7.27.2016

Products that Make My Momma Life Easier



My sweet baby boy is two and a half months. He now sleeps anywhere from 4-6 hours at one chunk in the night. This has honestly made me no longer feel like a zombie. I can function on six hours and Mark normally takes him early in the morning to let me sleep till eight am. We went to the cottage this past weekend with Mark's parents and it was so amazing to just feel a bit of myself again. Motherhood is the best thing in the entire world, but it has been a steep learning curve having someone 100% dependent on me at all times. It is exhausting and a transition for sure.

Through this transition there has been a few products that has helped so much to get me through the first couple months. These products are not things you need to keep your baby alive [everyone knows what those are] but have been so worth the investment to keep my sanity. Every baby is different and every parent has a different want list so in no way am I saying this is what you should buy! Just highlighting some products that have worked for me to reduce my stress and if it can help another momma out than great!!

1. Owlet 
If I can recommend any product to you it is the Owlet [click here to check out their product]. The Owlet is a sock that goes around Jackson's foot. He doesn't notice it and it doesn't bother him at all. It measure his oxygen level and heart rate. If Jackson were to stop breathing the Owlet sends an alarm to my phone and also sends a super loud alarm in our room to get up and try to wake him /call 911. It brings the biggest peace of mind each and every evening when we sleep and when he naps. Mark and I love the Owlet and recommend it to every parent to reduce the risk of SIDS.


2. Rocking Chair / Comfortable Chair
I don't have a lot of extra money so when we were making our baby list a rocking chair didn't make the cut. It wasn't necessary and was more a want than a need, besides I can nurse Jackson in any chair right? We got a rocking chair last minute on this big sale from babies r us and we used my parents gift money towards it. Best decision ever. My back is constantly sore anyways from holding and rocking Jackson so sitting in a comfortable chair is an amazing break and so lovely. The amount of hours in the first couple weeks that I sat in our chair to rock, nurse, sooth and hang out makes the chair so worth it. In the middle of the night sitting on a comfortable rocker is amazing to get through those all nighters. [We purchased this rocker].

3. Nursing Pillow
I spent $70 on a nursing pillow and almost had a heart attack that I was spending that much on a pillow. But I would spend a lot more on that now knowing how helpful it has been. Get a pillow that goes all around you so when you nurse you can set your baby on the pillow and not have any pressure or stress on your back and arms. Whenever I nurse without the pillow or use someone else's pillow it is not the same. I am holding him still and he isn't as comfortable. Since you nurse every 2 hours or so it is one of the best decisions to not have to hold him. Also the pillow has a cover which is so handy for when he spits up. I was going to buy a $30 one but it didn't have a cover- with all the times he's spit up - get the cover! Without this pillow all my other pillows would smell like puke.


4. Swing
Some babies hate the swing [again every baby is different] but Jackson has loved the swing so much!! He wouldn't sleep in the bassinet in our room but would sleep in the swing. Get a swing that doesn't need batteries. Again think investment. We want more than one kiddo and batteries would be so expensive for Jackson let alone another baby. When he is half awake I can turn on the swing and it puts him back to sleep- that alone is worth all the money: a sleeping baby! If a swing doesn't work for your baby my recommendation is have something that works to put him in when you say have to go to the bathroom or maybe eat some food that is on your main floor. It is so wonderful to be able to put him down in something that distracts him. When I leave him just on a blanket on the floor it doesn't work but the swing distracts him and keeps him happy which is amazing. [we got this one on sale for $140 off!] 

5. Burp Cloths
If your baby doesn't spit up then ignore this one, but I've survived these first couple months by having an endless supply of burp cloths. Jacksons spits up after every feed and its been wonderful to always have so many burp cloths on hand so I don't need to do laundry every day. [these are my favourite- super thick]

Again, every baby and momma is different but these products have been so helpful to get me through the first couple weeks. If you have any suggestions on what worked for you I would so love to hear them! Any extra help/advice would be awesome.

Hope you are having an incredible week!
xo
Maddie


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