Not a nutrition post today! But, since I run a blog, I have the urge to share with the Mom (and Dad) world what I have found to be essential for the first 2 months of baby’s life. I have enjoyed reading tips like these from other Moms on the blogosphere, and hope others find this helpful as well.
Newborn Baby Sanity Savers
In no particular order…
- Swaddles! I have enjoyed the Aden and Anais swaddles, but I have an escape artist who will bust out of both swaddles if she sleeps longer than an hour or so. So, I have discovered the Swaddle Up. This allows baby to keep their hands closer to their face, and there is no escaping! This helps me get a little extra shut eye at night. I still use the muslin blankets for most naps. And for when baby is born in the hospital: bring a velcro swaddle! This was a must have for me in the hospital. Who wants to deal with small hospital blankets when you can just velcro baby snug.
- White Noise Machine. Preferrably, a portable one. This one is super inexpensive, and you can tote it anywhere to provide some soothing noise.
- If that doesn’t work… Radio Static if you are in the car and need another louder source of white noise. This works wonders for my little one. Find a crappy station, and turn up that volume! It works.
- Thunder Walking. Helps me to get baby to sleep, and helps soothe a tired baby. What is it? Just slower, heavy step, deliberate walking so that your steps jostle the baby a little.
- The Happiest Baby on the Block holding technique. It’s worth it to watch the silly DVD. Even if you only pick up one tip, it will be a sanity saver. We like using the side football hold to quickly calm baby girl.
- Baby Carrier. We love our Ergo, but it is a little large for my body, so I love my sling. The sling is easy to slip baby into in seconds, and is adjustable and has the option for multi-positioning. I also love the sling for soothing baby and helping her get to sleep. She seems to like the hammock feel of the sling. I have the Balboa sling which already has a sewn in pouch for baby, and the rest is adjustable. Slings are generally better for once baby has a little head control–probably 1.5-2 months.
- Bamboobies Breastfeeding Pads (if you are breastfeeding). These are heavenly. I never really like the disposable pads. Even the “nicer” ones were a little rough. These are soft absorbant bamboo, and then a leak-proof backing. They are not cheap, but they are cost effective because you can reuse and wash! Totally worth it. Helps you forget that you are nursing 24/7.
- Nursing Tank Top. I have a Jessica Simpson brand one, and love it. I only own one, but I wash it a lot and wear it to bed frequently. You could probably get by with only one or two. Pre-pregnancy I thought I never needed one, but now I am so glad I have one. It helps with night feedings, and makes things simple so you don’t have to wear another bra to hold in those nursing pads.
- Sleeping Bras. Yes, these are made for breastfeeding Moms, but I think they would be great for any new Mama getting up in the middle of the night. It is just a super duper comfy bra to sleep in. I have only bought and tried these Kindred Bravely ones from Amazon that came highly reviewed. An added bonus is that they are made from a type of soft terry cloth which is great for absorbing milk leaks!
- Swing. Any swing will do! Something to help rock your baby when you need a few moments for yourself.
That’s about all I can think of now. What are your must have sanity savers? Feel free to post below so we can share more ideas!