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Doling out Advice

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Now that I'm a mother, I'm finding that so much of the advice people gave me while I was pregnant was right...and I'm so tempted to pass it along to friends and colleagues who are expecting - but out of politeness (and since I complained about unwanted advice when I was pregnant), I won't offer it...directly.  I remembered as I was biting my tongue about something, "hey!  I have a baby blog where I can write this stuff down!"   So here goes:

REMEMBER - this advice in no way represents any "professional" opinions or the opinion of KHQ, incorporated...it's just from one mom to another (or dad, as the case may be). 

I was looking at someone else's baby registry and saw that they had requested a fancy changing-table pad cover.  Sure, it looked like a really nice changing-table pad cover...just like the one I had.  I had the soft fuzzy navy-blue pad cover that matched the room décor...I even bought a backup.  During the very first diaper-change on it, it got whizzed on.  Off it came, and I put the backup cover on.  The second diaper-change, we thought we'd learned something from the first and put a clean diaper over the "blast zone" to prevent a repeat of the previous cover wetting.   That didn't quite work either.  Even with the coverage, there was "splash back".   So, in two hours' time we had both pad covers in the laundry.  We had a diaper-change come up while the covers were still being washed and out of desperation, put a cloth diaper (or burp cloth) down on the plastic-lined pad.   Sure enough, that cloth was pooped on, but cleanup was a BREEZE.  The cloth goes in the wash and the pad gets wiped down with one of those disinfecting wipes (we get the Costco Kirkland brand - they're really mild) and we're ready for the next change.  Since the cloths are inexpensive and small, we kept a bunch on hand.  In fact...

Another tip - we bought the 30-pack of terrycloth shop towels from Costco before Vic was born.  We washed them with perfume and dye-free soap and then stacked them baskets around the house.  They were pre-washed and softened, and they were PERFECT for barf, whiz, snot and other moments...and they were far less expensive than the specific baby-products.  

I just bought replacement cups for my pump (which I HIGHLY recommend doing often if you're a pumping-nursing-mom...the plastics and rubber wears down quickly, and new ones makes your pump act like new!) and with them came a "nursing bracelet".  If you're a breastfeeding mom or are planning to be one, this is a great little thing to have.  First of all, for some reason after the birth of my son, my memory went to the dogs.  It's probably because I'm trying to remember a million things at once...when was the last diaper change, when was the last feeding, which side did I feed from, how log did I feed, do a load of laundry - how much time is left on the load in the dryer, did I shower, why would he be crying right now????????  Anyway, with all of the things you're trying to do, this little do-dad remembers the nursing stuff for you.  It's a two-sided bracelet with little sliders to show you what time you fed last and on what side.  You DO have to remember to move the sliders each time you feed, and flip it over to say "Left" or "Right", but if you can remember those things, it's a real help!  (They come in different colors - so if you have twins or are nursing multiple babies you can remember who ate when!)  www.milkbands.com.  I also just learned that they make bras with little "switches" in the front so you can flip a little toggle to remind you which side on which you last nursed.  I haven't found them online yet, but I'll keep looking.  I did find a great website with nursing tank tops.  These, I wish I would have had earlier.  The usual built-in-bra tanks are lousy, because you try to anchor the nursing pads in place, but if you lay down or shift around even a little, you'll slide to either side and suddenly you're soaked and smelling like an old milk jug.   Plus, if you're pulling the breast out of the top of the tanks, you're putting an awful lot of stress on the straps.  These look fantastic - a camisole and nursing bra all built into one!  www.glamourmom.com

We are planning to start solids in the next few weeks - hooray for sweet potatoes!  Victor has his 6-month well-baby appointment next month - he hits the 6-month mark on my birthday (fitting...on my birthday last year was the first time I felt him kick!).  I'll say it again...how time flies!

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