In honor of her birthday, I've compiled a list of our top 10 favorites. These are items #5-#1.
Did you miss items #10-#6? Read it here (EDIT)!
#5. Grandma El's diaper rash cream
Emma went through a giant diarrhea spell around 6months and it lasted for over a month. Grandma El's diaper rash cream saved her soft little tooshie! It smells good and goes on better than Desitin. It is also safe for cloth diapers, meaning it doesn't affect the absorbancy of the diaper.
#4. Puj sink tub
While we only used the Puj sink tub for 3 months (after Emma's umbilical cord fell off), it was great. I liked that I didn't have to bend over to wash her, especially while I was still healing from delivery. The tub actually fit in our sink (unlike the big blue one that she uses now). It has a soft, rubbery surface that is nice against the bare skin, and unfolds flat for easy storage and drying.
#3. Itzbeen timer
I use this EVERY DAY! I've always used the Itzbeen buttons a bit differently than what they're designated for, but it totally works and keeps my "mom brain" from forgetting how long it's been since I nursed/diapered/started a nap. At the beginning, it was so hard to mentally calculate anything, I was so tired all the time. I also relabeled some of the buttons with a piece of tape, to keep track of how many minutes I was nursing on each side. Nowadays, I only use it while nursing to keep track of how long between feedings.
#2. Miracle Blanket swaddle
Emma was a "spirited baby" (according to the Baby Whisperer) at the beginning. She hated sleeping. She wanted to be awake all the time looking at everyone. The Miracle Blanket totally helped. I bought it on a whim from Zulily. I could never get the hang of swaddling with a normal blanket, she'd cry and cry and cry. If she slept, her arms always escaped and she'd wake herself up. This eliminates operator error. We only used it for about 5 months (because the pediatrician suggested we wean her off around 4 months old), but it was a great relief.
#1. Phillips Soothie pacifier
(at 3 weeks old)
Ah! Done with the Top 10! Did you use any of the 10 items yourself?