In month two, we started to find a tiny bit of a routine, thanks to a little more sleep and a few favorite products.
The Mobile: Geez o Pete, she’s obsessed with this thing. Our friends Albert and Angela get the award for Most Mesmerizing Gift That is Also Good For Brain Development. The mobile hangs over the changing table and Suzianne lights up like a little, Dave-type Christmas tree every time she sees it:
The Mat: Suzianne is also a fan of this play mat. I purchased it because she was crazy-alert for a then six-week-old, so I wanted her to have something fun to look at while I took a shower/ate breakfast/folded laundry, etc. She loves the mat. And it currently is the only thing that she tries to have a conversation with, when she’s not trying to force milk out of it:
Margie and Dave’s Favorites
The Miracle Blanket: we touted the Halo swaddle in month one, but in month two, The Miracle Blanket is the winner. Suzianne is freakishly strong, so she was busting up and out of the velcro. The Miracle Blanket pins her arms by her side; she now sleeps like a champ and has not (as of this posting) figured out how to escape it.
Epiphany: it’s not just for nighttime sleep. She’s a much better napper when swaddled, too.
Grass Drying Rack: breast pumps have many parts that need washing and drying after each session. I was setting the parts out on paper towels until Dave gave me this. It’s fun and enables the parts to dry out much faster.
Uppa Baby Stroller & Peg Perego Car Seat: yes, these items are pricey (I got a great deal on Zulily), but we love the way the stroller and car seat are so adaptable. The car seat snaps into the fold up stroller, car seat base (that stays in the car), and even Dave’s fancy jogging stroller. The stroller comes with a bassinet and an older child seat. So, one piece gives you three options, which is nice, since our apartment is only 990 square feet.
Warning: the car seat is insanely heavy, but I guess if it’s protecting your baby, it should be sturdy.