5 More Must-Haves

I posted about my 7 Must-Haves and 3 Nice-to-Haves baby gears as a first time Mama back when Anna (an early Spring baby) just turned 3 months old. We lived in a one-level condo at that time.

Every item I posted there still holds true - I still find them all important to survive the first few months/years of parenthood.

But now that I am a second time around Mama with a toddler and living in a three-level house, there are some things I have with Will (a late Fall baby) that I didn't have with Anna that I find extremely helpful.

1. Electric Pump - With Anna, I only had a manual pump and I pumped exclusively for one whole year! Looking back, I don't know how I made it and I have to give myself some credit. It was a huge commitment. While I was pregnant with Will, hubs saw a great deal on this electric pump and bought it for me. Pumping is still a pain, but with this electric pump, it is manageable and doesn't take up too much time, especially when I have Anna to chase around. Luckily, Will is a great nurser and I can nurse him too if I really don't have time to pump on a particular day.

2. Bottle Warmer - We have two of them - one in the kitchen and one in our bedroom. There is no way we are running up and down the steps in cold winter nights. It is the cheapest one on Amazon and it works fine. With Anna, we kept constant warm water in our water heater, but bottle warmer is a faster solution. Will screams bloody murder if he doesn't get his bottle soon enough.

3. Baby Monitor - I find this another must since we live in a three-level home now. Again, it is the cheapest option on Amazon - no bells and whistles - just sound detection. It works for us.

4. BundleMe - We received this as a gift from my friend and it has proven to be useful. We don't have to worry about Will getting cold whenever we are out and about.
Will in Bundle Me
5. Bath Sponge - For $8, this was a great buy! Will is nice and snug in the bath tub and even Anna uses it too. It is light and stores easily. Definitely wished we had this with Anna from the very beginning.

After we are all done with this baby stage, I hope to hand them down to Anna and Will's future cousins! :)


  1. Too Tired To SleepJanuary 8, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Hey now, how about a kickass partner that is able to lend a hand every now and then? Oh well, at least Anna appreciates this old man...

    But yes, having a baby through the winter is definitely different from raising one over the summer. Luckily, Will is fairly relaxed and easy to keep warm.

  2. Yes, I agree! A winter baby is hard! Sasha lived in her BundleMe - I am so glad Will is enjoying his!
    The bath sponge is a great idea - you learn something new every day....
    By the way that is a great photo, and Daddy, your boy is your little MiniMe!! That is your smile on that handsome little face!:)

  3. @ Irena: Really? I don't see it. People also say that Anna looks like me, but I can't tell either.

    BundleMe is the best.

  4. Will looks so cute in that BundleMe!

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