Since I did a post on my favorite baby products for the first 2 months, I figured I’d follow up now that Owen is 4 months old with a post on the products we’ve relied most heavily on over the past 2 months (once again, in no particular order)!
This was the perfect transition seat for when Owen really started being able to hold his head up but wasn’t quite ready something like the Bumbo or the Fisher‑Price Laugh & Learn Jumperoo. We would put it at the dinner table with us so he could sit with us while we ate (and we both actually got to use two hands which was a miracle!). We started using it around 2.75 months and he’ll still happily go in it now at 4 months. The little tray is great because it allows you to prop books, mirrors, toys, etc. for him to play with without you having to kill your arms to hold them up!
Similar to the seat above, this was great as soon as Owen’s neck was strong enough to hold his head up. It allowed him to eat at the table with us, for him to play with toys that would otherwise require him to be able to sit up. It’s also great for sitting him in right after he eats to give him some upright time to digest.
Owen absolutely loves this seat and not only does he love it, I love it too because it provides my arms a nice needed break every once in a while! It does just about everything a tired parent might not have the energy to do for hours on end – it sings, it speaks (in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin), it lights up, it bounces. It’s also great for allowing him to get some energy out by bouncing around.
Soothing Sounds Elephant
This little guy is a lifesaver for us. It immediately helps to calm Owen and put him to sleep. It has a little velcro strap on it so we can connect it to just about anything while on the go (the carrier, the stroller, the carseat, etc.). We don’t have a sleep time without it! The front side is soft and snuggly and he likes to have it pressed against his cheek (though the back where the sound machine sits is hard).
This is another lifesaver during Owen’s fussy period at night. Turning this thing on and singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” while rocking in the rocker calms him down right away. It projects a number of different colors, spins around and you can set the timer on it so you can just set it and forget it.
Getting this mat helped instrumentally when it came to a tolerable (and then, even enjoyable) tummy time for Owen. He loves the patterned squares on the bottom, the hanging toys (which he can now grab and pull closer to himself) and the mirror. It also came with a little prop that helps him before he was really able to hold his head up well. He’ll happily play on this independently (tummy down or on his back) for a good 30 minutes! Plus it folds up nicely which is perfect for both storage and travel.
This is the toy that you simultaneously love because your child loves it but you hate because you get it’s stupid song stuck in your head ALL DAY LONG. But seriously this toy has been great. It really helped encourage Owen to lift his head up during tummy time and it’s a great interactive toy for him to play with while he’s just sitting on my lap.
Once Owen started rolling over, we transitioned from the HALO SleepSack Swaddle to this and it’s been great. I think the weight of it it helps him to sleep more soundly at night and it allows us not have to worry about him pulling a loose blanket up and over his face at night.
Speaking of easing our worries at bedtime, the Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor has done wonders for us. Owen outgrew the length of his bassinet a lot sooner than I had hoped which meant we were transitioning to the crib before I personally felt ready to do so. Having the Owlet Smart Sock made me feel soooo much better. Being able to check that his heart rate and oxygen levels are within the normal range (without having to place a hand on him and risk waking him up!) is so comforting. It also comes with a free trial of their Connected Care app which offers even further insight into his sleep. It’s on the pricey side but highly recommend it – I can see us using this well into the future!
Finally, but certainly not least, our baby monitor is another thing that really helped us with the transition of Owen from bassinet to crib. We really like this monitor (though to be completely transparent, because we have the Owlet Smart Sock we don’t even utilize the motion detector). The battery life is not great on it but otherwise we’re pretty happy with it.
You can see we’ve shifted much more from “survival” products to more interactive toys as Owen has gotten older, more mobile and more alert. That said, we’ve continued to use the following from my last post most every day (if not every day):
- the Ergobaby 360 (we just removed the Easy Snug Infant Insert)
- the Nuna MIXX Travel System and Pipa Car Seat
- the Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner
- the Boppy Lounger (though this is definitely on its last legs as he’s grown so long that he barely fits in it anymore)
- these AVENT Freeflow Pacifiers
- the Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack
- the BABYBJORN Bouncer and BABYBJORN Wooden Toy for Bouncer (though once he was able to hold his head up, he didn’t enjoy it as much so we retired it this past week)
- the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump (along with the Hands-Free Pumping Bra and the Medela Breastmilk Bottle Set)
- also still loving these H&M nursing bras and these bras)
- the Warming Waterfall Bath Tub
Again, I hope this is helpful for you! I know how much I rely on recommendations I feel like I can trust from others so I hope I can be that source for you (and help save you the headache of reading tons of reviews so you can just spend your time with your precious little one!).
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