Dave and I are back from Florida and this week we've got not one but two guest posts coming in my Advice for New Moms series. Today, I'd like to welcome Fran from Green Street. Fran is a fabulous mom with an equally fabulous sense of style and I'm sure you'll find her advice as helpful as I have. Take it away, Fran!
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Congratulations Averill - I am very happy for you and your husband for your upcoming new addition! Thank you for inviting me to participate in your series. I have a 3 year old son who is the love of my life! While three years is certainly not a long time, it definitely feels like eternity since my days of cradling a newborn. My mind is a bit foggy, but there are some things you will never forget.
Most Indispensible Product:
Hands down - swaddling blankets! If I had to recommend the best swaddling blankets out there, it would be aden + anais muslin swaddling blankets. They are lightweight and breathable (100% cotton), sized generously and have a wide selection of beautiful designs. This will save you from a lot of sleepless nights! (But, learn how to swaddle tightly!)
At a very young age, my son listened to music. I would always have music in the back ground while caring for him. I love Music Together's collection of songs. And, when your baby gets older, they have classes to enroll your child in. They're fabulous!
And, the last nursery must have to complement your nursery design (which is fabulous, btw) are the Land of Nod eco-friendly wild and wheelie animals.
Most Useless Product: were the sleep wedge and positioners (at least for me)!
If I had to do it over again:
I would have bought a calendar and recorded all the milestones (even the littlest of milestones). At a later date, I would then transfer all the dates to a journal so I would have a record of my son's baby years. Moreover, I would have taken a picture of him every month in the same position so I could see the progression of his growth over the year!
Well, Averill, I have no doubt that you'll be a wonderful mommy!! Best of luck to you and we can't wait to see your little boy!!