It’s Mother’s Day today, an occasion where I’ll be showing extra love and appreciation to mom who’s always been there for me in her own special way. This year, with the addition of little Evan Hunter, I have had a taste of motherhood myself which was tough yet incredibly amazing. It’s only after having gone through a tiny percent of what my mom went through raising us four kids, did my love and respect for her (and all you mamas out there) grow more and more each day.
Evan is now 12 weeks old and I thought it was a perfect time to introduce some of my favorite baby boy things that helped me survive parenting during this time. Hopefully this list will come in handy for those of you who are expecting a new addition to your family as well. Feel free to throw in your comments and your baby favorites too!
Happy Mother’s Day to my lovely mom and all you amazing mummies out there!
1. You’d probably wouldn’t need a stroller for the first two weeks or so, but I thought I’d share a lesser known brand and one I’ve come to love. Introducing Mutsy – a Dutch design that’s functional, versatile, compact and value for money. Forget Stokke and/or Bugaboo, this is so much better at half the price. Check out the demo video for the Mutsy Evo here.
2. A baby log is important to track your baby’s development from day one. A friend of mine introduced Baby Connect to me and though it isn’t a free app, it has become my best friend. Another app some of you might find useful would be The Wonder Weeks — a great app for tracking developmental leaps (and for understanding why your happy baby is suddenly so fussy).
3. I swear by all Earth Mama Angel products. It contains only natural and organic ingredients that’s just pure goodness (and they smell so good!) for your baby’s skin. Evan uses the baby oil to moisturize his sensitive eczema-prone skin and the bottom balm for prevention of diaper rash.
4. Because of his sensitive skin, Evan broke out in a pretty bad nappy rash within the second week. We’ve tried more than five different brands (desitin, A+D, Aveeno, earth’s best etc) but they didn’t work until my sister recommended Burt’s Bees Diaper Ointment that she used for her baby girl. It only took two days and his nappy rash was all gone!
5. Swaddling is a must to keep baby feeling secure and cosy. Aden & Anais muslin swaddles are great for our weather all day long. It ain’t cheap but it’s worth every penny.
6. Our doula recommended the Manduca Baby Carrier to soothe Evan when he gets fussy during a growth spurt and wouldn’t sleep well. Of course, there are other baby carriers that works just as good so do explore your options and test it with your baby before you decide on the right one to get.
7. OXO Tot On-The-Go Drying Rack. For all the breast-feeding moms who plan to head back to work, this is the perfect cleaning solution.
8. We received the Cradle ‘N Swing from Fisher Price as a gift and it became quite a lifesaver when I was just too tired from rocking Evan in my arms to soothe him from crying. He loved watching the mobile whilst being rocked from side to side.
9. Some of my favorite baby clothing brands – Emile Et Ida and the eco-friendly Oeuf NYC.
10. Babymoov Love Nest Pillow – It’s breathable, washable and great for shaping baby’s head and preventing flat head.
11. If you plan to use bottles, I like Dr. Browns which has a slow flow teat and also reduces colic. if you need to combine it with breastfeeding. The only cons would be it has more parts to wash.
12. Buttoned down blouses are my new wardrobe staples as it makes breast-feeding that much easier. Here are my AL&ALICIA favorites!
13. Baby Gap‘s my favorite baby online shop I can count on for baby essentials and sleep basics. Another top pick would be etiquette clothiers for quality socks and onesies.
14. Evan’s favorite bedtime story books – I Love You, Goodnight and Goodnight Moon.
15. Lastly, blogs and internet readings keep me sane when I needed answers to my questions and tips for parenting. The few favorites I keep returning to would be Troublesome Tots (no more bedtime drama!), Chronicles Of A Babywise Mom and Kelly Mom. Trust me, they are really useful.