Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mommy Must-Haves

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As a new mommy, for the second time, I thought I'd share a few items for baby, toddler and myself that I am simply adoring right now.  Of course, they are things I could live without, not necessarily "must-have", but they sure are fabulous.  Every baby, toddler and mommy will have different needs, so please share your "must-haves" in the comments at the end of this post so we can all benefit from what you've found to be helpful {Links provided for some}.

For Baby:
  • Boppy Lounger - Cannon doesn't need the movement of a swing (not yet, anyway), so the Boppy lounger is great because it's so easy to move around the house.  I'll take it up to the bathroom so he can chill in the lounger while I shower and get ready, put it on the kitchen floor while Lucy and I make dinner, etc...It soft and molded to hug baby's body, so I imagine it must be pretty cozy.  The lounger I have was a gift when Lucy was born, but we're already getting more use out of it the second time around. 
  • Shea Moisture Baby Lotion - This is the same lotion I've used for Lucy since she was a baby, and now Cannon gets it too.  It's perfect for delicate baby skin, especially during this dry winter weather. Not only does it smell SO amazing, but it is the legacy of Sofi Tucker, a 19-year-old widowed mother of 4, who began selling Shea nuts in Sierra Leone in 1912.  Sofi's grandchildren have continued to cultivate Shea Moisture, "ethically traded ingredients, sustainably produced, tested on family for four generations...never on animals."  I love the product, and love everything they stand for even more.  
  • Consignment - I've said it before, I'll say it a thousand more times...I LOVE shopping the consignment stores for my children's clothes.  It's especially nice for baby, because babies grow so quickly and don't "wear out" their clothes.  The consignment stores where I live keep their stores so well organized and the clothes they resell are in near perfect condition (I've even purchased items with tags still on).  I can buy a bag full of clothes for the same price, or less, as one new outfit from a department store.
For Toddler:
  • Netflix - Mostly Curious George, to be exact, but we watched Veggie Tales' "Jonah" yesterday and she was mesmerized.  I'm trying not to feel guilty about the amount of Netflix we've been watching lately, because with a newborn and a sleep-deprived mama, it really is a necessity some days.
  • Nail Polish - When Cannon was born, we gave Lucy chap stick and toddler nail polish I picked up from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  We gave them to her "from Cannon" when she met him and told her that Cannon heard how much she loved nail polish and chap stick and that he brought them for her. She loved it!  The nail polish is in a spill-proof bottle, dries almost instantly, and simply peels off.  It will keep her entertained for a good chunk of time...and she thought that was pretty nice of Cannon.
  • Play doh - Lately, Lucy has enjoyed having "play doh picnics"  I simply throw a blanket on the floor in front of the couch and give her play doh and "utensils" to mold her doh.  This is another way I keep her entertained while nursing Cannon.  She brings me "cupcakes" and "beans" and I find it pretty cute.
  • Finger Paint - This might not work with all toddlers, but Lucy doesn't like getting too messy with the finger paint.  She will only use one finger!  So I cover her little table with paper, put on her smock, and let her go to town.  Another distraction she can do on her own while I nurse baby. 
For Mommy:
  • Medela Postpartum Support - After baby, a mama's mid-section feels...loose and jiggly.  I have this support belt from when Lucy was born, and find it helpful to get things "sucked back in" to where they belong, and my midwife recommended it.  It's not comfortable enough to wear in public, and I would imagine it would be too uncomfortable to wear after a c-section for a while, but I wear it around the house for at least the first couple weeks.  
  • AdvoCare Spark - I feel caffeine really is a necessity right now. Baby Cannon is easy, but sleeping in 3-hour stretches and being rudely awakened by a toddler bright and early = "give me some caffeine!" Spark gives me a productive dose of energy without making me feel like I need more than one (like coffee) and doesn't give me an afternoon crash (like coffee).  Seriously, it's awesome.  I loved it before, but love it even more now that I have a newborn.
  • MAC Fix+ - I don't know how or why I haven't used this magic spray sooner!  My face is especially dry right now (combination of postpartum skin + winter skin), so I wash, moisturize and then spritz this on right before I apply my foundation, and it helps my foundation glide on so smoothly.  But let's be honest here, I rarely apply makeup these days, and if I want to be really honest with you...I currently don't always wash my face at night when I do wear makeup.  If I want to be really, REALLY honest...some days I just spray Fix+ on top of my second day makeup to freshen it up. This stuff is so versatile for my gross face right now.  And it smells so refreshing.  Seriously though, I'm not always this lazy; I am totally blaming the newborn.
  • Dry shampoo - While I'm being honest about my gross factor right now, let's talk about dry shampoo. I already had it on hand and would use every once in a while, but since baby #2 came along, I probably use it more than actual shampoo now.  Come on, I know I can't be the only one. Right?
  • L'Oreal Lumi Foundation - I've had this foundation for a while, but never really liked it.  For some reason, I'm in love with this stuff all of a sudden.  I think it may be in the name; it really does help liven up my dull, dry, postpartum skin.  It glides on smoothly with just enough coverage so it doesn't look like I'm trying too hard...I hope.  Finish makeup with a spray of MAC Fix+...even better! My tired, dry, mommy skin needs all the help it can get right now :)
Now it's your turn!  
Comment below this post with the items that you 
are currently loving and help your daily life as a mom.

Let's help each other out!

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