Happy 3 months to my sweetheart, Beanie! I can’t believe 3 months flew right by! I’m happy that Beanie is growing up quite fast, he now manages to stay up a bit longer, and is more alert when he’s up. Also his smiles and giggles are infectious! But truth be told, not going to lie, he can be a royal pain in the behind. Really, only cute when not crying, as I always say!
In this post, I want to talk about some of the items I use all the time within these 3 months. I’m not going to talk about “common” items, because there are so many articles and videos about what you need for babies. The two videos I found really helpful are from DafneMeBella and Muniza K. The first video is more of an overview of possible items that parents can consider to get for their babies; while I find Muniza’s list to be the ultimate essential items since her video is geared toward the parents who are on a tight budget. I am a minimalist, so I didn’t acquire a lot of things. But there are a few items that I find to be extremely useful. I either bought them myself, or they were given to me as gifts. I want to share these items with you.
Special (And Very Useful) Items For Baby: Part 1
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Since I can’t really sit for too long to write long posts, I am breaking it down to three smaller posts. This is part one, where I will talk about properly fitted breast shields and activity gym.
I am one of those mommies who pump. I did a lot of research on breast pumps while I was pregnant, because the idea of having someone attached to my breasts and chew out my nipples 24/7 (okay fine, 8-12 times a day for 30 min each) do not appeal to me, AT ALL. I read up on which breast pump to get, how other mommies increase their milk production, how they store their milk supplies, etc. Then I came across the topic on properly sized breast shields. If you only pump occasionally, the size of the breast shield shouldn’t matter too much. But if you want to pump constantly, you MUST get a properly fitted breast shield. Or else your breasts will not be effectively and fully emptied, and your nipples will be rubbed raw.. OUCH.
To side track a little, the breast pump that I ended up buying is the Medela Pump In Style double electric pump. I actually wanted to get the Spectra, but they don’t ship it to Canada, so sad, but that’s another story. Anyway, I was able to get part of the breast pump covered by my insurance, so make sure you look into yours to see if it is covered. Okay, going back to breast shield, the breast shield that comes with the Medela package is 24mm in size. To find the proper shield size, you need to measure the diameter of your nipple, and then add 2-3mm to it. On Medela’s website, they specifically said, “a correctly sized breast shield is essential for successful pumping.” They offer the following sizes to “suit various nipple diameters”: 21mm, 24mm, 27mm, 30mm, and 36mm. Really, Medela? 21mm is the smallest shield you offer? Let me tell you, I was super distraught. When I first tried the pump, the whole areola was being sucked into the pump. So I bought the 21mm. NOPE! Same thing, and the friction on my nipples was getting unbearable. Luckily, while I was doing my research, I came across this company called Maymom. They sell smaller size breast shields. And I was SOOO HAPPY when I found out they sell their breast shields on Amazon! The following is Maymom’s sizing chart.
I ended up purchasing the 17mm shield, I probably should have gotten the 15mm, but at least they’re fitting way better than the 24mm and 21mm breast shields. So ladies, if you want to pump constantly, do yourself a favour, and get yourself a pair of well fitted breast shields!
One of my colleagues suggested for me to get an activity gym for Beanie, because it’ll keep him busy. At first I was thinking, do I really need it? I did some research, and I ended up putting the Infantino Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball Pit onto my registry. I asked for it because I LOVE BALL PITS! When I was young, my mom would bring me to this mall. There was a Toys R Us in the mall, and right beside it was, you guessed it, a ball pit! I LOVED IT! Every time we passed by, I wanted to go in! Sadly, my mom only allowed me to go in twice. Now that I’m older (and being germophobic), I understood why she didn’t let me go in. Anyway. So when I saw this activity gym, I MUST HAVE IT!! So I put it on my registry, and my best friend got it for me. We had been using this for a month now. We don’t have a lot of space, so we either put this on our bed, or inside Beanie’s crib. (What do you know! Yes it fits into the crib!) We would either put him on his front for tummy time, or on his back so he could look at the hanging toys. He’s not old enough for the actual ball pit yet. Anyway, in the beginning, when we put Beanie on his back, we would wiggle the bar to move the hanging toys to get his attention. He would happily kick his feet, and laugh or smile and look around. A few days in, I found that he was kicking so much, I ended up placing his feet on one of the bars. He ended up kicking the bar, which moved the toys above, which fuelled him to kick the bar some more! OMG! We got us an awesome self-entertainment unit!
See how much fun he is having on his own! I still try to talk to him or play with him while he plays. But it definitely gives us some relaxing time while he entertains himself. I can’t wait until he is old enough to play with the ball pit! Maybe I’ll end up playing too!
So that’s it for this post. I will have part 2 and part 3 coming up soon. Part 2 will be on baby carriers, and Part 3 will be on apps. In the mean time, what about you? What items did you find extremely useful for your baby? If you have any useful items, share them with me in the comments below!