It’s funny how much can change in such a short time. As a parent, I feel like somewhere between months two and three I have really started to get the hang of my new role. Yes, I expect that will all change soon, as Norah’s on the brink of entering her 4th leap, the 4 month sleep regression, and I’m pretty sure she’ll start teething in the middle of all of it, just to keep things super interesting.
But, still, I feel like my confidence as a mom has picked up. With this, the number of baby accessories I need has decreased. Here are six things I couldn’t live without the first month of mothering that I haven’t touched in the last (at least) 4 weeks.
When I first started breastfeeding, I couldn’t imagine feeding my baby without my boppy. I was clumsy and awkward. Not to mention, she was still a little ball of baby squish and wasn’t able to help me out with holding herself in place.
Now, though, we’ve got this nursing thing down! We’re pros. No boppy, no pillow, just me, my baby girl, and a comfy chair. Actually, we don’t even need the chair. I have fed her while I was up and around doing a couple quick things around my house. One handed, of course.
Moral of the story: You will get very comfortable with breastfeeding. Even if it seems like such a herculean task at first, stick with it!
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Somewhere between month one and two, my baby girl got too strong for my swaddles. I just couldn’t get her wrapped up tight enough and she’d wiggle herself free within minutes. Enter the Swaddle Me. These are the pre-made swaddles with the velcro that keep baby snug as a bug in a rug.
I couldn’t live without our Swaddle Me for about three weeks. But then, she started finding a way to get her little arms free from those, as well! So what do we do now? We only swaddle at nap time, and it’s an arms out swaddle. She doesn’t get swaddled for bed.
Nipple cream, nipple butter, my special nipple 911 cream, I had a surplus of these things stashed in every corner of my home. I used them religiously after feeding my little one to ease the pain that comes with getting used to nursing.
Thankfully, I don’t need any of them anymore. Honestly, if you’re a breastfeeding mama and you’re still using these things constantly and you’re more than six weeks into your breastfeeding journey, I would check with a lactation consultant (maybe there’s something wrong with the latch?). Nursing isn’t supposed to hurt! Yes, you need to give your body a little time to adjust, but if you’re in constant pain for more than a month and a half, I would seek help.
This is yet another breastfeeding accessory I’m happy to say I don’t need to carry around with me anymore! I haven’t used one of these little guys in a very long time!
For more about my love/hate relationship with Nipple Shields, check out my post HERE.
Diaper Tracking App
I was definitely that mom that had to keep track of everything, right down to how many wet/ dirty diapers she had a day. It’s important (super important) in the beginning to make sure your baby is peeing and pooping the right amount of times per day.
When they get older, though, you start to just know. Norah has a (sort of) routine when it comes to her diaper-related needs. My hubby and I know how many times she goes “number one” and “number two” a day. And if that changed, we would be aware of it. It kind of comes with the territory.
Oh man, did Norah scratch her face like crazy when she was little! She still has her moments when she’s mid-meltdown that her flailing hands will catch her cheek or nose and leave a nice little scratch. But, for the most part, she’s scratch free.
It also helps that now, hubby and I are confident enough with keeping her nails short and filed. For some reason, that was something that scared me when she was little. So, we would just put on her gloves so I wouldn’t have to face my fear and file her nails.
Guess what? It doesn’t bother her at all! And now, her little hands are free to grab and swipe her toys (or mama’s hair!).
To sum it all up…
You will be amazed at how much you just had to have at the start that you will end up only using for a month, maybe two. It’s not to say that those things aren’t necessary because believe me, they are. It’s just a way of showing how you’re changing and growing as a parent! It’s exciting!
Are there any things that you couldn’t live without at first that you don’t need now? Are there any items you didn’t use but now you can’t live without?