My Baby Must-Haves...

Happy Monday!

My sister is due ANY day with my new niece or nephew and we are all anxiously awaiting the arrival! It feels like it has gone by so fast (probably not that way for my sis! hehe!) … but it got me thinking about my “must haves” for baby again. There are a few things that I feel like I couldn’t live without for London…and I discovered another 2-3 things that I would add to my list since having Malia. One of those things is the bathtub seat! It’s under $40 and has just made our life so much easier. I don’t have to worry about Malia falling (since she wants to stand up now) and since she’s been able to hold up her head…we have been using the seat so the girls can take baths together. Saves time and my sanity! Another favorite is the Baby Bjorn bouncer. I used this multiple times a day all over the house, as it is easily portable - and super light to move! We had a toy bar for ours…so our typical routine was to feed Malia in the morning, then put her in the seat to play with her toys that were attached while we got London up and situated for breakfast and such. I highly recommend it!

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Another MUST HAVE in my option is the 4Moms portable playard. HONESTLY, I cannot even tell you the amount of times we have used this. We take it every time we travel - it has made numerous flights with us with zero problems…and the the size is what matters to me. It is bigger than a normal pack n play… aka I feel like the girls have more room. We took three trips in March and brought this on every one and London, who is almost 4 years old, happily slept in it (and slept WELL I might add) :) We will have it for the next 3-4 years for Malia…and I’m so glad we bought it…it’s been BEYOND worth it.

Here are a few other favorites for baby if you’re expecting, know someone who is, or you have a newborn!

xx, Ashley

How To prep for baby: My "must haves"...

When I found out I was pregnant with Lo I was super overwhelmed. I think a lot of that stemmed from just knowing how much we needed to buy for the baby, but not knowing WHAT we needed. I didn't want to get things that we really didn't absolutely need...so I remember reaching out to friends with kiddos for help! I have compiled a few things above that I think are absolute must haves. Ok, maybe you don't NEED a piggy bank (hehe!) ... but trust me, grandparents love it! At least Lo's grandparents do ;) I love this one!

I will say that the Skip Hop "Chelsea" Diaper Bag is an absolute dream. I love it because it looks chic but also has a million compartments for everything you need. I also love this backpack from Skip Hop... there's something about a backpack that seems super practical, and this one is very cute! 

The Rock n Play was also a LIFE SAVER. We had a bassinet ready to go next to our bed, but Lo just wouldn't sleep well in it. We quickly switched to the rock n play, and she gave us some nice long stretches. It kept her somewhat upright, and we were able to lay her slightly on her side, which she seemed to love. Highly recommend! 

We have a small city apartment, so when it came to a baby bathtub, we didn't have room for anything crazy. I love the Boon Naked tub because it's collapsible and has a hook so you can hang it right on the back of your bathroom door! 

Now, for the Ergo. Man oh man, that thing was attached to me for basically 6 months straight! Thank GOD it's comfortable, and has a strap that goes around your lower back to give you some support! I loved baby wearing and it's necessary when your babies are little and they just want to be close to you 24/7! The Ergo 360 is perfect because when your baby gets older, you can wear her facing front so she can take in the world ... Lo loves it! 

You can shop other favorites above like the cute pacifier, Wubbanub ... and the Baby Banana or Sophie the Giraffe (which are both perfect for teething babes!) Enjoy, mamas!

xx,

Ashley