Old mom, new tricks: My new favorite newborn things

One nice thing about having a second kid is you’ve figured out what baby gear you need, what you like, and what you can do without. And, you already have a lot of it. Baby Owen is using Eve’s former crib, car seat, and vibrating bouncy chair. I knew which baby wipes (Huggies Natural Care) and diaper rash cream (Boudreaux’s Butt Paste) I preferred.

But in the three-plus years since Eve was an infant, some new, cool stuff has hit the market, or at least made its way into my mommy circle of friends.

The first are baby wearing devices.  For Eve, a friend loaned me an infant sling, but it has since been recalled because of the risk of suffocation. At least three babies died. Yikes. This time around, other mommy friends introduced me to the Moby Wrap, basically a massively long piece of fabric that you tie around yourself. It’s surprisingly easy and comfortable to wear, and Owen has loved to be carried in it.

Snug as a bug in a rug

But the best new introduction has to be the Kiddopotamus, a fleece swaddling blanket with Velcro tabs. When Mary Jo (of Minivan Moments) gave me the blue fuzzy blanket in a bag of clothes her boys had outgrown, she enthused about it. It was the sole reason her twins slept, she said. I shrugged. I was really good at swaddling with regular blankets, I explained, bragging how tightly I could wrap up those baby burritos. But then Owen arrived, and wriggled his way out of my best swaddling efforts. I tried the Kiddopotamus, and immediately became a convert. Owen has worn it every night since, staying snug as a bug in a rug all night long.  It may become my new go-to baby gift.

While I do have my favorites figured out from the first go-around, it’s also nice to know this old mom can learn some new tricks.