If you're expecting a little one and want ideas for budget-friendly, versatile baby gear to help you care for your bundle of joy, I hope you'll find this vlog helpful:
Since that video ended up a bit longer than I'd anticipated, here's a summary:
1. Boppy pillow
- Tammy Mommy's recommended uses:
- counter pressure after surgical birth
- comfortable seating after an episiotomy
- arm support for mom during nursing or bottle-feeding
- infant upport for tummy time
- fall protection for supported sitters
- Pros: versatility, popularity (easy to find used, on Craigslist)
- Cons: originally designed to help supported sitters, not to aid in nursing; allows small new babies to roll toward you, especially if you have a small build
- Tammy Mommy's Suggestion: Get a "bare naked" pillow and at least two covers (find one to suit your unique taste here), or--for a product exclusively suited for nursing--try My Breast Friend, instead.
- more stylish and more comfortable than backpack-style carriers
- more conducive to movement and more comfortable, for mommy and baby, than pocket-style carriers or slings--particularly as baby gets bigger & more mobile
- versatile, with several ways to position baby
- easily transportable, washable, and "makeable" (I think I just made up that word!)
- a bit pricey, if you get the name-brand model
- slightly challenging to wrap, the first few times
- Tammy Mommy's Suggestion: Buy some fabric, and make your own or buy a homemade knock-off! Also be sure to check out these videos (& more on YouTube) that show you how to wrap it.
- Higher than most infant seats, providing greater safety (especially with animals and other children) and convenience (particularly after having a surgical birth)
- Longer than many similar seats, accommodating babies who are long
- Neutral colors, storage shelf, and soothing music
- A little pricey, compared to traditional bouncer seats
- Hard plastic and pathetic pillow
- Cover that's difficult to remove
- Takes up a lot of room, similar to a small swing
- Tammy Mommy's Recommendation: If you buy this or a similar seat, be sure to use a protective pad, and use this seat for sleeping, but only when baby is congested and uncomfortable lying flat, and only with baby secured in 5-point harnass.
- Side note: It's currently very hard to find, brand new; I'm not sure why, but I'll try to contact Bright Starts and find out. I am selling mine, soon, though, so if you live in Wisconsin, I know where you can buy one!
- Pros: inexpensive & time-saving
- Cons: NONE
- Tammy Mommy's Recommendation: Buy one of these to protect each item that has stainable, hard-to-remove fabric covers (car seats, infant swings, bouncy seats, etc.).
- Pros: Easier to use and less expensive than the Diaper Genie; helpful for those who use cloth diapers
- Cons: NONE
- Tammy Mommy's Recommendation: This is my #1 "must-have" nursery item! Make sure to be consisten with the "default position" so you eliminate icky odors as much as possible.
reminding you that the days may at times be long, but the years--especially that first half year!--is really way too short!