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Now that my kids are older, I feel like the wise old sage mom. OK, old mom, but sometimes I pose as a wise sage. Truthfully, there is nothing like getting older to make you realize how many really dumb things you did as a parent mdash; generally whilst feeling so knowledgable — but I’m grateful my kids survived me. Mostly.
Today’s new parent face an astouding array of choices. Wandering the aisles of Babies R Us is enough to send any prespective parent over the edge — and that’s not even considering the checking account.
I never much got into the baby gadget thing. First, because we had our first two children while still in college and, second, because I sincerely didn#39;t want one more thing to take care of, clean around, and to fill up my living space. I always purchased items very judisciously and often found items that could serve multiple purposes.
Still, there were a few things I would never have done without:
- A quality (double) jogging stroller – oh, the freedom this provided when I had little ones! I could walk, jog, or (yes, I did) roller blade to my heart’s content, and the kids loved it!
- A comfy baby swing – sometimes there is no substitute for motion in calming down a baby and if you#39;ve ever had one of those babies who will only sleep while on the move, you also know it can be overwhelming. Having a place that my baby loved almost as much as my arms was sometimes a real boon.
- A nursing pillow – I really struggled with nursing my kids. La Leche League (NO!) and lactation consultants (YES!) aside, I had all sorts of pain and difficulty. One of the things that made a huge difference was my denim nursing pillow. It was a new concept and not very refined, but akwardness and bulkiness aside, it allowed me to spend the hours and hours I needed to adjust in a comfortable way.
Today I learned about the Mombo nursing pillow. (It’s available at Toys R Us and Babies R Us.) It is my little old pillow on steroids. The shape is much improved with a taper to remove some of the side bulk. It comes in all different styles and fabrics. You can buy a slipcover for it. (Easy clean!) They have a two-sided version that has a softer side and a firmer side. There is even a Mombo with a vibrator to help baby to sleep. (If you’re like me, your baby needs something to stay strongawake/strong while nursing, not the other way around!)
If I were back in the baby market — and in the next few years I could be in the grandbaby market — this would be high on my list of critical baby items. I’m sure it would be a welcome gift for the mother-to-be that you know!
What are your favorite, cannot-do-without baby products?