Our Albie was six months old on the weekend. I can’t quite believe that we are now entering into a whole new world – complete with mushy food and a whole new level of mobility.
Partly as a reminder for myself when we get around to doing the baby thing again and partly because it may be helpful for other mums/mums-to-be, I’ve written a follow up from my ‘9 Handy Newborn Must-haves‘ post and listed some of the things we’ve found most handy for Albie over the past three months.
Here’s my list:
Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump – I spent so many hours pumping (with a hospital grade machine) in the first couple of weeks of Albie’s life as a result of ending up in the hospital’s Pediatrics Department with our three day old baby who had lost a worrying amount of weight. All that to say, when we were back home and he was happily gaining weight I couldn’t wait to ditch that machine and not have to think about expressing for quite some time. A couple of months on from that fiasco, I started wanting a little freedom and decided to start expressing for the occasional bottle feed… First I tried a hand pump – I got nothing, zilch, not even a drip. Discouraged, I pulled out the Haakaa silicone breast pump I was given for my baby shower and suctioned it onto one boob while I fed Albie on the other. With a little adjustment, we were away and I’ve been successfully using it since. What I especially love about the Haakaa pump is that I don’t have to set aside any extra time in the day to express (because being a mum is busy enough).
Play gym – From when he was teeny tiny Albie would gaze up at the bits and pieces dangling above him on his play gym, and now he ferociously hits, tugs and chews everything he can get his hands on. His play gym has been one of the best things to keep him entertained. Buy one, or make your own (it’s easy peasy).
Merino pyjama onsies – Keeping in mind that I’m writing this as we plunge into winter, I love knowing that Albie’s snuggled up at night in his merino pjs. There are some great options at Farmers (Superfit and Teeny Weeny) or The Sleep Store. (And when it’s not so cold, we love the cotton Bonds Wondersuits.)
Sleeping bag – And then over top of his merino pjs, we put Albie into a sleep sack to keep him toasty warm (especially if he kicks his blankets off). We have a Nature Baby cotton & merino sleeping bag for the warmer months, and soon to get a thick and snuggly Woolbabe winter sleep bag.
Dribble bibs – Essential from about three months on. Just.so.much.dribble. My favs are the Nature Baby triangle bibs, as they don’t seem to flap up in Albie’s face and they’re made from beautiful soft organic cotton.
Muslin cloths – We use these every bath time, and for wiping and washing dribbly faces. I like the Aden & Anais muslin washcloths, or if you’re clever like my mother-in-law you can buy muslin (from somewhere like Spotlight) and make them yourself.
Bouncer – Albie’s favourite place in the world is to be lying in his bouncer and swinging his arms around and around to himself bounce as hard has he possibly can. When it’s grizzle central in our house, and the floor, our arms or knee are just not cutting it, the bouncer is often the only thing that will save the day. We’ve got a Babybounce Bouncinette.
Weleda Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash – We were given lots of gorgeous baby skincare products when I was pregnant and after Albie was born. I’ve loved all of them, but my favourite has been Weleda’s calendula baby shampoo and body wash. Things I most love about it: it’s made from organic and natural plant-based ingredients, it smells amazing, it’s a shampoo and body wash all-in-one (because I don’t reckon babies really need a separate product for both), and it’s made in my hometown (Hawkes Bay, NZ).
Sophie La Girafe – I’ve always liked the look of Sophie, but I really wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about (especially because she’s not a cheap lass). But with a teething baby I’m now a total Sophie lover – and so is Albie. Her legs, nose and ears are his most coveted things to gnaw on. One of the many places you can find her is here.
Car seat – Unlike most people I know, we got dealt a baby who (used to) scream his head off during every car trip. (We think the problem was that the capsule stimulated a sore tummy, and possibly a bit of silent reflux). I got to the point where I couldn’t cope with the screaming anymore, so we went to Baby on The Move and upgraded from a capsule to a car seat (we bought a Britax Boulevard Click Tight). Life changer.
Things we’re still loving that I mentioned in ‘9 Handy Newborn Must-haves‘ are: merino bodysuits as singlets (Superfit from Farmers), Lamington‘s ‘crew’ length merino socks, and our portable change mat by Dear Ilk.
Anything I’ve missed that you’re loving or have loved for your babes? I’d love to hear what your favs are…