It’s been about four months since Miss Morgan has come into our lives. So it’s been four months of diapers, wipes, baths, ointment and ultimately figuring out what works for us and what doesn’t.
Being a new mom, like so many before me, I researched all of the “must have” items on every. single. website. I compared prices and incorporated my need for natural products. I created a registry and whatever we didn’t receive at our shower we purchased in the months leading up to her arrival. (Please note- if the item was a gift, I am in no way being ungrateful to the gift giver, after all I put it on the registry and you were simply trying to make a hormonal pregoo lady happy. Kudos to you)
Some things worked well for us and others, not so much. So I’ve decided to share my list with you. The irony is not lost on me that this is yet another website touting must haves, but whatevs!
Feel free to share your experiences in the comments below.
Changing table (South Shore – Savannah Changing Table/Dresser, Pure White)-$250
I love this table!! We bought an organic changing pad separately but I can’t share enough on what a good purchase this was. It’s height is convenient, the three small shelves are perfect for diaper storage (more on the boxes later). During our diaper changes and bath time routine, we dry, massage, change clothes, etc all in the same place because everything is within reach. No drawers to open with oily hands!
Storage basket (wicker pink lined storage baskets from Target)- $35
These baskets come in a set of three (large, medium and small). We use the large one for diapers, the medium one for lotions, ointment, powder, etc and the small for socks and head bands. This keeps all items within reach and NEAT! I have a tendency to want things out of sight so with these baskets everything has it’s place.
Diaper warmer (Prince lionhart) $ 27
I really wanted to like this warmer. I mean who wouldn’t want a nice, warm tushy wipe after handling their business. I found the actual device to be the problem. It can accommodate close to 60 wipes at a time but by the time we got to wipe number 40, they were no longer moist and the moist pad had long since dried out. I tried adding a little water to the bottom and it helped in extending the moisture but not for long. In the end, we still use it to hold the wipes but no longer plug it in. Baby girl is used to room temp wipes now.
Diaper ointment (butt paste Boudreaux 16oz $16.99 jar vs Vaseline baby skin protectant $5)
Vaseline wins in our home!! I found the Boudreaux to be messy. I would put it on and found that it was a little difficult to wipe off during the next diaper change. Because it is a little thicker, I tried it at night because she tends to stay in her diapers a little longer. I still didn’t like it. The Vaseline was light and made her skin super soft. I felt comfortable enough to use it in her sensitive areas.
Baby wash (noodle and boo baby wash and lotion $12 for 8 oz vs Burt’s bees baby wash and lotion $8 for 12oz)
I found Noodle and Boo to be a little harsh for her. Although it smells amazing, her skin dried out really quickly after prolonged usage. I tried diluting it but that changed the formula and it no longer suds. I want to try it again now that’s she’s getting older and we still have half the bottle left. Burt’s bees is our winner! It’s smells fantastic, leaves no harsh residue (you know the kind that makes the bath rag a little hard) and the lotion is great for after bath massages. Morgan likes those a lot and has a tendency to put her hands and toes in her mouth soon after. I’m comfortable in knowing that Burt’s bees is a natural product.
That’s all that I have for right now but I’m sure that this will be an ongoing post! We love to try new things and share our opinion. Enjoy!