5 Things you need to know about having your first baby

5 Things you need to know about having your first baby

My pregnancy with my first child was a time overfilled with joy but also with uncertainty. We were so excited to be expanding our family but at the same time, we were clueless about what to expect. I used to think of parents as people who have some naturally born expertise in having children but I realized quickly that no one has a clue what they are doing when having the first baby. But that is ok since parents usually end up figuring everything out. My husband and I would spend so many days (and nights) researching the best baby gear, going to different childbirth preparedness classes, and I read several books on pregnancy and having children. However, we all know that theory and practice do not always match. While being pregnant, I would envision some peaceful scenario of me snuggling peacefully with my little sunshine, exclusively breastfeeding him, all while simultaneously getting back in shape in a heartbeat. But reality turned out to be quite different. A lot of things ended up not being as easy or natural as I thought I would. Here is a list of challenges you might come across and solutions to these challenges.

  1. Life in yoga pants

Before I had a child, I vouched that I would still want to look great as a mom. I saw a ton of pictures of bloggers and influencers looking absolutely stunning when taking their newborn home from the hospital and in the weeks after. Subsequently, I was planning on doing the same. However, it is easier said than done. In the first couple of weeks of having your first baby, you won’t have a lot of time to do anything for yourself. This applies to eating, showering, and even going to the bathroom. Needless to say, you won’t feel like putting on make-up or dressing up. As a matter of fact, as a new mom, you will find yourself wearing the most comfortable clothes sometimes for days at a time because you will mainly be spending time at home taking care of your little one. I was basically living in yoga pants for the first weeks after having my baby boy. Baby and Sunshine offers extremely comfortable yoga pants in all different colors as part of their subscription box. They are very high quality and also make a great shape. I also get a lot of compliments when I wear mine.

Yoga Pants

2. Breastfeeding may not come as natural as you thought it would

Exclusively breastfeeding was another expectation of mine that was crushed by reality. I thought it would come naturally and would be a piece of cake to breastfeed my child. However, I struggled with it a lot. A lot of factors came together that made it impossible for me to solely feed my child through this method. My baby didn’t latch correctly which I later found out was due to a lip-tie. Also, he had had high bilirubin levels which made me decide to supplement with formula. However, the supplementing lowered my milk supply. While this journey was disheartening, I still tried to breastfeed as much as I could for the first six months. What helped me a lot with the right feeding technique was the right nursing pillow and nursing bra. Baby and Sunshine offers awesome nursing pillows with baby head support and bras to make your nursing journey a lot more comfy. I also relied heavily on pumping since I already started working a month after giving birth. Having a pumping bra was such a lifesaver and timesaver at the same time. You get to multi-task and take care of things while the pump does its job. Baby and Sunshine has all sorts of nursing bras even a model where you can pump on one side while feeding your baby on the other side which helps tremendously in increasing your milk supply.

3. The mommy tummy

Like mentioned above, I looked at too many pics of public figures that looked quite amazing after giving birth that I had the unrealistic expectation that I would bounce back immediately after having my first baby. To my surprise, I still looked pregnant for the first couple of weeks after giving birth. As a matter of fact, it will actually take a while for the uterus and hence the belly to shrink back. Sometimes, it won’t shrink back at all and women keep having a visible lower belly pouch often referred to as the “mommy tummy.” One way to prevent this is to use a post-partum girdle. Baby and Sunshine has an awesome 3-piece belly binder for postpartum recovery that can help you prevent getting that mommy pouch and help shrink your uterus back. Once you are a few weeks postpartum, you can use their high-waist body shaper which will further help in shrinking your tummy. My son is two and still wear mine every day since it helps with a flatter stomach.

4. Buy useful things

I remember when I was pregnant, my husband and I would go to Target to buy a few things for the baby but almost 400 dollars later, we came home with a ton of fancy baby outfits. We just had to buy every single baby tuxedo and tiny businessman outfit we could get our hands on. And we committed an even bigger mistake: we bought all of these in newborn size. Obviously, we did not even take him out anywhere until he had his 8-week doctor appointment. All we really needed where comfortable baby clothes that can be changed easily due to spit-ups and diaper blow-outs. Needless to say, we only used the fancy outfits for pictures and he never wore some of them. Baby and Sunshine will make sure to send you not only useful clothing items for your baby but also very high-quality ones. You will find a lot of soft pajamas, onesies, and bodysuits made out of premium quality materials that are gentle to your baby’s skin.

Soft Baby and Sunshine PJ’s

5. Making baby feel comfortable and adjust to the “outside life”

There is a reason people call the first couple of months of a newborn baby the fourth trimester. At times, the transition from inside the womb to the outside world can be a bit rough on the little ones. That is why it is important to keep them extremely comfortable to adjust to their new environment. Swaddles are a great way to achieve this goal. They are meant to keep them snuggled, tight, and warm like they were inside mommy’s belly. Baby and Sunshine has some wonderful, soft swaddles for babies made out of premium materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, and wool. This will help your little one sleep better which of course, leads to mommy getting more sleep as well – and you will need all the sleep you can get during the newborn phase. Once they have outgrown their swaddles or they constantly try to break out of it, you can transition them to Baby and Sunshine’s comfy sleep sack. It keeps your little one extra warm and it is so ultra-soft that it makes them feel like they are sleeping on a cloud.

Mamas, if you are taking away only one thing from this article is to please choose comfort over looks during your challenging postpartum life. If I could do it all over again, I would worry less about how I look like after giving birth and cute outfits for the baby and more about being comfortable and bonding with the baby. Thankfully, Baby and Sunshine is here to support you in getting exactly what you and your little one need after childbirth. If you want more information on how they can help you with your hospital, please read this article. Other than that, please check out their website and have them worry about what you need. You stay healthy, mama, and enjoy your new bundle of joy!

New exciting Baby and Sunshine website and collabs with mom-owned small businesses

New exciting Baby and Sunshine website and collabs with mom-owned small businesses

Last week, we already covered all the awesomeness that Baby and Sunshine subscription boxes have to offer. But it is getting even better! We are so excited to give you some exciting news. First of all, the Baby and Sunshine website comes in a brand-new design. It is much easier to navigate and you can order special holiday boxes. Check out all the awesome new improvements here. Our second exciting announcement is….drumroll…. Baby and Sunshine partnered up with two mommy entrepreneurs and will from now on offer their products as well! The collabs with Happy Momma Merch and Adry’s Boutique allows Baby and Sunshine to offer their customers even more premium items while at the same time supporting mom-owned small businesses.

Meet the founder of Happy Momma Merch

About Happy Momma Merch:

Happy Momma Merch is a brand-new and mom-owned online apparel business. When the founder had her first baby, she could not fathom leaving her child behind to go back to work. Many moms face this dilemma but are left with no other choice than to go back to work due to financial reasons. However, this mom rolled up her sleeves and found a different solution. Like a true bad-ass, she educated herself on how to open her own online apparel shop. This is how Happy Momma Merch was founded. This momma creates the vast majority of her merchandise from scratch at home. You can find the cutest merch in her online shop! There is a collection with empowering Tees and hoodies for mommies and even an autism awareness line. Furthermore, she creates hilarious and cute matching outfits for mom and baby. Since this line is all about being inclusive, there is also a whole line of Daddy and baby matching shirts. My husband loves to match with our son and he was so excited to scroll through all the items. There is a lot more for the whole family and for all occasions. You should check out her Halloween merch and in order your cute outfits just in time: https://happymommamerch.com/

Mama Bird shirt from Happy Momma Merch

Subscribers can find her adorably cute teethers in their upcoming Baby and Sunshine subscription boxes! Check it out HERE.

Teether from Happy Momma Merch

About Adry’s Boutique:

Adriana, a military wife and mom of both – boy and girl – is very passionate about designing clothes and accessories for small children. She handmakes adorable boy shorts, also called bummies, for all occasions in all kinds of creative designs. She also designs skirted bummies for girls and matching bummies and headbands. Moreover, she specializes in making bows. And every girl mom knows that a bow is a must-have especially in the first couple of years. These bows and headbands are available in all sorts of styles: Sherpa headband, twisted headband, bows on clip or on nylon, pony bows, stretchy wrap bows, and even baby turban hats. These are available for newborns to toddlers. She will also do special orders such as burp cloths or bandana bibs. You will have the right apparel for your kiddos in every season, e.g. Halloween, Valentine’s day, Football season, and a lot more. My favorite items are the matching stars and stripes bummies and bows which are just the perfect outfit for every U.S. holiday. You can find her on Facebook under https://www.facebook.com/AdrysBowtique/. Customers can make special requests when it comes to fabric and matching items. The great news is that subscribers of Baby and Sunshine can find matching Mom Headbands + Baby Girl Bows, OR matching Mom Headbands + Baby Boy Bummies in their upcoming Sunshine subscription boxes. Baby and Sunshine is very excited about this collab with the mom-owned small business Adry’s Boutique.

Adorable bow from Adry’s Boutique

By subscribing to our boxes, customers are able to:

– Support mom and pop small businesses

– Find wonderful handmade items

– Receive a variety of high-quality premium essentials

– Get all this and always at a very fair price

– Update their personalization survey before every delivery (you will get an email reminder) in case sizes have changed

 – Get a great surprise delivered to your doorstep every single month

– Have exclusive access to mom and baby items that are not available in stores

– Have someone else take care of your hospital bag or baby shower gift

– Get free shipping within the U.S.

Bummie from Adry’s Boutique

Baby and Sunshine’s 2020 Giveaway

As mentioned above, Baby and Sunshine is a business that cares a lot about moms and their well-being. We all know that 2020 has not been the easiest year in general and must have been particularly challenging for moms with small babies. In order to give back to the community, Baby and Sunshine would love to give a free Super Box to a struggling mom. Do you know a mom with a new baby (0-24 months) affected by one of 2020’s disasters? If you do, you can still nominate them under this link. The contest is still going on until 9/30/2020.

Make sure to check out Baby and Sunshine website in a brand-new look to find out more about our subscription boxes, giveaways, and find some pictures and testimonials from existing customers. Baby and Sunshine is so very excited to be supporting momma-owned small businesses! It is the company’s long-term goal to work with as much of these businesses as possible and support mompreneurs (and of course, Dadpreneurs as well).