Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

I received product from Parker Baby Co. for this post featuring our favorite newborn products.

This post is a bit late(r) than I had hoped but I’m finally finding time to write about our new addition.  Little Ruby joined our family just under three months ago and it’s definitely been an adjustment.  Since our youngest child before Ruby is already 7, we’re really jumping back into the trenches.  Little Ruby was born mid January and we’re so glad she’s finally here.  With all the stress and anticipation of a 5th c-section, we all breathed a sigh of relief upon her arrival.

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

Unfortunately, it was a painful c-section where I wasn’t given the usual meds and the entire ‘birth’ day was spent trying to get my pain under control before I was finally able to start enjoying our new baby.  I thought being a veteran parent (of now 6 kiddos) plus a previous foster mom would mean the transition would be a breeze.  Total rookie mistake!  HA!  

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

We’ve been working on figuring this little one out over the past couple months and seem to finally be settling into a routine.  Knowing that Ruby is 99.9% most likely our last (unless we adopt), I spent the first 2 months of her life on the couch snuggling.  Over the last 3 weeks, I’ve been trying to get some work done around here.  She’s a little bit fussier than most of our other kiddos were so it hasn’t been easy but we’re learning some tricks to help settle her.

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

Another challenge we encountered was weight gain.  Breastfeeding had some hiccups as my milk didn’t come in as strong as with my first five kiddos so she wasn’t getting enough to eat.  In the end, we chose to supplement with some formula (after trying ever trick in the book for upping my supply).  Those couple of extra formula ounces a day did the trick as she began to gain but now she prefers the bottle and will only nurse throughout the night (basically when she’s too tired to care that she has to work a bit harder for her food).  That means all day long, I’m stuck in the cycle of pumping milk, which I then feed to her and it’s been exhausting!  I am grateful that she breastfeeds at least at night but the work involved in having to pump and bottle feed and then clean supplies is exhausting.

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

Our Favorite Newborn Products:

I’ve definitely been more of a minimalist this time around so I wanted to share a couple of our favorite baby products that we have been using.  While I did break down and set up a swing in a desperate attempt for a few hands free moments, it failed miserably.  So all the ‘typical baby gear’ will not be found in our home.  Right now, our ‘gear’ consists of: a Baby B’jorn Bouncer, Tiny Love Play Mat, and a variety of Baby Carriers.   

Along with that, one of my ultimate favorite ‘tools’ are our Parker Baby Swaddles.  Even though Ruby isn’t much of a swaddle baby, she does seem to love having that lightweight breathable muslin cotton blanket wrapped around her.  I just LOVE the gorgeous colors of Parker Baby’s swaddle collection.  

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

The Rose Swaddle Set is my absolute fave as it comes with the cream swaddle featured above as well as a burgundy swaddle, and an auburn orange.  All three came with us on our recent trip to Disney World!  They were lightweight and airy enough to keep Ruby from over-heating but still gave enough protection from the sun as well as the cooler evening air.

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

I also love having Parker Baby bibs on hand as they are great for catching excess milk, spit up, and drool.  Plus, they look cute!  I love the Rose Bandanna Bib Set as it has the best girly colors.

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

Finally, you’ll see Ruby sporting a variety of bows almost daily.  They are just so dang cute that I can’t help myself!  I especially love these Cable Knit Knotted Headbands.

Introducing Ruby (And Our Favorite Newborn Products)

Some of my other favorite baby brands that are featured in the photos above are Feltman Brothers (take home heirloom outfit and bonnet on Disney trip), Freshly Picked (baby moccs), and Infanteenie Beenie (newborn hospital hats).

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This post currently has 10 responses.

  • Sarah L

    Happy new baby! I love the Cable Knit Knotted Headbands.

  • Ashley Parks

    Aw!! She has grown so much already!! I love that she is always wearing a bow! The Cable Knit Knotted Headbands are so cute! I wish I had those when my girls were newborns! The bows I tried never seemed to stay on, but the headbands look like they would.

  • Maryann D.

    Ruby is just precious! Congratulations to all of you.

  • Peggy Nunn

    I love seeing pictures of her. I just love babies. I am glad things are settling in better now. What a blessing she is.

  • Leela

    Congratulations! She’s so beautiful.

    I have eight and it never got any easier ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sue E

    I have never had a C section. I have had a hysterectomy though 22 years ago. I was cut from one side of my hip to the other! I am glad that I have never had a C section with my children! I had 4 and my last 3 were ten pounds. The babies kept coming faster with each one. By the time I had my fourth one, she took less than 2 hours to come into this world. She would have been here sooner, but the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck. All I heard was everybody screaming STOP PUSHING! So she didnโ€™t cry right away and I was worried. But anyway she was born on a Sunday at 11:30 am. My husband kissed me and said good job honey! Iโ€™ll get home before kick-off! I was home after one day. After my hysterectomy, I went home after 5 days. So I canโ€™t imagine what you went through!! I am so GLAD that you and your baby are fine!! I have heard a couple of more horror stories from my friends about C sections. I am so glad that the babies were alright too!! I apologize for carrying on! You would think that after doctors have done organ transplants that they could have better and safer C sections!! Congratulations ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ on your adorable baby, Ruby!! She was worth everything that you went through – Iโ€™m sure!! Sheโ€™s a true blessing ๐Ÿ’ž Thank you God ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ
    I love the colors and the look of gentle softness of the materials! I absolutely love the Cable Knit Knotted Headbands! I wished I would have known about this company earlier!! We have 4 daughters, 15 grandkids, which 11 of them are girls, and two great grandkids, 1 is a girl ๐Ÿ‘ง I would have bought a lot of those headbands. I know God will bless us with more great grandkids ๐Ÿ˜ I noticed too that Parker Baby Co. does have everything a baby needs! This definitely is pin worthy! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Mia Rose

    She is so precious, and I love the darling knitted headbands that have so many colors to choose from.

  • Christy Gamber

    She is adorable! Congratulations! Iโ€™m definitely going to add these products to my list to buy for new mommies! Thank u for the great recommendations

  • Christy Gamber

    She is adorable! Congratulations! Iโ€™m definitely going to add these products to my list to buy for new mommies! Thank u for the great recommendations

  • gloria patterson

    Sharing this with my great niece who had her daughter Kylie on Jan 20 of this year. She tried and had luck then no luck in breast feeding.

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