With the third baby can come a surplus of hand-me-downs, especially when it is the third girl! Truth be told, there’s a lot of things that can get second and third-time use (baby baths, car seats, strollers,) but by the third child, it’s also time for a refresh! I’ve made a little list of things that I’ve used and loved since bringing our little Reese into the world…some of them are repeats that were in past lists (I tend to become loyal if I find something I love,) and some are new discoveries!
1.) Bright Starts 5-in-1 Your Way Ball Play Activity Gym
With Hadley and Sadie, friends and family loaned their activity gyms to us. This time around, it was nice to have something new for our sweet little Reese. I love this one, because it can convert into many different forms (from play mat to tummy time to ball pit) —which means it will get SO much use throughout her babyhood. For now, she marvels at her newly-discovered reflection, and I also spot her focusing on all of the black-and white details in her play gym (I didn’t know this until my second baby, but little ones are drawn to black and white!) The details and toys in it can keep her attention for much longer than I expected, and she is my first baby to not at all mind doing tummy time since it comes with a supportive pillow. It can play music or nature sounds (my favorite,) and all of the cute little toys are removable. Another added bonus: it is actually adorable, so I do not mind having it out as part of our “life with a tiny baby” decor.
2.) Mustela Shampoo (2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash)
I have been going strong with this shampoo since a friend got it for Hadley when she was a newborn. My most sensitive-skinned baby (Sadie) had the tiniest spurts of flaky scalp, but the instant I’d use this, it would keep it away. This is the only shampoo/body wash I have used on Reese, and in bathing her every two days (and warm washcloth wiping her every day,) we haven’t had an ounce of baby acne or cradle cap. It initially smells a bit grown-up, but once your baby is washed, dried, and dressed, they will smell heavenly. 🙂
3.) Noodle & Boo Super Soft Lotion
If Heaven has a designated smell—it is definitely this. It can be on the pricey side, but thankfully, Costco carries a gigantic two pack for under $20! It makes your baby, toddler, or even yourself (I totally use it) smell incredible and feel so soft. With my girls and their sensitive skin, I have found this to in no way irritate it, and instead be very moisturizing.
4.) Bebe au Lait Hooded Towel
If you want to wrap your baby in the softest, snuggliest towel imaginable, look no further. I love that it’s a bit larger so that it is like a big plush blanket for tiny babies when they just hate getting taken out of the tub…but can also be plenty big enough for a toddler (Hadley and Sadie are still going strong with theirs…they’ve held up so well!)
5.) Bebe au Lait Snuggle Blanket
Yes, I have a thing for Bebe au Lait. From their nursing covers, to their above-stated towels, to my favorite of all…the snuggle blanket. Super soft, incredibly light, and just big enough for grownups to snuggle in (why yes, I saw my 6’1” husband use one of ours! 😀 ) Great for making nighttime walks extra-warm (one can cover both girls in our double Bob,) makes a great blanket to sprawl out on at the park, and my favorite use of all: for snuggling under with a little, tiny baby. 🙂 (*I have blankets in the original muslin and luxury, and I honestly love them both, you just can’t go wrong!)
6.) The Woombie (Comfort & Harmony Perfect Peanut Swaddle)
I didn’t discover the Woombie until Sadie was almost 3 months old, and it was a game changer. All of my girls have loved being swaddled, and this time we introduced it to Reese the day she was born. Sure, there’s novelty in the flannel, footprint blanket they have in the hospital, but I remember her first night, our little Reese was getting quite upset about getting loose in the swaddle. In all of my sleepy glory, I suggested that Aaron (it was his shift with the baby,) just put her in the Woombie I brought, but he insisted he wanted her in the hospital blanket. When I woke up to a fast-asleep baby in her pink Woombie, I couldn’t help but laugh—what’s not to love?—it’s ridiculously easy to use, makes a perfect swaddle, and your baby looks like a little glowworm! (*Tip: I get mine at BuyBuyBaby and use a $5 off $15 coupon…so it comes to about $11!)
7.) Ergobaby (Original) Carrier
Babywearing is a way of my life with three small children. I often get asked which carrier I use the most, as I have a Solly Baby Wrap, a Sakura Bloom ring sling, and an Ergobaby. While I love all three for very different reasons, the one I have used the most for this stage of life is definitely the soft-structured carrier—the Ergo (with an infant insert.) My reasoning? I can easily sprint after a child while wearing it if I need to (I am half joking, but mostly serious.) It has a zippered pouch for my car keys, and a pocket for my phone…so I am completely hands-free at the park while my big girls are playing, all while my littlest can get a good nap as I wear her. I haven’t tried other soft-structured carriers (such as Lillebaby, Tulas, & Kinderpacks) but pretty much anything that super-securely holds baby so I can maneuver as needed is helpful. If I am in the house, I typically wear the Solly Baby Wrap, as it is light and snug.
I could probably go on and on about baby goodies that make life easier, so rather than continuing on, if you ever have a question about something, I’d love to help out! It’s amazing how the simplest of things invented can make life with a baby that much easier (thus that more enjoyable!)