Ollie’s (and Mama’s) Favorite Things, 0-2 months

I am blessed with a baby that is pretty easy to read. If he fusses it’s because he’s sleepy, hungry, needs changing or is overstimulated. With that said I still need extra help to keep him content. These are a few items that have been saviors for us for the first couple of months. I didn’t receive any sponsorship for this post. It’s just my honest opinion. I know while I was pregnant all I wanted to know was what things would save me from pulling my hair out. Well, these are a few.

Ollie’s mobile above his changing mat is so incredibly loved by him it borders crazy adorable. He chats with “his friends” every time I change him. He never cries, just stays spellbound staring up at it. Great buy from Ikea.

The Boppy isn’t big-girl friendly, I am not going to lie. But if you nurse a baby using the football hold (placing Boppy around the side of your waist oppose to around your waist) then you’re golden. It works. I thought a pillow would do just as well but it doesn’t. The Boppy is pretty firm and adds that added support when feeding him.

This kid goes crazy on this mat. he loves kicking the parrot and reaching for the elephant rattle. He stays amused for quite a while. Bliss.

When I was recovering from my c-section I couldn’t go up stairs more than 3 times a day for two weeks. This sleeper was a life saver since we live in a duplex. Ollie napped downstairs with me and I never had to worry about having to take him up to nap in his room. It remains his favorite place to sleep. We’ll soon be transitioning to napping in his crib but this sleeper came in so handy!

I know not all babies love swings but Ollie loves his. He very very rarely fails to fall asleep in it. Many a tear (from me!) would have been shed without this bad boy. So worth having.

We like to rock Ollie to sleep and so does he. We moved the glider into our bedroom, where he’s sleeping. It helps to have late at night when he’s having a reflux issue, needs extra help going to sleep or simply to rock and have some cuddle time.

So those are our favorite things so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what toys he will prefer when he starts getting interest in them. Let me know what are some of your favorite baby items. I’d love to know!


12 thoughts on “Ollie’s (and Mama’s) Favorite Things, 0-2 months

  1. Thanks for sharing your review of these! I’m so terrible I haven’t got my boy any toys yet. He’s been staring at the ceiling fan for fun, lol. But I’ve got an order in to Amazon and will have to add one or two of these to it. I find the Boppy useful too. Also, my guy loves the Baby Bjorn.

    • I think any baby would love the mat. It’s great for tummy time (although Ollie HATES tummy time) and for just relaxing.

      I almost added our carrier to the list but Ollie is not always a fan. To be fair it’s been warm here so I would get fussy too if I was up against another hot body!

  2. I always wished my kids loved the swing but neither one of them did. When I have it away this spring, it had only been used once or twice. They would sit for about 15-20 minutes in our bouncy chair before they got tired of it. Yeah, not so easy to entertain 🙂 Luckily, N was always completely entertained just watching her brother!

    The only baby toys I ever recommend are Sophie the Giraffe, which both my kids ADORED, and a funny little toy called the Winkle. Both are great for teething and tiny little hands. I could lay them down on a quilt with those 2 toys and that was all they needed!

    • We got a Sophie as a gift. Glad it will come in handy. Who woulda thought such a simple thing would be so popular?!

      The Winkle is going in my amazon cart. I love simple toys.

      • Oh, and one more that I forgot to mention — a simple set of hard plastic stacking cups. I think I got mine for $4 at Babies R Us. My babies loved them and actually still play with them in the bath and in their play kitchen. Best $4 I ever spent on a toy!

  3. Love that mobile! So cute. And his face on the glider pic is awesome. If you’re looking for a different nursing pillow, try My Breast Friend…it’s a cheesy name, but I got it as a last straw with trying to nurse my son and it made such a difference! I’m still using it with my little girl. It straps around you, so it adjusts to any size and doesn’t roll away from you.

  4. You are giving real talk about that Boppy! That thing just does not fit me. I didn’t use it last time and I hadn’t used it this time until I read your tip. I tried it on the side only yesterday and liked it. Thanks!

    I love and have most of the things you mentioned. I purchased the rock and play thing for this baby and I like having a downstairs sleep spot to put her.

    I haven’t purchased too many new things for this baby. I am re-using Miracle Blankets from my son and I LOVE them. I can’t swaddle for crap using regular blankets and keeping her hands off her face is a must for longer naps. That sucker is expensive but it is a total straightjacket. It also lets you swaddle the hands independently of the feet. Poor baby was getting too hot when I did the total wrap!

    Two new things that I’ve found very useful are actually apps. One app called “White Noise” has been a lifesaver. It’s free but the $1 upgrade is worth it. With a toddler, there is a lot of background noise going on when the baby is sleeping. This drowns all of that out and also provides a consistent sleep environment. I have an Ipod touch hooked up to a speaker dock so it is on at all times in my bedroom. What little sleep that I get has been improved by white noise too.

    I also use the BabyConnect app to track everything: nursing, pumping, diapers, sleep. Having a record of everything helps. I like to know how much sleep she’s getting every day. It is useful to remember what side I last fed on or to realize that my left nip is sore because I’ve been favoring it when feeding. I can also track pumping sessions to know how much I’ve gotten and when I did it (since pumping is sporadic right now). Love it.

    Wow that was long.

  5. The boppy isn’t very friendly for any size. At least not at first. I got a my brest friend after visiting a lactation consultant and found it much easier to use while Stella was tiny. Now that she’s older and we know what we’re doing, the boppy works a bit better.

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