When planning for baby (or babies) to arrive, we all know the typical gear to buy.  The checklist is always the same….stroller, crib, clothes, blankets, diapers, wipes, bibs…and so on.  But what about those extra items you might not know about that can make your life so much simpler?  And what items actually work?  Here are 5 items I swear by and have used for my littles.

                                                  1) Blooming Baby Bath

I found this sink insert made bathing my wee babes so much easier.  I used my Blooming Bath from when they were about 2 months old until 5 months old.  It really depends on the size of your sink.  I felt so much more secure bathing them and I could stand comfortably.  There were even times where I would wear one in my baby wrap while bathing the other.  Add it to your baby registry!

                                                  2) Beluga Baby Wraps

I didn’t think I liked baby wearing until I wore this uber comfortable wrap byBeluga Baby.  My twins love being worn (one at a time).  It gives them so much comfort when they need it and gives me an extra set of arms when both babies are wanting Mom at the same time.

                                                  3) Fuelbaby Bottle

These awesome bottles by Fuelbaby, allow you to pre-fill your formula and release the powdered formula with a push of a button for an easy mix on the go.  This way you don’t have to worry about measuring when you’re out and no stress about keeping the formula refrigerated as it’s not mixed yet.  Formula Momma’s you’re going to want this one for sure!

                                                 4) Pip and Leo Mulit Use Baby Covers

With my first, I was forever rigging something up to cover Madelyn while she was in her carseat.  Weather she had fallen asleep, it was cold and windy, or the sun was beating down on her, I wanted those cubby little rolls covered.  Lucky for my twins, I discovered these gorgeous multi use baby covers by Pip and Leo.  These covers are made in Vancouver from organic and sustainable cotton.  You can also use them as a breast feeding cover, which means one less thing to pack in the diaper bag.

                                                 5) Playmat

We bought our activity mat when we had Madelyn.  We found it a bit spendy at $100 but that’s what they cost and we just hoped she would use it.  Yup!  She used it alright. She loved it.  Even when she could sit up she would sit and play with all the different toys.  Now the twins are using it and probably play on there 4-6 times per day everyday.  Money well spent.  (TIP: trying buying one second hand or borrow from a friend who isn’t using theirs.)

 

 

 

 

wrap: c/o Beluga Baby, top: Barefoot Contessa, jeans: Yoga Jeans, boots: Aldo, hat: Hunnis  [Madelyn picked out her own outfit.  She went for a colourful but slightly sporty look while her twin sisters opted for stylish hand-me-downs.  That's real life kids wear;)  ]

“You sure have your hands full!”  If I had a nickel for every time I hear this when out with my little tribe, I would be…well not rich (the twins are only 5 months old), but I could probably buy myself something nice.  Yes, my hands are full indeed.  Two babies and a three year old make me in high demand in my house.  If I could grow another set of arms, believe me, I would.   Since I don’t plan on becoming an octopus anytime soon, next best is a beluga.  Well a Beluga Baby  Wrap that is.  These wraps have been one of my absolute favourite and most nessesary  items for helping me with my twins. When one baby is tired and the other hungry, I can rock one to sleep while in the wrap and hold the other for a feed.   My girls absolutely love being worn and it gives me the satisfaction of being able to take care of them both at the same time.

Motherhood is hella hard.  It’s an endless amount of worrying, second guessing, and trying to figure out the right way to do things.  On top of that you are the resident chef, therapist, house keeper, grocery buyer, bug killer (unless my husband is home), laundromat, stylist, butt wiper, nose wiper, tear wiper, boo boo fixer, chauffeur, cheerleader, lesson teacher, ref,  dream facilitator, dish washer, and the one who puts the toilet paper on the roll.  You are the first one up and the last one to bed.  So, is it all worth it?  You bet it is!  These three have my heart and every day I am in awe of how much I love them.  To all you amazing Mommas out there who’s hands are full, Happy Mother’s Day!  You’re killin’ it!

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