- BioGaia Probiotic Drops w/ vitamin D: We started using these drops when she was about three weeks old, but I wanted to put them to good use before I shared my thoughts. I'm happy to report that they've been great! Early on, we worried that Presley might have colic, and we were ready to take any and all tips from people we knew. My sister told me these drops were really helpful for my nephew and although a bit pricey, they have been totally worth it. $30 per bottle may seem like a lot, but when it comes to keeping your baby happy and well, no price tag is too big. After trying a few things, we found that they were the most effective option for us. We've been using them for three months and will continue to use them!
- Leg warmers:When I received leg warmers as a gift, I was a little disappointed. They were so cute, but she wouldn't grow into them until we were approaching summertime in Memphis. Heat and humidity. Yuck. But to my surprise, they came in very handy! She wears a long-sleeved shirt, socks, and leggings to sleep every night. They keep her just warm enough, and they make changing her diaper in the wee hours of the morning much easier than a onesie or pants.
- Boogie Wipes: These wipes are gentle on her nose, and they make clean up easy. We keep a pack at both changing stations in our house. They're usually used in conjunction with #5 on the list. :)
- Lansinoh Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra: This is obviously a mommy item, but it counts. I would be lost without this thing. Whether I'm pumping at home or at work, I can continue whatever I'm doing (like typing this blog post right now!).
- Nose Frida: When you can't teach a baby how to blow her nose, the struggle is real. In our pre-baby married life, I was completely fascinated with this product, and S was completely repulsed. But guess who uses it all the time? YEAH. He sings the praises of the Nose Frida now. At the sound or sight of a single boogie, he is the first to say to her, "Time to Frida!" It works so well! Presley seems to find it funny. She smiles and holds still while we suck out the nose monsters.
- Kirkland baby wipes from Costco: Hands down, the best baby wipes, in my opinion. They're strong quality and easy on sensitive skin. The up&up brand at Target is slightly cheaper, but they're thinner and smaller, so we end up using more of them at a time -- which means we're not actually saving money. Costco to the rescue! (We also use Kirkland diapers.)
- T.L.Care Mittens: Press was in mittens consistently for the first two months. We stopped putting them on her when she was about nine weeks old and I was able to trim her tiny baby nails without worrying I'd cut off her entire finger. The T.L.Care brand mittens are the only ones that would stay on her hands. I know there are Velcro mittens or babies, but these were much cheaper, and they worked perfectly.
- up&up brand from Target: Other than the baby wipes, I'm all about the up&up baby items at Target! We buy diapers, diaper pail refills, and breast milk storage bags at Target. Same quality as the big name brands but for less money. It's a no-brainer.
With three close friends and two co-workers expecting right now (four of which are first-time parents), I know I'll be asked what our necessities were for Presley. I know, because I asked my sister and friends questions all the time when creating the baby registry. Instead of racking my brain to remember, I can refer back to these "favorite" posts.
That's all for today. I get today off from work in observance of July 4th, so I'm going to get back to lovin' on this cute little baby that now rules the household. Party on, and be safe this weekend!
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