Although I’m not a new parent, it seems that with every child I have I discover new products that I wish I would have had with my previous child when he was a baby. This pregnancy was no different and I have found five products that makes having a baby a lot more easier. Being a mother is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, but I won’t deny that it has some of it’s frustrating points. Especially when you have a new baby and you’re trying to figure out things all over again.

In this Managing Infants Series posts I’m going to tell you about five products that I bought/found/received with the birth of my daughter that is helping me out tremendously.

01. Baby In Sight Back Seat Mirror

My daughter has acid reflux. The thing that scared me the most one day was when I got out of the car only to discover that she was choking and turning colors. I have no idea how long she had been like this, but by the time I got her to throw up and breathe I was in tears. Literally. After that I was a nervous wreck in the car because I had no idea how I would be able to drive and make sure that she wasn’t choking. That’s when my mother-in-law bought me a baby rear view mirror.

You can find these items at most retailers, but the cheapest one I have found is the Baby In Sight Back Seat Mirror for $14.00 at Wal-Mart. This thing is a lifesaver and it allows anyone with a young baby to drive confidently knowing that all they have to do is glance in their rear view mirror to check on their baby.

02. Infant Sling

I don’t know where I was when slings were being sold in stores, but I didn’t start using slings until my fourth baby. Even with him, I was using the upright slings so I had no idea that there was even such a thing as an infant sling until I came across this gorgeous Peacock Market Sling by Serena & Lily. This thing has made cleaning house so much easier. With my other babies I couldn’t get things cleaned for weeks because I was always running back-and-forth comforting a crying baby. Now, she goes with me when I clean. (Good things I use all natural cleaners, because I wouldn’t want her breathing in bleach.) This sling also allows me to get some much needed computer time in too because she can snuggle up close to me right there on my lap.

03. Handheld Video Monitors

I use to scoff at the parents that used infant monitors. Yeah, that was me at only having one child. Five children later and I now fully understand why those things come in handy. One of the best electronic devices to have with a new baby has to be the the infant monitors and I found an awesome Handheld Video Monitor by Summer Infant. When I first brought Baby Girl home from the hospital I was only able to grab three minute showers here and there because I was so afraid that she would choke while I was in there. Although I don’t have a video monitor yet I plan on purchasing one. Can you imagine how much easier it would be for me to walk away from her if I was able to actually see a live, color image of her in whatever room I was in? Although these are priced a lot higher than the basic ones, they can be used for years. Well into your child’s toddler years. This is definitely on my to buy list.

04. Boppy Pillow

I didn’t know the amazingness of Boppy until this pregnancy. I wish I would have been introduced to this pillow with any of my previous pregnancies, because it makes breast feeding a lot easier. It’s also great to use when Baby Girl wants to stay up and look around. It props her up really well on the couch and I don’t have to worry about her tipping to the left or to the right. These pillows are also reasonably priced. I found one on Target for just $30.99. (My mother bought my Boppy at a yardsale for $5. Bargain shopping at its finest.) You can also buy different patterned pillow cases for it as well.

05. Nursing Covers a.k.a. Hooter Hiders

I breastfed all of my children. Some longer than others. I did the tried and failed method of throwing a baby blanket or towel over my shoulder when feeding them in public or around company. Needless to say that I had several mishaps with my “coverings” falling off of my shoulder and exposing all of my gloriousness to those within a birds eye view. Embarrassing isn’t even the word. I wish I would have known about nursing covers because they would have saved me a lot time. I have only tried out one nursing cover so far, but I have to say that I am in love with Be Be au Lait’s Hooter Hiders. I have used it on several occasions and have had no mishaps thus far. Plus, it has this semi-circle plastic hoop inserted at the top that allows me to peek down and make sure that the baby is feeding well.

What were some of your mommy must haves with your new babies?

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  1. Luv your ideas! My kids are teenagers now but my SIL is having her first and I had no idea what to get for her baby shower. I’m heading out now for the baby rear-view mirror and a boppy pillow. Thanks for the gr8 ideas!

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