This list was originally compiled in 2012, when Lil Miss Wagon was a newborn!
I had kids 2 years and 7 months apart, so I didn’t expect a whole lot to change from baby to baby. But products and technology change so quickly in this day and age, so there are so many things that didn’t exist (or weren’t popular yet) back when Wagon Jr. was a baby. Here’s a quick list of some of the newfangled things I came across the second time around, just less than 3 years later!
1) Disposable Underwear. The underwear provided by the hospital when WJ was born was gigantic and mesh. This time around, the underwear was so much better! Almost like a big pair of tightie whities, cotton and stretchy and it kept everything in place much better than the mesh panties from before. I don’t know if my hospital upgraded in the past few years or if it’s changed for everyone.
2) Wubbanub. Wagon Jr. preferred the Avent pacifier over the soothie, so we didn’t try a Wubbanub with him (it had just started to become popular when he was an infant). When LMW was a newborn, the only pacifier she would take was a soothie, so we got a Wubbanub and loved it. It’s just much easier to grab and take with you than a paci alone, and it sits on her chest. Sadly, she never did take to a pacifier consistently so our beloved Wubbanubs were abandoned.
3) Nosefrida Snot Sucker. Anyone who has ever used one can attest to the fact that this thing is MAGIC. We used the bulb sucker from the hospital pretty successfully with WJ, but this thing is so much less scary for the baby and I feel like it really gets a lot out. If you think it’s too gross to use, you’ve never spent a night holding a congested, runny-nosed baby!!
4) Rock N Play. Lil Miss Wagon’s sleep as a newborn was so unpredictable, but she did have her longest stretches of sleep while in the Rock N Play. So we used it until her sleep settled down a bit, then we switched her over to her crib. The weird thing was that we could put her down drowsy in the crib and she’d fall asleep on her own (after some fussing), but she had to be completely asleep before we placed her in the Rock N Play. After she was consistently sleeping in her crib, we moved the Rock N Play downstairs and it was great for awake and play time. See my review of the Rock N Play here.
5) Baby K’tan. We had an Ergo and LMW liked it the few times we used it with her, but I found it cumbersome to take with us outside the house. I liked the idea of a wrap but was intimidated by them, so I ordered a Baby K’tan and fell IN LOVE! It easily stuffs into its carrying case (which is part of the sash of the K’tan!) and I can just throw it into my diaper bag. I love how stretchy the fabric is and how secure it feels, despite the fact that it’s just fabric. Since WJ loved the carseat, stroller, bouncy seat, and swing (and didn’t really like to be carried and HATED all carriers) it’s a totally new world for me with baby carriers… LMW didn’t last for more than a few minutes in anything except the swing (and she had to be asleep when you put her into it!) so I was really excited about the Baby K’tan. In the end, we weren’t big babywearers, but the K’tan got some good use since LMW liked it when she was unhappy in the carseat and stroller.
6) Muslin Blankets (Aden & Anais). Again, these weren’t as popular when WJ was a baby, but I got a set this time around. They are soft, and pretty useful, but since LMW needed a miracle blanket, then a woombie (she could break out of any other swaddle within seconds) they’re pretty much just another blanket to me.
7) Baby care smartphone apps (Baby Connect). I can’t rave about Baby Connect enough. We kept an excel spreadsheet when WJ was a baby, but it was kind of a pain. Baby Connect keeps track of EVERYTHING and pushes updates to each device. My mom or the nanny can even update it on their laptops from the website or their smartphone, and it keeps us updated while we’re at work. It’s so easy to see at a glance how long she’s been asleep, or how long it’s been since I pumped or nursed last, etc. It also keeps track of medications, vaccinations, milestones, height/weight, and so much more. It is one of VERY few apps I have actually paid for, and it’s been worth every penny.