That is of course referring to Brody and me!
This is a list of things that I have found necessary postpartum. Like-serious lifesavers. I will list some that I love for myself and also the things Brody loves too (so far).
First, we shall start with moi:
A glider. A nice, comfy one that you can sit back and relax in at 3 o'clock in the morning. The gliding ottoman is a must also. Kick up your feet and relax. You're going to be here a while.
A breast pump. Obviously you do not need this if you plan on formula feeding. But since I am not, this is another must have. I use it to store up milk for when I go back to work, have Brody's grandparents babysit, I need a break and Brian gives him a bottle, etc. I am borrowing the Medela Pump in Style from my SIL (after sterilizing it, of course) and have not had one problem with it. It's a little scary the first time you use it because you have no idea what's about to happen or how to put it together, but then, it's cake. I know a few other companies makes them-Lansinoh, Avent, Ameda, Evenflo, etc. I would definitely go for an electric one verses a manual. Here's what it looks like:
|storage ease....(not my picture)|
Also, an awesome blogger mom devoted to writing about her experience with this method has a plethora of information here and it will answer a lot of questions you may have:
A Boppy. I feel this would help with formula and breastfeeding. It helps me have one hand free and gives the babes more support. I have heard of another similar product, My Breast Friend, but have not used it. It is more flat and connects around your back. I have heard that it is better than the Boppy but I don't know from experience. I might try it with the next baby. But my Boppy has been a huge help!
|My Breast Friend---see the difference?|
There's my list. I may add to it as time goes on and when I think of more things. Now on to the cute guy....
Stuff Brody loves!
Isn't he just the cutest? I love the way he's curled up in some of them.
His pacifier. We don't use this unless absolutely necessary because I don't want him to become dependent on it, but it has definitely helped calm the screaming at restaurants and long car rides. This one is his favorite:
|This is called a Soothie.|
His swaddle blanket. We had tried a few before we got these and oh my gosh, they are awesome! Aden and Anais blankets are muslin cotton so they are gauzy and lightweight, and they are HUGE and square whereas most are rectangular. At first, I thought Brody hated to be swaddled but he would sleep terribly because his moro reflex (where they easily startle and throw their hands in the air) would constantly wake him up. After a few nights, he didn't resist against us anymore. Now he let's his arms go limp as we double swaddle him and he stays like that 'til morning
|They have cute prints and you can buy them at Target.|
|He's not swaddled here, but look how comfy he is! :)|
A double doozie: His swing and his play gym. He LOVES both of these things! I can put him in his swing, pop that paci in and he is a snoozin' in minutes. The play gym brings him (and us) soooo much joy. He loves having his wake time there. He stares at Mr. Octopus and just squeals with delight. It's the best.
|This is the swing he has. The Fisher Price Rainforest Edition.|
|The Neptune Play Gym|
I got the plastic ones (they're BPA free) and got a few of the 4 oz. and the 8 oz. They are known for reducing gas and colic.
|The 4 oz. plastic bottle|
Well, there you have it! Brody's (and mine) comprehensive list of products we love so far. (Up to 3 months) I will update as Brody tries new things!