The time has come for me to round-up some baby items that I've found to be most useful. You may notice that there is a can of beer in this roundup. Trust me, it's useful! This is my second go-round through the infant stage (and likely my last), so I can tell you with some confidence that the above items worked wonders for me (sometimes).
1. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets. I actually use these mostly as nursing covers, but they are pretty awesome swaddlers if you yourself are an awesome swaddler. Also they come in the cutest patterns!
2. Velcro Swaddlers. Yes, they exist, and let me tell you, they are a lifesaver at 2 in the morning, when your poor, tired sleep deprived hands don't stand a chance against the wrath of an irritated infant.
3. Mustela bath wash and shampoo. Yes, it's one of the pricier baby washes, but it's really gentle on baby's skin and it smells so good!
4. Caffeine. I know some moms don't drink caffeine when they are nursing, and some babies have a sensitivity to it, but we're in survival mode over here folks. Some things just cannot be sacrificed!
5. Mylicon Gas Drops. Because screaming from gas pains is no fun (and haven't we all experienced those)? Yuck!
6. White Noise Machine. Mila actually still uses hers (it helps drown out baby screams), but we got one for Phoenix as well, and it does help him sleep better at night. Seriously, the tight swaddle/noise machine combo is a win-win combo!
7. It Sucked and Then I Cried. My friend Nikki sent me this book right after I had Mila. Her daughter is six weeks older than Mila, so we pretty much experienced all the baby milestones around the same time. Her second daughter is three months older than Phoenix, so we're in a similar boat again! But honestly this book made me laugh, cry, and realize that mommy hood is no joke. It's a 24/7 job that requires a certain amount of human strength (mostly emotional) that I didn't think was possible before becoming a parent. In the first few weeks after giving birth, both times, I had a bad case of baby blues and this is a sweet (and actually light-hearted) look at how one woman handled postpartum depression and ultimately overcame it.
8. Ergo Carrier. Must Have. Just buy one, okay? Here's the infant insert that goes with it. Hands free is the way to go!
9. A pint of beer. I realize again that some nursing moms don't drink, so you can disregard this as well if you fall into that camp. In the evening there is a time (usually between 6 and 8 o'clock in our house) that my friend Courtney likes to refer to as "power hour," or hours as the case may be. During this time, your baby turns into a tiny little gremlin. A cute one, but nonetheless, a gremlin. If you also happen to have a toddler living in your house, then congratulations you have two little gremlins. The end of the day is tough, open a beer and power through it.
There you have it. Your survival kit for baby (and you). But most of all, remember this time is fleeting. Enjoy the sweet cuddles, they are pretty much the best thing ever. :)
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