Dry Skin and Breastmilk: Fact! It works!

Use breastmilk on your little ones scalp if you notice any dry skin! or anywhere on their body for that matter.

We washed Theo’s scalp with breastmilk after we noticed little pieces were flaking off.

After one bath and only one treatment of breastmilk to his head, the dry skin was gone.

So what do we think this was? We think that Theo had a very mild case of cradle cap.

Cradle cap is dry skin on the scalp that tends to flake off but be present on your baby. You are able to self treat and usually, according to Google, it is something you are able to self treat.

Babies can get very dry scalps and it is okay! This is the first step to taking care of your little one. Remind yourself that you are the mama. You know best. Try things that you think will work.

I panicked at first because I saw a lot of dry skin coming off and sitting on his play mat. I was worried he was shedding too much! But really it was just dry scalp, nothing too serious.

I wish I had a before picture but you will just have to trust me, using breastmilk works wonders. Lots of people say there are a lot of uses for breastmilk out there, and Im telling you that this is one of them. It is a fact!

As a new mom tip as well, if you are breastfeeding… instead of pumping and dumping after you drink, keep the milk from that session and just mark “do not drink,” and save it for other uses.

Use your “tainted,” breastmilk on your babies skin! Or yours for that matter. It has healing properties and you really don’t want to waste that liquid gold!

Good luck mamas and I hope that this can help y’all maximize the use of your breastmilk! Never pump and dump!

Creating a Morning Routine

What do you do when you wake up with your baby? What time do you wake up? How do you start your day?

These are three questions that I ask myself when I get up with Theo every day. I like to make sure that we both start the day and fully wake up so we keep our days and nights straight.

Here are some suggestions (in the order I do them) on how you can create a morning routine:

  • Say, “Good morning Theo!” Pretty loud but not too loud, just enough so they know the day is starting! Try even saying it in English and Spanish to encourage bilingual development. “Buenas Dias Theo!”
    Open the blinds so the sun pours into the room
    Sing as you open the blinds, my choice is “you are my sunshine, my only sunshine”
    Take your little one out of their swaddle and their pjs
    Change your little ones diaper, it’s probably dirty anyways! We don’t do middle of the night diaper changes anymore.
    Put a new outfit on your little one now OR wait until you…
    Give your little one a bath – some babies will like a bath to wake up and some will like a bath to go to sleep- experiment and see what works best!
    Snuggle them and wrap them up in a blanket until you know they are warm
    Feed your little one, I choose to pull out the breast milk as a treat to start the day since the rest of the day we do formula
    Put a cute outfit on for the day
    Go for a walk (This can sometime put them back to sleep but it gets them outside for some time which they need as well! And if anything you’re getting your workout in early, so you are set up to succeed the rest of the day)
    Put them in the bouncer – we have the fisher price kick ‘n play jungle themed bouncer- it is very stimulating so it will wake Theo up! He runs marathons in it!
  • This is how Theo and I start the day and I hope that some of these suggestions can help you start the day with your little one.

    It is important to start the day and make a big deal out of the day. This helps your little one keep the difference between day and night. It is essential not only to their well being, but yours too! It keeps your little one sleeping at night and up during the day!

    How to Prep for Baby: Feeding

    Your baby has to eat, and the first step to feeding your baby is making a personal decision. Are you going to breast feed your baby or are you going to use formula?

    If you decide you want to breastfeed, you can pump and feed with a bottle or you can directly feed your baby from your boobs, or you can even breastfeed and pump…. this can lead to problems, I’ll share this in blog post later.

    If you decide you want to do formula, you have to decide on a brand early on- I’ll explain why later.

    Either way, you should have a couple of bottles on hand, because in the end, if you want some sleep, your partner will have to take a feeding in the middle of the night and he can’t breastfeed. That would be quite funny actually!

    So make sure you are set up for baby… here is what I recommend having on hand:

    1. Breast Pump (You can get one for free through insurance, contact your company! We upgraded our pump to the Spectra, so we paid a little bit for the upgrade)
    2. Breast Milk Storage Bags or Bottles
    3. Sharpie (For some reason we did not have one.. make sure you do)
    4. Drying rack
    5. Drying lawn for larger items
    6. Breast Pump Cleaning Set or Bottle Brush
    7. Bottles (We had three 4 ounce bottles and one 8 ounce bottle to start)

    Nathan and I started out pumping and feeding Theo from the bottle, since he was in NICU. This allowed us to sleep through the night instead of walking all the way across the hospital to the NICU every 3 hours… well really every 2 by the time you are done feeding him. It wasn’t realistic for us to exclusively give Theo directly from the boob. We would have been sleepless zombies and wouldn’t be able to enjoy our time with him

    Now that we are in his 10th week of life, we do not pump or breastfeed anymore, we feed Theo breastmilk during the day (from our frozen supply) and formula for the nightly feedings.

    So even though you may have a plan on how you are going to feed your babies, it may not go as planned. It definitely didn’t for us. I wanted to exclusively feed Theo from the boob, but that wasn’t in the cards. I had to come to terms with that. We all have to find out what is best for our family and what is best for the baby.

    Ask yourself….

    Is your baby eating and gaining weight?

    Is your baby receiving the right nutrients?

    Are you and your husband, your whole family happy?

    Are you enjoying these first few days of life together?

    Does your pediatrician think your baby is fine?

    If your answer is “Yes” to all the above, then you are making the right decision for your family and for your new little one. Being a new mom is hard, and even harder when things don’t go as planned, but the best thing that you can do is to accept that life throws you curves. You just have to learn how to swerve with it.

    New Moms- How to Prep for Baby: Stroller and a Car Seat

    New moms, just stop what you are doing right now, stop looking for the perfect stroller and the perfect car seat online. I can tell you right now, that you have to go into Buy Buy Baby, and if you don’t have one near you, find one or find a store that has strollers you can test out. We did this, and then bought ours on Amazon. If you don’t have time for this, and you go right to Amazon, hopefully this post will help make your decision easier! – I promise we did extensive research!!

    This is the biggest thing you have to do before baby comes home- you have to have a car seat and a stroller.

    Why a car seat? You will not be allowed to take your baby home from the hospital unless you have one. The nurses in fact make sure that the car seat you have will fit your little one as well.

    Why a stroller? You will not enjoy lugging your car seat around, I enjoy pushing it around. IT IS HEAVY LADIES. I don’t care how much muscle you have, try lugging a car seat + baby through the Texas heat. It is 1000X hotter out when you are lugging everything around and the baby is crying.

    We chose the UPPAbaby Vista stroller, it is hands down the best stroller in the game.

    1. I can hold a coffee and push a door open with my butt while easily maneuvering the stroller through the narrow doors at the UT Golf Club.
    2. I don’t need two hands to walk in straight line. I don’t even need a forearm like I have seen mom’s recommend if you are using one hand with other strollers.
    3. I can close down the stroller in two seconds, even with the car seat adapter.
    4. It comes with a bassinet that is approved for overnight sleep. Win! This is why we haven’t bought our crib yet.
    5. You have a toddler seat that is included, and the infant insert is only $39.99 if you want to use it right away. We use both, either is super convenient! It just depends what Theo wants that day, to be sprawled out in a bassinet or snug in the insert.
    6. It is compatible with the car seat I picked, the Chicco Key Fit 30.

    So now onto our car seat…

    How did we pick out the Chicco Key Fit 30 and how did we know this was our perfect car seat?

    Nate and I like to read reviews and really look at all the options out in the world. Most of our decisions are based on reviews, so why not pick out our car seat solely based on reviews?

    Well that is not good enough, sometimes the reviews for car seats focus on ease of use, but you need to find one that is also safe. Research the safety ratings of each car seat!

    We joined to Consumer Reports this year, since we were remodeling our home and having a baby, we knew we would get good use out of the reports, and naturally used this website when purchasing our car seat.

    Here is what the consumer reports said: the Chicco Key Fit 30 is the best car seat. Well is it? If you have a consumer reports membership, you will see that the Chicco KeyFit 30 holds the top two spots for crash protection, ease of use, fit-to-vehicle LATCH, and fit-to-vehicle- belt.

    When we were at Buy Buy Baby, we talked to two different sales associates and tried out the car seat in the store display. It was easy to install, was very secure and the online reviews backed up the sales associates opinions that this is an all around safe and easy to use car seat.

    So mommas, there you have it, a brief introduction to what I recommend for your stroller and car seat options!

    P.S. If you do end up going with this option, you will need an adapter to connect the car seat to the UPPAbaby stroller. As a heads up, the price of the Chicco Car Seat +Adapter is the same price or just a bit less than the UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat.

    New Moms- How to Prep for Baby: Clothes

    I am so happy we didn’t waste our time with washing all clothes and taking stickers off blankets and toys, because you know what? You have no idea how big or small your baby is going to be! When your baby is born, the weight that your doctor has been telling you could be off or they may not even tell you at all. And if you are pregnant right now, and expecting your first born (your baby is already 6 pounds by the last month), you may end up with a pretty big baby. Theo was 8 pounds, 4 ounces at birth, still pretty average, not even that big, and he only lasted in his newborn clothing for 2 weeks, and he was in the NICU for 1 of those 2 weeks. Now you tell me, would you want to waste your money on lots of newborn clothes if he is only going to be in them for 2 weeks? Not me! So we swapped out all our clothes, and were able to just because we left all tags on and didn’t wash anything until we were absolutely sure that we would use the clothes we had.

    So what should you buy your little one for those first few weeks of life? Keep in mind you are going to be TIRED and you will have very little energy to dress up your little one. Yes, there are people who take cute photos of their baby in all their cute little outfits, but seriously, trust me, you will be too tired to do that.

    We bought a pack of newborn white onesies from Target, they are easy to slip on and off, keep your little one at the right temperature if you house is set to 73 degrees at night (your baby might run hot or cold, so adjust accordingly, my other posts go into detail about this), and why white? Well you can use spray and wash or soak in Oxi Clean to clean up.

    Target White Onesies