Happy Birthday, Little One! + Items Needed To Survive The First Year Of Motherhood

This post has been in the vault for a few months now, and I can not believe that it is time to finally post it!! My son is one year old! Where did that time go?! It’s cliche to say, but I remember my pre-labor and labor like it was yesterday. I went to work on Monday, was admitted on Tuesday, and gave birth early Wednesday morning. Seriously, where did the time go?

This past year I’ve felt a rollercoaster of emotions: exhaustion, joy, appreciation, gratitude, sorrow, pain, relief, but most importantly, love.

poppy-newborn.pngIt was love that got me through the first year…. the love of my beautiful boy, the love of my husband, and my love for Amazon Prime. If you are a new mom or a soon-to-be mom, I highly suggest becoming a Prime member (click the link for a 30-day trial).

Super handy items such as these nursing bras and nipple cream can be at your door in 48 hours or less. The best part? You don’t have to leave your house!

In addition to the items mentioned above, the following FIVE items were complete lifesavers during the first year of my little one’s life. I hope you enjoy my list!

In no particular order:

1. Graco FastAction Travel System (car seat and stroller).

I would not recommend a product unless I used it myself and found it to be absolutely life-changing (here I go with the dramatics again!)! But seriously, I love this product because it includes the car seat base, infant car seat, and stroller for less than $200.

Pros:

  • Car seat snaps right into the stroller
  • Stroller expands and collapses in five seconds
  • The car seat straps are easy to adjust

Cons:

  • The car seat straps dig into the side of baby’s neck
  • The sun visor on the car seat isn’t designed to be removed, thus making it difficult to clean
  • The stroller seat is designed for larger babies, maybe 20+ lbs. My son was swallowed up by the stroller seat until recently.

2. Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing

All of the shout-outs to Poppy’s god-parents. My husband and I put this on our Amazon baby registry not thinking anyone would actually buy this, but they did! This swing is the truth!

Pros:

  • The straps tighten enough to hold a newborn in place
  • The seat detaches to be used as a portable bouncer
  • The swing can be powered by either the power cord or with batteries

Cons: 

  • The nature sounds are piss-poor, no other way to state that LOL
  • The mobile doesn’t spin
  • There isn’t seemingly much variance between speed 4 and speed 6 (the highest).

3. Boppy Newborn Lounger

This is a great item for those moments when you need somewhere safe to place baby.  We could have put our son on the couch, but we didn’t want to put our baby on the same surface that our dogs slept on. Yes, we were those parents… in the beginning.

Pros:

  • Soft, easy to spot clean fabric
  • Light-weight, very portable
  • Cute design

Cons:

  • Designed for babies up to 16 pounds
  • Pillowcase is not included
  • Kind of pricey since it can only be used for 3-4 months.

4. Graco Pack ‘N Play

Although we used this product a lot during the first few weeks, we got the bulk of our use within the last few months.

Pros:

  • The napper-to-changer function is user-friendly.
  • The Pack ‘N Play is easily assembled and disassembled
  • The mesh pouches on the side are perfect for storing diapers and wipes

Cons:

  • The Pack N Play is fairly low which makes diaper changes somewhat challenging
  • The bassinet cannot be lowered, making it unsafe for sleeping once baby becomes adventurous
  • There’s one mattress for both the bassinet and play yard

5. Cosco Simple Steps Walker

My mother-in-law bought this for Poppy just as he was beginning to “cruise” around the house and he loved it.

Pros:

  • There is a removeable snack tray for easy clean up
  • The seat height has two adjustable settings
  • Machine washable seat

Cons:

  • The tallest setting is fairly low
  • Food gets caught between the tray and the seat

As with any product, be sure to read and follow all directions carefully and be sure to supervise Baby at all times.


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Flats and Hand-washing Cloth Diaper Challenge

Going into this challenge, I thought that it was going to be a piece of cake. How hard could it be to use and hand-wash flats for seven days? I mean, we basically do that anyway. WRONG! We do not basically do that and this challenge is proving to be extremely challenging. The whole idea behind this challenge is to bring about diaper disparity awareness. The rules: 1. The use of a modern, electric washing machine and dryer are prohibited. 2. Only flat style diapers, other household/makeshift materials, and covers* may be used. Doublers are permitted, but materials that can be used alone (hemp inserts, microfiber inserts, etc.) are not. 

Poppy Plunger Washer

*pockets can be used with flats only. For a complete list of rules, visit Cloth Diaper Revival. Continue reading “Flats and Hand-washing Cloth Diaper Challenge”

white heart ornament on plywood that reads i am grateful

I Am Grateful

“New year, new me!” I said jokingly as I rang in the new year. And like most people, my New Year’s Resolution/s fell by the wayside around February, maybe even the end of January if I’m being honest. One resolution that I made was to write out at least three experiences or thoughts that made me smile that day. My mantra for 2019 is “prioritize self-care” and journaling and positive self-talk is a part of me taking care of me.

However…

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The Ultimate Stay At Home Mom Must Have

Did you know that prisoners placed in solitary confinement spend 23 hours alone each day? When they are allowed out of their cells, they are still segregated from the general population. If the incarcerated individual is allowed visits, they are often brief, non-contact visits.

Other than the need to shed a light on America’s prison reform and justice systems, can you draw the parallels between being a prisoner and being a SAHM? If you haven’t learned by now, I’m incredibly dramatic, often correct, but dramatic nonetheless! 😁

hallway with window
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How to Bleach Soak/Sanitize Used/Preloved Cloth Diapers

In this video I show you how I sanitize my used/preloved diapers using the “bleach soak” method. It’s a great idea to sanitize used/preloved diapers to kill any lingering bacteria. This method is also good for removing stink (bacteria) as a result of an ineffective wash routine.