So my dearest friend and college roomie Siba is pregnant with baby #Uno due June 1st, and she asked me to make a list of things that I couldn't live without as a new mommy.
So this was on my to do list today and I thought I'd share it with the universe...in case anyone out there is interested.
Here are some things that I also recommend doing/getting/reading, etc:
*My favorite book is: "SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years" By Dr. Jenn Berman
I fully believe in the philosophy of this book and that if you can try to raise your children in this manor they will be happy, healthy, wonderful loving and respectful children.
* I also read the "Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child" and liked it, however my advice is to not be too strict about sleep or you'll drive yourself and others up a wall. Yes, sleep is important and you should try to help your child sleep as much as possible...but don't kill yourself to do it. Things come up, schedules get thrown off...don't worry about it...just do the best you can. Play things by ear....easier said than done, I know.
*I also recommend the "Baby Bargain book"...it will help you make sure you're not buying a crib that's been recalled for years, etc.
*Swaddles swaddles swaddles. They are the key to keeping Gunnar asleep. At first the "swaddle designs" traditional swaddle was my favorite (until Gunnar started escaping from it), then we moved on to the "miracle blanket" (advertised by "Happiest Baby on the Block") which I like to call the "baby straight jacket" which has worked for a good 6 weeks. But now Gunnar is strong enough to break free (yes I think he could give Houdini a run for his money) and now I've realized the only swaddle Gunnar hasn't mastered his escape from is the "Summer, Swaddle Me" swaddle from Babies R Us with the velcro.
*Snap 'N' Go- Best stroller ever...no need to cart around anything else, all you need is the carseat and this skeletal stroller and you're good to go!
*Hoppediz woven wrap- This gives a mom her arms back and you can get more done while baby snuggles with you! Expensive, but worth it...and it comes with a book that shows you 15 different ways to wear it.
*Lilipadz- These are awesome for preventing the boob leak, which happens a lot for me...and sometimes even when I have them on, but for the most part they're awesome!
*Sleep Bras and Nursing Bras- You can't have too many. At least I can't. I am the queen on milk and over produce and leak so much that I can't tell you how many I go through. So once you're 36 weeks get out there and buy a ton of sleep and nursing bras. Keep them next to your bed for when you leak in the middle of the night (and you don't want to get up to change) and Keep an extra bra (and shirt) in your diaper bag at all times...just be prepared for the leak!
*Receiving blankets aren't good for swaddling or anything of that nature...BUT...they make the BEST burp cloths. Those little cloth diapers are just too small to protect your whole shirt...but a receiving blanket? It has you completely covered!
*I don't know if you have a smart phone...but if you do, Download "Baby Soothing Sounds" it's a Korean app but it is a Life saver!!! It has sounds of a hairdryer, tv static, running water, a vacuum and crinkling bags. When Gunnar is fussy and we're out and about and I don't have time to whip out the boob...I just turn on one of these miracle sounds, crank up the volume, throw my phone next to his ear and PRESTO baby is happy, smiling and content...and as a bonus he often will fall asleep within seconds! These sounds mimic the kind of sounds he/she hears in the womb and it is very calming to the baby. If you don't have a smart phone and you're in the car...good ole' radio static will do the trick too! Crank the volume and walla...happy baby!