The day has come and it is time to transition baby to their crib. This day comes early for same, late for some and never for some... and thats totally ok. When I was pregnant, I was convinced that I wanted Amelia in her crib at 6 weeks old. Well, 6 weeks came and went and she is now 6 months old and my husband and I finally agreed to transition. Everyone thinks they have the trick to this. The "magic touch" to the transitioning process and getting your baby to sleep, I definitely don't. Its hard and there is no wrong or right way to do it. Not to mention that every single baby is different and responds differently to different stimuli. These ten tips were discovered via trial and error and worked for us. Honestly, they might not work for you, but I hope that they at least help a little bit and provide a place to start for all you mamas struggling. I struggled so hard with Amelia's transition, and I won't pretend that I didn't. Well, here it goes!
1. Routine is key for us. Every single night (sort of like clock work BUT not always) Amelia gets a bath, she gets 1/2 of an 8 oz bottle and she gets read a book. After that we rock with her in our glider and let her finish the other half of the bottle. We then put her in the crib, and rub her tummy and back until she doses off.
2. We have an amazing sound machine with a ceiling light feature that she LOVES. It even has a heart beat setting which is so sensory stimulating for babies as it reminds them of being in utero. This one is affordable, sleek and the light feature is adjustable so its always right above Amelia.
3. Amelia is a tummy sleeper, we quickly learned that she would soak through her diapers and this caused her to wake up consistently through-out the evening. We learned to size up 1 at night. The bigger diaper was able to hold more urine and fit her more comfortably at night time.
4. All that leaking meant that I was washing sheets and cleaning her mattress everyday. All of her mattress pads seemed to just not be very true to the "waterproof" claims. Thats until we found Cozy Caterpillar Crib Mattress Pad Protector. It's hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, washer & dryer safe and contains no harsh chemicals. It is made with bamboo ya'll and its a freaking lifesaver. It's under $30.00 and an Amazon Prime product.
5. Get a monitor you trust, read the reviews and ask other mamas. More expensive does not always mean better. The talk back feature was a must for me, as I sing to Amelia through the monitor when she starts to get restless.
6. Comfy pajamas. I find that Amelia wakes up from being to warm or too cold. Be sure to find yourself a brand of sleepwear that baby likes. Amelia loves these sleep bags.
7. Lavender in the humidifier! Ya'll this isn't just an amazing sleep aid for baby, but try it yourself! The relaxing properties of lavender helps sooth babies, kids and adults alike! We swear by it!
8. Lastly, Trust your instinct. I still pop-in on Amelia regularly and there is nothing wrong with that. You do you, mama.
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Hello my beloved readers! It's a nasty rainy day here in Houston and Amelia has a stuffy nose! I pulled out my Nosefrida and thought to myself "Oh my goodness, this thing is a lifesaver." Then I remember how affordable it was. The lightbulb went off for this post. Look, having a baby is expensive. From the moment you decide to get pregnant your spending money. Pregnancy tests, ovulation tests, fertility treatments, doctors appointments... not to mention that it doesn't ever end. Soon you will be paying for college! Well, I thought id relieve some of your financial stress with this post on some life saving items that wont break the bank. I have linked every item for you, as usual, so just click on the item to purchase! Enjoy!
1. fridaybaby NoseFrida - So you might think this one is gross, but it is a total gift to the mom world. It is a nasal aspirator. It works like a straw to get all the gunk out of your baby's nasal cavities. You suck one end and stick the other end against your little one's nostril. No, you won't be consuming your child's boogers, there is a disposable filter that prevents any bacterial transfer. It works instantly to relieve nasal congestion in your kiddo.
2. fridaybaby DermaFrida - It isn't uncommon for out little ones to get dry flakey skin, eczema and/or cradle cap. We don't really think about it, but the transition from amniotic fluid to dry air can be difficult on a baby's skin. This product is amazing! Instead of using a washcloth on your little during bath time, you can use this brush to help easy the discomfort of dry and itchy skin.
3. fridababy NailFrida - Clipping a baby's nails is probably one of the hardest things to do as a mom. They don't like it, you don't like and sometimes one of you gets hurt in the process (usually your baby). But, if you don't clip your baby's nails, than you are left with a baby that won't stop scratching themselves and others (you). These nail clippers have a safe design that allow you to effectively cut your little one's nails without worrying about nicking your baby's precious little fingers.
4. Honest Company Bath Products - Ok ya'll. I love this stuff. I tried using a couple other products, but was not a huge fan because most brands was causing Amelia's skin to dry out. While we were in St. Louis a couple weeks ago, I discovered that Honest Brand was a huge help for my little girl! I highly recommend this hypoallergenic and cruelty free product for your sensitive littles.
5. Matchstick Monkey Teether - Ya'll. This is hands down the best teether. We have tried several things with Amelia (who started teething a bit early. She couldn't fit some of the other teethers in her mouth, but the design of this one allows her to grasp and hold the item and teeth with no problem. She absolutely loves her money. This is in my top 5 favorite items EVER. Love, love, love this item!
6. Angelcare Baby Bath Support - Okay, so I have talked about this tub a bunch, but there is absolutely nothing that I don't like about this product. If bathing your newborn scared you a little bit, this product is for you. It's easy to use, it's non-slip, it's hypoallergenic and it isn't a bucket (like other products). This is a must for anyone with a newborn. Also, you cant beat the price.
7. The Mommy Hook - I've also talked about this one before on the blog... but it really is a life saver. This hook clips onto your stroller and makes it easier to carry bags while shopping. You just clip your items onto the hook and you still have two free hands! I love this hook so much, that I actually have two!
8. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes - This is the best musical "on-the-go" toy on the market. .It is lightweight, affordable and easy for any little to use. I swear this is a lifesaver when we are out and about and Amelia starts to get a bit fussy. The buttons are easy for her to press and she loves the variety of music and lights that come out of this little lightweight box.
9. Gripe Water - This natural remedy can cure almost anything. Colic, gas, fussiness and hiccups, this will be the only thing you need in your baby's medicine cabinet for the first few months of life. I absolutely love this product and take it with me everywhere I go. It is fast, effective and natural. Thanks goodness for gripe water.
10. Formula Dispenser - This isn't for everyone (because not everyone will be using formula) but, if you are using formula than you need this product. Instead of lugging around a giant tub of formula, instead of using ziplock baggies, instead of spending extra money on the prepackaged formula, use this! It has three separate compartments for measuring out your formula. Just open the top to the compartment you want to use and pour it in! Easy peasy!
I hope these items help you! Would you like to see a gift basket giveaway with all these items? If yes, please comment and let me know! Also, if you recommend a lifesaving product under $25.00, please feel free to share! Happy mommy-ing!
Let's start this one off with a *disclaimer*. I exclusively pumped for the first two months of Amelia's life. I then Introduced formula and now I am breastfeeding as well. So 3.5 months in and I have fed my baby girl all three ways. This post's title says breastfeeding... but it has a lot of pumping points too. I am a firm believer in FED IS BEST. I don't care how you feed your baby, as long as they are getting fed. You will never hear me judge or take a stance on one over the other. That's a promise. You do you mama.
Alright, so now for the fun stuff. I am so excited about this post because I know it's going to help ya'll out. I feel like breastfeeding is so taboo... I guess because it is a really personal topic? I don't know. What I do know is that nobody told me anything about it, nobody gave me tips and tricks to help me out. I had no idea what to expect. Also, it's going to be funny, because breastfeeding/pumping is a hilariously beautiful pain in the a**.
As Mario said... "Here we gooooo" (said in a terrible attempt at a Mario accent).
1. Your baby might not immediately latch. - Seriously, there is a misconception that your baby will come out of you looking for the boob. Nope, not the case. Not every baby latches and if they do, they might not latch well. Your hospital should have lactation nurses on staff, so if breastfeeding is something you want to do, ask for help! I had one in my room every single day three to four times a day. And for the record... Amelia still didn't want to latch.
2. Just because your baby doesn't latch at first doesn't mean they never will. - Like I said in my disclaimer, Amelia started to latch at about 2 months. It's a learning curve for you and baby, so if it's something you want to do, don't give up. As the baby grows, they might develop more strength and ability to latch and nurse correctly.
3. You will have to feed and/or pump every 2 hours. - Yup, even if your baby is napping or sleeping... you will be up pumping. If you don't, you could potentially take a dip in your milk production. So if you think about the math involved in this... you will be pumping or feeding or both every 2 hours for about 30 minutes. Welcome to your new life as a milk maid where someone or something is always tugging at your nipples. Yup, you are officially a cow.
4. The let down freaking hurts! - Seriously, why does nobody tell you this. Your let down is where your boobs literally lets the milk down from the ducts to your nipples. It feels like stabbing pains all over your ta-tas. Don't worry, its only for a couple of seconds, but it hurts and you probably won't ever get used to it. This 'let-down' leads me to number 5.
5. Don't wear anything you don't want your breastmilk to destroy. - Remember how I said your breasts let the milk from the ducts down to your nipples. Well when this happens there is nowhere to go but out. We call this leaking. Unless you have a pump with you or a baby to feed, your pretty much going to soak through your bras and your clothes and it stains ya'll. Biggest tip here, is use boobie pads. Yup, diapers for your nipples. Sexy, I know.
6. You might not make a lot of milk. - This is huge you guys. Every baby is different and eats differently. Amelia was eating 4-6oz when she was only 3 weeks old. I was pumping about 10oz a sitting... which is a lot, but I was barely able to keep up with Amelia because she was eating so darn much. By 2 months she was eating 6-8oz a feeding, After trying everything in the book to increase my supply, I ended up supplementing with formula.
7. Cleaning pump parts sucks. When your pumping every two hours you need to stay ahead of the game when it comes to cleaning your pump parts. The flanges, the tubes, the machine, the diaphragms, the bottles, the lids, the other parts that I can't even remember the names of. Fun stuff you guys.
8. Remember to put your pumped milk in the fridge - This seems so darn obvious, but between the lack of sleep, the distraction of your newborn and everything else life might be throwing at you, you might accidentally leave your milk out. Then it goes bad, you have to dump it (or freeze it for a bath) and then you cry.
9. Don't pump and dump - If you milk is contaminated with wine (or your beverage of choice) don't you dare dump it. I learned this after I dumped 8oz and everyone almost ripped my head off. Freeze it. It's excellent for eczema, cradle cap, diaper rash, cuts, baby acne, dry skin... everything. I will put it in the water during Amelia's bath time!
10. If you had a 'linea negra' it might stick around until your done breastfeeding. - It has something to do with the hormones. That's all I know. So if you have that adorable (NOT) dark line down the center of your tummy, it might hang out for a while until you are finished using your boobs to feed your baby.
11. You will cramp while you breastfeed. - Your uterus will shrink back to normal size after giving birth, and breastfeeding helps to speed up this process. This also has to do with the hormone production, but you will cramp while your pumping or breastfeeding. This is part of the reason they say breastfeeding helps you lose weight (not in my case).
12. There are foods and supplements that will help your production or decrease your production. - Another post for another day, but essentially there is a list of don'ts when it comes to what you put in your body as well as a list of do's.
13. Breastfeeding hurts, but only for a couple of days. - We talked about the cramping, but until your nipples have built up resistance and stamina, it will hurt. Your nipples will be bruised, sore, cracked, bleeding, swollen etc... BUT remember that it's all about the latch and it shouldn't hurt too bad or for more than a couple of days. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you might want to talk to your doctor or lactation consultant. You can have mastitis.
14. Lactation Consultants can come to your house. - If after you leave the hospital, you find that you still need breastfeeding help, there are plenty of resources for you on La Leche League. You can even have lactation consultants come to your house, and it is covered by some insurance companies.
15. YOU CAN GET YOUR BREAST PUMP AND PARTS FOR FREE - Don't buy your pump. Seriously... they are hundred of dollars and most insurance covers your pump up to 100%. Visit here to see if you qualify!
I just found out some freaking amazing news! My best friend is giving my daughter a best friend! When she found out she was pregnant... literally the day I delivered my little girl, she immediately started asking questions about what items she would need. I didn't really have an answer for her yet, because I hadn't even gotten the chance to try anything out. Let me tell you though, now that my daughter is almost 3 months old (holy crap.....) I definitely have a different perspective on what is necessary and what isn't. BUT it's important to keep in mind, that what was a necessity for me, might not be a necessity for you and vice versa. It's important to analyze your lifestyle to help determine what you absolutely need. Also, keep in mind that your baby might not like certain things and might love other things. I suggest keeping your receipts and DO NOT throw away any boxes. In this post, I'll talk about what I absolutely needed and provide you some dupe alternatives for those of us on a budget!
Diaper Pale - I freaking love my diaper genie. This was given as a gift to me from my friend Jackie, who SWORE by it. Let me tell you, diapers are nasty. They are nasty fresh and even nastier stale. I know that a lot of people say that it's easier to just toss the diaper in the trash, but trust me that trash will stink. Not to mention attract flies. There are many different diaper pales for many different budgets. It's important to look at the price of the actual pale, but also the inserts. I love my Diaper Genie. It's the original and you cant go wrong. Each insert lasts me about 1 month. So for about $100 you can get the pale as well as a year supply of inserts. Trust me, your nose will thank you.
DUPE - This isn't really a dupe, just discounted heavily. Your welcome.
Travel System - Obviously, you need a car seat and a stroller. Most of the time, these are sold separately... unless you do it the smart way and buy a travel system. It saves you a huge headache and a pretty penny. I have the Baby Jogger Citi Mini GT. I do love it, but I wish it was a little bit more light weight. I forget that I have a huge tubby baby that probably doesn't help. It was also just a bit hard to get used to.. but once i got it, it is supper easy. I wanted something I could use as an every day stroller, but also something that I could use as a jogger. I wish it had more storage, but LOVE that it is easy to maneuver.
TIP - You cannot use your Buy Buy Baby coupons on this item, BUT you will get a registry completion coupon a couple months before your due date and you CAN use it on this item because its a percentage off your entire purchase.
DUPE - Here is another jogger system that is safe and wont break the bank!
Tub - Okay so I got two tubs and this one quickly became a lifesaver. I also have this one, but have not used it yet. Amelia was born 8lb 2oz which is considered a "big" baby. I quickly found out that it was super hard to support her in the tub with a sling. So the Angel Care tub quickly became a lifesaver. Not only that, but it's super easy to clean and hypoallergenic. It has holes in it as well, which makes it easy to keep good water level without baby's head going under. Its also only $25.00. You just can't beat that. She is now over 13lb and we still use this tub.
TIP - Amazon has it on sale for $19.99.
Diaper Bag - Who the hell knew that a diaper bag could be such a decision? They literally have everything from designer purses to backpacks. I'm a simple girl and all I wanted was something that was practical and cheap. Some of these bags are upwards of $100... I don't even spend that much on myself. Let alone something to carry around diapers. I have this Skip Hop bag, which I love... but it is a bit pricey.
DUPE - I also have this bag which is affordable as hell and practical. I call it the Marry Poppins bag because it is bottomless. You can fit SO MUCH in it and still have room.
Swaddles - I use these for everything. I use them as blankets, burp clothes, carseat covers, towels, wipes, breastfeeding covers... everything. You literally cannot have enough. They can be pricey though. Also be sure to make sure that you get the square ones as opposed to the rectangular ones. They are easier to wrap and fold!
TIP - Ross & Marshals always have swaddles on sale. Amazon also has some, but they are still a bit expensive.
Rock n Play - Okay so this might be the most valuable piece of equipment I own. I have a MomaRoo... but get real, who wants to spend $250 on a kids toy they will grow out of. Amelia doesn't even like hers! She LOVES her Rock n Play. She has slept in it since day one. It's $119. Which is half the cost of a MomaRoo. It's still pricey, but it doubles as a bassinet. Your basically getting a rocker AND a bassinet for $119.00. Thats freaking amazing.
DUPE - This is the same brand, same item, different design for less than $100.
Socks - If you think you lose socks now... just wait. The fact that baby socks are smaller than the palm of your hand, makes the lose-ability substantially greater. Add a baby that loves to kick them off, or dogs that love to eat them.... you are bound to go through socks more than diapers. My tip: stock up on bulk from amazon. This right here is everything. Essentially a buck a pair. Can't beat that.
Baby Carrier - So this one was a must for me. But some people don't think so. If you plan on getting anything done with two hands, you WILL need a baby carrier. There are so many different types of carriers and they span every price point. If you go to a Buy Buy Baby, you can actually try them on and see what works best for you. I myself went through like 4 carriers before I settled on the Baby K'tan. It's on the cheaper end of the spectrum for sure. Make sure you get the right size. I actually sized up because Amelia is such a big baby, but that was personal preference.
DUPE - Here is something a bit cheaper. These say one size fits all, but I am a 10/12 and some of these Amazon finds didn't fit. Make sure you can exchange!
ITEMS I DID NOT USE
Humidifier (not yet)
Changing Table (we use whatever surface is available) She hasn't transitioned to her room yet, so we rarely change her in there. We also got a table that is a dresser as well (2 birds : 1 stone)
Burp Clothes (we use the swaddles)
Receiving Blankets (we use the swaddles)
Ya’ll, Florida is HOT in July. I mean I’m from Houston where it isn’t totally uncommon for summer temps to exceed 100 degrees, but Florida is like a sauna. My husband and I along with my father and his wife decided to take the kids to Disney this summer. Amelia is a great flyer, so is Ethan. There are so many tips and tricks that I have found useful when flying with a baby (I have done it by myself twice now). But that’s a different post for a different day. Today, it’s all about Disney. First of all, my daughter is two months old and let me tell you... there was so much for her to do! But... she is still a baby, which meant blowouts at the most inconvenient times... like in the middle of France which left me with poop all over my white shirt. Talk about no shame. There were a couple of lifesavers on this trip that I have to give huge shout outs to.
Nursing Cover: An absolute must, but I specifically love this one
from Amazon.com. It can be used so many ways. Carseat cover, nursing cover, receiving blanket, highchair cover, scarf, burp cloth. It's amazingly soft and stretchy, as well as easy to clean and pretty! Not to mention that its extremely low cost.
Munchkin Arm & Hammer Bags: You can totally be one of those people that puts a dirty diaper in one of these bags before tossing it in a public trashcan, but these are a total lifesaver when it comes to dirty clothes. When Amelia had a blow-out in Epcot, I washed her outfit and threw the dirty thing into one of these bags and into the backpack. They smell great, and keep all the nasty locked inside. Just clip it onto your diaper bag & go.
Baby sunscreen: You aren't supposed to use sunscreen on a baby under 6 months, but Blue Lizard sunscreen was actually recommended by my pediatrician. The cap on it actually turns bright blue when it is exposed to UV light so you know when to apply to baby. It is amazing, and my baby girl did not burn at all.
Stroller Fan: Because it gets really hot, I Highly recommend keeping your little one as cool as possible. But you already knew that. I quickly found out that a stroller fan was my NUMBER 1 necessary item on this vacation. It kept my baby girl cool and was easy to use.
Baby Carrier: When at the parks, they require you to put your stroller in "stroller parking" before getting into the lines for rides. Unless your okay with holding your baby for the hour long wait times, then I recommend wearing your bundle of joy. I LOVE the baby k'tan. They make a model that has breathable material that helps to keep your munchkin cool.
Bug Repellant Bands: I WOULD NOT but this directly on your baby, but we did was put this on her stroller handle to keep bugs away. Let me tell you... if there is a mosquito within a 50 mile radius, it will find my step-son. We left Orlando with zero bug bites!
Stroller Rain Cover: It is Florida and therefore it isn't a matter of IF it rains, but WHEN. I highly suggest ponchos for the family and a rain cover for your stroller. I use this one since I have a City Mini Baby Jogger, but each manufacturer makes one compatible with their strollers and carseats.
The Mommy Hook: This is a permanent staple on my stroller. Seriously, I don't know what I would do without it. It holds absolutely everything. (Just make sure weight distribution is solid so your stroller doesn't tip. We hung ponchos, the baby k'tan, purchase bags, the diaper bag... everything went on this hook. Amazon has awesome knock offs for much cheaper as well.
Anyway, time to go fold all our laundry from vacation, but be sure to subscribe! Have a great week ya'll, and Remember you are strong and you are the bomb.