It feels premature to do this post before Sissy’s arrival. Perhaps I will post version 2.0 once she is born and I’ve been reminded which items are the most helpful. We have few needs since this is baby #2, but I am enjoying the opportunity to buy pink, sparkles, and all things girly.
I started packing my hospital bag weeks ago. With both babies I have kept a bag in the corner of the closet for me to throw random items in as I come across them. My OCD nature will probably have the process complete by 32-34 weeks. One item in the bag? These sweet hats. Two hats for $5.95 is one of the best prices I have found, but I am coveting these knotted hats from Gap. Newborns cannot regulate body temperature well so it is important (especially in the winter) to ensure they don’t lose too much heat via an uncovered head.
Having a January baby means preparing for cold weather. Tights and leggings so she can still wear dresses. A friend reminded me last week of how wonderful these side snap bodysuits are with itty bitty ones. I prefer them during the day. Matching up snaps is not for the fainthearted and bleary eyed, so zipping footy sleepers are my nighttime preference.
Muslin swaddle blankets. Versatile. All-weather.
3-ply prefold cloth diapers. I actually use these as burp cloths. Chipmunk had reflux so the cutsie, thin burp cloths weren’t absorbant enough. We had a sitter who refused to use anything but the thin ones (until I hid them) and they were disgusting by the time I got off work. Grossness warning: they were a crusty sheet of nastiness. We did not have that problem with the prefolds. Hopefully Sissy is not afflicted by reflux, but we are prepared if she is! If she is reflux-free, though, I wouldn’t mind something like this…
Since I plan to breastfeed and will be returning to work, pumping is an almost certain part of my future. It’s exhaustive work but worth it. A hands-free pumping bra makes all the difference during those collective hours. It made such a difference last time. I used it with this pump.
We were big fans of the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor with Chipmunk. Husband and I are debating between using it again with Sissy and transitioning to a video monitor. I have my reservations about the video monitor because of how easily they can be hacked. Husband is having a hard time convincing me it is the way to go. I’m sure he would welcome any arguments that might convince me to convert!
Then there are the fun, unnecessary items. Like a bunny sweater.
Or a chandelier for the nursery.
And baby headbands. A classmate from college runs this shop. She opened it in honor of her daughter, Nella, who was diagnosed with SMA Type I as an infant. (You can follow her journey here). WeAreCutieCouture has a wide selection and is another favorite of mine.
That’s probably more than enough for today. Enjoy your Friday and have a wonderful weekend!