10 Things a Mom of Seven Kids Buys Before She Has a Baby
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As a mom of seven kids…
…I don’t have extra time, space or money to waste.
Seriously. We are currently paying for braces. The last thing I want to spend money on is a $300 stroller that I’ll only use for 6 months.
But after the last baby, we got rid of everything baby….and I mean EVERYTHING!
We loved our Ikea high chair, but after baby #6…it died a sad three-legged death.
My toddler cried as the garbage man took her chair away.
For baby #7 I wanted a high chair that was portable because, let’s face it…restaurant high chairs SUCK, going to eat friend’s house is harder without a place to set your table-food baby and most high-chairs at home are just so bulky.
This one, shown above, is soft, foldable and has a handle.
I also love this one (we had one like this, but this one has better reviews) that attaches to the table BUT some tables make this one impossible to use.
3. Porta-Crib / Pack-N-Play / Playard
I’ve grown tired of large cribs. For our fifth and sixth children, we’ve used our pack-n-play as a crib.
We do a lot of co-sleeping anyhow using this Snugglenest infant co-sleeper so the larger crib isn’t even used during the nighttime much.
By purchasing a pack-n-play mattress, this has been a portable and smaller infant sleeping arrangement for our large family.
4. Baby Carrier
My sister loves her Ergo, but I just couldn’t shell out the money for it.
The added benefit (that the Ergo doesn’t have, from the ones I’ve borrowed from my sister) is that it DOES have the pocket to slide baby into if that makes you more comfortable. You don’t have to use it, but it’s there nonetheless.
At a fraction of the price, it’s a great addition to our family who loves camping/hiking (and shopping trips to Target).
5. Pacifier Holder
While I don’t love the idea of pacifiers because that means eventually I’ll have to break the habit, I do use pacifiers if my babies will take them.
These pacifier hold-in-place things are great for newborns who can’t reinsert their own!
When it comes to thumb-suckers and pacifiers, I can say with certainty that nixing a pacy is WAY easier than stopping kids from thumb-sucking!
6. Swaddle WrapSack
I cannot live without these swaddling wrapsacks.
Of course, you can do the swaddle thing with blankets, but the velcro on these sleepsacks are ingenious.
Newborns are so flingy which causes them to startle themselves awake (no bueno).
These sleepslacks reduce those newborn reflexes and keeps baby asleep.
7. Pampers Swaddlers
When it comes to baby diapers, I love Costco’s Kirkland brand best…except for newborns.
My sister, a childbirth educator at Open Arms Childbirth Education, swears that a good latch is essential in reducing cracked nipples, but even after seven babies, I’ve apparently never mastered the art!
This cream is my go-to for allievating those post-breastfeeding woes!
Just because I’ve had a baby, doesn’t mean I stop taking my prenatals.
In fact, I would argue that vitamins are JUST AS IMPORTANT post-baby as they are pre and during pregnancy!