Sunday, July 1, 2012

Must-haves for Baby and Mama

Okay, so there's nothing you actually HAVE to have, but these items have been very helpful to our family during those precious early years of our boys' lives.  Most of the items have been recommended to me by other moms.  I spent hours picking their brains about all things baby.

Favorite Baby Books:
  • The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp (great ideas for sleep and soothing a fussy baby)
  • The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg (the basics of her technique and an overview of scheduling/baby routine)
  • The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems by Tracy Hogg (if you like her techniques, this book offers very specific advice for most sleep/eating/scheduling problems)
  • The Vaccine Book by Sears (we follow his alternate shot schedule)

For a Good Night's Sleep:
  • Swaddling blankets - The Miracle Blanket or Aden and Anias swaddling blankets
  • White Noise - You can easily use a radio tuned to static or a fan.  Our little guys liked white noise so much for sleeping that we invested in a white noise machine by Marpac similar to this one.  We now own two.

Nursing Items:
  • Bamboobies - yes, an incredibly embarrassing name, but these are great breast pads that don't show through your shirt.
  • Nursing Cover - like the ones from Baby au Lait or the Modest Mom

For Your Mental Health:
I've loved being involved in my local Mothers of Preschoolers group (MOPS).  It's for any mom of a newborn through preschool age.  Childcare is usually provided on-site.  It's great to be able to get out a couple of times a month and talk with other mamas.  

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