Feeding on demand, babywearing, co-sleeping and taking it EASY.
I also downloaded a white noise app which never failed to get my son to sleep within a few minutes.
Good Luck! The first 6 weeks were the hardest I thought. I felt like my normal self again after 6 weeks - I guess hormones etc subsided and I no longer had any pain from c section.
We had a doula who did placenta encapsulation but she also does it for anyone who would like it done, whether they are using her as their doula or not.
Apparently the placenta can be kept in the right conditions in the fridge for up to a week so even if you can't find someone close by who does the service perhaps you could find someone who's willing to travel to pick it up?
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I still have some capsules leftover in the freezer (DS is nearly 6 months old) and I take one capsule if I'm feeling particularly tired or worn out.
I also have some awesome photos of the placenta before encapsulation. Some might find it gross but I thought the pics were really interesting!
Things that made the first 6 months easier:
Feed bub as much as they want and try not to compare their feeding habits with other babies, it will drive you mad!
I wish I had known that my baby was hungry and wanted to cluster feed at witching hour. It took weeks of screaming for us to work it out.
You don't have to change the babies nappy every time they cry. I went through a lot of nappies for no reason! As a first time mum I had no idea how often to change a nappy.
Invest in a snuza or breathing sensor mat, I wouldn't have slept a wink without one.
Get a good breastfeeding pillow, if you can't afford one then just get a V shaped bed pillow. It makes it much easier to feed.
Get out of the house, even if you look terrible and can't be bothered doing your hair/makeup/changing clothes. Taking bub for a walk in his stroller was a godsend for me. Just being out in the sun and feeling the breeze was AMAZING.
Baby sleeping bags are great if you have a wiggly baby. I wish I had put DS in them from birth... It would have saved a lot of wrapping and re-wrapping at night.
Take help from anyone that offers it.
Do what you feel is right. I think that is most important
One big thing for me was when I started to trust my instincts more. It could've saved me a lot of upset had I trusted them from the start! Also, having a book such as what to expect in the first year to hand can be useful for looking up development stages, problems, etc
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1) Online grocery shopping – truly a lifesaver in the first few weeks when going to the shops can feel like an insurmountable task!
2) Lamp with a dimmer so I can do night-time feeds and nappy changes without fully waking the baby.
I subbed when pregnant and now have a gorgeous 4 month old boy!
- books are a waste of time and money but if you do get one the 'what to expect' books are good - I've maybe opened it twice since he's been born
- lots of people told us that you don't need lots of newborn clothing / nappies this is WRONG!! My DS was 3.8kg and still in newborn / 0000 clothes and newborn nappies until around 6 weeks.
- I use disposable nappies but have cloth nappies all over the house as burping clothes - very handy!
- infant breathing pads in the bassinet / cot - excellent - wouldn't have slept without them!
- products...lansinoh nipple cream is out of this world amazing lol!! Have used Gaia wipes, powder and skin soothing lotion (as barrier cream) and they have worked a treat...no bad nappy rashes and they are all organic. Newly discovered Aveeno Baby Moisturiser...my son had really bad dry skin and even the Gaia products didn't work...aveeno is AMAZING
- don't buy a bumbo until your bubs is old enough to use it (full head control). We didn't buy ours it was a gift but by the time he could use it, he didn't fit!
- use eBay to but baby clothes...we have bought so much cute stuff brand new with tags from eBay for very cheap
- if you have wood floors I would highly recommended investing in a large play mat...we have a dwinguler large one which takes up our whole lounge area but its fantastic...we can lie on the floor with bubs, he has his play gym on there and it's padded and safe and cool designs easy to clean and fantastic
Can't think of anything else for now!!
Nice thread! Very helpful 👍👍👍
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