Tag - babies

MommyB and Me Tips: Make Way for Baby

MommyB and Me With Baby C on the way at the end of March we’ve been telling Little Miss A lots about what to expect; the baby’s going to cry a lot, she won’t be able to do a lot of big girl things like you, she’ll sleep in mommy and daddy’s room when she comes home…and so on.

I feel it’s really important to prepare her as much as possible now and since she’s almost 3 she really understands a lot of it.

She’s been taking good care of her dollies, bottle feeding them, burping them, and of course diapering them.

Since I’m having a c-section I also told her that I would have a “boo-boo” on my tummy so when I came home from the hospital she’d need to be extra careful and that I couldn’t play with her like normal right away. Speaking of hospital, unfortunately in North Carolina (and perhaps other states, I haven’t really researched because it wouldn’t matter for me anyway,) there is a ban on all visitors under the age of 18 due to the H1N1 outbreaks. This could mean, and probably will mean that Little Miss A will not be able to visit me in the hospital. Once again, since I’m having a c-section that means at the very least I’ll be in the hospital for 2 days, away from her. Of course it makes me super sad, being that I’ve only left her overnight once and she was with DaddyB.

So trying to be the pro-active mommy that I love to be I started thinking of things I could do to help her prepare even more, especially with me being in the hospital. Here’s a list of a few fun things to do with your kiddo(s) whether or not you’ll be away from them to get them excited about the new arrival.

MommyB and Me Baby TipMake a paper chain– I love these paper chains! You can use them to decorate anything and also they’re great for countdowns. I decided that I’d cut some strips of pink and purple construction paper, about an inch/inch and a half thick and Little Miss A could decorate them with stickers and markers. She was more excited that I thought she’d be, and the best part is she can count down to the day Baby C will come home from the hospital (so long as my darling husband and family members remember to do this with her while I’m in the hospital, hint hint.)  You can also buy some paper chain kits, but I figure why waste the money, and home-made is so much better in this case.

Make a Video- We also plan on making a video or video chatting as a way for Little Miss A to be able to meet her little sister, in case the hospital regulations don’t lift before Baby C is born. I don’t want Miss A to think that I’ve gone and left her and now all of a sudden I show up at home with a new baby, the end. She loves video chatting with her grandmom and papa so I know she’d love the video as well.

Siblings, depending on their age, can also help you decorate baby’s room, pick out clothes or stuffed animals, talk to the baby, and kiss your belly. Really, everything depends on your child, try to pick something they love, music -make a song up about them and the baby, art- have them draw a picture for the nursery door, so many options! This will help big brother/sister bond with baby before they even arrive and feel like they’re a part of the process.

Do you have any great tips for me or other expecting parents out there to help their child feel included???

MommyB and Me Paci Tips

MommyB and MeWhether you call it a Paci, Binky, or a Plug pacifiers are often a major part of parenting. Typically your child will receive their first pacifier in the hospital, unless you express otherwise. It is from this moment that some children begin their addiction. Dum-dum-dum!

When Little Miss A started off on the “Paci” we never knew that she would be so attached. There were moments when we contemplated saying, “goodbye,” to it, but just didn’t see the need to give it up quite yet. We decided that we’d give Paci up cold turkey now since Baby C is on her way and all of the other “big girl” tasks have been checked off, (potty trained, big girl bed, getting herself dressed (mostly,)).

There are so many ways to rid your home of the pacifier. If you’re in the market for pacifier removal pronto feel free to try some ideas from the following list.

MommyB and Me Paci FairyBinkie/Paci Fairy – typically you use this when your child is old enough to understand bribery. The Fairy comes in the middle of the night, takes said Paci and leaves the child a small gift. Make sure the child knows there is a no return policy. There’s even a Paci Fairy Website where you can buy a book to read and prepare your child for this transition.

Paci with Props – With this technique you can do many things, like planting a Paci and a tree at the same time and watching how the tree grows as your child grows, and it’s great for the environment too! You can also tie pacifier or multiple pacifiers to fun balloons and send them to (Angels, birdies, Care Bears, basically anything that lives in the sky.) Or you can also mail them to someone your child knows, personally I don’t highly recommend this one though because the child may form a never-ending hatred towards that person since they “stole my paci.”

Paci Party – *This is the one we used for Miss A. Whether it be an at-home party or something outside your home, make saying, “Goodbye,” to Paci a celebration. We took Miss A to Build-A-Bear, where she got to pick out her favorite friend and when she put the “heart” in she also let them put her Paci in as well. We invited friends to make it even more of a celebration and ended up playing and having lunch together afterwards as well. And again, if you don’t want to spend money getting rid of Paci there are several other options.

Broken Binkie – A lot of moms I know swear by either putting a hole in paci with a needle so the suction is lost or by snipping off the end. Once the Binkie doesn’t work anymore some kids just simply give it up or put it in the trash themselves.

MommyB and Me Paci TipsMy main recommendations are:

1. The sooner the better. I think had we gotten rid of the Paci earlier it would have been less of a struggle because she wouldn’t have been as attached, although she does understand that she’s a “Big girl,” now.

2. Make sure the timing is right for you and your family. If your child is sick or making big changes it’s probably not the best time to give up this security blanket for them.

3. Patience, patience, patience. For some children giving up their pacifier is like giving up a substance to an adult. Don’t expect them to be fine with it the first night (although it’s a bonus if all goes well.)

4. Lastly, reward them for doing such a great job, giving verbal, physical, and material rewards will only enforce the fact that giving up one of their prized possessions is tough but you’re proud of them.

What are your pacifier struggles? Have you given up the pacifier? Share your stories and ideas with us!

Baby Favorites

If you’re a new mom, shopping for a baby shower, or going to be a mommy anytime in the future..here are some things you may want to think about getting to save your life!!!! I’ve listed the top 10 things I couldn’t live without being a mom, at least a mom to a baby. These do not include the givens, diapers, wipes, food, but are definitely things you may want to look into.

In no specific order:

1. Diaper Genie II- especially now that she is eating solids, I don’t think we could live without it. Plus it’s so easy to take out and change the cartridges.

2. Purell Hand Sanitizer- for times when you could use a sink but there’s none around. Love the stuff with aloe so your hands don’t dry out too.

3. Baby carrier- any kind will do, I have Infantino. But this comes in handy for shopping, simple housework or just calming your baby down sometimes even putting them to sleep. Not so great for doing dishes or anything food related.

4. Burp cloths- Avery is the spit up queen, so this was and is still a must for us. We have them upstairs, downstairs, in the car, in the diaper bag, and still that’s not enough. Easy to wash and handy for explosions.

5. Swing- I love love love the Fisher Price Papasan! It’s so versatile you can rock two different ways, and Avery loves the mirror and animals. Unfortunately, the weight limit says 25lbs but Avery is topping it off at 17.5lbs. She is too big for the seat and when we put her in it creaks, probably not a great sign. But she has used it tons since birth, so I’d say we got our money’s worth, if you don’t have one and have a new baby put this on your registry!

6. Gas drops- these were a huge help. I use Little Tummies Gas Drops, I’ve also heard that their Gripe Water is a good one, we buy these in bulk :):)

7. At least 2 changing pad covers- of course changing pad covers are a must, but I love that I have two, when one is in the wash I can use the other, I don’t have to wait for it to wash and dry, this definitely saves me time and is well worth it.

8. Pampers diapers- I was going to just put Swaddlers on here, but since then I’ve also used Cruisers and Baby Dry and love all of the Pamper Line diapers. They are great, as far as diapers go. They may be a little more expensive than some others, but I’ve not had one pee-pee leak period.

9. A good watch- not just any watch, a watch with a stopwatch feature is a must. I use mine to time feedings and also to see how long she is awake and sleeping. Even to this day I am using it to help me remember. Lord knows every mom has a lot of things on her mind already, why not help yourself out a little bit? The only thing is you have to remember to set the timer or else it’s worthless. It’s more sporty than fashionable but then again now you’re a mommy. Sometimes fashion has to suffer when it comes to convenience.

10. One word: Boppy. I use this for lots of stuff. Mainly to feed Avery, it saves my back and gives her and I support. Whether your baby is formula-fed or breast-fed you can use this. We also used to prop Avery up with it when she was very small and then when she was learning to sit up alone used it as a cushion. The covers and Boppy are both washable and easy to travel with.

I hope these suggestions help you. I know there are tons more but these were the most important to me.