Now that I am about a month in with Raleigh – and hindsight as they say is 20/20 – I wanted to share the items that are actually saving my bacon on a day to day basis. It can be so different for every baby, and that is what I love about reading these types of posts! I think as parents we learn very quickly to adapt. It’s a survival method, right? We adapt so well that we often forget that certain aspects of taking care of a baby don’t need to be so hard. So many times reading what works for other mothers gives me ideas for ways to make my life easier and to make my baby more comfortable and happy. I hope this post does that for one of you, too!
- Baby Nes: who sponsored this post – pulled through in an amazing way for me the past month. I will go in depth on this later as it needs a little back story first, but sponsored or not, I have been so glad to have this system on hand. Raleigh happily takes a bottle when needed and it’s such a weight off my shoulders! Not even factoring all the amazing time-saving features – perfect temperature every time! A capsule for every stage and age! All things that you can do easily one-handed (huge selling feature for me!) but it actually helped me get back a couple weeks with Raleigh that I didn’t have with my other two boys due to the worst word in the english language in my opinion: jaundice. More on this later!
- Mustela Dermo-Soothing Wipes: Between the handful of days Raleigh was on the bili-bed and waiting for his umbilical cord to detach, traditional baths were off the table. (Lotions of any kind aren’t allowed while they are under the UV lights so I hate to dry his skin out anymore than I have to with soap!) These wipes are amazing. You can get them nice and clean in a pinch and they have that yummy Mustela smell.
- MAM: True to Frame form, Raleigh loves his Mam binky. I love that they have a newborn size that is perfect for their tiny mouths. My boys have never had trouble keeping their pacifier in and I think thats due to having the right size from the get-go. I love these soft braided pacifier clips from Braided Lovelies on Etsy. The slip right over the pacifier and are so minimal, so much better than the plastic ones!
- Bloom Wipes: I love these wipes for being sensitive on skin, hypoallergenic, 98% natural ingredients, but what I really go for is the size. They’re huge and one wipe does the job of 3-4 regular ones.
- Windi: I can’t get over this genius little invention. Raleigh is pretty gassy and it of course only irritates him in the middle of the night. The Windi literally takes the wind out of him. Everyone needs a box of these on hand, absolutely amazing! In tandem with this we use our local pharmacy’s freshly compounded Gripe Water (something about them making it in house recently versus in a warehouse years ago feels like it works better? In my head?) Gripe Water comforts him a lot as well!
- Newman’s Ointment: Nicole got this for me when I delivered Hayes and it is an absolute STAPLE. It’s a prescription and you need to find a pharmacy that compounds it on site (get some fresh made Gripe Water while you’re at it), so make sure and ask your doctor for it the second you deliver! It is a life saver for breastfeeding. It has an antibiotic in it to prevent mastitis, it has an anti-inflammatory which lessens pain and swelling, anti-fungal which prevents candida which causes thrush and then a little more ibuprophen powder for good measure. Even my third kid in, I needed this stuff and never cracked or bled which is all due to Newman’s.
- Kickee Sheets: Raleigh is basically a baby prince because all I put him in is Kickee Pants pajamas. They’re so soft and comfortable and when I learned they made crib sheets I stocked up on those, too!
- Uppa Vista: One element of a stroller system I hadn’t tried thus far is the bassinet attachment. I am using Uppa’s whole system that comes with a bassinet and LOVING it. I love that he can chill out by the pool with us, in the shade while we garden or BBQ, and it easily comes off so I can carry him in the house without disturbing his nap. He looks so comfortable and peaceful in it!
- Ergo’s Nursing Pillow has been another awesome addition to my arsenal this time. I get the worst posture while I am nursing, especially in the middle of the night. The pillow helps keep him in the right spot and takes the pressure of my back so I can keep things aligned. Find it here!
- Tap-On Light: This might seem silly but Russ thought of it and I wish I had before my third kid! We are getting better everyday but I still need to see what I am doing during night feedings. Turning on a whole lamp, shining that crazy bright phone light, or turning the room light on is a little aggressive. I want to wake myself and Raleigh (okay, you too Russ) up as little as possible. Feed, burp and get back to bed is the motto, so disturbing with the least amount of light necessary became the solution and this light is so nice! I tap it on and tap it off and I can move it around easily but it’s not so crazy bright! Find them here or in any hardware store.
- Mamaroo! I have been looking forward to using this for years. I love that its compact, can’t tip over, that the rocking is so natural and smooth, that I can use my own music or a white noise they provide. I love that its minimal and well-designed. Buy it here!