6 Parent-y Things We Can’t Live Without

We are parents. It’s a very cool and very weird thing to accept. One day you are shopping for heels, the next you are buying tiny little onsies. There isn’t much of a transition. Everything and nothing chances all at once. You are the same person. Maybe with a bit more patience. Perhaps you have the ability to function on 1/2 the sleep, but your core is the same. I had all these rules before Atlas was born, and the parents smirked, and the non-parents nodded their heads like I had the master plan all worked out. Things like “nothing made in China” to “85% of his clothes and toys not made in China”. And another rule was to not go crazy with baby stuff. It will clutter the house, and he’s not really going to use all of it anyway, right? It’s true – planning is fruitless.

For example, we bought this months and months ago because it “matches” our house.

moses basket, restoration hardware moses basket

I was heartbroken when we came home from the hospital to realize I wasn’t comfortable placing our brand new baby in this too-tall-to-look-into-from-bed. We wound up using this $70 option religiously for the first four weeks.


rockandplay, rock and play

We got it with the intent of using it downstairs and for travel, but wound up using it every day, multiple times a day. You can find it here, or almost anywhere that sells baby stuff really. It’s so worth it. The good news is, at about 6.5 weeks Atlas started using the Restoration Hardware Moses Basket and loving it AND we get to keep using the little one for travel because it folds up so great. Sigh-of-relief!

And believe it or not we have another thing for him to sleep in. It’s funny how we rationalized the purchase too. My dad asked if we had a swing, and we said we didn’t and started doing research. Joey found this insane swing-substitute because he thought, what if Atlas doesn’t like a single motion. Joey wanted the swing to have multiple options. This is how we wound up with this crazy looking thing.

mama roo, mod baby swing, mamaroo

It’s been amazing for back relief. Atlas is already over 13 lbs and growing strong! Both of us have been breaking our backs daily to rock him and walk around with him and this “swing” has cut that time a lot. We LOVE LOVE LOVE holding our baby,  but when or backs begin to hurt, it’s no good for anyone. This ran about $240 big ones, which I wasn’t excited about, however it’s proven to be very useful and will last until he is at least a year old. I also love ow it doesn’t take up too much space and comes in un-offensive color options. We sprung for the extra $40 to have the plush option in this neutral tone. The cheapest one we could find is here, but we got ours on diapers.com with a coupon, saving a few extra bucks.

I was pretty dead set on not having all these “junky” or “crazy-colorful-mismatched” things for bebe, but when this sleeping vessel situation happened, I learned right quick I would have to exercise flexibility and all my previous planning may in-fact have been fruitless.

We registered for this backpack style carrier that workes for infants and baby’s alike and was $150 and super cute. I figured we would use it around the house, and at the zoo, mall, BBQ’s, whatever. Well, it’s been almost 8 weeks and we have only put it on once, and used it for real zero times.

Once again, the cheaper $50 option won out and is being used daily. Go figure. Enter this guy.

moby, moby wrap, moby baby carrier

Joey said “Why would we spend $50 on a piece of fabric?!”. So we didn’t. The over the shoulder sling didn’t work for me and the $150 backback style seemed too severe for house use with it’s million clips. One day I just went ahead and bought it and I love it! It’s another back saver for sure.  Joey on the other hand has not had luck with it and is still using the sling here and there.

My sister got me a super cute diaper bag I saw online and when it arrived I was confuse how anyone could use it as a diaper bag. The opening was so small, and it was so flimsy. It had gotten rave reviews, but I wasn’t going to just see if it worked out, so I swapped it for one I have seen in person.

orla kiely diaper bag

I discovered Orla Kiely ages ago while in London and have been in love with her simple and durable pieces since. This bag is heaven sent. I don’t think this one is currently available, but I am sure a different pattern is. Under the bag has a large zip where I store the diapers and changing mat. Inside has a bunch of pockets and a bungie we keep keys on. It fits over the shoulder or cross body really well. I am so happy I wound up with this one.

Atlas loves tummy time, which I hear is strange. He coo’s like a madman if he is belly down on your belly or on a blanket on the floor, or on the bed (supervised of course!). I didn’t want one of those huge playmats because they are so ugly, and I figure he’s face down – he sees the floor or our face when we are next to him.

skiphop playmay, skip hop play mat

So, one day he spit up all over his blankets, and I started to grow tired of dragging out little toys and propping them up for them to just go unnoticed by Atlas, than I told Joey we should look into a playmat, and just make sure to not keep it on the ground. We went to Buy Buy Baby and this guy was $75. What?! It’s the only decent looking one and it’s twice the price of all the others! On principle, I told Joey I didn’t want it. The next day I found it for $63, and decided to give it a try because I figured the baby should have some designated areas of his own. Shame on me, we should have gotten this soon. It’s pretty great and well made. We removed the mirror from the floor portion and he kicks the dangling birds and laughs. He’s a bit too young to interact with it fully, but so far, very good. We use it for tummy time and we put him on his back. We haven’t used the pillow it came with yet, but I imagine that prop up with help him engage even better.

So there is over a thousand words on things that are working for us so far. We are still testing out diapers, soaps, car seats, stroller, etc and will let you know how we feel about them.

Do you have any products you can’t live without for your newborn? We would absolutely love to hear! Leave a comment below and share with us and everyone! 

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  1. So with you on the rock n play thing! It was the magic box to get her to sleep at all at night and helped us get back to zombie less existence. I wish I had known about it sooner.

  2. I just got the restoration hardware moses basket with the same exact bedding in the picture. I’m kind of confused now though..the bedding is super plush for underneath the baby and the bumper is pretty thick. Did you have any concerns about the baby suffocating? I would be using this for when the baby is sleeping right next to me..however I can’t help but wonder if its safe…especially with all the SIDS guidelines…

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