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January 12, 2010

My Mama Must-Haves

With almost two weeks under my belt, I have developed a list of several things that I consider absolutely necessary for caring for this little guy and I thought I would share them with all of you...

As the picture suggests, I have fallen in love with the Moby Wrap! Although it is true that it is difficult to tie the first few times, it is worth its weight in gold; I can put Nathaniel in the wrap and get almost anything done around the house. He will happily sleep as I pick up the house, prepare dinner, or do laundry. The Moby is easily one of my favorite baby items.

Equally as important as a good baby carrier is a fabulous diaper. Like I wrote in a previous blog, we have tried two different brands of diapers: Huggies and Pampers. We have had several blowouts in Huggies but none to date in Pampers. We are currently working to deplete our supply of Huggies so I can purchase Pampers Swaddlers...

With regards to feeding, we only had success following the use of a breast pump. Initially, Nathaniel was not feeding well so our pediatrician suggested that we purchase a pump. We bought the Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump and I pumped for a few minutes before each feeding. It made all the difference in the world and Nathaniel is now latching successfully without the help of the pump. I now use the pump occasionally to freeze small amounts of milk for future use.

When Nathaniel is fussy or for those times when I need to shower, the Fisher Price Soothe n' Play Bouncer is essential. The bouncer keeps my little boy relaxed and happy long enough for me to get a few things done. We often use the bouncer during dinner to keep Nathaniel happy so mama and daddy can have a few minutes to eat together.

For my own comfort in the first week, Lansinoh Cream was aboslutely essential. Breastfeeding is important to me but initially it was very painful; Lansinoh Cream eased the pain and made it bearable until Nathaniel and I got feeding established.

There are several items that I thought would be essential to caring for a baby that I have found we can do without. Although the nook is occasionally helpful, Nathaniel rarely uses it and, when he does, he is very picky about which kind of nook he wants. We also planned to use a bassinet for the first few weeks, but Nathaniel prefers his crib so that became another item that is an unexpectedly unnecessary.

This is just the beginning of my list, but these items have been essential to our survival of parenthood in the last two weeks! More to come...

1 comment:

  1. I used my moby last night! Sophia fusses a bit when I put her in it now, but then she realizes she is all comfy and usually passes out!