A couple of weeks ago I shared this list of 25 Things That Are Unexpectedly Hard When You Have a Baby. It was a fun little list of parenting truths that I think all moms and dads can relate to. At the risk of being a negative nancy, I wanted to come together to complain and bond in our exhaustion and suffering for a minute. Now, in an effort to show everyone that it is not all bad, here are 25 Things That Are Easier When You Have a Baby.
When you have a sick or fussy little one, nothing feels longer than the time that it takes for a thermometer to check his or her temperature. Getting your child to even sit still for that long can be agonizing for you both. Forehead thermometers got a bad rap at first for being inaccurate, but recently it seems that studies are finding them reliable enough for home use. They are definitely the most convenient, and this Clinical Ear and Forehead Thermometer by Generation Guard offers the convenience of a forehead thermometer and ear thermometer in one device.
Registering for baby items can be entirely overwhelming! There are way too many items that you can buy for baby, and everyone has a different opinion on what is a want versus what is a need. I suggest customizing your own new baby checklist to keep track of the items that you plan to buy or borrow before baby arrives. As far as knowing what is worth splurging on and what items you can skip, that one will depend on your lifestyle. There are, however, some must-haves that all mamas tend to agree on. Here 40 moms share their favorite items from their baby registry.
Breastfeeding is a really hot topic right now. Women on social media are trying to normalize breastfeeding in public. Doctors are telling their patients that breast is best. The American Academy of Pediatrics is saying that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their lives. With so much pressure to breastfeed, it is important to make sure that every mom has the resources available to successfully breastfeed if that is her choice.
If your little one is drinking formula, you have discovered just how expensive it can be! When I stopped breastfeeding, my son was drinking 45-60 ounces of formula per day, so I did a lot of research and shopping around. Here is the best way that I have found to buy formula in 6 easy steps.
When I got pregnant, I was a 24-year-old fitness junky. I was spending at least 4-7 hours per week doing Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, the rowing machine, ballet class, and whatever other activities kept me moving. Like most new moms, I wondered how my fitness routine would change while I was pregnant and how much I would be able to handle after baby was born.
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When I created my baby registry, I did a TON of research. I read every blog and pin that I could find, I looked through pregnancy magazines, I looked at registry examples, and I asked other parents for advice. Overall, I feel like I had a pretty good handle on what I wanted and needed for baby.Now that I have had 6 months to see all of these items in action, here is my two cents.
I created a “New Baby Checklist” to make sure that our home was baby ready. Feel free to edit this spreadsheet to meet your personal needs.
As a new mom, it can be hard to find time to take care of your home and family, let alone take care of yourself. When you have limited time to spend with your baby, the last thing that you want to do is ignore him or her so that you have time to exercise.
If I had to pick one thing that I felt the least prepared for when having my first baby, it would be feeding him. I know, it sounds silly. Feeding your baby should be the easiest and most natural part of being a mother – after all, women have been doing it since the beginning of time. I wish someone had told me that just because it’s natural, that doesn’t mean that it will be easy.