Recently I feel like I’ve been meeting or running into pregnant woman or new parents. It reminds me of my kids’ newborn days. Those cute teeny tiny babies that smell so good, those sleepless exhausting days and nights, the endless talk of breastfeeding and poop. Ahh, the good old days. I feel like I’ve learned a few things along the way now what I have two toddlers. So I’ve decide to share some of the things I’ve learned and hopefully help out the new moms and moms-to-be out there.
5 BABY TIPS
1. Vaseline – Buy a big jar of it and use it after every single diaper change on your babies bum. Just spread a thin layer around. Why you ask? With Keyan, I didn’t start until after a few months, so he still got some diaper rashes. With Kyah, I used it right from the get go. And guess what? She is now over two years old and she has NEVER had a diaper rash, EVER. I say it was the Vaseline.
2. Invest in a good stroller – With my first child I just bought a stroller that seemed to have the basics we needed and was reasonably priced. Little did I know how much I would be using my stroller! I would say to take the time and research different strollers and look at things like weight, wheels, how it folds down to fit in the trunk, are you planning to have another baby in the next couple years? All of these are important factors in deciding on a stroller. Then invest that little bit of extra money to get the right one, it’ll be worth it, especially if you plan on having more than one child. You want something that will last and fulfill all your requirements.
3. Buy a comfortable baby carrier – Almost all babies love to be held close to you and that is wonderful, but sometimes it leaves you with no free hands. A baby carrier is awesome because you can keep your baby close to you and still have your hands free to do other things like eat, go to the bathroom (yes I said it) and lots of other things. A versatile carrier is good so you can carry them in the front or even on your back as they get older.
4. If people offer help, take it – This is really important when you have a newborn. We think we can do it all but help is very necessary. It someone asks, “What can I help with?” let them fold the laundry that’s been sitting in the dryer, get them to do the dishes that are filling up the sink, let them hold the baby while you get a little catnap. If someone offers to make a meal, say yes! Cooking is probably the last thing you want to do. So accept all the help that is offered, even ask for help. You can always pay it forward later on.
5. Make your own baby food – I was really skeptical about making my own baby food, especially when my first attempt with peas did not turn out well at all! But I tried again and this time it worked. The reason I say this is because one, it’s so easy. Two, it’s VERY inexpensive. And three, you know exactly what you’re giving your baby, the way you want to give it to your baby. And there are tons of resources online, you don’t even need to buy a book. Here are some of my favourite:
Wholesome Baby Food
Homemade Baby Food Recipes
And when you’re first starting out, here’s the recipe you can use for almost all veggies: Clean and steam vegetables. Once they are soft, put the vegetables in the blender. Add enough water (you can even use the water leftover in your pot from steaming.) Blend and serve. Instead of water, you can also you some breast milk. It’s as easy as that!
Those are some of the things that I learned from having two babies. Hopefully you can use some of these tips. And for the seasoned parents, what is a tip that you would share with new parents?