Cooper and Mark’s Must Haves
Halo Sleep Sack Swaddles. The best best best. Yes we swaddle. www.amazon.com
Mommy’s Bliss. Our girls don’t have gas and are much happier. We put it in every bottle. www.Amazon.com
Bristol lavender foaming wash and soothing body balm.
OMG we love this stuff. Veronica and Shari gave this to us and we are addicted. The foam lasts a really long time and is natural and smells amazing. The body balm we use for the tushies (Mark secretly uses it as hand cream..shhhhh!)
Dream Baby Pull Over Bibs. No buttoning or Velcro coming undone. They just slip over the head. Bam. www.Amazon.com
Giggle Better Basic Baby Gowns. Compared to all others, these are our favs. Great quality cotton, easy to get on and off and easy to clean. We want adult versions! http://www.giggle.com/
Samyo Aromatherapy diffuser. Essential oils really make the room smell amazing and add to sleep and general well being.
Edens Garden Essential Oils for diffuser. We really order Four Thieves and Purification. www.Amazon.com
Solly Wraps. THE BEST but a bit of a challenge, at first, to figure out. We Googled a “how to” video and bam! Done! www.sollybaby.com
Car seat by UppaBaby. LOVE and so easy! www.amazon.com
Fisher Price Rainforest Bath Tub. Easy peasy…THE BEST!
Mustela Bathing Product Line. Another really good line we use in addition to Bristol. www.amazon.com
Ikea Sundvik Crib: Cheap and does the trick.
My Baby Sound Spa and Projector. Several sounds, a projector and music. It really helps a lot with drowning out intrusive noise of us clanking around in the kitchen.
Playtex Bottles/Drop Ins. Minimal gas and easy peasy. Our fav! www.Amazon.com
Bottle Warmer. Honestly, our fav way to heat up bottles is with a pan and water. Warmers take too long.
Dekor Diaper Pale. It’s a weird system for the bag, but it works really really well. www.Amazon.com
Burp cloths. Our bestie Ellie Ohiso gave us this tip. Buy cloth diapers and use them as burp clothes. THE BEST and CHEAP!
Summer Infant Touch Screen Color Baby Monitor: Video, Sound, Infrared, Talk back and wireless. LOVE! www.amazon.com
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste: A MUST! Nothing more said.
Tips from our first 5 months
Fireplace. The fireplace is the most fav place for the girls to sit, chill and watch the flames. It completely “Zens” them out.
Nook or no Nook? We decided no nooks. When they fall out they cry and we ended up running back and forth every hour. No Nookies! This also teaches them to self-soothe and not rely on an object for comfort.
Lights out morning and at night. We don’t leave many lights on in the morning or at night. Light stimulates them and impairs sleep. During these times we also keep talking to a minimum.
Music Music Music: We expose them to all genres of music. It became very clear early on that music was crucial to their overall happiness and health. Get Pandora, it’s amazing. Our favorite station for kids music is the Kenny Loggins children’s music station. It’s easy on adult ears as well. And yes, Cooper is now writing a children’s album.
Favorite Parenting Web: www.TheMotherCo.com A MUST!
Prime on Amazon.com: It saves so much time you cannot imagine! Make sure you get Amazon Prime to save on shipping and time. DO IT!
Clothes: Don’t get crazy about clothes. You will find you will end up using the same clothes over and over. If you need, or want, some cool baby clothes for less check out: Target, Baby Gap and Old Navy. They have some really nice things. Whatever you buy, the less buttons the better. Buttons just suck!