I cannot believe Virginia is 13 months old! When did that happen?! I am so blessed that she’s healthy and happy, and the cutest little redhead this side of the Mississippi! When I post baby products I get a ton of questions about them so I thought I would list some of my favorite ones from over the past year.
So many of my friends have this stroller and they all raved about it, so I knew I had to get it too. What a great decision. It is so easy to use, and it comes with many accessories that I use (bug and rain cover + bassinet). Virginia slept in the bassinet the first three or four months that we brought her home. It was perfect to take her out of the house. I’d put her in there with some toys and she’d play and be very content. It’s an investment, but 100% worth it. Since it can accommodate another rumble seat and/or car seat we will be able to use it for baby number two as well.
(Who is that tiny baby in that picture???)
Virginia is extremely fair skinned (Irish, duh!) so her skin is sensitive. Honest wipes have been the only ones that don’t give her diaper rash. I love that they are all natural. I carry them in my diaper bag and have a box of them at home. When I ‘m on the go I use them to wipe off her mouth and hands. It’s great not having to worry about her putting her hands in her mouth.
This was easy to assemble and will be able to grow with Virginia. Not to mention it looks good in my kitchen. Stokke has many fun colors to pick from. The chair is very easy to put her in and then wipe down when we are finished eating.
I don’t think I could have survived the first few months and even now without the Ergo. It was so easy to carry her while I worked, cleaned, or cooked. When we went to festivals, on walks around town, grocery shopping, or out to dinner it was easy to strap her in verses having to carry her constantly for hours. Most of the time she quickly fell asleep.
(So I’m totally wearing her wrong in this picture, don’t judge! I was wearing her facing in and she wanted to look out.)
Are you wondering why this made my list? I used this ALLL the time, and still do. When I travel with Virginia, I use the Swell bottle to keep milk or water warm. I have the 17 oz. one and it is the perfect size to fit in my diaper bag.
The door jumper is something I wish I had started using earlier. She loved that thing. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen her happily using it. Now that she’s bigger she doesn’t use it anymore, but it was a LIFESAVER for 6 or so months.
It took me months to find the right diaper bag for me. While pregnant with Virginia I thought I really didn’t need one and that I could compartmentalize a big tote bag…. well that was the worst. I can’t tell you how many bottles I spilled or how many times I lost something in the deep depths of that bag. I like that this bag doesn’t look like a diaper bag. I receive many compliments when people learn that it’s a diaper bag. It’s not very masculine, but my husband prefers to use a backpack.
As I mentioned above, Virginia has sensitive skin. It took a lot of trial and error to find the best wipes and diaper combo for her. Once I found what worked, I liked using the diaper cream brush to apply Desitin. It kept my hands clean.
All the baby items we bought are gender neutral, so we can use them for baby #2, if and when that happens.
It is crazy how many things you need to keep such a tiny, little person alive, but whatever you must do to keep your sanity and get some sleep… GET IT!
Do you have any baby items that you feel you couldn’t live without? Anything I should be preparing for as she gets older? Please leave a comment below.
Lastly, thanks to my friend Rachel Clarke, with Rachel May Photography, for snapping the obviously professional first two and last picture in this post. We love you!