Friday, November 5, 2010

Mama's Must Haves

Happy Friday kiddos! We've got an exciting weekend ahead full of wedding events for our friends Lisa & Shaun where we'll be heading to the aromatic state of New Jerrrsey to celebrate. Unfortunately, it's the part of the state that lacks orange tans, blowouts and the cast of Jerseylicious. Fortunately, it's the part that includes Irish bands and lots of booze. Which would you prefer?

Anyway, I'm here today to do my part as a new mom and tell you all the things that have gotten me through the past 11 weeks. It's funny that when you register, you have NO idea what you need and what a bunch of crap most of it is. Until you get in the thick of it, you don't realize the benefits of one nose suction bulb versus another.  Here's what I'm a fan of:

Sleep Sacks --- nicknamed Poop Sacks in our house for obvious reasons. We're gross.  But anyway, Gabriel is no fan of the swaddle so we have to somehow finagle a blanket on him when he goes to sleep. But then he kicks it either totally off or it creeps up furthur and furthur towards his face.  This scares the crap out of me. So as long we remember to put him in the Poop Sack before he falls asleep, we're good to go.


These disposable nursing pads and only these. I tried a few other brands and have determined these the best...mostly because they don't stick to your nips. Having to tear paper pads off them after they've dried on you is no treat. NO treat. So if you plan on b-feeding, do yourself a favor and grab a few boxes of these. Your alternative is leaky boobs. Your choice.
This might be controversial, because anyone I've ever told about it gives me wide eyes and says, I thought babies couldn't have that! Well, here's the deal. My mom (our nurse) and our pediatrician are both kinda old school and I'm ok with that. They both recommend mixing a teeny bit of chamomile tea with sterilized water. The herbs are a natural stomach relaxer. If your baby has the tummy owwies, this will release a stream of machine gun noises to relieve their tums. It saved my life the first few weeks when Lil Buddy's belly was acting in overdrive and needed all the relaxing it could get.
My other life saver...the hair dryer. Or in other words, white noise. As long as he's not hungry, this noise instantly calms him. Well this and the oven vent.  We're actually looking into a $50 white noise machine to put in his room. Haven't decided if we want to take that plunge though. If you're in the same boat though, be careful of most baby "noise machines". They feature noises like heartbeat, rain and oceans. These noises don't do the trick and besides, it seems like every bouncy chair and swing out there already has those noises. We need the real rushing air noise and that cost big bucks.
If we're not leaving the house, this kid lives in sleepers. They are hands-down the easiest thing to get in and out of all day. Bonus points if they have zippers and not snaps. Ugghhh trying to configure the 55 snaps on each outfit at 3am with a crying baby is torture.


The only reason I can leave the house. Even though I'm a SAHM, we invested in a double electric and I've never regretted it. I sent John out for it the night we brought Gabe home.  ETA: John has pointed out that I didn't really send him out for it.  I was writhing in pain when the milk came in that day and raalized that the manual pump I had bought was not gonna help. So he went out at 8:30 pm, coupons and gift cards in hand, out of the kindness of his heart, to go buy this pump.  I really wasn't thrilled with putting out so much money but he just wanted to make me feel better so he made it happen.  Best husband ever. It has made life so much easier. If you can afford it, get it. Mama needs her booze ya know. And this baby makes that happen.
Um, this just makes your baby smell freaking awesome. I wash his hair with it and just sit around and sniff it all day. Totally productive.
I know I've got some readers with babes around Gabe's age...got anything else awesome to add?


18 comments:

Jennifer said...

I had my son on 8-22-10 and we could not get by with out a bounce seat! Love you blog!

kp said...

Nice list! I am trying to think of what we have used in the past 8 weeks as well...the SwaddleMe blanket (as opposed to your poop sack - hilarious, by the way), and the Sleep Sheep (vs. your hair dryer).

Do you have Gabe playing on an activity gym? We don't have one, and I'd like to get one for Naomi, but need recommendations?

Also, the Johnson and Johnson Naturals line smells delish too. I'll have to try the sleepytime/lavender one as well!

MyLyn said...

Great list! I completely agree! I actually just bought that pump! I'm hoping it helps speed things up!

Ami said...

I totally agree with the zipper sleepers... the button ones are a joke! I wish I would have gotten an electric pump. I have a manual one and it is an all day event trying to get a couple ounces :(.

I like that brand of breast pads the best too!! As far as the disposable ones go anyways. A friend of mine actually recommended getting some hemp ones you throw in the wash, and I use those to sleep at night (they are much more comfy)!!

Ami said...

kp if I can butt in and suggest an activity gym...

We have this one: http://www.tinylove.com/toy.aspx?toyId=32

My son LOVES it!! It has tons of stuff to do so he never gets bored of it, and you can move any of the toys and mirror around!

Emily said...

I cannot live without our play gym mat and footed pajamas with mitten cuffs (the kids hads get so cold, and the sleep sack doesn't do anything for hands). I have 3 of said pajamas and am on the hunt for more but cannot find them anywhere. Those 3 pjs are my lifeline.

Jennifurla said...

I love sleep sacks, by a bouncy seat for that kid! That was the only thing Indy loved

Anonymous said...

You're right, those are THE BEST breast pads! One idea instead of the $50 noise machine is to put a radio in G's room and set it to a static station. I used to do this for a little boy I used to babysit.

Shannon said...

Jennifer - thank you! and yup, we have a vibrating seat but it doesn't seem to do the trick. Meh! He prefers his swing much more though.

kp - we do have an activity mat thing that plays music and lights up and has thingamabobs hanging from it but Gabe's not the biggest fan. It's one of those ones that is all black and white and red. ANd I'll have to sniff out the Naturals line next time I'm at Target...

Ami - I thought about buying the washable ones, that would probably save a few bucks. Good call!

Anonymi - Thanks for the good idea! I'll try that. Oh and I just thought maybe I can download white noise to my ipod? Off to check it out!

Project Shannon said...

This is a really helpful list - I don't have kids, but I know there are probably a ton of moms out there can can always use a few pointers!

Glad to hear you two are doing so well!

Anita K said...

My boy was born 8/2, and I just love the baby bjorn and the swing! (and he's my third, so I SHOULD know what I'm talking about!) Oh yeah- and the pacifier to buy a little time!

ps I know exactly what you're talking about with the poop sack. We call our boys messes "poop soup." As in, Teddy made poop soup again!

Abby said...

LOVE our noise machine! Becks will probably sleep with one forever now ;)

LizzieBeth said...

Yeah, so I don't know what half this stuff is except BABY-IN-A-BAG! Love those things because.. well.. it's a baby-- in a BAG! With armholes! BONUS!

LB

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Have fun this weekend. I never knew Jersey was aromatic. lol.

I have nothing to contribute to the baby talk. But, I actually read it all. Only you can make this stuff entertaining for non mamas. (That's a compliment.)

Melinda said...

I haven't used my 'poop sacs' yet. LOL. I know what you mean though! ha ha! ;) I agree - Lansinoh pads are THE best! Sleepers - I use them only at night or when Edward goes through an outfit while we are out and about. During the day he wears Carters 2 - 3 piece outfits. I like the Johnsons Naturals myself just because I don't want to worry about him being sensitive to the fragrance. But as for this momma...I love to use the lavender lotion - it makes me relaxed and 'stress free'. (well I can feel that way for a minute at least. lol.) I use Wellements Gripe Water for E.J. It is for hiccups, colic, gas, fussiness, AND upset stomach. It works GREAT! It is 9.99 at Kroger, but it WORKS!! ;) Hope you have a great weekend hun! :)

Jennifer said...

I would never shower if it weren't for the invention of the bouncy seat. I can strap my little dude in, sit him in the bathroom floor, and wash off all the slobber and spit that has accumulated on me over the past 24+ hours. I also adore my baby bjorn carrier. It's so much easier to shop when you aren't lugging around a huge and heavy car seat.

P.S. - I force Grayson to swaddle now. It's kind of working. Who knew.

Anonymous said...

Don't spend money on an expensive noise machine; just use a box fan on the high setting. We ALL use them to sleep in our house. And in case you're worried about it being too cool for the little one, just put it on the opposite side of the room and point it away from him.

Courtney Nalle said...

Hey! I'm Courtney, Claire's (A Peachtree City Life) sister and I love your list. I also love your frankness btw, you don't find a lot of ladies cussing and talking about alcohol on blogs so its refreshing to read yours! My little girl is going on 8 months (WHAT?!) and I would like to add a bit to the list from a down the road perspective. I love my monitor. I have the AngelCare Deluxe one. It is a bit pricy but the peace of mind you get from it is great. Lyla went to her own room at 6 months and knowing it was detecting her breathing was comforting. This isn't a material thing, but I started singing Hush Little Baby to her very early in and now when she is sleepy, the second I start to sing it, she falls right to sleep which is AMAZing! My mother in law (of 3 boys mind you) loves to put Burt's Bees diaper cream all up in her everywhere so she smells like a christmas tree for like 2 weeks, but it does wonders for a little red rash. Good luck and I absolutely love your blog again, I've showed our mom pictures of Gabe and I said adorbs the other day and she was like thats from Shannanigans! :) our whole family loves your blog!

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