Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mandipidy's Baby Shower

Today I am getting together with some other ladies for a baby shower for Mandy.

Mandy I know you must be counting the for Miss Abigail to arrive.
Until she comes I tell you, sleep. Spend every day sleeping because you will never sleep again.
Okay, I am teasing you :)

Here are a few fun things I thought I would share with you though:

1. Diaper wipe warmers are a bit overrated. We received one for Charlie who was born in January. They did keep the wipes nice and warm, but from the time I actually got the wipe out of the warmer and kept a little, squirmy, upset baby in diaper changing position the wipe was cold. You could save the money and buy an extra pack of diapers or 2 huge boxes of wipes.

2. Swaddling is not overrated, if your baby will tolerate it. I know some friends who swear they swaddled their kids until they were 4 years old. Haha. No really, I swaddled both boys until they turned into Houdini and the Hulk and busted out. There are a ton of swaddle blankets out there and I heard the Miracle blanket is totally worth it, though we used Summer's SwaddleMe and they worked most of the time.

3. Take lots of pictures of your little one because you can never have too many.
AND you will forget so much since your brain shrinks.
On both of the boys' one year birthdays we went through the year in pictures, and it was a sweet way to remember the year and see how they grew.

{my favorite picture for obvious reason, every one is happy}

4. Baby-wearing can save your life. I wore Jack 99% more than I did Charlie, and if I could go back I would have worn Charlie.  It took a while to get used to wearing a baby in a carrier, but once we figured it out  I was able to do so much more, and he was happy because he was close to me.
I used a Moby and BabyBjorn (from a consignment sale for $15!!!), 
and have heard wonderful things about ERGO.

5. Mr.Wonderful advises to not take deep breaths while changing diapers. He has increased his lung capacity greatly over the past 2 1/2 years and mastered a breathing technique where can literally not take a breath while changing a diaper.

6. Never say never. There were so many things I said I would never do.
I will never take my child for a car ride to get them to go to sleep.
I will never let my child sleep in my bed.
I will never let my child eat [insert snack/junk food] for dinner when they won't eat anything else.
It is about survival most of the time :) and you will do what you have to do.

7.  And last but not least, just love that precious little baby.
God chose you to take care of her.
You can do it.

Do you have anything you can share with Mandy?


  1. All good advice! I swear by my Ergo! I wish I had it with my first. It's so comfy to wear and my little guy LOVES it.

  2. I agree with all of this...except about the wipes warmer :) I still use mine!

  3. That is the cutest post, what great advice for Mandy.

  4. Thank you so much Lindsay!! :)
    I love, love, love getting advice from people on what worked, what didn't work- what you need, what you don't need. Someone gifted us one of those swaddling blankets, so I am glad to hear that that's one of your must haves. :)
    Thank you for being such a sweet friend... you've made my morning so special! :)

  5. Great list. Especially #4, #6, and #7. Especially, especially, especially #6!!!

  6. #6 is my favorite. So true! I've put my foot in my mouth too many times.

    I'd also say...
    Asking for help is okay. The ones who love you want to help you. Ask for dinners and help cleaning the house, or even just a free hour to go grocery shopping sans baby.

    Keep a special store of essentials in the car. It's as easy as a freezer bag of diapers, wipes, sunscreen, butt paste, snacks, and an extra pacifier. Even throw in an extra bottle and little bag of formula if you feel it's necessary. I don't know how many times I've left the house only to find that I left one of those things at home. It also helps if plans change and you end up staying out longer than had been expected.

  7. I'm with you on the "nevers" - a friend of mine encouraged me once with a few things -
    You're always the perfect parent and have everything figured out before you have kids.
    If you feel guilty about being a bad mom at times it probably means you're a good mom.

  8. i'm filing this away for when i have my first little one, haha! :) great advice!

  9. I need to bookmark this for when it's my time!! Great post :)

  10. GREAT advice - I love the picture reminder and of course, #6, couldn't be more true!

  11. Great advice...I will hopefully need to come back some day :)

  12. perfect advice.
    i wore my second born all the time and i totally wish i would have worn my firstborn also.
    Never Say Never. Ya Heard!

  13. Just stopped by from FN--love this! What great advice--and that pic! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT:)


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