I am now in my third month of maternity leave and the foggy newborn stage is starting to become a thing of the past. Jai has settled into some sort of routine now and things are a little bit more manageable aside from the initial few minutes of putting him in his car seat – he hates being restricted.
I remember when I was in my 3rd trimester of pregnancy and the nesting instinct kicked in , I made a list of all the things I thought I’d require and began stocking the cupboards. I also remember thinking I would need more than 1 of everything just in case. The thing that I failed to realised is that the baby will ultimately decide what he or she will like so theres a lot of trial and error when buying things that promise to make your baby sleep. I thought I would compile a list of generic products that have worked a treat for me in the hope that it will help some other newbie mommas out there.
We use this cream on Jai with every nappy change and he has never even had a hint of nappy rash, a large tube lasts for about 2 months so it’s great value especially if they are sitting in a soiled nappy for longer than they should be.
Now, this is slightly gimmicky and although it does promise to put a baby to sleep, I use it as an aid to help Jai differentiate between night and day. The sheep is super soft and comes with 3 different sounds which can be played by pressing each of Ewan’s paws – yes it’s very cute. I am not a particular fan of the white noise option so I tend not to use this but the harp melody and womb sound work a treat when preparing Jai for bedtime, he now associates this sounds with quiet time.
Unfortunately as Jai was a winter baby and it didn’t take him long to get a cold, after we heard him struggling to breathe through his nose at night we bought this nasal aspirator which was a god-send. The filter end sits in the entrance of the nostril and the other end is where you suck, granted you need good lunch capacity with this but it works a treat and made me feel so much better knowing my baby could breathe more easily.
Jai was a small baby so nursing him at the beginning didn’t give me arm ache, this soon changed after he began gaining weight. I remember taking my Boppy pillow with me to the hospital and it affected my latch so I ditched it until Jai gave me arm ache. Once I had perfected my latch the pillow became essential, it’s the perfect shape and softness especially when Jai falls asleep after a feed.
I cannot recommend this coconut oil enough, it’s brilliant. We used it as a treatment for cradle cap which cleared up within weeks, we used it on Jai’s hair with a baby brush and the flakes just came off easily. We then continued using it on his skin and worked wonders to maintain the softness especially during the winter months.
There are other products that I use but the ones above have been essential for me.