I’ve been wanting to do a favorite things post for a while now. Juliet is already 8 months and there have been some products that have helped make our lives easier and some that have provided lots of fun for baby playtime.

1.  Bambino Land Muslin Organic Blankets - these are beautiful, soft blankets perfect for swaddling, using as a carseat or stroller cover to keep the sun out, snuggling blanket, etc.  They get softer after you wash and are well worth the price.  I have sweet memories of cuddling with Juliet in the rocking chair with these blankets.
2.  Fisher Price Rock n Play - this seems to be a favorite among new moms and I jumped right on the band wagon.  We bought this from Target when Juliet was 4 weeks old and she slept her first 4 hour stretch in it that night.  She was in our bedroom for about 4 and a half months and the rock n play is the perfect height for our bed and was super comfortable for Juliet.  When we weren’t bedsharing, she was sleeping in her rock n play.
3.  Halo SleepSacks - the hospital where Juliet was born had these sleepsacks and I bought two more a couple days after we got home.  They are comfy and I liked the option to have arms in or out.  Juliet was a little Houdini and she could wiggle her arms out of any sleep sack.  She slept fine with her arms out, but this allowed her to still be a bit snuggled with the “wings” so this was perfect.
4.  Quinny Buzz 3 stroller - I really love our stroller and am a fan of the more expensive strollers because of it.  I purchased it used from a former colleague when I was just a few months pregnant and was unsure about it until we started using it.  The front tire stuck a bit, but after a brief cleaning and some dry teflon spray, it was as good as new.  It has awesome air-filled back tires for a smooth ride and the automatic unfolding is super convenient.  I don’t think it’s too heavy and have put it in and out of my trunk a hundred times.  Juliet and I logged miles and miles in her stroller while I was on maternity leave.  She was in the infant car seat for the first 5-6 months and then we switched her to the other seat. It has a memory foam cushion and seems super comfortable.  Juliet is always happy in her stroller.
5.  Tommee Tippee bottles - Juliet had been drinking out of Medela bottles since she was about 4 days old.  I was breastfeeding and pumping and Erik would help with feedings a few times a week.  She was always fine with these bottles until she was about 10 weeks old.  Then she went on bottle strike, as if sensing that I was going to be heading back to work soon.  It stressed me out to the max and we tried many different types of bottles.  Tommee Tippee bottles worked out the best for us and about two weeks after going back to work, Juliet was comfortable with the bottle.  She loves these bottles now and they are all we use.
6.  Medela Freestyle breast pump - I am a huge fan of this breast pump and have recommended it to my pregnant friends.  It’s portable which means you can pump anywhere and don’t have to worry about being plugged in.  It has a strong motor and has worked well for me.  I pump 3-4 times a day since going back to work at the end of May.  Truthfully, pumping in general is kind of a drag, I would rather breastfeed my sweetie, but if you are a working mom or ever plan to be away from your baby for longer than 3 hours, this is necessary.
7.  Maxi Cosi Mico infant car seat - we got this car seat because it is compatible with our Quinny stroller.  It is a lesser known brand in the US but hugely popular in Europe.  It has great safety ratings and Juliet has never been fussy in her car seat.  She always seems comfortable and the designs are simple and very non-baby-ish, which I like.
8.  Carters Fleece Sleepers - Juliet lived in comfortable fleece sleepers for the first few months of her life.  They are still our favorite thing to have her lounge around and sleep in.  When we had visitors or took her anywhere we would put on a cute dress or outfit, but we would always change her immediately back when we got home.  They are soft, snuggle-worthy, easy for diaper changes and affordable.
9.  Sophie the Giraffe Teether - I’m sure all you parents out there are aware that this is one of the most popular toys.  I didn’t get it at first, but then gave it to Juliet and she loved it.  Absolutely loves it.  It squeaks and must be the perfect size and shape for stuffing in your mouth.  It’s spendy though.  Luckily I got it as a shower gift.
10.  Oball rattle - I am in a March Mom’s group on Facebook.  We all had babies in the February – April timeframe and they are the best group of moms to be to anytime I have a question, concern or just want to brag about my sweetie. We give products recommendations all the time and this was one of the first toys that was talked about.  It allows baby to hold it even before they have great hand coordination, because of the way it is structured.  She loved it at about 3-4 months. She still likes it now, mostly for chewing on.
11.  Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo - my mom bought us this jumperoo after my niece Chloe got one and went to town jumping and laughing.  Juliet didn’t do much in it until about a month and a half ago. Now she jumps and screams and laughs. She really loves it. It’s a great place for her to hang out in for 5 minutes or so when I need to empty the dishwasher or pick up around the living room.
12.  Samsung Smartview Video Monitor    - this is probably in my top 3 favorite baby things.  I am into technology in general, but I wouldn’t have been able to get by without this.  That sounds dramatic, but I really needed it.  When Juliet moved from our bedroom to her nursery I had massive amounts of anxiety.  If it were up to me only, I would probably still have her in our bedroom BUT Erik insisted she was ready and actually, he was right.  She slept well in her crib and we all got a better night’s rest.  I still checked on her a couple times a night, but was also able to constantly see her through the video monitor. It does have one sort of annoying feature in that it vibrates if she cries. There is no way to turn the vibrate function off.  She rarely cries at night but it’s annoying to hear a loud vibrating sound in addition to the cries. She doesn’t cry long since I run into her nursery anytime she makes a peep.  This annoys my husband, but I can’t stand to hear her cry.  This monitor has a big screen and is super clear.  I love it.
13.  Timi and Leslie Charlie diaper bag –  I adore my diaper bag.  It’s huge and I need a huge bag.  I put a lot of stuff in there.  Diapers, wipes, change of clothes, lotion, bottles, toys, blankets, etc.  The bag comes with a lot of accessories and I use the bottle holder and diaper changing pad a lot.  I get complimented on this diaper bag all the time.  Erik doesn’t mind carrying it, but he is laid back and cool about these things.  I think it’s pretty reasonably priced and plan to use it for years.  I kind of want a black one, too, but that’s silly, right?  Timi and Leslie have a bunch of other cute styles, too.

Wow.  There you have it.  Our top favorite things.  I’d love to hear about yours.  Leave a comment and share!