A mom of five shares new mama newborn tips, hacks and tricks. Creative ideas for the nursery, bathroom, nursing, medicine, and more!
New Mama Newborn Tips, Hacks, and Tricks
Being a new mother is hard. If this is your first, second, third or even fifth (for us) child, we all have something we can learn when taking care of a newborn. We wanted to share with you some newborn hacks like how to protect baby from bugs, how to silently close a door on a sleeping baby, how to modestly breast pump and how to store that milk and more! A few things I am taking away are the breast milk paci’s and the medicine calendar! Hopefully these hacks lessen your stress and allow to you enjoy more time getting sweet snuggles from that little baby!
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Newborn Hacks, Tips and Tricks
Have a safe place to keep all your medical supplies and needs? What is it that babies need anyways? Take a look at this DIY Baby Medicine Cabinet from The Gifty Girl. The only thing in this list I would add is the Baby Nasal Aspirator from NoseFrida (Don’t knock it! I learned about this with baby #3, #4, and #5!)
Layer crib bedding with a mattress protector, crib sheet, mattress protector, and crib sheet. This will help with diaper blow outs or middle of the night sickness. we have tried this and it worked great! These are mattress protector musts, also great for changing tables! More baby ideas from Two Twenty One.
Pumping? Make your own Breast Pump Bra with this idea from Lil Miss. It still provides some modesty! This could save you about $30 (the price of a pumping bra, especially if you can find a cheaper sports bra.) One way to keep your nipples covered, is to put on these LilyPadz (I use these under my swimsuits even when I am not nursing or pregnant!) This would allow you to keep the bra on all day. If you are someone that wants to use pumpkin bra you wear only when nursing, of all five of my kids – this was my favorite pumping bra!
Speaking of pumping, you want this pumping mamas! Grab TWO Dr. Brown’s formula mixing pitcher (not to make formula). Instead pour your breast milk in one container. You will pour from the container to your bottles. I kept a row of bottles to have for the day and excess went in the pitcher to make for the next day. The second pitch is for washing or for “newer” breast milk. I used the excess breast milk and frozen it (see tip below) in these storage milk bags. The handle on the pitcher is great for mixing fatty milk and watery milk making each bottle a good mix of your different types (hindmilk and foremilk) of breast milk.
Listen – repeat and remember this… command hooks are your best friend! Organize your bibs, put a command hook on the back of your baby’s high chair to say organized. I have yet to try this but it is on my list of things to do! Other things I organize with command hooks are hats, belts, scarfs, headbands, towels, etc. | Source.
Does baby have gas? Relieve with this method. It worked for my little guy! Source.
Keep a door silent when you sneak out of the room with this no-sew door latch cover. You will love this, it keeps baby from crying when they hear the door shut! Has anyone tried this? Idea from Project Nursery. Prefer to buy, this affordable door latch cover is what we have it is works perfectly!
Having had a baby, this cart is genius and I love the idea. I feel like I have 1000 places for changing diapers in the home, so this keeps everything together and let’s you roll it along. You can get many different colors here. Idea on Love Laugh Mirch
Keep track of your baby’s medicine calendar with this Sharpie idea from Lovezilla. This I have to give a try – genius!
Additionally, if you need to give medicine, do it with a pacifier that has a hole cut in the tip! As an added tip, no baby enjoys taking medicine. I gradually insert medicine into their mouth. As they take some, I rub their neck (Adam’s apple area) to get htem to swallow. | Source.
EVERY. CHILD. HAS. CHEWED. OUR. CRIB. Make your own no-sew teething guard for baby’s crib. You had me at no-sew! I cannot begin to tell you how much this idea would have saved me in repainting the crib with my middle child. You will need some flannel for this project, make sure it match your crib or grab a coordinating nursery color! Idea from Jane Marie Blog.
We purchased this crib rail cover for our kids.
Teething or need some extra soothing? Make mother’s milk popsicles and pacifier bites with this tutorial. I have tried this with water and it worked great! A frozen wash cloth (keep stored in a Ziploc bag when freezing) is also an amazing tip! Source.
Organize your frozen milk in an old soda box. I did this with my third and it was such a perfect idea! Notice how the layer below the soda boxes is laying flat. Using cooking sheets, first lay your milk flat and freeze. Then move the frozen milk up to the soda can boxes to store! These were my favorite storage milk bags, even though it was not the brand of pump I was using. They stood up, allowing me to pour milk. Another tip, when you thaw the milk, consider thawing it in another bag – for example, put the frozen milk in an empty milk bag. This is in case the frozen bag acquired a hole. It will prevent loss of frozen breast milk as it thaws (You can cry over lost milk!) Idea from Fit Mommy Diaries.
Note: Babies have died being unattended while being bottle fed. Always monitor your babies when they get a bottle. Do not leave them alone.
My twin mom groups have SWORE by this baby bottle holder. Always be present when the baby is taking milk.
Cover your baby with a fitted crib sheet over a Pack ‘n Play to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away. Source.
Did you realize why onesies have envelope folds in the shoulders, this trick works wonders for an explosive diaper! Speaking of onesies, grab a bunch of white onesies. Baby looks adorably cute in them and they can be bleached – you will learn why bleach is your best friend (especially if baby doesn’t have sensitive skin!) Watch the Video.
How much does baby sleep? Take a look at this chart to get a general idea for ages and stages and lengths of sleep. Print this out, put it on your refrigerator. Most moms are shocked how much a newborn sleeps (in the day!) Chart from She Knows.
If you do not own one, go ahead and buy a hot glue gun. You will be using it for the next 18 years! Keep bath toys clean by covering the hole with hot glue. This keeps out mold and other bacteria spots. Idea from We Love Being Moms.
Go shoe shopping without the kids. Trace their feet for measurements before you go! Idea from A Beautiful Ruckus.
Transitioning to a toddler bed, keep the kids from falling out with this trick – a fitted sheet and pool noddle, who knew?! It’s a lot cheaper than this bed guard rail we bought (though it worked great!) Source.
Don’t let baby gates mess up your stair rails or walls with this method. If you want to know our favorite baby gate (we have five different ones in the house) it is this easy close, easy open baby gate! Source.
As baby gets older, follow the steps of this Baby Proofing Checklist. Off our outlet covers, these are my favorite. These have been great for our kitchen cabinets. They are not the prettiest, but they do the job. I leave my Tupperware cabinet not locked. There are no sharp objects in there and it is fun for the kids to play in! When a lot of kids are in the tub, you will want a bath spout cover. I have bought so many that did not fit. This was was pretty flexible to fit any spout. List from Hello Bee.
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