Mommy Must Haves

I have several friends that are pregnant right now or who have recently had babies. So between all of us there’s lots of conversations and emails going back and forth about all kinds of baby topics. I love the fact that email, blogs, and Facebook have brought some of my long lost friends back into my life – even though I still don’t see them very often, I get to “talk” to them several times a week! It’s nice to ask for advice and suggestions from people that you know and trust instead of just googling a topic and getting bombarded with information. 

A girlfriend of mine who is expecting any day now just emailed me and asked what things I couldn’t live without when I had my babies. I thought it was funny that she asked because another friend of mine recently wrote in her blog about the same topic for her new mommy friends! So this is a list of items and advice I’d give to any new mom. I’m not an expert about any of these things…these recommendations are based solely on my personal opinion:

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste – Charming name, huh?! This is the best diaper rash ointment I’ve ever come across. It wipes off easily, doesn’t smell terrible, and comes in more than one size. Visit Boudreaux’s website and you can request a free sample!

Dr. Brown Natural Flow Bottles – After trying lots of bottles out with Tater, these bottles are the only bottles I used with the girls. They reduce spit up, gas, and burping.  

Boogie Wipes – Another catchy name! These wipes are for little runny noses and they are so much softer than a tissue. They won’t dry out your baby’s face, and if there are dried on, crusty “boogies” the saline wipes gently remove them. And they smell good, too!

Little Tummys Gripe Water – According to the website “Highly effective herbal supplement. Helps to ease stomach discomfort often associated with colic and hiccups.” And it certainly did! My pediatrician’s nurse recommended it to me and I tell everybody I know about it.

Boppy Newborn Lounger – This is different from the Boppy Pillow that most people associate with breastfeeding. It’s like a round pillow. My girls slept on it when they were newborns. I got it as a gift when I had Tater and just recently passed it along to my sister-in-law who is expecting. I just wish that they made one for adults!

Snugli (http://www.evenflo.com/category.aspx?id=23) – There’s a bunch of different types out there, so shop around. But I couldn’t live without “wearing” my kids! I could vacuum, do dishes, fold laundry, shop, etc…all while holding the baby. And all three of mine loved it!

Some other mommy advice…
If family or friends offer to help when the new baby comes home, let them! I wanted to do it all myself when Tater came home, but it was just impossible. Let them bring you meals, run small errands, take your other little ones. Believe me, they are asking because they want to help. Use the time to get some SLEEP!

Read books about baby sleep habits before you have the baby. You’ll be too tired to read after the baby gets here! There are a lot of good books out there, but the one I refer back to the most is Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child by Marc Weissbluth.

Speaking of sleep, make noise when your baby sleeps. Also, put your baby in his crib before he is fully asleep (don’t get into the habit of rocking baby to sleep and then laying him down – it’s a hard habit to break). If baby has trouble falling asleep on his own, take the shirt that you wore all day and put it to bed with him. He’ll “smell” you and sleep better…at least all three of mine did.

Don’t get into the habit of warming baby’s bottle. For all three of mine, I always used room temperature water when I mixed formula. On that note, if you cannot or do not want to breastfeed, don’t let anybody make you feel bad about it! I breastfed Ethan successfully for 8 months, and would’ve went longer if my milk didn’t just stop. With the girls, I only had milk for 6 weeks. I always felt like I had to explain to everybody why I wasn’t breastfeeding.

Use hand-me-down clothing and toys if you can. Swap with friends and family.

Buy clothes on clearance for the next season. I have Halloween, Christmas, and Easter clothing for next year’s holidays for the girls. I also have summer clothing ready for this summer that I bought right after they were just born (I even bought the cutest little bikinis for them to wear this summer!). I also do this for stocking stuffers, Easter baskets, trick-or-treating bags, etc.

When your baby gets a little older, make sure you get a Johnny Jump Up. It’s easy to take with you when you visit family or friends and will keep baby busy! 

Don’t buy a regular high chair if you don’t have to. Check out the Fisher Price Space Saver. It attaches to a regular kitchen table chair. I love mine and recommend it!

I’m sure there are a lot of things that I missed, so maybe down the road I’ll write about this topic again. Do you have a favorite mommy “thing” or piece of advice to share?

And so it goes…

Comments

  1. Ahhh so many things that make mothering easier. We can't live without pacifiers at my house...a must have for my sanity.
    A good diaper goes a long way especially in those early months when there are explosive poops. I finally figured that out after I had baby #3...huggies supreme kept the mess in the diaper for my last two.
    Love my sound maker for the babies room...can sound like heartbeat, rain, ocean. Then they don't need perfect quiet to sleep.
    Put your baby down to sleep when they are awake...I had to have 2 kids that needed us to hold or lay down with them to figure that one out!
    No matter how good you feel after the baby is born, live it up with all the help and meals you can get...no one offers at 4 months when you need it so take advantage now!
    My first daughter had horrible diaper rashes...they would get so bad you could not get paste to stick to them. I got a home remedy that works great and have used it with all 4 of my kids. I cup of flour browned in a skillet. Sounds wierd but it works wonders. Just stir the flour until it gets toasty brown and smells a little like cheerios and then let it cool and keep it in a ziplock.
    My last favorite I found just this last year. Trader Joes and Babies r Us have applesauce and baby food in a capri sun type pouches that has a screw on lid that the kids can squeeze it out or suck it out. This makes feeding away from home so easy...kind of expensive but worth it!
  2. Cuz I'm the mamma! says:
    I agree with so many of your suggestions! Two others that would could not have lived without...

    1.) The miracle swaddle blanket - a MUST have for our twin girls. Just stopped using them at 6 months. www.MiracleBlanket.com

    2.) www.pediasleep.com sells CD's with certain white noises. The one that worked/works for us is the hair dryer noise. We stumbled upon it one day while I was drying my hair. I googled it and found a CD. It.is.AMAZING!!! The girls sleep 11-12 hours straight (after about 4.5 months). Sounds nuts, but saved our lives.

    Just my 2 cents!
  3. Anonymous says:
    My sister-in-law used the gripe water for her last one for gas and it worked miracles!
    krishag_76@yahoo.com