It’s cold and flu season. With two other kids coming in and out of the house from school, yoga, art class, playdates and indoor playgrounds – you can bet that there are going to be germs brought in the house. No matter how many requests I put in with the kids to ‘stop touching their sister’s hands and face’, they do it. They love her, they’re curious, I can’t fault them. However, Stella, at two weeks old, had her first full-blown, runny nose, congested cold.
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5 New Baby Items We Forgot
One of the things that I would suggest for new parents with kids born in the fall and spring, is the Hydrasense Nasal Aspirator – the incredible product made her cold so much more bearable, and helped to remove copious amounts of mucous from her nose. I would go as far to say that the nasal aspirator is one of the most useful items we’ve purchased this time around – handsdown.
Speaking of first colds, I learned at one of our first appointments that the ear thermometer we used for the kids and us, wouldn’t work for her. We picked up an inexpensive traditional thermometer we could use under the arm, on a quick trip to buybuy BABY when she was just under a week old. The age precision is a helpful feature that can help to guide you with temperature readings, if it’s been a few years since you’ve brought home an infant.
Baby Wash is another one of those forgotten things, that we didn’t take into account until we went to give Stella a bath for the first time, and realized we didn’t have anything that was very baby-friendly. The girls use the same salon shampoo that I do, and the bar soap seemed too drying for her already dry, newborn skin. From deodorant to baby wash, you’ll find a great selection of the Honest Company products at buybuy BABY.
When it comes to bath time, for the other kids, we’ve popped them in the shower with us to wash them off, or into the bath tub for some skin to skin time (a great way for them to bond with Dad) but this time around, I’m busier and we’re erring on the side of convenience. To pop the kid into the shower, and shower yourself, we’ve both got to be at home to make it convenient. This time around, I’ve found bathing in the kitchen sink to be the most convenient, and wanted to find something to make that easier. The Puj Flyte compact infant bath tub is not only a great option for at-home, but a fantastic idea for travel. Since we’re taking Stella on a trip to Europe in March, I grabbed this because not only will it be great at home, but the compact shape makes it perfect for travel.
Getting into a groove, I think Jamie and I both underestimated how quickly the diapers would accumulate during those late night and early morning diaper changes. Our ensuite bathroom trash can got filled quick, quick, quick, and we needed to find something that provided a better option than changing the trash bag, every. single. day. We overlooked this, and remedied that by grabbing a diaper pail, in a modern, grey design that would blend into the space, provide an easy (and non-smelly) way to store those diapers before they made their way to the black bin.
It’s funny – it feels like it’s been so long between the kids that these things that are mostly so obvious for a new infant were overlooked. Three weeks into it though, we’re getting the hang of it and everyone’s settling in well.