New Mom Survival Guide

by Andrea Cooley
New Mom Survival Guide


Someone told me that the first 6 weeks of having a baby are the hardest. There were definitely times when I was counting down the days to now, but really I can't complain. I think we have a pretty good baby! Emerson is officially 6 weeks old, so I thought it was appropriate to share some of the things that have helped us survive the first six weeks.

1. Medela steam bags If you're breast feeding, these are a must! Pumping isn't my favorite thing, but Adam says it's my ticket to getting out of the house, so that's my motivation. When I finish pumping I just throw the pieces in this bag with some water and put it in the microwave. Much easier than boiling water!

2. Ingenuity swing Emerson doesn't really play with any toys yet, but this swing is a lifesaver. I hold him a lot, but sometimes momma needs a break! He spends a lot of time in this and usually he's pretty happy in it. I joke that I can hear the music it plays in my sleep!

3. Swaddle Me swaddlers We like to call Emerson the baby burrito when he's swaddled up. When he was really little we'd just swaddle him in a blanket, but he'd squirm out of it. Now that he's bigger we swaddle him up and sleeps without waking himself up as much. Who knew babies moved so much while they slept?

4. Trail mix Whether you're breastfeeding or not, waking up at all hours is exhausting! (side note: did you know you burn 500 calories a day when you breastfeed? amazing!) I don't snack every night, but I keep a stash of trail mix (Trader Joe's is my favorite) in the bedroom and the diaper bag. Hungry mommas are fussy just like babies!

5. Face wipes Let's be honest, showers are a luxury when you have a newborn! There are more days than I care to admit when using these wipes made me feel like a human.

(Yes. I realize I skipped number 6, but I'm sleep deprived and don't want to take the time to fix it!)

7. Smart phone I hate to admit it, but I spend a lot of time on my phone these days. Sometimes it's the only thing that keeps me awake in the middle of the night. So if you play Words with Friends with me and notice that I play at odd hours, be happy you're sleeping when I'm playing! I also use my phone to track when Emerson eats, when I change him and how much he sleeps. There are lots of apps out there, but I use Eat. Sleep.

8. Water bottle I thought I was done drinking excessive amounts of water when I had the baby, but when you're nursing, you're supposed to drink lots of water. I was a Klean Kanteen girl before I had a baby, but I've been converted to Camelbak, mostly because it's easier to drink out of with one hand.

I'd love to hear from other moms. What am I missing?

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Andrea Cooley

  1. Two words for the nursing mother: spelunking headlight. I wished I would have thought about this with my first, but only figured it out with my 2nd. I wrote about it:)

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