Another idea that I'm stealing from some blogs that I like to read... (and I guess from Oprah, except you're not all getting these products, sorry I'm not that famous) Trust me, these are truthful, I'm not getting paid by anyone to sell you anything (but I'm not against doing shameless plugs for free stuff) ;)
BumGenius 4.0 with snaps
I'm going to hold off on a full fledged review of the ones that I've been using, but I will say that my BumGenius with snaps are my favorite so far.
I've only had 1 leak with them, and that's because I was a neglectful mom and left him in the diaper for like 4 hours (where was my mind that morning). I am looking forward to using the regular size inserts and not the newborn ones because I'm thinking they look much more absorbent.
As far as washing, I haven't had any problems. Cold rinse, hot wash with 2nd rinse, covers hang in the baby's room over night, inserts in the dryer for 20 minutes. I've only been doing laundry every other day, and using disposables at night or if/when I run out of these.
I've tried using my softbums when I run out, but I just don't like those as much. I'm going to try them with some larger, more absorbent inserts to see if that helps me like them more.
I do prefer the snaps over aplix/velcro because you don't end up with diapers and inserts all stuck together in the wash (even when I use the laundry tabs this still happens!). Just a preference, I still love my BumGenius with aplix!
Ezra took this pacifier one week after he had been born with no problems. We haven't had any kind of issues with nipple confusion or him refusing to take my nipple.
I am not a pacifier advocate, and I'm already having anxiety about having to take it away from him in a few months, but it definitely helps calm him when he's really upset and helps him to fall asleep when he's tired but fighting it.
Also, it gives my nipples a break because he is definitely a nursing-for-comfort baby and I think he'd be attached to my boob if I wasn't careful.
Circo socks from Target
Socks for a newborn have to be one of the most irritating and frustrating things. No one likes to have cold feet, I'm sure Ezra doesn't either, but it took me almost 4 weeks of his life to find socks that actually stay on his feet, no matter how much he moves them around.
Sometimes I feel like a crazy sock obsessed mother
"You dropped his sock"
"Where's his sock?"
"Oh no, his sock is falling off"
He doesn't like me to put socks on him, he screams. When I'm hungry, I don't want you to take a minute to put your sock on before you feed me. I don't know how many times I've almost dropped him trying to pick up a freaking sock off the floor. And I'm already finding friendless newborn socks strewn around the house. I prefer clothes with feet, but I love the cute little outfits I have for him and most of them are footless.
So these socks are a dollar a pair, but they do not fall off. Not even all day. Not even when I take his pants off.
They even have grips on the bottom in case he decides to make a run for it, he'll have traction on the hardwoods.
Graco Pack 'n Play with Newborn Napper
The best feature of this pack 'n play is the newborn napper. It has an attachment for a light, music, nature sounds, and a vibration setting. Ezra LOVES the vibration setting and mom and dad would probably get less sleep if it didn't have this setting.
The newborn napper on the top, hugs him perfectly (although he's almost grown out of it) and we can usually get him from almost asleep to passed out with a push of the vibrations button.
I'm a little worried about putting him in his crib eventually because his crib does not have a vibrations setting. EEK.
The First Years Newborn to Toddler bath tub
Now that Ezra has the cutest belly button ever, we get to take real baths, and I love this tub.
It fits almost perfectly in our kitchen sink (it's a little funny because our counter top sits on top of the sink, so it's higher on the counter side than in the middle, we have a double sink) and Ezra gets to look out the window while he bathes.
It has a handy newborn sling that goes in it too, but my baby is too big for it. He sits right in the water and kicks his feet. I like that it holds his butt and keeps him upright, for the most part, but he does end up leaning over to one side and is not usually happy about it. Also, it will supposedly grow with him - when he can sit up, he'll sit on the other side.
It's a good size, too, not too big. Some of the tubs are HUGE. It has a nice plug in the bottom that you can pull to drain the water and I keep his body wash and lotion in the little compartment at the end so I have everything I need in one place. Plus, it's only $20 bucks, I love a bargain!
I'm hoping in our next installment of our favorite things, I'll be able to add some things that Ezra actually likes, but right now it's really just my favorite things. He's not really interested in his toys yet, so maybe he'll have a few favorites at 2 months.
P.S. I know it's supposed to be Wordless Wednesday but I'm hoping to get a good picture with Daddy for his birthday tonight, so you might get Wordless Wednesday later today or tomorrow. :)