5 Basic Things to Make Life Easier as a New Mom
Giving parenting advice was one of the main reasons I started this blog, and I haven’t really wrote a lot about my experience as a new mom yet. With a few of my friends expecting this year, I decided that I needed to get on it.
This series is dedicated to those new mommies, so be on the look out for helpful tips and tricks from being in the hospital to bringing your little bundle home.
I just want to give a little disclaimer because every baby is different, so things that worked for me might not work for you. In sharing my motherhood experiences, I just hope to help some of the parents out there. When I became a mom, I had NO experience with babies whatsoever.
My own two babies seem to like everything opposite! Keeps me on my toes. Haha. So I hope you can relate to one or the other to help you with your little one.
These 5 basic things WILL make your life easier, and I wish I had known about them.
They are things that you just don’t think about until you are living it.
- Dye Free Tylenol – Wait, what? As a not so new mom, I think ALL medicine should be dye free, and it isn’t even because I am worried about blue #7 or whatever.
It is because my first born had acid reflux. When he was teething, we would try to soothe his poor little gums by giving him Tylenol. He would spit it up, and if it was pink, purple, or red, it would leave a stain on his shirt or bib.
It didn’t matter if I soaked it or pre treated it before the wash. Dye free is clear or whitish, and guess what? It doesn’t leave a stain!
Babies spit up, drool, or in the case of my daughter… will hold the Tylenol in her mouth and spit it out. You will be so glad that you have the dye free stuff. (I have seen generic brands with dye free options as well.)
As a new mom, you don’t want to be spending more time than you need to on treating laundry anyway… you have that beautiful baby to bond with!
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- Nail Scissors – I realize this may not be applicable to all new moms or parents, but they were a lifesaver for me.
I was so nervous about cutting my tiny little baby’s nails, but they needed to be trimmed so bad because he would scratch himself. They have mittens to put on newborns hands for that reason, but I didn’t want to keep him in those all the time.
My friend suggested that I try nail scissors instead of clippers since I was having a heck of a time filing his nails… which is what the nurse suggested at the hospital.
There are specific nail scissors for babies, and they are super duper easy to use if you are a fraidy cat like me!
- Swaddle Blankets/Learning to Swaddle – Ok, so I am a little embarrassed to admit, but I had no idea how to swaddle until after I gave birth to my son.
You always see babies on TV wrapped up in blankets, looking like a little burrito… there is a method for that.
And if you have a little baby ninja, there are swaddle blankets with Velcro. I had to use them on my son. The swaddle would soothe him, but he could wiggle out of the blankets in about 2 seconds.
Now, with that said… swaddling is great, but please follow your pediatrician’s guidelines for safe swaddling such as not swaddling a baby that can roll over. You should receive some information on this from the pediatrician or the hospital when you have your baby.
- Dry Shampoo – This may seem a little vain to some, but hear me out. As a new momma, you might find yourself choosing sleep over showering. Haha. I know that sounds gross, but it was true for me!
On the days where the baby is cranky or you don’t have help (like when your hubby is gone for the week at work if you’re a railroader wife), sometimes you might skip a shower, but if you want to freshen up… I highly recommend using dry shampoo.
I brought dry shampoo to the hospital with my second baby, and after I used it (to look a little bit better when visitors stopped by) the nurse even complimented me, and asked how I did my hair.
- Diaper Delivery – There are quite a few companies that you can order diapers from, but our favorite is Costco if you do disposable.
Here’s why: Costco Huggies diapers are higher quality than you will find at regular stores, they offer free shipping, and the diapers go on sale a few times a year.
This is a time saver, but makes it so you have one less thing to worry about. When diapers are running low, I hop on my Costco app really quick, order more, and they arrive within the week. It is such a big box that running out doesn’t (usually) sneak up on you.
Babies use lots of diapers, and you don’t want to be stressed about running out.
*General Diaper Tip: Don’t jump the gun to go up a size! The bigger the diaper, the less you get in the pack for the same price.
These tips for new moms are just things that I picked up along this motherhood journey of mine. Starting my series of parenting tips with these basic things was important to me because they are the little details that you might not think of.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them in comments 🙂
Talk to you soon!