As promised, here are 6 things we’ve grown to love love for Noura over these past 6 months! Some of the items have been linked to my Amazon storefront for easy access in case you’re on the hunt for yourself or wanting to gift a new mama or baba! xoxo
6 things we love for Nunu:
1. BioGaia Probiotic Vitamin D Drops – I wish I had tried these a lot sooner than I did! If you don’t have them, check with your doctor or paediatrician beforehand but I promise they will help so much especially if you have a colic baby!
2. Bouncer – we use this every single day without fail. It’s part of our morning routine where she sits and watches as I make breakfast, or any other meal tbh. She bounces in it while I shower, while I do laundry, while her baba works and he has to watch her etc etc etc. we love it!
3. Frida Baby chest balm – any time we hear the slightest congestion, this goes on at night and we feel it makes a difference in her breathing a little clearer the next morning.
4. Breast Pump – ufft. I was SO skeptical about pumping just because I thought it would mean my baby wouldn’t need me anymore or it would tamper with my milk supply or it was just not a good thing to do (don’t ask me why lol), and then I also didn’t want to go through the process of researching pumps on the market and paying so much money when I knew I only wanted one to use occasionally because we had so many weddings during the summer and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get my dress on/off so easily lol
I found this one on amazon and it was/is the best thing I did and completely worth the money (pretty inexpensive in comparison to others on the market) and something I wish I would have purchased earlier. Knowing I could pump and someone else could feed her later, or pumping to release and relieve myself from pain in the event she was sleeping and I didn’t want to wake her, was SUCH a relief. I haven’t tried other pumps so can’t comment on anything else, but I still use this when needed; it’s portable enough to travel with too and cordless!
5. Thermometer– the slightest change these past 6 months has us being cray cray and wanting to check her temperature to make sure she’s okay and there’s no fever lol and having a good thermometer which you can stick in the armpit and works fast is definitely something I’d recommend. We had one from amazon but that was quickly replaced by one from the drugstore because the new one just worked faster, and when you have a poorly baby who squirms and cries when somethings stuck in her armpit, you want to know what the temp is asap! We had a fever scare at around the 3 month mark with a super high temp and she just looked so unwell to the point we took her to emergency to make sure she was okay, but that thermometer was key in giving us updates and peace of mind that everything was okay!
6. Sudo Cream– your mum and her mum and all your mama friends probably swear by this and there’s a reason for it lol yes it’s that good. So much so you can also use it as a bit of a spot treatment on your own face! This has been so good at preventing diaper rashes and healing some of those under-the-neck irritations from wearing a bib. A little goes a long way and works like magic!
Are there any items you swore by during your bubbas first few months of life?! Comment below as I’m always wanting to trial some new ones! xoxo
I can’t believe how fast time has actually flown by! 6 of the most intense, emotionally overwhelming, no-idea-what I’m doing months I’ve ever experienced, yet now it literally feels as though I blinked and we’re here.
I half-heartedly believed everyone during that first month when they said it got better and easier lol the first milestone to reach was the 6 week mark. “it gets better at 6 weeks, then you’re in the clear. Your body heals and you build a routine”, then it was the 3 month mark, “isn’t it so much better now?!” and now the 6 month mark “that’s it, she’s grown. It’s not that bad is it?!” ufft.
It’s definitely been a lot, a lot of the best and a lot of the not-so-best, but I wouldn’t change it for the world alhamdulillah! She has quickly taken over our hearts and our lives and we are so so in love with her xxx literally last night we both sat staring at her as she fell asleep on my chest and just talking about how scary it is to be a parent because your heart is literally beating outside your chest and you never ever want this part of you to experience pain or sadness or to have their feelings hurt. (the heart beating outside your chest thing as a parent is probably the most truest thing ever. I used to think it was a cheesy line but nope, very true!) and then I started crying because I realized one day she won’t need us or rely on us for things and she’ll be too big to sleep on my chest and questioned if she would ever remember these precious moments and how much we adore her xxx and then it made me think about how once upon a time our parents felt the exact same way about us and then we grew up and what that must have felt like for them and they wanted to keep us safe and protected but we were in a hurry to grow up too and ufft, it was an in-your-feels evening haha xx
I’ve learnt a lot in 6 months, and tried and tested a lot in 6 months, so wanted to share some of these learnings and experiences with you! Going to post this in two parts so it doesn’t get super long for you to read! As always, these musings are solely based on our experience and our bubba so feel free to take what you want, but also remember everyone and every baby is different and not everything and every tip will work for you and your family and that’s completely okay!
6 things I’ve learnt post-partum
1. Stop weighing yourself – I was doing this at the start and feeling super discouraged every time the number refused to change, especially if I felt I had a good couple days of walking and no sugar etc. It just so happened that our battery died in the scale and we never replaced it haha but it helped me stop weighing myself and obsessing with that number! Because if I was consciously doing small things to make myself feel ‘healthier’ and active and I felt better about myself, why was I counting on a number to confirm if I was allowed to feel good or not?! This obviously took some time, but I’m learning to focus on the small wins and choices we make each day xx
2. Those that get-it, get it, and those that don’t, don’t. and that’s okay! – this has taken some time and is still a work in progress, but #sorrynotsorry those friends and people in your circle who either don’t have little kids or have not been around children don’t get that your life is now different. And it’s kind of lame and sucks a lot of the time and the dynamic in your friendships and relationships is going to change a bit, but I guess that’s just how it is..(I don’t have a solution or the right answer for this lol) I have to be mindful of what times I leave the house now, prepare mentally for whether I have to feed before I leave or when I get home, or while I’m outside, and whether there will be space for me to feed and change diapers or will I have to put up a cover and feed in the car, and do I have enough diapers with me, have I run out of wipes, is the place stroller accessible, are babies even allowed, will there be parking close by etc etc etc. and even if you plan for everything in advance, you can expect a massive blowout which will throw you completely off course and you’ll realize you’ve packed everything in your suitcase of a diaper bag except for an extra pair of clothes lol and the thing is, only your other mom/dad friends will get it!
I’m learning to be okay with people not getting it, which is hard because you presume your friends of all people would get it, and some will and some won’t but it’s okay and it doesn’t mean they love you any less, but their lives are still carrying on as is yours, it’s just a little different and that’s okay! I literally reply to some of my heart peoples messages a month later apologizing for the delay and there’s no love lost because I know they understand lol
3. Lower your expectations – this is a work in progress also and I need to be reminded of this every so often lol but don’t expect anything so you won’t be disappointed. It’s easy to feel a certain way because you feel some things are just the norm and that you would treat situations differently, but people are different and show they care in different ways, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you stop feeling some type of way about certain issues. This goes for family too, I think I presumed and expected that just because people were family they would naturally and/or instinctively help with baby and diapers and be okay with getting milk spilt on them, or soothing my crying baby, but it’s not always the case (which I’ve had to learn lol) Knowing who your support circle is and who you can rely on and trust to just take the initiative and help you when needed without being asked, and being content with that circle, is something I’m learning to be okay with!
4. Live in the moment – maybe it’s because I’m a first-time parent lol but I’m loving being a mama xxx enjoying all the small things and changes and firsts she’s doing and experiencing and I keep reminding myself that she isn’t going to be this small forever and to just take it all in as it happens and I love it xxx especially being on maternity leave from work, I keep reminding myself that there’s no rush, that the purpose of being on leave is to enjoy my baby and spend time with her so why am I antsy to do that and then some?!
5. Be gracious with your spouse/partner – this has been a little difficult, especially at the start when I realized that my life had changed way more than his did. He could still go out with friends as he did before and didn’t have to think about feedings (as much), and one he was back to work and meetings etc. it truly felt like I got handed the short end of the stick with this entire parenthood thing. Finding that balance that works for both of you and your new little family definitely takes time, and lots of communication in order to avoid that buildup and then the outburst when your cup is full (we’ve had some of those lol) but alhamdulillah we’re getting better at it and finding a groove which works for us! I try to see it from his point of view too in terms of he doesn’t get the chance to spend every second with Nunu and bond with her in the way I do and get all the smiles and giggles because he has to work and that he’s doing it all for us and our family. When you think about it logically it 100% makes sense lol but finding the time to think about it logically is a whole other thing! Just remember you’re both in this together and trying to navigate parenthood so be patient and gracious with both yourself and with each other.
6. The rule of ‘one’ – this is so important to remember and my sister had to constantly remind me of this: one activity at a time, one chore at a time, one day at a time. Mama (or Baba), you will not get to everything every single day and that is 100% okay! The faster you learn to accept this, the less pressure you’ll put on yourself to be Wonderwoman/Wonderman and the less disappointed you’ll be at not completing all your tasks!
I was literally trying to do the most with Noura at the beginning and then feeling so burnt out every evening from feeling like I had to do everything in one day or else everything would fall apart. Laundry and cooking dinner and vacuuming and grocery shopping and going to a baby class and taking a walk and writing a blogpost and and and and ufffft! I know most of it was for myself and to make myself feel like I could still do everything plus look after a newborn, but the reality is that you’re still healing. Mentally, emotionally, physically, it’s all different and trying to get back in sync whilst you have to constantly attend to the needs of this little human who yes, at the beginning literally sucks the life out of you. Take. It. Easy. If you give baby a bath, that’s your activity for the day. Dressing him/her up to take a cutesy monthly photo, that’s your activity for the day. Doctors appointment, taking a walk with bubba, one load of laundry, going grocery shopping, one event/activity for the day until you’re ready to make it two. Remember, there’s no real award for best mom/best dad ever. You burning yourself out isn’t going to benefit anyone, especially yourself and baby so take it slow!
There you have it, 6-for-6 xx check back for part 2 where we share 6 things we’ve love loved for Noura over these past 6 months! I
Anything you’d like to add or that you found as a new parents?! Share your sharings in the comments below as I love hearing from you! xoxo
A few weeks ago we headed up to Prince Edward County, someplace neither of us have ever been! I’ve always seen everyone posting about how gorgeous it is and the quaint unique stays available in the County so wanted to see what all the hype was about. (the hype is in fact very real lol)
We checked into the Drake Motor Inn, a nostalgic nod to the classic roadside motel – without the musty old-school motel vibes you’re thinking about lol think updated rooms, modern twists and amenities, keyless digital entry, and ‘woof’ beds! This is probably one of the first places I’ve come across who encourage bringing your furry friend along and provide everything they also need for a comfortable stay!
You’re also probably wondering if the Motor Inn has any affiliation with The Drake Hotel in Toronto, and the answer is yes! Think of it as a sister property to The Drake Hotel located in Toronto, and the Drake Devonshire in Wellington (Prince Edward County). The Drake Motor Inn is actually located just up the road from the lakefront Drake Devonshire which allows you to enjoy and explore both properties – the restaurant and bar is actually located at the Devonshire so that’s where you would head for some munch regardless, pleasant stroll included!
The Motor Inn itself is a two-building guesthouse featuring 12 pet-friendly rooms with an abundance of unique art, photography, and installations placed around the grounds (which also translates over at The Devonshire). Rooms can be booked as either single, double, and triple stays, depending on the size of your party, and each room features their own balcony or walk-out garden.
Upon booking, simply let the team know if you’ll be bringing pets or babies and they’ll set your room accordingly – if you don’t know this by now, we literally travel everywhere with our baby bassinet lol and did so again on this trip presuming there would be no other space for her to sleep so it just made sense. We were oh so pleasantly surprised when we opened the door and saw a crib by the bedside and my heart went all warm and fuzzy inside because I thought it was such a considerate and thoughtful gesture, especially since we had never once requested anything for bubba x extra points in our books for the team for catering to their guests and to be honest the same hospitality and warmth was something very evident and consistent throughout our entire stay!xxx
Back to the rooms lol – rooms are equipped with a stocked mini fridge, retro snacks, and quality body amenities (Malin+Goetz Rum Body Wash is now my fave!) Each building has the most coolest of common rooms which are perfect to lounge in or get some work done – board games, and vintage polaroid cameras are available for you to borrow and complimentary tea/coffee is brought out to the common rooms every morning! An outdoor fire pit and yard space is also on the grounds for guest use.
We were fortunate to spend a good amount of time on both properties, the Motor Inn and the Devonshire as it’s where we ate all our meals and enjoyed the lakefront view!
Our first night consisted of a gorgeous lakefront dinner at The Perch. What on earth is ‘The Perch’ you may ask?! The Perch is a unique multi-functional outdoor wooden A-frame built out over the water, essentially looking like a wooden tent if you will, which can be used for anything from intimate proposals, to concerts, to special dining experiences, and oh so cool in my personal opinion!
The team had set up an almost glamping-like dining experience for us which I loved, and loved even more because there was enough space for us to have our bassinet in close proximity! While we ate, Nunu was lulled to sleep by the waves and it was the most loveliest of evenings x Another notable mention about catering to guests needs, I had mentioned that we only eat halal, but seafood was totally okay, and to be honest did not think twice about anyone sourcing halal meat out in Prince Edward County of all places. Not only was a variety of halal steak and lamb offered to us (which was delicious by the way!), but non-alcoholic mocktails to compliment dinner was the cherry-on-top to us truly feeling that the team had gone above-and-beyond to ensure we got the very best experience during our stay. They didn’t have to, but they did, and again that consistent hospitality and kindness is a reason we will be back again! *sidenote: burrata and grilled peaches is not a combo to sleep on!
I was up early the next morning so had a bit of a wander by the lake and explored the back trail at the Devonshire. It made me realize how much I missed those early mornings during my solo travels of just silent stillness and a cool breeze which made me feel like all was one with the world x I lucked out and caught sight of a beautiful Heron on the lakefront which is actually the first time I’ve ever seen one up close so yay for firsts! The back trail was more of a unique art walk, with various pieces of art posted against the fence and a nostalgic tetherball pole which we of course tried our hand at haha
The addition of a porch at the back end of the property which overlooks the lake was the perfect spot to enjoy my quiet morning with a side of fresh blueberry scones made in-house. It ended up being my private short-lived pinterest morning lol but I loved it just the same! Colourful barstools, standing tables, and built-in benches allow for a less ‘formal’ lounging experience and a perfect spot to grab drinks and chat while enjoying the lakefront breeze.
As our stay was only for a couple days, we only managed to see a little bit of town. There was an Alpaca farm I was keen on taking Nunu to, but I also considered she’s still a little too small to enjoy it so it’s been postponed until our next trip to the County. The Old Greenhouse Ice cream Shop is definitely worth stopping by, and it’s exactly that; an old greenhouse turned into an ice cream shop lol which was quite cool. There was a beautiful park up the road also which overlooks the lake which seemed fab for picnics or for kids to run wild – another point worth noting about the County in general, at least where we were staying, was the sense of community and safety especially for children. Maybe because we’re parents now and our spidey senses are heightened haha but we got the jist of the town being an ‘everyone-knows-everyone’ type town where everyone looks out for each other as if they’re their own and it was really comforting to see. Anyone we also had any interaction with, both on the properties or in town, was extremely kind and friendly and we were met with smiles all around which is never a bad thing!
If you’ve been waiting for a chance to visit Prince Edward County and understand what all the hype is about, take this as your sign to just go! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to experience it for the first time with the Drake Motor Inn and the Devonshire as it truly was the cherry-on-top to our visit and would forever recommend the property to you, be it your first or third visit to the County. An affordable, chic unique stay, and Canada’s only Conde Naste Traveler 2020 Hot List, why would you stay anyplace else?!
Thank you to the exceptionally helpful and friendly staff at The Drake Motor Inn and Drake Devonshire for providing a complimentary stay. All opinions and views expressed are my own.
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To be honest I didn’t think I would need to ‘pack’ a hospital bag, just take somewhat of an overnight bag and the hospital would take care of the rest lol but as I neared my due date and kinda sorta became consumed with ‘research’ on the internet lol I reckoned there was no harm in being a little prepared and in hindsight I’m glad I did so!
Before we get into the list, yes it’s a little overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time giving birth, always always keep in mind that things might not always go to plan and that’s okay! As long as mama and baby are healthy and safe, that’s literally the end goal for everyone xxx this list is also catered to a ‘normal’ /vaginal delivery only because it’s what we prepared for and did so please keep that in mind!
Most of what’s on this list is also linked to my Amazon storefront so you can find everything easily in one place! My sister made me a gift basket with most of these for my baby shower which I was ever so grateful for, so also an idea for you to put together if you’ve got a pregnant friend! Trust me, you’d be ticking one major thing off her list!
What bag to use?
100% recommend a small suitcase! One of those hand luggage ones because it will make yours and your support persons life a thousand times easier! I remember packing mine and Bilal was a little taken aback and joked that I wasn’t going on holiday lol but when it came time to it, rolling something with one hand as opposed to carrying weight whilst worrying about mama and baby and hospital forms etc. helps so so much! (he’s glad we used it now!)
Also have your support person pack their own bag too if they are planning to stay the night! Doesn’t have to be to the extent of a suitcase lol but whatever they might need (pajamas, toiletries etc.)
*sidenote: everyone mentioned that your hospital may or may not provide you with most of these things, but it totally varies! A friend said her hospital didn’t provide her with maxi pads post-birth and gave her folded tissue over a regular pad, whereas I got one ‘free’ one and was asked if I had brought my own lol personally I would rather have things on standby just in case because it’s one less thing to stress about as soon as a baby’s just come out of you!
I packed everything into large Ziploc bags and labelled them with a sharpie which made my life, Bilal’s life, and the nurse’s lives SO much easier lol and would highly recommend doing this! The last thing I wanted to do was describe what color pad I was looking for from my bed, and if Bilal had to step out for a call the nurse just went into the bag and found what we needed. Also once you’ve packed your bag go through it with your support person so they’re aware of what’s inside so they can better assist you when the time comes!
These were the ‘bags’ I labelled just in case it helps guide you a little:
-witch hazel, peri bottle, stool softener
-nipple cream and nipple pads
-baby diapers and wipes
-baby outfit (2-3 outfits)
What to pack?
Adult Diapers(Depends brand)– sounds silly but these will become your best friend post-birth and into your fourth trimester! I don’t know how else to explain it other than what it sounds like; a padded pull-up diaper which you’ll use as a ‘base’ for your pad sandwich (will explain a second!)
Frida Mom frozen pads – envision a glow stick that you snap in half to activate, but this time you snap a pad in half, shake it to activate, and it becomes a super cold form of ultimate relief for your perineal region! These were so blessed and helpful, especially for the first few days! *you might also come across the word ‘padsicle’ in your research, this was something new I also learnt lol it’s essential a frozen pad you place in your underwear to provide relief post-partum – the Frida mom frozen pads do the same thing but if you want to google how to make your own, go for it!
Large maxi pads (Always brand)
Tucks Witch Hazel pads or Fridamom Witch Hazel liners – these I would highly highly recommend. Witchhazel helps soothe everything down there and also has cleansing and healing properties. It’s literally instant relief! I used the pads initially and then switched to the liners, but either/or gets the job done!
*pad sandwich: witch hazel on top of the pad, and the pad goes into the diaper which you wear. If you use the Tucks pads, they come in these circular pads similar to cotton makeup removing pads but they’re just wet from being soaked in witch hazel; lay around 3-4 onto the pad. If you use the Frida liners, they pull out as a single long pad (similar to a makeup wipe), and then lie it flat onto your pad! à I’d suggest you show your support person how to put this together prior to hospital just to make things a little easier!
Frida Mom peri bottle– This is another highly recommend item! The hospital provides you with a squeezy bottle because you can’t exactly wipe down there post-birth. Its water and then pat pat pat. The hospital one is just a standard squeezy bottle, but this one has an angled arm/spout which makes it SO much easier to wash and make you feel a little cleaner like you haven’t missed a spot. You’ll literally use this so much until everythings healed and back to normal!
Nursing Bra and tank – I packed these but didn’t use them at the hospital because I stayed in my gown until I was discharged. It just made things easier for me and easier to feed baby, but you know yourself better if you’d prefer to pull yourself together and wear real clothes lol I would still recommend investing in these though, especially a tank with a built in nursing bra; it’s a little easier at the start to just throw on a cardigan while still being covered as opposed to a bra and then clothes and then when it’s time to feed baby and you’re still getting the hand of breast feeding and baby’s crying and you’re like wait let me figure this out, its a lot!! Lol might just be me, but it helped me and still does!
Cardigan – hospitals get a little chilly and it’s easier to throw on top of the hospital gown a) when you’re cold or b) if you have visitors and don’t want to get dressed but still want to look decent lol
Slippersand Socks – a pair that you’re okay with throwing out just in case you get blood or hospital stuff on!
Blanket – a million percent, and add a pillow too if you’d like! This is mostly for your support person because if you’re staying overnight chances are they’ll get a hard little couch in the corner to sleep on or a lounge chair which isn’t the most comfortable. You also might get a little cold and the blankets at hospitals don’t always cut it.
Phone charger – everyone always says pack an extra looooong charger so you have access. We packed a normal one and we survived lol but yes, a charger because you don’t know how long you’ll be at hospital for and you want to update everyone at home with what’s going on
Chapstick – yes, your lips will get dry so pack this! We like the Laneige one
Stool Softener – so apparently if you don’t have any bowel movements the first few days post-birth that’s totally normal, but that first movement is an experience. From what I read and watched, everyone recommended stool softeners to help soften the blow and I’d say they helped massively. More so post-partum once we got home and less immediately post-birth, but I’m glad we had them on hand!
Water Bottle – I mean we took this and I accidentally left it in the car but the hospital had those massive cups with a straw so we survived lol but you’ll want to stay as hydrated as possible so water is key whether its from your bottle or the hospital *a straw is super helpful though!
Nipple Cream – as soon as baby is out everything is a bit of a whirlwind and then baby’s forced on your boob and you’re like what is happening lol nipple cream is a life saver to provide relief to your chapped nipples! Also completely safe for baby too xx we used Lansinoh and it was my best friend during those initial days of breast feeding!
Nipple Pads – these I found came in handy later on once my milk started coming in *your milk doesn’t magically start flowing as soon as baby is out lol (I thought it did..!)
Baby diapers and wipes – definitely pack a few newborn diapers with you and a pack of wipes. The hospital will of course put baby in one but we were also asked if we brought our own.
Baby onesies(2-zippers) – These will become your favorites in the first few weeks of baby’s life because of the easy access to change diapers and you don’t have to think twice is they’re covered and warm. Would also suggest short sleeve onesies to wear under the zipper onesie to layer bubba because they so fresh and new and to keep them warm xx
Baby outfit – I packed a cutesy hospital outfit but ended up keeping her in a onesie and saved the outfit for when everyone would visit her at home. There was a lot going on for me and as long as baby was safe and warm that’s all that mattered lol
Baby blanket – when leaving the hospital, having a blanket on baby in the car seat isn’t a bad idea. We left while it was snowing so yes, needed one lol
Swaddle – the hospital swaddles baby in the standard hospital swaddle, but if you’d prefer your own just because, or to take cutesy photos, you do you!
Baby Hat – this also speaks to the whole keep baby warm; the hospital put a hat on her which was knitted by volunteers, but if you’d prefer your own from home, go for it!
Go home outfit – pack something comfortable for you to go home in! Your body is still going to be in recovery mode and comfort will be key! Elasticated waist might just be the way to go lol
Toiletry bag – your standard toiletries so you can feel a little normal!
Towel/loofah etc. – Again, you won’t know what you’ll be like until it actually happens; I anticipated taking a shower at hospital prior to coming home, but we were discharged at 11pm while it was snowing and I was like yea, no, I’ll wait until I get home lol I’m glad I had it just case though!
Birth Plan – this is an individual thing I suppose; we had spoken about certain things we wanted for our delivery prior to just so we were on the same page and I wrote them down too and packed it just in case, but no one ever asked for it nor did we feel a need to take it out. You do what you feel most comfortable doing!
Baby Announcement/Name Card – completely optional, but I got the cutesy wooden milestone disk cards from Etsy alongside a name and announcement (Hello I’m new here) card. If you’re planning to use it at the hospital don’t forget to pack it lol
Polaroid camera – this is extra, but if you’re a ‘capture the moment on a polaroid’ person, don’t forget to pack this lol
Snacks and gum – I remember watching a video where someone said to pack gum mostly for your support person because the last thing you want is someone near your face giving you words of encouragement and all you can smell is their stale breath lolol and it made sense.
And that’s that! I know it sounds like a lot but I found being prepared and packing in advance gave me such peace of mind going into delivery. I also left out quantities because you pack what you feel is reasonable for you! Would I suggest an entire pack of pads, no lol but pack enough so you don’t run out.
Obviously this was my first baby and totally not claiming to know the world lol but I’m sharing what worked for me and what I found to be helpful in hopes of it doing the same for you!
As always, I love hearing from you! Let me know in the comments below if you found this helpful and/or if there’s anything you loved which didn’t make my list! #sharingiscaring xoxo
Hi hello salaam! LONG time no see, hear, write, all of the above! I don’t remember what our last blog post was about let alone when I wrote it, but what I do know is a lot has changed since then!
Your girl got married, moved back home, stopped traveling because of covid and because of #responsibilities (sigh), and most recently just gave birth! – you’re basically all caught up now lol
I have many feels about many of those life changes and could ramble for ages on them, but this post has a purpose which I promised myself I would not sway from.
This post is all about baby registry tips, must-haves, whatever you want to call it, but all things baby prep!
Before I hit you up with this slightly comprehensive list, I do want to say that it is massively overwhelming if you’re having your first baby and don’t know where to start in terms of schtuff. There is SO much out there and the world makes you feel like you need it all but you really don’t (even though your mama already told you this, listen to her lol she’s right!) I remember walking into Buybuy Baby for the first time and it was like woah. Retreat retreat lol shelves upon shelves of baby bottles and strollers and feeding things and its definitely a psychi thing because it makes you want to buy all the pretty pastel colored silicone feeding suction plates even though your baby isn’t going to start eating from it for another 6ish months lolol but you get my drift yes?!
I am forever grateful that God allowed my sisters to have babies before me because I don’t think I would be able to help them with all this if I had gone first. They were my go-to’s (and still are!) before purchasing anything baby related or adding it to my registry, and I also had a chance to see the item in its practical state which helped immensely. Yes, Youtube videos and blogs were also my friends during my ‘research’ and a combination of the two sources resulted in the list below which were items I added onto our baby registry.
Instead of signing up (and limiting) myself to items from only one source ie. only creating a registry on amazon or anyplace else, I would highly highly recommend creating your registry on the site myregistry.com . It basically allows you to sync multiple registries onto one platform and that becomes the ‘master list’ if you will. We had created registries on Amazon, Chapters Indigo, and Snuggle Bugz and then synced them onto MyRegistry. The site also allows you to add any items from other sites too where you may not have the option of creating a registry!
In terms of ‘perks’ for creating a registry, to be honest I didn’t come across anything appealing nor did I claim what was offered. I think the Amazon US site offers/offered a nice little welcome bundle package, but the Canadian one offered a little toy or something to claim which I was like meh no need, and Chapters Indigo offered a baby memory book thing if there was a $50 spend, but reviews I read claimed it wasn’t all that so we skipped that too lol I had my eye on another baby book from Etsy anyways so I wasn’t too fussed!
Okay onto the items themselves! Hand on heart I can say nothing I had on our list was a waste or something we haven’t used yet/aren’t going to use yet due to her just being so small still lol I’ve organized the list into ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’ solely based on how it worked for us so take from it what you will! ie. some people don’t feel a diaper pail is a must have and prefer using a regular garbage bin – totally okay if that works for you but we felt it was a must for us. If you ever have any specific questions about any items please please send me DM or email or whatever and I’d love to give you more of my 2cents on it!
Also including the brands we went with for some of the items and although brands don’t always matter, I’m just sharing what’s working well for us that we like! It’s been almost 2 months since Noura (oh yes, we had a baby girl and named her Noura!) so we have a little bit of a feel of what we’ve liked and not so much liked. For example I didn’t like the bath towel we had got for her so invested (yes that’s the right word lolol) in a LoulouLollipop one for her ($50 for a baby towel is ridiculous I think!), BUT it stays soft after we put it in the wash and is large enough to wrap her in it and doesn’t shed on her and actually dries her so it’s a win for us! Ultimately the number one golden rule is to always always is to do what works well for your baby and you so you make the final call!
Okay the list(s) !!!!
It might sound like a lot lol but I’d like to think these are just the basics – for us anyways haha but we literally use a majority of what’s listed on the daily and I’m so grateful that none of what anyone got for us was a waste or not practical!
Tips I would give you now that you have the list:
– stick to only one quantity of the item because you won’t know if you’ll need more/less until baby comes (ie. put only one pack of pacifiers because you might not even use a pacifier with your baby because they don’t need one)
-have your registry completed and sent out in your second trimester so as things start coming to the house you can organize your space. You might be super pregnant and exhausted to do anything come third trimester so give yourself ample time
-I would highly recommend this little guy here ; with all the packages coming in, it’s an easy way to protect your personal info without the hassle of ripping off labels or crossing it out with a sharpie each time lol
-don’t forget your thank you’s! Keep track of packages as they come in and who they’re from (you can usually tell who’s got you what from the online registry itself and/or your item might come with a note), but keep a list so you can personalize thank you cards! *I’d also suggest getting thank you cards sent out before baby comes because you really won’t have time to sit and write during those first few weeks!
Hoping this comes in handy even just a little bit for any new mamas wondering where to start, or anyone wanting to gift a mama something for her new bundle of joy! Again, these are just some of our favorites and what works for us but I’d love to know your faves too! Let me know in the comments if there’s something I’m missing or have to have to try! xoxo