Saturday, July 21, 2012

Lifesavers: Baby Products - Take 2

I am behind on 115,763 blog posts--or at least it feels that way--and because I am so behind I don't feel like I'll ever get caught up.  So today I am just going to blog about something easy peasy: my favorite baby products.  I did this blog post after I had Hattie and I still use and recommend all of those things too.  These are just some new faves I've found with baby number two :)

These are in no particular order other than how they pop into my head, ha!

Product #1 Swaddle Me Blanket

So two of my sisters-in-law used these with their babies and recommended I try them with Holden.  Let me tell you, if you want some good rest during the night, buy one of these!  Holden L.O.V.E.S this thing and she has slept like a champ (we are talking 6-8 hours here!) since she came home from the hospital.  It keeps her warm and cozy all night and prevents her from having the startle reflex that wakes so many babes up.  It is awesome!

Yep, we call them paci's (as in short for pacifier) here at The Pack Clan :) Hattie took a paci for a little while and I knew that I wanted Holden to do the same.  When she was first born she really liked the green hospital one (you know, the massive green sucker fish type) so I knew that the Gumdrop paci's would be great for her.  They are similar to the green beauty's but are scaled down in size (so they can breathe, ha!), come in cute colors, and they even have yummy scented ones like vanilla! How cool is that?!  Yeah, get some!

When I had Hattie I was way more into fashion than function and there was no way I would EVER put a paci clip on those cute clothes of hers!  How embarrassing right?!  Well, I grew up a little and realized that I was dumb and function can be soooo nice!  Because Holden loves her paci so much we need it close by at all times.  In comes the paci clip.  It keeps her paci with her wherever she goes and helps prevent many of those unwanted meltdowns in Target.  Not to mention that it keeps her paci nice and clean because it's not falling on the ground every .05 seconds and its not stuck at the bottom of the diaper bag.  Whoever invented this $5 piece of goodness deserves 1,000 hugs!

I received this as a gift from a friend at work and I was super excited about it from the start!  For one, I love that it is small and compact and can easily be put away when not in use; it literally folds in half!  We recently took it with us on a trip and it fit great in our trunk because it lays flat and we could put our luggage on top of it with no problem.  Holden has been sleeping in this since day one and always seems so snug.  I like that it keeps her propped up yet her head is secure in the little headrest.  I keep it right by my side of the bed and if she starts to stir I can just rock her back to sleep.  Yep, that's right, it even rocks!  It's like the modern day bassinet and it is wonderful!

With Hattie it was Huggies or bust.  But someone gave us a pack of these puppies for Holden and I was sold!  The newborn size has this miracle mesh liner that keeps all the mess in one place.  With how many gazillion diapers you change with a newborn it's no fun having to wash all their little stained clothes too.  Seriously I can't even tell you how impressed I was with these diapers and I wish that the mesh liner was in all Pampers diapers because it works so well.  Try these for yourself and I swear you won't be disappointed--it's all about the mesh and not the mess, ha!

If you shop at Costco then you know, just like anything else that you buy there, these wipes are BIG!
I've tried all different wipes from the WalMart brand to Pampers and these are my all time favorite.  They aren't super thick so you can take a lot with you on the go in your little wipes case. But like I said, they are large in size so often times you can clean up baby's mess with only having to use one wipe, instead of 20 like some other wipes that are only the size of 1/2 a square of toilet paper.  They are also very soft and scent free so I have no problem wiping little noses or faces with them too. They also come in to-go packs with the pop-up lid thing so you can throw a pack in your car and wipe down your dash with them too--like I do, ha!

If you have been on the fence about getting one of these bags, seriously, just get one.  I'm not even embarrassed to say that I have 6 of these bags (4 different types/styles) because they are the best around.  They come in the most beautiful patterns and lush fabrics and that's not even the best part. PPB has, without a doubt, mastered the art of the diaper bag.  Their bags are spacious, have pockets galore for all of your needs (and then some!), have a matching diaper pad and wipes case, and most styles even come with stroller clips and backpack straps for hands-free mobility!  I can fit absolutely everything that both the girls' and I need in these bags--diapers, wipes, blankets, outfits, nursing cover, burp rags, medicine, bows, wallet, phone, bottles, Kleenex, and a mini cosmetic bag.  I literally no longer carry a purse because these look so chic and it just doubles as a purse for me.  I can't say enough about them!  Now, I know they are a bit pricey, so here's the best part, they do an online outlet sale twice a year!  Woot! Woot!  Just go to their website and sign up for their email alerts so that you will be notified of the next sale! There.  Now you don't have any excuse not to get one. Or two. Or six, ha!

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