Now that Whitlee has been around for almost 3 months, we’ve gotten a better handle on things that just work for us. So I thought I’d share our 0-3 month favorites and my thoughts on them!
1. Johnson’s Baby Bedtime Bath
We give Whitlee a bath every other every other night (which she loves!) and use the bedtime bath wash. I swear it helps calm her down and relax, plus it smells so good!
2. Summer SwaddleMe Velcro Swaddlers
These have been a life saver! We got a set as a gift and when our little wiggle worm decided she could bust out of a regular swaddle, we decided to try these. We have some that zip up too and are being worked in the rotation but when she was teeny tiny, we could pull the velcro ones tighter than the zip up ones would allow. She flails her arms so much that she won’t sleep unless she’s swaddled. It calms her super fast!
3. Sleep Sheep
I talked about the Sleep Sheep in my post about Whitlee sleeping in her crib and I really think it helps her sleep more soundly. It cancels out startling noises and provides a steady noise like she was used to in the womb. We didn’t use it at first, but then I noticed one night that when our fan heater kicked on and she was crying, she’d suddenly stop. Plus since she was a preemie, she was used to the hustle and bustle of the NICU. The quiet trips her out a little.
4. Boba Wrap
Hands down the best $40 I’ve spent. It’s so unsafe (soapbox alert!) to put a carseat on a shopping cart so when I buy groceries, I put Whitlee in the boba wrap instead of lugging the car seat in and it taking up my whole cart. Kills like 3 birds with stone – she thinks she’s being held so she’s quiet and content; she’s all up in my bubble, therefore other people (little old ladies) don’t try to touch her because they’d literally have to be in my face; and it gives me both hands free. I wear her everywhere.
Whitlee didn’t love a pacifier but I think it was mainly because she didn’t have the control to hold it in her mouth. The wubbanub helps her hold it in because it’s weighed down a little by the stuffed animal and I think it makes her realize she has control over it. She can decide if she wants to suck on it or not. We have a Wal-Mart brand one where the pacifier detaches and she’s a snuggler, (she likes to snuggle the animal… so cute!) so the other day I had the pacifier detached so she could just hug the animal and she all the sudden started trying to suck on the rubber part where the pacifier attaches. She knew exactly what should have been there!
6. Nose Frida
Okay, I have heard so many people sing the praises of the Nose Frida and I had to try it. Annndd that stupid bulb thing was dead to me as soon as I tried this. Nolan ran out of the room gagging but I was shocked at how fast and easy it got the snot and boogers out of her nose! If you’re not familiar, it has a tube with a filter, then a hose with a mouthpiece. You put the tube against their nose and suck on the mouthpiece. And then magically, they have an empty nose and you have a tube full of snot and boogers. The filter keeps it from going in your mouth, but really you’d have to really try to even get it anywhere near the filter. It’s not for a weak stomach, but I swear it’s been amazing!
So, there ya have it. These 6 things have made my life much easier and Whitlee much happier as well!