October 13, 2015

8 Week baby product essentials

A lot of the items that I had put on my registry/I purchased were items recommend by bloggers, a lot of them being sponsored and some were great, others not so much. These are some of the products I've been loving and using daily for the last 8 weeks, along with the products I've tried and hated. Honest reviews, nothing is sponsored!

Uppababy Stroller - I did a lot of research on strollers and I was picking between the Stokke crusi and the Uppababy. After trying both in stores, I found that I preferred the Uppababy because it was just so much easier to fold down and open up, also the extra storage space was a big plus! Uppababy also makes a carseat, so you don't need an additional attachment.
Mesa Carseat - I love this carseat mainly because it fits into the Uppababy stroller with out a converter. This was really important to me because I wanted to be able to clip the carseat into the stroller directly without any extra parts. It is a little bit heavy if you're carrying it around, but I always just click it into the stroller.

Newborn bathtub - I went through 3 newborn tubs before I found one I loved. I tried this one, this one and this one prior. The first years one is my favorite because the newborn attachment can be adjusted, so you can make it higher or lower, alot of the other ones I tried didn't allow for the adjustment or just didn't feel very sturdy and I found them to be too high and feared the baby would slip out.
Pampers Swaddlers Diapers - I actually didn't like the regular pampers diapers because they seemed to always leak but the swaddlers have been great, no leaks yet. I also tried Huggies which I preferred to the regular pampers, but they still leaked once in a while. I also tried honest company diapers but hated those and found that pretty much within the first hour they'd start leaking.
Carter's Zip up's  - I love these because they're soo easy to take on and off. Compared to onesies where you have to slip them off the babies heads. I wish I had known this when I had started purchasing clothes. Also babies really grow out of their clothes so quickly. Nathaniel is already on to 6 months clothing. So definitely keep that in mind if you're shopping while you're still pregnant for clothes. A lot of things I bought he outgrew before I could even have him wear them.
Tommee Tipee bottles - I love this starter kit and I have exclusively been using these bottles. I found the flow to work the best for my baby. I also purchased this starter kit Dr. Brown's but found the bottles to simply be too big. I recommend not buying bottles until you're actually ready to use them, because you may have to test out a bunch on your baby before you find one that you like.
Wabi Bottle Sterilizer: I LOVE this sterilizer, because not only does it sterilize the bottles it also drys them. I had purchased this one and this one prior and I was so confused when they didn't dry the bottles. I felt like it defeated the purpose of sterilizing the bottles. For some reason I couldn't find the Wabi one at Toys R Us or Buy buy baby which is where I bought most of my baby products, so I ordered it online instead. I seriously love it, it's super easy to use and the full cycle from sterilizing to drying is only 45 minutes. I also use it to sterilize my breast pump parts.
Medela Hospital Grade Pump - OMG this has been a lifesaver. I had this Medela pump but after getting mastitis and having to pump every 2 hours the hospital grade one saved so much time. I could pump in 1/3 of the time. If you plan on pumping a lot I definitely recommend it, you can usually rent it from your hospital and just get the kit separately, so it's completely sanitary. I was happy using the regular Medela pump but the hospital grade one really is so much more powerful and definitely makes pumping faster and less painful. I also have been using this to store the milk.
Red Castle CocoonaBaby - Seriously this is the most amazing product and I don't know why they don't sell it in the US. Although it's a little pricy, it is sooo worth it, I literally use it everyday. It makes it easy to bring the baby on the couch slash basically wherever you are in the house, you strap the baby in so I'm never scared he'll roll out of it and you can basically sit it down on any flat surface

Swaddle blanket(s) - I go through sooo many in a day. I use them as burp clothes, blankets, cover for the carseat. They're seriously soooo useful. I would recommend not purchasing burp clothes because they're usually wayyy too small, just get a million swaddle blankets and use them instead. The aden+anais ones are definitely my favorite although a little pricy, they're well worth it. I've washed mine soo many times and they still look brand new. I have ones from a few other brands and they just don't hold up as well.

Would love to hear about what products you used and loved for your baby? I'm always on the lookout!

October 9, 2015

6 Week baby update

Being held
Starring at lights
Sleeping on his tummy
Bath time

Tummy time

Sorry I’ve been so behind on my blog posts, but it seems like every time I pick up my laptop my little one cries to be held. He definitely requires a lot of attention.

The first few weeks were definitely pretty rough, from the sleep deprivation to recovering and breastfeeding. The little one was pretty nocturnal the first few weeks, but is finally sleeping better through the night.  I felt like a zombie the first few weeks, on top of that I developed mastitis the 2nd week in, which made breastfeeding super painful. Luckily it went away quickly with antibiotics but I redeveloped it again at 5 weeks and I’m still struggling with it now. I’ve been on multiple antibiotics and recently had an abscess drained; such a painful process, probably more painful then childbirth.

Due to all the mastitis and my overproduction of milk, the little one’s sleep schedule is kind of a mess, since I have to wake him up ever 2 hours to feed. He can sleep through 3 to 4 hours at night, but I still get up to pump, to avoid any more clots. Nathaniel is super clingy and in the first few weeks I had him sleeping in a co sleeper that was attached to my bed. However after I developed mastisis and carpool tunnel from constantly lifting him out of the co sleeper, I’ve been letting him sleep in the bed. It just made middle of the night feedings sooo much easier, and when I move him after feedings he’ll wake up and cry.

As for breastfeeding, it’s been quite the journey. At the hospital he latched right away, but he was so hungry all the time and my nipples were not used to the abuse. I saw a lactation consultant in my first week and she recommended I use a nipple shield, which in hindsight I wish I had avoided. I’m pretty sure that’s what caused my mastitis. I think with the next baby, if I need my nipples to heal, I’ll go the pumping route instead. I thought breastfeeding would help with my weight loss a lot more then it did, I still have about 10 more pounds to go.  I was looking forward to being able to work out after my 6-week check up, but have been unable to due to the mastitis. I’ve also given up on swaddling, he hates having his arms constrained and will fight it all night to get them free, which he eventually does. He’s a persistent little one ;) So I’ve just been letting him sleep in regular clothes, he doesn’t seem to roll around a lot, but he does tend to scoot closer to me throughout the night.

I’m really excited to start taking Nathaniel outside, now that he has had his shots. He had them at 6 weeks instead of 8, so I’m giving him an extra week to develop some immunity before I take him outside. He’s becoming more aware of his surroundings and loves staring at art and his surroundings. He isn’t as interested in toys, but loves looking at pictures and paintings. I got my first real smile at 4 weeks and was lucky enough to have caught it on video! I uploaded it on instagram: @lifeandchanel.

I’m definitely taking it one day at a time and would love to hear any tips and suggestions you may have. Especially in regards to sleep training, breastfeeding and how to get some more sleep.


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