My little man is only 18 months old (today!), so his newborn days weren’t actually that long ago. Even so, it’s all a bit of a blur. A wonderful blur, with tons of photo documentation and videos to help jog my memory…yet still foggy. My strongest memories of those first few days and weeks home from the hospital are of me sitting on the couch, post-nursing, with my sweet newborn asleep on my shoulder. When Little Man #2 arrives just three short months from today (give or take), things will look vastly different with an active toddler to chase around too. This time, I haven’t made the time to read the baby books or take another baby care course at the hospital. But since this won’t be my first time at the rodeo (pardon me for letting my Texas show), my fingers are crossed it will all come back! I’m banking on the fact that I’ll somehow just remember how to do it. Though there are definitely things I’ll approach differently right from the start, there are a few things I know I’ll do the same.
Breastfeeding – Even though it was tough at first, I am very lucky and had a wonderful experience with nursing. I happily breastfed for 13 months and hope to do the same with Baby #2. I know that each baby is different, and the fact that it worked with my first doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to work with my second, but I’m hopeful it will. I, of course, bought a nursing cover with my first (and was given two more) but ended up using my favorite Aden and Anais swaddle blankets as nursing covers most of the time. I’ll definitely do the same this go around. Also, I wish I had known about these Pea in the Pod nursing tanks sooner! They frequently offer buy one, get one free specials which makes them as affordable as the tanks from Target that give far less support. I loved wearing the tanks under regular shirts that I could just lift up for nursing without exposing my tummy. Keeping my post-baby belly covered was almost more important to me than making sure “the girls” were covered, if you know what I mean!
Rooming In – I slept in a twin bed in the nursery for the first two months of my little man’s life. Now this wouldn’t work for everyone, of course, but it worked great for us. We already had the twin bed, it helped with breastfeeding, and my husband was able to stay well rested so he could help out before and after he went to work. We never had issues with trying to switch from a bassinet to a crib, or with a toddler who insisted on sleeping in our bed. He’s slept in his crib from the first day he got home from the hospital and he’s still very happy there. So happy I’m not sure if it’s going to work giving the crib to his little brother! Time to re-read our resident sleep expert Alison’s great post on transitioning from a crib.
Cloth Diapering – We didn’t start cloth diapering our first until he was almost five months old. Over a year later, I am still super happy with them! I was able to continue using cloth when I went back to work (many childcare facilities don’t allow them) and washing, drying and stuffing them has become so routine to me it feels like second nature. So I definitely want to use them with Baby #2 as well. However, since newborns go through so many diapers in the beginning I’m fully planning on using disposables at first, and I’m not exactly sure when I’ll transition to having two boys in cloth diapers. Whenever I do, however, I will definitely have to purchase a few more. Right now I wash them about every third night. I definitely don’t want to be washing cloth diapers daily!
What are you sure to repeat from the newborn days? What would you not bother with your next time around? I am gladly accepting any and all forms of advice from you mamas out there with more than one kiddo!