Oh my sweet little Max baby you’ve taught me a ton in the last couple of weeks! (Here’s our birth story if you missed it!) You’re adorable and cuddly and smell so good, but you don’t really like to let mama sleep! You’re a hungry growing boy, and I’m happy you’re such a good eater (or uhh… drinker)! Being a new mama is a lot of things including amazing, but let’s face it, anything to help us get a little more sleep/ make life easier is always good! Here are 15+ tips I’ve learned about taking care of a newborn. Maybe your baby will like some of these tips too or maybe not?! These tiny humans are all so different.
16 Tips for taking care of newborns
1. Diaper color line
This is Earth shattering, seriously! Thankfully, I learned it on Day 3 of Max from my friend, Annie. After watching me take off his diaper to check if he was wet/ poopy, Annie kindly made me aware that the yellow line turns blue when the diaper is wet. Freakin’ genius, I tell you! Oh and most diapers have this or at least the couple of brands we have used so far. So, the diaper in the pic below means the front is wet, but the back is not wet. Oh and the line will get more blue than that if you let it sit a little longer.
2. Point penis down in the diaper
A lot of folks told me this, but I guess I needed a hands on learning experience, ha! Just point him down, y’all. Or don’t and he’ll pee all over his belly and clothes. Gross. Oh and pee pee tee pees don’t work that well (see #11). Babies are wiggly.
3. Taking onesies on and off over the legs (instead of head)
We don’t do this all of the time, but if Max is in a mood, we most definitely take the onesie off over the legs and put the onesie on over the legs! Max says this tip is #1 for babies (see his little finger)!
4. Olive oil on bum for meconium poop
At the birthing center, they send you home with this peribottle of olive oil to use on babies bottom for the meconium poop. The olive oil helps the poop easily slide off of babies bum making diaper changing a heck of a lot less work. Just drip a generous amount of olive oil on the bum after each diaper change! Otherwise, the meconium poop is tar like and sticky! Just ask the hospital for an extra peribottle!
5. Car seat trick
Gotta give Andy credit for figuring this one out. The little harness and straps were always getting in the way of putting Max in his seat, and then we discovered these slits in the side of the car seat that fit the little straps perfectly! That way you can slide baby boy with out having to hunt for the harness under his bum. Are these little slits on all car seats?
6. Baby lotion (use coconut oil)
Max had very dry hands and feet so I used some Aveeno baby lotion on him. For whatever reason I decided to read the label… here’s what it says: “If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately!” Really? I thought this was a baby product?! I put the lotion on his hands, and then watched my sweet baby immediately stick his hands in his mouth! Not a fan. I whipped out the coconut oil and it not only cleared up his dry skin but also makes him smell even more delicious! Read your labels, y’all! Check out this post on C.R.A.F.T. facebook with lots more info about babies, lotions, and brands!
7. Change diaper before nursing in the middle of the night
This was another tip from Annie, and I find it essential to our (sleepless) night routine. That way if he does fall asleep nursing, I know that his diaper his clean and I can lay him back in his bassinet without waking him up!
8. Lanolin for diaper rash
I went to a cute little class at our birthing center about baby massage and a girl in class told me that lanolin cures diaper rash. It’s true. Lanolin –>(affiliate link to the kind we use) is a life saver for nipples and baby bums! Stock up, friends!
9. Rice sock
I feel a little guilty about this one! I basically trick Max into thinking he is laying against a human. My theory is since we nurse belly to belly he likes the warmth of my body. My friend, Natalia, made me the rice sock to use during labor so this sucker is getting double duty. I just heat it up in the microwave for 25 seconds and lay it next to him. I use it the most at night… it’s definitely worth a try!
10. Frozen food is awesome
This is for the mama. Baby boy is getting fed, but mama needs to eat too! I stocked up the freezer with Amy’s frozen goodies while I was prego. Hopefully, you will have sweet friends bring you dinner in early days of baby, but you need lunch too! Stock the freezer, y’all!
11. Mom’s of boys- tee pee pee pee’s don’t really work
They are cute and seem like a good idea, but Max is wiggly and it always falls off. Just cover that sucker up with a burp cloth or diaper when changing. Or let him pee all over you, him, the wall, his changing pad, and the rug. Laundry is fun… Said no one ever!
12. Double up the crib sheet and liners
This one came from a genius on C.R.A.F.T. facebook:
This is the one book both Andy and I read! (Ok, fine I read it to Andy, ha!) Basically it describes why the first 3 months of an infants life are basically the 4th trimester and how the 5 S’s are the perfect recipe for calming a crying baby.
The 5 S’s are:
- Side/ stomach
At least for Max, swaddling, sucking, and shushing are the perfect combo!
14. Mama’s hair
If you have long hair, wear it in a pony tail or braid to bed. Baby boy has a good grasp and will get a hold of the hair mid nursing if it’s not out of the way. If I don’t do this, then I end up hunting for a hair thing like a maniac in the middle of the night with a crying baby on my hip… not fun. Major plus: my hair looks kind of fun the next morning with braid head. Side part and a few bobby pins… who needs a shower or a blow dryer with a baby?!
15. I asked for new born tips on the C.R.A.F.T. facebook page…
And y’all did not disappoint! Read all of the newborn tips here! Check it out! There are lots more great ideas including jammies with zippers, phone app suggestions, gas drops, and gripe water + tons more. Lots more infant tips here!
Do you have any tips to add to the list? Did these things work for your infant? I’d really LOVE to hear!
Psst… here’s another fun post called “You know you’re a new mom if…“!