BABY DIARIES | 5 Months- My 5 Favorite Baby Items

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As a new mom, one of the most overwhelming things is all of the baby STUFF. Let’s be honest, the day before your first child is born you’ve never really seen (let alone used) any of the things that can really be helpful to you. When I opened a couple things at my shower I felt like saying, “Thank you! A dinglehopper!” Even if I knew what the item was, I had no idea how to gauge its usefulness.

My list of favorite baby items seems to change every couple of weeks as Easton continues to develop new skills. This is my list at the moment:

5. Burp Cloths

I had no idea how these little suckers would infiltrate my life. I’m talking 2 on the sofa, 1 in the bathroom, 1 on the changing table, 2 on the kitchen counter, 1 in my purse, 2 in the car, and at least 1 in the back yard where the dog has savored every last lick of sour milk (Yuck!). They’re everywhere. At 5 months old, Easton still spits up quite a bit, and it never hurts to have a burp cloth nearby. To me, they’re a necessity.

*I bought 24 old fashioned cloth diapers at Target and stitched cute boy fabrics onto them to make the burp cloths. I was also given several adorable sets…

4. Bumbo
Easton is at that stage now where he can’t sit up on his own, but he loves sitting up instead of laying down. In the last month or so I’ve found the Bumbo seat incredibly helpful; it usually buys me 15-30 minutes of hands free time. While he’s sitting up in it, I can talk to him, give him a toy to play with, or he can just watch what I’m doing. To me, the Bumbo was well worth its $36 price tag.

* I purchased our Bumbo at Target, but you can also find them at BuyBuyBaby, Babies ‘R’ Us, Walmart, and at some small boutiques.

3. Baby Björn Bib

Counting down, the third item on my list is the Baby Björn bib. At our 4 month appointment the pediatrician recommended that we start feeding Easton vegetables. I was given this bib at my shower, and so I gave it a try.

{Pause right here. Ok, veteran moms skip to the next paragraph because you’re going to laugh at me. New moms, listen up. I didn’t understand this until recently. Maybe you know this, but I didn’t. There are different reasons you use a bib. The small fabric ones are generally for spit up and drool. The larger plastic ones are for when your baby starts eating food. I couldn’t figure out the use of the fabric ones until recently. I’m a genius, I know…}

Anyway, I love the Baby Björn bib because the formed plastic trough stays open and catches the majority of spills. And, when it’s dirty you can just throw it in the dishwasher.

*Mine was a gift from my registry at BuyBuyBaby. You can also find them at Target and Babies ‘R’ Us.

2. Stroller

I ♥ my stroller. It’s the Britax B-Ready.

I have zero complaints about it and I use it multiple times every day. I don’t know what I’d do without a stroller. Easton is getting so heavy that last week I pulled my bicep carrying him in the infant carrier. I guess I won’t be doing that anymore…

*Available at BuyBuyBaby, Target, Babies ‘R’ Us, and online.

1. Paci Bibs

This is my latest and most exciting discovery! I don’t know if Easton is starting to teethe or what, but he has become quite the drool factory. In a matter of minutes he can soak through an entire outfit. Enter…the paci bib (a.k.a. best invention ever).

Definition: Paci Bib (n.): a bib with an attached pacifier to catch and absorb drool while preserving the outfit.

These things are absolutely wonderful and a lot cuter than a spit-drenched onesie.

*I found several Etsy sellers that make these, but as far as I know they aren’t available in stores. I drew a simple pattern and used cotton prints and terrycloth to sew them. If anyone would like my pattern just comment below.

Does anyone have another baby tool that I MUST know about?


5 Months

19lbs, 26.5 in

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Brittany is an Arizona native and married to her best friend, Brandon. Some days she stays home with her little guy, Easton (Born December 3rd, 2010), and other days she helps out with her family’s custom upholstery business, Pacific Mfg. Co. She is a lover of ALL things creative…


11 COMMENTS

  1. Um, ok so I read this earlier this morning but then I just realized after getting home from Pipers well check (she is 5 months too) that Easton is SO much bigger than her!! lol, I LOVE watching how incredibly different every baby is 🙂

    Also, great find on that paci bib… now if only my daughter would keep a bib on…

    • Piper is just so crazy adorable…

      It IS so funny how different every kid is…Easton’s never even tried to take his bibs off! 🙂

      • He has never tried to take it off??? Oh girl, you are sooo LUCKY! Parker would never keep one on either! Must just be my kids!!

  2. Love this post! I did not know the difference between bibs when my daughter was young — I don’t think I even knew that plastic bibs existed! And I never had a Bumbo but have been considering one this time and now will probably get one (or ask for one)!

    The paci-bib sounds awesome and I’d love the pattern (I can’t sew but my mom can)! Gigi didn’t really take pacifiers, but we’ll see!

    By the way, Easton just gets cuter everyday!

  3. Ladies! I’ll post the pattern as soon as I scan it in and make a couple notes on it for you. I need to ask Steph how to post it, but I’m sure it’s pretty easy.

    🙂

    • Hi Brittany,

      This is Michelle from Scottsdale…don’t know if you remember me? Did you attend Scottsdale Bible Church? I used to attend there back in 2006-2008. If I recall, you played the violin? Would love to reconnect.. You have such a cute little guy!

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