Let's start this post with an analogy that describes the past 3+ weeks of my life: Cramming super hard for the hardest final of the school year only to walk into the classroom and realize you studied all the wrong shit.
That my friends, is becoming a new mom.
You can ask a million questions, you can get advice from every which angle, you can read product reviews, you can peruse other "new mommy" blogs, but nothing, I repeat nothing will enable you to make all the right decisions. And that's 100% ok.
But what can help is knowing some of the products that have kept other moms from ripping their hair out because nothing will keep their baby from whaling their little head off.
Let's talk swaddling. For the record, I frickin' hate swaddling my child. I feel like I'm wrapping my sweet little angel in a frickin' straight jacket every night, and every night it breaks my heart a litte more. But, while my heart breaks in half, my sanity remains in tact. So swaddle we go, every evening around 8:30. We tried several different products with Lara including different types of blankets and as of late, I even purchased the Ergo Brand swaddler that was around $30 for ONE. Needless to say, we decided to stick with 'ol faithful below and returned the Ergo swaddler. Our favorite thus far has been the Summer Swaddle Me Blanket Set. Super soft and just lightweight enough! Note: When registering, pay attention to the sizes. You only need one pack of each size. Lara is a tiny little peanut weighing in at a whopping 6 lbs 15 oz, but fits into the small/medium just fine. Make sure to register for all the different sizes.
Since we're talking bedtime, let's talk nightgowns. Lara has about 1000000000 nightgowns, and while they're super frickin' cute, they're just not that practical. She's got the footie pajamas, she has the ruffle butt pajamas, she has the gowns, and the list goes on and on. But, if you're baby is anything like mine, you'll be swaddling them every night so there's really not really a need for all the pj's. What I wish I had more of are just your everyday, practical white Gerber Onesies. These are what the babe sleeps in everynight under her Swaddler blanket, not the cutesy footie pj's. Take my advice, and register for several different sizes of these bad boys. You'll thank me later.
Let's talk farting. My girl can rip one with the best of 'em.
For the most part she seems to have no problem, shall we say, relieving herself. But when bedtime rolls around, her gas pains set in. We were given a few boxes of the Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops at our showers and I am SO THANKFUL because we use 'em almost daily. We keep one on our nightstand and one in the diaper bag at all times.
Let's talk baby monitors. This is one area that we did a TON of research on before purchasing, and I'm so thankful we did because we absolutely LOVE the one we chose. Jon's family lives about 2.5 hours away, so the Wi-Fi capability was a must and a video monitor that provided great live streaming was also high on our list. I also wanted a large screen for my own personal use. This monitor ticked all of our boxes. And honestly, for the $300 price tag, it should. This system allows remote viewing from a computer or via the app you can download on your phone. It also allows two way communication between viewers and the baby. When Jon's at work, he can tap into the application on his phone and not only see Lara, but talk to her. But, if we're talking most dedicated viewer....Jon's Grandma takes the prize. She's definitely her #1 "fan."
Ok, moving on. Let's talk spit up. All babies do it, and their parents are lying if they say "my baby never spits up." So another must have would definitely be burp cloths!! Thankfully we had a family friend make me about 10 cute little ones and they are literally all over my house. You definitely want them in every room. Mine are pretty long and have a nice shape that covers my shoulder and chest nicely. I find the 'ol standard rectangular ones aren't quite as nice as the oblong style.
If you can find these bad boys below in your local Babies R Us, scan 'em.
Ok, let's talk bath time. One thing I was not prepared for was how much my daughter would loathe getting a bath. I mean, the girl despises it. But what has made it a tiny bit better is our recent purchase of the Norwex Baby Wash Cloths. This is one item you can't really register for per say, but for $14.99 it's not going to break the bank to pick some up on your own. The thing I love about these is that they are super duper soft and they dry her off almost instantly! I don't know about you, but my least favorite part of the shower is getting out.
My daughter is obviously no different, and I can't blame her.
In closing, I want to talk about one last thing....for the mommies.
Get yourself some nice, comfortable granny panties that can "handle" a maxi pad.
After you bring that beautiful little babe into the world, that last thing you're going to want to slip on is a tight lacy thong up your ass crack. There's no better way to say it my friends...the "sexy train" has left the station for now, and that's totally ok. You just brought a beautiful life into this world, that's a hell of a lot sexier than any pair of undies. If your husband doesn't agree, get a divorce.
Please please please, if there's one thing you take from this post, let it be this:
The higher cut, the better.
And for the record, my thighs do not look like this.