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Motherhood + Baby

Henry’s 6 Month Update!

It’s our sweet little babe’s HALF BIRTHDAY! 🎉

Woah woah woah – time needs to sloooow down! I can’t believe it’s been six months (yes, I will say that every month). This past month has been amazing. After a rough patch during the previous month, I am so happy to say that things have turned around not just for the better.. but for the best! Henry is currently off ALL of his reflux meds and is the happiest little guy who hands out smiles like they’re goin’ out of style. Here’s what else has been going on: Continue Reading

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Our Family photo Shoot (featuring Freshly Picked)

Even though our sweet baby is only just shy of six months old, I find myself saying to my husband all the time, “Remember when Henry…” And whether I’m reminiscing on his squished little baby face right after he was born or watching a video of him waking up full of smiles from when he was only three months old, it often feels as if he’s been here forever. Having Henry has made me realize so many things about life and about being present. One of the greatest things I’ve learned is that life is truly measured by memories and moments. Continue Reading

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Henry’s 5 Month Update!

Time is surely flying! It’s hard to believe Henry has been with us for five months already! I know it’s SO cliche.. but where does the time go?!

In all honesty (because I’m very honest about motherhood!), Henry’s fifth month of life hasn’t been my favorite. Not only have we been battling his reflux and trying to find the best remedy to keep him comfy, but he’s cutting his first tooth. The combo of those two with his new skill of rolling onto his belly has caused what is known in the mama world as the dreaded “4 month sleep regression.” So with that being said, I’ve been drinking more coffee than usual lately! Although this past month was tough, I still make sure that I enjoy and cherish every moment – good or bad – and remain optimistic about next month. Here’s what else has happened in the past month: Continue Reading

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My Registry Wish List with The Baby Cubby

Before my sweet little Henry was born and I took on the title of “mom,” I had ZERO clue what I would need besides  a crib, diapers and the obvious necessities. So when it came time to create my registry, I was beyond overwhelmed (because there is such thing as TOO much research) and ended up just choosing pretty much everything and anything I saw that looked cute & fun (& expensive). Continue Reading

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Spring is Blooming with JORD

Spring is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited because it’s one of my favorite seasons! Living in South Florida allows me the pleasure of having beautiful weather most of the year, but there’s just something about spring that makes me SO happy. I love spring styles, spring’s seasonal signature colors and of course – the flowers and everything green! Continue Reading

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15 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Pregnant

Motherhood is full of “oh no!” and “aha!” moments. You can do as much research as your brain can possibly endure while you’re pregnant, but experience is the best teacher when it comes to your new job title of “mama.” I spent countless hours reading books and blogs trying to prepare for parenthood. Somehow, these fifteen items slipped through the cracks of all my studying:

1. Not much will go as planned

I am a planner to the max. I had TONS of plans for our little family. And you know what? Sometimes, plans don’t work out and that’s okay! Did I plan to have a reflux babe? Nope. Am I makin’ it work? ‘Sho nuff am!

2. Bonding can take time

For some of us, that instant “this baby completes me” feeling takes time. I didn’t expect that but I’m glad to know it’s not abnormal. Now, I’m obsessed with that little squish of mine!

3. You might become addicted to buying baby clothes

Sorry, hubs! But really, I’m not.

4. Mom guilt is real

Ohh this is just TOO TRUE and that struggle is SO real. Guilt over every decision. I’ve learned to just LET IT GO & breathe.

5. Leaving baby with anyone will be harder than you think

Cabin fever is legit as a new mama. You pretty much can’t leave the confines of your house or the pediatrician’s office for weeks on end (feels like forever, doesn’t it?). But when you finally get the chance to break free and leave the house alone.. you’ll just worry about the baby instead.

6. You’ll learn to trust your instincts

When I was pregnant, I felt like I had to learn EVERYTHING before he came home with us novice amateur parents. In the end, I found that it really just comes to you. Soon enough, you can change a diaper in under a minute, in your lap, in the backseat of the car. Trust yourself, you’ve got this.

7. Your house will be taken over 

Say buh-bye to your clean modern living space! Our home has turned into ‘Baby Wonderland.” And of course, you’ll always have WAY more than you need.


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8. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out..

WRONG! Once you dare think to yourself “alright, I’ve got this,” something will change and you won’t have it. Keep calm & move on. On Henry’s 3rd month birthday he decided to become intolerant to my breastmilk. We’re workin’ on it, one dairy-free/soy-free meal & GI visit at a time.

9. You’ll NEED your mom tribe

Find your mom tribe & you will be forever grateful. From support to experience, they’ve got your back!

10. Leaving the house will take forever

This used to be because you had to apply your makeup with precision and tame every single flyaway that sprouted from your head. Not anymore! Now it’s because your baby decided to ‘dirty’ his diaper as you were walking out the door or you had to turn around because you forgot the stroller.. or the pacifier.. or your sanity.

11. Your hormones will go so CRAY

I wasn’t prepared for the hormonal shit storm that was about to hit me so hard a week or so after delivery. Wine.. just wine.

12. You’ll appreciate a solo trip to run an errand like never before

Once you get over that guilt of leaving your baby, it will turn into true appreciation for not having to worry about a possible baby meltdown in the middle of Target. Trust.

13. Maternity leave is NOT a vacation

There is no time to read for leisure, perfect your gourmet chef skills or learn a new language. Momming is a full time job those first few months (and really forever)!

14. Everyone will see your boobs

If you’re breastfeeding or pumping, just get used to it. The housekeeper, your in-laws, possibly the pool guy..

15. Your body MAY hold onto an extra few pounds if you’re nursing

When I started to shed all the “baby weight,” I couldn’t figure out why I hit a 5lb. plateau that just wouldn’t go away no matter how much I was exercising and eating healthy. After talking to some other moms and doing my research, I found that it’s pretty normal for our bodies to hold on to a couple of pounds until you’re done nursing.

With all that being said, we are all just doing the best we can for our little babes and THAT’S MORE THAN ENOUGH. Mamahood is amazing, scary, and exciting – embrace every emotion and savor every minute. Most importantly, everything is temporary. The good and the bad.


Motherhood + Baby

Henry’s 4 Month Update!

Henry’s fourth month has been yet another whirlwind! What they say about the days being long and the years being short has never been truer. My sweet baby boy is growing before my eyes and every day it feels like he’s bigger and doing something new that he wasn’t doing the day before! With all the amazing moments we’ve had together, we’ve also had some rough ones this month. Henry’s reflux has really taken a turn for the worst lately and we’re hoping that that was the peak of it and things are going to get better from here on out! We’re trying eliminating some things from his (my) diet, some new medications, probiotics, visiting a baby chiropractor and diffusing a couple of essential oils (I’ve always considered myself semi-granola☺️). I’m so thankful to have such a healthy, thriving & active baby, but seeing him in pain from the reflux is heartbreaking! Here’s what else has been happening this month:

Stats:

Weighing in at 16 lbs & 24.5 inches
Sleeping 10 hours at night

New skills:

Rolling from back to belly, laughing & refining his grabbing skills. Henry also graduated physical therapy this month for his neck! YAY!

Loving:

Sitting and spending time outside, his nightly baths, blondes 😆, the chiropractor and our Mommy & Me classes.

Hating:

The carseat (STILL!), staying up too late and sitting still for too long.

Looking Forward To:

Introducing solids soon (I can’t wait to cook for this baby!), family photos in March and hopefully learning how to sit up!

If you guys have any questions or advice for our new parenthood life, please leave them below!

Friday Faves

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We are doin’ the Friday dance around here! It’s been a LOOOONG week for us & I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am that it’s FriYAY. Here are some things that I’ve been loving this week..

I have been LOVING this moisturizer & this CC cream that my makeup artist bestie recommended. I told her I need to achieve a “put together” look in about 10-15 minutes. Mission accomplished!

Are you following @kalejunkie on Instagram? If not, you should be! I LOVE her healthy recipes, product recommendations & the inspiration she sends my way.

I started doing Orangetheory workouts a few weeks ago and it has quickly become one of my favorite workouts! I love the mix of cardio and weight training.. and I never find myself checking the clock to see how much time is left. The classes fly by!

I’ve been on the hunt for some cute small boutique baby shops lately because we love supporting small businesses in this house! In the meantime, I came across these leggings from Zara & just had to order them for Henry.

This week has truly been a whirlwind (I’ll elaborate soon) and I’m so ready to get my weekend on!

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WOOHOO it’s Friday! I LOVE the feeling of Friday. It’s just a cheerful day that always deserves some celebrating (too early for a glass of wine?). This weekend will be spent with friends & family and I’m excited for a relaxed couple of days with no crazy schedules! My favorite finds of the week are..

Henry is going to look SO CUTE in this outfit this summer! Who knew that dressing baby boys could be just as fun (maybe more 😉) as girls?! I shop for H way more than I shop for myself.

This mint + cacao smoothie blend from Daily Harvest. A good smoothie can really hit the spot – especially since it’s always a thousand degrees here in South Florida. Daily Harvest ships smoothie blends right to your door & all you have to do is add liquid and blend! Daily Harvest was nice enough to offer my readers three free smoothies delivered to your door, just use code MILESANDMIMOSAS.

These adidas sneakers have quickly become a staple item in my new mama wardrobe. They can be styled so many different ways and I love a versatile pair of shoes!

I have loved this activated charcoal mask for quite some time and didn’t use it while I was pregnant (just out of precaution). I found it in my drawer the other day and got SO excited! I’ll be using it this weekend.. and maybe I’ll get some time in the tub, too! Hopeful thinking.

If you’re a South Florida local, you NEED to try Bolay! They have a new location (opens TODAY!) in my hometown, Boca Raton, and it is delicious! I find that there aren’t enough quick & healthy options around – and now I have a new go-to. I love the concept of making my own bowl and their ahi tuna is so flavorful!

Have a great weekend, babes!

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Henry’s 3 Month Update!

Henry has officially graduated from the “fourth trimester.” If you’re a new mama, you know exactly what the fourth trimester is all about – am I right?! For those of you who have never heard the term (or just thought it was a cute play on words), the fourth trimester is the first three months of your babe’s life when they are adjusting to the great big world around them. It’s the period of time when they need to be swaddled, feel the warmth of your body and are figuring out the whole day/night thing (more on that later). While time is flying by WAYYYY too fast, I’m so happy with where we are now and how much Henry has grown in the last few months. Here are our updates:

Stats:

Weighing in at 15 lbs & 24 inches
Sleeping 10 hours at night

New skills:

Big happy smiles, rolling from tummy to back, grabbing (ouch!) and making lots of new (baby dinosaur-like😆) sounds!

Loving:

Mornings, this Jumperoo (on sale!), drying off after the bath, this super soft & cozy swaddle (this company gives a swaddle to a child in need with every purchase!) for naps, the Noggin Stick, chatting it up with Mama, seeing Dad come home from work, spending time with the Grandparents & two Aunts and of course.. MILK!

Hating:

The carseat, being tired & overstimulated. Did I mention the carseat? 😐

Looking Forward To:

Our new Mommy & Me classes, the possibility of introducing solids in the next few months, more adventures out & about, planning our first family vacation & hopefully some big baby belly laughs!

We’ve come to learn and realize a lot about our baby in such a short period of time. It’s crazy to see how these tiny humans have preferences already, as well as strong likes and dislikes. Henry takes his longest naps when we’re out and about.. the louder the better! He knows when it’s not his Dad giving him his last feeding before bed & lets you know he knows. Henry is learning his routine just like we are. He yawns the minute I put him into his nighttime bath, every time! He’s not just a sleep-all-day newborn anymore.

I’m really trying to soak up every moment. Every time he falls asleep on my shoulder, I never want him to let go. And when he smiles, I just want to forever engrain that image in my mind. This, for me, is the hardest part of mamahood – trying to freeze time, moments and feelings. As much as I can’t wait to see the boy & man he will become, I want his little baby self to stay forever too. On that note, cheers to the next month!

If you guys have any questions about our new parenthood life, please leave them below!

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My Fresh Market Shopping List

If you’ve never shopped at a Fresh Market before, you are WAY overdue and totally missing out! Where I live, in Boca Raton, FL, we now have THREE locations to choose from. I’ve always been a huge fan of this supermarket specialty chain and am so excited to welcome yet another even bigger and better store to do my shopping in. My new favorite Fresh Market location offers more fresh, delicious food, an increased selection of local products, health-conscious items and everyday grocery favorites. What more could a girl ask for? Below I’m listing some of my favorite products that I buy from The Fresh Market.

Blooms & Bouquets:
I LOVE fresh flowers in the house. While hubs does a good job at bringing them home, I sometimes can’t help but pick up a beautiful bouquet every time I pass the gorgeous flowers at Fresh Market. Whether you’re looking for something romantic & classic or something wild & exotic, TFM has it all.

Hummus Heaven:
The Fresh Market’s hummus game is STRONG. Row after row, and shelf after shelf, they pretty much have every flavor you could ever possibly imagine! My favorites are Hope Foods Jalapeno Cilantro & Eat Well Embrace Life’s Tuscan White Bean Hummus.

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Cheese Please:
I appreciate a good gourmet cheese selection. Whenever I entertain, I always have a cheese & charcuterie platter and love experimenting with new cheeses. The Fresh Market offers domestic & imported cheeses that even the biggest cheese snob would approve!

Dough(nt) You Want Some?:
The best park of baking cookies? The dough, duh! But it’s just not safe. Thank goodness for The Cookie Dough Cafe! I haven’t seen this item at any other grocery store and may or may not make a trip just for a jar of this stuff. They have a few different flavors available and my favorite is Cookies & Cream!

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Olive You Lots:
As I mentioned above, I love making an impressive appetizer spread when I have guests. Cheese, meats, hummus, the whole nine yards! And what would a spread like that be without a big bowl of fresh delicious olives?! The Fresh Market has a great olive & antipasto bar where you can find all the fixins’!

With that being said, now I’ve got a hankering for olives & cheese! What are some of your favorite items from The Fresh Market?

*This post was sponsored by The Fresh Market.

Friday Faves

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Happy Friday!

One of my goals for 2017 is to get back to blogging more regularly. Not only do I love writing and sharing what’s on my mind and what I believe in, but it’s very therapeutic! With that being said, I’ve decided to introduce something new called “Friday Favorites,” which will allow me to share recipes, products, blogs and really just anything that I find across the web or around town that interests me (and hopefully YOU)! This will also hold me accountable to blogging on the reg since hopefully you guys will be looking forward to that Friday post. 💁🏻 So without further ado, here is the first of many “Friday Favorites!” 🎉

*Friday Favorites will never be a sponsored post. All of the opinions below are my own.

Chelsea’s Messy Apron’s One Pan Healthy Sausage & Veggies:
I came across this recipe recently on Pinterest and immediately ran to Whole Foods to get the ingredients. I LOVE Bilinski’s organic chicken sausage line and needed a new easy recipe that would last a few days in the fridge (because #momlife). You can mix up the veggies in this recipe as well as the type of sausage you use, making it super versatile and never boring.

M Loves M:
I don’t even remember how I found Mara’s blog, M Loves M, but I’m so glad I did! Not only is she another new mama (to the cutest little guy!), but her style alone is worthy of subscribing.

Simple Mills Chocolate Chip Cookies:
When I found out that Henry couldn’t tolerate dairy that well, I had to make some dietary changes. Giving up dairy was tough, but I have done it in the past so I knew I could handle it. Simple Mills makes it so much easier! I am SO IN LOVE with their vegan chocolate chip cookie mix. I love adding cinnamon for an extra element of flavor.

Spiritual Gangster:
I love this brand! I find myself browsing their “shop” section probably too often. Lately, I’ve had my eye on this sweater.

Henry’s Friday Fave:
How could I write this post without including one of H’s faves of the week?! We all know how often our little one’s tastes change. Lately he’s been LOVING this rattle. I don’t get the allure – but it keeps his attention during tummy time! It came highly recommended and now I’m passing along the recommendation. ☺️

Thanks for following along, friends! Stay tuned for next week’s finds.

 

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How Is He Sleeping?

That’s one of the most popular questions asked when you have a newborn at home. Everyone knows, whether a veteran mama or someone who’s only seen a diaper in a TV commercial, that a newborn baby doesn’t allow their parents much sleep in those first few months. However, I was determined for all of us to get a good night’s sleep. I thrive on routine, schedules and to-do lists. And while parenthood has taught me that things definitely don’t always (maybe “rarely” is a better word 😂) go as planned, I set out right away to get Henry on some type of schedule that shortly became our “new normal.” So when friends ask me, “How’s Henry sleeping?” I can answer them bright eyed and bushy tailed with “like a champ!” How did we do it? Keep reading to find out! 👇🏻

When I was pregnant, I was quite the bookworm (I am in general, actually). I was particularly drawn to the book “Baby Wise” and what they had to say about getting your baby to sleep through the night, especially the part where it said it would happen sooner than later! Babies, like myself, also thrive on routine and begin to learn “what happens next” in their day. That was music to my ears. Soon enough, I began implementing the Baby Wise principles paired with the “Moms On Call” schedule and Henry started sleeping ALL. NIGHT. LONG. Yes mamas, it CAN happen! For us, it’s all about our day & night routines which look like this:

**This routine/schedule worked for us but obviously might not work for every baby. I would recommend reading Baby Wise and Moms on Call for more information and tips! If you are a family with an unpredictable nighttime schedule (ie out until different times every night), this won’t work for you.

6:30-7am: Henry wakes up (like clockwork) & has his first feeding of the day. We let light into his room and change his clothes so he knows it’s not nighttime any longer.

8/8:15am: Henry hangs with Dad before he goes to work while I get ready for my day with him. So when hubs leaves for the day around 8-8:15, I take Henry on a stroll in the Baby Bjorn. We do this EVERY morning and I love seeing how much more aware Henry is of his surroundings as the days go by. He will typically take a cat nap between his first and second feedings of the day.

9:30am: Henry’s next feeding, activity time & then naptime. We do tummy time, read a book, practice rolling over, etc. If I have errands to run, I typically do them around this time with him and he will nap in the carseat/stroller.

12:30pm: Henry’s next feeding, activity time & then naptime.

3:30pm: Henry’s next feeding, activity time & then naptime. Usually after this feeding we hang in the nursery for a little bit and read & listen to music or he will watch me put away his clothes.

6:30pm: Henry’s next feeding, activity time & then naptime. Naptime is often shorter during this period. We start dimming the lights around the house at this time of day so Henry knows it’s not party time any longer!

8:30pm: This is when we begin our “nighttime routine.” At 8:30pm sharp, I start his bath. While the bath is filling, hubby hangs with Henry and I set out his pjs and clothes for the following day with their respective diapers (use an overnight diaper at night! That is KEY!), get the bottle ready (Dad feeds Henry before bed with a bottle) and get the swaddle in place & ready to go. Once the bath is all set, I bathe H for about 10-15 minutes and keep the atmosphere calm & relaxed (low voice and no excessive excitement). He starts yawning in the tub – it’s too cute!

After the bath, I get him diapered and dressed in his pjs. I turn down the lights, turn on the sound machine and the ceiling projector, and Dad knows that’s his cue. Henry gets swaddled in his Halo SleepSack (arms free) and fed while listening to lullabies (around 9-9:15pm). When all is said and done, our sleepy baby gets tucked into his DockATot (SO NECESSARY) and settles himself to sleep.

This routine has worked for us since Henry was between 5 & 6 weeks old. The first few nights we tried this consistently and had our DockATot, he gave us 6 hour stretches. So we knew we were on to something! We stuck with it and soon enough he started skipping that 3am waking time. The first time he slept until 6am we were SO HAPPY (and kinda worried – but the pediatrician reassured us this was okay based on his weight/age!). The important thing to do is keep the morning and nighttime feedings around the same time every day. So if H wakes up at 6:30 OR 7am, he still eats again at 9:30. Depending on the day, sometimes this schedule will fluctuate by a half hour — but I haven’t let it change much more than that. Soon enough, H should be transitioning to go even longer between his feedings and sleeping even longer at night. I’ll keep you updated if anything changes!

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Henry’s Nursery

One of my absolute favorite pregnancy pastimes was decorating Henry’s nursery and all the research and planning that went along with it. I spent countless hours on Pinterest, Instagram and blogs searching for inspiration and the perfect look for my little babe. When I found out we were having a baby boy, I immediately knew I didn’t want a typical blue or ‘boy themed’ nursery and felt more drawn to a neutral color palette. And let’s be honest, mom spends the most time looking at and enjoying the nursery that first year during all those late night feedings and diaper changes! When Henry is a bit older, he can have his Star Wars or football themed room – but for now, it’s everything mama wanted!

When I first got pregnant, I saw these little animal planters from Anthropologie on Pinterest and fell in love. These were the inspiration item that the entire nursery would be designed around. For me, that’s always how it happens. I find one item and work around it (which can prove extremely difficult sometimes!). Shortly after finding out we were having a “he,” I ordered the planters and the rest just fell into place little by little. The colors we chose were mint green, white, and gray with wood & safari animal accents and an overall mid-century modern feel. When all was said and done, I was so happy with the result — a calming & airy space that I enjoy spending time in with my little love. I’ve linked everything below if you happen to love it just as much as I do!

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Henry's Nursery

Dresser | West Elm

Crib | Pottery Barn Kids

Rug | Target

Giraffe | Melissa & Doug

Rocker | Buy Buy Baby

Hex Shelves | Etsy

Animal Prints | Etsy

Nursing Stool | Amazon

If you have questions about any of the other items, feel free to leave a comment below!

 

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Top Newborn Must-Haves

Being a new mama is so many things – exciting, amazing, emotional, terrifying and overwhelming just to name a few of these new feelings. All of a sudden your mind becomes consumed by this tiny human that never existed before – and I’ve heard that that never goes away! I’m always wondering if I’m doing what’s best for Henry with every decision and I think I’ll do that for the rest of my days. When I was pregnant, I read so many articles and blog posts on the quest for the best products for new moms and newborns, but I never really felt like one single post had everything I was looking for. So now that I have (a little) experience under my belt and somewhat of a routine in our newly adjusted household, I figured this was the best time to share what products and gadgets are working for our little family!

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1. DockATot Deluxe:

I had seen this product on Instagram and around the internet long before Henry arrived but really couldn’t justify spending almost $200 on a “pillow.” But when Henry arrived and I realized just how precious sleep was, I quickly changed my mind! So when Cyber Monday rolled around, I bit the bullet and ordered our first DockATot. Let me tell you, this thing is a lifesaver and not just a “pillow!” The first night we used it, our little babe slept SEVEN hours straight at just 6 weeks old. I’m a believer!

2. Baby Bjorn Bouncer:

For Henry’s first five weeks of life, this chair sat in the corner collecting dust. Until one day, not even the Mamaroo could make the little dude happy, so we had to try something new. We pulled out the Baby Bjorn chair and it has quickly become our household favorite! While Henry can’t bounce it himself yet and we do have to sit there and bounce it for him, he absolutely loves it and is so peaceful when he’s bouncing away. When he has better head/neck control, he’ll be able to bounce it on his own. In the meantime, it’s a mini workout for mom & dad.

3. White Noise Machine:

Who knew that babies loved sleeping to such weird sounds like white noise and vacuum cleaners?! From the very beginning, after reading books like Moms on Call and the like, we knew we would need some type of sound machine. Not only does it comfort our baby, but it also drowns out any noise we might be making in the other room (ie a clumsy mama in the kitchen!). We use this one and it hasn’t let us (or Henry) down, but there are a ton out there.

4. Halo SleepSack Swaddles:

We all know how important it is to swaddle our babies when they’re born – it keeps them cozy and reminds them of their first home in our bellies where they had tight quarters to say the least. However, during those middle of the night feedings when you’re a total mombie, it can be tough to swaddle a flailing baby well. So whoever invented the Halo SleepSack, I thank you. You put your babe in and pull their arms through the openings, zip it up, and then use the velcro panels to swaddle your little one tight.

5. Audio Only Monitor:

Of course we purchased the fancy video monitor before our baby arrived just like everyone told us to. But what they didn’t mention was that if you use a white noise machine, either you have to listen to said white noise ALL NIGHT LONG while you’re trying to sleep or risk not hearing your little one cry by turning the volume down too much. After some research, my husband found this VTech audio monitor that allows you to change the sound sensitivity so that it will only alert you when your baby is crying and completely drowns out your sound machine! Genius! So now we can see him on the video monitor and hear him on the audio monitor.

6. 4moms Tub:

The 4moms baby tub takes all the guess work out of determining whether your baby’s bath water is too hot or too chilly because it comes with a built in thermometer! It’s a little on the large side, so we use it in the regular bathtub where it fits perfectly. We purchased this insert to go inside so it’s a bit more comfortable for him and it helps prop him up a bit more while he’s still small.

7. Moms on Call:

If you’re like me, you thrive on routine. Getting my baby on a schedule was always a priority to me and I knew this long before I ever experienced my first 4am feeding. While Henry was napping one day, I downloaded this book to my iPad and started researching how to best get him on a schedule. This book, which relies on a beginning and end of the day set feeding time, combined with our new DockATot has really improved our sleep around here! Another helpful book is Baby Wise – whichever one works best for your family.

Some other tips I’ve found very useful:

Sleep ‘gowns’ are amazing. While the zip up pajamas and onesies are great and cute, the bottomless gowns are the best during those late night diaper changes when you don’t have to deal with zippers and snaps in the dark.

Don’t waste your money on a bottle sterilizer. Whether your significant other is helping out with feedings with your expressed milk or you’re formula feeding (or both!), you can simply use a large bowl and fill it with hot soapy water to clean your bottles. These sterilizer bags are also great and each bag can be used to to 20 times in the microwave.

You can’t have too many burp cloths.

Always have the next size diaper on hand. They grow out of that newborn size quickly! Our little guy is already bordering size two.

I’ve been peed on a handful of times already. Always cover your babe’s “spout” if you have a boy on your hands! Of course, it has happened twice in public. While many people said Peepee Teepees are a waste, I’ve found them helpful for this particular reason.

Keep late night feedings boring for your baby. Keep the lights dim (or off if you can), don’t change their diaper unless necessary (and use nighttime diapers that last longer!), don’t chat them up, etc. That way, they won’t be too riled and will hopefully fall back to sleep easily. If I have to change the diaper, I swaddle him right after instead of waiting until I put him back in the crib. Sometimes just swaddling him will wake him a bit and doing it ahead of time makes the transition from feeding to bedtime easier.

If you’re pumping, order extra pump parts! It’s so helpful to not have to continuously wash the parts. You can also keep them in the fridge and reuse them a couple times without washing them. I have a set for daytime and a set for nighttime. Anything that saves time is worth the investment.

Go for walks. During those first few months when you can’t tote your baby around Target, walks are a lifesaver. Not only will you get some fresh air and exercise, but your baby will enjoy it (or nap) too.

When friends, family and neighbors offer help, take it! We need it! If grandma offers to babysit for an hour just so you can get out and run an errand or hit your local Starbucks, do it. As much as you don’t want to leave your little one, a happy mom equals a happy baby. And cabin fever does NOT equal a happy mama!

I’ll be doing a post soon on my favorite new mama must-haves! Stay tuned.