They say it’s pretty challenging going from 1 child to 2 and lemme tell you…it’s straight up bonkers, y’all. Even more so if you work from home, have a husband that travels a lot and don’t have any family in town. Seriously, if you’ve got kids AND have parents, in-laws and those that don’t mind helping you with your littles in town, you have nooooo idea how good you have it.
And I’m jealous. SO jealous.
The best part about doing this kid thing again, though? Not making the same silly purchases. Mama is so much savvier this time. I sold just about alllllll of EB’s baby items and I didn’t have much to start with for Bub except a car seat. That said, I thought long and hard about the things that we needed and I’ll tell you what…it wasn’t much!
Lots of love to the following brands that provided these goodies to help with baby #2.
Diono Radiant RXT
Currently being test driven by big sister, my love for Diono started shortly before I gave birth to Bub. I knew that I wanted to get him a convertible car seat sooner than we got one for EB. Diono is a premier car seat brand that parents who are big on extended rear facing appreciate. At 3 years old, EB is still sitting in a rear facing position and will likely sit that way until she outgrows her car seat. My friends laugh and judge me for it, but science is science and the reality is…kids are safer rear facing well until they are 3 or 4-years old.
The Diono Radiant RXT is a sturdy car seat that is unbelievably narrow. Got 3 littles in car seats that you’d like to all fit on one row? The Diono Radiant RXT can handle it. Need a car seat that you can strap on your back and easily place on a plane? This baby has you covered. I’ll do a more thorough review of this car seat and how I love it for my newborn and toddler but parents shopping for car seats…add this one to your list!
More info about Diono here.
Because it’s about time someone makes a functional diaper bag. In fact, don’t even call the Cub Bag a diaper bag. Call it your best friend. That’s what I’ve been calling mine. Intended to be used as a bag that totes all of baby’s essentials, the Cub Bag can also act as a pillow that works beautifully for mamas nursing and bottle feeding their babies. When worn diagonally, this bag can also help prop baby up on your hip. Luxurious and large enough to hold life, I’m wishing this bag existed when Miss. E was a baby E. I LOVE the Cub Bag!
More info about Cub Bag here.
Ring sling and Soft Structured Carriers
Y’all know how much I love babywearing. I’ve been wearing him since he was a day one. My favorite carrier of all time? Ring slings! Versatile, easy to put on and remove, ring slings are so practical for parents of newborns and toddlers.
The fabric options are endless – as are prints. We just started putting Bub on the back with an Oscha wrap that I purchased when EB was a babe and he loves it!
I’m in love, baby is comfy and happy and I will forever be singing the sling praises.
More about my favorite baby carriers here.
I never thought humidifiers would qualify as baby items, but after receiving a press sample of the Venta Airwasher, I’m convinced these bad boys are SO made for babies. And why? While we couldn’t figure out a real purpose for the Airwasher in our main spaces, once we put it in Elle’s room, we were shocked at what we found. Her eczema started clearing up!
The patchy and peeling skin slowly started to ease up and both Esposo and I were in amazement. The Venta Airwashwer is far from small but if you’ve got the space, it’s worth the investment as I think this will be ideal to help clear up nasal passages if and when our babes get stuffy noses. For now, though? We’ll be keeping this humidifier and air purifier in EB’s room because of the excellent results it has been giving her skin added moisture.
More info about the Airwasher here.
So it turns out that being an exclusively pumping mom is VERY different from being a nursing mom. I even have to dress differently since Jett feeds on demand. That said, for the first time ever, I had to invest in nursing bras. This sounds simple, right? It’s not. Especially when you’ve got large boobs. So many bras focus on style and how pretty they are but lack the comfort and support that girls with larger breasts need. And so while essential, I have no brands to list here because I have yet to find an adequate nursing bra. Many of my friends tell me that I’m better off using a nursing cami but I still like the support of a bra for when I need it. An essential, yes but it’s currently a lost essential. Help a sista out!
So…not too shabby, right? I’m proud of how I’ve been managing with my 2 littles. Sure, I get little to no sleep but I’ve got to tap myself on the shoulder because for the most part, everyone is relatively happy, fed and clean. This, friends, is really what matters.
FTC Disclosure: Some of these items were gifted to me but all thoughts and opinions are my own.