Sunday, March 11, 2018

Essentials With Joey in the First Six Months

When I found out I was pregnant, I was terrified. Not at the thought of stretch marks, labor pains, or pregnancy related sickness, but at the thought of I will be solely responsible for this new human being. They will rely on me for everything and I have to be the best mother I can be. Making sure baby has the best ability to have a healthy life everyday.   That to me is such a struggle. Even with Joey now being almost a year, I still am constantly battling mom guilt and if I am doing a good job as a parent or not. 
You can read more about his birth story here.

One thing I learned is parenting is so much easier if you have the right essentials. Today I've rounded up five of the musts we used during our first few months with our Joey!

1. Graco - Click Connect Series is in my opinion the best bang for your buck when it comes to strollers, car seats and bases! This made taking baby out of the car and into the house, store, etc. so much easier. The bases made it convenient for Joe and I to both be able to use the same car seat and not have to switch cars. 

2. Diaper Pail, I can't  tell you how much your nose will thank you! We received ours for our baby shower and have used it every day since Joey arrived! Even though we change the carbon refills weekly, the stench when we open it is sometimes so bad, it makes your eyes water. I read an article about trying some drops of essential oils so I thought I would give it a try! I placed a coffee filter on the bottom of the pail and added 1/2 cup baking soda and 10 drops of lavender EO's. It not only cuts the smells, but lavender is a relaxing scent for babies! Since giving Joey probiotics to regulate his gut, we have been putting the pail to good use even more!

3. Probiotics.. whether you are breast feeding or formula feeding, it is so important in the first six months of baby's life for autoimmune and metabolic development. Your baby can create bad bacteria in the gut which is linked to a higher risk of autoimmune and metabolic issues like colic, eczema, allergies, diabetes, and obesity later in life. When more good bacteria is present in the gut, it creates a strong, protective wall and crowds out the bad bacteria. I struggled with breast feeding when Joey was born due to not producing enough milk and him then not latching. It was so hard on me and would never want to wish that on anyone! Thankfully, now I know my baby doesn't have to worry about autoimmune and metabolic development thanks to Evivo!  

The first and only baby probiotic of its kind, Evivo is clinically proven to restore a healthy gut in your baby A daily probiotic powder, Evivo mixed with breast milk and fed to babies helps release nutrients in breast milk to create a protective internal environment in baby’s gut. It also helps develop baby’s metabolism and immune system and builds the foundation for good health that can last a lifetime.

4. Meal Delivery Service - When Joey was born my company gave us one of the best gifts.. a meal service. It helped so much because everything was already purchased, measured, and ready for us to cook. We didn't have to take the time away from baby to run to the store! 

5. Help- Whether it's just your spouse or partner, mom, sisters or friends; everybody needs it! Don't be afraid to take it or ask for help. I still 'feel bad' when I'm away from Joey more then a few hours and others watch him, but it's okay. I'm allowed to do things for myself.. and that's something I'm working on!

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