This thing should be given free of charge to every new parent. It saved our sanity once kiddo #1 started crawling. Kiddo #2 should be crawling soon and it will once again be a lifesaver.
> All the gear and clothes can get acquired for free or cheap only used.
Toys too. My wife got hundreds if not thousands of dollars worth of things from the rich moms in the local mom groups / community groups. She got some sort of activity center that normally costs $125 for free. She got 3 of everything, either free or cheap so now we have one at each of the parents house.
I would return. They aren't safe or helpful for walking, plus it's huge and something that can only be used for a short amount of time. Instead get a push walker (this V-tech one is popular) and was actually recommended to us by a PT to help encourage walking indepedently.
Some things we have that are we like are:
Stacking cups. Baby can knock over when we stack them, pick up, suck on, an later can stack them and use them in the bath or sandbox. This is a toy that I really feel will get a lot of use of the years!
An O-ball type toy that baby can grab onto. Also good for dangling from one of those play mat structures.
A soft book made of crinkly pages that make noise when squished.
A set of linking rings (like this https://www.amazon.ca/Bright-Starts-Lots-of-Links/dp/B001ABZGU2) for chewing on, dangling, and connecting other toys to the car seat or stroller.
This I hope hope hope this is it. That she is like a few snarkers including my self that thought it was just teaching them to stay on a blanket for play time. Like not letting the toys get off the the carpeted play area and then using rewards and praise. Though logically that seems to be losing battle and it would only work well if you were doing something more extreme.
I just used an enclosed play yard in a rectangular shape or a pack n play full of toys
Skip Hop Baby Activity Center: Interactive Play Center with 3-Stage Grow-with-Me Functionality, 4mo+, Explore & More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J94K9OY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ZXCRB074V9KGJ2H19X80?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
We got this: Amazon link
If you have the Peloton mat, it fits nearly perfectly around the edges in the same rectangular shape when assembled. Very efffective, and imo it actually didn’t look terrible! Not sure it would work if you had a big floor fan if you wanted it within the enclosed space, but we use a clip on fan so it was fine. Now we also have a WaterRower for CITYROW, and we’ve used the fencing to partition off a corner of our basement, so it doesn’t look as clean now. Let me know if you want to see a pic of our current setup.
Gimme a break. $29.
14,000 95%+ reviews on Amazon.
My 10 month old does this exact thing. She loves all the noise the metal vent makes when she bangs it on the wood floors. I swear she can pull the vents up and out with one swipe. We have an Evenflo Versatile Play Space and I use two sections to block off the vent area in a V shape. Someday we'll get around to just screwing all of the vents into the floor, but that hasn't happened yet.
My baby was obsessed with linking rings for a while. She still likes them at almost 9 months but is in need of more cause and effect toys now.
Baby crinkle paper is always good. She also loved her o-ball and got really good at her hand-eye-foot coordination with it.
The Great British Baking Show...for some reason I can put it on and my three year old doesn't mind it (and by that I mean...if he's yelling about watching whatever, I can tell him that I'm gonna watch my show, put it on, and it's all okay lol). Plus the music is calming and the colors are bright and fun. Just brightens my day to have it on in the background all day.
Oooh edited to add: my amazing baby gate. It's this one on Amazon and it is a life saver. I can connect it all and have a baby pen, I can bend each piece or unhook pieces to fit the location I need blocked (usually secured behind heavy furniture), and it doesn't have easy foot holes to climb. Love it!
It is!!! We absolutely love it - this is our second baby and it’s still holding strong. It’s awesome because it comes apart and was very handy for protecting the Christmas tree from curious baby hands
We call it baby jail 😂
Toddleroo by North States Superyard Colorplay 8 Panel Baby Play Yard: Safe play area anywhere. Folds up with carrying strap for easy travel. Freestanding. 34.4 sq. ft. enclosure (26" Tall, Multicolor) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_KDBK929C7B7E4HFDX7QP?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Have you looked into putting him into a pack and play or one of those octagon play pens (https://www.amazon.com/Evenflo-Versatile-Play-Space-Cool/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=sr_1_11?dchild=1&keywords=octagon+playpen&qid=1624900913&sr=8-11)
This way he's corralled and can be entertained with toys you throw in there, but not free to escape while you take some well deserved you time.
Neglecting yourself does not make for a happy baby. If he cries and screams, let him. Take that time for yourself
When I had to take care of my 2 mo. reflux twins solo, I had some success getting at least one to sleep in the twin Z ( so their head is slightly elevated) or this bouncer that I can rock with my foot while sitting on the sofa.
They are 3.5 months now. Swaddle or the Merlin suit still helps.
We watch wake windows and have routines, but unfortunately many babies just like to be held or just wake up a lot. Reflux doesn't help. We plan to get our pediatrician's ok on sleep training.
My baby's chiropractor recommended starting out the mat with baby on her back. Then gently roll her to her side starting with her butt. Leave her on her side for 15-30 seconds (to start with) then help her roll her chest. If she needs it, help her get her arms under her. Leave her on her tummy for as long as she will stand (I recommend doing this on something like the piano mat so she can watch the lights and listen to the songs. If not, wave some toys or flashcards in front of her face and tell her how well she's doing.
As soon as she gets frustrated roll her (starting with her butt) back onto her side, another 15-30 seconds, then onto her back. On her back, make eye contact and smile, wave, etc. Offer her a finger or pacifier. When/if she's calm, roll her to the opposite side from previous go round and repeat.
Only do this when she is not sleepy or hungry. Spitup is fine. Stop as soon as she's frustrated and soothe her until she's calm, then try again. It's fine if she only do 30 seconds the first time, just increase in whatever tiny increments she can stand.
I have this one and love it! It’s big enough and I can shape it how I need. I just step over it when needed. The entire area is totally baby safe so I can put her down in our movie room where there are wires everywhere and see her from the kitchen.
Toddleroo by North States Superyard Colorplay 8 Panel Baby Play Yard: Safe play area anywhere. Folds up with carrying strap for easy travel. Freestanding. 34.4 sq. ft. enclosure (26" Tall, Multicolor) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_308K3A38350DCEHRZJ2T
Stardrops - The Pink Stuff - The Miracle All Purpose Cleaning Paste https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DU5SRIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_PWRX8HHAWRT1RDF1GTEA.
This is on sale on Amazon. Makes my glass top look brand new.
You can do tummy time laying your baby on your tummy. And this piano thing helped a lot, my baby loved it
Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick 'n Play Piano Gym, Green, Gender Neutral (Frustration Free Packaging) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076HYFZ37/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_i_LBdZFbWZ64BX1
There was a bunch of stuff in my house that I thought needed replacing because I'd cleaned them but they still didn't look clean, like what you've got with the sink and work surface.
Then my boyfriend bought this: Pink Stuff Paste and it's amazing - it cleaned EVERYTHING.
So I recommend getting some of that and some cloths to use it with and seeing if that works :)
Hello in Peru! I’m not sure what your shipping scenario is for US products, but around 3 months my baby started loving this piano kickmat
advice: this too shall pass. Try not to get overwhelmed, ask for help. this baby swing got good reviews
links These links are awesome! You can attach them to things like a playmat or a stroller. Easy for my 3mo to grab and try to chew on. Easy to clean. And my almost 4 year old also enjoys them and makes necklaces!
We did something similar to this. Very easy to assemble and can take pieces off/add pieces as needed. And if you need it bigger, buy another one! It's inconvenient as far as having to sort of hop over every time, but definitely keeps baby out.
You can set up one of these around that corner. The adults can move it, step over, or there is a gate panel that you can buy as an add on.
Great advice here, especially the showering. If you’re on your own or your partner can’t take them, get a chair like this. You can put them in it while you shower and it keeps them safe and occupied.
This shit is gold:
Or try a barkeeper’s friend:
Not OP but we bought these linking rings from Amazon. I like them but they’re not super sturdy. My son has been able to pull them apart/off of things. But they’re great for lowering his hanging toys so they’re in reach. And he loves chewing on them whenever he can
My youngest hated not being able to move around. I found what I call the baby prison and he was so much happier. Maybe it'd help.
Evenflo Versatile Play Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Avoid suction cups. Our trailer back up camera has a suction cup monitor and while we were driving on the highway it fell off 5 times during the trip. If it falls off on flat road, anything remotely heavy suction cupped will definitely be a hazard.
What kind of a car seat do you have? We have an infant carrier and we have a velcro mirror that's supposed to wrap around the play mat but we hooked it to the car seat handle instead. this is the play mat we have and took the mirror off. I can't find the mirror specifically but you could maybe contact fisher price to ask to purchase a replacement mirror
Oh ouch - you’re in a tough spot, and that is a TOUGH age for getting them to sleep. First off - remember you’re just one person, loving them and doing your best for them. You’re going to make it through this, so any time you can, take a breath and remember that your best is enough.
As far as tips…we would not have lived through this period without a bouncer seat and a swing. We have little fisher price bouncer seats (these, but I think we only spent like $17 each https://smile.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Babys-Bouncer-Explorers-Bouncing/dp/B08GYX8NWG/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=1K0UDFASLJ2TC&keywords=fisher+price+bouncer+for+baby&qid=1660318957&sprefix=fisher+price+bouncer%2Caps%2C89&sr=8-3)
The bouncer seats let me feed them at the same time safely without propping bottles (I pushed the chairs against the wall so they didn’t bounce while eating). Then whichever child needed more rocking for soothing got rocked, while their sibling went in the swing. There were DEFINITELY still tears, but it let me get them calm so I could put them down drowsy and then soothe in the cribs with chest rubs and lullabies.
I know every baby is different, but that’s what worked in our house. And then eventually they got older, and all the in-crib soothing became self soothing, and the pressure eases a bit. Good luck!!
It’s … intense. There’s very little “handing off” because there’s always two babies to hold/change. If you have in-laws or other family/friends that you trust to be helpful without being in the way, definitely try and line some of that support up in the 3-6 mos. My folks moved in with us for a few weeks.
I highly recommend obtaining two high-quality powered swings. Fisher-Price makes fantastic ones. I could put them both in there for 30-45 mins and that was often the difference between getting a shower, fixing lunch, completing some work or just having a mental health break. Plus the music and sound effects of FP gear is soothing for adults too. 😅
There will be things you can’t plan for. It’s often just hanging on by your fingernails. But it gets better, and there are some lovely moments. And it doesn’t take long to start reaping the primary benefit of twins: they entertain each other, and are thus not 100% dependent on you for attention. And they’re hella fun. 🥰
When it gets really hard, just remember: triplets, quads, and quints exist.
I have a 5 month old and work from home also. I would use a children's play gate for him while I worked. When he hit 3 months I removed the pen and now he just sleeps by my side as I work.
I take him for 4 walks a day (7AM, 10:30AM, 4PM, 7:30PM). It's only around the block in our neighborhood. Walk takes 10-15 min (depending how many times he finds a stick to lay down and chew on, which I give him that luxury for now).
On my lunch break, I bring him to a nearby dog park for 45 minutes (gated, off leash, can run).
My advice is to crate train him while you are doing stuff around the house 15-20 min intervals so he gets use to it. Don't respond to his barking because he will think that if he barks you let him out (cause and effect).Hopefully he gets better. Use a lick Matt and put it in the crate with him so he associates his crate with good things. Also, the children's pen might help.
its literally called the pink stuff.
Not pretty, but maybe buy some pool noodles (my husband was able to buy black ones online) and depending on the window sill size/shape either cut them in half or cut a slit in them and fit them over the sill and reinforce with tape.
Another option would be blocking the windows entire with a long gate something like https://www.amazon.com/Evenflo-Versatile-Play-Space-Cool/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=sr_1_5?crid=33D1OO7NYAOSI&keywords=play+pen&qid=1656625283&sprefix=play+pe%2Caps%2C780&sr=8-5 this and you just open it all the way?
When ours was just crawling/standing, we found it easier to get a couple sets of this fencing to create baby safe zones as we slowly found the best ways to fully babyproof the rest of the home.
For a baby that small, looking at interesting objects IS playing! I would try to do some tummy time on the floor if baby will tolerate, and also lay baby on back on the floor to stare at things. They can't see too far at this age, so a play gym with hanging objects is great!
It doesn't have to be expensive, this one is really popular https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076HYFZ37
Or if cost is an issue, ask around on local facebook groups for parents!
Definitely the fisher price kick n play piano ! We have the lovevery one too and it doesn’t do anything for her but she LOVES this $40 one 😂
The songs are real ear worms - I have them on repeat in my head all the time but they’re actually, surprisingly good. Haha
Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick 'n Play Piano Gym, Green, Gender Neutral (Frustration Free Packaging) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076HYFZ37/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_E7Z0RXZQ8KZFXNHZ0BAY
My daughter absolutely loves her play mat from Fisher Price: Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick 'n Play Piano Gym, Green, Gender Neutral (Frustration Free Packaging) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076HYFZ37/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Q27HZRP9JBT2S1RRT1PB
Can you put up a baby gate play yard for the time being and Just make go along the fire place? Evenflo Versatile Play Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8G1J69KKTTYHTHEMMTD3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
$5 for 24, my baby loves these and you can use them for tons of different things!
Bright Starts Lots of Links Rings Toys - for Stroller or Carrier Seat - BPA-Free 24 Pcs, Ages 0 Months Plus https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001ABZGU2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MQTCE6RSW9873X13TGW9
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging) , Orange https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B0053X62GK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MD7VDB56BCF7HVCWPF75
May I humbly present my nomination for WORLD’S MOST ANNOYING TOY IN THE WORLD
It turns on with a deafening COCK A DOODLE DOO then breaks into a cacophony-inspired Old MacDonald. If you forget to turn it off, after being dormant for a while, it will go off at top volume when you least expect it. Many was the time I raced across the room to shut it off to avoid it waking up my kid from his nap. And the off switch isn’t where you expect it to be so you get to awkwardly fumble!
We called it the play room at home, "kid jail" was this Summer Pop n Play that came with us when visiting friends and family:
At 14 square feet, it's more than big enough to drop the kid in with some toys and not feel guilty about putting them in the equivalent of solitary confinement, like you might feel with a Pack n play that's just 30 x 40".
>that's awesome. It's great that you figured out what works for you and are going against the mold of what a kitchen "should" be like.
My wife kinda hates the ugly setup, but I cook most of the meals, so she tolerates it haha
>Mine is also about due for a cleaning -- have you tried anything?
I like the Pink stuff:
Just be careful not to rub too hard, it's a bit like sandpaper. I'll post a video or something later.
>Unfortunately I haven't had a lot of time to tinker with my APO -- with your experience, have you picked up any tips? I've got a 10 minute "recipe" on the app for reheating crispy stuff that starts out with steam and then switches to dry for the end. And I similar one for reheating stuff directly on the rack. But other than that, I haven't figured out too much that benefits from steam.
Oh for sure, a million things! Pasta, rice, sous-vide anything (steak, chicken, pork loin, etc.), eggs of all kinds (egg loaf slices for sandwiches, omelet casseroles, egg bites, etc.), veggies, fish, etc. What are you looking for exactly? Low-hassle meals?
Toddleroo By North States Superyard Colorplay 8 Panel Baby Play Yard, Made In USA: Safe Play Area Anywhere. Carrying Strap For Easy Travel. Freestanding. 34.4 Sq. Ft. Enclosure (26" Tall, Multicolor) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_69X1380DZ7A8P6MFDB2V?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
We used this plastic one for our standard: Evenflo Versatile Play Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND/
It's easy to add/remove panels. We bought 2 sets. We used waterproof mats under it - but since we started by keeping the pen small and feeding him in it, he never had an accident.
It comes with stakes if you need to use it outside
Evenflo Versatile Play Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_JK35XBJY59WPE3WTXX9K
This one is great. It has spikes that can pop put the bottom for outdoor use. My baby is nearly 10mo, pulls up on it all the time, and we haven't had an issue. You can also open it easy.
Not the guy you're replying to, but I'm pretty sure he means the same one I was using for mine:
I had two, after she outgrew the playpen bit they turned into fences to protect stuff around the house.
This is the one we have - we got it off of Facebook Marketplace for a steal. https://smile.amazon.com/North-States-Superyard-Colorplay-8-Panel/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=sr\_1\_5?keywords=northstar+baby+play+yard&qid=1646941538&sprefix=northstar+baby%2Caps%2C78&sr=8-5
Get a baby fence and place it around your setup. We did it with our 1 year old and works great so far.
Evenflo Versatile Play Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_28YB7RQ6HSG750NS5EC1
Put this around the stereo. Will work until 2-3 or so, depending on the kid. That’s what I did. Cones still intact.
Evenflo Versatile Play Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_MK1G6C4PQGGPBTW4A2KC
What kind of "walker" are we talking about? Is it one of these sit-to-stand ones or these wheeled walkers that are (I think?) banned in the US and Canada for failing to meet safety standards?
If it's the banned ones, that would be my hill to die on. They watch kiddo at your house or find daycare.
If it's the "activity center" type of "walker"... eh... my daughter mostly only played with the front part and never actually tried to walk with it. You definitely still need to supervise.
We have been using this one, and it’s worked well. We keep it in the living room, she hasn’t been able to escape yet but I think it may be coming, she’s 15 weeks old and a trouble maker!
Evenflo Versatile Play Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_3NKHTEWWZHMQS8J4H7N5
Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick 'n Play Piano Gym, Green, Gender Neutral (Frustration Free Packaging) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B076HYFZ37/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_N6MXVZSVC3QQDPHDD3DT?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Very normal. Buy one of those gentle fisher price swings from Amazon. This one did wonders for our daughter at this stage. She still use to startle and wake ip but the swing use to ease her back to sleep.
Have you compared it to EasyOff? Is that available where you are?
I got a tub of The Pink Stuff because someone recommended it on another board, but I haven't tried it yet.
“The Pink Stuff” works great I think
Stardrops - The Pink Stuff - The Miracle All Purpose Cleaning Paste https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DU5SRIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_XJ76K796D6HNPWQV4S5A?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
In the us, a baby swing like this is pretty common to use with a baby under 6 months old who can't sit up unassisted yet. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQM7W6M/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_37BRBS9J7XGB0KSBJYGB
Nope! Newborn doesn’t need anything. However, the can sometimes like things to look at. If you wanted to get something to have on hand for when it becomes needed, I recommend these: https://www.amazon.ca/Bright-Starts-Lots-of-Links/dp/B001ABZGU2/ The first thing baby will do is practice reaching and grabbing, these were the first thing my babies were able to hold on to.
The Pink Stuff will change your life!!! It's great for cleaning ANYTHING
Clips for sure. If you want cages you need to buy different pedals anyway I think.
As far as pet safety, I’d either put it in a room where they can’t get to it or maybe put a little toddler-proofing gate thing around it. (I’ve seen people do this to keep kiddos away.) Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_MBKH67BEVG20F6TSKBDF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Your 4 month old has only been on this earth for 16 weeks. Literally everything is shiny and new to her.
Put her in a bouncer and point it at the window. Lay her on the floor next to a few open board books. Put her in tummy time with three toys in front of her.
She might not be happy by herself though. You could also put her in a carrier and just carry her around as you do your daily things. Again she is such a new person she would probably be happy to sit in your lap and stare at a wall.
The first thing that my daughter started using on her own was this play gym. She could kick the piano and slap the mobile toys and the music kept her happy by herself for about ~15 minutes at a time. You could try it.
I don't think you should feel guilty about screen time but I wouldn't use it at this age.
We have two “poop chairs”. Get any toy (like a skip hop) where they are in a seat with their legs hanging straight down. My 8-month old poops a couple times a day when sitting in it! Skip Hop Baby Activity Center: Interactive Play Center with 3-Stage Grow-with-Me Functionality, 4mo+, Explore & More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J94K9OY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_8N5FG1SX64TCS5P4N69V does not have to be fancy! Our second one was from Facebook marketplace!
Friends love their babybjorn but $$$$! We used a cheap one like this with our first and it worked just fine! https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Babys-Bouncer-Explorers-Bouncing/dp/B08GYX8NWG/ref=sr\_1\_5?keywords=baby%2Bbouncer&qid=1639153463&rdc=1&sr=8-5&th=1
I exclusively pumped from about 2 weeks until she was a year. I was home the first 4 months on maternity leave (I am very lucky). I struggled with this too, here’s what I remember helping me. 🤪
don’t wash your pump parts every time. Put them in a ziplock baggy or Tupperware in the fridge, wash at the end of the day and sterilize the next morning. Buy two sets if you can afford it.
buy extra bottles and use the dishwasher to wash them. You can get an accessory basket for the top rack for nipples and valves. The cost is worth the sanity in general.
being tethered to a wall while pumping drove me insane. I changed pumps to a Spectra S1 because it has a battery so I could be mobile while I pumped. I got a strapless pumping bra and this worked. I tried the insert pump cups (freemies I think?) I hated them, but a lot of women swear by them.
I pumped while she ate. I got a bouncer (like this one Fisher-Price Baby's Bouncer – Forest Explorers, Baby Bouncing Chair for Soothing and Play for Newborns and Infants https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GYX8NWG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_BB8ZACH0QVG372HXPE5J) and would put her in that during feeds. I could hold the bottle while I pumped and play with her if she finished while I was still going.
I gave one bottle a day of formula. My supply was just enough and my left boob is a lazy waste skin (I’m not bitter, no) I stressed so much about my supply it was unhealthy. Giving one formula bottle a day took the pressure off and let me drop a pump. I was producing a little more than her bottles needed so I got to build a small stash, that eventually took her through 13m.
there is an exclusively pumping Facebook group that was a lifeline for me. It’s where I got a lot of support and tips, there’s also a newsletter https://exclusivepumping.com
In the end FED IS BEST! You do what you need to do for EVERYONE and that includes your sanity and mental health. You’re welcome to PM me if you want!
I have a few, and likes and don’t likes about all of them.
We have the Summer Pop N Play and love it for outside and traveling. I couldn’t live without this. We put a foam mat underneath it.
I have this one but it comes in other colors. I really like it, but it can be pushed on but I don’t think it can be pushed over. I wished it had a gate.
We also have this metal one. I love how strong it is and durable and I love the gate part of it. My little one hits her face on it when she falls, and that seems more painful since it’s all metal.
It's pink and some sort of stuff...lol. I think it's similar to bar keepers friend. I got a tub from Amazon and I use it with magic erasers sometimes
I did a ton of research and ultimately went with the fisher price snuggapuppy swing. It’s a swing / bouncer. I didn’t like that with the baby Bjorne that you will have to bounce or move it for them until they’re strong enough to start kicking. Plus there’s nothing for them to look at.
Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Swing, Dual Motion Baby Swing with Music, Sounds and Motorized Mobile https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQM7W6M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_4YKN34Q0EQQPHP5WH0GC
Don't worry! You'll get there!
We used a bassinet so I could transfer the kid once he was done feeding, and it helped a lot. Also, our kid hated having his arms swaddled (still does). We also got a used motorized swing thing and it really really helped.
Also, when it comes down to the sleep deprivation, take shifts!! Have partner take baby for a few hours (and watch a movie with headphones so as not to fall asleep) and then take your shift (maybe watch the same movie?). Just that bit of time works wonders.
I never had one for my babies. What I found useful was one of those bouncer seats with toys so you can still use them after baby is a bit older.
Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GYX8NWG/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_892TWS3AX5PTVK6DFRAC
I had a cheap Fisher Price bouncer that worked great, never had a risk of it tipping over or anything, and it didn't fold up. Just in case you wanted some recommendations for the next one you buy. I loved that bouncer and am keeping it in case we ever have a second child. Even when my son was a year old and climbing all over it (unsafe), it didn't tip over, I was pretty shocked by how durable it was.
I decided to get one at 7 months and ran to the thrift store. They had a plastic one for $3 so I grabbed it. My son loves it. He thinks it’s super fun. Aaanndd when he’s done with it I’m just gonna donate it back. $3 well spent for me. No idea if it delays walking, but he’s 8 months now and he’s gonna be walking anytime, so I doubt it.
Anyway this is the one I got. I was thinking of buying a nice wooden one for like $60, but I’m much happier with my $3 purchase haha I really like that it’s wheels have two speeds and the front toy part comes off.
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker (Frustration Free Packaging) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0053X62GK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_STSF6WHH7GW1XGG594RM?psc=1
Is the problem that you prefer to be inside or that you don’t have a space for him to run outside? I bought two play pens (you can connect them together) and would throw them up outside wherever I needed to so my toddler can run wild and I can still be productive on my laptop lol
Evenflo Versatile Play Space https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072LTSWND/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_SF7T3VXMSB8QY2T4721Z
Fisher price has a great kick and play piano. She can lay on her back and kick it. And it transitions and grows with her. That was our first baby toy and she still uses it (as a sit up piano now). I’ll link it to the one I got off Amazon.
Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym
I usually use a scrub daddy with pink stuff to clean, but it works well with microfiber towels.
Get a bouncy recliner (like this one https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Babys-Bouncer-Explorers-Bouncing/dp/B08GYX8NWG/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=baby+bouncy+seat&qid=1630273382&rdc=1&sr=8-3) - we used it so much and it really helps if you have a rough sleeper.
Something like this. Both of my boys loved this and helped them move from supported movement to running all over the place within a couple of months. Worth a shot!
We have these guys.
When she was just crawling, we just did a big half circle up against the wall in our living room, it was an easy way to give her lots of space but still keep an eye on her. Once she was really moving and pulling herself up, we used a baby lock to attach it to a baby gate, then went straight across the "entrance" to our living room and behind our couch. So now she's basically trapped in our living room that is pretty much always baby proofed, so if I need to run and grab something or go to the bathroom quick I feel safe leaving here there for a minute.
She's almost 2 now and gets free roam of the downstairs, but because of the way we did it, she likes to stay near the living room, mainly because that's where the toys are, but I think she's comfortable there.
Buy The Happiest Baby in the Block video on Amazon prime - it’s like $4 and worth every penny - and make your husband watch it. It’ll teach him what’s normal for the baby in terms of crying and soothing behavior and will teach him how to soothe the baby himself. If you have $$ then the Mamaroo or Snoo can help too. If you don’t have a baby chair, this thing is AMAZING https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Babys-Bouncer-Explorers-Bouncing/dp/B08GYX8NWG/ref=mp_s_a_1_26?dchild=1&keywords=baby+chair&qid=1628436266&sr=8-26 but it’s not SIDS-safe - we would bounce it with our feet and let the baby get sleepy, then put her down for a nap
Hi- I couldn’t tell from the angle, but possibly it is like these? I use them to clip toys to LO’s bouncer, car seat, play gym, etc.
I used a product called the pink stuff for old grease and it was pretty good loosening it up. Not flammable according to the package.
It didn’t help that the initial poop was in one of those play center thingies. She’s a little short for it, so all her weight is on the diaper which directs poop straight up the butt crack.
If you just want to ensure that the closet doors cannot close, I found that the baby link rings will fit on a door.
They work the same as a door stop wedge guards that wrap around a door so that it cannot close.
I think the best gift for a baby is an activity center. I wish there were activity centers for grown ups :(
Noone puts baby in a corner
🙋🏻♀️ NYC mom over here. I also had my baby in a 1BR and moved to a bigger (bigger for NYC. Tiny for the rest of the country) space when bb was 5 months. We squeezed a Snoo next to our bed. We rearranged our living area to fit a rocking chair, and we changed the dresser to accommodate a changing pad. Those were the big moves we made. The rocking chair was a big deal for us because we only had one sofa in our apt for seating. But if you have other places to sit you could skip this. We kept it very lean. Essentials were: a newborn lounger that fit on our couch, the small version of the drying rack grass, and the Puj tub that you can store easily and doesn’t take up space. We used a skip hop diaper caddy to keep diapers, creams, wipes, all neatly organized and portable. And we would just move that with us around the apartment. We used the Avent bottle warmer that is the smallest on countertop. We used this Fisher Price gym for tummy time- this is amazing for small apartments. Most baby gyms and floor mats are gigantic. This one has a very small footprint. For a baby chair/bouncer we went with Bjorn because it folds flat and we could put it away- it is pricey but worth it to us because we could save space. We did not have a washer dryer or a washing machine. So we didn’t buy a ton of bottles- we rotated 4. We didn’t really have storage space to stock up on any items so we replenished things frequently and just made sure to stay on top of it- this part is annoying. We used the Hushh portable white noise machine since our space was small we didn’t need a big one. We had no space for diaper pail, cute nursery items, etc. it’s totally ok and manageable. My advice is to plan to move before baby is crawling. Good luck!
Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick 'n Play Piano Gym, Green, Gender Neutral (Frustration Free Packaging) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076HYFZ37/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_G16QZE4MAKP7BJYPFKAJ
This toddler fence was helpful when our kids were really young
That was a tough age for me! I ended up doing shorter workouts because he just wasn't happy in there for very long. Another option is to get baby gates, put down some foam pads and hope more space helps.
Fisher Price mat. I found that the mat itself is a bit on the small side, my son is pretty big (25in tall and he weighs 17lbs) so I got this mat as a gift and I use the toys from the fisher price thing, but the mat from this. It makes it so that way he has enough room to roll around as he pleases but he gets his piano, which is his favorite toy.
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get yourself one of these
Kind of a life saver being able to have her in this while I make her food in the kitchen. Having those precious few seconds away but knowing they're safe are going to be key in your mental state in the long run
What we used and it worked really well until they just learned not to touch any of it. One of them learned quickly...the other one...not as quickly. lol
any idea how to make something similar as Pink Stuff Cleaning Paste ?
It looks cute and cheap, but unfortunately not available in my country.
I don't mind using chemical ingredients.
We got one similar for our daughter it was nice but by she out grew it rather quickly. I think by the time she was 15 months old. The way our house is set up we couldn’t block off the kitchen easily. We also took our and used it outside.
This was the one we had Toddleroo by North States Superyard Colorplay 8 Panel Baby Play Yard: Safe play area anywhere. Folds up with carrying strap for easy travel. Freestanding. 34.4 sq. ft. enclosure (26" Tall, Multicolor) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_PZBXFbN96SWRC?psc=1
Based on your other comments, I'd pack like they're going camping. Specifically, I'd pack so that they have a safe space for sleep, are dressed appropriately for the weather, and have the toiletries that they need. Because you say their dad can't/won't cook, I'd also pack food for them. If he was going to be a "real dad", I'd say that he needs the opportunity to learn and grow. Because it sounds like he's going to refuse to plan for this obvious need based on your other comments, I think you have two options: give him a list of foods they can eat (including brands, etc.) along with a rough schedule of mealtimes. OR I'd send a small cooler of things that are safe for the kids to eat and don't require any prep. If it's only for a day, they can survive just fine on "kid snacks" and apple-veggie pouches, and formula/milk.
I know it's not cheap, but I'd also buy and send one of these when the kids go with their dad: https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Infant-Play-Portable-Playard/dp/B00KBGTRAC/ I'd assume that he has no idea how to babyproof an area or to know what's safe for them to be around. That way there's at least a safe area for them to play where they can't get in too much trouble. We always took one of these camping and when we went to stay somewhere besides home.
Since he is interested in his hands right now Mabye you could get him a few finger puppets and for the musical idem I suggest this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0053X62GK/ ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_lSwWFbYWWREDJ
or one of these
Hope this helps
We have this one and he loves it. He doesn’t always use it as a walker but we keep it “parked” against a wall and he likes climbing up and using it to stand while he plays with all the things on it
We ordered ours from Amazon! Ours was about $160~~ here’s the link for more info 🤗 Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQM7W6M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabt1_DO8TFbC9VGJVG
We have this one but still have a long while before our baby will be using it. From just playing with it and setting it up, it seems really sturdy and I love that it is huge inside! It has decent reviews.