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1. Travel System
A car seat is an obvious requirement for a baby, but picking a good one without breaking the bank can be a challenge. This Graco FastAction Fold Click Connect Travel System is very similar to the one we got for Raley. The stroller folds up like a breeze and is easy to transport. The car seat has been incredibly durable and is still going strong after two babies. We ended up buying 2 extra car seat bases (one for David’s car and one for my mom’s since she keeps the girls) for easy transport between cars. Remember to always check the expiration date on your car seat if you plan on reusing your car seat for a second baby or buying second hand. For good information on car seat expiration check out this site.
If you are having your second child and are looking for a double stroller, we love this one. Our Graco car seat clicks right into it without any difficulty. You can actually put 2 car seats in it at once, so it’s perfect for twins as well!
2. Muslin Swaddle Blankets
Aden and Anais Muslin blankets are my favorite. They are so soft, lightweight and breathable. However, I prefer to use these as blankets rather than to swaddle with.
As for swaddling babies to sleep, I prefer to use the swaddlers that velcro. My babies would always wiggle their way out if I just used a blanket. I loved these because it kept them all wrapped up and cozy and they tended to sleep better. I like the SwaddleMe brand and the HALO SleepSack Swaddle.
|Newborn Audrey sleeping soundly in her swaddler|
4. Boppy Pillow
This pillow was a life saver! It is not only is it great for nursing moms but it’s great for dads or anyone else who is feeding baby or holding them for an extended amount of time. Even if baby only weighs 7 pounds, your arm still gets tired!
|Raley laying on her Boppy Pillow. For “lounging” I prefer the Boppy Lounger, but definitely loved the Boppy
Pillow for feeding/holding baby.
5. Boppy Lounger
The Boppy Lounger is something we didn’t have with Raley but were glad we had with Audrey. It’s similar to the Boppy Pillow but doesn’t have a hole in the middle. It is a round pillow that sinks down in the middle so baby can “lounge” (hence the name!) Audrey would sleep right beside me on her lounger multiple times a day while I pumped. Super comfy!
|Audrey snoozing on her Boppy Lounger|
6. A good swing
When babies are itty bitty they tend to want to be moving or held while sleeping. They’re still getting used to being outside of Mommy’s belly where they were (obviously) in close quarters and almost always moving. Therefore, most babies love swings! We borrowed a swing for Audrey and she seemed to really like it. Two great swings that friends have spoken very highly of are the Fisher Price Snugabunny Swing and the 4moms mamaRoo
|Fisher Price Snugabunny Cradle ‘N Swing|