When I had my first of 3 little guys, I will admit I knew nothing and I depended on the recommendations of new moms, grand moms and even nannies, who'd had countless years of experience. There were few recommendations that were consistent among the group of ladies I’d met. Today, I’m going to touch on a couple of these things and then you can let me know your thoughts!
My absolute favorite recommendation was a swaddle. A REALLY GOOD QUALITY SWADDLE! Swaddling is the art of snugly wrapping a baby in a blanket for warmth and security. It can keep your baby from being disturbed by her own startle reflex, and it can help her stay warm and toasty for the first few days of life until her internal thermostat kicks in. It may even help to calm your baby. “After she reaches 2 to 3 months of age, swaddle her with one arm out. If she gets fussier, continue wrapping (with both arms in) for a few more weeks. However, if she still sleeps well with one arm out, she probably doesn't need swaddling anymore.” In warmer climates, (like Arizona) we used a lightweight, breathable cotton muslin swaddle, like the one pictured below. Baby “D” loved being swaddled, and it provided him the security to sleep warmly and tightly this way for about 9 weeks.
Next up, a sleep sacque- okay, I will admit I didn’t even try one until baby #2, despite the high recommendations and boy was I blown away by how convenient they really are. Think about every night, 3-4 times waking up to nurse your newborn, checking for a soiled diaper, unzipping or unbuttoning (horrified gasp) a half asleep baby and just as you zip they are wide awake smiling at you. You smile back though hazy eyes and begin a slow rock. Infant sacks change all of that with an elasticized bottom you can swiftly check babe, with little to no interruption. You will thank the heavens above for this little miracle.
If you are a mom on the go, The Solly Baby Wrap is going to be a life-saver!!! During summer, or in warmer climates, baby wearing can make both you and your little one a sweaty mess. But the Solly wrap, a traditional front-carry style, is made from lightweight modal fabric, sustainably sourced from Austrian Beechwood trees, that just gets softer—but stays strong—after each wash. Made for newborns to nine months old (up to 25 lbs.)
Lastly, the PujTub- Tiny newborn bodies don’t need an entire bathtub to get clean. That’s why for generations parents have used the kitchen sink instead. The Puj Tub is a spongy sink insert that cradles and cushions babies during their first splish-splashes. Afterwards, it hangs flat to dry and takes up hardly any space.
Now, my youngest is now 4 years old and I’ve come across the most amazing baby product that makes changing baby easy-peasy. It’s a magnetic closure baby clothing line. It’s been raved about by new moms and dads and has also received the award for most innovative baby product over the last 2 years. See for yourself how incredible this is!
Is there a baby item that once you tried, you have told everyone about? Please share with us your finds! Have a great day!