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#MommyMonday: Advice For New Moms, From Moms

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Advice for new moms, from mom

Before we had Olivia I went through every emotion known to mankind - I was nervous, excited, and terrified all at the same time. I was nervous about birthing a baby, raising a child, etc. It's not like they make a book about parenting or anything ;-) I talked to a lot of moms and asked them for advice for new moms. Here's what they had to say...

Advice For New Moms, From Moms

Enjoy him/her being little as long as you can because they grow up so quickly.  I used to wish that we would be out of diapers, but be careful what you wish for because it happens in a flash. - Kari, my mom

 

Enjoy every second that first year because it goes by so fast! - Bonnie, my grandmother and great-grandmother to Olivia

 

Enjoy every second and DO NOT worry about your house, as the housework will always be there and all the changes in that first year you can never get back! - Pam, family friend and Grandmother to Harper

 

Ask questions babies are very resilient they let you know what they want. Become best friends with your baby doctors nurse. - Rosalie, my grandmother

 

Take time for your self even if it’s something as simple as a pedicure. Pray that you do right by them. Always know that you can only do your best. - Glorie, my sister-in-law and mom to twins Ella and Lia, age 4 1/2

 

Two things: 1. I send copies of Baby Wise to all of my friends as they have babies because you can be the best mom you can be when you and your baby get some sleep. 2. Do what works for you. A lot of people try to tell you what to do. People would tell me to feed Lily every time she made a peep when I was trying to get her on a schedule. My mom was really supportive and even though my approach was different than hers back in the day (i.e. she co-slept), I was grateful that she always told me to do whatever worked best for me. - Megan, cousin and mom to Lily,  age 1  1/2

 

Pay attention to your kids. - Gloria, my mother-in-law

 

Always follow your instincts, even though your new to this, your motherly instincts are usually right. Do what you feel is best for your baby. Get your rest while the baby is sleeping, seems like I️t will be difficult but this time is when it’s easy to sleep. Take advantage while they’re 0-6 months, after this sleeping no longer exist! Any time they nap, (if you can get even 15-30 minutes) YOU NAP too!  - Natalia, my sister-in-law and mom to Ben, age 2

 

Your child isn’t going to want to sleep with you forever so let them snuggle! Oh and pick out all the cute clothes and make them wear them wear while they’re little because once they refuse you’ll never win the battle - Jeni, my aunt and mom to Ava, age 13

 

You’re your baby’s best advocate. If something doesn’t seem right speak up; people will feed you advice all day long, but you don’t have to listen to them. Trust your momma bear instincts. - Angelica, my cousin and mom to Beckett, age 3

Here's a few things: 1. Mom Shaming is for real! Just do what you think is right for your baby honestly you know in your gut! 2. Dancing with your little one seriously can change any rough day into the best one. Hello endorphins! 3. Embrace the messy house it just means you are lucky enough to have little ones enjoying themselves. Be kind to yourself and your new body....you made a person and that’s kind of amazing! 4. If you don’t have amazon prime GET IT! - Chantel, friend and mom to Beryx, age 1

Newborn Baby Essentials

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Newborn Baby Essentials

Olivia turned 3 months last week and I just don't know where the time has gone! She's gotten so big and has gained such a personality. Since becoming a mom, everyone keeps asking if I'm going to start blogging about that. I really want Four Threads to stay as a style and beauty blog, but it's only natural to throw in some "mom" things because it's my reality now. So I've decided to start a series every Monday for all the mommy's out there. This #MommyMonday will be reviews of products, essentials, what's worked and what hasn't, etc. Since I'm a 'new mom,' I'm constantly asking other moms or researching things so wanted to share everything with other mamas out following. 

If you have questions about being a mama that you would love for me to review or talk about for #MommyMonday I would love for you to send me a comment or message.

To kick off the first #MommyMonday, I wanted to share the newborn essentials that I've loved using within the two month of having Olivia. 

BATH

Tub - This tub has been the best purchase. My husband thought I was so  crazy to spend $60 on a bath tub but now after using it he totally gets it and feels comfortable giving our daughter a bath. There are two things we love about this tub: it tells you if the water is too cold or too hot and it runs clean water in while dirty water flows out. Olivia loves bath time and I can honestly give all the credit to this bath! 

Body Wash - I found that Johnson & Johnson dried out her skin to started using Babyganics Baby Shampoo + Body Wash and am totally obsessed. I love the smell and how it's gentle on her skin. I also love that it foams so a little goes a long way! 

Lotion - Our pediatrician told us to stay away from lotion at first because babies skin is so sensitive, but I couldn't help myself after seeing how dry her feet were. I love the baby smell to this!

Hooded Towel - I have a couple hooded towels but this was gifted to us and it might be my favorite so far because it's warm and cuddly (and super cute!!).

Wash Cloths - Perfect to wash their face. 

Brush - My baby has a lot of hair so a brush is a must. I love this Wet brush for babies.

FEEDING

Nursing pillow - I thought this was a marketing-gimmick at first, like why do I need a nursing pillow, can't I just use a regular pillow?! But I got a Boppy Pillow and cover as a gift from and it's been amazing. I used it to sit on the first few weeks after delivery and when I'm nursing or will give to someone else when they're feeding her to give their arm a break. 

Bottles - I'm breastfeeding and pumping so have been bottle feeding her my pumped milk. I've been loving these Dr. Brown's bottles. disclosure they are a pain to wash because there are so many pieces but they do work. 

Burp Cloths - I don't think you can have enough of these...so stack up ladies!! I have them scattered around my house ready to grab incase she spits up. 

LAUNDRY

Drying rack - I was a little clueless to the whole 'you can't put babies clothes in the dryer because they'll turn into barbie clothes.' So quickly invested in a drying rack. 

All Free & Clear Laundry Detergent - I bought the baby laundry detergent at first and almost gagged when I opened it because of the perfumes. So talked to my doctor and got the OK to use my regular detergent as it's free of perfumes and dyes. This also makes things soo much easier because I can throw our laundry and hers all together.  

SLEEP

Velcro swaddle - As cute as the Aden and Ani swaddles are, they just weren't practical for both my husband and I during nighttime changes and feedings. We quickly realized we needed velcro swaddles and have been using the SwaddleMe swaddles and love how quick and easy they are. 

HALO Bassinest - Pre-baby I was going back and forth between this Restoration Hardware Bassinet and the HALO Bassinest but SO glad I went with the HALO Bassinet. The mesh sides are great for the baby to breathe, it has a built in light and sound machine that come in handy, it swivels to the bed, and has pockets so you can put bottles, diapers, burp cloths, etc. 

White Noise Machine - At night we've been using the white noice on the HALO Bassinet but during the day the white noice comes in handy when she's fussy. We bought this one, but I also use this YouTube white noise video on my phone and it works like a charm.

CHANGING

Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers - Hands down my favorite diapers. My favorite thing is the yellow line that turns blue when the diaper is wet, which makes it so easy to tell if the baby needs a diaper change without taking the diaper off.

Uppi Diaper Pail - This pail is so great because it keeps out all the smells. 

Motherlove diaper cream - I bought this on accident thinking it was their Nipple Cream (hello pregnancy brain!) but started using it after Olivia get a little diaper rash and it cleared up better then the Desitin, which also leaves a white residue on the baby's skin. 

Pampers wipes - I have both the Huggies and Pampers wipes but prefer the Pampers as they're a bit softer on a baby's bum. 

PLAY/MISC.

Momaroo - I heard so many mixed things about this - some babies loved it while others hated it. So I made sure to save the box incase our daughter hated it. But, the verdict is out...she loves it. Best baby swing ever! This Mamaroo swing is fancy, it comes with various types of swing motions including a car ride and makes sounds, which you can also connect to your phone to play off there. 

Rock N' Play Sleeper - I love this sleeper! It's great for newborns because their head is at a bit of an incline, it rocks without you having to push it, and it's easily portable so she can sleep in any room.

Bouncer - This is a newer purchase towards the end of two months. My mom bought this when Olivia stayed with her and she loved it. Our daughter loves looking around so this is great because I can put it on the table or kitchen island and have her at eye level with me. She also likes the bouncing...it keeps her very occupied. It also makes sound and vibrates. 

Wubbanub - If your baby will take a pacifier, get a  Wubbanub. They are a lifesaver; like the burp cloths, I have a few upstairs and downstairs. 

Nail file - I haven't quite mustered the courage with nail clippers yet so have been filing her nails when they get too long. 

I know this post is SO long, and I give you props if you've made it this far! Every item I linked is the exact product I used! I really hope this helps a lot of you new mamas because it's certainly helped me. If theres any essentials you're using for 3+months, I'd love to know. :)