Helpful Things for Life with a Baby

Here are some things that I found helpful having and/or doing over these past 4 months with Owen:

1.  Infant Seat – I wasn’t going to get one of these.  I got a convertible car seat and thought that just taking Owen in and out of that where ever I went would be fine.  Well, after about a month of Owen’s constant crying I was tired of having him wake up every time I got him out of the car because then his crying would start.  Getting an infant seat was the most wonderful idea ever.  Now if he falls asleep in the car he stays sleep because I’m not friggin’ around trying to get him out!  I can bring him into restaurants, church events, etc, without him waking up (most of the time, haha). NOTE:  Owen had a bit of colic…your baby may be fine with you taking him in and out and may not make a peep. (It also was helpful that the infant seat fit with my stroller)

2.  Baby Wrap – Owen is only now starting to be ok in a carrier of any kind.  He still fusses when he’s being put in the wrap but afterwards he’s fine.  I like the way the wrap fits and I like how snug Owen feels in it.  It’s nice for times when you don’t want to take out a bulky stroller, or if you’re walking to some place that a stroller is hard to manoeuvre.  Just remember to spread out the wrap on your back and shoulders so you don’t kill your back with the weight, lol.  I didn’t like the sling at all, and I need to get a better carrier that goes around my waist instead of my upper back before I can determine whether I like it or not.

3. Co-Sleeping – BEST THING EVER if you are breastfeeding!  Reason 1:  You can just reach down and pick up the baby to feed him through the night…no getting out of your warm bed to walk to the crib to walk back to feed to walk back to put the baby down again.  When I get back home we are going to try and get Owen use to sleeping in his crib but for these past 4 months it saved my sanity to have him right next to me.  Reason #2:  It’s intimate.  I love looking at his face as he sleeps right next to me…he’s just so cute….when I put him down for naps I also lie next to him until he falls asleep (he like to suck on my finger) and sometimes he just stares at me with this cute little smile for quite a while.  I wouldn’t trade those moments for the world.   I also LOVE it when he first wakes up in the morning.  I unwrap him and he just goes crazy with his hands…grabbing my nose, and my eyes…and he’s just sooo cheerful.  It’s my favourite time of the day with Owen…it’s mommy & Owen time (and daddy time when he’s not working).

4.  Swaddling – I still swaddle Owen at night and for naps.  He still has a little of that baby reflex while he sleeps and when I don’t swaddle him he’s constantly bringing his hands to his face and waking up.  Swaddling your baby allows him to sleep longer and better therefore allowing you to sleep longer and better 🙂  I couldn’t for the life of me swaddle Owen tight enough in a blanket.  Morgan and Bonnie both gave me a baby swaddler (specifically made for swaddling a baby) and I use both of them ALL THE TIME.

5.  Toys that Make Noise – Entertainment, ’nuff said.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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