Mommy tactics: 5 lessons learned

This week’s blog is going to be a collection of tips from which I hope you benefit.

Tip # 1: To ease diaper changes and avoid accidents where you have to grab a fresh onesie, fasten the snaps of a onesie at the shoulder! This is super helpful for squirmy babies or toddlers that like to stand up while having their diapers changed.

Tip # 2: Also about onesies, utilize those shoulder flaps. I had no idea about this until a friend pointed it out. Those flaps are there for a reason! They are there so that when a diaper explodes, you can take the onesie off by pulling down the shoulders and over the legs (rather than over the head). This is so you can keep the upper body clean as you take off that gross diaper.

Tip # 3: This is for new moms or soon-to-be moms, your health insurance likely covers the cost of a breast pump. That’s right ladies! Contact your provider to see which ones are covered. You may have to pay for it up front and then submit your receipts for reimbursement. So awesome, right?

Tip # 4: Diaper rashes are horrible and unfortunately they occur frequently. Our pediatrician recommended we always have maximum strength Desitin cream. I remember the pediatrician saying you put it on like you do icing on a cake. Ha! We were instructed to use Desitin as soon as we saw signs of a rash. Sometimes the rash is a little stubborn though, for that a nurse recommended we first use jock itch cream and then cover the area with Desitin. Works, every single time! Be sure to check with your pediatrician first.

Tip # 5: This may be obvious to many, but still worth mentioning. Do pay close attention to the usage instructions outlined for your infant car seat. I often see people carrying their car seat by the handle. This maybe the correct way to carry the seat, depending on the brand. We bought a BRITAX seat and stroller. Carrying the infant car seat by the handle IS NOT the correct way to carry this particular type of car seat. See the picture I am including (this picture is posted on the company website).

I hope you benefit from the above tips. If you have questions or recommendations, please send me a comment. I would love to hear from you.

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