- Family and Parenting
Baby Things That Some People Can't Do Without
Things that have made life a little easier for me
After having two children I don’t claim to be some sort of know-it-all. I don’t even acknowledge that I even know half of what there is to know when it comes to breastfeeding or raising/taking care of my kids. I do know that what may work for one mother does not necessarily work for the next. Yet I find that some people I know still look to me for advice anyway. Honestly I don’t even think that I really know that much at all. I figured that I at least could tell you about some of things that I was really happy to have for both my boys after they were born.
I think that first and foremost would have to be cloth diapers. You don’t even have to use them as actual diapers. When I am not planning on being anywhere other than at home I use them as diapers, but I also always have them handy as burp cloths. Trust me when I say that those little weenie ones that you buy or are given as gifts don’t always cut it. They’re really convenient, especially since my son has a little acid reflux and spits up a lot sometimes. Diaper rash ointment is a must have for nearly every mom, because at some point or another every baby is bound to get at least one diaper rash. Desitin works pretty well, but I especially like Boudreaux’s Butt Paste the best. Just a little bit of that and my son’s diaper rash was gone almost as quick as it appeared.
A baby swing and/or bouncer are also a good thing to have, especially if your child has gas. Sometimes that has been the only reason that I’ve gotten some rest through the day. If at least one of them has lights and makes noise sometimes that’ll be all that you need. My youngest son has gas so bad sometimes that I have to switch between the two of them and choosing to lay him down across my legs patting his butt. You just shouldn’t use the swing or bouncer as a substitute for your attention to them though. I’m sure that it sounds like something that most parents probably wouldn’t do, but just like giving a bottle of milk when laying their babies down to sleep, I do know a few people who have done it.
An electric double breast pump is a great thing to have, especially if you are planning to return to work or are just a busy mom. A double breast pump allows you to pump more and to pump faster. With that in mind, you may want to stock up on plenty of storage bottles or bags for your breast milk. Many of the really good double breast pumps are pretty expensive, but they are worth it if you plan to use them fairly regularly. I know that in PA if you have GateWay health insurance through the state they will pay for you to get a breast pump. All you have to do is let them know at the hospital. They will fill out a form for you to get one, and you should have it within a week. You can also get one online through a medical supply website like edgepark.com. On their website you are given the option of entering your insurance information to see if your insurance will cover any of the expense. That is also the company that GateWay goes through when they send out for your breast pump.
If you plan on breastfeeding you may also want to stock up on breast pads. You may not leak regularly throughout the day, but when you are feeding you can’t expect that when your milk lets down you won’t leak out of your other breast. I personally like to use the reusable ones, because they are so much cheaper in the long run. I can only use them at home however, because I tend to leak a little too much. Using the disposable ones while I’m out and about makes it a little more convenient. I think that the Johnson’s brand is the best to use if you’re really looking for comfort, but I haven’t really compared any when it comes to being the most absorbent. Who actually wants to keep using a breast pad until it can’t hold anymore, right? You wouldn’t leave your baby sit in a dirty diaper just because it’s not completely full would you?
I think that a baby carrier is also very handy to have. It can make doing some things a lot easier. Evenflo has been my favorite when it comes to the more commonly used type of baby carrier, but I prefer to use a sling when carrying my baby around. They save on space because they usually fold up rather nicely. As your baby gets bigger you can adjust it to accommodate their growing body. When buying a baby sling they tell you to base it on your shirt size, but don’t forget to take into consideration your ever enlarging bust size. I had bought a size small sling, and I wore it for about a week after my son was born. After that it was too small for me to use. Luckily I had also bought an adjustable sling. The nice thing about using a sling is that you can use them all the way from birth up until they weigh about 35 lbs.
Well these are the things that I was most happy to have when I had my two sons. I’m sure that not all of these things may be considered as wonderful to have by other mothers, and I know that there are probably a lot more to add to the list. This is just more or less just a helpful list of things that may come in handy.