A Squared: Month Three of Motherhood: My 10 Favorite Items

Monday, July 25, 2016

Month Three of Motherhood: My 10 Favorite Items

It's hard to believe that it's here already, but Hannah is 3 months old (!!!) and I'm back at work (:-/). It's been an adjustment to say the least, but Hannah is at our home all day with a sweet nanny and another baby girl from the neighborhood so it's about the best any new mom can hope for from a childcare situation-- short of winning the lottery and being able to stay home and work when and where I please.

It's also hard to believe how much she's changed in just 13 weeks of life. [Most nights] she sleeps like a champ, she smiles and giggles and "talks" up a storm, and she recognizes Alex and me (and now Clery too), which has been so fun for us. With these big changes in Hannah and in our day-to-day routines, I thought it was about time to check in and share some of my favorite products with you again. I got great feedback from you guys on my favorite newborn and new mom items previously, so today I'm sharing 10 of the things I have found to be the most useful as the new mom of a 3-month old.





SkipHop PlaySpots Foam Floor Tiles - We spend a lot of time on the floor these days. Hannah loves kicking around and is coming to terms with the necessary evil that is tummy time. These tiles are perfect for making our hardwood floors baby-friendly and this parent-friendly color scheme and pattern is such an upgrade from the brightly colored alphabet tiles you'll typically find.
Little Remedies Little Tummys Gas Relief Drops - We are really lucky that Hannah is a generally good baby-- and good sleeper. That all changes when this poor thing has gas though. She can cry for hours trying to relieve her bloated little tummy. TMI, I know, but these gas drops are a lifesaver! They seem to calm her almost immediately. Every new parent should have a bottle in their medicine cabinet.
My Baby by Homedics SoundSpa On-the-Go - We took Hannah to my parents' place in Michigan over the 4th of July holiday and it was her first overnight away from home. The first few nights were tough, but having this little travel noise machine with us was super helpful in drowning out the noise of the busy house and making bedtime feel a little more familiar.
Melissa & Doug Soft Books - Hannah is finally taking interest in toys so I have picked up a few new ones for her recently. These soft books are a new favorite in our house. She loves the different noises and textures and these Melissa & Doug books are especially great because they have words and short stories that she'll actually pay attention to when we read them to her. 
Dr. Brown's Bottles - Now that Hannah is with a nanny during the days, she's taking bottles for a good chunk of the day. We have tried a few but these are by far the best. They are specially designed to help control how quickly she drinks (which helps with the aforementioned gas and with spit up) and these little 4-oz. guys are the perfect size for her right now.
Burt's Bees Baby Shortalls 2-Pack - I proclaimed my love for Burt's Bees Baby organic cotton products in one of my previous baby roundup posts and I still love them. These little rompers are perfect for summer play-- casual, soft, and breathable.
Bamboobies - At my baby shower, I received a few boxes of disposable nursing pads so I figured I was set for the long haul. Wrong! Especially in those first weeks, you will blow through those boxes in no time. And that gets wasteful and expensive quickly. These soft bamboo pads are washable and reusable (better for the environment and your wallet), plus they look smoother under a shirt too. Tip: Use the disposable pads for the first few weeks until you get used to nursing as the bamboo fabric sticks to chapped skin. Once your body gets acclimated to nursing, start using the Bamboobies and don't look back.
Fisher-Price Deluxe Auto Rock & Play - I already sang the praises of the Rock & Play in my last product roundup, but after those rough few nights away from home that I mentioned I am giving this product more kudos. Hannah's restless first few days in the Pack and Play had me ready to pack up and head home early. In a desperate attempt to keep us (or really, Hannah) there my parents generously bought the deluxe Rock & Play (which can rock on its own and includes a white noise feature) for their house. And she slept for a five hour stretch that night... Seriously, it was a miracle.
aden by aden + anais swaddle blankets - These swaddle blankets are so great for summer babies. The bamboo muslin material is super soft and lightweight, so they're still comfortable but also not sweltering when you're wrapping up a baby on a 90+ degree day. I especially like this set because the neutral color scheme makes it a perfect gift for any baby!
Medela Quick-Clean Mirco-Steam Sterilizing Bags - One of these bags came with my breast pump set, but I have quickly come to rely on them for more than just sterilizing my pump parts. These bags are great for sterilizing bottles and pacifiers and are a real life saver when traveling. Just wash the items, pop them in the bag with some water, and microwave for a few minutes. It's really easy and super convenient if you're at a hotel, grandma's house, or even for moms (like me) who have to pump at the office.


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