So when it comes to feeding babies, there's a HUGE market out there of items to use. I've tried a good amount, because, let's face it, a lot of parenting is trial and error. These are the ones I've that I have loved, that have made it all a little easier. I'll include the list below, with a little reasoning for why I love each one. You can click on the pictures for links to find them on Amazon!
1. Beaba Baby Food Maker
All three of these are great. DISHWASHER SAFE!! All of these steam and puree the food in one appliance, which I LOVE because that keeps the mess in one place! The left one is the classic model, and holds 3.5 cups (6-12 servings). The middle one holds 4.5 cups, is great for one baby, and making large amounts of food at once, so you can store a week or two's worth of food. I have the third one. This one makes 9.4 cups of food, can steam 4.7 cups on each side at once. Clearly, I got this when I had the twins to make food for! If I were to choose one now just for Hazel, I would go with the middle one, because it does the trick for one baby. It allows me to make enough food for her to eat for over a week at a time. Also, I have to tell you with the third style, only one side has a blender. Another thing I love about these is they are so cute, that I never mind leaving mine out in the kitchen the 7 months or so they're eating baby food.
2. Food Storage Containers
I love these containers because they each hold about 4oz of baby food, and they're microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe! What I do is make about 6-12 containers full of food, leaving only one out for that day, and freezing the rest. That keeps the food fresh, and sets me up with food for the week. Then when it's time to feed her, it's SO easy to just take one out of the freezer, and pop it in the microwave (lid unscrewed, resting on top) for 1.5 min, stir and feed.
Alright twin mamas, and twin mama's to be, here are my favorite things that got me through the daily #twinmamastruggles... Some were a huge help in the beginning and some are still my lifesavers now. But really, all of these items made twinning that much easier for us, and I recommend putting them all on your registry must-haves. All of these are available on Amazon, aka every mom’s go to for fast, easy shopping! You can click the pictures, or titles to link to the products if you want to check them out.
1. Self Feeding bottles
THESE were EVERYTHING for me!!!! I'd say one of the hardest things with twins is feeding TWO babies EIGHT times a day! I pumped my milk so that I could have my husband or anyone help feed the babies when possible. So, we used bottles all day. The bottle routine is tedious enough with one, but trying to feed and burp two babies at once is a challenge. With these bottles, I was able to have my hands free while both drank, then I could easily burp one while the other was drinking their bottle. It was a lifesaver! Not having to hold two bottles in their mouths for 15-30 min depending on how quickly they drink, is an amazing feeling! My boys learned the bottles fairly early too, at a month old. At first it's a bit of them spitting out the nipple and you putting it back in, but they eventually learn to hold it in on their own, and it's still much easier.
To the exhausted mama, who is too scared to drink a cup of coffee in fears that her baby will become a caffeine hyped wakeful lunatic, but hasn’t slept more than a 2 hour spurt in weeks. I’ve been there too. You’re in the thick of it, and it seems sleep is the holy grail you’ll never reach. I’ve heard so many parents tell me their baby hates sleep, or is just a bad sleeper. I’m not an expert by any means, I’m just a veteran of three, but I think sleep is a basic human need even for the baby you think hates it. Babies need it just like we do. I’ve found some things that have worked wonders for all three of my babies. Remember every baby is different, so you just have to find what works for that baby. But there are definitely some rules of thumb that I’ve found crucial for them all.
They waited 9 months while mommy kept saying a baby was coming. They would ask to go to her room, point at her crib and ask about her. They learned her name was sissy, and something they couldn’t pronounce, so “sissy” or “baby” she became. They’d kiss my belly, and say “I love you baby.” We talked about her all the time and thought they may actually understand what we were talking about, while other people told us they were too young. Nevertheless, I continued to tell them about her, and prepare them saying she would be coming out of mommy’s belly soon and that we would keep her forever. Finally she was here, and they were in love. They didn’t seem surprised, caught off guard or upset. Instead, they embraced her and are completely in love. They never point at my belly and say baby now. They seem to have fully understood this little lady was the baby we had discussed for months, the baby who had been making mommy’s belly so big; and now she is here, and she is all theirs.
It was 39 weeks into my pregnancy, which I was pleasantly surprised had flown by. I guess it’s not a huge surprise to an onlooker when you see the two munchkins keeping my hands and heart full those 9 months. I knew something was different Saturday night, when contractions seemed to come back regularly for an hour or two at a time. I was tired, but nesting hard from then until Tuesday. It was Tuesday night around 8pm when the contractions came back at 5 min apart, and I thought wouldn’t it be funny if she decided to come tonight when we had already planned her arrival for that week. After having contractions like this before, I figured I’d just wait it out and see if they became unbearable. So I went to bed that night excited to meet my little girl soon, but assuming she would stay put for now. When I woke up around midnight and contractions were keeping me from falling back asleep the rest of the night, somehow I still wasn’t convinced. After what felt like the longest night of my pregnancy so far, we finally woke up around 5 and I knew I was in labor. We headed to the hospital and baby girl stayed put while I was prepped for a repeat c section. Aside from the contractions hitting me every 2-3min while they prepped me for the c section, everything went perfectly!
Baby girl made her arrival at 8:29am on Wednesday September 27, weighing in at a whomping 8lbs 6oz, and 20.5” long! I was 39 weeks 6 days and baby girl couldn’t wait one day longer to enter this big world!
After two years of struggling to resist unleashing my girly side around the house, (which my husband would argue I haven't been 100% successful at) I was finally allowed to unleash the beast! And trust me, that is just what I did! I wanted the space to be light and whimsical, but not pristine. I love incorporating old pieces with the new, and using different textiles wherever possible.
I am loving these modern rag dolls! I wanted more, but had to hold back, because I know eventually baby girl will be picking out all kinds of dolls herself! But I figured a little starter trio from her mama wouldn't hurt.
I am so in love with this recliner! (Special thanks to my amazing mother and father in law for gifting this to Hazel!) We decided to get a recliner this time, because 1. We can comfortably sleep in it if baby girl ends up having any reflux and requires all night snuggles, 2. A recliner will be practical later if we want to move the chair to another part of the house.
Okay, so I have to tell you the story of this glass container on the right! I have had it for a few years now. It was my great Uncle Elmer's, and it's actually an old "Nabisco" cookie jar! I am so glad I can use it for baby girl's room, and right now it holds more bows (of course).
And of course, one more bow holder for her clips! I know it looks like I'm slacking in the clip on bow department, but based on the boys' and my hair history, I think she has at least a year and a half before we could even begin to try and clip anything on her head. But don't worry, baby girl, mama has nice thick hair now!
Wallpaper: Spoonflower.com "Indy Bloom Pink Plush Florals A"
Plush Rabbit Toy: Pottery Barn Kids
Cream Pom Pom throw pillow: Target
"H" Initial throw pillow: The Land of Nod
Floral crib sheet, ruffle crib skirt, ruffle curtains: Pottery Barn Kids
Wool Thick Weave Rug: Rugs USA
Laser Cut Name sign: Etsy
Gold Table Lamp: Better Homes & Gardens @ Walmart
Rag dolls (left to right): Alim Rose, Candy Kirby Designs, Carter's
Birdhouse nightlight: Target
Tied Bow Knobs: The Land of Nod
The nursery is ready, and we can't wait to meet you baby girl!
xoxo, love your mama