My Favorite Baby Items: 0-4 Months

I wanted to share some things that really helped me (and some still are helping me) during the first 4 months of Henry’s life!
As a new Mom, I could not have lived without:
[I know theter is a lot of debate on whether or not you should give babies pacifiers, and I choose to ignore all of it.]
I never realized how many different types of pacifiers there were until I went to Buy Buy Baby and saw their WALL of pacifiers. Seriously…it’s an entire wall dedicated to freaking pacifiers. Henry happens to like the Mam ones for whatever reason. These pacifiers have saved our lives and sanity multiples times. They also make Henry very happy :) I suggest buying 2 or 3 different kinds to see which ones your baby likes best.
The Swing
Another life saver and keeper of sanity. We were lucky enough to get our swing from a friends, so we didn’t have to shell out $100+ for it. Even if we did though, I would say it’s totally worth it…for us. I HAVE heard that some babies HATE the swing. My suggestion would be find a friend, family member or coworker who has a swing they aren’t using and borrow it. If they need it back and your baby loves it, go out and buy one. I would hate to buy something like that, put it together (because that’s a bitch all in itself), store that big honkin’ thing, only have to the baby not even use it. Henry loved his though and it gave Mommy and Daddy a few minutes to breathe…which is always much needed.
The Boppy does a lot. It helps you with feeding, gives the baby somewhere to sleep, helps support your arm while holding a newborn…and also makes for a funny hat. I have to admit I always laugh to myself when people (especially boys) grab the boppy and put it on their head or do the old “LOOK ITS A GIANT NACK PILLOW” joke. I think the myself “there is absolutely breast milk and/or baby vomit on that pillow. But let’s be real…there is breast milk and/or baby vom on most all surfaces of my home. It’s pretty unavoidable. I love this pillow and still use it to this day to help Henry sit up.
So one of my BFFs Lauren has been teaching over in South Korea for the past three years (COME HOME NOW I MISS YOU) and she was kind enough to bring over this guy over her Summer break. Yes, she hauled this sucker ALL THE WAY from Korea. That’s a true friend. Anyway, she brought it to me as kind of a joke…but turns out it was like CRUCIAL when Henry was an infant. Like I mentioned in my previous post, breastfeeding can be difficult. A lot of the trouble comes with the baby getting a good latch. This pillow seemed to put Henry in exactly the right positiion to get a good latch, which made my life a million times easier. If you don’t have a best friend in Korea, they make something similar here in the US called My Breast Friend.
We got lucky with these. I didn’t even know the existed until I went into Buy Buy Baby to buy a changing pad cover. The lady showed me these and I’m so glad she did. I’m not sure if you’re technically supposed to put these UNDER the cover or not, but we put them on top (it’s easier that way). That way, instead of having to change the actualy changing pad cover everytime Henry pooped/peed/barfed on it, we just typically had to switch out the liner.
I’ll just come out and say it: YOU NEED A MILLION OF THESE. It is almost impossible to have too many of these. They are used to wipe up unwanted anything. If you get like 20 packs of these for your shower do not take them all back and keep 2. Keep them all. ALL OF THEM.
This may be my strangest must have…but this little owl is awesome. When Henry was sleeping in our room with us and I had to feel him in the middle of the night or I just wanted to check on him, this little light was the perfect way to do it. It’s a very soft light that allows me to see but doesn’t wake everyone up. Also, it has a timer on it so it only stays on for like 10 minutes at a time. I use it way more than I EVER thought I would.
Moms – what were some of your favorite baby items for the first few months?
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*LIGHT* Recipe Round Up: Found, Tested & Loved

Here are some recipes I’ve tried and LOVED. Want even better news? They’re all lightened up and will go perfectly with all those GET FIT New Years resolutions!
A lot of the Asian inspired recipes I try have the same ingrediens: soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, garlic, etc… but that doesn’t mean they’re all good. It’s all about finding the exact perfect combo of these ingredients…and this recipe has done it! This dish is easy, quick, light, and ADDICTIVE! Trash the take out, and make this Cashew Chicken
I apologize profusely for no pic of this wonderful creation, but it’s one of those things that is so good it is gobbled up before I can snap a shot. I made this for Jon and I and I also made it for a work function and it was a hit both time. It has 3 ingredients and makes a TON. It’s perfect for a crowd. It’s an impressive dish, but it’s even more impressive when you tell people it’s “skinny”. Now does this mean you should go on a Skinny-Cake-Batter-Dip only diet and lose 5 lbs? Probably not…but it’s definitely a better alternative to giant piece of full fat chocolate cake or pecan pie in my opinion! I served it with Pretzels and Nilla Wafers.
This dish has a similar appeal as the Skinny Cake Batter Dip. It’s light, has few ingredients, and can be put together in a flash. I love it and I also love experimenting with different flavors of peanut butter as well!
A lot of times poultry based meatballs can be dry and yuck. Not these guys. This recipe has a lot of familiar ingredients, but again - it’s all about the ratios people! Also…who doesn’t love buffalo flavored everything? I ate these on top of a bed of lettuce with some ranch dressing. They would also be good between some whole wheat hoagie rolls topped with blue cheese! DO WHATCHA WANT, WHATCHA WANT WITH MY MEATBALLS (sang to the tune of Lady Gaga ft. R. Kelly).
Simple & Scrumptious. Can you sense a theme here? Can you tell when I’m looking for recipes what my criteria is? No one has time to do anything anymore (whether you’re a Mom or not!) and everyone wants something light (especially with all those resolutions floating around) – but NO ONE wants to skimp on flavor. These puppies do not dissapoint. Use this as a side dish or pop them on a piece of crusty wheat bread with a side salad and call it dinner people. YUM YUM YUM
This dish takes a little bit more hands on effort than the rest of ‘em, but it’s impressive and flavorful and a wonderful substitiute for the deep fried version. While I’m not going to BS you and tell you there is NO DIFFERENCE between the full fat dish and this lightened up guy, I can honestly say the flavors are pretty spot on. The only thing I did differently from the original recipe was use a mixture of light mayo and light sour cream in my sauce to cut the full fledge mayo taste. This is perfect for a date night in or small get together! And it’s beautimous…
Any recipes you’ve tried lately that you love and want to share?
Any yummy New Years Resolution recipes out there?
Posted in Asian Fare, Chicken, Chocolate, Dessert, light fare, Recipe Review, Vegetarian, Workin' on my Fitness | Leave a comment