Everything that helped both baby and mommy get more sleep in the first couple of weeks
I don’t think there’s anything I fear more than the first couple of nights at home with a new born. So many what-if’s run through my head. I don’t want to worry you by sharing those, so I won’t. However, I do want to share what helped us survive those long dreaded nights.
You’d think I was a first time mom, but the truth is so much changed from when I had Owen to Olivia in just a few short years. Owen started off sleeping in the Rock and Play, which was recalled so that sleep option was no longer. We thought, maybe we’d give the Pack and Play another go? Nope. Truth is, there’s no right or wrong. Each baby is different, just like each person prefers their own type of pillow. I just knew I wanted baby to be sleeping safe and comfortably within eye sight, so here’s what worked for us.
I love that the Halo Bassinet is a side sleeper that fits nicely right next to the bed, so I’m able to look over and see my little one. What makes it really nice is that the sidewall lowers and returns automatically to the upright position making it easy to tend to baby throughout the night without having to get out of bed. The 360 degree swivel motion also makes getting in and out of bed easier so you’re not having to scoot to the end of the bed to get up.
Okay, I know some of you are like, “really, a night light?” but, YES. Life saver. I set up the Hatch Rest in the corner of our bedroom and keep it on the lowest setting, so I’m able to check on the bebe during the night without straining. The best thing about it is that you’re able to adjust it from your phone! Game. Changer. This feature makes it especially useful when we have to change diapers in the middle of the night. Plus, you can customize the color, brightness, sound, volume level and set programs to turn off and on automatically based on your family’s sleep schedule.
A constant in our parenting pack list, great for travel and a pop-up changing station for our bedroom; the Pack and Play is clutch. During the day, I put baby in the mobile bassinet (is that what it’s called?). It’s super soft and has a cute bear mobile that I turn on when I need a quick minute to run to the restroom or change out the laundry. It not only keeps her awake and occupied (great for getting her used to day vs night) but is also great for baby’s development.
I swear by this stuff. Forget the lanolin they give you at the hospital. Pack Earth Mama in your hospital bag, as this nipple butter is 100% organic and was a life saver. I was in so much pain this time around trying to get Livi’s latch right. Once I started to apply it after every feed, it helped heal my nips and made nursing bearable.
As mentioned above, the baby was having a hard time latching at first which made my boobs sore and since she was constantly wanting to nurse, I became engorged pretty early on. That’s where the Medela pump came into play to give me some relief. I’m using the same pump for the second time around and have no complaints. However, I do suggest purchasing this nursing bra to make things a little easier and you’re able to pump hands free.
The Boppy nursing and infant support pillow, is another item that I swear by that not only helps to support with breastfeeding but also the perfect pillow for baby’s first year from supporting the baby sitting up to tummy time.
Just like everyone prefers their own type of pillow, each baby likes their own way of sleeping. Owen did NOT like to be swaddled, nor were we good at it (round one). This time around, we were determined to get it down. There are a couple of different types of swaddles. I suggest testing them out. I think these are pretty and are great for when you’re out and about and need to breastfeed. The size of them are perfect. However, these are super easy to use for those of us that are swaddle challenged and make swaddling baby at between feedings and changing diapers super easy.
Wish I would have had this app as a first time mom! For me, it’s easier to pick up my phone and press a button during a feed than having to reach for a pen and paper or try to remember start times. The Baby Tracker App is key for keeping up with which side you last fed on, for how long and how much time has passed between feedings. You can also track dirty diapers, nap times, and (my favorite feature) pumping. I can open my app and see how much milk I have in the freezer which feels like an accomplishment (over time) and gives me peace of mind. The app is also nice when it comes to updating the pedi’s questionnaire at each check up.
So there you have it, all of my new born essentials that have helped me get through the first couple of weeks at home with baby. Would love to know if you have anything to add that isn’t listed here? Keep in mind, each baby is different. Each mom will have their own way of doing things that works for them and we shouldn’t judge. We’re all just trying to do our best to raise little humans the best way we know how.
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With high summer in full swing, I’m loving all things white hot. The sun definitely brings out my inner bohemian style as I live in flowing linen and breezy cotton fabrics. Now in my third trimester of pregnancy, I can’t help but reach for easy throw on styles that feel effortlessly chic and breathable.
When I’m on the go, I love using my time to multi-task and enjoy my commute with Audible #notsponsored.
I’ve had a subscription for the last couple of years and because I haven’t been able to slow down, I’ve racked up a good half-year’s worth of credit and am excited to finally use them up!
I asked followers on Instagram to share what they were reading and got an overwhelming response on Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. So, that’s what I pressed play on first and couldn’t stop listening. I really enjoyed this one from Audible because Rachel narrated which made it feel like I was getting coffee with a girlfriend. Her honesty is appreciated!
What are you currently reading or looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments below!
Oh, sweet September. Hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend celebrating the final days of summer with friends and or family. As for me, I spent the rainy weekend at home in Houston, spending time with my silly little boy and working around the house marking off our home’s honey do’s with my hubs.
August completely flew by, leaving me feeling unaccomplished when it comes to my personal life, my favorite hobby (sharing with you)! I had so much I wanted to get to, that I apologize here and now for not getting around to it. I’m trying to do a better job of balancing and prioritizing, at times I feel like I’m drowning with so much on my plate. I feel like I used to be so organized – when did life of “adulting” get so complicated?
I can’t tell you enough how good it feels to get some fall cleaning done this past weekend. Working in retail constantly has me planning months ahead, yet but also in the day-to-day details of what’s happening around me in social media. Having the house nice and tidy, opens some head space and gives me a sense of peace so I can focus my energy on work.
Mitchell did such a great job cleaning out one of our side gardens, transplanting our banana plants from their pots to the ground, adding mulch and making it look nice. I love that we’re able to enjoy them from the patio. He also swapped our burnt out bistro lights with new strings, so we can enjoy the cooler temps outdoors at night. One of our favorite things to do in the fall is playing dominoes on the patio, watching football and enjoying some good wine.
I pulled out our pumpkins, all the fall scented candles, comfy blankets and fall decor to get the house feeling cozy. I can’t wait for the nights that we’re able to spend watching Grey’s with the fireplace lit, cuddled on the couch.
With a slower month ahead, I’ve scheduled time to get around to all the things that I want to get done. I think this is something important to do when it comes to loving yourself and living a happy life. We have to make time for ourselves. We do it for friends all the time, schedule time to catch up, so why not do it for ourselves and prioritize our goals. This is definitely something I need to work on. There’s a quote that keeps coming to mind and I feel like there’s a reason for it,
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
I need to take time this month to prepared for a busy October with two weddings and a cruise, I’m excited about what’s to come but also want to make sure that we’re ready. Anyone else find themselves planning time to plan? Sounds silly, but it seems this is what I need.
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