Cori and Everett (8m)
1. Baby Swing - Baby holding receptacles were once a hot commodity in our household, but now that E is fairly mobile and much more independent, they are much less in demand. The swing was a space-saver, portable version that I could put on the kitchen island as I cooked, or in the living room while I pumped. I would never have done without and he did enjoy his time in it. Now, onwards and upwards!
2. Bottle Warmer - As soon as I got home from the hospital and realized that at least some amount of pumping was a necessity for us, we invested in a decent bottle warmer. However, once Everett was around 4 months, we started taking the breast milk straight from the fridge and little dude never seemed to mind. We are lazy. Now, we have officially retired the bottle warmer and my kitchen counter is inflicted with one less eyesore.
3. Infant Seat - E never did love the infant seat. Now that he is 20+ lbs, lugging around this bucket seat is hard on my back, plus he's pushing the height maximum. We are very happy to have moved on to using our Stokke stroller seat and Diono carseat in place of our infant seat.
4. The Bumbo - It's easy to retire something that you never really used. We found the bumbo to be uncomfortable and ill fitting. We attempted to do some meals in it, but it never really worked for us. SAYONARA!
5. Mobile - This is the hardest one for me. The mobile represents newborn-dom, and while I'm happy to move on from this stage and love to watch him grow every day, it's just such a sweet reminder of little, helpless newborn Everett. He has already tried to take this down, so it was definitely time to retire it, but it will forever be a keepsake of a time that was so sweet and so special.
Natty & Georgia (7 months)
1. The bouncy seat.
It made it possible for me to work while Georgia was awake in the early days and served us well for about four months but after that, her limbs dripped over the edges of the thing and she could headbutt the toy bar, so it went into storage.
2. The boppy.
Look at my itty bitty! I never used the boppy for breastfeeding. Pillows around my middle never made any sense to me. The boppy is a fantastic baby-holder though. Even that had a time limit, however, and Georgia was done with the boppy at around 5 months. I know some kids like it in the early days of sitting but she never has.
3. The swing.
I've been reluctant to take the swing apart, even though Georgia hasn't been in about two months, because when you need it YOU NEED IT. The only way I was able to eat dinner with both hands from months 2 through 4 was because of the swing.
4. The snap-and-go.
I loved this stroller in the days before Georgia could ride in a shopping cart or sit in an umbrella stroller but now I hate how much room it takes up in the back of our car and how hard it is to get things in and out of the basket underneath. She's still comfy in her bucket car seat but it's time to move on from this stroller. See you in hell, snap and go! Or at least until we have another little baby.
5. Bye-bye, play mat. This is where Georgia happily spent part of every day for the first six months of her life. I knew it was time to take it down when Georgia started to pull herself up on the soft, not-for-pulling-up soft bars.
Putting this one away made me cry.