Since Mini is 1 now, I thought I’d do a recollection of things that I would not have wanted to do without with her, or when she becomes a possible big sister.
Here’s a compilation of things that she and I both loved!
*Comfort & Harmony Bouncer – she didn’t so much love the bouncer itself, because quiet frankly I couldn’t sit her down for more than 15 minutes at a time when she was still li’l enough to stay in it. (Keep in mind that she was mobile and crawling at 5.5 month). However, she LOVED the vibrator that was removable. I had to tuck it under her swaddled feet and later against her side until she was probably 9 months old, and even now, sometimes to put her back to sleep I’ll cut it on.
BaaBaa Sheep – was definitely a favorite of hers! She loved this toy! And still does! It was definitely her favorite for a good while. And then we lost it, and had to wait to order a new one… It was quiet dramatic.
Cradle / Swing – We were blessed with 3 different swings (all from our great friend & dentist along with a walker, a jumparoo, and other goodies), but this was definitely the favorite! It has 3 different positions and several different song/noises to choose from. She loved the side to side motion. Some nights it was all I could do to put her in that and allow it to rock her to sleep while I soaked up some much needed sleep myself. Again, she didn’t want to be anywhere but my arms during the day for more than 15 minutes, but sometimes this gave me a few more minutes.
Fuzzy Blankies – Bean LOVES her blankies! We have 4 of these (different colors of course, in fact you can see them in most pictures above). These were perfect for swaddling her with as a newborn, and we’ve always covered her with one since. She is very attached to a crocheted blanket my bestie made, but we always cover her with this at night too. And now, she insists on having all 4 of these pulled out along with her favorite and the 2 backup crocheted blankies! This girl is a blankie fool! So at any given time, there are 7 blankets strewn around my house! Usually in one big pile or being dragged around by her…
bottles – I nursed her exclusively for a good bit, and had to start supplementing when she was 4 weeks old. Even with my strong pursuit & desire to only breastfeed, my milk supply never agreed. I used these bottles, and I don’t know if she just wasn’t a gassy baby, or if the bottles really work, but she never (or not that I remember in the fog of Mommy brain) was colicy or gassy using these.
Sippy cup clip – I use these so often! To keep her from throwing it in the car, or throwing out of the shopping cart or stroller! Keeps them within her reach and off the yucky ground!
organic puffs & organic yogurt melts – these were some of her first “finger foods” and snacks she still love! I didn’t have to worry too much about the sugar content and other fillers/nutrients in other puffs & melts having these! They also make gluten free puffs! But these are kale, spinach, and greens!
Busy Toy – She use to love this during tummy time, it was definitely a favorite, if not the favorite toy. Once she started using her hands, she would spin the li’l balls and things all around! Now, she carries it around like a gigantic rattler and bangs it on stuff. Ha.
And that’s all I can think of for now, but I’m certain there will be others that come along!