If there is one thing I’ve learned from (cool) progeny community, it’s that there are a lot of great moms out there. You know, the kind of moms you want to have coffee with. The ones that don’t take themselves too seriously (or too lightly); have strong convictions about parenting but value the beliefs of other moms, too; realize that while their children are amazing little people they are not always perfect , nor will they always know the ‘right’ thing to do with or say to adorable-yet-imperfect-children; embrace the fact that we all make mistakes and don’t beat themselves up (too hard); love their children unconditionally but also make an effort to not lose all of themselves in the what could be considered wholly-engulfing experience we call motherhood.

Because let’s be honest, losing ourselves would be a complete disservice to the kids we’re raising.

Some cloth diaper. Some don’t. Some breastfeed. Some bottle feed. Some do a little of both. Some stay-at home, some work-at-home, some work outside of the home. Some co-sleep. Some don’t sleep. Some half-sleep. Some sleep train. Some babywear. Some home school. Some send their kids to private schools. Some send their kids to public school.

All have one thing in common: they love their kids and are doing what they think is best for them.

With that long intro, I’d like to introduce our newest series: real moms, real advice. We’ll be asking a question of our mom community on facebook and twitter each week, and posting some of the advice we get. {Which reminds me, do you follow us on Facebook and Twitter?}

Like all advice for moms, use what works for you and take it like you take your margarita — with a grain of salt. This week’s question was for new & veteran moms:

What baby items are on your “MUST HAVE” list?

Aden Anais Swadle

Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets
You’ve seen them on every registry and probably wondered –really worth the hype? But lots of CP moms LOVE the Aden + Anais Swaddle blankets. I’ll admit that while I didn’t have these for the Bug, I picked up three Bamboo swaddles last week for the new little guy.


Mesh Bath Sling
A definite ‘must’ for small space households!  Terri said: “When we lived downtown, I didn’t have one with my first son, and finding a spot for one of those huge, plastic baby bath tubs in our row home was nearly impossible! When my daughter was born, I bought one, and I could not believe how much easier it was to store a fold-able, mesh seat and store it along side the existing bath tub. It was a small-space LIFE SAVER!” Pictured: Summer Infant Warming Wings Infant Bath Sling

Ergo Baby Carrier

Ergo Baby Carrier
A lot of moms replied that baby carriers were necessities for them, and several mentioned the Ergo as their favorite. Stacey wrote: “Definitely an ERGO carrier. We bought the Bjorn first time around and it’s a glorified crotch dangler. It doesn’t promote proper back and hip alignment for baby and where it lays on Mom or Dad it doesn’t utilize your natural center of gravity so it kills your back…unlike the Ergo.” {Editor’s Note: We sent our newest CP contributor to Soft and Cozy Baby to try out several carriers — and will share her review next week!}


White Noise Lite App
This advice surprised me — but makes so much sense! Writes Nina: “Have to add the white noise lite app! We have an old iPhone that is deactivated plugged into a charging docking station and “jet engine” plays non stop on it. Crucial in a small Rowhome with a very loud older sister.”


Double Stroller
We’ve been on the fence as to whether or not we need a double stroller since the Bug will be 3 and a half when the baby makes his debut. But several moms wrote that the double stroller was a lifesaver. Fav brands? BOB, Baby Jogger, and MacLaren. Jill wrote: “Maclaren twin techno stroller if you will have two under age 4. We didn’t think we needed a double but I could not be happier that we invested in one and the Maclaren is super lightweight and folds compact.”


What product would you add? Leave a comment or join the conversation on Facebook!