Hi everyone, I’m Whitney from the blog Peaches In A Pod. Kelly and Meg kindly asked me to do a guest post for them while Kelly is away taking care of her new bundle of joy! They graciously did a post for me when I had my little boy in April, so I was just thrilled to be able to return the favor.
A little about me, I am the co-contributor for the blog, Peaches In a Pod. Like Kelly and Meg, there are two of us and we are also based out of Atlanta and offer style and beauty tips for the everyday women. I am the mother of two boys, one is almost three and the other is 6mo. Having kids so close together, I am constantly in mommy mode taking care of them and learning new things on the way. I thought that since I have a little experience under my belt, that I would share some advice and style tips for new mom’s.
Post pregnancy style is something that we all struggle with. When you are pregnant, it’s much easier to look cute because you are supposed to look, let’s be honest, fat, but your post pregnancy body is a whole other ballpark. You are stuck with an in-between body that still has a lot of healing and shrinking to do and now you don’t have a baby inside you to make you feel good about your size. It can be depressing! The good news is that your body isn’t going to stay that way forever, it’s only temporary. Just get through these first 6 months and you will feel much better about yourself. The first 3 are by far the hardest. I was like, where did all of this skin come from?!
In regards to how to dress, you couldn’t pay me enough to get back into my pregnancy clothes after I had my son, but my normal clothes just weren’t an option, at all! The key to dressing post baby is getting things that fit your shape NOW, not in a few months, worry about that then. You need something to throw on to go to the million doctor appointments and to the store. Oversized sweaters and leggings are still your friends, don’t even try on your jeans, you will just cry. The good new is that shapewear is amazing and will now be your new best friend. Below is an outfit that is super post baby body friendly. Two words, Spanx leggings, I have them and they are amazing! 1. Shirttail Tunic // 2. Oversized Sunglasses // 3. Bangle Bracelet // 4. Letter Engraved Necklace // 5. Infinity Scarf // 6. Spanx Shaping Leggings // 7. Sole Society Alba Booties // 8. Pottery Barn Classic Diaper Bag
In addition to what to wear, having a new baby in the house is really hard! You are running on little to no sleep and you have to take care of this tiny human, all of the time! The first go around, my husband and I felt really unprepared. So, here are a few things that I’ve learned and that I think every new mom needs to know.
- Everyone is going to have an opinion on how to raise your child. Your mom, grandmother, even the lady at the grocery store. Take what they say with a grain of salt. You are the parent, trust your instincts. You know what it best for you and your baby.
- Buy a couple of cute outfits that you feel good in right after you have your baby. Don’t bother doing it beforehand, you never really know what your body is going to look like. This is going to be hard. You are not going to fit back into your pre-pregnancy clothes right away and you need some pieces to get you through the first 6 weeks. Just remember, your waist will come back.
- Babies don’t blink don’t freak out.
- Around month three, your hair is going to fall out and it will freak you out. Not just a little bit, like when did we get a cat? kind of fall out. It lasts for about 2 months.
- If someone offers to make you dinner except it, it’s just one less thing you don’t have to do.
- The best thing that someone can do for you is to hold your baby so can just sit down or better yet, take a nap!
- Amazon Moms will save you so much time and has the lowest prices on diapers, that I’ve found. Plus, you get 20% off diapers when you sign up for auto-delivery. It’s easy and Amazon Prime is so worth it! I have everything from diapers and wipes to deoderent on auto-delivery. No one wants to run out to the store in the middle of the night because you’ve used your last diaper!
- Mom guilt is the worst guilt. We we already do it to ourselves, so don’t let other people do it to you.
- Pull the ruffles out on the diapers, you don’t think that you’ll need them, until it’s too late!
- Take everything you can from the hospital. If it’s not nailed down, take it. You’ve paid for it already and they just throw it away once you leave. Don’t forget to grab a handful of rubber gloves, they will come in handy.
- Gently rubbing your thumb upward between an infants eyes will instantly put them to sleep. It’s crazy! Thanks Blaire for this trick!
- Buy Buy Baby won’t take expired coupons, but if you take your receipt to a Bed Bath and Beyond, they will adjust it and apply all the expired coupons you can use. Those 20% and $5 coupons really add up the savings!
- Vornadobaby Humidifier – we’ve been through a couple humidifiers and this one seems to be working out the best. It’s a little pricey, but our house is so dry in the winter it’s worth it. Plus, it’s spill proof.
- California Baby – I’m allergic to soap, so finding bath products that are good for our kids is important to me. These are organically made and are so mild, even I can use them.
- HoMedics Sound Spa Sound Machine – I love this sound machine. I know it’s a weird thing to say, but I do. It drowns out noises so the kids can sleep soundly. This is an absolute must have!
- Sleepsack – We never swaddled either of our kids, they hated it, but my little one hates to be cold, which is a problem because you can’t put a blanket in with an infant. The sleepsack keeps him warm and sleeping through the night!
- Skip Hop Mini Changer Mat – You can never have too many of these around. You never know when you’re going to have to make a quick change!
- Adiri NxGen Bottles – I have a love hate relationship with these bottles. I love them and can’t live without them, they have the best nipple that is soft and mimics the boob, but if not put together right, they will leak, which can be super frustrating! They have an air vent valve in the bottom that releases the air to help avoid gas, colic, etc. (Genius), but the seal will break if you put the warming disc on last. The trick, just forgo the disk all together and don’t use them in a warmer. Warm the milk up in another type of bottle and transfer it into this bottle. Once we started doing this we haven’t had a problem.
- Baby Jogger City Select Stroller – This stroller may just be my favorite item we own. It’s super easy to use, folds up easily and has the option for the 2nd seat when needed, I love it!!!
- Boppy Nursing Pillow – It has so many uses from feeding to propping and tummy time. I use it so much throughout the day.
- 4Moms Infant Tub – Baby’s are dirty critters and this tub keeps the water moving through it filtering the dirty water out and adding clean water in. Plus, the water is always warm and the temperature gauge yells at you if it’s too hot.
Man, this post was a lot longer than I intended. Thank you for sticking with it and I hope that it helps some of you out. A big thank you again to Kelly and Meg for having me and I hope that you are able to pop over to our blog, Peaches In A Pod for some daily style inspiration.