted on wifi and device apps. This was a little scary for us, specially being first time parents. We finally came across the Motorola Baby Monitors.
These monitors are a two way communication, which means I can talk to my little one through the monitor. They also offer lullabies and room temperature monitoring. You can tilt the cameras and zoom in. My favorite feature is the infrared night vision which allows me to see our little guy even if the room is dark. You also have the option of inserting an SD card in order to record. I think this is an awesome option especially if you have someone babysitting your cub. The package we purchased came with two cameras but you are able to link up to four cameras (sold separately). The monitors are usually $229 at Buy Buy Baby. Luckily, we were able to snag ours during Black Friday for only $150. Although it’s no longer Black Friday you can still pick up the monitors for the great price of $172.98 here Motorola MBP38S-2 Digital Video Baby Monitor with 4.3-Inch Color LCD Screen and 2 Cameras with Remote Pan, Tilt and Zoom
5.) The WubbaNub
I was completely against pacifiers. I worried about crooked teeth and reliance on a sleep aid. Everything changed when I was unable to breastfeed as long as I wanted to. Most babies choose to pacify on their mamas; since I was unable to, the pacifier was going to have to do. Being completely against BPA, I wanted to be sure that whatever we placed in honey’s mouth was clean and clear from chemicals. I came across the WubbaNub and loved the idea of the attached stuffed animal. We never lose our pacifier (Yay for us!). Not to mention, he has grown attached to his elephant (Elfie). As always, there are tons of stuffed animal options to choose from but I died when I found this Wubbanub Infant Pacifier – Baby Penquin
6.) HoMedics MyBaby Soundspa
My husband and his family love white noise. After marrying my hubby I was doomed to sleep with a fan every night because he needed the white noise. Well, lets just say that I have been sucked into the fan club. We knew that little guy would start to get used to white noise but wanted to avoid a stuffy nose from the use of a fan. The Homedics Soundspa was given to us at our baby shower. This awesome machine not only has multiple sound options, it also has a projection light. It comes with three different disks that have either animals or shapes on them. The projection is a corral and keeps baby entertained for hours. This product has been a lifesaver when trying to put baby to sleep. Out of all the products discussed today this one is my FAVORITE. And $17 for a good night sleep makes this mama happy. myBaby Soundspa Lullaby Sound Machine and Projector
7.) Marpac Hushh Machine
This is a to-go option for a sound machine. Seth and I are out and about pretty frequently, which means baby has to nap in his car seat. Because he is used to sleeping with his sound machine at home, the Marpac Hushh machine is a great option for us. It includes three different sounds and a volume control. It also has a night light which is awesome when we are in the car late at night. Marpac Hushh For Baby, Portable White Noise Sound Machine, Electronic, Gray
8.) Hazelaid Amber Necklace
Amber necklaces have become the granola mom go-to. There are many over the counter options for teething such as tylenol and numbing aids but if you are interested in taking a more holistic approach, the amber necklace is a great choice.
According to Bouncy Baby Boutique, a former seller Baltic Amber teething necklaces, it’s the succinic acid, a naturally occurring component in amber that makes it so effective. “Succinic acid is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and a central nervous system calmer. It is so effective on babies and small children because it simultaneously eases their pain while also having a strong soothing effect on their nervous system – all with zero side effects!”
We chose the brand Hazelaid because they offer a hazelwood/amber combination necklace. The hazelwood is known to help with acid reflux and tummy pain. Our LO has suffered with acid reflux since birth so we figured we would get the combo. We have noticed a great difference with the teething necklace.
Please be aware that you should never allow your little one to sleep in the necklace nor should you place any soaps or lotions on the necklace. The amber necklace is never to be sucked or chewed on. You can clean the necklace with warm water. I highly recommend visiting Hazelaid’s website to purchase your necklace to read more about their product. They are currently running a special offer for 10% with the coupon code (RIGHTNOW). Hazelaid does offer some simple amber options on Amazon and they can be found here Hazelaid (TM) 12″ Pop-Clasp Baltic Amber Super Butter Necklace
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Well there you have it, folks.
These top eight products have gotten us through the first four months of baby’s life. I would be lost without them. All of them in their own way have made being a mom a much easier job. If you are a first time parent or maybe a return parent please give thought to these products.
Also, I would love to hear from you on your favorite baby product. Comment below.