After spending almost two weeks at the beach I definitely recommend getting a few items specifically for the beach in addition to the ones I recommend for being in the Sun at the pool- Best of What to Pack for a Day at the Pool.
With summer approaching fast, and the swimming pools opening soon, I thought I would share some of the products I have come across and recommend for babies to have a safe and enjoyable day out at the pool.
I combination feed my baby – nurse and pumped in the beginning and now pump and formula so bottles have been a staple since the second week she was born. If you are going to nurse and bottle feed formula or expressed milk you need to make sure that the bottles you use are compatible with breastfeeding so that your baby doesn’t get confused and your nipples don’t get trashed. I knew I was going to be pumping before I even delivered so I had my pump delivered to my house and my bottles purchased – you can read all about my pumping experience Breast pumps and pumping or exactly how I combination feed read My Formula & Frozen Milk Strategy.
Life with a baby is obviously different but what I really find that affects me the most is having less time – not because of the baby but because of all the stuff during the day you have to do for the baby! I spend hours more a day cleaning up the house, kitchen, her room, the bathroom, bottles, pumping gear etc and it all adds up to less time I get to spend with her. This coupled with the fact that when you do spend that quality time with your baby you want her to be happy, smiling and having fun and you want to be your best as well not frustrated and tired.
So here is my list of things I have discovered (buys) or made up on my own (hacks) to make my life a little easier and hopefully eliminate some of the adult tantrums or frustrations that can come out when you’re sleep deprived, stressed and things don’t seem to be going your way.