“Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Just breathe, notice, study their faces and little feet. Pay attention.”
Miles is seven months old. On one hand I can’t believe how quickly it has gone, on the other I can’t wait for what’s ahead. I’m desperate to hold his hand as he walks and to hear him call me mama, and I‘m soaking up every baby coo and cuddle.
For now, as we transition, a reflection on what has gotten us through these past few months. As always, these are not necessities- they simply made life easier. All your baby really needs is you, something to eat, and something to diaper them. That being said, here are the items we loved for months 3 though 6.
This podcast & blog. Rachel Rainbolt talks though Gentle Parenting, Natural Homeschooling, Simple Living, and Family Adventure. Her podcast is easily listened to on a commute or over lunch. (I listen when I vacuum.)
This amber necklace. Amber naturally calms your baby and eases the pains of teething. They do not chew on this necklace, they simply wear it. It soothes and calms baby and in turn lessens drool. It’s a wonderful alternative to traditional, synthetic teething medicine.
This teething relief oil. Gentle herbal extracts and botanical oils to soothe babies gums. I put some of this on my own gums and it’s just gentle relief for the toughest of teething days. This combined with the amber necklace has made teething feel like a non issue in our house.
This activity gym. We bought two of these. That’s right, the minimalist parents bought TWO of the same activity gym- it’s that good. One for our nanny and one for our house, Miles loves this thing and it grows with him by turning into an activity table. Love love love. This is how we get anything done at home.
Ergobaby Omni-360. We found our Ergobaby Omni 360 on the MerCari app for half the price! Definitely look for these second hand. The great thing about this is that you can turn baby forward facing. At about four months Miles was desperate to start looking out at the world and at six months he refused to do anything but. We use it daily and have not yet purchased a stroller because we love this so much.
This diaper & wipe subscription service. 1 in 3 families struggle with diaper need. This diaper subscription service is vegan, non-toxic, delivered to your door each month, adjustable, and each purchase you make donates diapers to a mama and baby in need. We love it so much. Cloth diapering is something we absolutely want to look into but this works best for our family right now.
This cook book. If you haven’t heard of baby led weaning, check it out! Starting solids was so intimidating at first but we are in love with baby led weaning! There are tons of YouTube videos that help explain it as well.
Baby rompers. These organic one-piece rompers are the zipper-sleep suit of the summer. One piece and you have the cutest little outfit. Check out this post for other items we love to dress Miles in.
That’s all for now, we still use so many of the items in my our newborn favorites video, check it out if you’re in, or soon to be in, the newborn stage.