This post is in honor of my sweet new nephew, Lane. Isn’t he adorable?
My children are already plotting to kidnap him, they are so in love.
Everyone can buy off a registry. But I have found that new moms really don’t know what they need. So, when a someone I adore (close friend, family member, etc.) becomes a new mom, I give them the “mom essentials.” What are the mom essentials? So glad you asked.
1. Secrets of The Baby Whisperer by Tracey Hogg – The first book a new mom should read. There are two basic philosophies on how to care for a newborn. On one end you have the Sears and their “Attachment Parenting” (Wear your baby, nurse constantly & be a human pacifier, sleep with your baby). On the other end, you have Babywise (Keep a VERY strict schedule, wait 3 hours between meals even if they’re hungry, etc.) Both of those were a little too much for my taste. I didn’t agree with either philosophy. To me, the Baby Whisperer book was a nice mix of the two extremes. It teaches you to follow a “routine” instead of a “schedule” and to listen/observe the cues of your baby to better meet their needs.
2. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth – this is THE book. Seriously life-changing. It teaches you about how much sleep children need and gives you techniques and understanding on how to help them become good sleepers. It piggybacks well on the Baby Whisperer book, because that book is already teaching you to notice the first cues and signs of baby’s getting sleepy. By not allowing them to get over-tired they are much easier to put to sleep. It’s also a book you can use with either attachment parenting or the babywise style – but as I said, I found it perfect to be somewhere in the middle.
3. How to Photograph Your Baby by Nick Kelsh – Seriously a book every mom with a camera needs. It has 9 simple fold out lessons that will improve your photography with even a throw-away point-and-shoot camera. After all, who doesn’t want awesome photographs of those amazing cheeks (both kinds!)?
4. Soothie Pacifier. – Babys have a need to suck, and contrary to what the LLL teaches, I don’t want to be a human pacifier. (And I successfully nursed all three of my babies, so I am NOT anti-breastfeeding). All my babies preferred the soothie pacifiers as infants. And now they even make THESE cute little animal ones.
5. Mylicon drops – These are the drops that dad has to go get from the drugstore in the middle of the night. They help your baby pass gas. It seems like that wouldn’t be a big deal, but when your baby is fussy and acting like they’re in pain for no apparent reason, this stuff is like magic.
That’s it! Those are the things a mom needs that she doesn’t know she needs. Yes, a monogramed blanket is nice, too, but these are the things I believe every mom needs! Well, that and a lot of PATIENCE and LOVE!
And if you are a new mom, it’s so true what they say ~ these moments seem like forever when you’re tired and in the trenches, but they really do go by in the blink of an eye. So soak them up. Relish them. You will never be sorry. After all…
Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ’til tomorrow,
For babies grow up, we’ve learned, to our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep!