1. bugaboo bee: i love our stroller. i love how easily it folds down and pops up.  it was easy to maneuver through small san francisco restaurants and shops. it's pretty light weight which is important when we had to haul up two flights of stairs. i love that the handle adjusts for my six foot tall dad and brothers. oh and it's pretty. after all the debating i'm so glad we went with the bee. i love it. they also just came out with a newer version that looks awesome.

2. 4moms mamaroo bouncer: david and i had seen this bad boy all over the place. it's the best looking swing out there but comes with a hefty price tag. when we were in utah my mom decided she wanted one and ari loved it. so we obviously had to buy one. it doesn't matter how much it costs if it buys you some quiet time and can put your baby to sleep at 4am.

3. swaddle me: the first night home from the hospital we learned that a normal swaddle wasn't going to cut it. it didn't matter how tight we wrapped him, ari found a way to get himself out of it. these things are awesome. they're like little straight jackets. we swaddle ari in a light blanket then stick him in one of these.

4. rock n' play: we were gifted this when ari was about six weeks old. i didn't think we would use but it turns out i was wrong. when we were traveling we used it in a hotel and at a cabin. at home it has given us two handed dinners and served as an occasional nap spot.

5. desitin: i originally got the trendy butt paste but nothing beats good old desitin. it works like a charm and kicks a diaper rash fast.

6. sound machine: i have no idea if this actually makes a difference to ari at this point but i like knowing we don't have to worry about being loud because the sound machine will drown any noise out. in the first few weeks, i felt like a better mom knowing i was making him a comfy womb like world.

7. brest friend: this thing is super ugly. like kind of hideous. but man it really is my friend. it makes breast feeding a million times easier. i actually hate feeding him without it. i rely on it so much that i hauled it through three different states and back.

8. solly baby: love this carrier. its super soft and light weight. other carriers make me so hot and sweaty. it makes traveling a breeze. i want one in every color.

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