When you have your 3rd baby you really don’t think you need anything new because you either have stuff left over from your previous kids or you just KNOW what the most useful products are. Little did I know that with every new product on the market comes a new possibility of ease for a mother. I am blessed to be able to try them because this allows me to show you why you NEED them if you are about to have a baby or have an infant.
This is a sponsored post via Binxy Baby, Ollies World & Dockatot in which we received a free shopping cart hammock, swaddle and baby lounger in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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When I was about 5 months pregnant with my 3rd child I came across this shopping hammock and I just knew I HAD to have it. It is one of the cutest and smartest little baby products. I am a huge on baby wearing especially with a 3rd child, however I have a bad back and I find shopping with 3 kids overwhelming. Sometimes with shopping I may have to lift heavy items into the cart, and with baby in the hammock it makes it a little easier to shop or pick stuff and be able to have my hands free to tend to other kids. It’s like a mini-break from carrying a baby while you shop. Baby also enjoys just being able to look around. I can’t tell you how many people have stopped me to comment on how they wish they had one too or how they wish this was invented for adults
When shopping alone with my infant it becomes a mini break from carrying a baby. I am ashamed to say I sometimes have forgotten he’s in the cart, until I have to check out and pay of course! He enjoys being able to look around and I think that’s what keeps him calm (provided he has been fed). He’s even fallen asleep in it several times! I can’t tell you how many people have stopped me to comment on how they wish they had one too or how they wish this was invented for adults
The best part (and sometimes can be a con because I get stopped at least 5-10 times every shopping trip) is how amazed people are! It’s like entertainment! I’ve gotten comments like “Wow this is amazing”, “I wish I had this when my kids were little”, “Do they have one for adults??”, “Did you buy this in the USA?” and I can go on!
The hammock fits most standard grocery store carts. I have used it at Target, Costco, Home Depot, Ikea and Walmart so far. It also is supposed to be able to hold a car seat and supports up to 50 pounds in weight (I personally don’t use infant car seats so I haven’t tried that). I have been using it since he was 6 weeks and it can be used till baby is 6-8 months or can sit up on their own.
The Ollie World Swaddle
We have always been an advocate for swaddling as it really helped our other kids. My first was super colicky but we only discovered swaddle wraps (with velcro) when he was 3 months old. It immediately helped his sleep and so we followed the same with my second child from birth. However when Musa was born he was a little different, he wouldn’t sleep more than 5-15 mins at a time. He was constantly colicky and would cry practically all day so I either had to hold him to sleep or pray that he slept when put down. It was so difficult and emotionally draining. I tried an old swaddle we had but it was too large and he would fight it and I think due to postpartum exhaustion and having 3 kids my mind was just not working.
When we were offered the Ollies World Swaddle, I honestly didn’t think much of it and hoped it would help us. With all baby products you just never know until you try it. When I received it I was so impressed with the packaging. It comes in a beautiful box with its own washing bag. My husband had been telling me we needed to try swaddling again and I wanted to wait for this swaddle as it had great reviews. Musa was 5 weeks when we first tried it in the Dockatot (pictures below), and low and behold he took more than an hour nap. In the beginning, it helped us a lot with bedtime and sleeping at night as he wouldn’t wake up so often (even if he was gassy!). It took a little time to work for nap time consistently but once he was wrapped it was like clockwork, he would nurse, and then just wind down.
We picked the stone color, and we love it. It has a little elastic strap to tie the bottom because every baby’s height is different so their legs will stop at different positions of the swaddle. The material is super soft and even though we have washed it 3 times in the last 6 weeks we have had no issues with fading.
A baby lounger? I never heard of one and I didn’t think I needed one after 2 kids. With Musa’s colicky crying and sleep issues, I decided to try this out because we ended up with unplanned co-sleeping.
They have the cutest covers and it was so hard to choose one. I went with the Deluxe + in the Mod Pod since the Carrera Marble was sold out. It was their most popular color and I didn’t want to wait 3 weeks as I was desperate for better sleep.
It has helped us so much making co-sleeping safe and allows us to have baby chill anywhere in the house between feeds and naps. We use it a lot with The Ollie Swaddle. It is soft and gives the baby a snuggling feeling because of its narrow structure. At this moment we are using the Deluxe size (recommended for 0-8 months), and since Musa is pretty tall he will outgrow it soon but they also have a Grand size which is for kids between 9-36 months. I look forward to using the Grand when Musa transitions to a crib if we can afford it as it is one of those expensive investments you need to make on baby products. I like that we can also carry this to our inlaw’s or friends houses if we need baby to have a “flat” surface to rest on. Even when he starts rolling this will still be safe because of the barriers on the sides.
Dockatot is handmade in Europe, and designed in Sweden (gotta love Sweden since Ikea’s from there). It is tested for breathability and OEKO-TEX certified. Give Dockatot a follow on Instagram You can buy yours on http://shrsl.com/odj5.
I hope you enjoyed these reviews and please share if you have the same products and how your experience was!