As you are reading this I’m probably running around like crazy getting things ready for Charlie’s 1st Birthday Party on Saturday. Where does the time go? I feel like I was just in the hospital cuddling with my newborn, and now I’m chasing him around the house trying to stop him from destroying everything in his path! Although this year has been a whirlwind, it has also been filled to the brim with love and joy.
As I was reflecting on this past year I started thinking about some of the baby products that we loved. I always enjoyed reading these sort of posts when I was pregnant or a new momma, so I thought I would share my top five favorite baby items with you!
Ergo Baby Carrier
This was by far my favorite and most used baby item with Charlie. I wore him in this almost every single day. When I would go to Target or the grocery store with both kids it was much easier to wear Charlie and have my hands free to push the cart, help Drake, etc. I also preferred to wear Charlie in the Ergo instead of pushing him the stroller when we went on walks. I loved how I still was able to snuggle with him while I went about my day-to-day activities. I seriously don’t know how I would have survived my first year without this item!
Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets
I cannot say enough good things about these blankets. I loved how soft and big they are. They work great as a swaddle blanket as they are lightweight and stretchy. They come in all sorts of cute designs and colors and are my new go-to baby shower gift!
Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper
We used this instead of a bassinet. Charlie slept in the Rock’ n Play (RNP) in our room for the first couple months. Charlie was a big spitter, so the incline of the RNP helped keep him more comfortable. I really liked how it would fold up flat so it was super easy to throw in the car when we took a trip to Grandma’s house.
Baby Jogger City Micro Stroller
We bought this stroller when Drake was about six months old and have used it with him or Charlie ever since. This stroller is a great alternative to an umbrella stroller. Although it is a little pricey ($200), the use we have gotten out of it has made it well worth the splurge. The stroller is very lightweight and folds up totally flat so it hardly takes up any room in your trunk.
Pottery Barn Kids Chamois Fitted Sheet
With both Drake and Charlie we decided to forgo the bedding sets and just go with a simple fitted sheet. When I found these sheets at Pottery Barn Kids, I knew I had to have them. Both of my boys loved to rub their faces against the velvety fabric. The other thing I love about these sheets is how well they have held up. I have two sets and they have been in constant rotation for the last four years without any sign of wear. I wish they made these in queen size for my bed!