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A Few of My Favorite (Baby) Things [Part One]

After I birthed my fifth baby, exactly five years ago, my husband and I thought that we’d never have any more babies.

Fast forward to our fifth baby’s second birthday and I found myself drowning in tears from both weaning her and deciding the baby items should (finally) go.

So…we donated everything. Everything except for the crib, that is.

Much to our grand surprise, last August we found out we were expecting number six!

He uncharacteristically rejoiced.

I panicked.

We had to start from scratch again. And, knowing right well that mamas of nearly six children do not get baby showers, no matter how in need, I started saving up.

I was shocked at how much had changed in the way of baby gear since having our fifth.

This time around, I was determined to have the best time ever researching items and getting rather large boxes in the mail.

Testing out new and unusual baby items is like an addictive drug to me. I adore bypassing the “norm” and going right for the lesser known items.

Here are my new, favorite, baby must haves:

Mumbelli

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Mumbelli is a name you may not have heard yet.

Created by a very sleep-deprived mama, this is the only womb-like portable bed on the market!

Each Mumbelli bed comes with a fabric carry case, an adjustable Velcro barrier, an acid reflux wedge, a removable mattress, and is completely washable! *(Score!)

This is the perfect baby sleeper for newborns, ages 0-3 months.

Price: $129 US (price has increased by $20 since I purchased mine back in April 2019)

Graco Dream Glider Sleeper Swing

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Before the big Fisher Price Rock and Play recall, I was already on the hunt for another co-sleeping option for our bedroom.

While I loved the Rock and Play for those early months with our baby girls, I was excited to try something new. Something that could be used far beyond that newborn period.

This was and is that product. However, it’s not flawless. I have some beef with this product, no matter how much we’ve loved it.

The upsides: It has three recline settings, six speeds, music and white noise sounds, and vibration. It also comes with a detachable mobile, and is machine washable.

When baby outgrows it as a bed, it doubles as a baby swing. Huge bonus.

The downsides: It’s rather a girthy item. It’s not recommended for a bedside that is lacking in space. I had to reconfigure our own room in order to accommodate it bedside, but we made it work.

Furthermore, every positive thing I listed above, also double as downsides to this product. The speed on 1 can be gentle, or sometimes, in the middle of the night, I would see it just completely almost blast off into outer space. It would scare the life outta me to jump awake at 2am and see my two week old about to make history as the first baby in space.

I’ve never used the speed beyond level 2 because, it’s frankly quite scary.

It’s not a quiet product. But, the noise it makes when it’s rocking can become the best white noise for baby.

Unfortunately, the music is annoying and the white noise is just garbage.

However, while I wouldn’t give this product five stars, I’d definitely recommend it for any parent that wants to double up on an infant bedside option and a swing.

Price: $130-$170 (depending on retailer and fabric theme you choose).

Evenflo Pivot System

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Hands down, THE BEST product I’ve EVER purchased for any of my babies.

This forever Graco mama has now moved to the Evenflo side of things with this zero-regret purchase.

Worth every penny, Mama’s.

The Pivot system is so versatile and easy to use, and the fact that it’s style rivals that of more high-profile brands is a humongous win!

This amazing travel system comes in many stylish colors, strolls like a dream, and the pivot feature on the bassinet is just pure love.

Even my husband loves it. And, when my husband loves something enough to mention it verbally, you know it’s gotta be good.

I can’t say enough about this product. This is the MUST HAVE out of all must haves.

Price: $279 US (I used a 20% off Buy Buy Baby coupon to bring the total down about $50).

Infantino Cuddle-Up Carrier

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I’ve had my fair share of baby-wearers over the years. From the infamous Moby to Mei Tei’s and the like, none of those have been as good to me as this Infantino Cuddle-Up.

I love all of the support it gives my body. There’s waist support, extra arm and shoulder support, and a removable hoodie for those hot summer days or cool, blustery mornings when baby needs some additional protection.

It’s easy to put on and remove, and you don’t need to watch any YouTube videos in order to figure it out. (HUGE bonus, am I right?)

Price: $39 US (Lesson learned: you don’t need to spend a ton to get a good, quality carrier that you’ll just adore!)

Skip Hop Silver Lining Cloud Entertainer

So, it’s a hard knock life out here in baby entertainer land.

I was bound and determined to find a baby entertainer that didn’t look like a daggone circus.

Let’s face facts: most entertainers are literal eye sores in your living spaces. And not only that, they make the most hideous noises imaginable.

This product is the opposite of that.

While it’s a bit of a boon on the old wallet, it’s truly a grow-with-me experience for baby.

The adjustable foot platform doubles as a chalkboard. Yes, a real chalkboard. I know. Amazing, right? And this chalkboard will pop right into the chair bit of the entertainer and the entire apparatus will transform into the cutest kiddie table you ever saw.

The toys are easily removable and can be reconfigured with so much ease, you could do it with your eyes closed.

And speaking of eyes, it goes easy on those, as well. Because, quite simply, this entertainer is anything but another eye-sore circus show like 99% of the entertainers on the market.

The only downside is that I wish the table automatically came with the little stools needed for the toddler table it eventually becomes. For the price, it would’ve been fantastic to include those. But, I digress. No matter, this product is wonderful.

Price: $130 US ( I got mine for $20 less on Amazon).

Do you have any of these items? What are your reviews? Share with us in the comment section, below!

*Part 2 (Diapering, feeding, and other necessities) will be posted very soon!

My top 5 favorite baby items!

Hi Everyone, 

As a new mom/ parent there are so many items out there just screaming to be bought. When registering for items it's hard not to get swept away in new baby item novelties. I'm about 6 months into this new mom adventure and I wanted to share with you some of our favorite products we found that have been a huge success in our home...so here we go.

 

#1. Wubbanub

 

The number one item me and my husband both agree on that we purchased for Eleanor was a Wubbanub. These awesome little pacifiers are attached onto a cute stuffed animal! It is a lifesaver for at night time when we were feeling around in Ellie crib desperately searching for her pacifier to help soothe her to sleep. Ellie also loves it because the little animal fits perfectly in her small little hands and she is now able to grab and put her own pacifier in her mouth at 5 1/2 months old. It is pretty awesome! 

#2 Boppy Pillow

Our Boppy Pillow is probably the item we have used the longest and still has proven to be a great purchase. The Boppy Pillow is a great item to use right away when baby is born. We used it a lot to put Eleanor in when we were on the couch with her or when we were just hanging out at home. It was a comfy little space for her and allowed me to have my hands free for a few moments. I also used it for breastfeeding for the first couple weeks as I recovered from having a c-section. Ellie now uses it to help her with sitting up. 

#3 Elephant Soother and Sound Machine

This Elephant was one of the first gifts we got when Ellie was born. Eleanor hates to be in the dark when its time to go to bed so this light up Elephant has been a lifesaver. I've also been able to use it in long car rides with her. The sound machine isn't the best quality but it can do the job. We personally don't use it and have another white noise device for Ellie.

 

 

#4 Honest Co. Diapers

I decided to try out the Honest Co. Diapers one month because of a great deal they were having. Little did I know how amazing they would be and how I would get hooked. Eleanor at about 2-3 months was having blow outs every single day, causing me to have to change her outfit and do lots more laundry than I would have liked to do. Then came the Honest Co. diapers...I kid you not...I can count on 1 hand how many blowouts she has had in the past 3 months since having them. They have been great! Plus, they have super cute designs, which is fun. 

#4 Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo

Ellie recently got this fun toy for Christmas and she has had a blast with it! Its one of the toys she will have fun playing with for more than 20 mins...which allows me to get some work done. Its been fun to watch her laugh, giggle and yell while playing on this. 

 

#5 Fjällräven Backpack aka Our Diaper Bag

This isnt your typical diaper bag, but thats why I love it. When we were researching diaper bags to get the Fjallraven Kanken Daypack came up on one of my searches. I liked the look of this bag and I knew it would be a bag my husband wouldnt mind toting around either. What has come in handy the most is that it is indeed a backpack. When I'm out with Ellie on my own, I don't nearly have enough hands to have the stroller, carseat, my bag and the diaper bag in my hands. With the Kanken backpack its so nice to have one less thing to carry and just throw on my back. 

We picked the dark gray so it wouldn't show dirt as much and was versatile for a boy or girl.

We picked the dark gray so it wouldn't show dirt as much and was versatile for a boy or girl.

Well there you have it! My top 5 favorite baby items so far. Hope it helps some soon to be mammas or other moms just in search of great products to help them and their families grow together!

Hope you all have a great week,

Sarah

 

(These are all my own opinion and I was not endorsed by any of these companies to share their product with you)

Eleanor Grace: A Birth Story

2 weeks and 4 days ago my life changed. On Friday July 15, 2016 my husband and I welcomed our sweet Ellie girl into this world. 

My labor started on Thursday the 14th after my doctors appointment that morning. I had just gotten my membranes swept and I was feeling achey, crampy and just overall just exhausted and tired of being pregnant. I wasnt feeling well, but I wasn't giving into the notion that this could possibly be labor. Eleanor's due date was the day before and I was certain that I was going to be pregnant forever. I would spend days on the couch just imagining that moment when my contractions would be consistent or when my water would break. I longed for that moment for when I knew my little girl would be coming. 

That night we ate some dinner and just spent the evening relaxing on the couch. I grabbed my coloring book and just tried to cherish those last days of pregnancy and feeling my big belly, with Eleanor's tiny kicks coming through. It was around 9:30, when Aric and I decided to head to bed. We turned on one of our favorite shows, The Office, and I got ready for another restless night of tossing and turning. 

It was around 10:30, I realized my contractions were more annoying and I decided to shift my position and then all of a sudden I felt like I slightly peed my pants. I thought "Great, now I cant control my bladder! Pregnancy just keeps getting better and better." (sarcasm included) Then realization hit....could this be? could my water be breaking? I sat up in bed, slightly confused and wondering if when I stood up what would happen. My husband looked over at me with concern as I quickly walked to the bathroom. There in our bathroom I stood and my water broke. I stood there eyes wide as I looked at Aric....

THIS WAS THE MOMENT! Part of me kinda still thought....did I just pee my pants? Aric reassured me that was not the case. We both calmly grabbed our bags, and rushed out the door. As we drove to the hospital we called all the family letting them know, it was FINALLY time. We got to the hospital where I left a trail of water wherever we went. I was slightly embarrassed but part of me really didn't care, I kinda laughed at myself and knew I wasn't the only person for this to happen to.  We then were admitted right away since my water breaking was a sure sign baby was coming soon....or so we thought.

We arrived at the hospital at 11:10 on Thursday July 14, 2016. I was already 4cm dilated and my contractions were consistent.  Around 2 am the pain got to be too much, so I got my epidural. (I must say, ladies if you had a natural birth I applaud you! That is a great strength you have!) Things were moving along smoothly. Around 10am the next morning I got word I was 7cm dilated. I was moving along and was getting excited and a little nervous for the end to be here. A couple hours past and I realized I was not feeling well at all. The nurse took my temperature and I was developing a fever.

I had developed an infection. An infection that not only effected me, but it also effected Eleanor. Now, after Ellie would be born she would have to go straight to the NICU to get antibiotics. My heart broke. My baby was going to be taken away from me moments after she was born. I dreamed about the moments I would spend with her after birth. Just having her near and doing skin to skin. My expectations crumbled. However, I didn't let my mind stay in the disappointment. Around 2-3pm on that Friday they said I was 9cm. I was really getting excited because we were getting so close. However, hours past and I still was at 9cm. My body just would not go past this point. Around 6:30 on July 15, the doctor came in and checked me. I was still stuck at 9cm...Too much time has past for us to wait any longer for this little girl to make her appearance. I had to get a c- section.

Surgery?! Ugh, my heart sank once again. This is not what I had planned. However in those moments of disappointment and difficulty I felt the prayers of my family and friends. Never have I had such a peace and acceptance in a moment. No, this is not what I had planned, but God knew this was going to be what happened all along. He knew I would get an infection with a high fever, He knew I would go through 20+ hours of labor and He knew that Eleanor would be born by a c-section. I trusted in the fact that God had this all planned out and He loved my little girl more than I ever could. I knew He would be taking care of both of us. 

Eleanor Grace Burkert was born on July 15, 2016. She weighed 7.9lbs and was 20 inches long. While in those first moment of her life I only got to give my girl a sweet kiss on the cheek and she was taken away to NICU, I knew my life had been changed.

This little girl has shown me what it means to be selfless. To forget about my own needs and wholeheartedly serve someone else. She is beautiful and loved by her Dad and I and by her extended family. She is a picture of how beautiful our Creator is in His design. She is sweet and cuddly. She's my little girl and I'm so greatful the Lord chose me to be her mother.