Baby Basics: Products I Swear By

If you are a new mama, the myriad options for baby basics can be overwhelming, and babies are expensive so it can be terribly tempting to just grab the cheapest option and run. Not all baby products are created equal. We went through several frustrating periods of trial and error of testing different products to see if our daughter would have some kind of skin reaction, especially to diapers, diaper cream, and soap.
Some babies may not have any issues with the products that caused our daughter’s skin rashes, but there was a definite difference when we found just the right one for her.
Here are my favorite baby basics.

Pampers Swaddlers to this day (my daughter currently wears a size 5 diaper) is our favorite brand of diaper to use. We have the least amount of leaks from this, and we have tried several other brands in comparison including Huggies and the Pampers Cruisers.
The primary concern was definitely leakage. The Huggies Little Snugglers were the worst for leaking, they pretty much did this every time she wore them. For newborn poop, this was a big no-no. We attempted the Pampers Cruisers, and they worked okay, except at night. Ten hours was just too much for the Cruisers to hold and after two nights of waking up soaked, we gave up on those as well. The Swaddlers are consistently quality diapers, they rarely leak, and they are comfortable, no thigh rubbing, no rashes. You can subscribe and receive a regular delivery of diapers based on the frequency you choose, saving you the multiple store-runs having a baby in diapers usually requires. You can find some really helpful charts that estimate how many diapers in each size you need to figure out a delivery frequency that works for you, and it is super easy to go into your subscriptions and change as needed.
Just as important for preventing diaper rashes as the diaper, we only wavered from the Pampers Sensitive wipes once when the husband accidentally bought the wrong kind. My daughter’s butt promptly broke out after one use, and we couldn’t even bring ourselves to finish the pack, let alone the box. These are super gentle and have a very light scent.
We use baby wipes for almost every kind of cleanup imaginable from cleaning the butt to wiping hands after eating, you will find that you literally CANNOT leave the house without baby wipes. Pro-tip: Always have a backup pack in the diaper bag. Poop explosions, vomit, milk/juice spills all require a lot of wipes to clean up.
Next up, Aveeno Wash & Shampoo. This works wonders on my daughter’s sensitive skin. Its Pediatrician Recommended, made from oat extract, and works as body wash AND shampoo. You have the option to subscribe on Amazon to receive regular shipments of this product, we used about one bottle every two months when my daughter was a newborn, and now we go through a bottle a month. Subscribing can save you 5-15% on price (depending on how many Amazon subscriptions you have, the more you subscribe, the more you save) and also save you the hassle of thinking about it when you run out.
You will find you think about the health of your baby’s skin nearly constantly. Is it too dry? Is that a rash? Why is her scalp so flaky?! Desitin is another excellent product for preventing and then treating diaper rash. The Rapid Relief works best for daily use while the Maximum Strength is most useful for treating existing rashes. Buy one in the tub to use at home and buy a tube for on-the-go use. Trust. You will appreciate the convenience of both. This is definitely another instance where you will use this product for so long it might serve you well to subscribe to the product on Amazon, though the tubs last a little longer than the tube and can be ordered less frequently, depending on how often you take your little one out. But if you are buying the product anyway, why not get the discount and get them delivered regularly?
Here is a product you may not have anticipated as a baby basic but I use cornstarch in place of baby powder. You might have heard about the concern of a  link between baby powder use and cervical cancer. In 2016, a jury awarded a monetary judgment in favor of a woman who claimed using Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder caused her cervical cancer. Medical studies have not reached a conclusive decision as to whether or not there is a link. The problem ingredient is talc, which is a mineral mined from rocks, technically natural but can cause irritation. I am not one to mess with risk, even when it may be small. I don’t feel like I want to take the chance on my daughter’s health if there is an alternative that may be safer and achieves the same end. Cornstarch dries the bottom as quickly as baby powder. Cornstarch also makes an excellent dry shampoo, is cheap, and can be bought at most grocery stores.
Finally, another baby product you will need to buy very frequently (if you are not breastfeeding) is baby formula. I breastfed my LO until she was ten months old before I started having production issues. Her doctor advised me to switch to a soy-based formula as it would be easier to supplement with the breastmilk without getting a baby hooked on the formula so that she would refuse the breastmilk I was able to produce. The soy formula was horrible, and my daughter hated it. She refused to drink it, and I was still not making nearly enough milk to satisfy her. So I switched to this formula, and it was like night and day. She took to this like a fly to honey AND would still nurse from me when I needed her to. At ten months we were able to move towards weaning and supplemented with the formula until she was a year old and able to switch to whole milk. She had no digestive issues with the switch and seemed to respond as well to this formula as my breastmilk regarding weight gain and immune health.
And those are my favorite basic baby products. Those are also the things that will drain your bank account at the end of every week so I highly suggest coupon clipping, Pampers has a great rewards program that allows you to accrue points. In addition to coupons, Amazon’s subscribe & save option is also a good way to save some money and is available on many baby products like diapers, formula, wipes, food, snacks, etc.
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A Few of My Favorite Things

I have seen this particular blog/vlog trend floating around and thought why not? It’s Thursday, the weekend is coming, Spring Break is coming, let’s have some fun. I also thought this would be a fun way for readers to get to know me and maybe get some perspective on my weirdness.
Here are some of my favorite products.

Ninja Coffeemaker

Coffee is the only reason I get out the door in the morning. I don’t need breakfast, I don’t need a shower, I don’t need a cute outfit. I need my cup of black coffee. This coffeemaker makes delicious black coffee but also has the option to make iced coffee, flavored coffee, etc. It is basically a coffee shop in one little, moderately priced machine. It also gives you the option to schedule a brew so you can wake up to the smell of fresh coffee in the morning and you can select various sizes from a cup (12 ounces), a travel mug (14 ounces), a half pot, to a full carafe. There is a pull-down ledge for your coffee mug to perch on to reduce splattering.
My MacBook! Hubby bought it for me as an X-Mas gift, and I already can’t live without it.

Hubby took my old laptop overseas when he deployed in 2016, and it did not survive the trip. To be fair it was fairly roughed up when he left, I had owned it for about 5 years before that. But he ended up buying me a new laptop when he came home, a MacBook which I had wanted for a while. It is lightweight, slim, but still a workable size. This is also my first time spending a substantial amount of time on iOS, I had been a Windows user my entire life, save using mobile iOS on my iPhone. But the OS was easy to learn, and I am in love with the Rose Gold finish.

I absolutely adore the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation and have exclusively been using it for years. This is a full coverage foundation and can cover tattoos if needed. I use it to hide something even less desirable than a regrettable tattoo, my natural skin tone. Seriously, this foundation covers my acne scars, current breakouts, freckles, and doesn’t settle in my rapidly forming wrinkles. I use this daily, which probably doesn’t help the breakouts, but I never leave the house without it. I buy this in Light 45. It usually lasts me about 6 months, even though I use it so frequently which makes it totally worth the cost.

Color Last by L.A. Colors costs about $4 each at Walmart and seriously lasts forever. You do two coats and a top coat and allow it to thoroughly dry and you get a salon quality manicure for a fraction of the cost. Depending on how shaky your hands are with the brush. I INTEND on buying many, many more colors of this brand.
And those are just a few of my favorite things. I may do another post in the future with more of my favorite things, but those are things I was able to take quick pictures of. What are some of your favorite things?