Finn's half birthday is quickly approaching-omg-so I thought I would share some of my fav products so far.  It's crazy how quickly you grow out of things from stage to stage with your little peanut.  I had no idea what to register for and I found the whole experience a little overwhelming.  So, I am not including the obvious things in this list like a swing, bouncy chair, pack & play, etc, but rather the things that I found surprisingly awesome and borderline "can't live without".  
The Puj Tub

I looked at all the options for infant tubs and they were all incredibly big and bulky, mostly free standing tubs that you had to fill with water.  The Puj tub is a soft foam-like material that folds and magnetically shapes into the tub shape pictured above.  It is marketed to people in small spaces because it fits in super tiny sinks and it lays flat for storage.  I love love love this tub.  We hung it on a suction cup hook in our shower when we weren't using it, and it takes up very little space.  I also thought it was very cleverly designed in that it held a little water in the base, but it was constantly flowing out of the holes at the feet, this way, if she peed during her bath, she wasn't sitting in it.
Hands  Free Pumping Bra

If you have to go back to work and are planning on continuing to breastfeed, this gorgeous garment will be your best friend.  I mean, look how comfy that woman looks on her laptop while pumping.  But seriously, pumping takes up a lot of your time, you are going to want to be able to multi-task.  Hence your new BFF.  I have this exact one and it does the job, but I am sure any brand would work just fine.
A Play Mat

This item is on all the registering lists, but there are so many different variations that it's hard to know what to get.  I originally got the type on the right and we love it.  It comes with a lot of great accessories and it can be used with all the sides up, with them halfway up, and as a flat mat.  I like this type because it has sides that go up and stay up.  This is the only way we use this mat.  Before Finn started rolling around, we could put her in there and not feel like we had to hover over her and protect her.  With the sides up, she was safe from Benny's tail and Boo jumping on her.  Now that she is a little more mobile, we have been using the mat on the left all the time.  I chose to share this particular mat because it is only $19.99-that is a STEAL for how much we use this thing.  Thank you Ikea.  Basically, this mat is as simple as it gets and that is why it rocks.  You can add those plastic ring things to the blue arch and put as many toys as your little heart desires on there.  Because, lets face it, it doesn't matter what the toy comes with, you will find a way to attach your babies favorite play things.  And the blue overhead piece is only attached with velcro, so it is easy to take off for tummy time.  Plus it folds in half for storage and doesn't take up much space when put away.  Sold.
Rain, Rain App

This is a free app that has approximately 30 different types of rain for your sleeping baby to listen to.  White noise is your friend when you have an infant, and this app has been a lifesaver.  It's free, which is a huge bonus, but at this point I would pay a pretty penny for it.  I have had many a lunch date where playing this app on my phone helped Finn take an extra long nap, allowing some nice mommy time.
Jogging Stroller

So, I am not saying that everyone should get a jogging stroller.  I just want to point out that strollers with inflatable tires versus plastic wheels are like the SUV's of the sidewalk.  Uneven sidewalks and pot holes don't have anything on a stroller with inflatable tires.  I happen to have this jogging stroller and I love it (I do jog with it), even when I use it on a casual stroll, it is really nice and I am sure Finn enjoys the super smooth ride as well.
Toy Rings/Links

Buy a hundred of these.  No seriously, do it.  Every toy you own will be attached to a few of these bad boys so that they don't constantly fall on the floor.  Even when you are in your own house, it saves you a few trips from having to constantly pick up the toys that are thrown off of the swing, chair, exersaucer, etc.  And wait until you are at the grocery store or restaurant.  You don't want the few precious toys that you brought with you to touch the germ-infested ground.  These rings will keep that from happening.  
Moby Wrap

I have a few different baby carriers and the Moby wrap is my favorite so far.  It is a little bulky to pack, because it is a lot of fabric, but it has come in handy on so many occasions that it's worth it.  Plus it crosses in the back and your baby's weight is evenly distributed on both shoulders, so it's easier on your back then some of the other types of baby carriers.
Play Mirror

The playmat that I mentioned earlier came with a small round mirror that can attach to things with velcro.  If we didn't get a mirror with that then I might not have realized how great a mirror really is to a baby.  We attach it to everything and we prop it up during tummy time so she can look at herself.  Finn was not a huge fan of tummy time, but when she could look at herself she would put up with it a little longer.  Now, she requires 2 ridiculous dogs to keep her company during tummy time and she will stay there for hours. Don't worry, I am not going to add 2 ridiculous dogs to this list.

So, there you have it, just a little list of things that I found extremely helpful these past 6 months.  If you have anything you could not live without, I would love for you to share!



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