If you have ever been pregnant then you know this feeling (and if not you are very lucky).
You just found out you were pregnant or just announced that you were and you except everyone to be so happy with you but…. no. Some people instead meet your excitement with comments like:
“You know you will never sleep again.”
“Kiss your social life good bye.”
“Your life if over.” etc.
I hope you didn’t have to hear negative comments but if you did or you are hearing them I want you to know something….
Motherhood is AMAZING!
It’s unlike anything you have ever done and there is nothing that can prepare you for the love that you will feel for this little tiny human that YOU made.
I have never understood why people feel the need to rain on new parent’s parades. Parenthood has been so much more than I could have ever fathomed. You are constantly learning. Whether you are learning things about yourself, your partner or your child it’s a learning experience. Everyday is something new you have never experienced before!
Of Course It Is Hard
Parenthood, like anything else is life is hard. Of course there are things about it that can suck from time to time. But let’s be honest if you have ever been around a child you knew going into this parent thing, it wasn’t always going to be sunshine and rainbows.
You don’t need to hear how much lack of sleep can suck, you need to hear that baby cuddles at 2 am make up for the lack of sleep. You don’t need to hear “your social life is over.” You need to hear that taking your little to new places is so amazingly fun. There are so many negative things I could sit here and type for you. Details of those days that have been so so hard as a new mom. But has a new mom you need SUPPORT. You need ENCOURAGEMENT. You need to know YOU ARE GOING TO BE AMAZING!
If you are a new mom or mom to be know this, it. is. amazing. This is the best adventure you will ever go on. You will never be the same again. Once you see that little human staring back at you, you will know how amazing it is. Everything you do now you will do with your baby in mind. You will WANT to put them first (most of the time). You will want the best for them and you will be fight tooth and nail to make sure they get it. You might not get 8 hours of sleep, or have freshly washed hair everyday or be able to run out whenever you want but know this, it’s worth everything you are sacrificing.
And if you are already a mom, be kind! Remember your own excitement when you were pregnant for the first time. Tell those new moms you run into about all the joy they will feel, all the love and pure excitement that comes from being a parent.
And if you can’t….. then don’t say anything at all. Don’t steal their joy.
What would you like new moms to know that no one told you about when you were pregnant?
When it comes to researching baby products there is So. Much. Information. When I was looking for products when I was pregnant I relied heavily on Pintrest and other mom reviews. So I wanted to share with you my opinion on the best baby carrier.
When I was putting together my baby registry I fell in love with the Moby Wrap. It had so many great reviews, moms raved about it, and it was all over Pintrest. All of that was good enough for me so I excitedly added it to my registry. When I got it at my shower I was over the moon! After our shower I went home and tried to learn how to tie it. I wasn’t very good at it but I told myself I would learn once baby was here.
My son was born a month after our shower weighing in at 6 lbs 12oz. I got home excited to try my Moby and realized he was so small and I could not tie it tight enough to support him. I was super bummed. I had done all the “research,” why wasn’t this wrap AMAZING?!
The first issue was my son was small. The Moby carrier is good for babies 8-30 lbs. By the time we were home from the hospital my son was closer to 6 lbs than 7. So I set out to research yet again a carrier for a smaller baby that didn’t require so much tying.
The Baby K’Tan Carrier!
This carrier was hands down one of the best products that I bought as a new mom. I could get so much done while wearing my little one. Here is us on the first day I bought it.
There are so many reasons why this carrier worked so well for us.
1. The weight limit
Almost all the cloth carriers I could find had an 8 lb weight limit, which is great unless you have a small munchkin like we did. With our sons weight being 6 lbs I wanted to make sure he was safe. This carrier allowed us to support him even though he was a smaller baby. I could adjust how snug is felt just by folding the fabric on my shoulder. This made me feel so much better wearing him while he was so fragile.
2. It was cheap
By the time we realized we didn’t have a carrier that would work, our baby shower had come and gone. Our little human was already here so we didn’t have hundreds of extra dollars to drop on a carrier. Baby K’Tan has a few different wraps you can buy the one pictured above was $49.95 on their website. That is half the price of a lot of the carriers I found online or in the store. On Amazon I have found it even cheaper than that at times.
3. It traveled well
Because the Baby K’Tan is made of amazing cotton material it can be folded up and shoved in your diaper bag. Convenient right?! Who doesn’t like easy to grab items for baby. I could keep this in the house for house work and then just throw it in our bag when we were headed out. It was way more convenient than taking the stroller everywhere. I loved having a way to keep my son close even when we were at the mall or out for a walk.
We bought the Orignal carrier when our son was born but when he was about 4 weeks old we had my family reunion in Tennessee. It’s always in June and our first carrier was black. I was so worried my son would get too hot so we ordered the ‘Active’ carrier. It’s made of this super breathable material. But those are not the only ones they have.
This was our first carrier. It comes in a few colors (we have the black one). It is made of really soft cotton material that feels like a broken in t-shirt.
5. It’s Easy!!!!
If you read my previous post What I Wish I Would’ve Registered for and What I Regret, then you know that I registered for the Moby because you can wear it in multiple ways.
Except with the Moby there is a lot of tying and pulling. The K’Tan on the other hand is sooooo easy to use. The carrier is already tied so you simple follow the first these steps for the kangaroo hold. Every position starts with steps 1-4 and then all the steps after are for each specific position.
Once your little own is able to hold their head up there are so many ways to wear this carrier.
You can check out all the different ways on the K’Tan website.
I wish I would’ve registered for this carrier to start with but I’m so glad that I found it even if it was a little late. This carrier helped me get so much done. Not only is baby wearing good for mom and baby. It was especially good for us having a super cranky baby (you can read more about that here). When our little one was screaming this was about the only way I could get anything done around the house. This was also our go to for leaving the house. We much preferred to wear him in the grocery or while out walking around then hauling the stroller or his entire car seat.
Don’t make the same mistake as me, register for the K’Tan from the start.
5 Benefits of Making Your Own Baby Food
When your baby is first born there are so many decisions to make and normally mommies have those in stone when their baby is born. And I don’t know about you but I didn’t consider the decisions that would come later… when baby is a little older. One of those decisions to make is will you make your baby’s food or buy it. So, here it is, the top 5 benefits of making your own baby food ( in my personal opinion.)
1. It’s EASY Make Your Own Baby Food!
Now, I know what you’re are thinking.. “This lady is crazy! How is cooking food easier than buying it at the store?!” I am not going to lie grabbing food off the shelf at the grocery has it’s appeal BUT here me out, making your own baby food can be EASY.
Each month I take one Sunday afternoon and I food prep for my little guy. My husband and I food prep our own meals once a week but tiny human food makes more so I opt to prep once a month. I sit down and think about foods I would like my baby to try this month, foods he liked last month and come up with a easy, yummy menu. (Want to know more about that process ?)) Thinking of what I want to cook brings us to our second benefit of making your own baby food…
2. Knowledge is POWER
As a new mommy there is so much to learn and read about and if you are like me then you. read. everything! So, why add the back of a baby food jars to the list? When you make your baby’s food you KNOW what is in their food. You know that all the fruits, veggies, meats and spices are fresh and good for your little one. I think about it like this, do you eat out containers or out of a bag everyday? Then why should you’re little one?
3. Make it Your own
Your little one is the most important thing to you now, so why not make food that it made just for them. When I went to the grocery and looked at the baby food selection it was impressive but there are still only so many combinations on the shelves.
You know your baby best. Why not make food customized for them? Maybe your little guy or gal LOVES sweet potatoes (like mine) think of all the combinations you could do with their favorite food?!
- sweet potatoes and apple
- sweet potato and white bean
- red pepper and sweet potato
The list goes on and on…
If you go to the store you might be limited to maybe two opinions. But at home the options are endless!
4. Make it in Bulk
When you make your baby’s food at home you can make it in large amounts. This is why I take one whole day a month and prep. I can take my ingredients and make many combinations and store them for when I need them in bulk.
I use the fabulous Baby Blender set but there are all kinds of options!
The Baby Brezza that the wonderful moms over at ThinkBaby.org use is another great option. Both options make things SUPER simple you can make a whole pound of chicken and make 3-4 different baby foods e.g. chicken and carrots, chicken and green beans, or chicken, peas and sweet potatoes. By using an ingredients that crosses recipes you can save money and it makes prepping even easier!
5. It’s CHEAPER to Make Your Own Baby Food
Mamas! Raise your hand if you like to save money. I do! When I decided to stay home we had to look at our spending and make some changes. Eating out less often was the first change we made. It was healthier to make our food at home and cheaper.
It was no different when our son started solids. I went to the grocery and stood in the isle in disbelief for how much a single jar of baby food cost. On a week where they run a sale, the store brand, non organic is roughly $1 a jar ( or 10/$10). Not too bad right? Well… my son at 8 months eats a minimum of three servings a day.
Math time! $3 a day multiplied by 7 days.. $21 a week multiplied by 4 weeks in a month… $84 a MONTH in baby food! MINIMUM! Sometimes he eats more than that! That’s on top of diapers, formula, wipes, toys, clothes, ETC.! I just couldn’t accept that I would spend almost $100 a month on solids. How much does it cost me to make my own food you ask…? Once a month I can spend around $40 a month! $40! That’s a savings of 50%!!!!! So for one Sunday afternoon of your time you are saving over $40 a month. That’s a whole tank of gas.
There are so many other wonderful reasons to make your own baby food and these are just a few. Myself and other mamas like the moms at ThinkBaby.org love making our own food, including our husbands in the process and having fun with making our own baby food combinations!
So, hopefully if you were thinking about making your own food this list of benefits helped. And if you weren’t thinking about it and just stumbled upon this post hopefully you are considering it now.
Have you considered making your own baby food before? If you have leave me a comment below, I would love to hear your favorite recipe or food combination.