Amazon and New Parents, A Match Made in Heaven

With all the new babies in our friend groups I thought I’d share a “parenting hack” that actually helped! Plus saving money is nice 😉

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I had heard about Amazon subscriptions for a while, but had never bothered to try it out. Once I had to start buying breastfeeding and miscellaneous other baby junk I realized the benefits. These are things that are easy to forget when you’re at the store; mostly because you’re not used to buying them. But also because “mom-brain” and/or you’re Dad and you don’t use most of these things.

It’s inevitable that you’re going to get to the end of some of these and realize you don’t have enough to get you through the night or until your next shopping trip. Not to mention if the weather is poor or the baby is a tyrant that won’t let you quickly pop into the shop in peace! Now, you don’t have to leave the house! WOOOHOOO!!

When you subscribe to a single item on Amazon, you receive 5% off the price, if you subscribe to five items you receive 15% off the price, and the discount goes up from there. Many people rave about the benefits of the diaper subscription, but I could never figure out how fast he was going through diapers (I was too lazy to figure it out). But, I think I will be looking into it this weekend. You can unsubscribe from any item at any time, and there are various order times to choose from for each item (ie. monthly, weekly, quarterly..)

I have found that most of these items were cheaper on Amazon (and always in stock) than at the grocery store, even before the 5% discount. So after checking the prices, I would set the subscription and forget about it. A parcel would arrive just in time for me to be nearing empty.

These are a list of items I would highly recommend subscribing to; new parents, meet Amazon:

Playtex Diaper Genie Refills (3 pack).

If you have a Diaper Genie, you’ll new parents meet amazonbe buying these. I have these on a quarterly subscription, and always have one left by the time the new pack arrives. Even without the discount this is the cheapest price I have found. However, if you’re not a purist and you can remember to buy them- you can get a 4 pack of the Parent’s Choice (Walmart’s brand) for the same price as the 3 pack of the name brand. And if you really want to be frugal AF there is this hack from Mother’s Realm

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Lotion (40g)

If you are breastfeeding (or attempting to), you will want some of this. new parents meet amazonEven if things go well breastfeeding, you’ll be wanting some relief in the first few days to weeks. Don’t be stingy, your nips will appreciate you slathering that shit on like your life depends on it. Apply directly to your breast pad after feedings, showers, and before bed. I used approximately a tube a month for the first 5-6 months, then I was able to stop using it. Through the winter I also used it for extremely chapped lips! Just beware that if you get this on your clothes it will never come out of them fully.

Lansinoh Disposible Nursing Pads (60 pack)

Whether you are breastfeeding or not, in the first few weeks you will wantnew parents meet amazon some nursing pads. If you are breastfeeding you will want some for a much longer period. You can buy reusable ones (better for the environment etc.) but I liked that these were really thin, absorbent, didn’t add to my laundry, and I could use them in a pinch for cleaning up any liquid messes or as a makeshift bandaid. I went through a box a month for about 6 months.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother’s Milk Tea (20 pack)

You can use this to help bring in your milk, or to help maintain/boost new parents meet amazonsupply while breastfeeding. When my milk production dropped due to a tongue and lip tie, as well as incompetence on both involved parties… I started pumping like mad and drinking 2-3 cups of this tea per day. I went through 2 boxes a month for about 4 months until we had things back under control, then I dropped to 1 cup a day. Also, I supplemented with Fenugreek capsules during the lowest dip in supply. There are many options for a “mother’s milk” tea blend, this is the one I used for ease of purchase, taste, and price… and it seemed to work!

So there you have it! A subscription will save you money and make your life easier, but you can also just purchase these items as you need them. I would recommend buying through Amazon (or at least comparing the prices if you have time) as Amazon was consistently cheaper than any store I had reasonable access to. Good luck!!

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Traveling while Breastfeeding vs Formula

There are probably about a billion posts on this, but I figured, why not add mine to the mix? Traveling can be stressful without a baby. Add baby to the mix and boom, more stress. More crap, more sweat, more benefits? Ha, that’s a stretch. But there is a lot of great experiences. One of the most hotly debated experiences of motherhood is: breastfeeding vs formula.

We did a couple mini roadtrips while I was exclusively breastfeeding and they were pretty okay; could have done with less crying to be honest, but what can you do? Literally everything, we tried everything. Anyways, our trip to Crete started with me breastfeeding and mixing in some formula, and ending with him exlusively on formula.

The benefits are obvious for breastfeeding exclusively and traveling:

  1. Less stuff to haul around
  2. Less stuff to clean and sterilze
  3. No need for boiled/bottled water
  4. Antibodies for baby if you pick up something on the journey
traveling while breastfeeding vs formula
There are worse places to breastfeed

I wasn’t stressed out either way, if he wanted to keep breastfeeding that was fine, but I was ready to be done as long as he was. Luckily for us, he took to the forumla right away, and he didn’t have any stomach problems from it, no apparent allergies etc.. Given the time change and fatigue, my boobs packed it in mid trip. I could have forced it, but as I didn’t care, I let them do what they wanted. Plus it was like 40 degrees and I wasn’t interested in having him on my body like that all the time. Can you say sweat city!?

The benefits for traveling with formula were actually pretty good (for me).

  1. I could actually relax on the holiday! Dad could take over some feeds!
  2. He could eat in his stroller, on the couch, or highchair instead of being attached to me in the heat.
  3. I didn’t have to whip my boobs out in unfamiliar places. (Greece is very family friendly, and I doubt I would have encountered any issues if I was breastfeeding in public, but it was just nice to not have to)
  4. I could stop worrying about the sunscreen I was applying to the area and baby’s exposure to it.
  5. Could stop worrying about alcohol completely. (I was never “worried” but now it was a non issue)
  6. If you are driving, you don’t have to stop to breastfeed, you can just pop a bottle in their mouth.
traveling while breastfeeding vs formula
Dad taking a shift as the feedbag

Prior to this trip I had kind of hoped to be able to breastfeed all the way through, just for the lighter bags. In the end I’m really happy with the way it turned out. If I’m traveling while breastfeeding in the future, and it would depend on the baby’s age; I will definitely bring a bottle and a small pack of formula, just in case the milk bags can’t keep up. I would rather enjoy my vacation and give my baby formula, then stress out and start pumping like mad to get things going again.

traveling while breastfeeding vs formula
finally taking some ownership in his own meals

Obviously this is a personal choice and it depends on how mom is feeling and on the baby. For me, breastfeeding wasn’t easy right off the bat, and we had to work hard at it. Eventually we found our groove and we made it to the 9 month mark before adding in formula and switching over.

Once I stopped breastfeeding I felt like a weight had been lifted. I could get help with the feeds and my body started to feel like my own again; the aches and pains associated with postpartum started to slowly fade. And cuddling with him while he eats from his bottle is now my favourite time; especially right before naps and bed. Prior feeds at these times were a chore for me because it was like I was already doing it constantly (given his short attention span and laziness towards eating). Now that I can share the workload throughout the day (or he feeds himself) I can fully enjoy those quiet moments just the two of us.

This isn’t a pro breastfeeding or pro formula post, but a personal experience post. Basically, if you think you can’t travel because you’re using formula or because you’re breastfeeding, stop worrying about it! There will always be a million reasons to not do something (or to do it) but just do what feels right for you. The important thing to remember is that the baby is well fed, regardless of the source, and that Mom is healthy and happy with her decision. Everyone else can fuck off.

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