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Articles I’ve Written
Baby Bear's ongoing eczema is proof I don't have it all figured out, even with all the tools, resources, and knowledge at my disposal. You might be…
Oh boy. I write this post today feeling all the distress of watching my baby suffer and not knowing how to help. Do I have a plan? Yes. Is it…
It's been a long time since my last eczema post (see Part 1 and Part 2 for more of our story). These months have been quite a journey, both…
This post is part of Nester’s 31 Day Challenge 2013. You can check out all of my posts in this series here. This October, I'm writing every day…
Baby Products I Like
Organic Cotton/Wool Innerspring Mattress by Ecobaby — Pure and healthy
Aden + Anais 4 Pack Muslin Swaddle Wrap
We use these all day, every day for a dozen purposes. They’re perfect for warm climates or hot babies who overheat easily. While they do not perform well for a traditional or Happiest Baby on the Block swaddle, they are brilliant for the double swaddle, a technique that keeps squirmy, strong, large babies securely under wrap. Be sure to get the 47″ x 47″ size.
Aden + Anais Dream Blanket
A total splurge, but after a few months, we bought a second one. They’re that wonderful, especially if your baby has ultra-sensitive skin like Baby Bear does.
My favorite snot-sucker–so much better than the bulb syringe. Just don’t think about it too much.
These and a swaddling blanket were just about the only thing the baby wore for weeks. No pulling garments over baby’s head with these! Other reviewers suggested skipping the newborn size; I concur.
Swaddle Designs Ultimate Receiving Blanket
These giant 100% cotton flannel receiving blankets are perfect for traditional and Happiest Baby swaddling, and for cool weather. Check out the deal of the day to get select designs at half price.
Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and Book
Lifesavers for us! Of the two, the DVD is a must. The book can offer additional suggestions and information (I’m glad I read it), but only by watching the DVD did I 1) become a believer, and 2) know exactly how to perform the techniques. We watched it once before birth and then again within the first 2 weeks postpartum. Check your local library system for these items. (Note: Because of my growing interest in biomechanics and natural movement, as well as our experience with positional plagiocephaly, i.e., flat head syndrome, I plan to use these tools differently next time, but I am still SO GLAD to have them in my toolbox.)