I can’t believe on Friday my baby girl will be 12 weeks old! I know everyone tells you that they grow up so quickly, but I just can’t believe how fast time is moving!
I must say, being 12 weeks deep into this “parenting” gig – I’m starting to feel a little cocky – like, I got this! I know how to distinguish her different cries and give her what she needs – milk, diaper change, quiet time, cuddle time, etc. I know how long she’ll be happy in her car seat so I can plan my errands accordingly before we get into the “danger zone” of uncontrollable crying. I know restaurant noise will put her right to sleep and quiet stores will wake her right up. I know she’ll sleep a solid 7 hours the first time we put her down at night. I know the first thing she’ll do in the morning, when she sees my face, is smile a big toothless grin, and I look forward to that every morning! I’m learning – adapting – when she ebbs, I flow and it seems to be working out pretty well. I’m sure now that I’ve typed this all out, she’ll throw me a huge curve ball next week, just to keep me on my toes (and I love that about her)!
I wanted to share a few items that have really been life savers for me during these first 12 weeks. I found most of these through recommendations from other mamas and trial and error with other similar products:
1. Burts Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment: Blake has a sensitive little tush so after trying some other diaper ointments that just made her irritated skin even worse, I landed on Burts Bees Baby Bee Diaper Ointment which soothed irritation and was gentle enough to use with ever diaper change.
2. Zo-li Buzz B Nail Trimmer: I was TERRIFIED to clip Blake’s nails. She has very busy hands and I swear a piece of me would die every time I tried to clip one little nail. Instead of dealing with this anxiety attack every time her nails grew (which seemed to be every other day!) I came across this Zo-li Buzz B Nail Trimmer. It files down the nails perfectly and it’s gentle on the skin. Plus, Blake loves it – she thinks she’s getting a little baby manicure. (NOTE: Don’t make the stupid mistake that I did and order all pink pads. I thought they were cute for a little girl but the different colors are really intended for different ages. Pink is 0-3 months, blue is 3-6 months, green is 6-12 months and orange is 12+ months).
3. NoseFrida the Snot Sucker: Say what?! No, I’m good! That’s what first came to mind when my girlfriend told me about this one. But after numerous failed attempts at suctioning the “boogies” out with a bulb syringe (I was losing the battles and the war), I tried the NoseFrida and wow – it works so much better. It also seems more gentle than the bulb syringe as you can control how hard you suck. And DON’T worry – there’s a filter so no snot makes its way to your mouth. (It does look weird when you’re doing it though – my husband started dry heaving just watching me!)
4. Gerber Soothe Colic Drops: Our pediatrician recommended these drops when Blake was about 5 weeks old. She was always very gassy and would cry for hours on end in pain (poor little girl). After we started giving her this probiotic drop once a day, she was a new baby! No more painful cries and way more smiles! This little bottle is a bit on the pricey side but it’s kinda like a little bottle of magic – so worth it!
5. Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer & Sanitizer: This bottle warmer is super easy to use and works well for refrigerated or frozen breast milk. I also found Dr. Brown’s bottle sanitizer to be a huge help – no more boiling water to sanitize all of the bottle and pump parts (what is this, the 1920’s? We have machines now!). I hear the Dr. Brown’s brand has great bottles too but Blake prefers the little Gerber bottles right now.
For all of the products above, I’ve linked them to the manufacturers’ sites, but I did purchase each of these on Amazon.com – Amazon Prime is scary-convenient, especially if you have the Amazon app on your phone – 2 clicks and your package will arrive in 2 days! But be careful, it’s a slippery slope! Just ask my husband who comes home to little brown amazon boxes on our door step every day. 😉
Any other products that you’ve found to be super helpful, especially in the first 12 weeks? I’d love to hear!