29 Jan

Must Haves for Baby by a Second Time Mom

Nearly 2 years ago, I started getting rid of all my baby stuff, it was a hard and sad time, but I was ready to accept I was going to be a mother to an only child.  Just a few short weeks later, I found out I was pregnant.  I was pleasantly shocked.

With most of my stuff given away or donated to local charities, I found myself nearly back to square one – I had nothing for the baby that was about to arrive.  However, fate had another plan for me. I was on my way to being a Fisher Price Mom, the only one with a baby and they were going to help me out.

Selecting products for a baby the second time around is completely different than picking out things the first time.  As a first time Mom, I didn’t know what I truly needed, just what I thought I needed and wanted.  I saw products other parents had or saw commercials and thought I needed them, it turns out there was no need for a stand alone bassinet among many other unused “must have” baby products.

As a second time Mom, here are the things I would suggest for a new parent:

  • Space Saver highchair1Bouncy chair, we had the My Little Snugabunny Deluxe Bouncer. It’s great for baby to sit “upright” and be comfy while you cook, clean and maybe grab a tub.
  • Playpen / bassinet combo.  The bassinet is good to use until the baby can sit up and the playpen is good to keep kids from escaping when they learn to crawl and walk (wonder if I can stick my 5 year old in there?)  It’s also great for travelling.
  • Highchair.  A highchair is a must have.  Last time around I had a ginormous one, this time, I went for the simple Space Saver Highchair.  It takes up less room in the house and fits at the dinner table.  So smart.
  • Baby Bath tub.   Baby tubs make bathing your infants much easier than trying to keep little ones above water in a big tub.  When we went on vacation and didn’t have a tub, we just put the baby in the sink.  But, it’s much easier with a proper baby tub.
  • Stroller and Car Seat.  This goes without saying.  I liked using an infant carrier car seat that attaches to a stroller, it makes transport so much easier, especially when baby is always falling asleep while on the go.  I’m not complaining.
  • Nursing Pillow if you plan on nursing.  With both girls, a nursing pillow helped both of us get in the right position.  If you don’t plan on nursing, you can cross this off your list.

Those are the must have items.  Both of my girls used these essentials regularly and they made my life easier.

Here are a few things I recommend, but aren’t necessarily must haves:

Jumperoo

  • Swing (you’re shocked, right?) While I would have died without the swing for my first born, the second baby didn’t care for it as much.  But if you’re looking for one, The Fisher Price Rain forest is a great place to start.
  • Jumper (shocked again, I know….) Once again, my oldest could have jumped the feet right out of her sleeper, the baby on the other hand, meh.  My oldest was in love with the Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo
  • Baby Carrier.  A baby carrier made my life easier a lot of the time, but it can get hard on the back.  I liked the convenience of having free hands.  Both kids liked it.  It’s not an absolute must have, but close.
  • Crib, ok, well you are most likely going to need a crib, but just be prepared to not have your baby actually sleep in it, but it does make a room look pretty and eventually you can use the crib mattress for a toddler bed.

and… that’s my list.  The rest of the things, tummy time mats, soothers (little music things that connect to the side of the cribs that the babies aren’t using), mobiles, “walkers” aren’t a necessity, but can make the first year of your babies life (and yours) easier sometimes.  And of course, there are toys (like the Crawl Around Car – highly recommend), but these things aren’t a requirement either, they are just plain fun.

I’m so thrilled that I get to be a Mom for a second time, it’s a completely different experience.  Maybe it’s because my children are so different, but I’m sure it also has to do with my experience in knowing what works, or more specifically, what doesn’t work.

*DISCLOSURE:  I AM A FISHER-PRICE MOM AND I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THIS GROUP. THE OPINIONS ON THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.

28 Jan

Over Budget

At the time, it felt like it took an eternity to get pregnant.  In reality, it was only 4 years, 4 months and a few days and yes, I was actually counting.  On December 30th, 2007 when I peed on that stick for the 2000th time, I was in shock, so I pulled out another stick and sure enough the 2001st stick was positive as well.  Hubster and I were thrilled, we were finally going to be parents.

While the thrill never left, reality started setting in… we will most likely have to move into our car because kids are expensive.  “They” say one kid alone can cost parents can cost $250 000 – we didn’t have that kind of money.   But we did need to prepare for the bundle of joy that was about to change our lives forever and make us broke.  So, we hit the thrift shops in store and online. If we could buy it second hand, we most certainly did, bassinet, crib, playpen, swing, stroller, clothing….  Baby items don’t generally get overly used, so we thought it was ok to save a few dollars, but quality was also important.

The best money we spent, was on the Fisher Price Ocean Wonder Swing.  We were quickly slapped in the face with the reality of a baby, there was a lot of crying in our home (and it wasn’t just the new baby, I was a basket case too).  One of the only time she would settle was when she was rocking from side to side, as high and fast as those pirate ships at the fair, I was nearly motion sick just watching her.   But she loved it and it gave me a bit of peace and quiet, so I loved it too – I just couldn’t watch her too closely or I would barf.  We eventually bought a second swing so we could have peace and quiet on the main floor and the second floor.

Swing

Once she out grew the Ocean Wonders swings, and we had to eventually get her into the crib we purchased from another parent who’s child had never spent a night in the crib, we decided it was time to pass on these amazing baby hypnotizers to other sleep deprived parents.   One swing eventually made it back home to sooth the new baby while the other is still making rounds creating happy home after happy home.

Buying second hand is a great way to keep yourself from going over budget, just make sure you are buying good quality items with a name you can trust.  I would have not survived my first year as a parent without the Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Swing x 2 and I think each one only cost about $50 it was money well spent for all our sanity.

It’s no wonder she loves those swaying pirate ship rides today, it’s a small price to pay.

“DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVE SPECIAL PERKS AS A PART OF MY AFFILIATION WITH THE FISHERPRICE PLAY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM WITH MOM CENTRAL CANADA. THE OPINIONS IN THIS BLOG ARE MY OWN.”

23 Jan

Carseats and Babies

As a first time parent (5 years ago), I remember anxiously waiting for my baby to turn 1. There’s so much excitement surrounding their first year birthday and it also means an upgrade from the baby infant seat to a front facing harness car seat. Well, that’s what I thought anyway, but the truth is there is a lot to take into consideration before switching your bundle of joy from a baby car seat to a front facing 5 point harness.

My youngest baby turned 1 just last month, but she’s only tiny at 17 pounds (About to 20% percentile) and isn’t ready for her “big girl car seat” just yet. It depends on age, weight, length and shoulder height. Another myth is that as soon as babies over 22 pounds they should be placed in a front facing harness seat, no, no, no, this too isn’t always the case, babies under 1 year should always still be rear facing even if they have outgrown their infant seat.

Still confused about what seat to use when? Yeah, I was too. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make sure your precious cargo is in the right sized car seat, Britax has you covered with this easy peasy lemon squeezie “car seat fit my child calculator“. You just enter your babe’s stats and the calculator does the rest for you. It will give you ideas as to what seat your child should actually be in. Because let’s be honest here, your child’s safety isn’t something you want to be guessing with.

Baby Car Seat

 

For us, we will be in the baby car seat for a while longer and that’s ok. She still enjoys naps in her seat while we go out for car rides (I’d love to trade with her actually a nap sounds marvelous), and I’m happy knowing that my little girl is safe and sound in her seat just in case of an accident.

As an added bonus, please remember that if for any reason you are in a car accident (even a fender bender), you have to replace your child’s seat. Car Seats have been specifically made to protect your kids from impact, and that’s not something you want to mess around with.

**DISCLAIMER: THE PRODUCT/S MENTIONED ABOVE HAVE BEEN GIVEN FREE OF CHARGE IN EXCHANGE FOR BEING FEATURED ON MY WEE VIEW. If you would like to learn more about Britax car seats and safety, here is one on measurements and here’s another on basic car seat needs. THE PRODUCT FEATURES EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE THOSE OF MY WEE VIEW AND HAVE NOT BEEN INFLUENCED IN ANY OTHER WAY. PLEASE SEE THE FULL TERMS OF USE.