Babysitting

Babysitting

Happy Thursday!  I hope everyone is having an amazing day.

Today I am going to share some tips and items that are useful while watching an infant and a toddler at the same time.  This is the first time that I have ever taken care of more than 1 baby, I am not an expert but I do know that it takes a lot of patience.  If you don’t have patience then simply don’t do it.

I have been a mom for a little over a year now and I can admit that it is not easy.

Recently I have been taking care of my nephew Oliver who is 2 months old and my daughter Naila who recently turned 1.

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Meet Oliver

1. Patience

Like I mentioned before if you don’t have this then this is not for you.

2. Kindness

Kindness and watching babies should go together.  Always manage challenging situations with a smile on your face not anger.  The more frustrated you get the worse the situation will become.

3. Interaction

Babies are attention magnets and they love it.  Reading to them, playing with them and talking to them are all musts for an amazing bond even if they are newborns or a couple months old.  For my “Baby’s Favorite Reads” blog post click here.

4. Invest in smart and useful items

One of the items that I own and use every single day, multiple times a day is the Fisher Price Auto Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.  This item rocks itself and the cradle is soft and comfortable.  It plays calming sounds and music, you can control the volume and speed of the auto rocking and it also has a timer setting just in case you don’t want it to continuously rock for hours.

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Naila when she was a few months old.
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Naila and Oliver

2nd item that is useful while taking care of 2 babies is the Baby Bjorn Bouncer, this bouncer has been so good to us for this past year.  Naila loves it and it is very easy to bounce and most importantly it is extremely comfortable and it grows with her.  She is actually in it now as I am typing this blog and when she is a few years old she can use it as a chair.

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Just took this picture. 🙂

I always love items that will grow with baby because those are the best investments a parent can ever make.  Whenever we go to any family or friend get together we take this item with us because it is compact and folds flat.

I recommend these 2 items simply because the first 2 days that I was taking care of Naila and Oliver together, their naps were definitely out of sync.  Babies need naps for everything to go a lot smoother and you will also have 2 happy babies.  For their naps to be in sync I bounce Naila in the bouncer while rocking Oliver the 2 month old to sleep and once he is in deep sleep I place him in the Rock ‘n Play which rocks on it’s own giving  Oliver the illusion of still being rocked in my arms.  I then have 2 sleeping babies and I have time to get my thoughts organized for when they wake up.  🙂  Genius right?

A 3rd very important item is a bottle warmer.  Oliver is breastfed so a blottle warmer is a must to warm up mom’s breast milk.  The perfect bottle warmer with a setting specifically to warm up breast milk is the Baby Brezza bottle warmer and I can also control it from my phone with an app.

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The 4th is for me, coffee.  🙂  I have the Keurig K250 in the color Oasis, this is extremely convenient because it literally makes the coffee for me and gets my day started.

Always enjoy what you do!

This concludes my blog for today.

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Must have items for a newborn part 1

Must have items for a newborn part 1

I am a mom to a sweet 9 month old baby girl.  I always want the best for her and I want her to always be as comfortable as possible.  Our babies will not be able to let us know if something is bothering them for a while, which is why we as moms have to make sure that we are always watching over them and doing what we think is best for them.

In this post I will list and link the items that I found were a must for me, I still use all of these items 9 months into motherhood.  I will place a description of each item and I will then post a picture of the item where you can click and it will take you directly to the Amazon website were you can purchase.  As a mom shopping on Amazon is a must.

  1.  Chemical free diapers perfect for newborn skin.  These diapers are the best in my opinion, you get so many for such a good price and the quality is amazing.  They are very soft as they are made out of cotton.  Click on the image below to purchase.  Below the diaper picture is a link to the wipes that I use as well.

2.  Burp cloths are a must to clean up any spit up or any mess that you might need to clean up.  When you have a newborn these are your best friend, I still use them to clean her up after she eats her puree foods.  Click on the image below, I love these because they are durable and very absorbent.

3. My daughter started sleeping through the night at 2 months old and I thank the Dock a tot Deluxe.  I know it was this for sure because there has been nights that we don’t use it and she wakes up a few times throughout the night.  Click on the image below.  Below the first image is the Dock a tot Grand which is for 9 months and up.  Trust me moms it is worth the money.

4.  If you ever want to get some time to yourself and have someone else feed your baby you will need baby bottles.  I love these because they are small and easy to wash.  The nipple and lid are all in one, no need to have more than 2 pieces per bottle while washing.  Also, they have fun quotes on the bottom of the bottle.  Click on the image below.

5. A Bottle warmer to warm up the babies milk.  Below is the one that I use, it is perfect because it has a setting specifically to warm up breast milk, it helps preserve the nutrients.  Click on the image below.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my post.  Soon I will post a part 2 for the newborn must haves.  Always remember it is a beautiful day to have a beautiful day.