3 Baby Things I Wished I Owned (From the Beginning)

I thought I had the complete list of everything you needed/wanted to raise an infant. Review for yourself — The Checklist: Everything You Need to Own to Raise a 0 to 3 Month Old Infant. I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. I was slightly wrong.

The Best Baby Carrier

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 12.14.22 PMI tried the Ergobaby and Baby K’tan and they do not compare to the BabyBjorn Active Baby Carrier. It feels absolutely more secure than the Baby K’tan and is much quicker to get your baby in and out of. The Baby K’tan may give you the option of distributing the weight better on your shoulders, but not enough to make a purchasing difference. Definitely go for the “Active” BabyBjorn because it does a superior job than the original on removing some of the weight on your shoulders, and putting it on your back. The Ergobaby has a side hold option that is nearly pointless, because it oddly puts the majority of the weight on your neck/shoulder. It also doesn’t allow for a front-facing hold. I’m keeping our Ergobaby around because it will evevntually serve useful in it’s baby backpack mode, which can hold your infant until they are 35 pounds. The BabyBjorn tops out at 26 pounds. Without a doubt, BabyBjorn Active Baby Carrier is the best I have tried.

Baby Back Seat Mirror

You can’t see your kid’s face when you are driving, and he is rear-facing. It’s just weird. I want to know if he is happy, sad, sleeping, or in desperate need to be cleaned up because he just spit up an ounce of milk. Get a back seat mirror. We went with Britax Back Seat Mirror because it’s bigger than most, but anything will do.

Bottle Warmer

We don’t have one. Instead, every time I take a bottle out, I run it under hot water, or let it sit in a coffee cup of hot water, and then I assume I’ve done it for long enough. We your baby is hungry, he is potentially hungry. You don’t want to think, you don’t want to wait, you don’t want to do anything except silence the screams by providing him with a bottle at the correct temperature. We are months away from being done with bottles, and for some reason I am not pulling the trigger on $30 Tommee Tippee Bottle Warmer (others are cheaper). My wife doesn’t think we need one. We are fools for not getting one. Thinking less, and crying less should ALLOWS be the goal with baby purchases.


Practically the Same: Babies and Zombies

When Dylan first came into the world, I was on night duty and the third season of “Walking Dead” was on. It made perfect sense to hold him, face turned away from the TV, while I watched Rick and the others avoid the walkers. It was also inevitable for me to notice many similarities between my little guy and the walking dead.

Babies and Zombies are the Same

  • They both have a drooling problem.
  • They stick everything in their mouths to see if it is food.
  • You’ve never smelled anything like them before.
  • If they are able to walk, they do it very slow, looking drunk the whole time.
  • They moan even when they don’t mean to.
  • They don’t care what they look like.
  • Smart people want to avoid them for as long as possible.
  • They have a pretty lousy sense of humor.
  • If they don’t have teeth, you don’t have to worry about sticking a finger in their mouth.
  • They are both in desperate need of brains.
Practically the Same

Practically the Same

The Bouncing Bayer in His Jumperoo

When Dylan first started in his Fisher-Price Jumperoo, he was content standing. He would play with a few things, spread his saliva on every dry part, and just hang out. I decided that’s how he was. Whether you mean to or not, you keep trying to figure out who your kid is, and what they are all about. I decided mine wasn’t a jumper, and there was nothing wrong with that. I’d still love him. Three weeks later, he jumps. He jumps if happy or sad, and based on the picture below, he dreams of jumping. By the way, if you’re curious I don’t mind the safari-themed music, and I do sometimes hear it, even when it’s not playing.

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Insert Caption on My Kid’s Pic – What’s He So Happy About?

I believe this is the happiest/weirdest picture I have captured of my son. So, that means it’s another time to play “Insert Caption on My Kid’s Pic.”

I won’t assume my child’s voice, I won’t speak for him when he can’t speak for himself. But that doesn’t mean you can’t.

On twitter (@bayerjeff) you can follow me and play along from time to time, or you can leave a comment here.

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Dylan and Sophie Makeout

Screen Shot 2013-04-06 at 11.36.21 AMLook, I’m not into making infants/babies/kids kiss and hug. I despise those calendars of two precious 3-year-olds kissing sweetly. Why on Earth does anyone want to see little kids take on the emotional look of an adult, like the picture on the right?

But, yes, there is a but … I think it’s pretty hilarious that every time I hand Sophie the giraffe over to Dylan, he seeks out the red spots on her face and goes to town. So, here is Dylan and Sophie making out.