I wrote my first favorite things post when Colin was 2 months old, so I thought I would update you on some of my newer favorite things. As Colin gets older and his needs and abilities change, so do our favorite things. So here they are, my favorite things during his 3-6 month old phase. (Although the use of these was/is not limited to that time frame.) (I think I should say "favorite things" one more time for emphasis)
Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes. This toy is an absolute life saver, especially in the car. You press the large central button and it plays a classical tune and colored lights blink. Colin becomes memorized by it and it can buy me 15 minutes of content time to stall him. I can't tell you the number of times he starts fussing when I'm 5 minutes away from the house, I reach back and press the button and bam, like magic the fussiness stops. Of course the songs are only about 20 seconds long so I have to press the button a few more times before we get home but still, it often distracts him well enough that even after it goes off he stays content a little while longer. At around 7 months started pushing the button himself but it doesn't seem to be intentional every time. (We actually now have two of these, just in case!)
Sassy Earth Brights Wooden Toy: Another favorite of Colin's is this odd looking foot shaped toy made by Sassy. He loves to have his face tickled by the "feathers" and to chew on the "toes". Little hands aren't always coordinated so this toy is good because I can hold the feather part secure while he plays with the other end without it falling loudly to the floor at his whim. This is especially helpful when we are in church (for the quiet factor) or anywhere out really where you won't want to give the toy back after it has hit the floor. One of Sean's co-workers gave this to Colin because it was a favorite of his own daughters (who is about four months older than Colin.)
Itzbeen Baby Timer: I know I am going to be made fun of for this, but shortly after 'The book" (discussed here) went away, I started using this timer to help me keep track of Colin's diaper changes, feedings and sleeping times (and occasionally Tylenol). It is basically a digital version of the book but the data is not stored anywhere. I know it seems anal but honestly, the sleep deprivation makes me a little forgetful about everything so this is a handy reminder of when I did things last. You simply press the corresponding button when you do something and it counts up time from there, so you know how long it has been since Colin ate, for example. I have the diaper setting on a five hour alarm, so that button blinks (can be audible if you want it to) when it has been more than five hours. This helps me remember to change his diaper at night before it is too late. By too late I mean anytime after 3am, you change a diaper at that hour and Colin wakes up completely and will stay awake for an hour. However, if I leave the diaper on too long that wakes him up more because I assume it is uncomfortable. Before the alarm, I would have him completely asleep and then curse myself for not changing his diaper first! Who can remember that upon waking up! I feel a little like the TV show Lost constantly asking "Did you push the button?" but it works for us for now. (Note: we stopped using this after Switzerland. Colin can now go three hours plus between feedings so I no longer have to plan around two hour intervals)
Finally, my Hotslings baby carrier! This is another must have in my opinion. I could not have functioned in Switzerland without it. Frankly, I couldn't vacuum or do laundry without it! We also have a Baby Bjorn, but I can't tell you enough that this one is so much better. Sean uses the Bjorn occasionally, but for me, the weight isn't distributed well enough to use it for any length of time. This sling is east to use, and doesn't require much instruction (unlike the moby wraps which just confuse the heck out of me). You just fold it, put it over your head and slip baby into it. If I forget to bring it with me while we go shopping I get so annoyed because Colin is just to heavy and wiggly to accomplish anything while holding him. He does sit in shoppnig carts but if a stranger (usually a man) talks to him and makes him nervous it is over, he has to be held. The sling makes it so I can still finish the shopping trip! Have you ever tried pushing a full cart one handed, it isn't easy.