1. Best Nest Wellness® Vitamin D 3 drops (400IU per drop)
Vitamin D3 is vital for the breastfed baby. It helps develop healthy bones, healthy muscles, and to strengthen the function of your babies immune system. I believe this particular brand is the best vitamin D3 drop because it is 100 percent natural. It contains NO ADDED sugar, colors, flavors, preservatives, gluten, GMO’s, dairy, Soy or yeast.
2. Water Wipes®
Purchased at Target
In hospitals, wipes are not used to clean babies bottoms. Instead, gauze and warm water are used. That being said, why would you start using anything different once you are at home? Water wipes are just that, 99.9 percent water and 0.1 percent fruit extract. Baby skin is very delicate and should be cleaned with the most gentle and purest wipe.
3. Milk snob® Nursing Cover
I cannot go a day without one of these. I own about seven, not because I need seven but because the designs are just too cute. I keep one in each of my cars, in the diaper bag, and at my mother's house. These multi-use covers allow me to nurse in public which is a big plus. They also allow me to peak at my baby without having to take the whole blanket off while he is in his car seat. Amazing!
4. Little Martin’s Drawer® Baby Nail File
Even though I am a skilled pediatric nurse; nothing scares me more than cutting my babies nails. Needless to say, this electronic nail file is heaven sent. It is extremely safe and efficient. It has different heads for different ages. I am still using 0-3 months for my four-month-old, and it works great. It cuts and shapes the nails so perfectly AND DOES NOT HARM the babies skin, cuticles or nail beds. If you have a moving baby, you will not cut or break any skin while using this product. I, however, do recommend cutting a babies nails 10 minutes after the baby has fallen asleep for the best results.
5. Burt’s Bees® 100% NATURAL Diaper Rash Ointment
$8.99 for 3oz
My son had sensitive skin as a newborn, and the ONLY cream that I found compelling was the Burt's n Bees diaper rash ointment. Rash cleared up in just hours. It is 100% natural and contains Shea butter, lavender oil, and jojoba seed oil. This cream is formulated with no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, SLS and is not tested on animals.
One zucchini = Five baby bullet servings (10)oz
One sweet potato = Ten baby bullet servings (20)oz
One cup of peas = Four baby bullet servings (8)oz
One squash = Ten baby bullet servings (20)oz
(These are my vegetables of choice, but feel free to try others)
Step 1: Start by cooking the vegetable/fruit either by steaming, baking, or boiling.
(Steaming maintains the most nutrients)
Step 2: Take the cooked vegetable or fruit and place them in the preferred blender. Use breast milk or plain water if you would like to thin the food.
Step 3: Set your machine to puree or grind and then begin to mash. As you are pureeing or blending, add the plain water or breast milk.
(Blending without adding any liquid is also a good option (which I did, and then just added the breast milk once ready to serve.)
Step 4: Once you have a nice liquid baby food puree you will then transfer the puree to ice cube trays for freezing/storing. Fill each cube with the puree, as though you were filling the tray to make ice cubes.
Step 5: Cover the tray with plastic wrap and put it in the freezer.
(Each cube is equal to approx. 1 ounce of food)
Step 6: Once the cubes of puree have set and are frozen (about 2 hours,) take the trays out of the freezer and transfer cubes to freezer bags. Be sure to label the bag with the date of preparation as well as the type of food. The baby food cubes should be used within three months of freezing.
Step 7: Enjoy watching your baby get messy!
1. Your Instagram reads like a love letter to your child.
2. You've been washing the same load of laundry three days in a row because you keep forgetting to dry it.
3. Coffee is one of your love languages.
4. By “purse,” you actually mean “diaper bag.”
5. Your baby spits up, and you catch it.
6. Lugging the car seat around is your idea of a workout.
7. Date night with your husband MAINLY consists of asking for updates from the sitter.
8. As your baby’s cheeks get chunkier, the urge to kiss them every second of the day is real, or is this just me?
9. In the beginning, breastfeeding seems impossible, but by the 3rd month, you find yourself sipping a Caramel Macchiato, eating a chicken salad, pinning on Pinterest, watching TV and simultaneously feeding your baby.
10. Upon feeding your baby, you set him in his crib and close your eyes, only to wake up to him fussing 3 minutes later… NO WAIT 3 HOURS LATER? How the heck did that happen?
11. Your spouse has been holding the baby for 3.5 minutes, you start to feel envious and demand it's your turn.
12. Eventually, you only find yourself cleaning off your baby’s dropped pacifier when you are in a public place where people can see you (God made dirt, dirt don't hurt?…or does that not apply here?…)
13. You get emotional when an outfit that was once huge on your baby no longer seems to fit.
14. You refuse, I mean ABSOLUTELY refuse to go up a size in clothes because your baby only wore 0-3 size clothes for nine days, but CLEARLY needs to up a size.
15. You find your husband and baby interacting in a candid moment and realize you love him more than you ever thought possible.
16. You can cry in a Huggies commercial.
17. Cutting a tiny person fingernails terrifies you.
18. You say, “Where's your other shoe,” at LEAST once a day.
19. Someone at the grocery store points out that your shirt is inside out AND/ OR backwards.
20. You and your husband find yourselves peacefully watching your baby sleep when he quietly whispers,”I can’t believe he’s ours.”
Wife. Mommy. Nurse. Living Her Happy Ever After.