Best baby according to redditors
We found 7,990 Reddit comments discussing the best baby. We ranked the 3,727 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
1. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
2018 AWARD WINNER: Popular Mechanics Best Baby Monitor, 9/25/18PERFECT SIZE & WEIGHT RATIO - no large batteries to power energy-hungry large screens. The DXR-8 is light-weight and portable, designed for true mobility around the house.FULL VIEWING CONTROL - The DXR-8 is a baby monitor with camera fea...
2. Baby Nasal Aspirator NoseFrida the Snotsucker by Frida Baby
HYGIENIC: Disposable filters are clinically proven to prevent the transfer of mucus or bacterial germs to the snot sucker when clearing stuffy noses. Replace filter after every use.COMFORTABLE + NON-INVASIVE: NoseFrida creates a seal with the outside of the baby’s nostril for gentle snotsucking.DI...
3. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder, 2 Pack, Blue/Green
Feeder helps reduce the risk of choking; Only small pieces of digestible food get throughSimple and easy to use; Place food in mesh bag and snap shut to secureColored mesh reduces staining; Introduce fresh fruits and veggies to your baby with easeBPA free6 plus months
4. Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream for Breastfeeding, 1.41 Ounces
#1 recommended brand: Lansinoh Lanolin is the #1 recommended nipple cream by moms and doctors in the US. Clinically tested. Lansinoh Lanolin soothes and protects sore nipples for breastfeeding moms.Safe for mom & baby: No need to remove before breastfeeding. Specially designed for nursing, 100% natu...
5. Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts
SUPERWIDE: Fits opens up to 192 inches wide and stands 28 inches tall2-IN-1: Can convert from a super wide gate to an 8-panel play yard. No tools require, quick and easy. Includes 4 pack of wall mountsCONFIGURABLE: Each panel can be adjusted to fit almost any opening. Great for wide spaces, angled o...
6. SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
Mesh sides provide a clear view of baby and help air circulate to protect baby from overheatingSturdy metal frame fold flat for travel. The dimensions are 15.7 x 6.1 x 17.2 inchesSoft, comfortable fabrics.Use non-chlorine bleach only if neededIncludes mattress pad and fitted sheet. Interior measurem...
7. Safety 1st Magnetic Locking System (1 Key and 8 Locks)
Keep cabinets & drawers off limits: Peace of mind for parents while children are exploring in the homeToddler tested. Proven stronger; Locks outperform the competition both in home and mechanical pull force lab testingInvisible from the outside: Installs inside of your cabinets and drawers, conceale...
8. DOOR MONKEY Door Lock & Pinch Guard - Safety Door Lock For Kids - Baby Proof Door Lock For Bedrooms, Bathrooms & Kitchens - Easy, Convenient & Simple To Install - Very Portable - Great For Dogs & Cats
INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS: (Please review the installation requirement images below.) The Door Monkey works with standard 1-⅜” thick interior doors and standard rectangular door stop moulding.NO TOOLS OR TAPE REQUIRED: Our unique design allows the Door Monkey to be installed in seconds without t...
9. Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher
Unique blade mixes formula quickly with no clumpingMinimal air when mixing formulaPrepare up to 4 bottles(8 oz/250 ml) of formula at a time. Prepares up to 32oz of formula at onceAll parts are dishwasher safeBPA free
10. Bright Starts Lots of Links
Flexibly, bendably versatile for moments that need itAttach baby’s favorite toys to play areas and gear itemsSticky messes meet their match – links wipe cleanGreat for on the goToy perfect for kiddos up to 3 years old
11. Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free
2019 New Model. Award winning, best-selling, nursing mom and lactation consultant recommended.Patented design. Pat. No. USD810,925S. Distributed by Haakaa USA. Counterfeits will be removed by Amazon.Material: 100% food grade silicone. Soft and comfortable. BPA PVC and Phthalate FreeEasy to use: simp...
12. Lansinoh Soothies Breast Gel Pads for Breastfeeding and Nipple Relief, 2 Pads
Soothing relief: Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads provide instant cooling relief from cracked, painful or sore nipples so moms can continue to breastfeed. The pads can be stored in the fridge to enhance cooling.Helps heal sore nipples: Lansinoh Soothies help soothe and heal sore nipples, and can be reused...
13. Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Oz, 2 Count
Set of (2) 7 ounce toddler cups with dentist recommended spoutless design360 degree drinking edge eliminates spills completelyCup automatically seals when you are done drinkingHandles are easy for little hands to holdEasy to clean with no extra valves or partsBPA free, top rack dishwasher safe, 6+ m...
14. Baby Shusher For Babies — Sleep Miracle Soother Sound Machine For New Parents
SLEEP SOOTHER: Using a real human voice, lull your baby to sleep with a calming shush — freeing up your precious timeSLEEP AID: 15 to 30-minute timers assure long shushing sessions can get even the most resistant sleepers to sleepBABY SLEEP: Adjustable volume control helps your baby get to sleep w...
15. Toddleroo by North States Superyard Colorplay 8 Panel Baby Play Yard: Safe play area anywhere. Folds up with carrying strap for easy travel. Freestanding. 34.4 sq. ft. enclosure (26" Tall, Multicolor)
NEW NAME - SAME GREAT BRAND YOU TRUST: Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, the Toddleroo by North States Superyard Colorplay is an excellent solution for creating a safe playpen for your child. Plus, the convenient Folding ABC Play Mat (sold separately) works great with this play yard. It prov...
16. Love to Dream Swaddle UP, Gray, Small, 8-13 lbs, Dramatically Better Sleep, Allow Baby to Sleep in Their Preferred arms up Position for self-Soothing, snug fit Calms Startle Reflex
Swaddling has been around for ages as it helps to prevent the startle reflex. But forcing the baby’s arms to their sides or over their chest prevents two natural behaviors that frustrate the baby and they fight to get their hands free.First - Over 90% of babies sleep with their ARMS UP around thei...
17. Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers, White, 10 Count
Made of a lightweight fabric that is soft and quick dryingMom can customize the fold when burping babySize: 14" x 20"Can be used as burp clothProduct comes in white 10 packWoven in a pattern that provides a soft and absorbent diaper. Machine wash
18. Home Brew Stuff The Carboy Carrier, Black, 1.5, Model: 5307
Makes carrying a full carboy easierConstructed of sturdy polypropylene webbing that creates handles for carboysCan be easily moved from one carboy to anotherItem Package Weight: 3.2 oz
19. Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Cloth Diapers, White, 10 Count
Made of 100 percent cottonFinished edges to prevent frayingSize: 24" x 27"Comfortable, recyclable and reusableMachine wash and tumble dryBirdseye Weave Fabric is made from many small fine yarns, woven in a pattern that provides a soft and absorbent diaperMade of 100% cottonFinished edges to prevent ...
One word (that looks like two): NoseFrida
Those snot balls are disgusting. You never empty it!
Hi! I’m back!!
Although I thoroughly intend to write my birth story when I’m ready, I just finished my first piece since the baby arrived so in celebration, I’ll pair it with something useful.
I really appreciated posts like this while I was pregnant so here goes:
Things I didn’t know I needed:
(AKA things I have frantically ordered on amazon at or around 2am)
•Bottle Drying Rack This probably seems obvious, but when we didn’t get this from our showers we were like... idk why we can’t just use a towel??
•Safe way to cosleep My husband built a BEAUTIFUL Sidecar Crib, but it was attached on my side of the bed and it took 2.5 weeks for me to have healed enough to climb in bed around it safely with the baby. This way, I didn’t have to bend over to pick up baby or even spit up to check on/soothe him.
•Lactation Suppliment My lactation consultant approved. This one worked well in my breakfast tea.
•Better flanges My poor nipples were so sore and the flames that come with the Medela... well I’m not sure who they’re supposed to fit but not me. My doula practically ordered these for me. GAME CHANGER.
•Pumping bra I was cutting holes in sports bras. This is better.
•Nipple Shells Another kind reddittor sent me in the direction of this AMAZING INVENTION after I posted a photo of ice packs tied to my nipples with a burp cloth because I refused to wear a shirt my nipples hurt so bad. I will be purchasing these for EVERY PREGNANT WOMAN FOREVER. They keep your nipples dry, collect drips, apply counter pressure to keep your nipples shaped correctly for latching, and most importantly omg nothing touches the precious nips and you can wear a shirt!!
Me: that seems extra, he’s in a car seat and safe why would I need a mirror??
Hormones; HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH YOU FOOL
•Car adapter for my breast pump Cheaper than batteries
•Shade for his side of the car because anything that wakes up my sleeping baby is the devil. This one has a bonus that allowed me to roll the window down and it was HOT in the south
•Better suction for the breast pump Again- just better than whatever they send you
•My Breast Friend we got the boppy but this one saved my back
•Heating pad Turns out I’ll do ANYTHING to keep the baby asleep when I transfer him to his crib including preheat the darn thing (on low!) before I lay home down
•Stroller Caddy You’ll want somewhere to put your keys, phone, and coffee
•Baby K’tan An easier way for my husband to wear the baby.
•Leggings I had a pair of these before, and they are SO COMFORTABLE on my postpartum body that I bought 5 more in different colors!
•Extra pump parts for whichever pump you have
•A hands-up swaddle I found at Target
Anyway, hope this helps! Best of luck to all of you!
It's ok. You woke up because your instincts told you something was up. That's the good thing here. The other good thing is that now you know she can unlock that stupid door, and that she will go outside. Now you can install and turn on these door chimes. Both of my kids escaped the house and were brought back by neighbors before they should have reasonably been able to unlock the damn door, and now we have these on every door AND one on the bathroom door so kiddo isn't getting in there at night either.
Additionally, I use a door monkey to lock him in his room at night and I have a vertical bar baby gate on his doorway since I'm paranoid. Little shit isn't getting out anymore.
I like to keep it Simple. We live in a Two bedroom apartment, and we used this same set up for Big sister. I was given a beautiful Bassinet with my First child and I actually didn’t even use it because this little travel Crib similar to this worked better. I didn’t have to get up and down all night, I could simply sit up/reach down and get to her, once she was asleep it made it less tempting to co-sleep (just not a safe option for me and my husband)
I’ve used a diaper genie in the past, but I’ve found a paper bag with plastic bag worked just fine, just swap it out every few days.
With my first child we where in a 1 bedroom so a changing table was a luxury that we passed on and just decided to change her where ever, the couch, the floor, the bed, we managed just fine.
The swing we Choose again, in mind for small living is a version of This swing
The clothes organizer works just fine for all her small clothes
Don’t feel bad for going super simple! Once she’s to big or unsafe for the little crib, we do have big sisters crib waiting for her. 😊
I noticed your carboy handle in the first picture, figure I'd add that my LHBS told me to avoid those. They stress the neck way too much, especially if you pick it up by it. They recommended I get one of these for moving mine around.
I can solve your lock problem. This magnetic lock is solid and there's nothing on the outside for them to play with to get it open. Therefore you just need the key somewhere out of reach (since its magnetic you can look for a high place to put it like a fan to stick it on.
For the bathroom, use a door monkey. It pops on with no installation needed and you can put it up high so only you can reach it. He'll have to call you when he needs to go though. If he is training with a little toilet you can always put that outside of the bathroom.
You don't need 3 swings/rockers - pick one.
You don't need 2 strollers - pick one.
You don't need 2 activity mats - pick one.
You don't need 2 cribs - pick one.
You don't need 2 mattresses - pick one.
You have 3 different bottle types; I'd recommend choosing just one and not bother getting another brand unless your baby has issues with that one. You don't want to unbox, sanitize, etc. and risk not being able to return the other set.
I don't see the point of those "wet and dry wipes" organizer pouches; a ziploc bag works just fine if you want to carry small amounts of wipes with you.
As far as baby carriers go, I recommend Lillebaby over Infantino, hands down. They sell some of their styles in Target, but you can get more on the Lillebaby website or Amazon. You may want opinions from /r/babywearing, or go to a local Babywearing International meeting to try out carriers before choosing one.
Things I don't see:
I always recommend Lucie's List when it comes to having a basic, not-overdone registry. They talk about essentials (not fluff) and sort things by price.
You may also want to post this in /r/beyondthebump rather than here, since everyone in Beyond The Bump have already had a kid.
Second this. Best thing since sliced bread.
Baby Nasal Aspirator NoseFrida the Snotsucker by Frida Baby https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00171WXII/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_NcTRDbZ4RYMXY
Either way, it's not like there's a way to go back in time. I'd say for OP's husband to start working ASAP. And also for OP:
> I plan to stop getting takeout food now
Do that ASAP
> Is it worth it to invest more in a deep freezer to be able to save money long term?
No. You can reuse some Chinese takeout containers, cook an entire week's worth of meals one day a week and freeze them. Why do you need some kind of special freezer?
> Cloth diapers? Or are those things not worth it with the upfront costs? What else can we do to pay this off?
Cloth diapers are $12 for 10-pack on Amazon. You can reuse them for your kids and you'll save money in the long run.
Not exactly mouth to nose, but this device is specifically for sucking snot out of babies' noses. Super popular too.
Seconded. There are so many options out there for this that work better and are in the same basic price range. Here's one that's 192 inches and very configurable.
Lanolin! It's an occlusive like petrolatum, but it also absorbs through the skin. It's chemically very similar to the moisturizing layer our skin naturally produces. It's AMAZING. It gets me through my crazy-dry winter lips every year and got me through a course of accutane this summer.
One caution!: Lanolin comes from sheep (it's a waxy layer on sheep wool that's removed as a part of the woolmaking process) and if you buy unrefined lanolin, it'll kinda smell like farm animals. I think it's subtle enough, but if you're sensitive to smells you can buy refined lanolin, which is marketed to breastfeeding mothers, so you're going to have to deal with a tube that says "chapped nipples" on it.
Amazon links: Unrefined lanolin, refined lanolin
edit-- I just use lanolin at night. It keeps my lips nice and moisturized that they can take a long day of lipstick. When I was on Accutane, or occasionally in the depths of winter, I do lanolin all day and it has a nice gloss.
If he's getting mobile, baby gates to block unsafe areas/stairs? Babyproofing type stuff in general became important for us around that age.
Some people like exersaucer/jumpers and some people don't. I am a fan when they are used for a limited time daily and kid isn't just parked in them all day. They are a nice way to keep a mobile baby occupied and using his energy while you need to chase the 5 year old, prepare a meal, what have you. The argument against (overusing) them is that it can be bad for hip development, walking etc., but I read a great article by a PT professional that explained this but endorsed limited daily use. I got our exersaucer on Craigslist for $20, and then sold it on Craigslist for $20 when we were done with it.
Edited to add, one more thing - these mesh teethers were awesome not just for teething but for distraction too. I would freeze strawberry or peach slices and pop them in there, then hand to baby. He'd toddle around munching on it (mesh prevents them from getting big pieces out) and, if he was teething, of course the frozen fruit was cold and helped with that.
One more thing, I could not do parenting without a white noise thing in baby's room. Your new foster baby may or may not be into it, but you could always pop a white noise app on your phone for a couple days, see if it helps him sleep, and then if so get a white noise machine for the room. Some double as night lights.
Second edit, is he eating solid food yet? I am in love with these bibs, we only have one but I wish we had more. The thing is, they just make cleaning up baby and high chair much faster and easier.
Third edit (I'm sorry, I keep thinking of things that made our lives easier!) - a kid carrier. It might be nice to be able to go out to playground or walk with the 5 year old but have your hands free, you know, and that way new baby still gets stimulation of sights and sounds of the walk along with that extra bonding time. Wearing the baby might be helpful for that. We used a Baby Bjorn from about 6 weeks - 10 months, but at 9 months I wouldn't bother buying one. I hear an Ergo can be used a long time, but we chose a Kelty carrier because we hike a lot and wanted something that could really be stable and ergonomic through the toddler years. Another thing to save money and buy from Craigslist - the style we have is $139 new but we got an older similar model for $35 on Craigslist and it does the job.
Should be a great monitor for the price
Forest themed nursery. I wanted his room to be calm colors and used decorations that we already had in our home for the most part.
My top 5 items in the room:
We wanted something simple and affordable this checked both boxes.
Loved the price and it’s my favorite chair in the house already.
We went with these because they seemed a little sturdier than the ikea spice racks.
I liked that you can move the camera to see and zoom in and out as well. My SO also walked to the end of our street and still had full connection so the range is great.
I didn't end up having to bedshare so I can't comment from first hand experience, but have you considered something like a cosleeper for your bed? I know a few ladies who recommend these. You mentioned there's not much room though, so while this might mitigate the softness issue it won't do you any good if it simply doesn't fit.
You might be able to pair the cosleeper with a folding mattress on the floor in the nursery though. It'll add a degree of separation between you and baby, so that's good, but it'll keep you close and on the same level, which might work.
Those things make the neck snap off if any liquid is inside. You really want one of the strap-based carriers instead, like this:
Please do yourself a favor and get this ..
Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001I481LM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_hx.-yb6J461M9
It makes dealing the formula SO MUCH EASIER!! You make the whole days worth in the morning and then just pour as needed. We found out about it when our daughter was 5 months and it was great !
Ok and as for your wife .. I think you need to be blunt a " honey , she's my daughter too, I love her and would never do anything to hurt her , I may a mistake and have learned from it. trust me "
Thats what worked for me and my husband - mama doesn't always know best and isn't the only one that can take care of the baby but sometimes we need to be reminded of it.
Twins are 2 months old! Also, that is what my bottle prep looks like.
I am pumping, and supplementing my breast milk to boost the calorie content still. I use the Dr. Browns's formula mixer pitcher to prep the milk for the day, and then sterilize and fill bottles so they just have to be warmed up.
Also if you are pumping make sure to change out your valves if you notice a drop in output. You can use the duckbill with most pumps, and they are easy to clean. I just don't get why something for 2 boobs comes in a 5 pack.
It's not actually a lip balm, but the lanolin used for nipple cream for breast feeding is the most awesome lip balm I've ever used. Here's a link to it on Amazon. I found out about it via /r/skincareaddiction and holy shit it works awesome. If my lips should get cracked/dry, it fixes them within like a day and a half.
Yup, pretty much these
Hydration is key- but you may also need an occlusive/moisturizer to help get them better. I use a lanolin based lip balm but anything with lanolin (try a nipple balm for breastfeeding moms ) or petroleum jelly will help.
Ha! Here's my favorite dad review. It's about the nose frida snot sucker, and it's glorious.
In no particular order:
We have the Infant Optics DXR-8. It comes with two lenses, has audio, and good display. It often shows images of a child who was just put down doing crazy stuff like waking up and moving wildly, and it often emits what seems to be a crying noise, but other than that, it's great! 😉
We had one of these until she outgrew it.
I can't imagine having a newborn in another room. With her in the bucket, we could roll over and check on her without lifting our heads. Amazing. And do you really want to get all the way up and walk around the house five times a night? Nah. Keep the kid with you, at first.
Then, look: A lot of couples trade off feed/diaper/soothe cycles. Your turn, my turn. That's dumb. That ensures you're both zombies the next day. What you want to do is trade off whole nights. On your night, you pack mom off to go sleep in the guest room, you keep the kid. If she's breastfeeding either pump and feed a bottle, or take the kid there, sit, take her away. Mom will get to where she can feed in her sleep--REALLY.
That way nobody's more than 24 hours off a night of mostly decent sleep.
If you have a Costco, their brand of formula is identical to Similac and it's much, much cheaper. My son has been on it since a month old and has done perfectly well with it.
As for outings, I take bottles with water in them and the diaper bag dispenser of powder formula measured out. I'm sure somebody linked it already, but it is usually a round container with three compartments and a lid that rotates so you can pour out one section at a time. Super handy, I use it often. This is what I have...the single one is nice if I know he'll only need to eat once when I'm out.
Another thing I recommend for home is the Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher for mixing up a day's worth at a time. Around a month he should be eating anywhere between 24 and 32 oz, possibly more during a growth spurt. My son was at the top end of that, but he's leveled out to 34 oz a day at 6 months. Anyway, this really helped prevent wasting any formula because you can pour out 2 oz, and if he finishes it, give him 1 or 2 more. It takes a bit of time to figure out how much he wants at once, and sometimes it will vary a lot because he's still little, but overall he'll get pretty regular for a bit before he starts needing more at once.
Also, feel free to come join us over at /r/FormulaFeeders. It isn't the busiest sub, but we're a helpful bunch of you have any other specific questions! :) Congrats on your little one!
I know it sounds crazy, but nipple cream. Yes- cream for chafed nipples which happens when breastfeeding (apparently?! And sounds no bueno). It’s lanolin has a vaseline consistency, and comes in a purple tube. Holy grail for super dry and chapped lips:
Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream, 100% Natural Lanolin Cream for Breastfeeding, 1.41 oz Tube https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MI648C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_sxLvCbVHBEY2Z
And that's about the same price as the Hippy Mombie version!
I actually know people who swear by this for dealing with baby snot problems. :D
You can make a 25 hour supply of formula (however much your baby will eat in that time frame) and keep it in the fridge. This one is great: Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001I481LM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_l-EdBbTNZRKMW.
I live in Texas and we do not have to boil water, we just use filtered tap. If the water in your area is a concern you could use bottled water.
Also see if your baby will drink the formula cold. Ours did and it was great because we didn't have to warm it.
So I got the SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper and it suuuuuucks. Unless you have the biggest bed known to man with only one adult sleeping in it, this thing is ridiculous. Width-wise, it is sized to fit a leatherback sea turtle. No infant requires that much space. I used this thing twice, slept like total ass, clinging to my new .025" of sleep space, then banished this fucker to the closet in my spare room.
I also had a c-section and had no problem whatsoever keeping my monkey in a pack and play next to my side of the bed. When she was still bitty she stayed in the basinet portion and I had no problems picking her up or putting her down. Honestly though, even if I had kept her in the actual play yard at crib height right after bringing her home, it would have been fine too. I healed 1000x easier from my section than everyone made it out to seem I would. YMMV on that front, of course.
That was me! I didn't even notice the bed frame! We also had this cosleeper which we loved, and our baby liked slept better in it at the beginning!
SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBADM1O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_-P5SDbFHDY608
Try this swaddle - Love To Dream Swaddle UP, Gray, Small, 7-13 lbs., Dramatically better sleep, Allow baby to sleep in their preferred arms up position for self-soothing, snug fit calms startle reflex https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081GJ038/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5jDSCbA6PZJ12
My daughter didn’t like any swaddles except this.
Is it specific that daycare needs him to drink from a sippy or straw cup? I know some daycares have crazy rules (ours won't let our son eat his food from a "pouch" and they instead squeeze it all into a bowl then spoon feed him which makes a huge mess).
My son is only 9 months, but starting around 6 months I tried numerous times to introduce a sippy and he just never "got" it. I picked up the Munchkin 360 and he loves this.
It mimics how we as adults tend to drink out of a cup (my son is keenly observant of everything DH and I do) and it doesn't spill all over the place if it gets dropped. I filled it up almost to the top when I first gave it to him, so he wouldn't have to tip it very far to get water out and that really helped.
The first time he tried it, I'd handed it to him while I was prepping his dinner because he was insanely fussy and about a minute later I'd come back and he'd chugged about half of the water! Since then I've had to supervise him with the cup since his pediatrician said no more than a couple ounces of water a day.
Kind of tangential, but for any bottle feeding moms-to-be that might be reading this, you don't have to mix bottles individually!
Dr. Brown's makes a cool formula mixing pitcher that is affordable and makes night-time bottles a breeze (I swear I don't work for them!). I make one 24oz pitcher in the afternoon, which lasts almost all day. All I have to do at night is pour 3-4oz in a bottle, and use hot tap water to warm it up for a minute or two. It saves a few steps.
Like others have said, there are benefits and drawbacks to both options. ;)
We bought this:
I can't recommend it enough. We have a step like that too leading to our family room. It creates a natural support for the giant baby gate. We still had to anchor it into a stud for our little Bam Bam, but it keeps him contained to one room.
So we have this: https://www.amazon.com/Door-Monkey-Lock-Pinch-Guard/dp/B004ECJWK4
Now, this thing has worked wonders for us since our son learned how to get out of his crib and manipulate knobs at 18 months. It leaves the door slightly open (inch or two), so the child can call for you. To open the door, you just push the hook aside and open it. To open from the inside, you push a button and the hook moves. Put it high on the door. Now, 2 things. If there's an emergency, you can just pretty much run through the door from the outside, and the device pops off (it's plastic, so there's a flexibility to it). 2, this fits newer frames, but it doesn't fit older door frames. Measure to make sure this will fit.
I do know that it's an unpopular opinion to "lock"kids in, however, another poster mentioned that in a fire or other emergency, you want to know exactly where your kids are. I second this. We have smoke detectors everywhere in our house (including all bedrooms), hardwired and backed up with batteries. If a fire started in a child's room, we'd know very ducking quickly because all of the alarms go off
> 30 other ludicrous solutions later and we finally realized we never put locks on the kitchen doors. Turns out the smartest person in my household is not even a person. We are currently awaiting the horrible day that, that cunning, goofy bastard learns how to unlock those doors.
They're magnetic, so they require an actual magnetic key to open. They surely make one for fridges.
Yes, we have these dandy ones, they work very well, have a lock-stop button for times when you want them to stay unlocked (e.g. cleaning time), and are fairly easy to install. $25 for 8 isn't a bad deal either. Any sufficiently strong magnet can unlock them if you lose the key, but we're pretty much talking neodymium magnets here, so toys won't do it. We keep our key on the side of fridge.
You can do it. It will be hard. Very hard, but then suddenly, it won't be. And you won't even remember what life was even like with a family of three, because your children will love and need each other. It will be like you've been waiting for this child, and life is unimaginable without them--it happens so fast, and it is so worth it.
And now that I have a 3 year old and 18 month old:
I highly recommend the Infant Optics. Big fan of it not requiring a WiFi signal, as it uses its own radio signal. The range of motion is great, and the camera comes with a 2x Zoom lens (can be used without as well)
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_ub0WBbE3A0RGA
And a baby shusher!!!
Baby Shusher - The Soothing Sleep Miracle for Babies https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D2JN87I/ref=cm_sw_r_apa_OBUCxbZ1Q2J72
This thing was our go to for 3 months, I get it for everyone
I've had this Infant Optics one for a year now and it's been great. The volume is pretty loud and the screen works well though it's not huge.
Use a Nosefrida
It's awesome, and I highly recommend it.
My son is 3 months old and formula fed. Just hand wash and dry the bottles between uses, and you'll be fine. We've never sterilized them or boiled water. And look into a Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher. It is an absolute lifesaver!
If your kiddo doesn't yet care about bottle temp. Dr. Brown's pitchers are worth their weight in gold.
We make 2-3 pitchers once per day for my twins and then throw them in the fridge. We just pour and go when it's time for a bottle.
If you do s registry through Amazon they have a great walk through thing that goes through different categories and sub categories of things you might need or want.
I'm not a first timer so here are a few things you may want to register for aside from what you already have :
Things you shouldn't register for:
Hope this starter list helps!
One is simply not "set" on diapers, you need more. A little thing, but you need them - pacifiers. "Oh, we have a 2-pack already." No, you need about 8 of those within reach at all times (our pediatrician recommended not giving until 2 weeks old).
Also, if the female species is feeding the spawn, then invest in these. You will not be able to find them in stores and the 24 to 48 Amazon takes to deliver will make turn the female species into the devil. While you are at if you do not have a quality breast pumping if she will be breast feeding, invest in that as well.
And while you are at it a baby straight jacket for sleeping. This has helped our spawn sleep longer throughout the night.
Few things I brought second trip that I didn’t think of first time (I’ve had two NICU babies):
Comfortable clothing. Post delivery the pre pregnancy stuff won’t be comfortable nor will the maternity stuff. For summer, I’d do soft cotton dresses, maxi skirt etc for the weeks after delivery. I couldn’t stand stuff touching my incision.
For immediate post op, comfy pajamas. Something you won’t be embarrassed to wear from your room to NICU (I didn’t want to wear hospital gown).
I’d get some soothie pads for your nipples. Your breasts will be super sore and the NICU will want you to pump every 3 hours. Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads for Breastfeeding, 2 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KGHUL4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_LSpWCbF9CESBE
Breast feeding bra or tanks of your choice. You probably won’t want anything with an underwire.
Long phone charger (10 feet) bc plug locations aren’t convenient.
Insulated water bottle. You’ll need to drink massive amounts of water post delivery while pumping / breast feeding.
It took me about 3wks before things started to settle and get easier. And honestly, it kept getting easier. I'm not sure why people are telling you it gets worse! I'd second checking for a tongue/lip tie and maybe meet up with an LC to make sure you've got the latch down. My baby was small and had a really small mouth when she was born, so while our latch was perfect in form it was also shallow. My nipples didn't feel great! I used philips thermal gel pads quite frequently, I kept them in the freezer. They helped a lot. I also used lansinoh gel soothies and I kept those in the fridge for extra cooling relief. Used lots of lansinoh. Just slather it on. Let your boobs air dry a little too. It takes some time for your nipples to adjust to their new use! Once we got to 3wks it was just second nature. There was no pain, it became super easy.
If you're super stressed, and are feeling like you can't handle breastfeeding - formula is perfectly great too! All the matters is a fed baby at the end of the day. You've gotta do what works best for you, and what keeps you sane. I'd keep trying for a little bit, visit an LC as soon as possible and then re-evaluate after a week or 2 whether you want to continue or switch to formula full time. If it makes you miserable, switch!
We used this to make one room completely baby proof. It had a couch, a fenced off tv and toys. And I contained him in his “cage” anytime I needed to get something done. Or else nothing would get done... well worth the money! Plus he learned to play nicely independently:)
The ones with the magnet locks are awesome. They shut off when you don't need them and are easy to open when they are locked with the key, we have one in each room. Also when they are locked the door doesn't budge at all so the kiddo won't incessantly jiggle the cabinet door. We only have them on the really important cabinet doors. The rest he can get into like the pots and pans and he did for a few weeks but the newness wore off and now he doesn't bother them.
The best is to just secure as you go. Kids will find something to play with but in a few weeks they'll forget it and find something else to mess with so sometimes it's not even worth rearranging.
Was gonna suggest this for OP. Someone posted these magnetic locks to kid-proof cabinets, they require a magnet key to open. Install these and protect your dirty clothes, OP. http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Magnetic-Locking-System/dp/B004GCJMLG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1453149261&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=magnetic+baby+locks
haha bad timing :)
good thing it's super cheap though!
I highly recommend using a lanolin-based nipple cream ( I use Lansinoh) at night - it is unparalleled in terms of adding moisture to your lips, moisture retention throughout the night and healing sores and cracked bits, etc. I also use the Jack Black lip balms with SPF during the day mostly because I don't want to carry around a tube of nipple cream to reapply after eating, lol. Any lanolin-based lipbalm would do, tho!
:( That does sound hectic. My registry is kinda all over the place because I've already bought a ton of stuff, but just some suggestions of some things (FTM so no idea really if these are good or not, some were recommendations from friends, some were recommendations from various online resources).
Lucie's List is probably the best resource I found online.
Get a nipple cream. I use the Lansinoh brand and have found it to help with the itchiness perfectly. It's thicker than lotion and stays on much longer. It's more like Aquaphor.
Ah! I always suggest cloth diapers as my go-to secret mom hack, and I always give them at showers. I use disposable diapers for the bum, but spit up and vomit and and pee emergencies and everything else can be handled with cheapo cloth diapers. They're just fantastic. Forget those tiny little landing-strip burp cloths, because I haven't met a baby yet that's polite enough to only projectile-spit-up in such a tiny range.
To add, you can get the video baby monitor cheaper on amazon than in store. We have one of these, and it's pretty good.
While it isn't cheap, it's less expensive than in-store ones. It can also be expanded pretty easily with more cameras, and the ability to change the lenses makes it pretty versatile. We've had ours for 3 years, and it's still great.
We used to live in a 2-story house, and it was invaluable to hear when the babies were stirring to run up and attend to them before they full woke and then couldn't get back to sleep :)
We had a ton of success with the SwaddleMe Sleeper. The metal frame made me feel more comfortable with him being in the bed with us, it felt like it gave him some protection from stray pillows/blankets/people. We also made sure the the sheets and blankets were either down at our waist level or tucked them under the bassinet.
It was also really nice because he is a very long baby and he seemed way more comfortable in that then the actual bassinet.
As some of the others have chimed in, formula or breast milk is best at this age. About 4 months old I begin giving my son small spoonful taste of soup or puree or even a piece of something to chew on (like a pickle or lemon or apple etc) And it wasn't until 6 months that we really started once or twice a day giving him a small meal. You have to watch out though, because at this young, water is dangerous to their little bodies because their kidneys I just figuring out how to filter out all the extra water.
Good luck to you! I'm starting those little systems on something new is always difficult
EDIT: turns out that my source is often discredited and so here is another link to a study about babies and water intoxication https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/100/6/e4
I realized that I didn't mention that we use those mesh net chewy things and stuck the snackers inside for him to gnaw on! It makes me look like a fool! https://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Fresh-Food-Feeder-Green/dp/B000GK5XY2
Thanks to all you parents for being ever vigilant to make sure others have the best information!
Yes, yes, yes to the Nose Frida Snot Sucker. I had such issues with my kids and congestion and those bulb syringes never worked. But a warning, it does a good job and feels weird. Don't be surprised if your kid does NOT like it but their easy breathing is your reward.
This is what worked for us:
I assembled this cart for our living room, and I thought y'all would appreciate it. We also considered naming it the T&A cart, but "boob & butt" won out.
The bottom shelf just has extra diapers, wipes, and nursing pads.
We used these with great success.
I might stray away from the rubbery ones only because real food encourages chewing, and standard pacifiers don't deal well with chewing...
I use the "fresh food feeders" and stuff them with frozen food (usually fruits). I have also had success with frozen waffles!
A few things that worked for us. Take a bottle nipple, put a piece of tape over the hole. Fill the nipple with breast milk or formula and freeze it (we put them in shot glasses to keep them from tipping.) once frozen put on a bottle and you've got a great teether.
Freeze milk or formula in ice cube trays and use in one of these. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000GK5XY2
Glass carboy supporter here. I use the nylon brew straps whenever moving my glass. Next to my wort chiller, it's probably the best tool I have in my arsenal.
Get the Nose Frida. Those little nose cleaning bulbs do crap all. This was much more effective.
Was it a snotsucker or did he just do it skin to skin? Either way, that's true love right there.
We have five kids, so things here have lasted at least that long:
Baby Bjourn Babysitter which goes by a new name now.
NoseFrida Snotsucker is the grossest name, but very handy and BIFL
Bumbo floor seat is a plastic seat kids sit on, on the floor
Boppy is a big U-shaped pillow for floor sitting or nursing
Wood stacking toys - either Ikea or Melissa & Doug
Saddleback leather/Love41 bucket bag for a diaper bag
I currently have a 4 month old and she loves her exersaucer, crinkle books, oball, links, and the small Sophie. Depending, you may be able to get free books from the Imagination Library if you aren't already signed up!
If you end up with super sore and chapped nipples I cannot recommend hydrogel breast pads enough! They are amazing, cooling, soothing and help speed up any healing. Like these ones!
My sister uses a play yard to fence off her living room. It can be connected to fully enclose an area, or spread out to block a wide doorway. If you straighten it out fully it loses a lot of the stability, but if you zig-zag it, it should be fairly secure.
This super long gate also has pretty good reviews.
If the goal is to be able to contain him, but still be able to hear him, you might try a monkey door clip, it's up high, so he can't reach it, but not permanent, or difficult for parents to deal with
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I have magnetic cabinet locks in my kitchen. Keeps them from knocking over glass dishes and getting into cleaning supplies. I keep one cabinet unlocked though for them. It's full of grocery bags that they like to nest in.
This sounds weird, but the cheapest easiest way to get this stuff is nipple cream for women who are breastfeeding. They use it because it’s awesome for moisturizing but it’s safe if baby accidentally gets some. Lip moisturizer with lanolin will be like three times the cost of nipple cream and it’s the exact same stuff. I recommend this one.
You may want to look into something like this. It's a play area, but it can be folded up in such a way that it makes a gate. I used this (or something similar to this) to block off my kitchen back when my daughter first started walking.
The downside is that when the kiddos get big enough, they can move it. But you can probably figure out a way to secure it sufficiently - i.e. eye hooks in the wall and just tying it to the railing.
this is going to sound ridiculous, but I use pre-fold cloth diapers. They're super absorbent and easy to wash. You can get them from amazon (here) or even Target/Walmart. Bonus: they're also great for cleaning other things and dusting.
Baby shusher. You're welcome.
We loved the munchkin 360 cups. We have so many of them.
I'd try to make your own baby box or see if you can find a used cradle/bassinet/moses basket type thing (to put on your bed/keep baby in their own sleep space) for the first few weeks - you might want to keep the baby closer than in a crib anyway. Craigslist and Facebook sell groups have bassinets ALL the time!
you could get this for $28
How about something like this?
There's a couple options.
Pump one boob while baby is nursing the other.
Slap a haakaa on the non-nursing boob while nursing the baby
Have the pump ready to go before feeding, pump right after the morning feed. The milk can sit out for a couple of hours just fine.
Pump while someone else holds the baby.
Pump after a night feeding. I always used a manual pump for night after-feedings. I just didn't like to deal with all the set up and noise. I only did 10 minutes a boob.
Don't worry yourself too much about a stash. Generally you just need enough to get through the first day because you'll usually pump enough at work for the next day. Its nice to have extra. But really, it's not worth stressing about..with my youngest here I was stressing and when I finally stopped, it seemed like the milk just came a flowing.
Like some other people have mentioned, I wasn't a fan of wifi enabled monitor. So I ended up with this one: https://www.amazon.com/Infant-Optics-DXR-8-Monitor-Interchangeable/dp/B00ECHYTBI/
I like it so far, the range is good enough for us to go the neighbors house and still pick up the video and the monitor has a battery so we can take it around the house with us.
The monitor I have has a color bar on the side that gets more red the louder the baby gets. Maybe a monitor w this type of option would work for you. Visually seeing you’re baby on the screen combined with the color bar may help you determine if baby is upset/ hungry or just getting comfy.
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_OsqQBbDM322HA
Edit: I’m not hearing impaired I just thought this feature could be helpful to you.
100% this one. This was recommended to us by a friend (who does a lot of research on products usually), and we have found it to be invaluable. I've also noticed it at other people's houses and we always have a 'best baby monitor ever, right?' moment.
The range is great. We walked across the street and checked our mailbox when testing it. The picture quality is great, especially in the dark. And it's easy to add multiple cameras which is very handy. We had a camera on our boy's crib and his playpen so that we could still see him while washing bottles in the kitchen as he played.
get the 360 cup thing maybe without the handles? But it helps them learn how to drink from a real cup without the ability to waterboard themselves by tipping the cup too far and having it all rush out at once. This is the cup we started my son on and he loves it (at 7 months) and can already drink water from a regular cup, although it's still messy. Edit to say I am an asshole and didn't see the last paragraph about how you finally decided on one. Glad you were able to find one you like and hit the order button!
I'm going to chime in to advise against this since it would be a safe sleep hazard the same way crib bumpers and stuffed animals are. Even if baby seems like he isn't mobile enough, the deaths do happen which is why the guidelines exist. Not to mention that you never know exactly when baby will become mobile enough to roll over and get stuck.
ETA: What about one of these style cosleepers? This one is only $32.
I got new pacifiers, a boppy nursing pillow because I really didn't like the my breast friend one, more nipple cream, and a new boppy lounger because after 2 years and a few moves our old one wasn't in great shape. Our first baby hated the Halo bassinet so we also got the newborn insert (which I didn't know even existed, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4E7Z3M?colid=2T5L5M1XY90ZA&coliid=IHTQ3C9UFBBOW&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link) and a cosleeper (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YBADM1O?colid=2T5L5M1XY90ZA&coliid=I1VNXP4A6ZQL3H&ref=br_ADD_TO_CART_title_link) to try that out, but we'll also probs just try the crib or pack n play earlier than we did with #1.
I got a new baby carrier too because somehow we lost our old one in the move :( And some new como tomo bottles bc our old ones have a brown tinge to them now and I'm not sure what it is.
I also recommend trying to bring baby and husband with you to the wedding for reasons mentioned by other posters.
If you would feel more comfortable with baby at home, I’d recommend getting the haakaa to build up a little supply for when you are gone. You suction it to the opposing breast when breastfeeding and it collects leakage/let down. I wish I had it in the beginning days when I was leaking everywhere. This way you don’t have to worry about pumping!
The pains definitely ease up. Use all the lanolin you can get for those cracked nipples! (Or, I really like earth mama natural nipple butter) And it will take a few weeks for your supply to figure itself out, but eventually you will start to worry why your boobs aren't hard any more and if it means your supply is dipping (it's normal and no, your boobs are just figuring out how much to produce and at what time). Warm compresses on your boobs help.
I recommend getting a haakaa milk catcher or similar type of non-pump device to catch those flood gates of milk and save it! You don't really want to pump a lot right now because that will just increase your supply more and more.
Cloth diapers - flour sack towelsfrom amazon as the stuffers - cheap and clean easily. Bamboo liners for the poop. Rubber gloves for swishing it in the toilet for the parts that don't come off with the liners. Lot's of covers that can be used from newborn to 35 lbs. You can use any bum cream if you use the flour sack towels as well FYI because it doesn't ruin them. Also pick up a couple of these laundry bags. Wipes.
Cleaning is easy - "quick wash" with a bit of soap, then a hot long wash for extra soiled diapers.
Baby nest was nice to have but not a necessity. Blankets/towels can help. Also a wrap is nice for the first 6 months but not necessary.
Gripe water for gassy baby, Punkin Butt teething oil
A pump, even hand pump will be handy. Especially in the first few weeks she's regulating her supply.
Zip up sleepers (snaps suck)
Baby Bag (backpack style)
Don't worry about a baby changing table, you can change anywhere. Don't worry about a diaper genie since you're cloth diapering.
Breastfeeding scarf/carseat cover
Older baby (6-12 months will come fast)
- snack containers
- Food holder thing(frozen bananas are awesome for teething)
These are amazing at this age for allowing safe eating with semi solid food. My son was crazy about frozen blueberries and cantaloupe at this age so we used these daily for months and months.
I highly recommend these. My daughter is 5 weeks and I’ve already bought a pack for her.
I did end up buying 3 packs and you must be diligent about cleaning them immediately though. Still 100% worth it. My mil let him have part of a cantaloupe with her finger after me telling her not to when I stepped out of the room and he sucked it down and started choking. I had to hard pat him for a minute too and I cried as well. We used it after that and my mil never did that again. She was very remorseful because she panicked and didn’t know what to do.
Well, I have no experience with children, but we have things like this and this to remove snot from baby nose, so I imagine that if you don't have access to one of those you do what you gotta do.
I bought the Dr. Brown’s formula mixer pitcher and it’s been a life saver! I’ve never heated up bottles for my LO and he doesn’t seem to mind at all.
Similac is perfectly fine. All formula manufacturers in the US are subject to stringent quality checks and all formulas must have nutritional makeups within a very small range. I've fed 2/3 of my babies Similac formula and they did very well on it (one took sensitive, the other took advantage).
Personally I've never used nursery water or bottled water to mix formula, but I trust my local tap water and I understand not everyone has that luxury. I believe it should be fine, but hopefully someone else will chime in with that experience. Some people even boil their tap water to make formula with.
As for room temperature, if you can get your baby to take it that's great. Some babies refuse bottles unless they're a little warmer than that and some even like it cold but none of that really matters as long as your baby will take it. Personally, I hate mixing individual bottles because of all the bubbles so I used a pitcher (actually, this one, but you could use anything) to mix a day's worth at a time and warmed up the premade formula from there. You can keep mixed formula refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
How about getting something like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_V0.DDbATP0K44
But only use 1 fixed panel and the door panel...
We have a gated living room area to prevent wandering and destruction outside of the designated zone. We attach the gate to our couches that are on either side of the living room so we all basically sit inside of it. It's not pretty, but we can go to the bathroom and cook dinner without much worry. These gates are modular so you can move them around as needed.
I bought these plastic clips that lock the doors closed with a gap all the way around, like keeps it open 1" and I have them on all the bedrooms (live by myself) and it dropped the temperature in my home by 3-4 degrees on the hottest days. Before I figured out my airflow problems, my home was over 80 degrees some days even with the AC running 24x7.
If you want to pay $$$ to suck in hot air, and be hot and throw money away, be my guest.
I really like the door monkey. It's a bit expensive, but it's worth it for the improved air flow and protection of people & walls. I would also recommend checking out KIScords for your cabinets. They make two different models and I've been happy with both.
We used the Safety 1st locks for our childproofing. Very effective, and nice to have something that doesn't show or mark up the outside face of the drawers & cabinets.
It is tricky to align the latch properly, but that will also be a problem with the adhesive latches. You can take out the screw and drill a new hole if you mess up the alignment on the Safety 1st latches-- do the adhesive latches come with extra sticky pads?
Safety 1st was also nice because you can "turn off" the latch without removing the hardware.
But yeah, get two of the key magnets. You will lock one inside a drawer at some point.
This stuff is amazing - expensive as HELL but really amazing: CV Labs Skin Balm I've also had great luck with the Bite Agave Lip mask, although that is just as expensive and is less versatile in terms of using it on other dry patches. I'm also ordering some of the Lansinoh balm, which I've heard good things about and which is much much cheaper.
You could do a wearable blanket so she can move her arms like she likes.
Edit: another option could be this. My son isn't a huge swaddle fan cuz he really likes to put his hands up by his face and spread his legs and he sleeps pretty well with this.
Get the play yard version of that brand. I have 2 of them and love em!
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate... https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B003VNKLIY?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
I've split mine up, had them both together, etc. Its so versatile, and j have the same baseboards too. 0 issues
I have this Regalo gate wrapped around the front of my brick fireplace. Total length of 192 inches, but panels can be removed.
I'm sure there are cheaper options out there, though ...
We used a door monkey for awhile to keep our toddler in her room. We've since learned that this is dangerous in the event of a fire.
So, she's 1. You can do sleep training with her, and she will get better about sleeping in general. There is a sleep regression just after 1 year though and that may be why she's being so difficult to get to sleep. I'm really sorry that you are going through this with no help and no support. Do you have a friend or family member nearby who could watch her for a night so you can get some much-needed rest? The sleep deprivation will really do you in temper-wise. Can you put her in a playpen or a babyproofed room and use something like a door monkey to keep her locked in and safely watching some cartoons while you get some sleep? This may also be a good time to give her some melatonin 30 mins before bedtime (kid doses only, you can find them at the pharmacy in a bottle specifically dosed for kids with 1mg or something like that). She will sleep better. I used it for my kid when he was having a sleep regression and it helped a bit. You need some sleep though, so you can be a more patient mom. this is a hard age even if you were getting enough sleep.
We used this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ECJWK4/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;th=1 to lock our kid in his room for short periods of time. The fact that it keeps the door slightly ajar means that if something does go wrong, you can hear it easily. Being unable to come out of a room is a lot healthier for them than a parent who has gone off the deep end.
Alright, this isn't exactly a diy lip mask but I use nipple cream. I use this every night and I wake up with awesomely smooth lips. I don't know why, but it temporarily plumps my lips afterwards.
Use this, you need a tiny bit on the area and you will be good!
Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for Breastfeeding Mothers, 40 Grams https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MI648C/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_UAklxbCMT79D7
You can find the Aritaum lip mask on Amazon.
If you want something cheaper, I really like pure lanolin - it's really sticky and thick, but it works wonders. Something like this is super affordable.
I recommend [Dr. Dan's Cortibalm] (https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Dans-Cortibalm-Balm-Count/dp/B00DME6W76/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1520993027&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=dr+dans+cortibalm), it should help with the swelling. On top of that put lanolin - I use this [one]
(https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Breastfeeding-Moisturizer-Preservative-Hypoallergenic/dp/B005MI648C/ref=sr_1_6_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1520992749&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=lanolin). The [Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask] (https://www.amazon.com/LANEIGE-SLEEPING-Berry-Sleeping-Treatment/dp/B018AYHZX2/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_194_bs_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=6CE1FFJBSM6B0QN5JPNK) is also great. I've been using all of those products and my lips are looking better than they did before accutane. Also, I get buying three things isn't realistic for some folks, so I would suggest getting the Dr. Dan's and putting vaseline over it.
I got a haakaa pump to catch the milk that leaks from the opposite breast while my baby feeds from the other one. (I don’t use the suction though to avoid creating more demand for milk.) I just prop it under my breast to catch what drips out and then I store it in the fridge. That helps because I’m not wasting the milk and it doesn’t go all over me or the baby.
I also bought the lansinoh ultimate protection nipple pads and they are AMAZING. They hold so much milk and you can avoid getting milk on your bra or clothes.
And I got the lansinoh nipple cream because it’s safe for baby, no need to wipe it off before she eats. And I haven’t had dry or cracked nipples yet!
My baby is only 11 days old but this combo has been working so far!
Everything I'm recommending can be bought on Amazon fairly cheaply:
1st Cleanser (PM only to get rid of sunscreen or makeup): The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Rich Oil Dry Skin
2nd Cleanser: Cerave hydrating Cleanser
Hydrating Toner: [Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner] (https://www.amazon.com/Preparation-Alcohol-Paraben-Cruelty-Eco-friendly/dp/B00PGOFYG0) or
Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
Medium Moisturizer: Cerve PM Moisturizing Lotion
Heavy Moisturizer: Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream
Sleeping Pack: Cosrx Ultimate Rice Overnight Mask
Sheet Mask: Benton Snail Bee High Content Sheet Mask, illi masks, MBD masks (these might be out of your price range as they are between $1-3 per use).
Sunscreen: [Biore Kids Sunscreen] (https://www.amazon.com/Japan-Health-Personal-Care-carefree/dp/B019IDQ57G)
BB: Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #13 (RP), Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm
Concealer: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Hmmm...idk how easily it would be to attach one, especially to the metal. I know it sounds odd, but we've always used a playard. Every section is removable and you can rearrange the entire thing to the dimensions you want. To make it work as a gate (to like block off the kitchen, for instance) we've just bended and folded around furniture. Anchoring behind heavy things my son can't move. The gate is placed between the wall and the heavy object, and then bent just so that it can't easily be moved, even if one of us trips over it and falls...which has happened lol. Currently it's anchored behind a washer and an old sewing machine table. Also when we need to place it somewhere else, it's really easy to move and folds in on itself, accordian style.
We've lived in two places since our son was born and neither really had an easy place to secure a gate. We kinda just got creative lol.
BUY THIS NOW!!!
I am not exaggerating when I say that this is a lifesaver. It may seem expensive at about $35, but it is worth absolutely every penny. I’m sure there are other “white noise machines” that you can find, but I own two of these and they work on every baby I’ve ever tried it on (this is what I get people for baby showers).
I first learned that this existed about two months after our first child was born and it was a lifesaver. I brought it to the hospital when my wife was giving birth to our second child a little over a year ago.
The attending nurse was so surprised by it, she asked if she could borrow it for an hour. Of course I said yes. She came back 45 minutes later totally astonished. She had brought it into the nursery where five babies were really struggling to fall asleep and were keeping each other awake.
She said that within two minutes of using the thing two of the babies had fallen asleep and the other three had calmed down. Additionally, within five minutes all five of them were asleep.
The thing has two settings: one for duration and one for volume. The duration can be set to either off, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes. It automatically shuts off after those time frames. The volume is simply a swivel and can be adjusted as needed.
You will not regret this. It’s the one essential purchase you will make.
Yes! I just ordered this Infant optics one. I checked the price history and it is normally around $165. Currently $123, which is the lowest price in the past 6 months. Heads up, the Honey extension for Chrome is really useful!
We registered for this one, Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
My friend has the same one and has gone through a few and said she loves it.
We have this one. It's the Infant Optix DX-8. I can't recommend it enough! We've been using it for 19 months with our son and we bought another one to monitor our daughter. They also have surveys for you to fill out after you register it and you can win another camera or additional lenses for free. I was able to snag a second camera from them that way! Although it doesn't stream online, it's excellent around the house.
The zoom is great, the night vision is great, the temp is always correct, you can talk through it (although that scares the crap out of my son) and it's completely on wi-fi. We have really crappy wifi in our house from one end to the other but we literally never have a problem with our monitor losing connection. I literally can't think of one negative about our camera, except maybe the price? But even that's reasonable for what you're getting.
Someone bought us a Nest Cam, but I returned it... I didn't really see the advantage to clogging my wifi, or having to use a cell phone as the monitor. We got one of these instead... The good part is that it's not on the wi-fi, the monitor never loses signal, and it doesn't need a cell phone.
I don't remember if the nest cam was movable, but with ours, we can also turn the camera if our baby crawled to the other side of the crib, which is nice. Also, it has a microphone so you can talk to your baby without getting up (although i think it will only be useful when he's a little older).
Do you want to use an app to watch it or just a straight monitor?
I prefer not having the IP based ones because it keeps it off the net. I don't mind changing the settings on them, just easier to not have to.
The one I bought is a straight video monitor/wireless camera. Camera/Monitor
Not exactly what you're asking for, but we use these and they won't roll away
I have this one: https://www.amazon.com/SwaddleMe-By-Your-Side-Sleeper/dp/B00YBADM1O
I like the tall but supported mesh sides and washable mattress cover. However, little dude has literally never slept in it. He wakes up instantly when I set him down in almost anything. The only thing that has even sort of worked is the rock'n'play. Sometimes he'll stay asleep in that for 45 min- 1 hour.
This was what I was referring to: SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper
And thanks! I wish you luck!
Thanks for the advice!! And for the Silicone Breast Pump!! link for the u.s.
I actually had no idea that this was even a thing until my mom had mentioned something to me the other day. She told me I would have to put a towel or something over my other breast while the baby was eating. I had NO IDEA!! So, this thing is going on my registry.
Also, she's SUPER ADORABLE!! I love those eyes!!
You're welcome. Seriously check it out! It even got my overly enthusiastic boobs to mellow out. That didn't happen with my first for three months. I hope it can help you.
Before you spend money on the teething tablets read up on homeopathy and you'll see that it's kind of a joke. I used the tablets before I knew what they were all about, and now I feel like I was duped. Also, they still contain belladonna but in a smaller amount I believe.
Baby Orajel has worked for my second baby who is teething like crazy right now. And the mesh bag with frozen grapes/berries/ice cube is excellent (as others mentioned). My son gets Tylenol too.
I got one of those baby cookbooks for my oldest because I loved cooking for my wife and he fucking hated everything I put in front of him. There's no need to overthink introducing her to new foods. You're not a bad parent for going the Gerber route. A real lifesaver for us was teething mesh bags filled with frozen strawberries. It allowed him to feed himself a snack in the high chair and gave him relief from the pain.
Get the nose Frida (Baby Nasal Aspirator NoseFrida the Snotsucker by Fridababy – Baby Shower Gift and Registry essential https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00171WXII/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_3Q05CbZXD24ES).
Absolute game changer. I've used it for two kids now and it's change our lives. Really helps with eliminating post nasal drip and subsequent coughs from that. Kids don't like it much but oh well. It gets the job done and they are booger free. Just gotta hold the little tikes down a little bit.
This sounds gross, but it's the best baby tool out there. I give it to everyone now.
Definitely a bouncer with vibrations and a play bar. Baby can sleep in it, play in it and in the beginning, be fed in it. Light and easy to take with you on trips (especially if you get a folding type). Like this
Car seat cover like this if they live in a cold climate. You don't have to bundle baby.
Definitely zip up baby jammies. Snaps suck.
A baby mirror for the back seat so parents can see baby while they're driving. The light up kind are best here Edited to add this to it's even less distraction for the driver to see baby in the mirror on the backseat.
These chains can attach baby toys to nearly anything, can hook on to a pacifier, and the baby can play with them. I love them.
Sleep sacks. I think the swaddlers are a waste of money when you can do it with a blanket and they're only used for a month or two. Ditto with baby gowns. Other than that, I agree with avoiding clothes.
Sun shades for the car, back seat windows.
A stuffy that crunches, rattles and squeaks. Bonus points if it's got teething corners. The crunchy toys really get baby's attention and can distract them from a full on baby fit.
Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards and bring over a batch of frozen meals that are easy to prepare (lasagna, spaghetti sauce with a box of pasta, casseroles). House cleaning gift certificate and offer (and follow through) to come watch baby so mama can shower or go clean the house and make them dinner then leave.
I too made the decision to use formula for my physical and mental wellbeing and I have had no regrets.
I hope that helps! I nursed for 5 days, pumped for 1, and then called it quits. It was absolutely the best decision for me and my family but I did get some flak for it. Don't let anyone make you feel bad about your choice!
If you're careful and don't use one of those carboy handles, you'll be fine. This is the carrier you want.
Pretty much all you can do is continue everything in your power to make her comfortable. Suction out her nose as much as possible to make it easier for her to breathe, and make sure her throat / mouth don't get dried out because she'll be doing a lot of mouth breathing.
My son has had pretty much non-stop upper respiratory infections since he was 3 months old. We do :
I'm sorry your LO is sick! I hope she gets to feeling better soon!!
They actually can breed mold.
I never used one on my baby. I used this instead, which works like a charm.
Yeah, just follow the instructions. My experience with formula is that you can pre-mix if you use within 24 hours. You can also get premixed liquid that keeps longer, but it costs more.
If you are mixing your own, I highly recommend picking up a formula mixing pitcher, it makes things way easier, especially as baby grows and needs to eat more. We had this one from Dr. Brown and liked it.
Strict landlord criteria! The shelters are full of adult little dogs though so you shouldn’t have a problem.
A yard isn’t really necessary. Plenty of people have dogs in apartments with no outdoor space at all. However, if you supervise you could probably try something cheap like a roll of plastic mesh and some posts from the garden section at the hardware store.
Or you could cordon off an area with a freestanding gate like this.
We put a lock on babies room so toddler can’t run in there. When baby was a newborn, I would co sleep with baby on the fold out and was terrified the toddler would come running in and land on baby.
This thing was a great solution!
Edit to add: I love that it’s so easy to take on an off. We take it off during the day so it’s nice and quiet for nap time, and then just put it back on before bed.
Try this lock, high up on her door. I've never used one but it seems like it might work.
Door Monkey Door Lock and Pinch Guard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ECJWK4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_-LBGzbAG3JJ1
This is the only thing that helped me too! I use a thick layer of Lansinoh every night. Dirt cheap and a giant tube will outlive us all.
I like the Lansinoh brand...
Maybe something like this? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_sjE0BbSQ61DKJ
Though how many people will be there? I've found with lots of family around kiddos have a lot more people who want to sit and play with them, chase them from room to room etc. than normally at home. As long as there are some toys and at least one kid safe space (like a living room rug) where people will be sitting around too I don't know that you'd necessarily need to contain just the two of them together.
We got what we called the "cage" lol! Its those big gates that you can make into an octagon shape or a square. It worked well for us. We mainly got it to kind of separate the living room and keep toys organized we were able to use it until a few months after walking when he figured out how to loft it up. Best 100$ investment! It comes in neutral colors as well.
North States Industries Superyard Play Yard, Colorplay, 8 Panel https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_ctssub15PZ34N
This isn't a pretty solution, but I'd just get one of those panel gates like this one that you can shape the way you want and use it to block off the tree. Alternatively, you can get a small tree and put it up on like a table that is too high for your LO to reach and also put the presents on the table.
I'll help, I have one of those. Product: http://www.northstatesind.com/index.cfm/event/productview/id/182/catid/11
From: Toys R US $96 / Target $77 / Amazon $92
This is what you're looking for: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006NTY1HU/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
We've got a couple of tricky spots and these always do the trick. What I'd do with that setup is take two of the panels and create a 90 degree angle. Set them on the floor and tie one end to the rail with the other end turning into the wall behind that piece of furniture that seems to be on the opposite wall.
Maybe even take 3 panels and wrap around the rail entirely. It's a very versatile gate system. We use them everywhere.
Mitten cuff onesies are our favorite to use on our little one. Especially when he was just born, it was too hard to trim his nails and having the option to cover his hands without dealing with mittens made it so easy. We also don't use much of the pajamas that covers their legs because the less buttons you have to deal with in the middle of the night, the better.
Gerber Unisex-Baby Newborn 3 Pack Longsleeve Mitten Cuff Onesies Brand, White, 0-3 Months https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007C2PVT4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_IdtQDb99VDGMH
You'll definitely need more burp cloths. I have about 30 and could use more. Cloth diapers as burp cloths are great since they're so absorbent. We use these the most.
Gerber Birdseye 3-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers, White, 10 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VBYVWE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_cGtQDbV795PPP
Our baby also loves his Wubbanub and they're nice so baby can practice grabbing things and they don't roll off baby as easily as a regular pacifier would. They have a ton of different animals.
WubbaNub Infant Pacifier - Baby Penguin https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018HJ0TXI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_LPtQDbK2J7FFW
But really overall your registry looks good! You have a great variety of different sized clothes so that's good. The Dr. Brown's bottles are also great, I would just suggest having a large bowl in your sink to soak all the parts without them touching everything else in the sink. Or if you have a divided sink maybe use just one side for baby things. The only extras I would suggest are a small nail kit to keep in your diaper bag, baby blankets to cover baby up in his car seat or to swaddle, and Aquaphor when lotion isn't enough. Hope that helps!
I’m not the person you replied to, but when my baby kept breaking free of all other swaddles, we ended up using a zippered, arms-up swaddle. Like this: love to dream arms up swaddle. They’re stupid expensive but they worked well for my little one.
I am 34 weeks on my second and my first is 2.5 years old.
Not only am I like "meh" to doing all the insane baby stuff - but we are moving in November (with a three month old - lort help us).
And because of that, I can't really have a ton of stuff around because we are packing up and trying to stage our house.
My essential list:
Outside of those items - it's just the standard clothes, diapers, bottles, baby monitors, etc.
Let me know if you have any questions.
And yes - the amnesia is real.
I'd personally recommend a video monitor with night vision and zoom. Two-way audio is a nice plus but not essential (my husband and I do use it to communicate while one is putting the baby to bed). We have the Infant Optics DXR-8 (the best seller on Amazon) and it's great. The interchangeable zoom lens is really a fantastic feature, as the way our nursery is set up the camera had to be pretty far from the crib. I couldn't live without the video aspect as our son tends to spit up a lot and it's essential to see if I need to go and change the sheet, plus I just like to see him for peace of mind.
Some friends of ours got a really expensive wi-fi monitor so that they can view the video from anywhere, but I only think you'd need this if you had a nanny and needed to check on things while you were at work or something.
We could have gone cheaper, but nothing had ratings as good, or as many features. There are more popular Motorola models, mbp36, but they didn't have nearly as many positive reviews. I've tested it from the upstairs nursery to the basement and back yard with no issues or interference.
Price fluctuates between $209 and $171 (got lucky when I bought it for that a month or so ago).
Pick a model you like, and use camelcamelcamel to watch the prices for you.
Edit: Features I wanted include talk back, pan and zoom, expandable by adding another camera, good night vision, large viewable handheld monitor, good battery life, optional wide angle lens for when she's older and moving around her room and a far reaching range that didn't interfere with my WiFi.
I love our monitor. It’s got a great picture, you can adjust the camera, the screen is clear, volume control is great. The downsides are that the battery doesn’t last as long as I’d like and it takes forever to charge. I usually just leave it plugged in all night so it doesn’t randomly die, which seems like it would be a great solution except there’s a bright as hell blue light that comes on when it’s all charged. So that wakes me up around 2-3am every night, since the monitor sits like 2 inches from my face on my nightstand. Lol Also, when our microwave is running, it disrupts the WiFi signal if the monitor is in the kitchen with us. Other than those things. it’s been great.
This is the one we have.
ETA: I realized I don’t think it’s actually connected thru WiFi because we frequently take it to my inlaws and don’t use their WiFi. I don’t know how it works. Magic, most likely. Either way, the microwave interrupts the signal.
> ... whichever one he'll take...
Yup. Also non-snarky, but this is the truth. We chose to buy one of a few different kinds.
When first trying a cup from a bottle at around 4-6 months, he liked the Nuk learner cups. We've also tried weighted straw cups (I found them sooooo hard to get the liquid out myself! So I rarely offer them anymore.) We really like the Munchkin 360 though. We also have a Think baby which is freaking horrible - the nipple completely collapses because there's no air vent. We had to puncture a hole in it to get it to work properly! I can't understand why they are so highly rated.
I’m overthinking baby sleep spaces.
My initial plan was to have a crib in the nursery for when baby is a bit older, and a pack n play in our bedroom for sleep until he’s old enough to move to his nursery.
Then suddenly I realized...well, what about when we’re not upstairs? I doubt I’m going to want to walk up/down the stairs with a baby multiple times a day to put him down for naps. I doubt I’ll want to just hang out upstairs all day when the kitchen, TV, life, etc. are on the main level of our house.
So then I thought maybe I could put the pack n play in the living room, and put the crib in our bedroom until we move him to his own room. But I doubt the crib will fit through the doorway, and it’s kind of a tight hallway, so I’m not sure how feasible that is if it means we potentially would need to disassemble the crib when we want to move it.
So now I’m debating whether or not we need to buy some sort of bassinet for the bedroom so the pack n play can go in the living room, or maybe some sort of travel bassinet (like this) to keep in the living room for daytime naps. But that thing doesn’t look particularly comfortable on its own since it’s meant to go in the bed with you.
Any suggestions/painfully obvious solutions that I’m missing?
Does she not sleep in bed anymore because of the diaper? If so, something we did with our pug who wore a diaper but would not accept not sleeping in bed with us, was to get this. He was good about staying in it.
Does she have spine problems? Our boy sat like that too.
I have a standing bassinet and a cosleeper that I use in the bedroom depending on how baby sleeps. I usually start her in the standing bassinet, if she sleeps through the night (5/7 nights) she stays in (obviously) but if she needs a quick feed she’ll usually just stay in bed/cosleeper with us. We also have a pack and play and two rock and plays on the first floor that get shifted around. She used to sleep in the bassinet portion of the PNP but now we just use that as a diaper station. She’s only two months old now so I’m sure she’ll get more use out of the bottom portion when she’s much older.
IMO, it's a bit of a waste of time to pump after a feed session. It would be all you do! I had great luck with the Haakaa manual pump by putting on the other breast while nursing. I typically ended up with an extra 3oz/day and gradually made a supply from there.
Maybe try the Love to Dream swaddle sacks, my son loved the velcro swaddles until he didn't and then he loved these: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Dream-Dramatically-Preferred-self-Soothing/dp/B0081GJ038/ref=asc_df_B0081GJ038/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=241927338949&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1116035890400539532&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9032828&hvtargid=pla-365069357173&psc=1
Our little one will wiggle herself awake if we don't swaddle her. We have a halo and swaddle me up Velcro swaddle. But the one we end up using almost every night is the love to dream zip up swaddle. Bonus it has hands up and she can still self soothe by numbing on her hands without escaping.
These are all things that not only I love but a lot of people in my bumper month group really liked as well, and that I didn't think to ask for in my registry and wish I did:
USB charged, this touch operated nightlight was my best friend in the hospital and at home for late night feeding
Love to Dream swaddle
Amazing swaddle that's super easy to use and lets baby self soothe with their hands
Merlins magic sleepsuit
When baby outgrows swaddling (which happens fast!) this helps muffle the startle reflex to keep baby asleep.
hushh portable sound machine
Basically the only way I get any sleep
Plays music, lights up and has white noise. Somehow is total magic.
Because there's always someone who wants to just buy toys and these are great for small hands
My friend swears by this baby shusher thing. I don't think it'd be too boring or anything but she used it for his first six months.
We use the infant optics monitor in our bedroom while he’s in our crib. It has audio where you can turn the video on if you want. We sleep with audio only and when we hear him cry we turn on the video to see what’s going on.
There are a few advantages of the regular baby cams.
The downsides are basically what you stated- you can't really re-use the system when your baby grows up, and the quality of most IP cams is better. Our baby cam at least has some different lenses and the ability to pan around the room, so it serves its purpose pretty well.
Good luck with your decision!
Sorry if the links look messy...not sure if I hyperlinked correctly🤦♀️
BABYBJÖRN New Baby Carrier One Air 2019 Edition, Mesh
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
Graco FastAction Fold Sport Travel System | Includes the FastAction Fold Sport 3-Wheel Stroller and SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat, Gotham
It was cheaper when we bought it, but we have this and really like it.
We use the Munchkin 360 cup and love it. It does have a learning curve, however. Our LO choked on the fast flow a few times after getting the hang of sucking to get the water out. Just FYI!
I use enfamil a+ powder and I legit tried it because I was curious about what I was feeding my baby - it tastes like milk. Richer than regular milk even - and it smelled nice. I mixed up some simlac once and just smelled it and thought 'wow... I don't think that will taste good so never mind'. I haven't tried any other brands because I was so impressed with the enfamil powder.
I was cautious about it at first because the pre-mixed enfamil was gross, but it was what the nurses had to supplement my twins while they were in the NICU and I was trying to get my milk supply better.
Also - I do kinda agree that straws are not great - to my knowledge they are not as good for developing teeth and for the oral coordination for chewing and swallowing or drinking from a regular cup. However, if you don't want to get her drinking from a bottle (or she doesn't like it) maybe try the trainer style sippy cups - they are cup shaped like an adult cup but have a silicone insert in the lid that prevents spills and your baby just sucks on the edge of the cup to get liquid out. My heath nurse told me that its better for an infants developing teeth than a sippy cups with spouts or straws (also IMO straws just let a kiddo drink too much too quick and they get the idea to suck on EVERY STRAW so they will try to grab your drink to suck on the straw too...).
Anyway, the trainer cups are what my twins are learning to use - they are 6mos and just starting solids - and they are getting the idea pretty quick just like how to use a spoon. (I've been doing BLW and giving a variety of foods and textures not just puree as I want them to figure out feeding themselves and having those skills)
That looks like the Munchkin 360 cups I have https://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Miracle-Trainer-Green-Ounce/dp/B00MRZIFD0/ they're great, but my toddler just figured out how to get her thumb under the rubber lid and pour all the water out! Still a great cup, never leaks if it just gets left on its side.
Leak proof is a necessity. My toddler tries his best to dump out whatever he can. That being said, when I first started transitioning him, he did not get it! Wouldn't go for a straw either. We ended up going with a NUK soft spout (as close to a bottle as you can get while still being a sippy) https://smile.amazon.com/NUK-Fashion-Elephants-Learner-5-Ounce/dp/B00BEVSSDA/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1501782954&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=nuk+sippy.
Once he got the hang of that we switched him over to the munchkin 360. Love that cup. It's the least spillable cup I've found, and he likes it because it makes him feel like a big boy.
Definitely a yes on the handles too.
Can you try switching her to a straw sippy instead of a regular one? My son can't figure out a sippy cup for the life of him but he can drink out of a 360 cup, a straw sippy, a regular adult cup, and a water bottle. You can try giving her whole milk through one of those methods.
What foods do you give her? Maybe she just hasnt' found anything she likes yet?
No personal experience (yet), but these spoutless cups seem like a pretty decent bet.
Pack n' play for older babies and toddlers or a portable bassinet/co-sleeper for infants are my go-tos.
Graco Pack 'n Play Playard [Nimble Nook] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PX8PPQS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_7E44AbH3PS8B0)
We had the little basket for the bed from Swaddle Me / Summer Infant. I liked it because I could easily take it downstairs and plop it on the coffee table and she'd nap there during the day for the first several weeks.
Edit - to add link and it looks like SwaddleMe and Summer Infant are ultimately the same? Either way. Only down side is no easy to way to get an extra sheet but it does dry very fast.
My first recommendation is to check to see if she has a baby registry. New parents need/want LOTS of stuff, and while all gifts are appreciated, having someone help cover the essentials always made us really happy! Some of my favorite gifts were for things we needed like extra bottles, bassinet sheets, and giftcards to Amazon.
Now, to your question - here are some top items we've used with our new baby:
With the exception of the activity mat, you can really never have too many of the above items!
Use a haakka to collect the milk! I'd freeze some (after the thrush has cleared up), just in case you ever do need to use a bottle. It is also nice to have on hand when your LO starts solids because you can use it instead of water with cereal/oatmeal and purees. It will last for up to 6 months in a normal freezer and 12 months in a deep freeze. You could also add to bath water if your LO ever has eczema or a bad diaper rash.
So, I totally breastfed one kid and then pumped exclusively for the next, and for the third breastfed a little but mostly pumped and then when I was sick of pumping, I switched to formula.
A couple of things to know about breastmilk production. First is that the initial wave of hormones that triggers the production of breastmilk comes from the delivery of the baby and the placenta. Your milk will come in whether you do anything or not. But, to maintain your supply, you need to empty your breasts and stimulate your nipples about 8 times a day. It doesn't have to be in 2 hour intervals around the clock. A baby doesn't cue to eat at exactly 2 hours around the clock. When you breastfeed you follow the baby's cues. If you are exclusively pumping, then you can pump more frequently in the day and then at night give yourself no more than one 4-6 hour stretch for uninterrupted sleep. Don't go more than six hours without pumping or feeding a baby unless you are trying to decrease your supply, because that is what will happen. If you do go more than six hours, beware that you can get plugged ducts or mastitis. Your supply regulates at 12 weeks, so the first 12 weeks if you want to develop your full supply, it's important to keep up the frequent breast emptying and nipple stimulation. After that, you can go further apart and some people are able to pump as few as 4 times a day with a couple "power pumps" throughout the week (pumping on an off for 10 minutes over a 1 hour period to simulate cluster feeding). But some people need to keep up the eight pumps for the duration of pumping, so you will figure out what works for you. If your goal is not to provide breastmilk only, you can pump less and give some formula, but your supply will tend to gradually dwindle. That might be what works for your family.
Some people do use formula during the very early days of breastfeeding and there is actually evidence that this can increase rates of success because it decreases frustration and allows the baby to have more energy for effective breastfeeding. So you don't have to be afraid of formula. But you do have to stimulate the nipples and empty the breasts. :)
If you are doing a combination of pumping and breastfeeding, the easiest way is to just breastfeed when you are home and then pump when you are away from the baby. In your situation (going back to work), if I liked breastfeeding, I would probably start out breastfeeding and maybe add in 1 extra pump a day if it's not too onerous. Then once your are working, you pump throughout the day while you are away from your baby. Some people breastfeed overnight (this is good for your supply and bad for your level of fatigue), some people use pumped milk or formula. Personally I found this all to onerous with my third, so I mainly pumped because I preferred it to breastfeeding, and my husband and I took turns giving the bottle at night. When I switched to powder formula I would keep bottles prefilled with water and a premeasured formula container at the bedside. Add formula, shake, feed baby. When I went back to school he was 8 weeks, and I rapidly dropped pumps, used up the rest of my freezer milk and guilt free switched to formula. My plan for all future babies is to provide breastmilk for approximately six weeks and then to give formula after that. This is based on my own personal experiences with breastfeeding and my current lifestyle (work full time). You will find what works best for your situation and your family. Some people are able to pump and breastfeed and provide milk for over a year, and they are happy with being able to do so.
Other little tips:
Get a pumping bra or make one by cutting holes in a sports bra.
A lot of moms store their pump parts in the fridge in between pumps and wash and sterilize once a day. This might be an acceptable practice with full term kids (I felt fine doing it with mine after the first six weeks) but for newborns, for milk donation, and especially for any preterm babies it is very important to thoroughly clean the pump parts with soap and water and air dry every single time. Which sucks because preemie moms have enough on their plate, but the evidence suggests that cleaning is an important part of safe milk handling for preemies.
Lastly, I haven't had a chance to try one of these personally (they came on the market after I weaned the last baby) but a lot of my friends have raved about this for use during a feed: https://www.amazon.com/Haakaa-Silicone-Breastfeeding-Manual-Phthalate/dp/B01F8W7CF0
My daughter enjoyed gnawing frozen fruit out of mesh feeders. Frozen bananas worked very well. Like these: http://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Pack-Fresh-Feeder-Colors/dp/B000GK5XY2
If you're tired of teething tips just ignore me, I understand. Mine never took pacifiers or teething toys. I discovered that I could put an ice cube inside one of the thousands of baby socks that have no mates and tie the end for them to chew on and it seemed to help a lot. We eventually got one of these because it's easier. It's just a way for them to ice their gums without choking and dying on the ice.
If you’re not comfortable with giving him whole strawberries, we used to put frozen ones in mesh bags like this:
We work very closely with a dietitian for our 13 month old son (he was a preemie and has a lot of issues with eating/textures of food/swallowing/etc). We also work with a Speech Therapist and several special doctors. Not ONCE have any of them ever said that we should force food on our child or continue to push things he doesn't like and refuses to eat. This promotes anxiety and fears about eating that are unnecessary. I am by all means NOT a professional, but I have been working with them for over a year. Here are my suggestions:
Our pedi and dietitian told us that babies go through phases. If you can sneak in the fruits and veggies that is best, but sometimes you just can't and you do the best you can and just offer them at every meal.
Don't make meal times stressful. If you are stressed about what she is or isn't going to eat, she will be too!
My only disclaimer is that if you are very concerned talk to your pediatrician. She may be able to recommend something else or refer you to a nutritionist. All that we have been told indicates that At this age it isn't a HUGE deal what babies eat as long as they are growing at a good rate (not too slow, not too fast) mostly because they will never overeat.
One final note: Be very careful with hot dogs as they are a top contender for choking hazards. if you don't already please consider removing the skins and cutting each hot dog slice into quarters.
If you have any more questions or would like to talk to me, please feel free to send me a message. Good luck and don't worry too much. It is obvious you are great parents because you took the time to ask!
Usually one of these will work for me, after 3 kids:
It was one like this, with a plastic buckle. The stitching was fine, but give the plastic buckle enough pressure, at it unbuckles itself. After that one incident, it immediately went in the trash as I realized how bad of an idea it was.
As long as they're quality, the netting ones look safe. Definitely don't try to use the carboy handles when it's full. That's not what they were meant for, and I've experienced it slipping off, no matter how tight I made it.
Still, nothing can go wrong in a keg in a bathtub (right?), so that's my preferred fermenter now.
You should try those 'carboy carriers', like this. I have some for my plastic carboys and they work great.
They are inexpensive and essential for glass carboys.
Both of these look great! I would totally sleep on the canoe pillow. And I pumped at work for a year, being hands free and able to continue typing at my desk saved me many many hours of productive work time.
Before my first baby I would've said the most ridiculous product was the bendy straw thing that you can use to suck boogers out of your baby's nose. But the sucker bulbs are hopeless and it's awful not being able to help a sick, congested baby - I absolutely intend on getting one of these this time!
OP, get this:
Works the same as actually sucking, only no snot goes in your mouth
Large brown robe and some belts for a simple Hodor, like: https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2882/9341039765_b0c2ff071d_z.jpg
A grey robe and some cheap infant teething links can create Maester look.
If you can find some faux fur pieces you could fake a Wildling look. Use some small leather strips or string to lash them to your forearms, legs, etc. and/or wear a larger piece like a poncho.
Those are likely the easiest/fastest/cheapest options.
> If this is in the wrong place, I'm sorry and could you direct me to the right place?
This sub is fine for ASOIAF/GOT cosplay posts. You may also want to cross-post to /r/cosplay and /r/cosplayers (use the [Help] tag in your titles for both).
Edit: like these https://www.amazon.com/Bright-Starts-Lots-Links-Accessory/dp/B001ABZGU2
Crinkle toys, Rock a Stack Rings, Nuby Teething Blanket, This Rattle, and This rings have gotten the most use between my twins. The rings have been a hit since day one.
I "gave up" on breastfeeding day 2 and stopped pumping after a less than a week. We've been EFF ever since. I have so much to say, this will be long.
Day and Night Feeding
Formula needs to be used within 1 hour if it's touched baby's lips regardless of temp, 2 hours if untouched at room temp and 24 hours untouched in the fridge. If you can get your kid to drink cold/room temp then that will help a lot with wasting.
Dealing with Reflux
I didn't see it on here, so I will chime in as well. You should prepare by getting a shower chair and handheld shower head if you don't already have one, and a extended toilet seat. These are all available at Home Depot/Lowes.
Getting up and down will be very difficult for the first couple weeks. My wife breastfed/pumped/supplemented initially, so my job was to wake her up, get her up, get the babies, change them prepare the supplement while she fed them, feed them that while she pumped and put them back to bed(change as necessary).
Same thing goes for you and her, sleep whenever possible. Also for us, we had someone come for Care.com originally to help her shower/change the bandage but instead had them do light housework/organizing. We went sent home with a ton of formula and samples. On the first day she organized everything in the pantry, washed the dishes, etc. She was only there a couple of hours and we did it for about a week. It was a really life saver for us.
Also, something you can do now is cook and freeze meals. We got the cookbooks, but this http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/freezer-cooking/
is just amazing. The baked Ziti will last you two days. Meat balls, awesome. Our neighbors brought over meals, but we used the freezer food with our latest baby. It is just something that you can do that will help and show her you are working too. A foodsaver is helpful thing to have as well.
Lastly, buy this https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Browns-Formula-Mixing-Pitcher/dp/B001I481LM/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1502202074&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=dr.%2Bbrown%2Bmixing%2Bpitcher&amp;th=1
Good luck. It is an amazing ride.
If your wife is planning to nurse, she needs lanolin cream for her nipples, and also either nipple shells like [these] (http://www.amazon.com/Medela-SoftShells-Breast-Inverted-Nipples/dp/B001XDKTXQ/ref=br_it_dp_o_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=2ASXZDZYVCW83&amp;coliid=IQ61JE9TGHYQY) to help protect her chapped nipples from her clothing, or gel pads like [these] (http://www.amazon.com/Soothies-Gel-Pads-2-Count/dp/B002KGHUL4/ref=sr_1_2?s=baby-products&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1371531566&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=nipple+soothers) or, preferably, both. Those poor boobies get really, really sore in the first few days.
Plus, as someone else said, either nursing tank tops or simple nursing bras. Don't get specific size nursing bras (like 36C) yet because you have no idea what size they will be once her milk comes in, just just find one or two that are "medium" or "large." She'll have to go out and get the right size in a week or two when everything is established.
A nursing pillow, like a boppy, is also handy, but definitely not required. It helps with positioning and arm support during marathon nursing sessions.
Not nursing related, but one of those inflatable butt donuts can feel pretty good on tattered and torn lady bits. So can pain relief spray and witch hazel. And a squirt bottle to use instead of wiping - my hospital provided that. And colace (stool softener).
Totally normal. Some things that could help are nipple gel pads like these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KGHUL4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_WCirDbMXEKJMF
Just slather on a healthy layer of lanolin and pop them inside your bra. It feels great and some people like to refrigerate these for extra soothing right after a feed. I didn't love that, but they're amazing regardless.
And I haven't tried nipple shells yet, but you could pick up something like these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B8DTGCX/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_MEirDbTFGVS39
Again, just slip inside your bra and they keep your nipples from touching anything. As a bonus, they'll catch your let-down (which your can save) and also allow for breastmilk to dry on your nipples, which is naturally soothing and hydrating.
With both of these options, your nipples should be able to heal quicker and feel better overall!
Try soothies! if you haven't already. They saved my breastfeeding relationship. I had them on 24/7 the first few weeks. Also lots of lanolin. My favorite was the Medela brand, it was the most comfortable. Try expressing some milk and rubbing it on your nipples and then let them air dry.
I’m no lactation consultant but it looks like he just has a little mouth. My son had a great latch, no tongue or lip ties and my nipples cracked just because he was little. Keep doing what you’re doing; although coconut oil may not be enough of a barrier to help your nipple heal. Lanolin is really great or if you’re opposed get some lansinoh soothies or Medela soothing gel pads. The soothing pads after the saline soaks were really effective for me. I also used a nipple shield to give the nipple a break- just make sure to use the right size.
I'm pre-op, but lanolin cream/ointment and nipple gels are great for chafing and stinging pain (not at the same time). I plan on getting several pairs of gels; they're amazing right out of the refrigerator.
It can be super painful at first! 4-6 weeks was about when I finally experienced that breakthrough moment with my oldest, and I'm so not looking forward to doing it all over again!
A nurse in my Mother's Group suggested hyrdogel pads to help your nips feel better in between feedings- they really, really helped me:
These have been an absolute lifesaver for me Lansinoh Soothies Breast Gel Pads for Breastfeeding and Nipple Relief, 2 Pads https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KGHUL4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_7BkZDb3DCNC16
I was a 32 G pre-pregnancy and gargantuan by the end. I used a boppy nursing pillow and loved it, but I am sure other brands are great, too, just something! It does feel like you have about 12 less hands than you need in the beginning, but you will figure it out. Babies make a lot of noise while they breastfeed. You will be able to hear her breathing and swallowing so it would be obvious if she could not breathe. I don't recall ever have any smothering problems. Really early on, since she was so tiny I had to tuck her body under the boob that she was not feeding on so that she could get close enough to eat. We breastfed for 16 months. The first month was hard. We had latching issues and I had bloody nipples, but we eventually got there. I don't think the latching had anything to do with my breast size. I would also recommend lanolin cream and these soothie gels. Put them in the fridge they are amazing.
medela lanolin before every latch (safe for baby) and lansinoh gel soothies right after every feeding got me through the first few weeks. My consultant said latch was shallow, and it took about 3 weeks to fix. In the meantime, it hurt. Badly. But here we are, still going at almost 11 months. Hang in there! It really, truly gets better!
>See I don’t feel like I can leave my daughter to play alone. Every time I do she ends up doing something destructive or something she shouldn’t. [...] So my entire day consists of me on the sofa playing with her or just making sure she doesn’t wreck the house.
Dude. You aren't a SAHD, you're a prisoner. I was a SAHM to three toddlers. You can't do that for 12-hours a day. Shit. You need to toddler proof the hell out of your house or make a small area you can gate off that you can leave her with toys and books for a bit at a time.
Look at the customer images on this Amazon product page for examples of what I mean.
Edited to add that this picture while not mine is exactly what I had.
It was right between the kitchen and living area it was awesome.
Our 2 year old son sleeps on a mattress on the floor with a space heater in his room and I was also super worried about it (and truthfully still slightly am, but can't figure out any other solution), but so far it hasn't been a major issue. He has been on a floor mattress since he was ~6 months old, but only had the space heater in his room since we moved 6 months ago (so space heater situation started when he was around 19 months old). Obviously, your situation could be different, but I find that when he's in his room alone and not in his bed, he's more interested in playing with his toys/stuffed animals than he is with messing with the space heater. He does switch it on/ off and change the heating setting sometimes during the day so I always check it before saying goodnight, but once we say goodnight I have never seen him mess with it (we have a video monitor). We also specifically chose a space heater that doesn't get hot to the touch when on and automatically shuts off if it gets knocked over. When he was younger we had [this] (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VNKLIY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1) gate up in his room to separate the kid-proof part from the non kid-proof part. We took it down before he was able to climb over it so can't say whether it will work for you, but we found it to be sturdy (it connects to the walls so wouldn't fall over) and generally kid-proof.
I did this all the time with my son post-partum. Cycling was my jam starting 4 weeks after delivery because I could get in a good workout while he chilled in his rocker or even did tummy time.
That said...word of advice: Once he starts moving, you'll realize your trainer is infinitely more dangerous, and your kid will be attracted to it. I used an exersaucer during my workouts once he started standing and moving around on furniture, but now he's running around so we just bought this baby gate for our home gym to separate him from us while we workout. That gate can also be used as a play yard! Your workout setting may change as he grows, but it's totally possible to keep it up!
This is a thing.
Not a hook like this
Door Monkey Door Lock and Pinch Guard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ECJWK4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ik4Gyb9K5YJ76
Opens easy from either side, and if you're really in a hurry just push the door real hard and break the hook.
TLDR (at bottom) recently switched daycares.
My daughter (3yo, will be 4 in Feb) is just getting out of this phase as we speak. (Literally this week things are getting better.)
The mistake of taking her out of her crib early I think is what started this. When she was in the crib she was a good sleeper throughout the night. We also have a 5 and 2 year old that sleep perfectly.
We have a pretty specific routine/schedule and diet that doesn’t consist of sugar and juices. So we ruled that out early on. Plus no tv or iDevices. However, on the weekends we allow a kid’s movie. And that’s when the night terrors began (OMFG)... thank you Coco and Monsters Inc.
It usually takes 90 minutes to two hours to get her down. And she’d only want my wife and then she’d come in two times in the middle of the night. We don’t allow them to sleep in our bed. However that may be the less of two evils.
We bought door locks for when she wants to be extremely difficult and that worked a little because she sees that as a punishment. However we don’t lock doors overnight or extended periods of time.
She naps well too so there really isn’t anything to change there. I thought we need to take her to the doctor because this shit isn’t normal lol. We also tried kids Zarbee Melatonin... the little girl’s will power was too strong for that.
Soooo..... what has changed!?!?!? The daycare. The previous daycare from two weeks ago was good in its own right. However we felt it didn’t push or really stimulate her. And I would go as far as saying the caregivers/teachers didn’t give her the personal attention or “love” she may have needed. And that’s not specific to my girl.
Get a door monkey. We use one of these, but we just use it for going to bed and take it off after he falls asleep (you can keep it on all night if you have safety issues like stairs). When our son first transitioned out of crib he kept escaping his room instead of going to bed until we used this. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ECJWK4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_w4gBCb780GZ7Y
If you feel like you need baby gate, consider a Door Monkey. Temporary installation, works great.
Have you tried these? Only buy one, because if your trim is too rounded, they don't hook, but they're amazing. No need to install, no drilling or damage, they can be put at different levels if you want to let an older kid out while keeping a younger kid penned.
Masking tape gets you a whole lot farther than you'd think for the 9 month old, although with the 2 and 4 yo around you have more challenges. Good for outlets, cords, other things you just need covered up.
This thing worked way better than I expected on our doors- it doesn't let you close the door fully but there's no permanent installation and you can put it way up high.
Baby gate at the kitchen, if it's behind a door/ doorway, will cut down on access to a lot of the worst of it.
Get a magnetic locking system. You mount them on the inside of the drawer (if they'll fit) and hide the "key" up somewhere high.
Such as this
As for Child Locks on cabinets:
i recomend these: https://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Magnetic-Locking-System/dp/B004GCJMLG
they are a bit more expensive, but rather easy to install (i did all 20 of mine in less than an hour and a half, and got a lot faster once I got the hang of it) and unless they have the key (which you can place up high on your fridge, out of reach) there is no way they are opening those locks.
best part is if you know you have to be in and out of a cabinet a lot (say, cooking and thats where your supplies are) you can turn the lock 'off' for a bit, with just a push of a button.
Very great locks.
Well, my friend, have I got the product for you!
Safety 1st Magnetic Cabinet Locks, 8 Locks + 1 Key https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004GCJMLG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_M9aHzbDJQPV27
I used this set on a piano bench that I now store ammo and magazines in. Works very well. May be adding one to my bedside drawer to keep a gun in.
The magnetic cupboard locks may work and they aren't ugly. They don't allow the drawer to open at all with out the magnetic key. I have these ones
Unless you're very dehydrated (and hardly anybody is), just drinking water probably won't do much. Try using a gentle lip scrub in the shower, and then a really thick layer of some kind of balm. I flip between Cerave's healing ointment in a big tube, and plain [lanolin nipple cream] (https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Breastfeeding-Salve-Lanolin-1-41/dp/B005MI648C/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1485505327&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=nipple+cream), which has a cult following as a lip balm for a reason - it's cheap and very good for chronic chapped lips. And changing your toothpaste to a super gentle one might help too - the sodium lauryl sulfate in some toothpastes could be irritating your lips.
One thing though: no matter what you do, the problem isn't going to go away immediately. When my lips would get like this, it takes at least a week or two of constantly applying lanolin (and a thick layer at night) and a gentle scrub to make them feeling good again. The skin needs time to heal. And if you're ever outside, I'd recommend Aquaphor's lip treatment with SPF - even minor sun damage can make it harder for the skin to heal itself.
>Any lotions or Vaseline maybe to help moisturize the area?
Avoid Vaseline as it might damage the flexible parts. If you must, try Lansinoh:
Perhaps try the other version of the Dreamwear? The "nasal" version has one hole for both nostrils, the "nasal pillows" has a separate hole (and a little pillow) for each nostril. Both of these have interchangeable cushions and there are "fit packs" available that will have an assortment of different sizes.
There's even a new hybrid full face version that's partially interchangeable.
So far, looking good. My tips or advice:
I use lanolin on my lips when they're freaking out. It's supposed to be hypoallergenic, so it might be a good boost for your coconut oil.
not AB products, but I exfoliate with a damp towel at night, and then use unscented lanolin on my lips while I sleep. It's annoyingly sticky but I sleep on my back, so it's fine. The product I use is Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve. I've tried other lanolin products and they smell like...well, sheep.
Aritaum also makes a ginger sugar lip scrub and overnight lip mask, and it's been continually manufactured for years now.
[srs] I'd never heard of this, so I had to Google it. I've been using Lansinoh's 100% lanolin for my lips for quite a while, but only at home, because I can't bring myself to bust out nipple cream at work. I may have to buy some Lanolips for social situations. :p
We got a couple sets of these: https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Superyard-Colorplay-Playard/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1468943895&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=baby+cage and they've been great for caging off electronics.
Eh - they learn quick what things hurt - tho mine won't stop climbing onto the back of the couch. these are pretty awesome. But instead of containing the child, we put them around our entertainment center which keeps him out of it.
First, i would talk to your family and see if they are willing to do some baby proofing to help you out. You might offer to provide some of the things you need to make that possible. Ask if fragile things in low spaces can be moved while he is still learning the boundaries. They agreed to let you bring you kiddo so I hope they are willing to help you out on this part.
In the mean time, a playyard might be best for you. It can be used in a circle, used as a barrier to block rooms/doors, and is easily taken apart and stored. It was a life saver for me when i watched babies in places that weren't baby proof.
Edit: As an unintended benefit, the kiddos i've watched that spent time in this 'baby jail' learned to pull themselves up on furniture/gates much earlier than other kiddos. Motivation to try hard!
My solution, right outside my play area.
We have loved any and all toys made by the company called Green toys because they are made from recycled materials and they are safe in the sense that there is no small parts, no chemicals in the plastic and if my son(s) chews on them I'm not worried. My Step-MIL actually introduced me to them and I am so glad they did. Amazon has a bunch just search "Green Toys".
http://www.amazon.com/aden-anais-Muslin-Stroller-Blanket/dp/B00BMMOKYW/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1394632384&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=aden+and+anais+stroller+blanket We have two of these blankets and I love them. They are the muslin cloth so keeps baby warm but not thick enough to overheat. Plus I love the fact that they are huge which makes them great to cover baby in the carseat or have a floor blanket.
http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Birdseye-Count-Flatfold-Diapers/dp/B007VBYVVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1394632645&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=gerber+cloth+diapers We used these when my oldest was an infant and using them again with my youngest. We primarily use them as burp clothes but we've also used them as wash clothes for cleaning hands and faces. I'm sure there many more uses for them--like turning them into cleaning rags when you no longer need them for baby purposes.
For toddler dishes we really like these http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007HZBOFG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;colid=1VA53QENRTP66&amp;coliid=I2TQV3KCX2FQSF. The same company makes bowls and sippy cups and I believe utensils (for spoons and forks we use a set made by Oxo). They are durable, and made from recycled materials. They are dishwasher safe I believe (idk because we don't currently have a dishwasher). My son has been known to throw them on the floor and in the sink and they have yet to crack/break. Definitely worth the money in my opinion. Amazon carries them and some Target stores do.
Link for the lazy
What exactly do you use this other than glacage? General buffing?
Those do look slightly too small for what you're going to need them for. You could just use them as general cleanup cloths though. You'd be amazed how often you'll need them around during those first few months.
We used these as our burp cloths/general cleaning cloths. I just kept a pile of them on the table with all my nursing stuff.
I got these off Amazon:
Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Cloth Diapers, White, 10 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VBYVVA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_OwkkzZeRxW7bO
I was gifted a bunch of pocket diapers and all in ones from my registry when I had a shower, but when it came time to actually diaper a newborn, they looked HUGE and uncomfortable.
I also didn't start cloth diapering until baby was a month old. That was just for my sanity.
I ordered a bunch of wraps and used store-bought Gerber diapers with a Snappi fastener. It took a few tries to figure out what folds worked best when she was bigger, but for the first few weeks I just folded the diaper in thirds and put it in the wrap.
Once baby was bigger and ready for daycare, I switched to the all in ones and I haven't looked back.
I have 15 diapers total now that I cycle through and that works for us (3-4 diapers used a day, washing every 2-3 days). I also use disposables at night or when traveling.
Birds-eye diapers Aka: plain white (unused) diapers.
My LC diagnosed a tongue and lip tie which we got taken care of on day 3 of her little life - there was an immediate difference. Up to about 10 seconds of pain while initially latching is considered normal (I would usually cry), but it should not persist beyond the initial latch on. (That eventually stopped though!)
If you don't have them, these were everything in the first two weeks - get two sets and keep them in the fridge!
I had the LC teach my husband how to help me get baby latched properly because I didn't seem to have enough hands until baby got a hang of nursing and that was super useful. I would usually hold baby in one hand and my boob in the other while husband maneuvered baby's head jnto position and jammed it into my boob as soon as she opened her mouth wide enough. If you can, have LC come to you!
Non-mobile: lansinoh gel soothies
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Second lansinoh soothies that your store in the fridge, and taking any postpartum medicine you might have been prescribed!
You can also pump just a TINY bit to relieve some pressure (if you pump too much, your boobs will be like “OH HEY YOU WANT ME TO KEEP PRODUCING THIS MUCH, YEAH?”
AND ALSO: demand of your support network time and space to take relieving showers. You are 100% not required to fully care for a toddler and a newborn at 3 days postpartum!!!!!!
This is something similar maybe searching these will help you find what you want.
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_FWmjDbFDEXWTP
This is the one I have 😁👌🏼
We have it drilled on either side of our living room and it stretches across nicely to keep the kids out of the kitchen. We bought two smaller Regalo brand gates for our doorways exiting the living room
Replace it with a bar style. The ones that have holes end up being like a ladder.
[this is the play yard we use to block off our kitchen. the space is oddly shaped.](Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_1UJnDbE5ME8SZ)
Fellow one-year-old-haver here who has just dealt with baby-gating an odd shaped stairway - adapting something off the shelf is my way to go wherever possible. I'd just go with a metal baby gate with extra panels:
There may be some rated for outdoor use, but I understand the normal ones last at least a year or two outside anyways.
We have a couple of these screwed into the walls to block off a long area. It's got a door you can walk through
Blackout curtains and a noise machine, and I don't see any reason why this won't work. I recommend the dohm
This would be super child proof because it attaches to the walls, it's 16 feet total in 8 2-foot sections with a gate. You could get an additional 50% more space inside of it if the desk were in a corner.
It sounds like you're probably looking for something like this:
I have this particular one but not attached to any walls. Unfortunately i think this is a version that would need to be attached with screws but there may be other versions that can pressure mount.
I used this one in an octagon shape. It's metal bars and each hinge locks into place. Kids can't open the gate. I used it when my kid was younger and will be using it again with second.
If you bought 2 sets you'd probably have enough or close to enough to get the size/shape you want.
Not sure what your living space is like but we have this and created a penned off area
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_eQA8Bb39ZJ8HG
Get this... https://www.amazon.com/Regalo-192-Inch-Super-Adjustable-Mounts/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1550775339&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=regalo+4+in+1
You can mount 1 end to the wall on the right of the stairs, and 1 to the wall on the left of the stairs...
I have 3 of these things... You can take out panels and make it shorter... you'll basically have a little box at the foot of the stairs with a door.
I bought one of these https://www.amazon.com/Regalo-192-Inch-Super-Adjustable-Mounts/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=sxin_9_osp60-b278d184_cov?ascsubtag=b278d184-e34b-446e-be98-e3d114e2274e&creativeASIN=B003VNKLIY&cv_ct_id=amzn1.osp.b278d184-e34b-446e-be98-e3d114e2274e&cv_ct_pg=search&cv_ct_wn=osp-search&keywords=baby+gates&linkCode=oas&pd_rd_i=B003VNKLIY&pd_rd_r=7bda3c1f-4d08-484c-abc2-2a5cf94b9c61&pd_rd_w=5ZoJL&pd_rd_wg=5oIB3&pf_rd_p=53eff971-6e12-4016-9864-b6dfd929b2b3&pf_rd_r=5RXD0KG48KK90804YK12&qid=1570464488&tag=mlbonsitepub-20
They wrap around the stairs for added protection and you can screw into the drywall instead to the railing.
We got something like this:
Or you can combine a few of these:
We put it over a foam mat and our son was happy. Eventually set him to free range once he really got moving.
The foam mat now is being used for the slide we opted to keep inside for the occasional heart attack er. i mean fun...
This was may solution. It worked for 3 kids.
You can find baby gates that are long and bend at the joints. Perhaps one of these mounted to the walls next to the cabinets?
EDIT: Here is a cheaper/longer one.
My bub is almost 8 months old, and I needed a place that would keep him out of... well, to be honest, everything. He sticks whatever he can in his mouth. Hell. He tries to stick the bars of this baby jail in his mouth.
I love the fact it is flexible and I can make it whatever shape I need it to be, and that it attaches to a wall when needs be for extra stability.
Now, for a newborn, we bought a more common playpen.
For our uses, the newborn sleeping space was useless. Our kid had issues sleeping... well... anywhere not on us. We ended up with him in a glider for our own sanity for sleeping. Three weeks of not being able to put him down were enough to make me cry Uncle. We ended up using it for cloth diapers as we made copious use of the changing table.
Yep! These ones: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003VNKLIY/ref=mp_s_a_1_6_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1503162520&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=baby+gates
Get a gate.
Like that. My kid is 3 now and we only use 2 smaller dog gates to keep him locked away from the stairs, but when he was 1, we used that gate to completely shut down the living room. it works.
These for any door you don't want opened or slammed: http://www.amazon.com/Door-Monkey-Lock-Pinch-Guard/dp/B004ECJWK4
And these for outlets that aren't hidden that need things plugged into them: http://www.safebeginnings.com/WebComponents/Catalog/Public/showproduct.asp?id=939
We use a baby gate but I've seen people mention these before -- Door Monkey -- I don't have one but it's nice the door is open just a little bit and it seems like it would be quick to get off in an emergency.
If you want to keep her out of the bathroom while still allowing adults access, we like these. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ECJWK4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_jJuBDb520CRR9
That said, by 30 months many kids are potty trained and need to wash their hands. By that age my daughter had access to a sink and was allowed to “play” in it if she didn’t make a mess. We had some ground rules - water stays in the sink, etc. 30 months is the age when many kids start outgrowing the need for baby proofing, a better longterm solution would be to teach her appropriate rules for using the sink.
Once my son was two he could get past all of our child proofing gizmos but these. Still work at 3 1/2 though thankfully we hardly need them anymore.
There’s something called a door monkey that we find useful. Keeps that from getting into mischief in the morning before I hear them banging around and get up.
Edit: here it is. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ECJWK4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_9kN3Db7X4SMP9
Nevermind, you can get locks that work for both swing directions.
Swinging in is easy and can be done with a broken fork - https://lifehacker.com/use-a-broken-metal-fork-as-a-quick-door-lock-1629334758
Or you can purchase a similar device - https://www.amazon.com/Addalock-Portable-Travel-AirBNB-Lockdown/dp/B00186URTY/ref=sr_1_15?keywords=door+lock+bar&qid=1571501794&sr=8-15
If the door swings away, then you need something like this - https://www.amazon.com/DOOR-MONKEY-Door-Pinch-Guard/dp/B004ECJWK4/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=removable+door+lock+bar&qid=1571501864&sr=8-7
You can search 'temporary door locks' for options
They sell lever locks in the child proofing section of most stores. Maybe that could help until you figure out a pup training idea?
They also have top of the door locks like this
Door Monkey Door Lock and Pinch Guard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ECJWK4/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_g5W8ub1QRWQG0
We had a Houdini dog once too
So I have a 4 month old and have been looking into cabinet locks...and the locks they use seem to be similar to the [Safety 1st magnetic Locks] (http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Magnetic-Locking-Complete/dp/B004GCJMLG). I think I may have to come up with some plans for these myself. They are awesome.
The number one thing id say is to make sure you secure your furniture to the walls. Honestly, ir only takes a few mins and some cheap brackets, its definetely worth the effort. I'm going to be another person who praises the magnetic locks. They keep the cabinet door tightly closed so its impossible for him to get his fingers in there and open it like with the spring locks (which took him less than an hour to figure out). Easy to install, it comes with templates. They are really easily switched on/off so you can leave it unlocked if you're cooking or what ever and need to get in a particular cupboard often and dont want to faf around with the magnet key (which works remarkably well through wood!). You cant tell at all from the outside that they are there which i appreciate and it feels really solid and secure. The only downside is that they're a bit more expensive than other kinds of cabinet locks. I definitely think they're worth the money though. The only cabinet I have that you can see the lock from the outside is a spinning lazy Susan corner cabinet that has my pots and pans in. I looked at various products that were specifically for childproofing and they all looked cheap/weak and they made it so you can only spin one way. Then I had a look around and realized that a sliding bolt lock would be able to hold it firmly in place but also retract completely and not impede the cabinet spinning. I usually leave it unlatched coz I dont care if he bangs the pots around but if I'm trying to let my husband sleep it can be loud. Its tight enough that even as a burly, impossibly strong 16 month old he still can't physically get it open. Anyway, the point of that story is that you dont have to rely only on products that are specifically "childproofing" if you can think of a cheaper/stronger alternative that works better. Most of the other things we protected against where things that could hurt him by accident and not particularly things that he might get into if he wasn't being supervised coz I already watch him like a hawk and try to teach him appropriate boundaries. Stuff like sharp corners he might hit if hes running or falls against it and covers for the power outlets, especially the ones that have things plugged into them coz he tries to pull the plugs out and put his finger in the gap between the loosened plug and the wall! Before he was mobile though I just made sure to keep him on a safe surface and make sure nothing dangerous was within his reach. He spent a lot of tummy time on the lounge room rug coz it was easy to keep vacuumed of things he would otherwise try to eat and its really good for core strength. :)
Just installed these Safety First magnetic locks on my kitchen last week.
My son is 15 months and the morning after he tried his normal routine of opening all of the cabinets and pulling everything out. His attempt failed and the look of disappointment on his face was classic, but then he found something else to entertain him about 5 seconds later.
Takes a couple hours to install but it's all hidden and clean... fairly affordable and highly rated on Amazon.
If that's the case I'm not sure how well it would work but there are magnetic locks that you use a magnet to open that at meant for cupboards. You could try and fashion one of those to work but otherwise that is the only way I can think of that doesn't involve cutting or cable routing.
Something like this: https://www.amazon.ca/Safety-1st-Magnetic-Cabinet-Locks/dp/B004GCJMLG
For drawers and cupboards we went through several options and our son was able to get them all open until we did magnetic locks.
They are a bit more expensive but so far the only thing that has actually worked. We don't even have anything truly dangerous in the locked cupboards, just pots and pans that are heavy enough that they could dent the floor or hurt his feet if he pulled them out, and a recycling bin that would make a huge mess if he got into it, stuff like that.
We use these things and they're great: http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Magnetic-Locking-System/dp/B004GCJMLG
So far they're velociraptor baby proof.
You're post reminded me of these! My friend used them to baby proof their cabinets. They don't budge if the magnet isn't there. Post updates when you've got it working!
Cabinet latches didn't work for us, but we did find these magnet locks that worked really well. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GCJMLG
Yes, sorry for the delay. I have no Internet at the moment as we just moved and using my phone only is awkward...
This product looks like the right one. There may be other versions. If you search "magnetic baby locks" there are several hits.
Try lanolin! It's sold in bulk at some health stores or as nipple cream, slightly embarrassing but it works wonders on the lips.
I'm a bit extra so I use glycerin (Glysolid), lanolin, and vaseline on my lips at night & in the morning and since I started that I have no lip problems.
Lanolin. Specifically, this kind: https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Breastfeeding-Salve-Lanolin-1-41/dp/B005MI648C
It's sheep sebum, basically. It can help a lot with chapped lips (and nipples).
You can get lanolin in products like this or in fancier balms by the brand Lanolips.
Lansinoh Lanolin 100% pure and organic lanolin. A small dab goes a long way once melted to body temperature. Use medication then seal everything in with lanolin. I found not even Aquaphor or Vaseline is occlusive enough to ward off transdermic moisture loss.
Lansinoh nipple cream for brestfeeding women: https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Breastfeeding-Salve-Lanolin-1-41/dp/B005MI648C?th=1
It has lanolin and is hypoallergenic as it is meant for nipples that get sucked on by infants.
Kinda hard to put it on as it is very stiff from the lanolin but it is pure magic for dry skin
Is it really that good? I've heard good things about it, but have been hesitant to actually trying it :s My lips are definitely dry, but they aren't red and inflamed like some of the extreme cases I've seen people on Accutane go through. I'm a mess without Aquaphor on me all the time, but it always feels good when I re-apply it about every hour and a half. However, I feel like it's just sitting on my lips, as oppose to actually doing something. Also, is this the lanolin you're talking about?
I've heard BITE's Agave lip mask is amazing. If you have money to drop for it (they also have a mini gift set with their lip exfoliator), then I would try it out. I don't have money to shell out for it, so keep this in mind:
Lanolin is the mask's active ingredient (it's listed first). It's the same thing used in nipple creams for breastfeeding mothers. I'd suggest purchasing Lansinoh and see where it goes from there. Plus, you can use it on cracked knees and elbows!
If you want to splurge on a yummy lip mask that you can't resist licking off your lips, then buy the BITE product. :)
There are several variations but this is the most popular one where I live:
North States Superyard Colorplay 8 Panel Playard https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_I-55AbM54XEYE
Once our daughter was big enough we got her an activity table that went around a seat, it converts to a high chair/booster that grows with kiddo which saved us buying a high chair.
Activity center: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LTI0ARO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vt5MDbQPJ4TAX
Once she was a bit bigger we used her bouncer and kept her in our line of sight.
Now that she’s walking we use baby gates and a play yard fence to keep her in a solidly baby proofed area and she still loves her bouncer at 17 months old
Play yard fence: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vv5MDb89CNM0C
Edit: we also had a larger swing in the living room and a smaller portable swing I’d move around when I’d need to go to a different room to clean or something.
Assume that you'll go through 3 outfits/day in the newborn stage - up to 3 months or so. Figure out how often you are ok doing laundry, and that will help you figure out how many outfits you need. Sleep 'n plays are my personal favorite, but grab a bunch of onesies (short and long sleeve, assuming you're in the US) and a bunch of footed pants. Personally speaking, I HATE baby socks - they fall off too easily; footed pants solves that. Maybe a couple of rompers (one piece shorts/short sleeves) for extra hot days.
We never did newborn clothes - my kids were 7lbs 7oz and 6lbs 2oz. Consignment stores made it easy/budget friendly to grab a couple things in the next size up, so we'd have a couple things to get by while we purchased more.
For other things in the nursery (crib sheets, changing pad covers), 3 was our magic number. We figured one would be on the crib/pad, one would be in the laundry, and one would be clean in case kiddo barfed/pooped/peed on it.
For our August baby in New England, we also had four muslin blankets (47"x47") - that let us keep her covered, but not overheated.
Also, 15 or so cloth diapers worked best for us for burp cloths. A lot of the ones specifically marketed as burp cloths weren't very absorbent.
If you are having a boy, I'd recommend these for "air superiority," as my husband says. They work great for laying over baby's crotch during diaper changes and preventing "fountains."
Gerber Diaper Flats for Burp Cloths These are my absolute favorite burp cloths. They are thin, yet absorbent, so they're easy to pack in a diaper bag and they wash really well. They're super affordable too, like 14 for 10 I think?
Sophie the Giraffe Ugh. I have a love hate with this Giraffe. My son LOVED it, but we always lost it, therefore resulting in buying several of them. They are the most expensive, glorified chew toy, but they're easy for babies to get their mouths on.
Woombie If your baby is a swaddle baby, this thing is a life saver. You won't regret it. I like these the best because they have a zipper, no noisy velcro, no annoying snaps. I know you can find them Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us, or Amazon. My FAVORITE swaddle! Once they have grown out of the wooombie or swaddle, I highly suggest the Zipadee Zip My son lived in this until about 13 months. I also never had to worry about blankets in his bed!
One last one.... Boon Silicon Teether Skip the mess of a mesh teether and buy this for your sanity. Super easy to clean and the perfect size. When my son was as little as 4 months and teething, we'd put a breast milk ice cube in this thing and he'd go to town. It's awesome.
Eco Friendly, Baby Edition! More suggestions are welcome!
I'm due this winter (being induced in December), and these cloth diapers would be really green and really helpful! My mom used cloth diapers with us, and though they're a little more work, they don't put THAT much extra laundry into the wash cycle, and they save on ALL that waste that's created by baby diapers! Crazy! We do not intend to do cloth 100% of the time, but they'll be nice when baby has already had a poo that day, and we expect no more poo, so they'll be there for pee only. (How predictable is a poo cycle on a baby? We'll figure it out!)
We also want to make most of our own baby food, from local produce from a farmer's market, which cuts down on gas used to bring us our food and all the glass bottles used to store food. Here is a plastic set of little food containers.
I'm also breast feeding, so here are some breast milk storage bags. THAT'S SUPER GREEN, and cheap, because I'm not using all that awful formula.
These are technically cloth diapers but we used them as burp rags and they're the BEST. So, so soft. And you pretty much can't have too many of them because as a new parent you're going through so much laundry.
My son is 4 and we still use them. I put one in his backpack and we use it to wipe runny noses at the park, clean up spills, emergency napkins, etc.
Also a Nose Frieda. Trust.
Diapers and wipes are always good -- newborn or preemie size probably. That said, some diapers just don't fit great on some kids, and some kids will have more sensitivity to certain wipes, so it's hard to say exactly which type/brand to get. "Water wipes" (https://www.amazon.com/WaterWipes-Sensitive-Wipes-Count-Packs/dp/B008KJEYLO) are a really good sensitive wipe. I wouldn't necessarily send her too many/any bigger diapers yet. They'll just take up room and might be a brand that doesn't work great. A box or two of the next size up is enough for now.
A good diaper cream will probably also be needed. I'd recommend something somewhat "natural" like https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P16ZXK/, again to help reduce sensitivity hopefully. I would avoid petroleum jelly based ones.
Some type of burp cloths. However diaper cloths (I can't remember if that's what they are called) work great. I can't speak for this brand but something like this.. https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Birdseye-3-Ply-Prefold-Diapers/dp/B007VBYVWE. They are usually like a light linen/muslin, and usually fairly large square, and plain. They're easy to clean and big enough to fold over if part gets dirty, etc, and multi-use.
I would also avoid too many clothes. Some onesies with zippers is probably all that's really needed. Maybe also a nice soft hat as well, and some muslin swaddle wraps. Additionally, a warm, soft blanket or something to cover them when they go out. They're not supposed to wear anything bulky between the child and the carseat harness (ofc, they'll need a carseat if they don't already have one -- most hospitals won't release babies without one though, especially from the nicu).
Pacifiers are good too. Kids will probably find a certain kind they prefer, but I think this is basically what hospitals almost always use https://www.amazon.com/Philips-SCF190-01-Soothie-0-3mth/dp/B0045I6IAO.
They may also be recommended a vitamin like poly-vi-sol, or possibly other things, but this is hard to buy without being able to talk to her to find out exactly what is prescribed.
Similarly, bottles, nipples, and/or breastfeeding equipment, but this is hard to buy without knowing what she and the kid prefer. However, hand sanitizer for after diaper changes, and a nice bottle brush (https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Browns-Bottle-Brush-Blue/dp/B000N0SNHY/ or https://www.amazon.com/Sponge-Bottle-Brush-Pack-Blue/dp/B07DQQFP63/) are great to have.
Some type of food/meal delivery would be awesome. Possibly even a local housecleaning or laundry service too, depending on how independent she is.
And ultimately, money can help, as well as your phone number or contact info and an openness for contact and support.
There might be more that I can't think of. At this stage it's probably as important to get things to help her directly as for the baby. She may also have some medical needs depending on how the delivery went, and all that. Feel free to pm me too with any more questions etc.
Skip the fancy ones and go for plain white, which are about a buck each. We bought two dozen and STILL have trouble finding a clean one sometimes!
Kimono-style shirts for while cord is still attached.
These are great as burp cloths and wiping up milk while feeding.
Muslin blankets are our favorite. I got a 4-pack of Aden & Anais blankets and we use them every day. They were good for swaddling early on. They don't take up a lot of space.
Scratch mitts! Your baby will scratch its face otherwise.
We barely used our bathtub. You could probably skip it for now and just sponge bathe your baby as needed. They don't get really dirty and frequent baths dries out their skin anyway. I sponge bathe once or twice a week.
A few pacifiers to try. Our kiddo likes the Dr. Browns.
Saline spray for when you use the Nose Frieda.
Cold mist humidifier if your air is dry.
Nursing pillow. Nipple ointment. Nursing tanks for you.
I just use a towel on the bed for diaper changes.
Subscribe to Enfamil and Similac and they'll send you formula sample containers, so you can just keep something on hand in case you need to or choose to supplement at some point.
DAPPLE! This cleans bottle parts a lot better than regular dish soap.
Yes - my mother used to say: “give me your hands.”
Now I’m an Esthetician and I get to tell other people to do that.
But yes, please, if you feel like you need to touch your face, try cleansing it instead! Get yourself some of the soft 3 ply baby diapers from Gerber on Amazon, wash your face and remove, gently with a lukewarm one of these as a washcloth. Your skin will feel much better!!
Cloth Diaper = Luxurious Feeling Washcloth
These "cloth diapers". Best burp cloths ever. Buy a million of them.
I just got them at Babies R Us? I could get, like, 10 of them for $9. That was 15 years ago, though, so maybe things are different now?
You can buy them online, though.
Since I just bought a bunch of stuff off of amazon for baby #2 today I can go over some things I found useful.
Bouncer: I didn't have one with my son, but wished I would have. I had bought two different types of fancy swings, and my son hated them (plus they are big and bulky). But a bouncer would have worked great because it is nice and portable, so things like showers would have been so much easier.
A Moby or a Mei Tai wrap: I loved these with my son. They were perfect for grocery shopping so I didn't have to lug around a giant car seat that takes up a whole shopping cart (PSA never put an infant carrier in the infant seat of a shopping cart). Plus it kept all the strangers grubby hands off my baby. It amazed me the amount of people who would just walk up and touch my sons face when he was in his car seat.
Lots of footie PJs: They are so much easier to deal with till they are about 3 months.
Night gowns for babies: Like these are awesome for nighttime. the bottom part is open so no need unbuttoning or unzipping and waking baby up even more.
Burp clothes (gerber cloth diapers): Like These. Don't waist your money on the cutesy burp clothes in stores. They are thin and horrible material. Plus they barely cover your shoulder. These are what the hospital used as burp cloths and they worked so great! They are super thick and huge (covers your whole shoulder). My son had bad acid reflux so there was a lot of spit up.
Receiving blankets I didn't use them for swaddling (my son hated to be swaddled) But they work great when used on top of a changing table cover, or on a couch/bed. They save you from having to wash the changing table cover a zillion times. And are a great to throw in the diaper bag for an outing to use on changing tables.
Boppy: I used my boppy so much! They are great for breastfeeding, but also for laying baby down for tummy time.
These were just some things that helped me. Hopefully some of it you find helpful =)
Budget Mommy Cloth Diaper Starter Kit:
6 covers: http://www.alvababy.com/1pc-baby-color-snap-covers-with-double-gussets-dcb09-p-1583.html
3-pack Snappis: http://amzn.com/B00BH0QB64
30 prefolds: http://amzn.com/B007VBYVWE
Total: $68.86 – even better if you can find anything second hand.
Cut up some old t-shirts for cloth wipes and you’re covered while you learn about AIOs, AI2s, pockets, fitteds, and everything else you need to know.
Yes! I do the same setup for naps as nighttime. I also love these sleep sacks. Stops him from startling but allows more movement and he can still use his hand to keep his paci in his mouth to self soothe.
Take your lady, if that's a thing, and go to a store that sells baby stuff and has it all out. That way you can look at all the things and see what you, and more importantly she, likes.
I like Graco, as a company, so we bought mostly stuff from them. And the more stuff works together the nicer it is. We got a carseat that has a base and your baby carrier "snaps" into it. Then you can carry them in that carrier and it can also "snap" into the stroller, so it all works together. so FIND A COMPANY you like and just get one. TBH, strollers, or.. did you call them prams? Have to meet safety standards, so they will all be fine. But figure out how small they fold up too, for transport and storage. Also, if you live in an area with rough terrain, like rocky roads, dirt paths, cobblestones, etc., consider one with large bike tires rather than small plastic wheels. It takes up more space, but it is so much easier to push! They call them jogging strollers. I don't jog... but after one trip to the pumpkin patch which had several hundred feet of crushed stone you had to get across... I went and bought one used.
I also found something REALLY useful called a "rock and play", which is like a rocking sling bed you can put the baby in. Ours actually had a little mechanical foot that let it rock itself. It is a safe place you can put baby down when you need to do something else, like do laundry or feed yourself.
Finally, some babies need to be swaddled to sleep, which means wrapping them up like a burrito. It's pretty easy for them to get out sometimes though which wakes them up. So, they make "sleep sacks" that represent the swaddle but they are zippered. We found one called the Woombie that worked well for us. I think it was like this.
Oh! And don't be afraid to get stuff used. You may not want to, but some of it, like, you barely use, and it's still fine. Especially clothes. Sometimes you get clothes and they don't even wear them because you forget about it, or it gets lost, or you just don't like it, or they are the wrong size for the weather. Also shoes! Baby shoes are stupid expensive, so try to find some cheap at yard sales in various sizes. Throw them in a box and by the time baby needs them, you'll have a bunch. But use common sense. Probably don't buy a used carseat, because you don't know what happened to them, but maybe a pack and play and definitely clothes.
Good luck! Ask questions, we'll help!
You should try different swaddles. We switched to the Swaddle Up Love to Dream for our second (our first was also a terrible sleeper), and it was a game changer. I also heard the Merlin suit was amazing as well. Links below, good luck.
Love To Dream Swaddle UP, Gray, Small, 8-13 lbs, Dramatically Better Sleep, Allow Baby to Sleep in Their Preferred arms up Position for self-Soothing, snug fit Calms Startle Reflex https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081GJ038/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xZWYDbJH7YMXE
Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit - Swaddle Transition Product - Microfleece - Blue - 3-6 Months https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095YY7RY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_TYWYDbF516YCE
This has been a good night-swaddle-to-sleep-apparatus for our newborn. The first three weeks were a sleepless nightmare. The last three weeks have been much more restful.
A lot of babies will protest being swaddled at first but will eventually calm down (with that bouncing/shushing/white noise thing you've got going on) and then being swaddled is what will help them stay asleep.
You might look up the double swaddle to make sure he can't break free.
Are you using a yoga ball? That was my baby's favorite form of bouncing and easier than doing it manually, lol.
They also make a baby shusher to save your vocal chords - my friends swear by it: https://www.amazon.com/Baby-Shusher-Soothing-Miracle-Babies/dp/B00D2JN87I
ETA: Maybe he would like Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit better than being swaddled? If I were you, I'd try anything at this point. http://www.magicsleepsuit.com/
1.) It's a couch, it's a bed... What can I say, I WANT IT!
2.) Chocolate chip cookies and milk are the best. Lulls me right to sleep!
3.) Flannel for the whole family! Too cute.
4.) Night light and home fragrance diffuser in one! Plus it's a cute little owl. I also love Bath and Body Works. I have a few of these and love them!
5.) This... Thing is supposed to help babies sleep. No idea if they work. But it's interesting.
BONUS: This panda plush?
She used to say she could taste sleep and that it was as delicious as a BLT on fresh French bread.
these adorable sleeping cat pajamas even have matching slippers.
“She used to say she could taste sleep and that it was as delicious as a BLT on fresh French bread.”
Thanks for the contest!
A week at the most. We did it where where you go in and comfort every 5 minutes night one, 10 minutes night two and three, 15 night four, etc. Buying a shusher and this giraffe helped a lot as they gave my son comfort and now he knows when the shusher and the giraffe come on it’s time to sleep.
I would second babywearing. Right now LO is so young that you really shouldn't be doing any aggressive training. Babywearing worked so well for me because I had the same problem that my LO only wanted to sleep when snuggled. That and walks. At some point you realize that you need to lose the battle to win the war. To me, LO getting some decent naps in to reset paid off much better than fighting to get him to nap where I want him to.
So for shushing there is this white noise machine:
I have this and I love it. Just provides a Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh Shhhhhhhhhhhh Shhhhhhhhh noise. There are options for 15 minutes or 30. It's battery operated but LO has this at daycare and uses it for every nap and I have only had to replace the batteries once in the 9 months he has been there.
The Baby Shusher seemed like just another gadget but it is a game changer. There are apps out there that do similar things but it ties up your phone. Have used it daily since the little nugget was born.
I've been using this to great effect lately:
Though I'm not a parent myself, I work for a high end newborn photographer so I'll just give you tips on my observations.
That's all I can think of for now. Good luck to you and don't worry nobody knows what they are doing the first time. Just by making this post looking for advice you will probably be more ready that many of the first time dads that come into our studio. Just enjoy your time together as much as possible those first few weeks and take lots of photos and videos even if its just on your phone. and back them up. babies grow so fast the first few weeks so they will never be that tiny again. Blink and its over. Oh and for the future, age 2 sucks but 3 should be good. you can usually start bribing them by 3. Again I want to reiterate that I myself and not a father (but I hope to be) so take all of this however you like. I've been working at this studio for almost a decade now (i'm 30) and these are just the things that I've seen and learned from all the parents that come in. Also, Asian babies are the best, have one of those if you can, they're usually prefect for their sessions...
(sorry about typos, too lazy to go back and fix)
It absolutely is easier to put a newborn baby to sleep on their stomach (in my experience with 2). I only ever allowed it for brief daytime naps, while they were feet away in a bassinet. Nighttime, no way! At night if I have the opportunity I am passed the fuck out, which is why it’s scary to leave a newborn in a risky position like that.
I’m sorry to say but you just gotta keep trying. Swaddle tightly, maybe a pacifier, and a shusher. You’re just not going to get great sleep for yourself with a newborn unless you have a partner or other extra help to be there for you.
There’s a reason every swaddle and crib and pediatrician repeats ad nauseum “back is best”.
Baby Shusher Sleep Miracle Soother https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D2JN87I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_eyVXCbGTMYTDX
I've recommended this to all my dad friends and they all love it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00D2JN87I/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1481497605&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=baby+shoosher&amp;pi=SX200_QL40
Makes babies stfu at night real quick.
This is the monitor we got for our registry and so far, it's pretty neat (obviously not baby tested yet).
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_QyLCybWPE46B8
It has the option to turn off the video but leave the sound, has night vision, and reads the temperature of the room (and other cool features).
We also got the Snuza over the Owlett after much debate. I turn my phone off at night so the Owlett wasn't going to work for us but with the Snuza's audible alarm, I could hear it over the baby monitor.
This is the one I’m getting:
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_JaKbAbC77VPCN
I’m expecting number two and I’ve been doing research on baby monitors that can have two cameras, and have split screen, or dual monitoring. This one by FAR has the best reviews of any that I have looked at.
Hi there! I'm not one of you any more. In fact, my little boy is 18 months old now. I came back to baby bumps and I wanted to make a post about an awesome baby monitor on sale on Amazon today. I seriously LOVE this monitor. I've tried a couple out, but this one kicked the pants off any of them. It's the Infant Optics DXR-8.
It's one of the highest rated/most sold monitors on Amazon for a reason.
We have this one: Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_czlEAbNB4XBEZ
You can buy a second camera for it, which we did. Baby's room is in the front of our house and I can take the monitor with me to the back boundary of our half acre yard and still get reception.
The charger it comes with is awful, but it's just a micro USB so we use an old phone charger instead.
We use this one, due to the same concerns. https://smile.amazon.com/Infant-Optics-DXR-8-Monitor-Interchangeable/dp/B00ECHYTBI
We registered for this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI?tag=blvisitor-20
Why we bought it: Good reviews on Amazon. I liked the different lenses and that you can add on another camera. I liked that you can have the monitor "off," but still see if there is sound (the lights will light up).
Why we didn't want a webcam: 1. the security issues (people hacking and talking/seeing baby), 2. we don't have the need to see baby when we aren't home (baby will be at daycare. If we were going the nanny route, I might have changed my tune), 3. i don't want to have to use my iphone as a baby monitor. I'd rather have something that can be "on" all the time rather than toggling to an app/website.
Can't help you with how hard was it to secure - haven't used it yet!
Edited to add: also liked that it came with a temperature sensor. We will probably buy the wide angle lens once baby gets older/mobile.
We went with the infant optics. after it was recommended by several friends. Super easy to use, all the normal features, but it is also very easy to add cameras to and ha s interchangeable lenses so you can use narrow or wide lens views as your kid grows. Only $165.
Personally, I find it a lot easier to have a physical monitor to walk around with that is always playing the audio instead of needing to use a phone and open an app. Plus its easy to hand off to nannies/sitters/family members without messing around with everyone's phone.
Not accessible remotely, but I also don't have to worry about someone else ever logging into it.
[this one](Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_vesPybASVPHBS)
Two years and going strong. My sister had an expensive Motorola one and it blew out in less than a year. She got this one by my recommendation and loves it.
I’m all for cameras- but not ones that connect to the internet. We’ve had a great experience with this non-networking baby monitor: https://www.amazon.com/Infant-Optics-DXR-8-Monitor-Interchangeable/dp/B00ECHYTBI
Another pro is that the camera travels well too - no need to worry about the condo’s WiFi
I always say audio and video. I caught my son climbing out of the crib at 11 months, before he could walk. He grabbed the top of the rail and used his sweaty feet to walk up the slats. I ran in and caught him as he was swinging a leg over the edge. If I didn’t have the video on I would have had no idea that’s what he was doing.
We have an infant optics dxr-8. So far it’s great and the customer service has been awesome. My one complaint was the battery died after about 8 months, but it cost around $10 on Amazon for a new one and it’s worked great ever since.
When I was pregnant with my first I didn't think we needed a video monitor, but then when we moved her into her own room I decided we did. It is SO helpful. When she would cry out in the night I could peek on the monitor and see if she was actually waking up or just snuggling back in to sleep, so I didn't get out of bed if I didn't need to.
That first one I bought was a Foscam that isn't available anymore and I wouldn't recommend anyway. It had a feature where the screen would turn on if it detected noise, which sounds nice, but was actually really annoying. We ended up keeping the screen on all the time, which burnt it out pretty quickly.
Just a few months ago I ordered this one and I love it. Great picture, good sound quality, and the sound when speaking through the monitor to the baby/kid is good too. We don't use that feature often, but it's nice to have. It also shows the temperature in the baby's room, which is really good because our daughter's room gets cold quickly. We plan to get a second camera to use in the second baby's room because you can link it to the one monitor and go back and forth between views. They also have the option to add on a wide angle lens to see the whole room rather than just a close up of sleeping baby, which will be nice as our kids get older.
Consumer reports only rated 3 monitors with video capabilities, and don't have any recommended models with video.
Their top rated audio monitor was the Philips Avent DECT SCD510 baby monitor, which scored an 88.
For what it's worth, we used this Infant Optics DXR-8 model, after having issues with a motorola video monitor we had registered for: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECHYTBI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
After A LOT of research, this is the one we're going with: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ECHYTBI/ref=br_it_dp_o_nS_ttl?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=1SB3NXTEYXV2H&amp;coliid=I1PIUKGEX1655U
It gets pretty great reviews and the couple of complaints I saw were much more manageable seeming than some of the ones found for Motorola and similar big-name brands. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but we're hopeful!
FTM here... I got this one:
I originally bought a different one (a WiFi/phone app one), but it was pretty laggy on my phone (which is a pretty good phone & we have pretty good WiFi). DH & I decided to just return it & try another one (the one above). We haven't 'officially' tried it out yet (I'll be 34 weeks tomorrow), but we've played around with it & tried it out a bit for ourselves. In short, the picture is pretty good, the sound is very good, and the parent unit/monitor is very responsive. It's VERY highly rated on Amazon. I know it's early to tell, but I think we're going to be very happy with it. It is a little pricey (around $167 on Amazon), but I still think it's worth the money.
If you're not sure, I just Googled things like 'best baby monitor 2017' or 'best video baby monitor' (depending on the kind you want), and some websites provide very helpful reviews of different monitors (pros & cons, etc).
For what it's worth, we got this monitor and it's worked pretty much flawlessly for a year and a half. Range isn't amazing but is plenty good enough to go from one side of the house to the other and down a flight of stairs and it charges off standard USB Micro. The only issue we've run into is that the battery was kind of crummy and stopped holding a charge after a year, but a replacement battery was literally $9 and I just don't care too much at that point.
No Internet connectivity, of course, but besides that it's just fine.
I think for pacifiers, be thankful you wont have to take that away in the future.
As for bottles, I cant remember that far back (my son is 21 months) but I feel like he started to enjoyed straws. I know there are "transition bottles" that could maybe help?
Or this kind of "sippy" cup is my favorite cup (and we still use it now!!) is this one.
Hang in there! Your baby just loves you soooooo much and wants you by his side. :)
It's one of these.
Can you get an in-bed co-sleeper? It creates their own safe space for them. https://www.amazon.com/SwaddleMe-By-Your-Side-Sleeper/dp/B00YBADM1O/ref=sr_1_3_s_it?s=baby-products&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1518906399&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=Co-sleeper&amp;th=1
Or just make the bed as safe as possible and embrace it!
We coslept with our kids too. If you don't already have a cosleeper, I highly recommend it. It makes the transition to the crib/bassinet much easier later down the road. Here's a decent one on Amazon.
My biggest piece of advice is to just be patient. It sounds like your baby is very young, so it's normal for your sex drive to take a dive, especially if your nursing. Your hormones can take a long time to normalize, plus it sounds like your exhausted. If you don't want sex, then don't force it. Do what feels right.
If its hard finding a time because the baby is in bed, i suggest making a deliberate effort and find times outside of bedtime. Use nap time or when the baby falls asleep, sneak off to the livingroom. Or, if the baby is safe and happy, take 15 mins and knock it out while s/he is distracted.
Overall, this is a small bump in your sex life. It seems like a lot now, but take it from another mother that it really won't matter much down the road.
So my daughter is/was a swing sleeper, about a week or two before turning 5 months she suddenly stopped sleeping well in her swing so we moved her to the RnP and keep it on vibrate. We'd tried slowly lowering the swing speed, cold turkey, and the RnP before with no luck. Our swing is a Fisher Price cradle swing so the seat is similar to the RnP. We're trying to wean her off of vibrate and slowly get her used to sleeping on a flat surface. Sorry I don't have better advice but don't assume that you've done anything "wrong" by having her sleep in the swing. You're doing what works for you and your baby, if she sleeps better in the swing then you're doing it right. The crib might seem too open or big for her, you could try using something like this inside the crib to make her feel more secure.
We wanted to avoid buying too much stuff so our registry was pretty sparse. We did end up buying a lot once she arrived and we understood better what kinds of stuff we actually needed.
SwaddleMe Sleeper which we used as a safe sleeping surface on our sofa when she was sleeping a lot in the beginning. We'd also set it down on the dining room table or a desk in the basement sometimes.
Boppy Newborn Lounger which is where we set her for playtime most of the time because she doesn't want to be on her back for very long.
Portable noise machine (you can use your phone but you'll kill your battery)
Bottle drying rack (grass one by Boon)
Some other random things that are so useful: a tablet and bluetooth headphones for the nursery, amazon echo dot which can be used to intercom across the house and to control some smart light bulbs in the nursery or track baby stuff in Hatch Baby, comfy recliner.
this one I thought worked well and the mesh sides made me less paranoid. Not super comfortable to nurse to sleep in but it's possible. Once my LO hit 3 or so months I felt comfortable enough having her sleep next to me and now get so much glorious sleep
Reposting my two comments from earlier that are lost in oblivion..
Breakfast for dinner! Any one with me??
Question for moms: Opinions on this (link below) cosleeper or anything similar? I have it on my baby wishlist but have been going back and forth on whether or not to by it. As is I have 3 sleep contraptions I can put him in (crib obviously being the main one) but I would really like to cosleep for the sake of easing my FTM anxiety.
Side note: /u/browniebiznatch How are your studies going? Thought about you earlier so I wanted to check in.
Have you considered a baby box? They are cheaper than a pack and play, small, portable, and safe. I have heard that some countries send them to expectant moms as a care package, but you can buy them too. After I quick search I found this one (the link takes you to an article explaining Benifits of a baby box) and this one. , but I’m sure there are more options out there.
Or conversely you could look at co-sleeping bassinets like this , which at $35 is super easy on the pocketbook. It also has a 4 star rating on amazon and is good through 3 months old!
Co-sleeping is a hot topic, particularly regarding safety. If you're in the U.S., the AAP is going to advise against co-sleeping; however, many parents still do it to varying degrees. The risk is up to you-- if you do want to co-sleep, consider devices that may lower risk of hurting your baby (noting that nothing is absolute).
in-bed device : something like this would be placed in bed, but has hard, sturdy sides that would most likely prevent you from unconsciously rolling onto baby.
side-car bassinet/sleeper : something like this is going to have baby on a separate sleep surface that you cannot roll onto, yet it comes right up to your bed and provides similar closeness.
If you're considering co-sleeping, please take the time to research safety guidelines, SIDs statistics, and other credible, well-researched resources for relevant information.
A baby carrier because I do not want to deal with a stroller (especially since we only have one car and I take the bus everywhere. Strollers on the bus would be a PITA). Cloth diapers and the associated accoutrements. Also this style of cosleeper
This in bed cosleeper has worked very well for us, but it does take up a lot of space.
TBH, we don't use a changing pad, just throw a receiving blanket down under her. This has only ended badly once so far, and that was a projectile poop that would have overshot a changing pad anyway.
SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBADM1O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_cRAODbE3BJT83
I ordered this one on Amazon. Just ordered it now so I can’t say much about its quality or anything.
So we had a bassinet for about 8 weeks or so next to my bed but I breast feed and it was the WORST getting up and getting her something that goes in our bed that still is her own safe space.
We also got a three pack of changing pad liners that I put under her (directly on the sleeper's sheet) because she spits up a bunch and it's easier to change them out.
So... Long story short, I put the heating pad (on low) on top of both of those things.
Make sure to feel it to make sure it's warm, but not too hot. My worst nightmare is for her to get hurt because of something I did!
I'm nursing her now, so I'll be trying it again soon!
I know some of the fancier pack and plays have sides that unzip, which might be an option. Also a moses basket on the floor or a travel bassinet/co-sleeper like this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBADM1O/ would work for the first few months.
And to help you with google searches (not to be a nit picker) what you are describing - having baby sleeping in their own bed next to yours - is what is now a days referred to as co-sleeping. Having a baby in your bed is what I assume you want to avoid, which is mostly referred to as bed sharing now a days. I only recently learned about this somewhat new terminological distinction myself. There are a lot of co-sleeper things that might be helpful to you.
My husband and I used this one from 3 wks old until a little before 6 months, when she got too long. We have a king-sized bed, and put her in the middle. We used our regular king-sized bedding, but we laid the bassinet over the top edge of the blankets so that they couldn't come up over it.
This worked great for us, and honestly if she wasn't so mobile and if she wasn't so long, I wish we could go back to this. It was the time. after her bassinet that was so rough for us. We hadn't planned to bed share, but she had other plans (...I type as she lays on my chest).
Tips for this bassinet:
We didn't have any problems with this bassinet. If I think of any other concerns or things that we did, I will let you know. But for the most part I felt like it was a safe way for her to sleep. If we have another kid, we will likely use it again.
One thing that helped me build a stash in the early days before I returned to work is a silicone breast pump that catches your letdown on the side the baby is not nursing from. I would catch a couple of ounces per feed that would have just been wasted in my nursing pad. They are really reasonably priced to on [Amazon] (https://www.amazon.com/Haakaa-Silicone-Breastfeeding-Manual-Phthalate/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=sr_1_10_s_it?s=baby-products&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1510088591&amp;sr=1-10&amp;keywords=silicone+breastpump).
They're a type of pump. It uses suction to stick to the boob and collect all the let down. I've collected almost 30oz just from popping the haakaa on while I fed my baby from the other side.
As it's just silicon there's no pumping manually or noise like with an electric pump.
Edit to add: Haakaa Silicone Breastfeeding Manual Breast Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone BPA PVC and Phthalate Free by Haakaa https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_CxN0Ab4HVNEEF
Hi, congratulations on having your first baby, I'm a first time dad too(although only for almost 6 months now). We've had a similar issue as in my gf wanted to purely breastfeed but she didn't feel like she was producing enough milk, she was dreading at the thought of using formula. And she was going down the same rut feeling really bad cause she wasn't producing enough milk but not wanting to use formula, to the point of tears. I suggested that during night time I give the baby formula before bedtime (gets me more involved too) and while I give her formula she can always pump to at least fool the body into thinking that's she's feeding the baby. Eventually she gave in and it was a whole new beginning, the baby was sleeping almost all night and on top of that we had some milk reserves so sometimes we didn't even need formula for night time feeds. Hope this helps. And additional suggestions is one of these bad boys
Haakaa Manual Breast Pumps Silicone Breastpump Breastfeeding Pump Milk Pump 100% Food Grade Silicone (3oz/90ml） https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F8W7CF0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_rlvEDb258BGZ9
Using while feeding the baby and you'd be surprised at how much gets lost during feeds.
If you want to try pumping more, I would highly recommend this silicone pump thingy. You can put it on your other boob while baby is nursing and get a couple ounces. I had the same problem with trying to pump while taking care of a clingy baby. It's impossible!
My husband and I had a similar problem where he always felt like he wasn't doing enough and it was honestly exhausting feeling like I had constantly reassure him
I love this list, I kept thinking "ditto!" with almost everything you wrote! Because I can't help myself, here is some of my feedback on some of those products:
For boob cream- I loooove the Motherlove Nipple Cream. The Earth Mama Angel Baby one was really grainy to me, and I'm not a big fan of the cocoa butter smell (to each their own!). The Motherlove cream saved my nipples those first few weeks and I still use it after a long pumping session.
Leak management- gurl I feel you on being leaky! I am SO leaky. I love the nighttime Bamboobies, they're the only ones that work for me (and I have to switch them out three times a day). The downside is they're pretty obvious through clothing, so when I have to go out of the house I'll pop a disposable lansinoh one in there instead. But Bamboobies all the way!
Leak Collection!- Yes! The Milkies Milksaver I have has been great at catching the ~1oz I leak from the non-nursing side. Now that Miss V and I have more of a breastfeeding pattern that involves her only eating from one side per session I'm going to try out a Haakaa Silicone Pump to see if the suction will draw out even more ounces from the neglected boob.
Extra Pump Parts- NeneSupply on Amazon is a Spectra pumping girl's best friend, especially for hard-ish to find and expensive spare Spectra parts.
Nursing Bras- They're expensive but I'm a total Bravado fanatic. I'm a big girl and they carry a wide variety of sizes, even for the much bigger bust sizes. And they recently released this hands free pumping attachment that, the few times I've experimented with it, was freaking awesome. I hope it continues to be awesome when I go back to work!
Oh! I forgot one of my favorite pumping accessories! The Pumpin' Pals Super Shields have made a difference in my output but are also a thousand times more comfortable that regular flanges. Plus you can recline while pumping without spilling breastmilk everywhere! I was gifted these by a friend at my shower and I was skeptical about them living up to the Amazon reviews hype but I am definitely happy to have them.
I've heard the milk catchers are good for sexy times when we can leak.
I'm going to be using an affordable passive collection silicone pump ( this model ) to collect the milk from my other breast during nursing.
I just bought this: https://www.amazon.ca/Haakaa-Silicone-Breast-Phthalate-Release/dp/B01F8W7CF0
Works great, very easy.
I pump 3 extra ounces a day, so basically I use the pump until I get 3 ounces. If babe gets a bottle I pump to replace what he eats. Don't worry about not having enough because you can always give LO what you pumped if you're desperate, although you might want to wait until 5-6 weeks to start pumping if you don't want to introduce a bottle this early and are worried about that issue.
I went with this one. A lot of moms in my Facebook mom group raved about it and it's through Amazon Prime, so easy to return if things don't work out :D
Wow. That is awful!
Did you get a hand pump as a back up after that? It’s a good back up for folks that can’t afford a full second pump.
I’ve heard good things about the Haakaa and put it on my registry.
Casper got a lot of teething relief from the mesh feeders filled with frozen fruit (http://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Pack-Fresh-Feeder-Colors/dp/B000GK5XY2), Think outside the melon -- Casper's favorite was bananas and mangos :).
Here they are. They are a bitch and a half to clean with food (as I learned today), but put some crushed ice in there and it's better than any teether I've ever seen.
I'm thinking teething too, but whether that's the case or not, try a mesh baby feeder -- something like this. Put some fruit in the freezer, like a bit of banana or watermelon, then when it's nice and cold, put it in the mesh feeder. If your son is teething, the cold mesh will feel great on his gums, but even if he's not, he'll get some solid food through the mesh. If he is teething, the cold will numb his gums a bit, and then he might take the bottle. This worked really well with my daughter.
I have two little boys myself. One thing that nobody really ever thinks to do is a mom gift. I had it happen at mine, but wasn't anything extravagent, just a few inexpensive things I liked and it was nice! But if you can, maybe a gift card for a day of pampering and an offer to watch the baby while she does it after baby is born, or even before she's born. I know some places offer mommy/baby massages for pregnant woman. Or even just a foot massage with a pedicure would be great. I LOVED getting pedi's while pregnant.
Some things I think are really useful are: (links for example)
Pacifier clips (My boys always dropped paci's or threw them) http://www.amazon.com/Booginhead-PaciGrip-Pacifier-Holder-Pinstripe/dp/B004323NIC
Fresh food feeders. Didnt know about these till my second baby and he LOVED this. You can put fruit, veggies, etc in it and it makes it so they can suck the juices out without worrying about them choking on large chunks. (http://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Pack-Fresh-Feeder-Colors/dp/B000GK5XY2)
Bumbo seat. Really nice to just set the baby down to get things done and give them some toys to keep them occupied, or a snack if they're old enough to self feed. http://www.amazon.com/Bumbo-Floor-Seat-Play-Tray/dp/B00FBEO588/ref=pd_cp_ba_0
SOCKS and JEANS!! Nobody ever really bought me any for my shower and I never see anyone buy them at any showers and you can never have enough of either. Jeans go with everything and people always buy lots of shirts/onesies for babies.
If you buy clothes, make sure you take into consideration the due date and the month they will be wearing that size. Lots of people don't think about that, so you might get something thats for summer in a certain size, but wont fit them till winter. I had that happen a lot.
Gift cards are nice to get too because if they get a bunch of things at their shower that they need, but still need other things, they can go what they want. Or even just gift cards for diapers, wipes, etc.
Boppy Pillow. If she's breastfeeding it will be nice to have for supporting the baby so her arms dont get tired. Even if she isn't breastfeeding it is nice for just holding baby. http://www.amazon.com/Boppy-Pillow-Slipcover-Lots-Dots/dp/B001GIOPH4/ref=sr_1_2?s=baby-products&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1394054156&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=boppy+pillow
The old, plain white cloth diapers. They come in like packs of ten and are inexpensive and work AMAZING as burp clothes because they're thick. My second son had a problem with spitting up a lot and they were so awesome to have! These ones on the link say vintage, but I have bought some just like these in the store. http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-Vintage-Prefolded-Cloth-Cotton-Baby-Diapers-13-x17-Pre-owned-fair-good-cond-/261414793585
Thats all I can think of for right now, hope it helps!! :D
Baby food website reference. I'm into week four of introducing solids. Avocado (purée uncooked) was my first win (rice cereal was a total fail and I don't blame my little girl). Summer squash so far is a yum. Carrots were too bitter on their own so I mixed in parsnips. I thought it was delicious, my girl didn't. Im going to try parsnips solo as they're quite nutty and delicious. Pears (skinned, poached, puréed) were such a hit that I made small dallops to freeze and use them for teething in a baby mesh pop. and I plan on doing the same with sweet potato if it is also a hit. I make a bunch of different foods on Saturday and fill up my special freezer tray for the next two weeks. I'm really enjoying it. We went on one solid feeding a day (with one of our five 5 oz bottle feedings) for the first three weeks and on week four we do a morning solid / bottle and evening solid / bottle (plus another three bottle only feedings). I'm holding off on bananas as the sweet may make everything else a bit less desirable, but I really can't wait to try those too. Good luck and don't be discouraged!
My guy is 10.5 months and is only JUST now verging on cutting his first two teeth. We eat everything that's soft enough. I give him cheese, soft breads (in very small pieces because they can stick to the roof of their mouths), teething wafers, yogurt bites, eggs, meats (as long as they're not too spicy, salty or covered in anything) - he's quite a fan of brisket. He eats chicken, beef, spaghetti, sausage, sweet potatoes, corn...
For mobile babies, carbohydrates are acceptable. It's fuel. In fact almost all fruits and many, many vegetables are pure carbohydrates. Cabbage, peas, beans, corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, just to name a few!
Full-fat yogurt is great too, cutting fruit into small pieces or even putting it into a little mesh teething thing like this is a great option.
I stole this idea off of here. I bought [this] (http://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Fresh-Feeder-Colors-Count/dp/B000GK5XY2/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1459441433&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=mesh+food+feeder) and put ice cubes, or flavored juice in them. They were cold so my daughter seemed to like them, and I think the flavor kept her interested. The mesh is fine enough, that I was able to take an ice cube, wrap a paper towel around it a few times and stuff it in the net, and it lasted a while without dripping as much, so we did not have a huge sticky mess everywhere and she was able to suck on it a bit as it melted.
One thing that really worked for us were frozen yogurt tubes. We'd get a box of Gogurts, freeze them, then give them to her half at a time. It's tasty yogurt and the cold really helped her gums.
Another thing was to get those little teething/feeding nets and put ice cubes in them. Like here: https://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Food-Feeder-Pack-Green/dp/B000GK5XY2
Those nets are awesome. The baby can only suck on them so no worries about choking. Since we only put ice cubes in them, we never had much issue with keeping them clean.
Two really cool things on Amazon--
The first is a mesh bag that you can put pieces of fruit in and you baby can chew it, and the great thing is is that there's no choking risk because only the smallest particles get through the mesh. http://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Fresh-Feeder-Colors-Count/dp/B000GK5XY2/
The other is just the typical frozen plastic chew toy-- http://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Ring-Teether-Colors-Vary/dp/B000ICZ9Y2/
We put an ice cube in one of these for our kids to suck on:
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder, 2 Pack, Blue/Green https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GK5XY2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_dBDYDbZYHS711
This is the kind we used.
If she'll sit calmly in a high chair, you could try the mesh fruit bag thingies (these things) with some frozen fruit chunks in it. That helped my little girl.
cheerios? they soften up right away in the mouth and are fun for pincer grasping.
Or cut soft things like boiled potato or sweet potato ultra small -- so you know it is physically impossible for her to choke on them. If she gags then, I would just encourage her that she is learning to eat and swallow and that she will get it if she practices.
Could you freeze purees and put them in one of those mesh feeders, or put fruit on one of those?
What about something like this?
Fresh Food Feeder, 2 Pack, Blue/Green https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GK5XY2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_yKDaBbYJFSQTW
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My favorite baby thing that we bought was this
You can use it to give a baby or the 2-year-old foods like avocado and they can eat it through the mesh thing without worry about choking on it. You can also put ice in it for the baby when they're teething.
A white noise generator is awesome for getting babies to sleep. They could always use a free online version but if they had a stand-alone one, they'd get to use their computers for other stuff.
My kiddo started at ten weeks too (he's now twenty months). At his three month appointment we were told we could give him Advil or Tylenol when it got bad (they gave us a special dosing chart). We got these too: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000GK5XY2. I would put ice in there and he absolutely loved it. We did popsicles too, as he got a but older. Depending on where they are at, we also let him chew on a peeled carrot and celery stick.
You can get one at Amazon if your brew store doesn't have one.
It's not quite as nice as the one I used to have (like 15 years ago), but it gets the job done.
Excellent suggestions. Well written. As far as getting stuff in and out of a chest freezer, most kegs have handles so that's take care of. But for getting carboys in and out these work fine.
Your cost: $14.99 plus labor
Brew Hauler on Amazon: $8.69 + $4.85 (shipping) = $13.54
I congratulate you on your DIY, but you're not saving money with this, I'm sorry to say...
As /u/BrewN00b suggested I use the "Brew Hauler". You can get them on Amazon for ~$11 (I get mine from my LHBS for ~$13). It makes the PITA of carboy hauling easyer and more importantly safer.
Brew haulers work just fine with full carboys.
Dude there's a swedish company that makes one that you yourself suck out.... Like siphoning gas.... I gagged at the sight of it....
Found it ^sorry
Pregnancy: Liked Old Navy Maternity I loved wearing foldover waist things like capri pants, skirts, and pants. Though for work I was able to keep wearing my pre-pregnancy pants as my fat redistributed and they are elastic waist anyway. And the Old Navy Maternity tank tops are amazing, I still wear them after giving birth. I also wore Poise pads to catch my pee leaks, they worked great.
Did not like Ginger gum, that shit's gross.
Postpartum: Liked Kotex pads. The squirt bottle they gave me at the hospital. Colace.
Did not like Always pads (fucking cheese grater). Those witch hazel pads didn't do much for me, neither did the numbing cream.
Baby Like Pampers Baby Dry diapers, Fisher Price Rock and Play, Nosefrida snotsucker, Fisher Price plug in swing, Chicco Keyfit 30, Chicco NextFit, Harmony Odyssey stroller, Infantino pouch feeding products, Vtech baby monitor, Cuisinart food processor, lightweight car seat toys, Ubbi diaper pail, IKEA high chair (I probably have more, but these are some of the things I love on a daily basis or have saved my sanity).
Did not like Swaddle blankets (specifically swaddling), moby wrap, boppy pillow, Graco battery operated swing, huggies diapers, and MAM bottles.
Bonus Mom Supplies Pump wipes (my pump room at work has no sink and these are perfect to use after pumping), leisure bra (I cut holes where my nipples are and I can double pump hands-free, so helpful!), and JuJuBe diaper bag (it's small and cute and I know where everything is now!)
I think baby cries due to 4 reasons: hunger, uncomfortable/too cold/too hot/wet diaper, sick, mucus (we didn't know about this one). Probably a tons more reasons, but let's not get started. Address those 4 issues as a starting point.
If you need help with a circumcised baby, let me know. I googled like hell and there weren't much help.
None of this is magic but it all helps a little.
Boogie Mist Sterile Saline Nasal Spray for Baby and Kids Sensitive Noses Clear Congestion, Fresh Scent, 3.1 Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EWPQZ30/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_QRV3Bb7WR0VXB
VICKS BABY RUB 50 GM, 1.76 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PRVLF6K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_xUV3BbG46AA3W
JOHNSON'S Soothing Vapor Bath 15 oz ( Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0057RKQ1E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_CVV3BbDTA7EN6
Baby Nasal Aspirator NoseFrida the Snotsucker by Fridababy – Baby Shower Gift and Registry essential https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00171WXII/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_7VV3BbYBQBA1Q
Vicks Mini Filter Free Cool Mist Humidifier Small Humidifier for Bedrooms, Baby, Kids Rooms, Auto-Shut Off, 0.5 Gallon Tank for 20 Hours of Moisturized Air, Use with Vicks VapoPads https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MOI5QUU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_oYV3BbGVZEZXH
nosefredia for when baby has a stuffy nose and then the windi for when baby has gas. Now I know that both products seem.... gross but trust me they work.
Just go now:
Sleeper - Agree with OP, this thing is fantastic. Daughter never slept in her "real" crib until nearly 9 months old. Really pissed that they added the auto-rocker and now I'm tempted to spend $90 to replace our perfectly good one.
Swing - Get one that plugs-in. Also, the one that rocks like a ship (4mom?) and is like $300 - wife's cousin bought one because expensive = best and kid was getting sea sick.
Nosefrida or Baby Comfy Nose - this may save your sanity and the life of you, your spouse, or your child because otherwise sleepless nights are in your future.
Boppy - amazingly useful.
Extra car seat base
Bottles - we got lucky on our first try and she did great with the Tommy bottles. Don't buy a ton or at least don't open them all and be unable to exchange.
Formula - not judging and sometimes its necessary or just a simple convenience. But some kids prefer one brand over another and/or will react differently to different brands. Also, Costco = Gerber; Target = Similac and WalMart/Sam's = Enfamil.
Pacifier - some love them, some hate them. Most love, but ours hated the straight kind and was insisting on the flat ones within a few months.
Humidifier - get a real one that uses heat and be smart enough to put it far enough away from the kid so they don't get burned. Ultrasonic doesn't do shit for stuffy noses or coughs.
Good Idea, but can wait:
Video monitor - We went with a normal Foscam and put the tinyCam app on our phones for a few bucks.
Small food processor - as said elsewhere, don't get the baby one; or just get the cheaper Bella one from Kohl's. Making baby food isn't that hard and it's a ton cheaper. If you've got a Nutribullet or similar, you're also good to go.
The bulbs can be tricky and it is possible to injure your kid if used improperly. The nosefrida really is much better.
We've been putting Vicks in a bowl or 2 with hot water in the room with my daughter when shes sleeping overnight etc.. We've also noticed her nose gets blocked and crusty when a tooth is coming in so maybe its just that and not a cold with your boy as well. We got one of these Nosefrida things and it works well when its really blocked.
Same thing happened here. 1 week into daycare got a cold, which then turned into an ear infection.
Anyway, we got the Nosefrida which is 100% better then a bulb syringe (and 100% more disgusting, but it pulls out so much more snot). Just put some saline drops in before to loosen everything up.
Also, as per a recommendation of a friend, we rubbed Vicks BabyRub on her feet before bed, put some socks on, and the coughing definitely decreased at night. We asked our ped. before we did, and though she never heard of doing it, she didn't see a problem with it. Just make sure it is the Vicks BABYRUB, it is safe for 3 months+ in age.
Nosefrida Snotsucker I just can't. I have tried.
I do like your setup. I would suggest getting baby teething rings to hang across the cage and possible a bird rope that they can walk on. Though I have to warn you about that edible hut. If it's one of those snack shack things. They have alfalfa in it, which some people say rats cannot digest. Usually the rats won't actually eat it, but the honey in it can encourage them to ingest it and cannot digest the alfalfa. Plus, depending on what one you got, it might have pine shavings as an ingredient. This is all things that I have heard or read and have never experienced myself because I erred on the side of caution. You make your own decision based on your little ones, I just wanted to give you the information.
I get all my fleece from JoAnn stores. They often have fleece at 50% off per yard, so you can buy it in bulk and use it as needed. Any large fabric store will have lots of fleece in stock (I just prefer JoAnn because that's the best one I have in the area I live in). I'm sure you know this already, but just in case, please don't use cedar or pine chips as bedding for your rats; it's harmful to them. You can use fleece or aspen chip bedding (but freeze the aspen for 48 hours prior to use to make sure it's free of parasites).
I buy many rat toys on Amazon, and make some myself. If you're buying any kind of wooden rat toy, do be aware that many of them are made from soft woods like pine and cedar, which are super bad for rat respiratory systems. Hardwood toys are usually safe—just make sure it's not a combination wood that also has pine or cedar in it along with the hardwood. I personally do not buy wood toys on amazon, because the products often don't list what kind of wood they're made of. The only wood product I buy on Amazon is bags of untreated apple branch chewing sticks. I'll link you to some rat-safe toys and accessories I buy on amazon below! :)
Kaytee Lava Ledge
15" Chin Spin - Small Animal Exercise Wheel - Handmade in USA (Expensive, but it's the very best and safest wheel for rats.)
Bright Starts Lots of Links Accessory Toy (Great for hanging things up in the cage.)
Small Animal Activity Toy Cotton Rope Net For Rat and Ferret Pet Bed for Parrot and Hamster Parrot
Kaytee Igloo Hideout, Large
ACCO Binder Clips, Medium, 2 Boxes, 12/Box (A7072050) (If using fleece as the bedding/liner in your cage, this helps to secure fleece to the Critter Nation pans.)
Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Liquid Soap - Baby Unscented, 32oz. (I don't use any scented products with my rats since rat respiratory systems are so fragile, so this is the non-scented liquid soap I use to wash my hands and their non-fabric toys.)
Pawliss Teeth Grinding Lava Block for Hamster Chinchilla Rabbit
Aspen/Booda Corporation BBX56134 Byrdy Cable Cross Bird Toy, Medium
200g(7oz) Apple Sticks Pet Snacks Chew Toys for Guinea Pigs Chinchilla Squirrel Rabbits Hamster(About 50-70 Sticks) by MAIYUAN (The only wood product I buy on Amazon.)
Ware Manufacturing Fun Tunnels Play Tube for Small Pets (Medium.)
Ware Manufacturing Plastic Scatterless Lock-N-Litter Small Pet Pan- Colors May Vary (Regular size, not jumbo.)
JW Comfy Perch for Birds (Large, 36".)
Lixit Critter Space Pod 2 Large (You can hand these on the ceiling of the Critter Nation. My boys LOVE these!)
Lixit Lbg-16 Glass Small Animal Bottle 16 Oz (16oz is always best for rats because of the bigger water spout. I've found that smaller bottles are a struggle for my boys to get water out of, so I only use the small ones for rat carriers/transporter cages. Tip: filtered water is best for rats, so if you can, get a Britta water filter.)
Yummy Time Tiny Small Stoneware Pet/Dog Bowl
I buy Harlan Teklad (Envigo) food blocks for my rats, which is one of the top two for rats (the other is Oxbow Regal Rat). Harland Teklad is hard to find though, so I buy mine through this animal rescue:
If you get these blocks, freeze them to extend their shelf life, and take them out from the freezer as needed to fill your ratties' bowls. Harlan Teklad is great because they have several formulas for rats based on their age, which is super helpful for their health. Young rats up to 8 months usually eat Harlan Teklad 2016 (16% protein), and after 8 months they eat Harlan Teklad 2014 (14% protein).
Also, I don't have a link for this, but the best laundry detergents to use to wash your rats' cloth toys or bedding with is one that's non-scented and is sensitive on skins.
Um, if I think of anything else, I'll add it. But for now, it's already a ton. :P Enjoy!
(And feel free to message me if you have any questions!)
Books, books, books! My babies love(d) Look, Look! (three year old loves "reading" it to his brother), Black & White, Art Cards, the Babyfaces series (esp Hugs and Kisses and Smile!. The World Snacks series is also great; they're bright, (mostly) well-written, and not irritating. Plus, My toddler still loves them, and we started reading them to him when he was three months. I like Yum Yum Dim Sum and Let's Nosh! best. Indestructables are great for babies who eat books. And the Leslie Patricelli books have been a huge hit around here since toddlerdude was a wee baby.
Don't forget non-board books good for reading, such as a Mother Goose (there are also "chunky" ones that are kid-safe), Beatrix Potter, The Wind in the Willows, or even Shel Silverstein.
Toys for this age that I like are sensory balls, music makers, rattles (we had to buy two of those because wee babydude likes it so much), stackers, links, these bead things (a large, four-sided activity cube is gold for this age through toddler hood--like this), stacking cups, and baby's first blocks. We have veriations on all of these (or the exact one listed), and they are popular with both our three year old and the eight month old.
my bun chews on the bars, she did so when she was kept in a cage. However, when we transitioned the cage out, she still chews on the bars. I bought some baby chains. they are plastic, I link a few together and I hang them from the bars. She will chew them now and while its probably not the best solution (not chewing would be the best), its better than the metal bars IMO so I guess i'll live with it. They are cheap so it might be worth a shot. For me, its been the best investment that I've made in terms of replacement behavior
I hung toys we already had from the arch on our pack and play to approximate a play mat like that. These rings are inexpensive and endlessly useful and entertaining. My son is 14 months old and still loves to chew on them, try to pull them apart and wave them around.
Formula Pitcher! It allows you to mix enough for a whole day at a time and keep it in the fridge.
I was just thinking about the breastmilk thing this morning... I leaked for 9 weeks and I really wish I had asked a doctor for help because I couldn't even stand holding Baby Boy to my chest for 6ish weeks. Whatever you do, don't pump! Tight sports bras with cabbage in them will help, but there's a medication that the doctor can prescribe to dry you up. (I suspect it has terrible side effects, but next time I'm going to ask for it.)
I don't know your circumstances, but I'd encourage you to post logistics questions on the main page. Everyone here is really helpful.
A parent of toddler twins here.
An Amazon prime membership.
The munchkin diaper pail Munchkin Arm &amp;amp; Hammer Diaper Pail.
And if you're doing formula the Dr. Brown's formula mixing pitcher have been great.
Dr. Brown's Formula Mixing Pitcher https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001I481LM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_tIujxbJ68A4J8
Congratulations and good luck!
So since she might be drinking it out of a cup instead of bottle, which will be more difficulty to shake, you might want to get the mixing pitcher and make enough for the day to store in the fridge. It's absolutely fine to store formula that has been mixed but not drank out of in the fridge for 24 hours! So you can mix a set amount, store it, and pour out however much you need. I do sometimes microwave our bottles, which is not recommended because it can form hot spots. I just make sure I mix it really well afterward and squeeze a little in my mouth to be sure it isn't too hot. Roo hates cold bottles and Aoife might not like them cold since she's used to body-temp milk!
Our schedule is like this:
7, wake up
Between 7-8, bottle (6-7 oz)
8, breakfast (eggs, oatmeal, whatever)
10, snack (Cheerios, fruit)
1, bottle (6-7 oz)
6, bottle (4 oz)
9, bedtime bottle (6-9 oz)
Sometimes he'll have another 4-6 oz bottle in there too, and sometimes he'll have a midnight bottle. You might want to start her at just 4 oz or so since she isn't used to it, so that you're not wasting too much. If she finishes it, give more! She should probably have between 24-32 oz at this point, depending on how much solids she gets down in a day.
You're supposed to dump formula after they've drank out of the bottle/cup. Sometimes we will put it straight back in the fridge, and add it to the next feeding. I hate wasting, and so far he hasn't gotten sick.
I sterilized everything once, when we first bought it, but now we just wash things by hand. I use tap water to make his bottles since we have very safe water.
If you're going out and about, they make cool little containers that you can bring along a premeasured bit of formula. Like this. And I'll pack some bottles filled with water, so I can just dump the powder in when he gets hungry.
I think that's all for now! If I think of anything else I'll pop back in :) Good luck! It might be a rough week or two, but it's never been super easy for you anyway. You got this!!!
Double secret advanced PROTIP for you and /u/daveed2001: Buy this thing. It's marked on the side in oz and ml and it's got a sweet impeller thing so you don't have to shake 32oz of formula and drop it on the floor, and it prevents air bubbles in the formula which reduces gas.
We weigh our formula out on a kitchen scale too, which makes it a lot easier to get right when it's 2am and dammit the baby needs eat and I forgot to make food and crap was that five scoops or six?
I wanted to reply to your comment last week about breastfeeding stuff, but was too bogged down in our own stuff here. :-)
Tongue-tie, injured nipples, delayed + low supply, pumping 7-8x a day to increase/maintain supply...that was me for the first 8-ish weeks. Tongue-tie was revised at 4 weeks, and we finally got to (mostly) EBF at 8 weeks. (Which was great--so much easier, until reflux set in!)
A few thoughts:
There were a lot of tears at the beginning of our breastfeeding journey, too. I had to set a lot of microgoals. Breastfeeding once a day without injury. Then twice a day. Making it to two weeks, then one month, then another month. If I thought about trying to go six months or a year, it felt impossible, so I just kept my goals short-term and told myself that at each step, I was free to re-evaluate.
Now we're at 6 months! And honestly, because my daughter developed reflux after all the other stuff, most of those months have been hard won. My goal now is to keep going until her reflux improves. (Formula can make reflux worse.) If improvements in breastfeeding follow, we might continue longer. If not, then that might be the time to transition to formula, 'cause I can't imagine triple-feeding for another 6 months!
Congratulations on the new job! Hope your (soon to be former) boss isn't an ass to your husband when he finds out you're leaving. On the subject of glassblowing, I saw this post about a memorial marble for someone who died and it reminded me of you--the glassblower among us, and all the conversations at /r/ttcafterloss about how we remember our little ones. <3
MotherLove makes a great nipple cream that doesn't have any lanolin. This site has some really great videos and fact sheets about what breastfeeding looks like and how to handle difficulties. Have some Soothies in the fridge for at first when your nipples HURT. Don't have formula ready to go "just in case" as it will inhibit your ability to trust that you can feed your baby. Trust yourself, your baby, your body. See if there's a La Leche League group near you and start going to meetings before the baby comes. You'll get a chance to see breastfeeding in person if you haven't before, as well as meet lots of moms who can talk you through tough times in person (which is huge). Some moms there might even be willing to show you how their babies latch and what you can expect.
The single best 2 pieces of advice I got: Don't be afraid to get help. Never quit on a bad day.
8 months pp here! FTM.
Our journey was not easy. Wasn't as hard as some others but not as easy either.
We had blisters, cracked nipples and serious pain in the beginning. LO took about 2 weeks to figure out how to latch properly and in the meantime, we had to supplement with formula because my milk took over 5 days to come in. I ran out of colostrum very quickly because I had a big ass baby who apparently decided he was quite hungry.
We didn't use a bottle to supplement, we used the supplemental nursing system. I am convinced it's why we're EBF (no bottles) now. But it's a pain in the ass to use and clean but worth it.
He never took to a pacifier. He will drink from a bottle if he had to (comotomo) or even a sippy cup. We got lucky though. He doesn't reject anything that breastmilk comes out of lol. Loves him a breastmilk popsicle.
I would say, if you can get an electric pump for free, get it. Don't bank on things working out from the get go. I had to pump after every feed for weeks because baby wasn't an efficient nurser. If I didn't have my pump, I probably wouldn't have a supply now. Having to pump after every feed really sucks. It's demoralizing as fuck watching nothing but air come out but that's okay. You need that to tell your body to ramp shit up.
If you do pump, make sure you get the right size flanges.
Your nipples will toughen up, but don't listen to anyone telling you to "pre" toughen them. I got that advice from family...I'm really glad I didn't listen. Instead, have plenty of nipple butter ready and slather that shit on like your nips are thanksgiving turkey. gel pads are a must buy as well.
Try several nipple butters out. Not all work the same for everyone. Earth Mama nipple butter is my jam. But a lot of moms like Lanolin. Lanolin was meh for us.
Also keep high quality raw, unrefined extra virgin coconut oil handy. It's a natural antifungal/antibacterial and in the beginning weeks, thrush is a real concern. Make sure you have probiotics in your system as well.
You could definitely try! Breastmilk is good topically too for eczema. And no, I don't think it's too late necessarily though the causes for eczema are still not 100% clear
My guy has it too and he's breastfed....though it's far less now that I have cut eggs/dairy from my diet. We see a pediatric allergist for it and he's one of the best in his fields and he says that eczema is one of those funny things that we're not 100% clear on what truly causes it. And that one thing can be the cause today....and not be the cause tomorrow.
Don't be nervous!!! See if you have any nursing mama cafe groups, or a La Leche League meeting and go to those. Also see if your hospital has lactation workshops! I went to one every week for the first 3 months. They're a sanity saver bc there's a board certified lactation consultant on hand AND they do weighted feeds.
Clusterfeeding is normal. You can never bring your baby to breast too often. You can bring too little.
Don't ever ever listen to anyone telling you to space baby's feedings out. That comes from formula feeding and NOT breastfeeding. If baby just ate and seems hungry again 30 minutes later? Let em eat.
Don't let baby go more than 2 hrs during the day between feeds. 3 hrs MAX until he's back up to birth weight. Once he's back up to birth weight, you can let baby do the 1 long stretch but you'll want to stack day feeds in your favor then (aim for every 2-3 hrs) Again. You can never offer too much. A baby will stop drinking if they're not thirsty/hungry. The more you bring baby to breast, the better your supply will be. Breastmilk digests in under an hour so keep that in mind when people are trying to tell you baby isn't hungry. Chances are, he probably very much is!
Don't go crazy with nursing bras/tanks just yet. Wait until you've given birth as our bodies will fluctuate like crazy. Then buy ONE you might like and trial it first.
If you have the choice between boppy or my brest friend...the my brest friend is the better pillow for JUST breastfeeding. It's not as versatile as the boppy which I still use now for other things but oh boy is it great for helping you latch a baby.
Use a nipple shield with caution. Weaning off it can be a bitch. If you can power through without it, try. Because then what happens is, you don't get your nipples acclimated and you have to start all over again. Obviously, if the pain is so bad you're going to stop breastfeeding altogether, then yes, of course, do what's necessary but just some things to keep in mind.
If you have the money....I'd think about getting a LaVie massager...that thing has saved me from 3 clogged ducts. Clogs are no joke. The moment you feel one, you work that bad boy out asap. Listen to your body.
Have plenty of drinks/snacks lying around. Look into no bake lactation bites
Be prepared to spend a lot of time with a baby stuck to you. Baby jail is real.
The problem is even when you get a good latch, you have had a bad latch before so the damage is done. It takes about 2-3 weeks in my experience for the nerves to deaden in your nipples and for it to get pain free.
You're doing all the right things though! Maybe take some motrin (you prob already are if you're 6 days pp). I got these madela nipple shells, they protect your nipple from your clothes and allow air in so you don't get thrush.
Also get these soothies, and keep them in the fridge between feedings and slap them on after. These don't allow air flow so don't use them ALL the time.
Also, expressing some milk by hand after a feeding (like a drop or two) and spreading it around your sore nipple and allowing it to dry helps, breastmilk has healing properites.
We have one of these mesh feeders, and we like to put an ice cube in it when my daughter is teething (or even when she's cranky for no discernible reason-somehow it helps!).
She doesn't seem to really like other teethers, but that will calm her and she'll chew and suck on it until it's gone.
We started at 4 months and, while we did try some purees, she prefers chomping on those mesh feeding bags. She loves mango and avocado but we've also put banana in them. The handle is big enough for her to hold and I don't have to worry about her choking.
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder
It is a nice idea. Although I used it farrr less often than I'd planned to when I bought them. http://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Pack-Fresh-Feeder-Colors/dp/B000GK5XY2/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=electronics&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1323040540&amp;sr=1-1-catcorr
Mine ended up becoming almost exclusively a grape feeder. Not just for frozen grapes, but anytime I wanted to give him grapes, I'd stick them in there because it was easier/lazier than cutting them, haha :)
Have you tried the solid food mesh holders? My son just tried banana for the first time, and the mesh feeder allows a baby to chomp on a solid, without the fear of them choking on it. I started with using ice chips because he was teething and I was afraid he would suck a bunch down his throat. This is what they look like:
Here's a link to the one we have. My son loves mashed up frozen strawberries or bananas in it. The mesh adds some nice texture on the gums, too, like a washcloth (which he also loves).
This has been so wonderful for our 10 month old! It's my favorite thing so far! My daughter has six teeth, 4 on the top in the front, and two on the bottom in the front... meaning, she can take BIG bites out of anything (even those hard biter biscuits) and then, of course since she only has teeth in the front, can't mash the food up to swallow. This thing is great! I can stick some fruit in it, hand it to her, and she's happy for the next half hour. We even put a small piece of Easter ham, a green bean and a bite of scalloped potatoes in there for her on Sunday and she absolutely loved it! Until she gets more teeth, I'm sticking with this handy little tool and those Gerbers Puffs and Yogurt Puffs for snack time. My heart can't handle any more choking scares!
I mean, I wouldn't give the kid a steak or anything large and fibrous but some puree would probably be fun. We started giving our little boy solids pretty young. Our Ped told us 6 months is the rule of thumb because of the ability to move foods around with the tongue. We kind of listened, kind of didn't.
Our boy got teeth at 3 months so that's pretty much when we started giving him solids. In addition to homemade purees and jarred baby food (he LOVED sweet potato) we would give him avocado, or watermelon/other fruit in one of these netted holders so he could chomp on it and get the juice/goop out without the worry of choking.
This could be a teething thing or just a developmental thing.
You should try some of those mesh feeders with frozen fruit or frozen purees in them.. they're a bit messy but they're great for getting some nutrition into teething babies.
Also, full length bibs with sleeves (Ikea has awesome ones) are great for messy meals too.
we use this thing with frozen banana pieces in it and it seems to be helping my LO with teething. btw theyre $6.99 for a 2 pack at target.
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder, 2 Pack, Blue/Green https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GK5XY2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_EePzCbEPQHZXH
What about giving your child something like this?
We did things like muffins and pasta with our leftover purées. We froze some fruit ones as cubes and put them in one of those little mesh feeder things for a nice little treat sometimes too.
I honestly don't know anything about baby led weaning.
I just wanted to suggest this product-
You might already use it, but I thought I'd mention it just in case. :)
Edit: in case you haven't seen it before, you just pop the fruit or veggie into the mesh bag and snap it shut. You LO can hold on to it by themselves and chew away at it. They're happy and you dont have to worry about them choking on foods. :)
I get frozen cut up fruit and put it in one of these things for my toddler: https://www.amazon.com/Munchkin-Fresh-Food-Feeder-Green/dp/B000GK5XY2/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=mesh+food+feeder&amp;qid=1555431507&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-3 that way it's just fruit, not as messy as popsicles, and lets her chew a bit too. Strawberries are her favorite but mangoes and frozen bananas work too.
Compass? Prime item from Things for Kiddo list.
What helped my LO was using these:
I would fill them with frozen fruit like strawberries and she would love it while teething. Hang in there Momma! You can get through it!
We have one of these fresh food feeders that my 9 month old loves. We do all manners of fruit in them.
You know those little mesh baby feeder things you can put cut up fruit in so smaller babies don't choke? Pop an ice cube in there and let her chew away. It works wonders for my son; he's getting his first molars in right now.
I had a package stolen just before Christmas. I think it was the high school kids who walk by the house every afternoon (I live near TJ). They got these and this. Hope you enjoyed them you pieces of shit.
Holy shitsnacks! I've had one slip the collar of standard carboy handle before but the worst that happened there was some minor cuts (and of course 5 gallons of beer that was ready to ferment going everywhere). I double checked afterwards and the handle was screwed tight and the appropriate size, so now I use carboy carrier straps exclusively: http://www.amazon.com/Brewcraft-The-Carboy-Carrier/dp/B000OF8V5W/ref=pd_sim_indust_4?ie=UTF8&amp;refRID=1934A1CQXTEE58ZZAJQN
Get well soon man.
I have a small chest freezer that fits one 6.5 gallon carboy with a couple inches on all sides, and a little step for holding a pitcher of sanitizer for the blow-off tube. Just get one large enough to fit your fermentation vessel with some room to spare. Also, for chest freezers, CarboyCarriers are a must.
If people are paying $US8 for this then I imagine that there's a market for a carboy carrier/cover/insulator. It's a neat idea if nothing else.
I've been using these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OF8V5W/ref=oh_o02_s00_i00_details
with glass carboys to help make carrying easier (and eliminate some dropping risk)
Don't know much about the other differences, but if you decide to go glass, get something like these :)
Amazon has had them on sale for around $5/each for a few weeks.
carboy carrier on amazon
As a 4x parent, I am no expert, but more of a skilled advisor.
A "nose frida" is helpful for when a child gets congested and wont let you use "the bulb" on their nose. https://www.amazon.com/NoseFrida-The-Snotsucker-Nasal-Aspirator/dp/B00171WXII?th=1
Bumbos are nice for when they are a few months old - plop them in that bad boy and it helps them if they are tired of laying on their back: https://www.amazon.com/Bumbo-B10056-Floor-Seat-Blue/dp/B0092NNQ98/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=baby-products&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1484947425&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=bumbo
Blankets & burp cloths galore - you can never have enough!
If you are a worrier, a SIDS monitor is helpful, but they are spendy: (and currently out of stock, but its a starting point!) https://www.amazon.com/Owlet-Baby-Monitor-Current-Version/dp/B013PY7FJQ
Maybe add some "days off work" to your list?
Also don't forget things for YOU - make sure you have food, clothes, nursing bras, nursing pads (to stop leakage), lanolin (to stop cracking) tissues, and netflix/hulus to last you a couple weeks (it will fly by and you wont' feel like dragging the kids to the store for just one or two things).
Otherwise--I say don't worry too much about it. As long as the kids have food to eat and diapers to poop in, you don't NEED a whole lot else (want is different!). Good luck!
A NoseFrida or similar nasal aspirator would be good to help clear congestion. We use the HydraSense brand aspirator with a baby saline spray and it's SO effective. Once you get over the ick factor you realize it's a great thing. The HydraSense has a little disposable paper filter on it that prevents any material from being sucked into your mouth.
She should get a NoseFrida. Believe it or not, that is the most hygienic way.
Apparently, she hasn't seen this before.
I'll just stick with this
I still think it is gross, but at least use this product if you really feel the need to suck out your kid's snot. http://www.amazon.com/Nosefrida-The-Snotsucker-Nasal-Aspirator/dp/B00171WXII
Reddit is definitely a great resource. However, make sure she knows about babycenter.com. That is a great resource for new parents (mom & dad). Having a brand new baby at home can be a very stressful time. However, between all the screaming you and your wife will have some of the most precious and memorable experiences of your lives. Treasure those moments and the stressful times will feel worth the effort. Definitely pick up the Nose Frieda. It definitely helps having the right tool for the job. Also, pickup a copy of Be Prepared. It's a great (and funny) book for new dads.
Like... I know its sometimes necessary to free the nose, but... These exist you know.
Yeah picking boogers out with their hands is gross, but somehow I find this (admittedly more hygienic) thing to be even nastier.
Add to your wish list a Nosefrida nasal aspirator, aka a snot snucker.
American stores only sell ball aspirators which do a poor job, aren't transparent so you can't see how poor a job they're doing, and are difficult to properly clean.
In virtually every other developed nation, parents use some variation of an aspirator like the Nosefrida (in one country they actually use an aspirator that hooks up to a vacuum hose!). It looks disgusting, but every parent I've given one to thanks me a year or two later and tells me they're still using it. IMHO, it's the best baby shower gift, and you never have to worry that someone else will give the same gift.
And skip any battery-powered nasal aspirators. They're less effective and exist only because manufacturers/distributors are convinced Americans will never accept a real snot sucker.
How it works: insert the aspirator into the opening of the baby's nostril. The aspirator (which is really just a big tube with a tapered tip) is attached to a long thinner tube and a filter. Suck on the other end of the tube, literally sucking the snot out of your sick baby's nose. Apply as much or as little force as is needed.
It's oodles better than multiple repeated, half-effective attempts using a ball aspirator. Both products make your baby cry, but one actually frees up the baby's breathing, and quickly at that.
Ah, if you stay home you may not need to, but if the insurance company provides you a pump for free, why not? Plus, if you need to take a trip without the kiddo (it happens!) or you get a plugged duct while baby is sleeping (it happens!) you may want the pump to help out.
We did a bassinet for the first, err... 3 months, 4 months? Eventually though they'll get too big for even a bigger bassinet. I think ours outgrew hers at around 6 months. The pack and plays are okay, but oh boy are they low to the floor (being... on the floor and all...) Maybe look at the convertible bed-crib things? 2 things in one go!
And yeah, wait for Target baby stuff sales. Worst case is you get a gift card that you then spend on diapers.
Oh a few items you didn't know you wanted (but you probably want!)
That's about it. Maybe 1000 swaddles...
Yay for your results! My son was born at 34 weeks, 4.5 pounds. It seems super small for people who aren't used to preemies, but as a NICU nurse, I can tell you those little ones are very feisty. Try not to worry too much about your cousin's baby :D
I'm not sure there's really any "cool" baby stuff, but here are some of my favorite random items:
I also think everyone should have some sort of baby carrying device. If you get something with buckles (like an Ergo), make sure the seat of the carrier is wide enough to support your baby from knee to knee. Think an Ergo, not a Baby Bjorn.
Hmm, that's all for now. I'll try to think of something cool ;)
20% off diapers, wipes and 3 other random items? Yes.
Oh, a suction bulb for the nose or a Nose Frida, says someone who just had a baby wake up crying because of nasal congestion.
This. My niece and my nephew's wife have them, and love them. The kids hate it, but they swear by it. I think it can be found at Target, not positive tho.
Cheer up buttercup! September babies are the best! (biased as I am one).
Here's something to add to your baby WL. I think it's hilarious and upsetting, but it's apparently really great and I probably won't understand it until I have kids and want to suck their noses?
I've thrown everything on there that I know we will need/want. This way, whatever is left, we can still get a discount on. I have both pricey and not so pricey items. And I too am registered with Amazon. Here are a few of the cheaper items I have on my list if you want to check them out:
Skip Hop Spout Cover- Whale
Baby Banana training toothbrush
Munchkin Backseat Organizer
Sasy Baby Disposable Diaper Baggies
Lamaze Freddie the Firefly
Green sprouts 10 Pack Waterproof Absorbent Terry Bibs (someone on here told me these rocked so added them lol)
Hope this helps! :)
I am not a doctor, this is not medical advice, everything here can be found on google.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends palivizumab monoclonal antibody for high-risk infants and children with RSV - I don't know your risks, but worth knowing about it. Position here.
Gentle clapping over the chest (front and back) with cupped hands (like this) will help mobilize secretions in the chest.
If there's a bunch of junk in the nose, an aspirator like this can help. Also, a sinus rinse like this in conjunction with suction may help.
Upright as much as possible. warm humid air will help moisten the secretions in the chest, which will help them clear out.
If coughing continues for an extended period, then cold dry air (like driving around with the windows cracked open) will help reduce the inflammation in the airways. Sometimes popsicles will help too, as they indirectly cool all the air being breathed in, and what kid doesn't love popsicles, especially when they don't feel good.
Source: respiratory therapist for ~10 years.
I've heard this thingy is really good for baby congestion.
The other thing we do for Adalyn's congestion is take Vicks babyrub and put it on her chest and the bottom of her feet, then put socks on. I don't know why the feet thing works but it did for us. Hope she feels better soon :(
Get the Nosefrida. Blows the doors off of the ball-type nasal aspirator.
Get aNosefrida! My son who's 11.5 weeks gets congested because he spits up a lot. That thing works awesomely!
For those wanting a link to this strange contraption, here you are: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00171WXII/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?qid=1411352231&amp;ref_=sr_1_1&amp;s=baby-products&amp;sr=1-1
Apparently, someone out there thought that handheld snot-suckers weren't good enough. The world needed one where you could suck your baby's snot out with your mouth. X_X
This is such a better idea.
Came here to say this! Seriously, Nosefrida is awesome. Looks weird, but it's legit. It totally saved my sanity and helped baby breathe better almost immediately. Reviews
I would also talk to the pediatrician just to be safe. Congratulations and good luck!
There is actually a device that is effectively that. Let me find a link.
So there's this thing that looks like a baster: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00L4MJEC8/ref=sspa_mw_detail_0?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
And then there's this thing where you use your own suction: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00171WXII/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_s_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1551152724&amp;sr=1-1
I've used both on my kiddo. The second works surprisingly well
I agree with the advice to go to a doctor. Do you have a Nose Frida? The Frida works way better than the bulb aspirators.
Yep, these work wonders and Magellan loves crawling through them.
Amazon Baby Rings
oball for sure. LO likes playing with that, and the plastic links https://www.amazon.com/Bright-Starts-Lots-Links-Accessory/dp/B001ABZGU2
Those plus play gym and a few board books propped up = entertained for days.
Keep in mind that as kids grow, they see the same toys in completely different ways. So, although it seems boring to you - she might actually really enjoy things for a long time!
We did just get our 4/5mo LO a jumper. He's an early sitter/loves to stand assisted, so we thought it was time. We only use it for about 10-20 min at a time, but he LOVES it!
Lots of links. This and a bucket, she would one by one, put them in the bucket, dump it out, start all over. Hours of entertainment!
Here's a list of items I found so useful for myself that I use as my go-to gift options for anyone I know having a baby.
I have a 6 month old right now... We have a ton of toys but here are a few examples of the only stuff he plays with right now.
He loves anything that crinkles, we have a crinkle book that came with his baby gym, that he doesn't like being under.... But he loves that book.
This can also wait too, but I highly recommend one of these, we started putting him in this thing at 4 months with a box under him so he could reach, he loves this thing and could bounce in it for hours.
I don't know if it would be too much clutter, that's based of your sister's opinion, size of her home, and storage space so you are a much better judge.
What I would suggest is only buy an activity gym or toys that come off so you can switch them out. My parents house had a used fisher price bouncy reclining seat thing with a bar over it with hanging toys (also useful) but the toys are stuck on so we could never put new ones. New things interest babies just like other people. We have one at home you can take on/off the bar (eeh) and switch the toys (very important).
Also, my daughter favorite toy early on was this thing. It's wood, you can chew on it, shake it and the beads clack, and crush it so the rope changes the shape of the object. She was a bit late on the uptake for toy playing (she loved people/faces/human interaction too much) but got this for Christmas at 4 months and it was good for a few solid months of use and keeping her occupied after that. I would have given it to her earlier given the chance.
I also like the oball products a lot (easy to grab/hold for littles), hanging toys, and toys that make noise for young babies.
These plastic link form together to chain so you can hang the stroller type toys from the stroller, activity gym, ect to the height you want and mix and max products. Also available at target.
A great priced item we got a lot of use out of was this set of toys with a coil to wrap around things. Honestly, it's huge and I did not use it as a whole set. However, each toy comes off and you can velcro it to stuff individually. They are very soft, well made, and all make a diffrent sound. The beach ball has a beautiful little bell inside and the bird can squeak. Even now at one year those two hang on her carseat (which goes into her stroller so as stroller toys too).
Hi! I make my own hammocks and my girls used to chew through them so fast I couldn't keep up with making new ones. So, I made a couple of adjustments that seem to help.
Bright Starts Lots of Links Accessory Toy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001ABZGU2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_qjjMzbVKPZGAQ
You can see in this picture how I just punch a hole in the hammock itself to attach the ring. I used to make loops for hanging the rings but my girls loved chewing through them: https://imgur.com/gallery/ms9rd
Kids II Bright Starts Lots of Links https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B001ABZGU2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_I4DOCbX64Y7RK
☝️these are the ones I’ve got, rings of plastic that you link together and attach to toys/dummies/bottles and pretty much everything else
Makes it easy to add things to play gyms and stops toys being thrown out of prams
We've so far gotten nearly 11 weeks of interest out of the Ikea wooden gym. I've been able to keep it interesting by moving the order of the toys around and hanging other toys from it (such as this Firefly), her Taggie Elephant, and these colorful links full of textures. Lately, our DD has taken to sucking on and throwing around an elephant lovey too, which I imagine will grow with her.
Seasonally appropriate clothing. I got tons of cute little short sleeved onesies for my Late Dec. baby. He lived in fleece sleepers his first couple of months.
If you are having a winter baby a car seat cover is a necessity.
Sorry I'm kind of rambling. This seems like a lot, but we bought a lot of our stuff second hand at garage sales and thrift stores.
Mine is just six months old now, but she loves books with touchy-feely things, these plastic links/rings, and anything that crinkles. We're probably going to get her a wooden activity cube thing.
I started liquid formula with breast milk supplementing after my LO's first day due to a low supply. I understand the failing feeling and I still feel that way at times when I stopped pumping at 5 months. It's hard but as most people say, fed is best. Honestly, having to formula feed is probably the best outcome for all in my situation. My child had no problem transitioning at daycare since she was used to the bottle and having others feed her. I get depressed with little sleep so I could have others help do the overnight feedings once I stopped pumping. You'll feel guilty for some time but you really shouldn't. You are doing what is best for you and your child.
I can't answer the questions about WIC, but here are some tips and answers to your questions:
-Powder formula is not sterile. There are varying ideas if you should give powder formula to a newborn or wait until they are a few months old. I always err on the side of caution, so I did not begin powder formula until LO was 4 months old. I used premade liquid formula up until that point. Your doc can best advise when to start powder formula.
-You keep the liquid formula at room temp until you open the container. Then it needs to go into the refrigerator. Your baby will probably be OK with eating at room temp (mine was until her first cold and then she got picky) but any that is from the refrigerator will most likely need to be warmed up. Again it depends on your child's preference.
-It is advised to not use a microwave to warm a bottle. It can create hot spots though as mentioned here some people just make sure they mix it around. I haven't ever used a microwave and don't intend to. I either use the hot water method you described or use my bottle warmer. I have this bottle warmer: https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Browns-850T-Bottle-Warmer/dp/B0035LLG2W/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1484580287&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=doc+brown+bottle+warmer It was great at first though now it is a bit temperamental 7 months in. I use distilled water for the warmer. I just pop the bottle in the warmer and then go do a diaper change while the bottle is heating up.
-I still warm the bottles with powdered formula due to my child's preference described above. She will gag if it is not warmed up enough. I also pre-make bottles of formula and keep them in the fridge so that I don't have to waste time making one when it's the middle of the night or LO is hangry. When you switch to powdered formula, you can buy a formula pitcher to do a big batch at a time so that you aren't making each bottle every feeding. https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Browns-Formula-Mixing-Pitcher/dp/B001I481LM/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1484581617&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=formula+pitcher is awesome.
-I had a few samples of bottles. My favorite are the Philips Avent Natural. If you use this one, pull the nipple all the way up into the ring until it is flush with the top. I had months of leakage until I figured out that I wasn't making the bottle correctly. You will find out which one works best for you & LO.
-I started out with 4 bottles and now have a total of 11. I decided that I didn't want to spend time washing bottles several times a day and now just do it once at night.
-As previously mentioned, your child will maybe want more milk in a few days to a couple of weeks. You will need to watch for hunger cues for your child to know when she is hungry. She will keep seeking out the bottle after it is empty or maybe even try to root at your breast. Mine would cry after the bottle was just given so I knew she needed more than advised. She started to drink 3 ounces after a couple of weeks.
-This wasn't one of your questions but it's my best advice: BURP YOUR LO OFTEN!! Stop after every ounce to burp your baby in the first few weeks, and then later halfway through the feeding until your child is old enough to burp themselves. With the combo of a bottle & formula, your baby may get gassy. Save yourself hours of screaming by trying to burp her as often as possible.
-I used Similac and then switched to the Costco powder brand about a month ago. I'm in Canada and the Costco brand up here is basically Enfamil. In the states, the Costco brand is basically Similac. It's way cheaper and ingredients are almost the same.
-Sign up for the Similac strong moms rewards program if you stick to Similac. You can get coupons for money off of your formula (can be used with the liquid cans) and eventually free formula coupons. I believe Enfamil has a similar program but I never looked into it. I would just receive their coupons in the mail a lot too.
Just like you would with a dog switching to new dog food, you would want to slowly switch over to any new brand to avoid stomach upset.
Feel free to p.m. me any more questions you may have. I also find the Similac website gives pretty good advise on how to formula feed.
Yep, this pretty much covers it! I just want to add that this pitcher has been one of the best purchases we've made since starting formula. Before our baby was at least 7 months old, we were boiling and cooling our tap water before mixing a day's worth of formula. Boiling probably wasn't necessary, but I was a paranoid ftm. I used bottled water here and there, both boiled and unboiled (I never really knew if boiling was necessary with bottled either), but we ended up just using cold tap water after a while. I've always heard that using warm/hot water from the tap can increase the chances of lead and other mineral contamination.
We use this to mix formula. No bubbles, and you can make multiple bottles at once. It was a game changer for us. Well worth the $11!
Get one of those formula mixing pitchers. Makes it a lot easier to pour and heat easily at night! https://www.amazon.ca/Dr-Browns-925-Formula-Pitcher/dp/B001I481LM
This is all you need: https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Browns-Formula-Mixing-Pitcher/dp/B001I481LM
I boil water and keep it in a glass jar for when I need to make a new batch of formula. I use this mixer and make 32 oz (as much as it holds) and I'm set for the day. Thankfully my girl likes cold formula, so I don't even need to warm it. Just pour it in a bottle and I'm good.
I have a Dr Browns Formula Mixing Pitcher as well as a Nuk bottle warmer. Can I just say that the pitcher is probably one of THE best purchase I made? With how much LO eats (my guy is 7 months now) it makes feedings super convenient. Plus, it does a great job mixing the formula - I'm amazed at how LO's formula never has any lumps in it when I use the pitcher. If you couldn't tell, I highly recommend going this route - it makes feedings convenient and is much more cost effective than a Brezza.
Mom of an EFF baby here as well!
I wanted to breastfeed but I could only get maybe an ounce at a time to come out, so we formula fed even in the hospital and switched to it full-time after about a week. Luckily, no one in my family really made any comments about it! On our last day in the hospital before we left I asked them if I could take home some formula and they gave us about 4 or 5 of the 6-packs of pre-mixed formula. After that ran out, we started using Enfamil and then switched to Costco's brand, Kirkland, for formula. It is less than half the price and literally the exact same product! My son had no issues on it at all.
I'm not sure if I'm just fortunate or if this is normal, but I just slowly stopped breastfeeding my son and my boobs just kind of slowly stopped producing any milk at all. That is probably due to my low supply, though.
We originally mixed every bottle on our own but found that it made the formula way too foamy and it gave my son a lot of gas. We then bought a formula pitcher and it was awesome! It mixes it so well so all the formula is dissolved. So we would mix up the total amount my son could drink in a 24 hour period (since mixed formula is only good for 24 hours refrigerated) and then put it in bottles, then heat each bottle up in a bottle warmer. I do know some moms who say their babies were fine with cold formula, but my son never liked it. But if your kid likes it, go for it! That will definitely make things easier.
A few months later I saw a Baby Brezza on Facebook Marketplace for like $75 and it was literally the best purchase I ever made! It was amazing when my son would wake up in the middle of the night screaming and I would literally press one button and a bottle would be made in less than 20 seconds.
Dunno if this is what you were looking for, but I make large batches in the Dr. Browns pitcher and it's way easier than trying to get a scoop into a bottle. It makes mixing really easy and it has a little spout for pouring out your bottles.
This pitcher is super awesome! If your baby doesn't mind cold formula it's so easy to mix up a days worth and pour bottles as you need them. I just buy those large water jugs and make 24oz at time with that pitcher. This is what my set up looks like (pitcher is in the fridge)
Boppy Nursing Pillow
Some kind of nipple butter. Lansinoh was what I used (and also found it works well for chapped nose during a cold!)
Nipple Gel Pads
Nipple Shield. These can be tricky but they worked wonders for me in the first few weeks while trying to get my nipples used to feeding. It took a little bit of time to get my LO to eat without it but they also saved my nipples.
I had similar concerns before my son was born 3.5 months ago. It seemed like everyone had trouble, so I was fully prepared for a miserable experience and was mentally steeling myself to power through for the sake of my baby. And then... it was super easy. No real latch issues. Minimal pain. No supply issues. Used a bottle day 2 and pacifier at week 2 without any nipple confusion. When needed, we used formula here and there without any problems. It's pleasant and sweet for me to nurse him and it's been a wonderful bonding experience! I was lucky, but I also think people with good experiences don't tend to comment online about them as much, so maybe they're underrepresented.
I will say that if it's in the budget, stocking up on some supplies, including just-in-case supplies, was helpful. It's great to have them on hand the second you need them - I'm not sure I would have thought to go out and buy them in the moment otherwise - and also provides some peace of mind before the baby comes knowing that you're prepared.
For me these included:
Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter - use early and often!
Hydrogel pads - Ameda, Lanisoh and Medela all make them; they are reusable over a 72 hour period or so and they feel AMAZING, especially when refrigerated first (I used and liked the Lanisoh; I snagged a bunch when the price dipped to ~$3). Don't wait till it gets bad to use these!
Lanisoh heating/cooling pads - cooling is soothing and especially nice when you're milk comes in; heat is good for encouraging let down and helping with any clogged ducts
Medella SoftShells - The least essential of the bunch, but a nice-to-have if you want to slather on nipple butter but not stain your nursing bras/tanks or just want to allow some more airflow. Worked great for me but possibly not for everyone's anatomy?
As I'm writing this I remembered many of these recommendations came from this excellent (and now recently updated) Lucie's List article on breastfeeding prep.
You can't predict how this stuff will go but for as much as there is to worry about, there's also a lot to look forward to with nursing. Good luck!
Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads for Breastfeeding, 2 Count, Soothing Relief for Moms With Cracked and Sore Nipples https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KGHUL4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_bV.ZBb6E3DX35
Not going to lie, it can hurt! I ended up using nipple shields for the entire time I breastfed (22 months) and I super recommend having some in the house - they make it so much more bearable! Getting your supply started with just the pump will take a lot of effort so if you can manage to feed direct it is honestly easier.
These are the nipple shields I used and I also used these gel pads for the first week, so soothing! Do what you’re comfortable with though, don’t feel pressured, just do what works.
I think it's probably because they are already sore. They can take a few days to heal. Keep lanolin on them and these are amazing. Stick them in the refrigerator for extra soothing!
I really like this playpen, it is super sturdy and no crossbars so they are less likely to attempt to climb out. https://www.amazon.ca/Regalo-192-Inch-Super-Wide-White/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1519067238&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Regalo+192
Baby prison. I got basically an indoor fence, set it up around get play rug. Best $90 spent. She practices pulling up and cruising on the bars, I get to do chores without worrying about her crawling around and putting things in her mouth.
This is the one I got:
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Baby Gate and Play Yard, 4-In-1, Bonus Kit, Includes 4 Pack of Wall Mounts https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_WmhsDb3N14GWA
Is this for the bottom of the stairs? You can DIY one with pvc pipes and fabric that will fit between the railings, seen here. There are also a super wide play yard by Regalo that you can set up in whatever configuration you want, and screw each end into the wall.
We have two of these Regalo 192-Inch Baby Gates that are really flexible so you could wrap them around the sides of your stairs
We actually bought this one to go around our brick fireplace. It’s adjustable and huge and works great to block space.
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Adjustable Gate and Play Yard, 2-In-1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_vrMhtIz8RkImt
Regalo Home Accents Extra Tall Walk Thru Gate, Hardwood and Steel https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L8JIO4G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_yqigGEmp22Que
Evenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure Mount Wood Gate https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0055LV3XW?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
It all depends on your dog. It may work, it may not, I can lay a small fence resting on the bottom steps of a stairwell and my dog won't come up
Regalo 16ft gate
Oh man, the playpen climbing, haha. Have you looked into the one Regalo makes for humans? It's a little pricey, but it bought us some more time since there are no horizontal bars.
Good luck. She will still push the buttons, or pull the cords, or spill stuff on it. Only thing that worked for me was https://smile.amazon.com/Regalo-192-Inch-Super-Adjustable-Mounts/dp/B003VNKLIY/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=baby+fence&qid=1554683862&s=gateway&sr=8-3 and sectioning off part of the room.
We chose not to crate train. There were some times I regretted it for 20 minutes, but I knew I would face other issues with crate trianing so it was a wash... but for our pup overall it worked out. So far.
We went with this baby gate: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VNKLIY/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
We used it to block off the kitchen at first, and at night we moved it to the bedroom and folded it down to fit only around his bed. It was a pain moving it every night.. but at some point we have to enforce a budget!
Then we stopped using it to block off the kitchen. Somewhere around 12 weeks.
About 13/14 weeks we opened up the baby gate around his bed, and now he has access to about a 1/5th of our bedroom.
We both work from home and were able to ALWAYS have eyes on him. So very few potty mistakes, and hes been good for the past month (except 2 accidents - 1 a random poop in the house when I proabbly brought him in to early from our morning potty break, and another "I'm so happy" small pee puddle. We haven't left him alone yet and will be working on that next.
Eventually, I will train him to be fine in a crate for traveling and his safety.
Lots of pros and cons to crate training or not.
Thunderstorm! Need to go positive reinforcement training! See ya!
Amazon sells one baby gate at/over that length (listed at 192 inches). It may work for you, depending on how exuberant your dogs are. It's kinda pricey, but any semi-respectable gate system is going to be that way. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003VNKLIY/ref=mp_s_a_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1479656316&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=extra+wide+baby+gate&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=51rdOf%2BkUJL&amp;ref=plSrch
The only other thing I can think of is to buy a baluster/rail/spindle rig like what you would have on a set of steps. But that's going to be even more expensive and won't have an easy way to get through. And you would have to assemble it from scratch.
You need the Door Monkey Door Lock and Pinch Guard. Works great.
If you dont' want to lose the knob, look into one of these....
I use this.
Keeps the door cracked so you can hear if anything is really wrong.
Kid goes to sleep with no issue when fighting gets nowhere.
I see. I understand. Again, I’m not sure how to help stop the screaming, but, I’m hoping my suggestions will make it more manageable. There’s also something called door monkey that you can put on his door. Here Just leaves a small crack enough for you to hear if he’s in trouble. Hopefully, that can also help muffle his screams and not wake up his brother in addition to a white noise machine inside his brother’s room.
These are the only cabinet locks my twins didn't figure out within a day or two. They're bit of a pain in the ass, but it's worth it to not have dishes and shit all over.
We also used these for the doors, since we had lever handles.
Also the basic outlet covers you can get pretty much anywhere and a baby gate so they could be corralled at one end of the house. That was it as far as baby proofing for us
We used these things on doors with non-standard handles.
That's a tough one, but I would see if there was any type of special cabinetry or storage space that could be secure for when guests arrive but not so inconvenient to be annoying to get everything out.
My first thought was installing these magnetic cabinet locks or something similar but who knows. Just an idea!
As other commenters have said, she could be looking for ways to help/things to do. Think of her like a toddler or a puppy, if you don't give her something safe and acceptable to do, she will have to come up with something on her own. You could set up "task stations" throughout the house; clean towels to fold in the laundry room, recyclables to wash in the kitchen, coloring or a puzzle in another room, have the broom and dustpan out where she can easily see them, etc. If they are easy, common (familiar) housekeeping tasks she should be able to do them without getting frustrated and feel like she is contributing. When you are working in the kitchen, you could have her wipe down the counters or table. Include her in as much of the housework as you can, if she spends 20 minutes washing the table, or ten seconds on the table, four minutes sweeping the floor, and 5 minutes washing recyclables and dishes that won't break, even if she does it all poorly, she was occupied where you can keep an eye on her, while you actually accomplish things.
If she can still read, you can type out instructions for things like creating a load of laundry (picture of a basket filled to a full load of things that can be washed together with instructions saying that the basket needs to be this full of the same color of dirty laundry before it can be washed). Also put reminders on the machines that you have to wait until the cycle is finished before things can be removed and a new load started, and a reminder to take out the load in the machine before adding a new load. Don't make a big deal about the instructions being for her, you and your partner can loudly remind each other to follow the instructions every time you go do laundry. You will still want to supervise her, but the signs might be enough to get the problem under control for awhile. You can also use a sharpie to make a bold mark showing where the dial should point.
Another commenter suggested having a decoy garbage can of clean recyclables for her to dig through, you could expand on that by having a large container of clean, mixed recyclables and some smaller bins to have her sort them into. She gets the fun of digging and gives her a way to "help". Things she finds that she seems especially enamored with (like your pill bottle) can live there. You could also try having her wash the recyclables as you get them and she can add them to her collection, if she has a constant inflow, you might be able to have a secret outflow. Going from ten to zero is much more upsetting and noticeable than removing the same number as are put in to maintain 20.
I agree with everyone saying to lock up the garbage and dog food. These are great for locking cabinets and you can get ones that use strong double stick tape if you don't want to put screw holes in the cabinets. You can also get safety locks (aimed at toddlers) for washers and dryers, it is possible that you could find one, or a combination of a couple, that would be too hard for her to figure out.
For your packages, if you have space by your door, you could get a locking storage bench (if the one you like doesn't have a way to lock it, it isn't too hard to add some hardware). UPS, USPS, and FedEx all have ways to add driver/delivery instructions to shipments, where you could put the combination, on their apps and webpages (unfortunately, I think you have to manually add them to each shipment).
And don't forget to buy some healthy dog treats (or reserve part of the pup's daily food allotment) and put one days worth at a time in a special treat container (or half a day to make it last longer), so she can still "spoil" the pup.
This won't help for the fridge , but for the cabinets we got these and they work really well. https://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Magnetic-Cabinet-Locks/dp/B004GCJMLG
So basically it's a gun safe with child locks?
Father of 3 kids here, PC cabinet has a magnetic kid lock on it. The plastic ones are junk that most kids can open by the time they are 3 or 4.
Edit: the oldest one (6) loves to watch me play games, so I've got a future PCMR gal up and coming. Can't wait to build her her own PC someday to game with. Minecraft is high on the list when she gets a bit older.
I use this from Ikea. The shelves are sturdy enough to handle some weight and the shelves are adjustable to handle some tall bottles and some short squaty ones too. I used [these] (http://www.amazon.com/Safety-1st-Magnetic-Locking-Complete/dp/B004GCJMLG) hidden child safety locks to keep out prying eyes and fingers of all types.
Edit: Also, when I cant get the locks to open its time to quit for the evening.
Magnetic locks for the cabinets and drawers. We went thru two other crappy kinds before these - I wouldn't use anything else.
That's what we got. Don't know if that will work for what you need.
Please add locks to all the doors. You never know when a little one might encounter the cabinet, could be tomorrow or years from now. If you don't want change the aesthetics of the door, you can use these. They are magnet but hidden.
After scrubbing, try applying [this lanolin salve ](Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve - HPA Lanolin, 1.41 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MI648C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ph.CybJH251WS) on them. My friend swears by it after she used it for her nipples when breastfeeding. I've yet to use personally- I think I lost the tube I ordered but give it a shot.
For the sore nipples this might help. https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Lanolin-Nipple-Natural-Breastfeeding/dp/B005MI648C
I don't use Aquaphor, but I do use Vaseline (from what I understand, they are pretty much the same) and at night I'll put Lanolin on my lips, as per a recommendation from this sub. I just use Lansinoh Lanolin (it's a nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers). You can find it here -> http://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Lanolin-Breastfeeding-Mothers-Grams/dp/B005MI648C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1404659636&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Lansinoh
As a recovering lip balm addict, it seems to really help. I don't find it necessary to be constantly applying lip balm.
I find the same thing with coconut oil. It makes everything seem dryer, and it doesn't absorb very well.
Regarding breastfeeding... I never had any problem with my incision while feeding them - it's really low (close to your bikini line), so it's hard to irritate it while feeding them.
My nipples are definitely sore at times, particularly during the first two weeks or if the girls want to eat more frequently (i.e. cluster feeding). I find that using Lanolin after each feeding helps a lot. After the first few weeks, my nipples definitely started to get used to the feedings, so, most of the time, I’m not that sore.
The first two weeks were the most difficult for me. My hormones were raging, I was still recovering from the surgery, and the girls and I were still learning how to breastfeed. There were times when I felt like all I was doing was feeding them... After two weeks, I decided to start using the pump a little, so that we could give them bottles if my breasts were really sore or if I just wanted a break from breastfeeding. At first I felt guilty about it, but I am so happy I made that decision. For me, the breaks were definitely needed… plus, my husband gets to bond with the girls while he feeds them.
Tandem feeding has also helped A LOT! I use the My Brest Friend Twins Plus Deluxe Nursing Pillow and I would highly recommend it! It takes a little while to figure out how to use it when you’re by yourself, but it cuts feeding time in half!!
Best thing I can recommend is Lanolin. Yes, it's for breastfeeding mothers' nips, but that stuff works. I used to reapply aquaphor once an hour or so, but I only needed to reapply lanolin once every 6 hours.
Would [this] (https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Lanolin-Breastfeeding-Mothers-Grams/dp/B005MI648C/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1469591912&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Lanisoh+cream) be the product that you're using?
Oh, I will most definitely look into Aquaphor!
Lanolin is the best ingredient for chapped lips. You don’t need fancy expensive lip products to make them smoother.
Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream is very popular for lips. It is originally used for chafed nipples but who cares? The tube is convenient for on the go and it’s less than $9.
I opted for a jar of pure Lanolin since you get 7oz for the same price. I just transfer it in little mini jars for convenience.
At night, put a warm wash cloth over the lips for a minute or so to loosen the skin, rub it gently with the cloth. If it hurts STOP! Then slather on Lanolin before bed, it is very sticky so you need to get used to the feeling.
For maintenance, I mixed some Lanolin with Vaseline and use it as an everyday balm.
You can find it in the baby section at most pharmacies, though I personally just order it off amazon. It’s marketed as nipple cream (not sexy but it works like a charm).
I also use it on my lips and it’s wonderful! I layer it over Aquaphor or use it by itself under lipstick.
I ALSO use it on dry spots when needed! Lanolin is my favorite multi purpose product. As with anything, do patch test it since some people do have a Lanolin allergy.
Buy a tube of this and give it to your wife/partner on like feeding #6 and she will love you forever. Lansinoh Lanolin Cream
I'm not sure about the color, but I find that a little bit of lanolin really nourishes my lips more than any marketed lip balm. You can find it in the drugstore under nipple ointment or get a big size here
This might sound weird but I just started accutane so before I started I wanted to see everyone’s recommendations, and one of them was nipple cream for your dry lips and so far my lips haven’t cracked using aquaphor first and then applying nipple cream! This is the one I use Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream for Breastfeeding, 1.41 Ounce Full Size Tube, Soothing Lanolin Balm, Safe for Nursing Moms, Nursing Essentials https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MI648C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_e62oDbVK5ANYQ
My favorite lip products keeping my lips moisturized and not crusty are the unscented O'Keeffe's Original Lip Repair during the day and Lansinoh Lanolin at night before I go to sleep.
Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream for Breastfeeding, 1.41 Ounce Full Size Tube, Soothing Lanolin Balm, Safe for Nursing Moms, Nursing Essentials https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MI648C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_bnkQDb5DRVTXK
Made for breastfeeding folks! Works better than lip balm, Vaseline, and aquaphor
Lmao silly me, sry
A baby gate. You can even buy two and hook them together if needed. This is what we used. You can move it when watching a movie if desired and put easily put back: https://www.amazon.com/North-States-Superyard-Colorplay-8-Panel/dp/B006NTY1HU/ref=pd_cp_75_3/135-4847551-3754254?_encoding=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B006NTY1HU&amp;pd_rd_r=26d33f3d-e5b3-4ac9-9d8f-5730e2beb2ee&amp;pd_rd_w=M1Myt&amp;pd_rd_wg=Mj46I&amp;pf_rd_p=ef4dc990-a9ca-4945-ae0b-f8d549198ed6&amp;pf_rd_r=XFR1JT4SK18HDWKP64X5&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=XFR1JT4SK18HDWKP64X5
It does not have to be totally enclosed. Most toddlers will leave it alone if the ends are just secured to a weight or something (or nothing, depending on the child).
Setup a playard like this (if you have hard floors setup a playmat as well within the gated area. This type of setup gives them lots of room to play):
Or use a playpen like this (I think this option is better for small spaces and/or you want to be able to move it from room to room easiest):
I have two of the same cages for my birdies! I'm planning on just putting this play yard thing around the cages, and using binder clips to secure the doors as those take a good bit of squeezing to open. I already have to use them on the little side doors in my budgies cage because she has learned how to push them open, lol. Black or grey zip ties that blend in to prevent chewing or leather toy straps would probably also work.
So, for poop in the bark yard issue I've got one of these that sits outside permanently in a circle so the dog can't poop in that area and the babies have a grassy area to play in. Once we get their outdoor play house I'm going to hook two of those gate things together and it will live around the playhouse to keep dog/poop out and babies in.
I've got no solution on the behavior issue though. Our dog is an asshole and almost 11 years old, so she isn't changing any time soon. She growls and nips at them if they get close, so now that Ben's crawling we've had to make sure he doesn't get too close to her.
I had a C-section. Here's my list of musts:
Nipple Cream: https://www.amazon.com/Motherlove-Certified-Organic-Cracked-Nursing/dp/B0007CQ726/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1524170982&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;keywords=nipplecreams+for+breastfeeding&amp;psc=1
Nursing Pads: https://www.amazon.com/Lansinoh-Ultimate-Protection-Nighttime-Discretion/dp/B0179BQBP0/ref=sr_1_8_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1524171034&amp;sr=8-8&amp;keywords=nursing+pads
Huge drinking cup so you don't have to get up so often: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DGMBG5Q/ref=dp_prsubs_3
Nursing Bras: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075DBJ53P/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Extra Long phone charging cords: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074296YH3/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1
Burp Cloths (which are useful for a million things, I bought 3 of the 10-packs and am so glad I did):
And my MIL got me this housecoat type thing made of sweatshirt material that was longer than knee length, zipped up, and had 2 massive pockets. I lived in the thing for like a month because I couldn't stand pants after my C-section. Plus it was warm and the pockets were really handy for carrying things (phone, water bottle, burp cloths, etc) while I was holding the baby.
We used flats on our LO for several (4?) weeks because the prefolds were so bulky. They're not expensive or hard to wash. Might be worth having some! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VBYVVA/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_jK5yub0ZC9ATX
You could save money in less than a month with cloth diapers. I have a friend who does cloth diapers.
They work well.http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Birdseye-Count-Flatfold-Diapers/dp/B007VBYVVA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1368345868&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=cloth+diapers Like these.
My daughter is 7.5 months.
These were hands down the best burp cloths and we had many different types.
She lived in gowns for the first month. They're the easiest outfits to change and the quickest during middle of the night diaper changes.
Halo swaddles were our favorite. They were easy to use, and the easiest ones to transition out of when the time came.
A sound machine. We have the Hatch. Babies are SO freaking loud at night. Her noises constantly woke me up. Then when she got older she started to sleep longer with it being on loud. The light on the Hatch is great for middle of the night diaper changes.
If you're formula feeding get a formula pitcher. It saves a lot of time and reduces the foam in bottles so it reduces gas.
So, would this be something like this? https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Birdseye-3-Ply-Prefold-Diapers/dp/B007VBYVWE/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1506274314&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=burp+cloths
These and these are the ones someone had recommended in a previous thread
You're talking about these?
I bought them just two weeks ago, ran them through a hot water wash with baby detergent. They came out flimsy like first aid gauze and they don't absorb the poor kid's spit. I would have been better off buying a pack of men's t-shirts.
Are these the same ones or is there a better version I missed?
First of all, congratulations! That is so exciting.
The two best things we got for our newborn, other than the obvious completely required things like a carseat, place to sleep, and diapers:
Stuff we bought or received that has been useless:
This was a great transitional swaddle for my LO: Love To Dream Swaddle Up Original https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081GJ038/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_vLEaub0VEPQM5
Have you tried to swaddle with hands up? My first hated being swaddled too, with her arms in, and this one she liked and it kept her from waking herself up (she used to rub her face/eyes in her sleep then wake up). Love To Dream Swaddle UP Original, Swaddle Blanket 1.0 TOG, Small 3kg-6kg, Grey https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0081GJ038/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_AMeQDb1B650SH
Love to Dream Swaddle
Mine prefers the Halo sleepsack, but we got a Love to Dream swaddle too which works pretty well: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081GJ038/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Ft5TAb05BYX40
I thought this may help my fellow new parenters out there. If you're anything like me, you scoured the internet checking off every "must-have" baby items list before your LO was born, but I still ended up having Amazon deliver things about every other day for the first couple months.
As a disclaimer, I'm not saying these are MUST HAVE items. I just went through my Amazon purchases and I'm writing down some things that I purchased in those 3 AM wee hour Amazon shopping sprees.
Here's a compilation of everything that I felt I missed in my preparation for my baby girl:
I hope this helps! Let me know if there's anything you would add to the list.
My kid always broke out of the swaddle. At 2 months he was transitioned out of a swaddle to zipper swaddle that keeps his arms up and then a sleep suit at around 4 months.
Sounds a lot like my daughter! Once we tried one of these vs. a regular swaddler she started sleeping a lot better. She was still up a few times a night but it was a LOT less.
We started doing Ferber at 6 mos and didn't really follow through, because it is hard. Then tried it again around 8 months and she really took to it then. I feel like it's really hard to "sleep train" a baby under 6 months and I know it really sucks and seems never ending now but it does get better. We go through periods were she sleeps almost all through the night (maybe one wake up) and others where she wakes up 2-3 times but never really any more than that and it's usually due to teething or having a cold.
This worked great to get our baby asleep. Kind of expensive since there isn't much to it, but $30 is nothing if it gets them to sleep more.
I would actually get the onsie in a 3-6 month size. Most people get new moms clothes in 0-3 months so I go up at least one size when I buy a gift. Also check out the comments on the onsie if they have it as some infant clothes sizes are crazy wrong.
I have a lot of friends who are pregnant or just a baby in the last couple of years and was a Nanny for over 10 years and I buy one traditional gift for the baby and the rest are gifts that are not the 'norm. Depending on how much money you want to spend here are some ideas: mani/pedi or massage for mom (Groupon is great!), restaurant gift cards that deliver, house cleaning services, baby massage class, box of healthy snacks especially for breastfeeding moms,
Here are some more traditional but still very useful gifts parents might not know about that I posted somewhere else.
Hands free bottle holder
Plush pacifier: I get this for almost everyone because you loose so many pacifiers and it keeps it in the baby's mouth.
Non-electric travel bottle warmer
Cuddle-U Nursing Pillow- looks like a boppy but it does so much more. I really like to give this to parents because you're not supposed to lay infants straight on there backs after feeding so you prop them up with this. It helps with spit ups, gas, and colic.
Baby Shusher - actually works and just saw they have a app but only for iphones for now
Hope this helps!
My baby enjoys a shusher (any white noise machine would prob work) it calms him and he now knows it means time to sleep!
Single mom of a five month old baby here, so like you I handled all wakeups. She did the standard non-stop fussing until she was a little over two months old. I was walking her around my apartment in her stroller at 3am losing my mind. What really made a difference was the Shusher. It sounded so silly to me but it has been a lifesaver. I still use it to soothe her to sleep, and it's easier than shh-ing her myself. Best $40 I ever spent. They also have an app but it's $5 and glitchy. It will be my go-to gift for any baby shower for here on out.
And it does get better, I promise!!
Our kid was the same, wouldn't sleep at all. It was mind numbingly terrible for the first couple of weeks. Then we bought the shusher which helped our kid sleep when nothing else would.
It sounds dumb, it's just a machine that makes a stupid shushing noise. But boy did it knock him out.
I have heard nothing but good things about this baby shusher.
We have this one and I chose it because it does not connect to wifi and uses radio frequency to transmit the signal. I did a LOT of research when choosing a monitor and this is one of the best ones on the market. We have had it for almost four years with no problems. I like that you can use a wide angle lens for when baby gets older and playing in their room to keep an eye on them in the toddler stages.
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
We just bought this. There is a second camera add on.
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens, White/Biege https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_8pzrxbJ2S5EFG
i have a baby monitor that has the temp of the room without use of wifi and its in color video.
Yes. In my reading and research it seems as though some of these companies purely are using the "monitor system" and "SIDS" as a marketing tool to target anxious parents fears and anxieties when in fact there has been no proof that these monitors have any effective purpose to prevent SIDS at all.
I just finished doing a ton of monitor research and initially thought I was going to want one of those with a monitor system but in the end decided on this one based on reviews and research.
We use this one. Our bedroom is downstairs and the baby’s room is upstairs and it works well. We have a kitchen and living room between us and the stairs with the room being the first one once going up. It will occasionally be spotty like the audio will breakup or something but that is due to Wi-Fi interference and doesn’t inhibit the monitor that much.
I got this monitor and really like it. Granted, I haven't viewed a baby through it, but the picture is really clear and you can control the camera movement from the hand held base, so if baby moves you can move the lens without needed to walk into the room to adjust.
I tried to find something like this! Admittedly, I didn’t try all too hard though.
We ended up going with Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_OxQXBbSK5TKCH
It only has a monitor and no phone app but for us, we decided it would be more annoying to switch from app to app constantly if the only video access was on the phone. Baby isn’t here yet but so far the camera seems good. We also have interior nest cameras that I really like but again, it’s only an app on your phone and doesn’t offer an additional monitor so I didn’t want to go app to app.
Our son is 2.5 years old and we've used a Nestcam/dropcam since day one. No issues with it. WiFi, 1080p recording, two way communication, night vision, 24 hour with 10 or 30 day cloud storage. Plus you can make time lapse clips and draw out a notification zone where you'll get specific alerts. You can view it on any device at home or when you're out and about. We also used the Infant Optics video monitor as well initially. It's not WiFi, but the range is really great and also has two way communication, night vision, temp monitoring and you can move it around remotely plus you can add on multiple cameras to the system.
Infant Optics. We did a ton of research and this was the best: https://www.amazon.com/Infant-Optics-DXR-8-Monitor-Interchangeable/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1542723600&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=baby+monitor
HOWEVER, it's not amazing. You aren't getting an HDTV with 4k resolution and color reproduction. The screen works fine, but it's not amazing. The alternatives were $500 units which didn't make any sense. This seemed to offer the best bang for the buck. We wanted the ability to make it wide angle, have numerous cameras via one actual monitor, and have IR at night. This checked all of those boxes. We bought the wide angle and telephoto lenses, two cameras, and the screen. I think we spent $200-300 all in. The second camera was used for the livingroom when she was learning how to walk, and my wife was in the kitchen or something. Now, it's used when we go to other people's houses if she ends up falling asleep there.
I've been torn as well on the phone app vs parent unit. My best friend had a baby in december and she pushed me toward going with one with a parent unit. She said it's easier to just grab and look at in the night vs opening and navigating your phone, and she likes not having to close out of whatever she's doing on her phone to look at the app during the day (sounds lame at first thought but I can see it haha). BUT I do like the idea of being able to pull it up from wherever. I registered for this one, we'll see! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI?tag=blvisitor-20 I was planning to go with the nannit had I gone the wifi/app route
[Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_f.svzbYDENB3C)
Just curious: do you NEED it to be wifi (as in an IP camera). So it's accessible on your phone/tablet? Or would a normal baby camera that's not hardwired work? You say it has to be "wifi due to placement" but I'm not sure if you mean it can't be hardwired or connect to your wifi. I have this monitorand the range is excellent.
Obviously if you're looking to integrate into HASS then yeah you'll need a wifi camera. I personally use Wyze running the custom firmware from Dafang-Hacks on Github, so I have RTSP. It....works. But there's a bunch of drops, and I can't get audio to work. However, Wyze has said RTSP is coming in the stock firmware (it'd be a forked version) sometime in Q2 of this year. So it may still be an option if you can wait.
I think the Yi cams can be hacked to run RTSP but i'm not sure. Otherwise, you're looking at something like an Armcrest for like $60 or 70ish.
#1 best seller in baby monitors, frequently recommended in top baby monitor lists, been very happy with it
We have these: https://smile.amazon.com/Infant-Optics-DXR-8-Monitor-Interchangeable/dp/B00ECHYTBI/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=dxr-8+video+baby+monitor&amp;qid=1570477289&amp;sprefix=dxr&amp;sr=8-3
Only bought one, and it’s great to view both cribs.
We later got a Nest for the whole house and now use both.
The infant optix I like bc it tells me the temp in their room, and we dont have to use our phones to view them.
Nest is handy when we are out of the house (if they are with sitter or grandma) and we can check in.
We didn’t go into this wanting 2 systems but it works for us!
We were given this one as a gift at our baby shower and I love it!
Good job so far! Like most people were saying, don't pick him up and don't do check ins if he's not crying. The first two nights are the hardest and then it gets so much better. Have you thought about getting a video monitor to give you peace of mind? You can see them in the dark too. I love ours:
I think he will find the best sleeping position on his own. My girl prefers sleeping on tummy with her face in the mattress. At first I would go in to turn her but then she'd go back to the same position. It really freaked us out, so we bought a breathable mattress. It's been two months and it's still her favorite position. Hope tonight goes better. Keep up the good work!
It's the same one others have been recommending, but it's just that good...
I couldn't be happier with the infant optics.
Seems to me like most "blogs" and "reviews" are just promoting whatever product they're paid to promote. The motorola one that is almost $300 has 45% 1 star reviews on Amazon.
I just bought the Infant Optics one from Amazon today, nice Black Friday sale and all reviews I found seem great. It's also hack safe.
I got the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor. Easy set-up. Pan/Zoom, temperature, hear baby and talk to baby - working good for us so far. Got it on Amazon:
Not from the UK but got this one from Amazon.
Liked this model as the video is just local between the camera and monitor, and not streamed over the internet.
Would recommend based on use so far, though to be fair it is on the pricey end.
edit: bought from US Amazon so in our case need to have the camera plugged into a power adapter...which is ok for us as camera stays plugged in all the time anyway. The portable monitor just charges via USB so easier to use existing USB chargers around the house. Also night vision works well.
For a Baby Monitor - I cannot recommend this one enough. https://amzn.com/B00ECHYTBI It's a little bit pricier than the others but it's works great! We bought a different one to start out with but it had really poor reception in the house. (As in it stopped working one room away). So we returned it and got this one. The video clarity is great, you can move the camera around which is awesome once your LO starts moving. And it travels well. But really it's their customer service team that sold me. I 'might' have broken the camera by dropping it. They replaced it for free even though I admitted it was my fault.
That was the issue for us, weight gain, as they were born preemies (born @ 33 weeks). We had to prioritize getting them to eat food and gain weight, but that came at the expense of not learning to self feed. Will start with BLW efforts today, and try new type of sippie cups (I'm going to try the munchkin 360 cup and see how it goes). They both have 4 teeth (2 top, 2 bottom - prominent, and others are emerging). Thank you!
Have you tried these 360 cups? It's kind of awesome and way closer to the real cup concept. They can drink from any edge and the silicone molding still makes it spill proof.
We liked the 360 ones, but they taught him to bite on cup rims, so we phased those out.
Hands down, these work best for us. Easy to clean and no spilling or dripping at all. Not even when it gets thrown.
I too have a lazy 11 month old who refuses to hold cups. It's not the cup, it's the kid. I just decided one day to stop holding them for him (like 2 weeks ago). I would put it up to his lips, he'd start drinking and I'd just start tipping it back down and put it on his tray in front of him. It only took a few meal times before he realized I wasn't going to hold it and if he wanted a drink he had to do it himself. Now I just put it on his tray and he takes it from there. Now, if she's not drinking from them at all make sure it's not too hard to drink from. My son has some that you have to bite the spout in just the right way to get the liquid to come out, and he does not do well with those. I got one of those spoutless cups and he can't figure it out to save his life. I finally tried to take a drink from it and I couldn't get the liquid out either. Straws are also beyond him. Just a simple sippy with no fancy spill-free mechanism and don't give in to holding it for her! Good luck!
Here is a link to a great training cup that worked well for my kids.
Like others have suggested, water in the bottle, if he wants something else, its in the cup.
Any toy that's sorting, stacking, and able to carry and move from place to place (a basket and Easter eggs at the moment). Leapfrog makes a tea set that she loves (but you'll be singing the songs for days). Sidewalk chalk and the box it came in. 360 sippy cup. Sturdy Velcro shoes. Extra utensils and cute bibs to take to restaurants.
LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Party https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DCWM2ZE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_GxaRCb4FFGH64
PUMA Baby Smash Glitz Glamm Velcro Kids Sneaker -my LO is currently wearing these out and they are easy off and on. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074P83XNH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_jEaRCbEHRWAW1
Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MRZIFD0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_NFaRCbBJRH0NJ
We found these and they're awesome! If he can take sips from a regular cup he'll probably figure this out in no time.
They come with or without handles and comes apart easy for cleaning.
It’s a munchkins miracle, 360 drinking edge no spill training cup. I got them off amazon, their 7 ounces but really durable. Here the link for them https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00MRZIFD0?psc=1&amp;ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_pd_title
We have a pack and play with the newborn napper about 4 feet away from my side of the bed. When she wakes in the night and can't be settled back down, I put her in a co-sleeping basket next to me in bed so she can feel and smell me right next to her without me feeling like I'm going to smush. It helps, too, because I like to sleep under lots of blankets, so this makes sure she won't get caught under them. https://www.amazon.com/SwaddleMe-By-Your-Side-Sleeper/dp/B00YBADM1O/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=baby-products&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1468854006&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=co+sleeper
We co-sleep but that’s obviously dangerous with an infant. I found a bassinet that lays on the bed (this one) and after she was rocked to sleep we laid her in there with a clip-on breathing monitor.
Here’s a big thing: people will offer to help you. TAKE THEM UP ON IT. Don’t be a martyr, let someone take the baby for an hour so you can take a nap. That’s a tip from my mom that proved useful.
So we bedshared. At first we bought a metal bassinet that sits on the bed, we bought at bye bye baby. https://www.amazon.com/SwaddleMe-By-Your-Side-Sleeper/dp/B00YBADM1O/
If you have something for the baby to eat, I highly recommend you ask your husband to take one over night and you sleep in another room. I would go from 9pm-5am. My husband did that for me anytime we felt like I was loosing it. He would do it on a Friday or Saturday night. I would usually not sleep that who time, I had to pump. But you will be amazed at how 5 hours of straight sleep feels. There are also post partum doulas you can hire.
My husband did overnights for me every 3-4 months.
I really want to try just using one of these on the floor next to our bed (our mattress is very very low), but I'm weighing it against the risk of having the baby so accessible to her 4 yr old older sister when she comes into our room in the morning. I don't want her to get stepped on! hrm.. https://www.amazon.com/SwaddleMe-By-Your-Side-Sleeper/dp/B00YBADM1O
Thanks! I had put this thing on my registry but the handles on the basket look super useful.
We had to stay at my MILs shortly after I gave birth and they had a bed on the floor as well. We brought a cosleeper (https://www.amazon.com/SwaddleMe-By-Your-Side-Sleeper/dp/B00YBADM1O?keywords=cosleeper&amp;qid=1540237711&amp;sr=8-2&amp;ref=sr_1_2&amp;th=1) and it really worked great. You can have it on the floor if you're not comfortable with the baby in bed with you.
You're definitely not alone. Even extinction did nothing for us. I often slept through him crying out of sheer desperation.
Also, do try co-sleeping if you haven't already. There may be risks, but don't underestimate the opposing risks of never getting enough sleep. And there are easy ways to minimize the risks.
I found this little cosleeper on Amazon. It's a tiny little crib that fits in your bed. So the baby is still in your bed, but has their own little area. I've really liked it.
I just bought this thing: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YBADM1O/ref=br_it_dp_o_nS_ttl?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=O6J690IS6MW5&amp;coliid=I1VPDJP4JJ9ZML&amp;vs=1
whether he sleeps in it all night, or to just have as a safe thing he can be inside when he's on the bed/couch, i figured its only $30, and has pretty good reviews!
Are you looking for something for bedsharing? Something like this?
We have the pack n play but we plan to co-sleep with one of the super cheap in bed bassinets for the first 3 months so that it's easier for me to breastfeed and what-not without having to actually get out of bed
This is the one we have; full disclosure our bed is a king and I am very small so this fits between us comfortably but I've heard other people say that it doesn't leave them much room in their bed
We'll be using the graco pack n play with the raised mattress setting after the first few months until he hits the 15lb wt limit for the raised position, then down it goes to the typical bottom placement
They're on Groupon often, believe it or not! Also I heard a lot about this single suction manual pump after it was too late to use with my son. I definitely plan to check it out with the next baby. And finally, it's nice to have a single manual pump too (not electric) - good for car rides, when you need to pump only one side a little, etc. Oh and one more thing - hands-free pumping bra. I liked the simple wishes one.
I got the Medela pump through my insurance and it works (it is pretty loud) but it is nice being able to get parts if needed at almost any store! I wanted the Spectra but my insurance didn't provide that option.
Many people use a haakaa on the side they are not feeding on to catch the letdown! I prefer the milkies milk saver since it goes right in your bra/tank top and you don't have to worry about baby kicking it off!
Not exactly a traditional manual pump, but I love the Haakaa pump. Might be what you’re already referring to though.
It’s a small suction hand pump. Great for catching letdown on your opposite side, or in the shower/bath when you randomly let down. If I use it twice a day, I extract enough for a bottle feeding. Super easy and has no parts, so cleaning is a breeze!
Just thought of one other thing... have you heard of the Haakaa?
If you used that just before your feed it might help with the heavy let down and then the flow wouldn’t be as strong. It doesn’t pump it just suctions on and collects what comes out so you don’t have to waste.
So sorry to hear this is difficult for you. I hope you can find a solution!
If you want to save the milk a Hakaa pump is well worth the $20 investment. It's how I built up a pretty decent freezer stash with almost zero effort.
Edit to add that I also have a manual pump I occasionally use, but all the parts are annoying to clean so the Hakaa is something I'm still using almost daily three months out.
Also, my LO did the same thing and my midwife assured me not to worry, and it is getting better as she gets older. I definitely notice if I have more engorgement than normal and I don't pre-drain a bit, she becomes the exorcist with all the puking she does everywhere.
I don't think there's a point to video monitors until you have a mobile toddler. When a baby is in his crib, sound is good enough. You know he can't get out, if he starts crying, go check on him.
That being said, we have one for my toddler who is almost 2. We got it for him when we transitioned him to his toddler bed so we could keep an eye on him if he got up out of bed. We first got the DXR-5 and it was great. We used it for a while and then upgraded to the DXR-8 because you could move the camera around.
I like the DXR-5 because it has a white noise function that will turn the sound off unless something happens over a certain decibel. The DXR-8 doesn't have that and the sound is always on (and it seems like there's always some static noises). You can talk to the baby through the DXR-8 though, and both have great night vision.
How about something like this? http://smile.amazon.com/Door-Monkey-Childproof-Pinch-Guard/dp/B004ECJWK4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407865005&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=handle+lock
Or just go to your local Babies R Us. There's tons of products out there designed to keep kids from opening doors they're not supposed to, even for lever handles like you have. I'm sure the same things will work for a cat.
There are many options available to you
I don't see on here anything about not doing that. A baby at 8 months old is not ready to chew things like food let alone celery. I know it is scary but if this is your first you don't do that they have to learn how to process the chewing and drinking that is why there are training cups and teething things you can throw mushy juicy fruit and veg in that they can naw on.
this is what you want to introduce them to chewing on food
For about the same price you can get http://www.amazon.com/The-Brew-Hauler-Carboy-Carrier/dp/B000OF8V5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1331790769&amp;sr=8-1 yes there is shipping added that too. BTW i made my own as well, but it comes pretty close that price.
And only for [$15] (http://www.amazon.com/Nosefrida-The-Snotsucker-Nasal-Aspirator/dp/B00171WXII)