A 1000 apologies for the delay in blogging. We have recently discovered that OBB1 has been knocked up again so we thought it appropriate to send out one or two lines on getting prepared.
We will be sure to revise this list closer to the time of arrival as I’m sure our memories will be jogged.
Also coming up next month; birth stories (natural and Emergency C-section) and also the process of falling preggers with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Our humble opinions are as follows:
OH SLEEP BABY
You can purchase this beauty from Dischem and may be one of the best things you buy. They make use of it right up until 4 or 5 months. The purpose of these little gems is to stick it on them at night for a bit of extra weight / pressure on them – makes them feel like they are back in the womb; all squished up. If you are battling to imagine it – they are like mini beanbag blankets.
As you will soon discover, a newborn hates a car seat so the weighted blanket seems to just take the edge off as there is a little bit of weight on them and they don’t feel so exposed.
This will save your life! Buy 2, learn how to use them and strapped that baby up. This item is amazing for socializing and/or in times when you need your rat to dos (sleep) and it just won’t. The technique of it is a serious ‘ball ache’ but once you get it you are ‘A for away’. BEST THING EVER. If the house was burning down, we would rescue these!
OH BABY BABY will be stocking these soon soon so keep an eye out.
A baby carrier works just as well and will definitely be easier for the dads to use.
10 x baby grows long sleeve & 10 x pants
Pants are a winner because they are so much easier to change them without actually disturbing them. At night, if you have them in a full baby grow, often you end up having to unzip, unclip, unlatch to change their nappies. The less you can take off them the less chance you have of making them cold and waking them up. Rule of thumb – waking = shitstorm.
Even when they look like they are uncomfortable and are waving their hands about – resist the temptation to free them. They sleep when they are squashed up!Swaddle for as long as you can – I think we hit 3.5 months but you could possible go longer. If you have a bubba that just has to have a taste of freedom, then let one little hand free and make sure their nails are clipped.
Cotton linen & muslin cloths
Monitor with a Camera
We suggest camera if you have a bit of extra dosh, because then you can see if the noise is just them wriggling around in their sleep or if they are actually awake. This means fewer dummy runs to check on the baby.
Now this is always a contentious issue but you won’t be sorry when you need something to pacify them or when they start teething so I am pro dummy but you make your own mind up about that. My rat loved an Avent dummy because they seem to be a bit straighter and don’t push up into the palate as much, but again preference is yours. We are strong believers in raising non-fussy babies because it comes back to bite you in the ass when you want to change brand or try something new.
OH BABY BUMS
Bepanthen x 3 200g / Sudacrem
These are winners – two of the best at the end of the day. Bepanthen is super steep so if you can get peeps to buy it for your baby registry, hit it!
A Million Wetwipes
Can’t get enough of these – seriously you will be buying them until your rat is about 12 years old haha. So stock up. In the beginning, it is nice to use newborn ones but then from 2 months on … good ol’Clicks works for the wallet and does the trick perfectly.
Scented Nappy Bags and Nappy Bin
Best idea to carry these nappy bags around with you. When you breastfeed you could get a 7 in 1 or a 1 in 7. 7 poos in 1 day or 1 in 7 and this is totally normal but better be prepared that luck may not be on your side, you will be glad we told you about these scented nappy bags.
On the bin front – a proper bin with liners will make you feel happy when they get onto solids and no amount of love can get you used to the poo!
OH BOOBIE BOOBIE
There are days where you just can’t handle holding it (the child) one second longer so suction it on to the noombie and load ‘em on the pillow and you are hands free –it is like Bluetooth breastfeeding.
White Toweling Nappies
Definitely not for their bums … ain’t nobody got time for that. This is for general survival of the shitstorm, breastmilk, chunderfest that is coming your way. Buy 20 of them and sling one over your shoulder to protect yourself from the baby bad weather on its way. We would use these stukkend and often be washing about 10 a day. They are fuss free and multipurpose and a much better, more practical size, then those tiny little burp cloths they sell.
Bottles x 6 to start & Sterilizer or Milton
All shapes and sizes. You need newborn ones for formula / expressed breast milk and then one size up (Size 1) for when they start sucking faster and need a breather pipe like when we use to strawpeedo … ahh the good ol’days. We preferred Avent for the newborn bottles and Tommee Tippee (TT) for later. TT have some nifty gadgets that you can attach like; a manual breast pump (which is on the list), little handles for when they are bigger and want to hold their own bottle, lids for expressed milk or storing containers. We weren’t very good steriliser but we are from farm stock so we are not against it, we just weren’t fanatical about sterilising. Buy yourself a microwavable sterilizer or just a bucket and some Milton both do the trick.
Breastmilk Bottle Containers and Ziplock Bags
Don’t waste loot on getting the fancy breastmilk bags because you can just use a trusty old ziplock. Just make sure you write on the bag the amount (mls) and date so you can use it from oldest to newest and you know how much is in there.
Here is another handy tip – don’t go out and burn tin on a breastpump until you know you can wax it. I could breastfeed like a machine but couldn’t express for shizzle with an electric pump. Manual – any day, all day but an electric just didn’t work for me soooo borrow one first and test it out. If you do buy, a double pump is a winner because you save half the time and you only have to listen to that horrendous milking sound for a short while. In the manual pump department – this is worthwhile because they are only about R500 and when you are stuck in a car and can’t pop a boob over into the car seat – express straight into the bottle and put a teat on it.
If you have leaky noombies like I did – breastpads, breastpads, breastpads.
Maternity Pads & Brooks
Whether your baby comes out the front door (natural) or the sunroof (Caesar), you are going to need plenty, what we like to call, ‘surfboard pads’. You use them for roughly 6wks. Don’t be shocked if after 6wks your good old friend “period” arrives back – all we can say about this is PROTECTION!!! We have heard horror stories about people falling preggers shortly after this.
On the maternity netting brooks department – they are quite handy for the first wk or so but then you would rather whack on an old pair of granny panties so your call on those (not the granny panties – that is a MUST).
100% Lanolin Cream
Saves the nipsies (pipple) here. You can put this on after every feed to avoid cracked nipples and the baby can have a dip at the boob with it on so it is harmless.
I got the added treat of getting thrush on my nipples and it is a hardcore little catch 22 thing because you breastfeed, the baby gets thrush, and then you re-infect each other. So I would wipe my nipsies with some surgical spirits afterward a feed or use wetwipe just to avoid any bacteria lingering and then stick those boys in the sun. Too much bra time and leaky boobs is a deadly combo for thrush.
You don’t have to wipe after every feed but just remember the surgical spirits trick if you run in to thrush issues. Sounds gross … and it is! Haha. Nystacid is who you call on in this case of thrush.
OH CRY ME A RIVER
Baby Panado & Calpol
Doomsday prepping is key with small children. Pack for every occasion and always have some kind of ‘pacifying drug’ on you; Baby Panado & Calpol are goodies for temperatures and fevers.
Telament Drops & Gripewater (with alcohol).
Telament Drops for the dummies – it is like pudding, they should take the dummy no probs with a little encouragement from our friend Tellies.
Gripewater is super old fashioned and that is why we love it. It has been around for years, will still be here for our children’s children and for this we promote it for unsettled tummies and general “I don’t know what the eff to do with this child and it’s screaming” kind of occasions.
Earbuds, cotton pads, syringes, Milton, surgical spirits for that siff little soggy biltong tag that hangs from your child’s belly button. By the way – breastmilk works even better than surgical spirits so give them both a go; on to the cotton pads and soak the biltong string (umbilical chord) and clean around it close to the skin.
Baby towels with the hood
OH PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC
Play Mat / Baby Gym
So helpful this one because half the time you have no clue what to do with them while they are awake and they use it for a long time. Car Shizzle Comfy seat cover and little mirror facing them so you can see them in the rearview.
Pram, baby base for the car, and baby seat
If you can get these as a unit – WINNER! Because then they click out and click in and you don’t have to wake the sleeping bear at any stage of your shopping trip or coffee date.
OH YOU SAY THOSE ARE HOW MUCH
This is more of a luxury section so if you can find one to borrow then it is suggested as you may need more baby wipes when you see the prices of some of these things.
Great for days when you have run out of activities with a creature that doesn’t really give back at this stage.
We borrowed one of these for 2 months and it was such a beaut. Little bed on the go. Ok that’s it for now. We don’t want you to run out of steam and be scared shitless on this list. One thing we can say is that the less your baby relies on to function in this world the easier your life will be going forward so try not to introduce too many luxury items because the day you forget it behind you will know about it!
Give us a shout if you have any questions on the above. We know that sometimes they way we