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Baby, Family, Lifestyle, Relationships

11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Newborn Baby…

Having a newborn can be so incredible and amazing. And yet, it also can be challenging and exhausting.

When I became a new mom I felt like I knew the basics:

– Sleep when baby sleeps

-You will be tired and that’s ok

– Swaddle your baby

-Change the Diaper every 2-4 hours

And the list goes on.

Well, there was still A LOTTT I did not know about having a newborn, so hopefully this can be helpful to you!

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THINGS I WISH I NEW BEFORE HAVING A NEWBORN BABY

  • Everyone parents differently, because EVERYONE has different children. Don’t listen to everyone’s “advice,” take them into account and do what is best for YOU and YOUR baby.
  • Give your babies vitamin D drops everyday.
  • When your baby sleeps, you can get a few things done if it’s stressing you out. HOWEVER, if you can catch up on rest and sleep while the baby is sleeping–DO IT!

  • You shouldn’t work out for 6-8 weeks after having a baby. But if you can go on short walks, just enough to move around and get outside it helps. Moving your body is so key to a healthy mental state.
  • Pay to get newborn pictures taken. Babies change so fast and getting nice pictures of them is priceless.
  • Having a baby is time consuming. It’s such a beautiful stage of life, but it can be enduring. Make sure you take time for some self-care. Have a hobby that you are working on, go to the store alone, or dinner with friends. Being a new mom is wonderful, and yet, completely changing ALL the norms is hard. It’s important to take care of YOU so that you can be a happier mom for that sweet baby.
  • If breastfeeding is hard, enduring and not working well, don’t do it, and don’t feel guilty about it. Period.

  • Take care of your baby’s bum to prevent diaper rash. Be faithful about putting ointment on their bum so that they are not sore and miserable.
  • If your baby is crying most the day, take the baby to the doctor. If things are not changing and the baby is still crying, let the doctor know it is getting overwhelming. Try second opinions such as chiropractors, chiropractors know some great things for colicky babies
  • Invest in an owlet if at all possible. It’s a foot monitor that can give you peace of mind that your baby is breathing and sleeping well.
  • Keep some type of journal or log of your baby’s growth and development. It is so much fun to look back on baby milestone, and it reminds you what a blessing it is to have your sweet little baby!
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Enjoy the moments with your little one, it’s a heavenly experience in so many ways.

And as always, if you have more items you would add to my list, let me know in the comments below.

Until next time!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Cleaning/organizing, Family, kids, Lifestyle

13 Tips on Traveling With a Baby…

Traveling with a baby can be challenging because there are so many items to consider bringing.

After packing for my own three kids over the years, I came up with a list of helpful advice for parents that are traveling with a baby.

#1- Always pack an extra set of clothes and jammies because more than likely …you’ll need it.

Our sweet baby girl, 11 months old.

#2-Don’t forget the meds! The motrin, Tylenol and even vitamin d drops. Ironically— my kids tend to get sick when traveling and having these items on hand are key.

#3- Utilize ziplock bags! I use ziplock bags for medicine, diaper ointment, baby snacks … it saves things from leaking and it’s easier to find items in a ziplock bag.

#4-When packing diapers and wipes be on the safe side and plan for 10 diapers each day, and a pack of wipes every two days. This is generous, but it keeps you safe.

#5- Pack a stroller that is easiest to haul and collapses easily. Even an umbrella stroller is ideal if your child is old enough to hold their head up.

#6- Pack plenty of baby snacks and food, you can always take the extras back home.

#7- Pack at least 2 binkis and 2 bottles so that there is always a back up.

#8- Buy travel size of the following: baby lotion, baby shampoo and body wash.

#9- Bring at least 2-3 blankets.

#10- no matter the weather pack a jacket.

#11- Baby toys-Baby’s can be quite easy to entertain but grab at least 1-2 baby toys to have on hand.

#12-Bring oragel or teething ointment, you never know when their teeth may start cutting.

#13- If the baby is used to a sound machine — bring it! Losing sleep while traveling is not fun.

I hope these tips have been helpful!

As always, I would love to hear your tips as tricks when traveling with a baby.!

xoxo,

Christy Lee

Baby, Family, Lifestyle

5 Favorite Baby Items from Amazon that You’ll Love!

Bottle brush

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  1. This Dr. Browns Bottle Brush is my favorite brush cleaner out there.

I love how sturdy this brush is, and it sits nicely on your sink.

I love that you can remove the bottom and thoroughly clean the narrow area of the bottle nipple.

I would recommend this bottle brush to any parent out there!

For this item click here 

 

2. This cute TropicalLife Cactus Flower diaper bag is on my “wish list.” Screen Shot 2020-03-09 at 8.32.08 PM

I have a new baby girl and my husband doesn’t love that our diaper bag is “pink” for him to carry around. After looking through a variety of diaper bags I felt that this cactus one was more “unisex,”wasn’t very expensive, but has the quality that many people love in a diaper bag. And don’t you just love the print?

 

Price of this cute diaper bag is: $36.99 + $2.00 shipping. Click here to purchase.

 

3. 3 Pack of Boogie Wipes for only $9.36

boogie wipes

 

Not only are baby wipes wonderful for ALL my children, they are especially nice for babies so that you can gently wipe their nose and help take away that unfortunate buildup of mucus.

This is a great deal for boogie wipes! To purchase click here.

 

4. Another great baby item to own is the nose fridanose frida

Pricing for the nose frida is: $17.71

Which is the best price I could find because it includes a pack of filter refills as well. If you look at Target, where they also sell this item, you would be spending about $19.00 for both items.

My pediatrician recommends using the nose frida because it truly does suck out all the mucus sooo much better than the bulbs.

To purchase click here. 

 

 

5. Baby Bandana Drool bibs with Toy 

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Price is $12.73 for prime members

This organic cotton material absorbs very well. 

If your baby’s are like mine…they basically live in these!

I will be ordering this as well!

Click here to purchase

 

Amazon is such a great place for baby items and I am always watching their pricing, and a lot of times, it can’t be beat.

I hope these items can help you or someone you know!

 

Thanks and until next time!

 

xoxo,

 

Christy Lee