The excitement of having a baby has started to wane down and the reality of bringing home a sweet new baby have started to sit in. The first thing you do is go to Pinterest and start searching about all of the essential things you need for baby. Mama, I know this feeling- even two kids in and a third one pending, I know that when the time comes, I will be searching all about what I need for this new baby (you would think that not much changes in two years, but holy cow! There’s always new things that didn’t exist with the baby before).
On these top pins, you’re going to find everything from the best strollers to the best car seats to bouncers and swings- the list is endless. I will tell you this, there were two big things that saved us with our first and then our second and neither of those things were on any registry list I found.
This is starting to show up more and more on different lists, but this was a game changer for us. My son LOVED to scream and cry. After doing some research, I found that the white noise of a sound machine could help. I tried apps at first, but ultimately bought this sound machine. It was perfect- you can adjust the sound, pick different sounds, and, most importantly, it’s portable. The portability of this sound machine is one of my favorite parts- we can take it to Grandma’s for a short snooze or on vacations and my kids sleep as soundly at other houses as they do at their own. It was a no-brainer when we had our daughter that this was something we’d be getting for her room, too.
Once my son started sleeping in his own room, it became abundantly clear that he was not sleeping for long stretches during the day due to the light coming in his room. He’d sleep for an hour, max, and then be super cranky because the sleep he got wasn’t great. He was also waking up in the morning with the sun. When we installed the blackout curtains, he was then sleeping longer stretches and not waking up just because the sun came up. Mama, this is the number one thing I recommend to all new moms. I firmly believe that my daughter started sleeping through the night at 12 weeks old because she was in dark space. The best part? You can find these at any Home Depot, Lowes, or online store. You also don't need to break the bank with this fix- I found these ones for as low as $21.17. The dimensions of your window are the biggest deciding factor.
I hope these two things help you out as much as they've helped me. We all want happy, sleeping babies.
About the author:
Ellyse works with amazing female entrepreneurs to master their content strategy to bring in more sales. She started her business back in May 2018 to better support her family and free up time to spend with them. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two small children. They love spending time at the zoo, going adventures in the mountains, and watching baseball.