I’ve learned many things as I stated before about what to do and what not to do for the next time I have a baby, this includes not telling anyone the gender of the baby until AFTER (or at) the shower. Well, here is a few more lessons…
Buy the bigger bottles. You know, the 6+ oz ones. You’ll be switching in 4 months or less anyway. Go ahead and buy the next size up nipples for them too. The anti-colic bottles are great for newborns, but they don’t really do anything for baby after three months unless your baby has severe reflux or other gas/tummy issues. So if you’re going to buy them just buy a few.
Cradle cap. Dear God. Just go ahead and buy some cocunut oil. Coconut oil is good for many things anyways so it’s not a loss to buy a whole big jar of it. If your baby ends up having cradle cap just wash his hair, lather it on his head, leave it on overnight, wash it out the next morning and use a baby brush to get rid of the flaky skin. I am obsessed with picking so I literally pick the flakes off my baby’s head all day until it was absolutely gone. But the coconut oil helped tremendously. It made it easier to peel off the dry skin. His cradle cap was gone in one day.
Store brand instead of brand name items. This includes formula, diapers etc. For formula we were buying about $30-$40 worth of formula a week. We did some research and compared the ingredients on the store brand of the formula that compares to ours, the EXACT same, and and whole $20 cheaper. I still like my Pampers dieapers but buying the Costco brand diapers if you can is much more money saving and my baby’s bum doesn’t know a difference.
You need patience and acceptance. Seriously, this is what I needed to hear my first week with a newborn. I was sleep deprived, I was crying, I was not showering or eating right, I was so incredibly close to having postpartum depression. I wish someone would have told me that baby’s just cry, and it’s alright to be frustrated at yourself and even your baby. You will get annoyed. You will get annoyed at your baby, and good God you will get angry at your spouse. Trust me, you don’t want to fuel the anger, just accept things such as the fact that you WILL get up to feed the baby multiple times throughout the night for months and you will not sleep but 2-3 hours until your baby sleeps for AT LEAST 4 straight hours at night. Just accept this fact and you will be less annoyed when having to get up at night, even when going back to work at just 6 weeks postpartum (if you’re American like myself). I also feel the newborn stage is boring. I really do. Your baby won’t do anything interesting or fun for a while. But just be patient if you feel this way also, every day that goes by your baby does something different and they learn from you.
Another helpful note is to find you a mom group. I mean a social gathering or an online group specifically for mom’s due or baby’s born in the month yours is. Introduce yourself and you will be able to ask anything and get to experience everything together. This helped me so much, and the women in my group are so fantastic about everything. You will want to rant and vent about just random things and the women that are going through the same things will let you cry on their shoulders. You will need this.
Comment some helpful things you’ve learned!