Some of our favorite kid stuff

29 Feb

Between the two of us, we have four kids. Fortunately for Violet, Daisy’s earlier ride on the Baby Train allowed for product recommendations with some savior-fare when it came time for Violet to breed. We thought we’d give you all the benefit of our experiences. Keep this list handy, as they’re excellent products which might make for valuable baby-shower gifts.

*Disclaimer: All of these products were purchased by Daisy and Violet for the sole intent of making baby and Mommy happy, with no ulterior motives nor incentives on the part of the producer. Any recommendations are made in good faith. Neither Daisy and Violet, nor the manufacturers, are responsible if this shit doesn’t work out for you like it did for us.

Baby Wearing:
Violet: Holy crap. Thank you, Daisy, for gifting your pouches to me at my baby shower. These things are a life-saver! In those first few weeks of Motherhood, I was able to nurse Pterodactyl in them. I was able to wear her and get housework done. The design of the pouch, as opposed to that Baby Bjorn shit, is conducive to sleeping, sitting up, and when the kid is old enough, back-wearing. It supports baby’s noggin in those first weeks of slinky-neck. Even to this day, I can go out in public wearing her to prevent grimy old people from touching my child. On occasion, I even “wear” her to sleep when she’s being extra fussy. The Rockin’ Baby Pouch (www.rockinbabysling.com) is as functional as it is pretty. Our shared pouch is black and white flowers on one side, and all black on the other (reversible!) side, but they come in all sorts of pretty hues. They’re adjustable, so they grow with baby, from cradled position to sitting up to wearing on the back. Even my massive, 6’3 husband wore the baby on the largest setting when she was a newborn. Rock on, Rockin’ Baby!

NIPPLES!:
Daisy: Lansinoh saved my life and boobs. The little purple tube full of happy goop was a balm of love, comfort, and all things good. Chafed, cracked, hurting boobies will love you for liberally applying this stuff. Great point about the gunk is the fact that you don’t have to wash it off to nurse – it’s safe for baby. I would apply a good amount after nursing, even when I wasn’t chapped or cracked – kept “them” healthy and moisturized. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. I also used the Lansinoh disposable nursing pads. They are thin; completely invisible under thin bras and t-shirts, and WOW are they absorbent. Lansinoh has no clue who I am, and they certainly didn’t provide me with anything, I just love them and have fond memories of the comfort their products brought to my udders. (Like, uh, not looking like I was perpetually in a wet t-shirt contest) (www.lansinoh.com)

Baby Feeding:
Violet: Trust me when I say that I’ve run the gamut of baby bottles. When Daisy recommended the Playtex Drop-Ins, I registered for every variation and portion of this bottle set. Unfortunately, Pterodactyl didn’t take to them, and collapsed the nipple. My big brother had used Dr. Brown’s bottles with his two kids, so I tried those next. Let’s just say that there are still some bottle innards somewhere in the bottom of my garbage disposal. Since I don’t have a Ph.D in baby bottle mechanics, I scrapped Dr. Brown’s pretty quickly. I tried the little bottles that came with my Medela, but they turned my kid into The Exorcist, yakking boob milk/formula across the house with projectile aptitudes. That’s when I found Born Free (www.newbornfree.com). Holy smokes, those are fantastic. We started with the glass bottles, and haven’t changed since! The babe couldn’t collapse the nipple. The (uncomplicated, easy-to-use) innards kept her gas-free, and glass is not only environmentally sound, but microwave safe, too.

Diaper Buying
Daisy: Diaper delivery: http://www.amazon.com. Can I get an “AMEN”??? I had three in diapers at once. My kids were good eaters. Due to the fundamental hypothesis of “What goes in must come out”, we went through diapers faster than you can imagine. By the time Handsome was about 4 months old, he, Diva, & Intuitive were all in the same size diaper. That was a happy day for Daisy. I ordered the mega sized box off of Amazon, and when I was a good girl, my mom would send me some as a present. Diapers as presents. Who would have thought that would be the best gift she could send?

Online Shopping:
Violet: I’m addicted to savings. I have a coupon binder, and religiously plan my grocery list to maximize my savings. Now that you know what a crack-head I am, take heed: my favorite sites are the discount ones! I love http://www.zulily.com and http://www.totsy.com. Both sites feature hoity-toity (that’s for you, Daisy’s Ma!) outfits and toys that a humble middle-class person like me would never otherwise be able to afford. The shipping isn’t as fast as, let’s say, Amazon.com, but at these prices, it’s worth the 2-4 week wait.

Corralling Your Kid:
Daisy: The One Step Ahead Superyard was such a great buy. So great in fact that I bought two of them and some extenders, to make a Super-Superyard. I was lucky enough that the layout of two houses I lived in while I needed to wrangle the kids was conducive to having the Superyard around furniture and between walls and furniture. I made a whole secure area and was able to contain kids and toys in a safe environment. Until the kids learned how to chuck their toys over the walls of the jail, anyways.
(Violet edit: I bought this shit, and it was fantastic. Even though my stubborn little Pterodactyl refuses to be caged anymore, the Superyard still serves a purpose: Buddy disconnected the “hexagon” and placed the fencing up against our home entertainment center. Now, the kid can’t turn the volume all the way up on the receiver or whack the PS3.)

Car Safety:
Violet: I know this comes as no surprise, but I absolutely love Pterodactyl’s Britax Marathon 70. It is secure as shit, comfortable for her, and it’ll grow with her until she’s a forward-facing 70 pounder. We never did the infant carrier system; we took her home from the hospital in that car seat. (At 5 lbs, 11 oz, thank you very much!) For those of you like Daisy who enjoy accessorizing, you can buy different seat covers to change up the pattern. Read the safety statistics (http://babyproducts.about.com/od/carseats/tp/topconvcarseats.htm) before you make a choice, but I’m sure you’ll agree that this car seat is the shit.

Cups That Won’t Ruin Your Life:
Daisy: Once my crew was done with sippy cups, I bought a never-ending supply of The First Years Take & Toss cups with lid & straws. Those things are amazing, and pretty indestructible for being labeled as “Disposable” OR “Reusable”. My kids STILL use them, without the lids & straws. They hold 10oz, and can be washed on the top rack in the dishwasher. Fun colors, easy to hold, easy to clean, and hard to spill. Those lids clamp on tight.

So what about you? What baby stuff has made your life easier? Please comment and share the joy with other Mommies. =]

 

© Daisy and Violet 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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10 Responses to “Some of our favorite kid stuff”

  1. Liv February 29, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    I love love love my NoseFrida. That’s thing is the only nasal aspirator that actually gets snot out of my kid’s face. Annnd you actually get to see the fruits of your efforts. Gross, yet rewarding.

    I also couldn’t have made it through the newborn days without Colic Calm. It’s way better than Mylicon for gas and works for any tummy troubles or discomfort. Downside is that it’s black. Which means black speckles in the poo. Who knew I would ever be so interested in poo.

    • daisyandviolet February 29, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      Haha – Daisy and I have regular text messages about Pterodactyl’s poop. Good gawd!
      I have heard of this miraculous nasal aspirator. Isn’t it the one that you have to suck the snot out yourself? I don’t know if I’m that good of a mother. lol I wish I would have known about Colic Calm when it was relevant for me. Might have saved me a lot of headache. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!
      -Violet

      • Liv February 29, 2012 at 9:46 am #

        Yes, I suck my child’s snot out with my mouth. It is not nearly as disturbing as it sounds 🙂

  2. MamaDeSlobberbug February 29, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I personally have no use for the Lansinoh goop. It is sticky and messy and has had no effect on me. As for bottles Dr. Browns should definitely have a disclaimer on their products: PhD required. These damn bottles and all their mechanics make preparing bottles in a half sleep an absolute nightmare. Someone once told me that baby wearing was a setup for having a clingy baby. That person should eat my (you know that stuff that comes out of our lovely babies that we so joyfully analyze all day). I love the Se7en sling that was passed down to me from Violet; it has surely made moving around the home much easier with a cranky-poo. Another great gift that was given to us by Auntie Violet was the Little Remedies gift box. We are truly amazed at how well our little Slobberbug has responded to what we’ve used. The Little Tummies Gas Reducer is from heaven. Slobberbug loves the fruity flavor and it works in minutes! We loved the Little Remedies box so much we’ve gifted it twice since becoming parents!

    • daisyandviolet February 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      =] Yay! Another satisfied customer! Did you know that Slobberbug can use the sling when she’s Pterodactyl’s age if you place her in it sitting up, kind of like you hold her on your hip? It’s good stuff. And the Little Remedies box is a life-saver. We’ve already gone through all the teething stuff in there (because that’s my living nightmare right now), and then went out and purchased that individual product three times! I’m glad my Mommy Zen has served you well. =]

      -Violet

  3. "The Mayor" February 29, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Daisy & Violet you all sound like the Martha Stewart of baby products…….Keep on sharing !

    • daisyandviolet February 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

      Lou, stay tuned for the antithesis post. I think you’ll love that! -Violet

  4. CJ March 5, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    Superyard was my savior…until they figured if they worked together they can climb over it. I just posted a picture on my blog which displays that wonderful invention HAHA!

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