Top Picks: Surviving Newborns

Newborns are funny beings. They’re so needy and it’s like trying to decipher a foreign language in attempts to figure out what they need at any given time. However, us mamas are given special abilities to become experts on these little beings of ours in a short period of time. I’m amazed at myself in my ability to figure out which cry means what, how he likes to be held, or when he needs to be stimulated now that his vision gets better each and every day. Oh, and his favorite color to look at went from red last week to green this week. In just almost two months he’s made so many new advances and I love seeing him evolve during the time we share together. And the fun part: this is just the beginning.

…here’s to surviving newborns…

Many of those lists rang true, but there were a couple of items that I could add to those lists that could maybe help out those other new mamas out there. Every baby is different and every need is different, so keeping that in mind here are my Top Picks for surviving the first few months of motherhood.

As a new mom, and even when preparing during my last few weeks of pregnancy, I read over and over all of the essentials lists to make sure I felt prepared to welcome home my little man. I wanted to know as much I could expect from all of those veteran moms who described their first few months at home. Many of those lists rang true, but there were a couple of items that I could add to those lists that could maybe help out those other new mamas out there. Every baby is different and every need is different, so keeping that in mind here are my Top Picks for surviving the first few months of motherhood.

Many of those lists rang true, but there were a couple of items that I could add to those lists that could maybe help out those other new mamas out there. Every baby is different and every need is different, so keeping that in mind here are my Top Picks for surviving the first few months of motherhood.

1: Enfamil Gentlease Formula | 2: Carter’s Sleep Sack | 3: 4Moms Infant Tub |
4: Baby K’Tan Wrap
5: Halo Swaddler | 6: Amazon Mom Subscription | 7: Snacks!
8: Boppy Nursing Pillow
9: Owlet Baby Monitor

Enfamil Gentlease

There’s a huge stigma against supplementing formula into your baby’s diet. It’s all breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed and the ever constant saying: “breast is best!”. However, there are many women out there that don’t have the luxury of breastfeeding or, like me, their milk can’t quite keep up with the demand (especially when sleep is in only a few hour increments – if I’m lucky). I am so grateful that nursing my little one has been easy peasy thus far, but Enfamil Gentlease has been an answered prayer for settling his stomach and relieving gas pains from breastfeeding. Supplementing with formula also helps with those nighttime feedings when I don’t have enough to satisfy him (plus my husband gets to feed!). So, don’t get caught up in the fears of formula – do what’s best for your baby.

Carter’s Sleep Sacks

I love Carter’s and if I could I would just buy the whole store to have in Greyson’s closet. But, one of my husband and I’s favorite pieces are the ‘sleep socks’, as we call them, because it keeps our little guy warm and makes nighttime diaper changes a breeze.

4Moms Infant Tub

Now that we are giving Greyson warm water baths a few times a week I am so happy with our 4Moms Infant Tub. The thermometer allows us to find the right temperature water without new parent fear of it being too hot or too cold and it fits perfectly in our kitchen sink. Bath time is one of Greyson’s favorite times and our tub makes it so easy to enjoy those little moments.

Baby K’Tan

Another great newborn essential is some kind of wrap or carrier for your baby. It’s allowed me to free up my arms so I can get things done around the house, go for walks, walk our dog without needing the stroller, and convenient for those shopping runs.

Halo Swaddler

The Halo Swaddler is a newly discovered gem. It was a gift given by a friend before leaving for maternity leave at work and she swore by them and now I know why. I call Greyson my ‘Little Houdini’ because he finds a way to get his arms free no matter how good my swaddle was and it causes him to flail his arms around and thus makes getting him back to sleep much harder. I love that it’s sleeveless so he doesn’t overheat, the zipper is inverted so it doesn’t get caught around his neck and makes diaper changes so easy, and the velcro makes it comfortable for him to feel secure without snugging him too tight.

Amazon Mom Subscription

Amazon Mom has been so helpful in allowing us to get the things we need and delivered to our door with 2-day free shipping. We also enjoy Amazon Prime streaming as a little cherry on top. It’s only $99/year and you can get anything you need (even groceries!) conveniently delivered to your home.

Snacks & Hydrate!

Another essential that I never see on any other essentials list are snacks and try to stay hydrated with water. I don’t know about other moms who are doing this whole mom thing alone at home while their husbands are at work, but it’s not guaranteed I’ll get to sit down and eat an actual meal. So, in order to fit those meals in I have to have healthy snacks readily available and keep hydrated with water. It helps my milk supply and gives me energy to keep up with my little guy. I currently love those Coconut Cashews from Trader Joe’s and the Think Thin protein bars!

Boppy Nursing Pillow

I have found that I have been able to find multiple uses for my nursing pillow. Yes, it’s fabulous for nursing but it also makes for a great bed (for when he falls asleep after nursing) or propping him up – with supervision of course. As he continues to grow I’ll be able to use it for tummy time too, which I know is in our immediate future here soon!

Owlet Baby Monitor

Lastly, and something I can’t speak more highly of, is our Owlet baby monitor. I love that we have technology today to help fight against SIDS and other complications that could go unseen or noticed because we’re sleeping when our babies need us most. I am able to rest easily each and every night because Greyson wears his sleep sock that uses a monitor that keeps track of his heart rate and oxygen levels. I keep the base station right next to our bed and can check my phone to see what his levels are when I need reassurance.

How are you surviving newborns?

Greyson James: 1 Month Update

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Swaddle Blanket: HowJoyfulShop
Retro Animal Baby Monthly Stickers
: Lucy Darling Shop

Date: April 10, 2016
Weight: 1o lbs 9 oz (75th percentile)

Has: blonde whips hair, blue-grey eyes and those kissable cheeks!

Sleeps: mostly through the night (about 4 hours at a time) and all through the day…as long as I’m on Mommy’s chest.

Can: begin to lift and hold head up since birth, smile, and make all kinds of facial expressions.

Enjoys: sleeping on Mommy & Daddy’s chest, bath time, eating (all.the.time), and riding in my Baby K’Tan wrap.

Hates: not being held or swaddled and when Mommy changes his clothes.

Learning: all about my arms, hands, and legs. I love to kick and move them around!

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Greyson James: 2 Month Update

Currently April

These last three weeks have been amazingly tiring, joyful, exciting, and again oh so tiring. I am learning so many new things about myself and the role of being a mother – how powerful a force that motherhood is and how it changes you into something you never saw within yourself. As my son reaches a month old in these next few days I am in constant reflection of these last four weeks and how it has changed my family, but moreso how I have changed as an individual.

My heart now lies on the outside of me and although it is beautiful to feel a love like that, it also is terrifying. I no longer have a concept of any kind of daily schedule or routine – it comes down to how quickly I can diaper, feed, and burp my baby so I can attempt to get him down for a nap and possibly take a nap myself (that whole “sleep when the baby sleeps” is a lot harder than it sounds). I haven’t had the time, energy, or inspiration to blog, but I do look forward to days like today where I can jump on and play catch up with my readers, blogger friends, and see how the world continues to turn even though I’m under my ‘new mom’ rock and in a constant tiring haze. But hey, at least I can mange to take a shower and brush my teeth…it’s in the small things.

These last three weeks have been amazingly tiring, joyful, exciting, and again oh so tiring. I am learning so many new things about myself and the role of being a mother - how powerful a force that motherhood is and how it changes you into something you never saw within yourself. As my son reaches a month old in these next few days I am in constant reflection of these last four weeks and how it has changed my family, but moreso how I have changed as an individual. Today I am happy to jump on to the blog and linkup with my favorite bloggers for April’s currently linkup!

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However, I am excited today to share with you what has been currently going on with me in this beautiful month of April (I mean, it’s April already…) and look forward to catching up with all of you! Be sure to link up with Anne of In Residence and Jenna of Gold & Bloom who are the lovely ladies hosting this monthly linkup!

wishlisting: hmm…it’s hard at the moment to think about anything I’m wishing. Call it being fulfilled and just completely in love with my little guy. But, aside from a new glass baby bottle I broke (our favorite one!!) the other night at 3am in a sleepy haze (I apparently have bad luck with anything glass), I feel as though I couldn’t possibly wish for anything. Except maybe sleep, I definitely wish for more sleep.

Mommy Recommendation: *Joovy Glass Boob Baby Bottle

cleaning: I am in constant cleaning mode. I thought nesting (aka the feeling of having to clean the entire house, crevice, and piece of dust before baby arrives) was bad, but having baby home makes me want to strive to have things in order. Some days are better than others – yesterday I had dishes piled up, burp cloths strewn about the house, and a Diaper Genie that needed a new bag, but hey, the baby was fed and asleep and I could manage to take a nap. I consider that a successful day.

posting: My last post was two weeks ago so that should give you an idea on what I’ve been up to lately in the blog game. Although I’m not on an official hiatus, I don’t feel ashamed for taking a blogging break to get this whole new mom thing under control. I wish I had the time or energy to dedicate to this little space of mine, and I’m slightly jealous of other new mommy bloggers who seem to perfectly manage a baby and their blogs, but spending time with my little guy is all about what I can deal with at the moment.

tasting: If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that I am completely in love with the newest restaurant to our little downtown here in Ventura: Kao Ramen. My husband and I’s favorite Thai restaurant just branched out and opened a ramen joint just down the street and we couldn’t be more pleased with it! We visited for the first time last week and were so happy with our experience and the ramen itself was fantastic. There’s a place in DC we loved (Daikaya Ramen) and it’s nice to finally have someplace similar just down the street from our house we can go for our fix.

Linking up with…

Gold & Bloom

In Residence