New Baby + Mom Favorite Items

Sweet little Baby K has been with us for a whole five months today! Hard to believe in some ways, and in other ways, it's hard to remember what life was like without her. We love this girl to pieces, and she has brought so much joy (and a lot less sleep) to our lives. We have tackled the newborn stage, the four-month sleep regression, and all the fun things that come with having a baby under 6 months, so I wanted to share some of my favorite products and ideas with you up to this point. Some of them will make good gifts for baby, while a lot of them will make good gifts for mom.

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1. Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light, and Time-to-Rise - This was a baby shower gift and has come in handy for us. The reason the Hatch is so nice is because it can be controlled through the Hatch app. I can turn on the sound of choice (usually rain or ocean for us) without even getting up. If I need a nightlight to feed or change, I can turn on the Hatch light to the brightness I want all from my phone. It's very convenient. It will also grow with your baby because you can create timers and schedules for toddler years. I will probably program the Hatch light to turn on in the morning when Karis is allowed to get out of bed. She'll know that when she sees the pink light, she can get up for the day (you can also choose from many other sounds and colors)!

2. Wzye Cam - I've followed the Crosby family for years, even before Dave founded Wyze, so it's been fun watching the company grow bigger and expand to new products. The basic starter camera is so much cheaper than most home cameras on the market. We have one in Karis's room and use it as our baby monitor. Karis is still sleeping in our room for right now, but once she moves to her room, I'll be able to keep a close eye (and ear) on her. The camera is connected to your app, so you log in and watch from your phone. It also has black and white night vision, so if the lights are off, you can still see well. If you want to buy a memory card to record and playback the video, that's available too. Our family loves Wyze so much that my dad gifted one to my mom for Christmas, and Kris and I gifted one to my brother and sister-in-law. I actually sometimes log in to my mom's Wyze account and see what's going on at home! Creeper, I know.

3. Contrast Crinkle Book - In the early months, it's hard to know exactly how to spend wake times. Babies love all things contrast, so it doesn't have to be this book exactly, but having something for baby to look at and study is fun and helpful! I've literally just drawn pictures with markers for Karis to look at, so it doesn't have to be fancy. This one is cheap and crinkles which is a bonus for when baby starts grasping. Karis has a crinkle book and loves to manipulate it and put it in her mouth. It's nice on road trips too because I always know when she's started waking hiding with that loud crinkly book!

4. Infant Bath - We were given a hand-me-down baby bath so this isn't the exact one we have, but it's very similar. I end up doing wash cloth/sponge baths often, but for the days when baby needs a good soak, you'll need something she can recline in while you wash her. Our infant bath has worked great for us...although Karis has become a mad women in the tub now. She kicks and splashes, and I have to hold on tightly so be prepared!