I really can't believe i've been a Mama for a whole month already. I thought i would share my little list of life savers that helped me, especially during those first two weeks when it felt like i was just trying to stay afloat.
These Swaddle Blankets. Even though my sweet nurse Gloria showed me how to swaddle Felix using a regular blanket, i was paranoid i wouldn't be able to do it tight enough and she would come out of it in the middle of the night. I loved that with these blankets you can just velcro your baby in.
a co-worker gave me this WubbaNub Teddy Bear Pacifier at my baby shower and I'm pretty sure it will now be included in any baby shower gift i give. I was one of those who swore she wouldn't give her baby a pacifier until we got breastfeeding down. Clearly, i didn't forsee the meltdown Felix would have the second night in the hospital were she cried all night and the only thing that worked was a soothie a nurse hunted down for me.
I love the bear because she can explore it with her hands and sometimes even hold it in place.
My little sister Maddie gave me a personalized Baby Diary by May Books. Easy way to track feeding/sleeping schedules (including which breast you nursed on during a feeding), pediatrician notes, and logging dirty diapers those first few days.
i am so thankful and blessed my parents gave us the Graco Pack 'N Play. We placed it near our bed and it's where she sleeps (the music and vibration features help a lot!). The napper station is great for middle of the night diaper changes.
things that helped with breastfeeding
My best friend Maria praised the Medela Freestyle Breast Pump saying it was worth every penny. Lovies, i am so glad i went with it because it's user friendly and so fast (and there i was thinking i could get away with the manual pump i ordered thinking i wouldn't need to pump since i wasn't working. the things you learn).
I'm still trying to figure out this whole pumping thing (how much, when, storage etc) so if you have any tips, i'd love to hear them! also, for those of you who do breastfeed, do you feed on demand or try to stick to a schedule?
Mamas, what products would you add? or better--if you've posted a product love list before, leave me the link in your comment so i can check it out.