I got this post idea from the beautiful Katie. It made me realize that there are so many different things that work for so many different people! Here’s a list of what we’ve found to be super helpful so far:
I’ve mentioned before my non-ability to breastfeed, and you guys this thing is amazing!! It’s like a Keurig for baby bottles. You push the button for how many ounces you want, and it makes the perfect bottle every time. It even warms the water up, so you don’t have to do any of the heating!
This is pretty much the only bottle we’ve used, and the kid loves it. They’re BPA, PVC, and lead free, so super safe. I love how they come with different level nipples for use as he gets older and can tolerate a heavier flow.
We love this thing. B’s boss pretty much told us it was the greatest thing on earth, and then she proceeded to get it for us at B’s work shower. He never slept in it at night, but he spent a lot of his newborn days in it, and even nowadays likes to snooze in it. It vibrates, and you can rock it, although there is a model that self-rocks as well. In the early days when Sheffy baby didn’t want to sleep, I’d bring him out in the living room and put him in the Rock N Play, and we’d sleep out there.
These things are the shit. No nicer way to say it. After we brought little man home, I ordered a million of these. Especially the zipper up ones, because they were so easy to get on and off him, and with all those early doctor appointments, they always asked us to dress him in something easy to get him out of. Carter’s and Old Navy are our faves for cheap and super cute ones.
While the babe was in the NICU, one of the sweet nurses dug through all of the baby gear they are given, and came up with the duckie WubbaNub pacifier. Our kid took so easily to the pacifier, and while he doesn’t much prefer it anymore, it definitely helped keep us sane for those first few months.
Sheffy never gave us any indication that he was sensitive to proteins in milk or soy, but we had the hardest time finding a formula that didn’t make him gassy, give him the runs or make him fussy as hell. When I say that we tried EVERY formula out there, I am not joking. My mom found this while we were up in PA, and we have used it ever since. He has been thriving on it. Fair warning, it is the most expensive formula out there, but to keep our kid happy, we are willing to shell out the few extra bucks.
I know this was a little non-breastfeeding essential heavy, but to be honest, when I was trying to figure out what to do and how to do it with formula and bottles and everything, I wish I would have been able to find something like this.
Thanks, Katie, for the idea to share!