Things have been awful quiet on the blog lately. Like, hear-a-pop-can-open-in-an-empty-gym quiet.
But it’s all for a reason!!
And you might have gotten a clue as to why from the title of this post.
Yes, we are expecting baby number three in August!!!
Needless to say, the past few months have been spent in a nauseous coma. 😷
I got away with some guest posts and some posts I had already prepared, but then I quickly fell into blog silence while I tried to kick morning sickness (AKA all-day sickness) and the new pregnancy fatigue. I quickly picked up the mantra of pregnancy that women across the world know: survive any way possible. 😂
But we’re back now and beginning to gear up for a new little one!
(BTW, for those of you who are curious, we’re going to wait and be surprised about the gender.)
So, I figured now would be a good time to write about baby life management. How do you manage life with a new baby? Please comment below and let me know! Seriously. It’s so helpful to hear what other parents are doing, it helps give you good ideas!
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Key factors for baby life management:
Adjusting to a new baby is huge, but there are certain things that will make your life easier, and help you get back into a normal routine.
There are specific tools and routines that will help life go a little smoother for you. From feeding, to traveling, you CAN do it with a baby.
Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, that’s your business. Remember, “Fed is best!”
Basic Solid Long Length Adjustable Spaghetti Strap Tank Top BK/WT/CHRC/MVE L
If breastfeeding, do yourself a favor and find clothes that makes this more convenient especially when out in public. Undershirts under a blouse make it easier if you’re out for the day and have to feed the baby.
Boppy Newborn Hello Baby Lounger, Black and Gold
I loved having a boppy! It made nursing my babies so much easier, and it helped me be able to blog WHILE feeding the baby.
A Boppy is one of those tools where you either love it, or it’s worthless. 😂 But I really like it. I have the one that you can pull around your waist so it helps hold the baby up where you need it. You might not like them as much as I do. Borrow one from a friend and see if you like it!
I just bought glass bottles for this baby! Why didn’t I buy glass bottles with my first baby? Because I wasn’t thinking. Seriously. I am so excited about these glass bottles and not worrying about melting plastic. (Because I love sanitizing everything in the dishwasher- not a good plan with most plastic bottles!) And because I’m clumsy I got the silicone sleeve that slides over the bottles to protect them in case they get dropped.
If you only buy one front pack, back pack, etc. Buy the ergo!! It’s the most versatile and the most comfortable in my opinion. It can carry newborns on up to somewhere around forty pounds. It’s designed to where it distributes the weight onto your hips rather than you shoulders, so you can carry your baby without feeling like your shoulders are going to fall off.
It’s also easy for babies to fall asleep in this carrier which is really nice when you’re out and about all day!
Carry them on your front, your back, your side, or carry them facing out!
I used a stroller almost every day when I had one baby. I had a single jogging stroller that was nice and narrow, so we would go jogging all the time.
When I had my second baby, I anticipated doing the same thing….except we moved to a NOT jogging friendly road.
If you have two kids, the double jogging strollers are still nice, but they are super wide. I discovered that when I went into town to go for a jog with the kids, that the jogging stroller is too wide for most of the sidewalks!
I would love to hear any of your ideas on a solution for this! I’m wondering if the tandem strollers are easy to navigate or if the jogging strollers are better?
Sleeping away from home:
Evenflo Portable Babysuite Deluxe Playard, Koi
These things are the epic “bring everywhere” tool. Going to relatives and need a crib? Bring the pack n play. Going camping? Bring the pack n play. Doing work outside? Set up the pack n play outside.
On the other hand, the pack n plays tend to be bulky and awkward to take with you. A friend of mine recommended the Kidco Peapod. It folds up into a small bag and weighs hardly anything!! I’m thinking that it might be an even better alternative to the pack n play. I’m going to have to give it a try with this baby!
When you’re out and about whether it’s for the day or for the week, get a cute diaper bag that can act as your purse too. It’s a pain in the butt to try and juggle a kid or three while carrying a purse AND a diaper bag. It’s much easier if you combine all your stuff into one easily carried bag! I’m thinking about trying the diaper bag backpack so that it can be on my back while the baby is in the front pack. Then my hands will be free to hold two other little hands.
If you can get your baby to sleep, you can get some sleep. If you get your baby to nap, that means you can manage other parts of your life.
And I’m convinced that when everyone in the family has enough rest, it makes it easier to be a good parent. Not to mention majorly sleep deprived parents are more likely to do forgetful things like leave the stove on or fall asleep driving!!
I’m a huge fan of sleep training. (Cue the disagreement and hate comments.)
Let me elaborate, I don’t think there’s one specific type of sleep training that’s right or wrong. There are tons of ways to sleep train your baby, and all different methods to go about it.
But regardless of what you use, or how you do it, I think it is incredibly important for kids to be able to sleep in their own bed.
I have major fears of suffocating a baby in my bed, and I hear of these stories from ER nurses who have had to deal with this. Not to mention that I’m a thrasher when I sleep… THAT’s why I’m a huge fan of having your baby sleep in their own crib, somehow, some way.
Let me tell you a trick: The earlier you start, the easier it is!! And it’s something you can slowly ease them into it then- much easier than waiting until late in the game!
My favorite things for sleep training:
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens
There’s something calming about being able to see your baby and know that they are okay. That way if they are quiet because they are sleeping you can still see that they are just fine. Peace of mind is important while sleep training. This way you can be sure that your child is safe without tiptoeing in the room and risk waking them up.
Sound machines help the baby associate the soothing sounds with sleeping and it can be a good item for them to associate sleeping with. AND it helps block out background noise (ahem, LOUD older siblings). Just be sure to NOT crank this thing up because it can get loud and you don’t want to damage little ears.
Adding a baby is a huge adjustment, no matter which baby it is! But it’s crazy how much you love that new little person. You go from, “what am I going to do with a baby?” to “I can’t imagine life without you!”
So yes, I’m approaching baby #3 with a mixture of trepidation and excitement!! 😉