around the house
ROCK ‘N PLAY - Carl Michael bought this off of Amazon a week or two after Charleigh was born. She went through a phase where she didn’t like to sleep in her bassinet, and he read that this was a great sleep solution for many parents during the newborn days. Under $100, so definitely worth a try if you’re having trouble sleeping! Also, we still love this now and it’s super light, so we can easily move it around the house. I threw a fuzzy blanket over and it and Charleigh loves to sit in it at dinner time and watch us eat, hang out while we’re watching tv, or if I have to run to pee real quick (tmi, but needed). Definitely recommend this for new parents! Also, we don’t use it much now, but it can plug in and rock your baby to sleep which was amazing when she wanted to be held 24/7 those first few weeks.
CLOTH STORAGE BINS - I have these all over the house. I use them for storing little toys, diapers & wipes, her hair bows, pacifiers, etc. This is just how I try to keep her things together and keep our house not looking like a total disaster all the time.
BOPPY LOUNGER - we have used this from day one and it is for sure one of our most used baby products. There was a point in time when Charleigh was a couple weeks old when she wouldn’t sleep anywhere else but on this. I probably would have picked a different print/cover, but I grabbed this last minute when I was like 38 or 39 weeks pregnant and totally didn’t care at that point. I always throw a soft blanket over it anyway when she’s laying in it. A blanket is softer, plus it’s way easier to wash when baby spits up or has a blow out, which have both happened to us when Charleigh was sitting in her lounger.
DOCK-A-TOT - I wouldn’t say this is one of our “must-haves”. We’ve used it some, and I bring it when we go to my parents house for her to nap in. I think we may use it when we transition her into her crib. I’ve also used it some around the house, but she prefers to be sitting up now. It’s nice, but I still don’t understand why everyone is so obsessed. Maybe if we had it in the newborn days, we would have used it more.
4MOMS MAMAROO - I’ve learned recently that some moms/babies love this swing, and some hate it. It was one of my must haves on my registry and I will say that Charleigh loves it. She does go through “phases”, just like with every other product that we have for her, but overall has loved this one. When she was a newborn, she would only nap in this swing or her Boppy Lounger. When she started interacting more, she would get bored pretty quick, but I learned that if I hung a toy from the mobile she was content longer.
BABY BJORN BOUNCER - This is something that I didn’t register for, but definitely wish I had or would have at least had from the beginning. We ended up purchasing this a couple of weeks ago. I was worried Charleigh wouldn’t like it because she’s always wanting to sit upright these days, but she actually loves it! We tested out a few at Buy Buy Baby one day, and this was definitely her favorite. It’s on the pricier side, but worth it in my opinion, especially if you have it from the get go. I can’t tell you how much easier doing things around the house are - loading laundry, putting on makeup, brushing my teeth. I do suggest purchasing this toy bar for it!