I wanted to share with you mummies and mummies-to-be the simple things I have personally gained comfort from as a new and inexperienced mum. I have a tendency to overthink things and with someone as precious as my little girl, I wanted to ensure I was caring for her the best i possibly could. Below I have listed the items that I highly recommend.
Organic sunflower oil
For the first few weeks of mummy life, I either felt too tired or too poorly to venture out and when I did, the last thing I wanted was to see how perfectly every other mother was coping at the various baby groups that were offered! My health visitor advised me to invest in some organic sunflower oil which you can pick up from your local supermarket for just £3 (any others are either over priced or mask the smell of you, voiding the bonding experience for you and your baby). Using a variety of books and youtube videos, I taught myself different baby massage techniques figuring out which one worked best for me and my baby.
For anyone else wanting to try, I have found the perfect time is either 10am once you’ve mastered your morning to do list or just after bath time, before bed. Baby massage can either soothe or stimulate your baby so decide which one works best for you. It is also advised not to massage your baby, if they are asleep or crying and always talk to them throughout.
Evie had been suffering with a constant, never ending bout of nappy rash causing lots of tears and of course, sleepless nights. I decided to start dabbing Evie after each nappy change with a flannel to dry off any excess moisture before applying the next nappy and I can happily say with a huge sigh of relief – it’s worked!
Whilst clearing the nappy rash, I was advised to use only a very thin layer of Bethanthen or Sudocrem (I chose to alternate between the two). For some reason it seems a natural instinct to assume that the more we apply, the quicker it will go. In actual fact, the more you apply the more you are creating a barrier and forcing the nappy to trap in extra moisture, resulting in a more sore botty!
Dr Browns Anti-colic bottles
After spending endless amounts of money on Colief (£20 for a teeny weeny 15mls) I had enough. I had previously used the Tommee Tippee bottles but decided to switch to Dr Browns after having them recommended to me by lots of you lovely mummies and I haven’t looked back since, nor have I had to buy anymore colief! Hallelujah!
I’m sure I won’t be the first and I certainly won’t be the last to tell you just how amazing a sleepyhead is! All materials are breathable, washable and hypoallergenic providing your baby with a safe and comfy environment to sleep and play. It’s easy and compact allowing us to take it on trips away and of course follows us into almost every room in the house. which means Evie can nap comfortably wherever I am. However, there is now no excuse not to get stuff done! Think wisely.
The “Soundsleeper” app has literally saved my life or at least gained me thirty minutes of sanity. From a sound selection of haidryers, hush, shh, vacuum cleaner and the womb, there is something for every baby and you really will try anything when you’re desperate! This one really is a must.