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New Born Baby: 1st Month Must Haves- What I Used to Survive as a First Time Mom With an Environment Sensitive and Over Stimulated Baby.

On March 5, 2020 my beautiful baby girl made her grand entrance into our world. Before she arrived I tried my best to prepare for her and the new joys and challenges she would bring. I searched all over the internet looking for hacks, tips and tricks to help me as a first time mom. Salomé is now 4 months, time flew by but those first few weeks felt like an eternity when your still trying to figure out what your baby needs and wants. Baby girl turned out to be very environmentally sensitive, I’m not sure if that’s a real thing but that’s as best as I can describe her. Salomé would get distracted very easily and over simulated preventing her from falling asleep. At her worst, Salomé would stay up from 10 pm until 6 am! My poor baby could not shut off her mind from the environment. Now as time has passed, I have made a list of what helped me tremendously with my environment sensitive baby.

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Diaper Caddies

This tip I got from Pinterest and it was a life savor! When you need to change a diaper you can’t always have the luxury of going into a different room like the nursery, especially if like my baby a change in light or just her surroundings would trigger her. I used several diaper caddies through out my home so I could change baby where ever we needed too. You could get fancy and purchase some very cute caddies from Homegoods, TJ Maxxx, etc., however I got mine from good ol’ Dollar Tree and they worked great. They have three compartments which was perfect to fit Diapers, a changing pad, baby wipes and rash cream. I had one in the living room and our bedroom, which is where we spent the most time during the first month. Every night we would restock the caddies before going to bed so that the next day everything was ready to go. Fast forward 4 months to current day, we still use the diaper caddy in our bedroom for late night diaper changes.

Gripe Water

Gripe water is a miracle in a bottle! Baby girl was very sensitive especially when it came to falling or staying asleep, so for her getting the hiccups or a little gas was the end of the world. To help ease her discomfort we would give her Little Remedies Gripe Water, which surprisingly she loved the taste and had no problem taking it. The gripe water would go to work immediately and soon after my little one would be ready to knock out again.

White Noise

Before Salomé came into our world I had never heard of a baby falling asleep to white noise. That was so bizarre to me, like what? Don’t babies like lullabies? I tried playing countless lullabies for Salomé so she could fall asleep and every single one of them was as if I was telling her, “Stay awake even longer, mommy doesn’t want to sleep either“. Plain and simple, lullabies were an absolute negative, so again I made a deep dive into Pinterest and found that white noise is a very similar noise to that of the womb. Desperate to help baby girl fall asleep, I downloaded a free app onto my phone that plays white noise (and other background noises) continuously and from the moment I tried it I’ve never gone back, Salome uses white noise to fall asleep every time.

Portable Night Light

Babies who get over stimulated easily have triggers that, we as parents, need to figure out so our little ones can get some rest and we can too. One of the most common simulators is light, it confuses the baby into thinking it’s day time so he/she should stay up. Especially during the 1st month their circadian rhythm (sleep/awake cycle) is a mess. Creating an atmosphere of dark and calm is the perfect condition for a stimulate sensitive baby to sleep in. A portable night light will help maintain that atmosphere you created during late night feedings and diaper changes. That was one of the mistakes my husband and I made during the first few weeks, we would turn on the lights to change and feed Salome but that would cause her to wake up completely and it was such a hassle getting her back down to sleep. Instead turn on the portable night light and keep it at a distance that is not to close as to not wake up baby but you can still see what your doing in the dark. This will make putting baby back to sleep so much easier as baby might not have woken up all the way because of the dark and calm environment kept by the night light.

The portable night light we use is great, the best one we’ve used thus far! Its small and compact which is perfect to keep on the bedside table. It’s wireless which is a must and keeps a very long charge. Check it out Here.

Happiest Baby SNOO Bassinet

The SNOO bassinet deserves to win some kind of genius award, yes it’s that good! I won’t go too much into detail with why I am so in love with our SNOO Bassinet because I have a whole blog post about it HERE. However, to quickly summarize Salomé like I mentioned above needed white noise to sleep but not only that, she would wake every 20-30 mins while in her previous bassinet. My husband and I were sleepless and delusional from a cranky sleepy baby until we got our SNOO. The SNOO gently rocks baby back and forth while playing white noise in the background which for Salome is the perfect combination for a good nights sleep. Read more about it HERE.

The most important tip I can give is to be patient. Your baby is one of a kind and needs you to figure out a one of a kind solution or routine for them. Be patient mommy’s you’ll figure it out.

Comment below what tips you have for your sensitive baby. I would love to know!

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The Happiest Baby SNOO Bassinet: Sleepless Nights Turned to Sweet Dreams

Let’s start at the beginning.

Baby girl was great as we came out the hospital, she slept for two hour stretches, ate and went right back to sleep. I would think to myself “wow, I have such an amazing baby!”. Everything was going so well for about a week an a half when out of no where she no longer would sleep at night. She would do these crazy all nighters, from around 10 pm to 6 am. She was fussy, crying and sleepless but nothing we did would sooth her. Our poor baby would eventually knock out at 6 am of exhaustion along with my husband and I. I swore my baby was broken lol I had never heard of anyone going through what we were especially since it was not colic or anything we would pin point aside from the fact that Salomé just didn’t want to sleep.

One sleep deprived night, I was rocking baby girl and scrolling through my Instagram feed trying to stay up when I came across an ad for the SNOO. I clicked on the link desperate for anything that would help Salomé sleep, but mostly what would give Eduardo and I even an ounce of rest at night. As I read more into what the SNOO does and the reviews of other struggling parents, I was convinced we needed this bassinet in our lives ASAP.

What Does the SNOO Do?

The SNOO basically is a robot in the form of a really cute modern bassinet. The SNOO detects when the baby is fussing and adjusts its self to one of four levels of soothing. The soothing consists of white noise and a rocking/swaying motion. The white noise and swaying are consistently going for as long as the SNOO is on. The SNOO does have the option to stop the white noise and or the motion, however the beauty of the two are how well they work together to sooth your baby. Along with the white noise and swaying motion, the SNOO is used with a specific swaddle that is designed to keep your baby snug and safe. The swaddle is designed to keep your baby on its back at all times as well as maintain your baby stabilized as the swaying motion increases during soothing. The white noise, swaying motion and swaddle all work together like magic!

How Much Does the SNOO Cost?

The SNOO is definitely an investment, or at least that’s how my husband and I saw it. An investment in our sleep, better sleep equals better parenting or at least that’s what we told ourselves. The SNOO is a whooping $1,300.00 for the package which includes.

  • SNOO Bed
  • 4 Legs
  • Power Adapter
  • Power Cable Holder
  • 3 SNOO Sacks (S, M, L)
  • Mattress with Fitted Sheet

Of course, coughing up $1,300.00 for a bassinet that your not even sure will work for your fussy baby is not easy. Which is why SNOO offers a rental program, a great way to try out the SNOO for a month at a time and give it a shot at a reasonable price.

Although my husband and I were willing to try ANYTHING for some rest, we did our research and quickly realized that renting wasn’t the best option for us. On the SNOO websites it advertise the rental option as $100 a month, which sounds great! However, what they don’t mention up front is the $300 deposit as well as taxes. With the deposit, taxes and rental fee the total was close to $600.00, which is half the price to purchase the SNOO. My husband had the brillant idea to look on Offer Up and luckily in my area several people were selling their SNOO for around $600-$700, which would be the price of the rental. So we obviously went with purchasing the SNOO from a lovely couple whose 3 month old had transitioned to his crib and had nothing but amazing things to say about their experience.

Is the SNOO Worth it?

If you ask my husband whether the SNOO is worth it or not, you will get an immediate “Hell Yeah!”.

I will never forget the first time she slept in her SNOO and I witnessed the magic. My husband set up the SNOO, which was very easy and hassle free, and we got Salomé ready for her nap. We put her to sleep, placed her into the swaddle and pushed the button to turn the SNOO on. About 30 minutes into her nap she started to fuss, wiggle and cry (Her usual routine) but without skipping a beat the SNOO went to work. The SNOO increased the white noise and swayed a little faster as it entered the next level and that’s when it happened. Salomé started to calm down, she stopped crying, her wiggling settled and she slowly closed her eyes again… she was back asleep in less than a minute. At that exact moment I knew without a doubt that the SNOO was worth every penny.

It took my daughter a few days to adjust to the movement and the swaddling of the SNOO but we immediately saw the results we had only dreamed of. Salomé went from waking up every 30 mins crying to 2 hour stretches waking only to feed. It was beautiful, you never truly appreciate sleep until you have a newborn, but with the SNOO getting some rest and sleep is actually possible.

The SNOO is still pretty expensive in my opinion regardless if you do what we did and look for one second hand, rent or buy it. However, my only regret is not using the SNOO the moment we came home from the hospital. Salomé is 2 months and is sleeping in 4-5 hour stretches at night, so for my husband and I the SNOO is more than worth it.

I was once a desperate, delusional, sleep deprived mother just like many of you. If you need any more info or have any questions I’d love to help simply comment below!