Looking for Advice

I am still solidly in a nesting phase, but what with feeling awful lately, it has looked more like a lazy nesting phase than anything.  The other day when I was nesting by looking at baby stuff online, I decided to start listing all the baby items I thought we needed to replace or get more of before this one is born.  Fortunately that list is pretty short.  The other list I made isn’t so short, though: the “wants” list.

I feel like as an experienced mom giving it another try, I can use my wisdom from going through this once to make my experience even better the second time around.  I’ve been evaluating all the baby stuff we got for PJ that worked great and what didn’t work so well.  I’m trying to remember that certain things may have worked or not worked partly because of his special needs when he was so tiny, like onesies that buttoned down the front to allow room for the cords from his apnea monitor or the awful swing that made him spit up because of his reflux.  Or pumping exclusively for the first five weeks of his life and several times a day for months after–without an electronic pump.

Out of these evaluations, I have developed my wants list.  This is where you guys come in.  I may have figured out what didn’t work last time and could stand to be replaced, but I don’t know what does work.  I’ve been looking online and found some pretty well-recommended items, but nothing compares to personal advice.  If you particularly liked what you used for any of the following items, could you let me know what you had and why you liked it?

I’m looking at replacing our:

  • breast pump–for an electronic one
  • baby swing
  • diaper bag–need something that accommodates both toddler and newborn stuff
  • Baby Bjorn carrier for some sort of baby sling–This is what I want the most advice on.  I feel totally out of my element here.  Baby slings always felt so “hippie mom” to me, and I’m anything but.  I feel weird venturing into hippie mom territory when I still refuse to co-sleep or make my own baby food out of all organic food, but I have a feeling carrying this baby in a sling will make my life a lot easier when I’m chasing a toddler at the same time.  (By the way, kidding about the hippie mom stuff–or at least exaggerating it.)

So what advice can you guys give me?  I’ll even take stories about what didn’t work for you so that I know what not to seriously consider.  And do you have any suggestions for must-have baby products that I haven’t listed?

4 Responses to Looking for Advice

  1. Emma says:

    My friend bought a really funky sling sort of thing from ebay. It’s just a long piece of material that you knot and it can be used in a bunch of different ways. Her son is 4 months old and 22lbs and she says she can’t even feel the weight of him. I’ll get the name for you. I just had a jolly jumper sling and it killed my back and that was when she was less than 10lbs!

  2. Kristin says:

    1. Breast pump: I breast fed Logan but had a Medela single pump. If I could go back, I would get the Pump in Style.

    2. Baby Swing: We LOVED our fisher price aquarium swing. Logan loved looking at the fish & it helped calm him down too.

    3. Baby Bjorn: I don’t know what I would’ve done without this & I didn’t have a toddler to chase after. Logan went through a clingy phase & I also used it to go on some of our first family hikes. It was AWESOME.

    The only thing I would think about getting if we had #2, would be a video baby monitor. Just because I can see what’s going on without getting up (lazy!)

  3. Lizzy says:

    Without a doubt, spare no expense and get yourself the Medela Pump in Style.

    The Maya Wrap is the “Wrap to Have” but is very expensive. Check eBay. The nice thing about the Maya Wrap is that it adjusts with the size of the baby. We have a Native Carrier that I loved–I did not love the Bjorn, nor did Henry. Either way–and I would assume, especially with a toddler–some kind of carrier will really be bonus for you. I think I might be a hippie mom, but the sling distributed the weight much more evenly than the Bjorn. You can also find cool designs at several sling websites–just tricky to find the right size. If you’d like, I have a friend who makes them as an at-home business and I can put you in touch!

    Bouncy seat. HOURS of fun and put-the-baby-down-to-take a shower/do the laundry/attend to toddler occupation. Second kid never gets that kind of one-on-one fascination. It’s just the facts, ma’am.

  4. Erica says:

    Braidin loved his fisher price aquarium bouncy seat. The best diaper bag that I have had that has worked well with having two little ones was an Eddie Bauer bag.It held Tristins sippy cup and lots of room for Braidins bottles,diapers for both clothes etc. Its two years old and still in great shape. We had the fisher price aquarium swing also and it was great because I could adjust the seat. Braidin spent his first few months sleeping in it because it helped with his acid reflux when he was elevated.

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