It was worth the little bit of a splurge to get something of good quality that I am happy to have as a permanent part our livingroom once baby rocking is in the past.
2. Pegboard. I saw this idea for Quinn's nursery on Pinterest and am so happy with how it turned out. With the help of my dad we cut it to size, painted it and built a frame to mount it on. Only two things needed nails to hang and otherwise everything is hung with pegboard hooks. I love that it can be rearranged and added to as Quinn grows up. The board came in a piece about twice this big and we had it cut to size at the hardware store. It was under $20, the paint was leftover from the nursery and the package of pegboard hooks cost around $8. I love cheap DIY.
3. This article. I couldn't agree with this article more, plus it made me laugh. I am beyond grateful for my children and my life, but sometimes I need some real "this parenting stuff is crazy hard, mentally exhausting and emotionally draining" talk to feel normal, adequate and not alone. Thankfully I have a group of girlfriends who feel the same and are there to lift me up with their own "this isn't easy" stories.
4. Summer Infant velcro swaddles. We have been fortunate that Brooks did and now Quinn also loves to be swaddled to sleep. Like Brooks was, Quinn is a strong and squirmy newborn so a regular swaddle blanket is no match for her. These velcro swaddles work great to keep her comfy and unable to free her arms and wake herself up.