Baby Essentials


I have a few new things and a few old things that I love and wanted to share. Babies don't need a ton of things, but some make life a little easier.

I used a co-sleeper for all four of the first babies. It was good to have the baby so close to me during the night, but I also was annoyed with it because it took up so much space next to my bed that I couldn't have a nightstand to keep a lamp on or all my books. I also had to climb around it to just get into the bed. And my babies stay in our room for a couple of years, so it's not a quick sacrifice.

Well, my co-sleeper had seen better days after living through all those kids. My in-laws offered to get us something for Elinor, so we decided it was time for a new bed. I looked at the co-sleepers again, but they really aren't that pretty and I'm trying to make our house look nice, so I looked around some more. Then I found this mini crib.



I love it. It's on wheels so I can slide her close to the bed at night after I lay down and slide it back to the wall during the day. The mattress can go all the way down so it will last through the climbing stage. It's pretty cute, and it comes in different colors. We got this mattress to go in it so it's more comfortable. It's definitely one of the best things I've had for a baby. (I got this sheet and this mattress pad to go with it.)



I love the muslin blankets for swaddling and keeping babies warm without the worry of overheating. They are bigger than the flannel blankets and actually go around my big babies. My Mom bought Elinor this beautiful one to go in our room since we didn't really want the typical nursery colors in here. And then having a couple of white ones to match any outfit is always nice, too.


My Grandma crocheted Elinor this blanket to match the muslin blanket and go in the bed. It's beautiful. So that's how Elinor sleeps.


Then, if you haven't ever seen a baby in baby leg warmers, you are missing out on one of the greatest joys of human life. I mean, how cute is this?!




Plus, you don't have to take them off when changing a diaper, so baby doesn't get cold. My favorite house outfit is a gown and leg warmers for babies. The gown is easy to change a diaper in, and the warmers keep her legs warm. And if her feet are cold, the warmers can slide down over her feet. I love them. I've been using them since Esmond was a baby. (Back then I was also using cloth diapers and even had two babies in cloth diapers after Noemi was born. I'm really not sure how I did that. Elinor, bless her heart, is not in cloth diapers.)


I also have to have some cloth diaper prefolds for burping, spitting up, nursing messes, etc. I almost always have one on my shoulder. They are nice and absorbent and clean up the messes quickly. When my milk comes in, it can get messy pretty quick, so I tuck one of these under my 'nurser' so my shirt doesn't get wet. (Jeremy always says, "it's like drinking water from a fire hydrant.")

I also keep a nice thick quilt in the living room for Elinor to hang out on the floor. For Eowyn, I had stations all over the house, a swing, an exersaucer, etc. etc. But now I just have the blanket. When Elinor gets a bit bigger, I have a jumping jack for her to play in just because those look like the most fun thing a baby could have. I think I'd like to play in one, except I'd probably get a little seasick.


Other than diapers, wipes, and clothes, that's pretty much all I use for taking care of babies. I'm having so much fun taking care of Elinor these sweet days. She's just so cute!

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