As she grows and her personality develops, we have found some things that are our favorites. She may not care about a few of them, but I love them!
1. & 2. Rock n Play and the Blue Gerber Phone
The blue Gerber phone was a gift from our neighbor across the street, and it was an instant favorite. There is a little bead or something inside, so it makes a very loud rattle sound when she shakes it - plus it is very easy to grip, so therefore very easy to shake! Funny how she may not actually ever see a real phone shaped like that...
3. Arms Reach Mini Co-Sleeper & 4. Halo Sleepsack with Swaddle
Here she is in the Arms Reach mini co-sleeper sporting her fleece sleepsack/swaddle. I loved having the co-sleeper, and was sad to move her into her crib. She is now in a cooler cotton sleepsack/swaddle, as the fleece is a bit warm now, but she loves being wrapped up! Around 7:30-8:00 PM I feed her, change her diaper, put her in a onesie, put her in the sleepsack, rock her for a few minutes, and lay her in the crib. As a general rule, she sleeps until I wake her up at 5:45 AM! She might fuss in the middle of the night, needing her paci back, but that's a quick and easy fix. I strongly believe the credit for sleeping through the night goes to the sleepsack.
5. Plastic Rings
Ellie's Uncle, Aunt, and Cousin got her a pack of these bad boys for Christmas. Holy Cow does she love them! They are so easy for her little hands to hold. We even have one that stays in the carseat, and she holds it while she rides. So cute!
7. Books - especially ones with a crinkle page!
Ellie loves books. She will look at the page and then crane her neck back to see your face as you read to her. She is so focused. I love it. I feel like I can actually see her soaking it all in and learning. Sometimes she isn't quite so focused, and just wants to thrash the book back and forth by a crinkle page so it makes noise.
8. Aden + Anais blankey (security blanket)
So those are our favorite things. We like lots of other things, but those are at the top of the list!