Good morning Mommas! I am going to start a new series of “Q&A Sessions”. I have been getting so many emails with lots of really great questions, and this will give me opportunity to respond to them. One question I have been getting a lot is how did we get through the newborn stage, and what were our favorite products and/or tricks?
Surviving The Newborn Stage
Let me start by saying, if you haven’t already read about my post partum depression/anxiety (you can read more here) I had it pretty bad. I know that having this, it made it a lot harder on my husband and I getting through those beginning stages. Putting that aside, Miss Lily is classified as a High Needs Baby, and she was a little tricky getting to know as well. She would never sleep more than an hour or so at a time, and would just cry and cry. We had to learn how to handle her spunky personality.
Some products we could not survive without
I know, this sounds silly NEEDING a product or contraption to keep your baby content, but Lily would not sleep without motion or vibration… I know a lot of newborns are like this for sure. She needs lots of white noise while sleeping (she still does) and she likes to be rocked or cuddled. So here are some favorite products we liked… it was using these or cosleeping that got us any sleep!
This Ingenuity brand swing. It has all of the bells and whistles. It vibrates, swings different speeds, has lights, a spinning mobile, you can plug your phone in to it for your own music if you want, but the best part of it is that the seat actually detaches from the swing and you then have a separate rocker. This was awesome! Lily loved this swing and she slept in it day and night for the first few weeks of her life if we were not holding her. Total life saver and I will make sure to bust it out on our next child.
A Rock n Play by Fisher Price. Specifically, the auto rocker one above. I was told about this by other moms who swore by it, even if it was just for them to get in the shower. This also plays music and rocks and Lily loved this thing as well. We could actually get her to sleep 4-5 hours at night in this. I know some doctors say do not let your baby sleep in a swing or rocker like this, but ours was okay with it as long as it wasn’t a serious incline… if it gets the baby sleep and calms them, you do what you must to survive.
If there is ONE product I had to choose out of anything, it is The Owlet. Oh yes, peace of mind, please. So, the first socks I hated. They actually cut Lilys ankle on the back where the strap goes. They came out with the new sock pictured above and it is AWESOME. You can actually place this one on either foot. This monitors baby heart rate and oxygen levels. I know it may sound silly, but I know this device has actually saved babies lives. We still use this every single night with Lily, because now she is a belly sleeper and I get so nervous about it. If you have never heard of this, you can actually get the app on your phone and it shows you their stats. Its pretty cool if you are geeky and into technology like myself. I believe their socks fit up to 18 months of age, give or take depending on your babies foot size. I have had to deal with their customer service, and they are also awesome!
SwaddleMe swaddles with velcro. Forget the big receiving blankets for swaddling. She would bust out of them every single time. I loved these with the velcro. They made her feel safe and she actually slept much better in these because she wouldn’t wake herself up. Once the baby is outgrowing the swaddle by wanting freedom of movement, I recommend the Magic Sleep Suit which you can check out here.
A baby carrier. I still use mine constantly. I love that I can get things done around the house and she is super content in there. She actually would nap in there during the newborn age which was phenomenal.
Lastly, this funny little product called Baby Bum Brush. It is awesome to not got diaper cream on your hands and under your nails. I wish I had invented this. We still use this and I gift them to all the new mommies.
ADVICE: taking time to yourself
My major mistake at that age was not accepting help. I tried to do everything, was terrified to leave the house before her 6 weeks and didn’t want anyone other than my husband or immediate family to hold her. I was so anxious. I know a lot of that was the post partum. Now I just hand her to whomever and take deep breaths. It is all okay. If you are struggling with any form of post partum, please do not hesitate to contact me. Reaching out and getting help and talking to someone about this is one of the best steps you can do for yourself toward healing.
Leave the house, go on walks, get yourself into a routine. That was the best thing I did for myself. I try to get out of the house just about every single day now and just do something, or go somewhere. It freshens the day up and it’s good for the baby too!
Find your mom tribe. Get in contact with like minded mommies and friends. It helps to get a fresh face and have someone who has been through it as well.
Thanks for reading Momma’s 💜 Reach out and let me know what other topics you would love to hear about! I hope this answers some of your questions on our favorite products!