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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Mom: Tips and Tricks

I've been asked by a few of you for some tips/advice on things concerning babies.  So, I wanted to share three things that I've found to be quite helpful for our little family....

1.  You don't have to use Dreft.  Before E was born, we decided to start using All Free and Clear because it doesn't contain any dyes or chemicals.  We wanted to find a detergent that would be safe for him to use and we wanted something we could wash our clothes in as well.  Laundry doubles and triples some days with a baby.  We also thought that since he'd be up against us and our clothes, we wanted something that was safe on his delicate skin.  All always has coupons available and they also sell those convenient little pacs.
2.  A little Karo syrup will help ease constipation.  We had this problem one day last week and it was resolved easily with one tablespoon of Karo syrup. I used the dark one, but the lighter one will work as well.  Buy a jar of this the next time you're at the store for your little one.

3. New isn't always better.  We knew we'd be spending a fortune on things for Eli, so when it came to things like the swing and the bouncy seat, we bought them used from a local Facebook marketplace.  It's all the rage in Memphis and these were gently used items selling for less than half of the price you'd pay at the store.  All I had to do was add batteries, wash the cloth parts and clorox wipe the structure.  Hey, they work great and we saved money!

I hope you can use some of these little tips and tricks we've learned along the way.  Do you have any special tips or tricks you used for your little one?  

22 comments:

Elizabeth said...

We use free and clear laundry detergent. I didn't want to have to buy two things of laundry detergent and then remember to put the right one in the right load. We also bought used stuff as well.

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Kristen :) said...

I LOVE, LOVE All Free and Clear. It's the only thing I use.

KRISTIN said...

Great tips mama! We've actually been using a couple ounces of warm water for Kenley's constipation...works like charm. :)

Michelle said...

Definitely agree on the detergent and buying used! Other things we did were make our own baby food {SO EASY} and use the summer infant swaddle sacks. We have a few baby towels, but actually really prefer to just use our big fluffy towels and wrap him up like a burrito - baby towels are too thin, in our opinion!

Meredith said...

Yes yes and yes to all three. I use all free and clear, so clearly that was my choice for Millie

Allison Boutwell said...

We started out using All Free and Clear as well, but weren't smart enough to use it on ours as well. Around 3 months we just switched and used what we were using on our clothes. Dominick didn't have any reaction to it so we just do that.

I didn't know about the Caro, but will definitely keep that in mind! These are all great tips

Nantucket Daffodil said...

We basically went chemical free once we had kids...no bleach, natural detergents, dishwasher detergent, etc... We stopped using fabric softener, once you read about the chemicals that coat your child you will never use again! We also bought the shopping cart quilted seat...it saved us from all of those cart germs!

Erin said...

So smart of you with the "used" baby items. We were dopes and got all new stuff, and guess what... just because you spent extra, doesnt mean baby's going to like it. Baby Einstein jumper... she just stands there and looks at me like "youre not keeping me in this thing"

:)

Carolyn said...

Love this!! :) Totally keeping these in my arsenal for baby roe! :)

Party of Five said...

My mom swears by Karo syrup and it does work wonders. I've never used Dreft to be honest.. and luckily we've never had a problem. And I am all about hand me downs too! Kids go through so much and before you know it they've outgrown it.

Shari said...

That's so interesting about Karo syrup. :) Thanks for sharing your new mama tips.

Misty said...

I love the resale pages on Facebook. You can get gently used or even brand new items from a neighbor. Win win!

Mateya said...

We use All Free & Clear as well. Love the mighty packs :)

My mom told me the Karo's syrup trick too, we haven't had to use it, but glad to know it does work!

We got a swing, exercauser, and jumperoo all second hand also, and they have worked just fine!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

never heard about the karo syrup...good to know...lily is our 'stuck' one at times haha

i just blogged about the coconut oil vicks recipe! saves money and is better for the skin! i adore that menthol smell! haha

i'm sure i got other tips but im too tired to think until i need em hahaha

Courtney said...

We're big fans of All free and clear. The fragrance in Dreft irritated my babies!

Andrea {blonde ambitions} said...

Great tips Caroline! I want to know more about the Facebook pages! How do I find these in my area?

Lindsey @ Let the Light Shine said...

I have bought a lot of things from a FB group and Once Upon a Child consignment. I just cleaned up the toys and they are awesome! (for McK's brother, my nephews, and our friends' kids).

I've also borrowed things from friends with older children. My mom has bought a lot of name brand $1 and $2 clothes to keep at her house from someone we know.

Great tips (even though I've never had a baby! haha)

Kelsey said...

Loved this post! Thanks for sharing! I will be looking forward to more in the future.....hopefully!

Kelsey said...

How do I find the Facebook marketplace for Memphis area?

fancyfunction said...

I second you on the ALl Free and Clear. I've been using that for years b/c I have sensitive skin and hate scented detergent. No need to spend $9 a bottle on Dreft! :)

Natalie said...

Caro Syrup is one of the BEST Southern remedies I have ever found for a stopped up baby. Everyone looks at me crazy when I suggest it, but thank me later after it works.
FYI when he's old enough for juice, Prune works pretty well too.

Also, we have to use the Free & Clear b/c A has eczema and super sensitive skin. I think it's great you're already washing everyone's clothes in it. As a sidenote, watch out for scented dryer sheets and fabric softener. They can also affect sensitive skin.