August 16, 2010

The right tool for the job

Parenting is a job, as we all know. You need the correct tools for the job in order to complete it with less difficulty. I mean-we can't use a hammer and a chisel?

Things (tools) along this journey so far that have been most valuable when you have two babies:

Schedule: My friends (with one baby) preached and preached to me to get them on a schedule right away. I was pretty lucky in the fact that the NICU got them on a schedule and we just had to "keep to it." SO many people ask me, "how did you get them to sleep all night at 2 1/2 months?" My answer, "schedule." We fed the girls every three hours and used the "EASY" methodology, which stands for Eat, Activity, Sleep, You (time). So that's what we did in three hour increments. If they were still sleeping when it was time to eat, I would wake them up to eat (this if frowned upon by some)... EXCEPT AT NIGHT. I let them sleep as long as they wanted at night. That's the goal right? :) Then at around 2.5 months, they started sleeping 7-9 hours at night. Blissful.

Bouncy chairs: They slept in their bouncy chairs for the first 4 months of their life. I transitioned them to the crib by placing the vibrating part of the chair (most come off of the chair.. and mine actually shut off after 30 minutes so it wasn't running all night) under a pillow at the bottom of their crib. When you can't rock two babies at once, you have to improvise! I still used their bouncy chairs for naps during the day. I would set them on the floor, and I would bounce them both to sleep for nap times. Again, when you can't rock two babies at once, these chairs were essential to my survival!

Travel system: By far the easiest way to cart around two babies. IMO. I am pretty sad that they are too big to "travel" this way now.

Baby Einstein dvds: They have been watching baby Einstein and baby signing since about a month old. It is really nice to put into the kitchen TV and after meal times, they can sit and digest and relax. I also put these shows on and put a monitor in the room while I take a shower or I am cooking dinner.

Bumbo: The best thing to get your baby burping and pooping! Sitting up helped my babies digestion immensely. (some people say that it actually hinders digestion because they are "scrunched" at the tummy. I don't agree. I think gravity plays a huge role in digestion and it worked for us.) I could practically time their poos too. :) Not that I would want to.

Food Baskets: These are about the best thing since sliced cheese! We tried to give the girls something to chew on to help teeth and to get used to solids. We used to give them carrots, but they weren't too keen on just plain ole carrots. We tried other things (bananas, pizza crust, cantaloupe, etc) and they would choke every time. SCARY. So this gal tells me one day, go to babies r us and get these food baskets that are a netting material. We did and I love them! We put anything and everything in there we don't have to worry about them choking!

Do you have something you couldn't live without? Maybe it's something I should try!

1 comment:

Amanda said...

At night we have an awesome schedule and the kid has been going to bed on time from 6 weeks, but the counter to that is that we have to get him up at 5:30 every day too to keep him on schedule. But during the day, not so easy. Oh well... we'll get there.

One of our favorite tools is the Lamaze Space symphony playmat. That thing is awesomex1000! That is the gift that I'm giving at the next baby shower I go to.

Bumbos are great, unless your baby is a GIANT like mine. He's never been able to fit in one. We have a summer infant super booster, it's great for his big, fluffy butt.