Motherhood Extras

The past few days of motherhood have been challenging. Simply put, Elijah cries a lot. He is happy and content as long as he is nursing. I understand that he loves the comfort that only I can provide but to say it isn’t overwhelming at times is a lie. One thing that has helped to comfort the both of us is the JJ Cole Agility Stretch Carrier. I’m always asked questions about this carrier when wearing and it’s truly the best baby item I’ve ever purchased. While he’s sleeping I can do laundry, cook dinner, and even work on our kitchen remodel.

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 One great thing about having a second baby within 5 years from the first one is that you can reuse the infant car seat. I don’t understand why car seats expire but they do and once the expiration has passed you can’t resell it. I wonder where they all go? If it’s the trash then that’s a complete waste. We use the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP 30-30 in black. It’s one of the heavier seats but installing it into the car is easy and I like the adjustable features once baby is in.

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Now our stroller would come in second to the JJ Cole carrier. My sister-in-law picked it out for us when she was working at a bike shop. We were both pregnant at the time {me with Alaina & her with my niece Piper} and she suggested the BOB Revolution SE and I’m so thankful she did. I don’t know if strollers expire but I’m currently using it with Elijah and I have no plans of buying a new one. You can purchase an accessory that will attach your infant car seat to the stroller so you can use it at every stage. I have taken this thing everywhere and it has held up nicely.

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The stroller leads me to our diaper bag because of these Valet Stroller Clips from Petunia Pickle Bottom that make toting your diaper bag simple. I used the Boxy Backpack with Alaina and am using the City Carryall with Elijah {everything in black of course}. The Boxy Backpack was great but I wanted to change it up and go with something different for Elijah. Both bags boast an awesome feature: a built-in changing station, it’s so convenient.

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The last item that I need as a mom are muslin blankets. My favorite is a fleur-de-lis print that my mom picked up near the hospital I delivered at. I use these as nursing covers, blankets, and occasionally to clean drool and spit-up. A set of three like these from aden + anais are plenty to have on hand.

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We’re currently getting along great with these nice extras but looking back on Alaina as an infant, I have two more items worth mentioning. Alaina was so easy to soothe and her favorite pacifier was her WubbaNub brown monkey. He was with her for over a year {that sounds kinda gross now} but he left us when she accidentally tossed him over the Pleasure Pier in Galveston, that ride home was awful.

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Alaina was constantly sick with ear infections, colds, fever, and lots of mucus. Nothing helped me more than the NoseFrida. This paired with saline spray helped us to combat sinus infections and get the mucus out. Don’t let the concept of it gross you out, you don’t get anything in your mouth and it’s the most efficient nasal aspirator.

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Aside from these, what are some items you feel you needed for the infant & toddler stage? What could you have gone without?

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