It’s Raining Mommy products

After your sweet baby arrives, the real chaos begins to unfold and as a new mom, anything that gives even the smallest semblance of making life easier seems purchase worthy. Round one for me did not come with too many options, round two on the other hand, thirteen years later, it’s raining mommy and baby products. From a choice between Phillips Avent and Dr Browns to needing a baby bottle buying guide to help our decision .

For me, trying new products, services and discovering innovative gadgets is intriguing. The question I continuously ask myself is ” Do I need all these new stuff?” and usually the answer is “NO.” Honestly, if you can’t find more than one process an item will help, do not buy it. If you do, you will easily end up with tons of ottomon, baskets and storage boxes filled with useless stuff.

Been there, done that… So here are a few of my favorite things

Disclosure : This post contains affiliate links and these are my reviews of the items and brands that I used.

The Robe was ultimately my most used item of clothing over the past eighteen months. How I calculated 18 months is what you may be asking? Well, baby boy is currently 15 months and from my final trimester to now (3 + 15) , this awesome lightweight cotton robe has been my fabric first choice. Many days, especially in the final wobble stage, clingy clothes were a NO, so I would shower and wear my robe unless I were leaving the house. This robe also made it into my hospital bag essentials as it was what I wore when I got out of that hospital gown the day after delivering my prince. Also, as a new breastfeeding mommy , there will be those times when baby awakes screaming for dinner while you’re in the shower, and the warm water and steam causes your milk to start dripping. That robe will save your life as you scurry out of the shower to your baby’s rescue and to ensure that valuable boobie juice doesn’t go to waste.

Another one of our specialties as moms happens to be multi tasking and this ability is put to the test when baby begins eating solids. Let’s face it, the only time you’re absolutely sure of what you are consuming is when you prepare it yourself and as convenient as those baby food pouches are, they’re also pretty expensive. To be 100% sure of what you’re putting in your child’s body, you are now faced with the task of preparing separate meals for baby as he/she cannot eat what the rest of the family is eating just yet. The QOOC baby food maker made life really simple for me. I chose one day each week (usually Sunday) where I cut up baby food combinations, evenly distributed them in zip-lock bags and refrigerated them. Everyday all that was required was to toss the contents of the zip-lock into the blender and allow it to steam and blend for a healthy fresh meal for baby.

As a cost cutting measure, I used the combinations from the food pouches and made baby food for the week. The Infantino Squeeze Station was actually one of my favorite gifts. It’s super convenient, speeds up the process for packing and the pouches are much easier to store than bowls in your refrigerator. This item is very durable, can also be reused and passed on for a very long time.

Then there is my all time favorite, aesthetically pleasing and convenient Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizer . Initially, I simply loved how this item flowed with the aesthetics of my kitchen. Then I noticed all the other awesome time saving attributes, such as its ability to automatically sterilize and dry bottles, the 4 in 1 separate functionality and the storage capacity. When my son turned 1, I stopped sterilizing as often as I usually did, so I would wash and use the dryer setting only.

These items are also great gift ideas for moms to be and can be added to your baby registry as I did. Check them out and thanks for reading !!!

XO

ABOUT THIS BOOMING MOMMY INDUSTRY

This series is in no way intended to discredit any product, service or person/s using them, but rather to highlight the importance of staying focused on what you really need , to avoid wastage and clutter.

What you need and what you don’t …

What you need as a new mom is totally dependent on your lifestyle and preferences. Beware of anyone (including myself) or any compelling advertisement that can make you spend unnecessarily on something you do not need. Quite frankly, that money can go to your child’s college fund or his/her first investment property, maybe even a family vacation. When I realized the value of planning before spending and collecting memories rather than things, mom life became so much more fulfilling. I’m learning everyday to embrace my chaos and enjoy the less chaotic times to the fullest, because the less flustered you are as a mom, the happier your family will be.

Yes, there are many things you will see and like, but the question to ask yourself is ” Is this absolutely necessary?”

My mission as a mom of two is to make life as simple and enjoyable as possible. As I mentioned in my previous post, ” chaos is inevitable when you become a mom” so minimalism , in my opinion is the greatest essential. Be intentional about identifying the process that an item is contributing to, before purchasing it.

Some questions I ask before making a purchase are:

  • How will this help my daily routine?
  • Is this item multi-use?
  • Is this item worth the $$ ?
  • Is this item durable ? ( Can it be kept for future use or passed on? )

In my next few blog posts , we will explore some of the items that suited my lifestyle as a working wife, entrepreneur and mother of a thirteen year old athlete and a toddler.

Note that the dynamics of your reality must be identified before you can answer these questions, as they are a major determining factor for your needs. It is also a starting point to coordinating your chaos, by organizing simple strategies to help your family thrive, eliminate wasteful spending and leave a remarkable legacy.

“It’s impossible to eliminate the chaos that is mom life. Why not thrive through it.” — Deneille Thorne

Thank you for joining me on this journey !

XO @novel_mom

Momlife Starter kit (Preggy edition)

First things first… PRAY

If I were given a dollar with every piece of advice I received while pregnant, I would be a millionaire. If I were given a dollar for every piece of pregnancy advice I received that did not apply to me , I would also be a millionaire.

There are so many pregnancy, delivery and parenting stories and honestly, I refrained from exposing myself to too many of them as some of them can totally mess with your mind. Seriously, I believe in transparency, but some stories should not be told to a person while pregnant… So, to start, Pray…

Pray that God will send the right persons your way, to encourage you through this journey, to sow positive seed.

Pray that God will direct you to what’s right for you and your baby, because the barrage of opinions and information can be confusing and overwhelming.

Pray for discernment, to know what to accept and what to reject, because you’ll need alot of it during this journey of becoming a parent.

I’m about to share with you some of my favorite things. The items that helped me out to start my journey. Hope there’s something valuable to you too…

  • The Pregnancy App – Yes, millennial moms use apps and there are many available, however I chose Ovia. I loved that it was very accurate and user friendly, packed with relevant information on each stage of pregnancy for mommy and baby.
  • Nausea kit – Some women are blessed with a nausea free first trimester. I was not one of them and needed a few essentials to ease my discomfort. My diet for the first twelve to fourteen weeks of pregnancy consisted of Crispy toasted bread, ginger tea and ginger ale, pommegranate and Tums. These items resided in my handbag and everywhere I went until we successfully passed this phase.
  • Wardrobe essentials – As soon as you get over the nausea stage, your belly starts growing and finding flattering fashion for your body changes can be a chore. For me, maternity leggings and jeggings were a must. Shirt dresses and jersey dresses were life savers, cute flats , lipgloss and sunglasses. Wireless maternity bras are also a comfy choice, I still wear them one year later. A robe ( we’ll get into the many reasons you need a robe, pre and post pregnancy in another post).

Minimal is key to surviving this journey. The changes come fast and furious and chaos is inevitable, so to simplify the process, make a list of what suits you and stick to it.

More to come.

Thank you for reading!

XO / Novelmom