I didn't think my life would change too drastically while pregnant... Boy was I wrong! I have noticed a lot of changes going on, and it's not just this growing belly. I have found some pregnancy essentials that are key to surviving these 9 months of this new life.
This is the best oil ever. I rub this on my belly and anywhere I think (and now have) stretch marks would appear. We bought this while on our cruise when I was just 6 weeks along and was told it was great for stretch marks and during the prenatal period. This is a part of my night routine now and I feel like it's helped big time in preventing stretch marks.
Another must have oil! Even with summer upon us, my skin has been very dry and coconut oil has been a great rejuvenator. I take about a scoopful and lotion it into my legs and arms to hydrate them. Also, I am totally missing out on that shiny hair during pregnancy myth so I apply this to my ends right before my shower and then wash as usual.
If you are struggling with finding good prenatal vitamins, I highly recommend these! I tried some given to me by my doctor, and also bought these giant capsule ones that were impossible to swallow. I was kind of leery switching over to gummies, but I found these had a lot of nutrients packed in them and made me feel better. The flavor of these are super tolerable and almost yummy ha!
Two words: pregnancy. pants. I'll admit caving and purchasing pregnancy shorts was hard at first but once I slipped them on they were life changing! No more were the days of tight pants and lines on my sides. My sweet friend recently gave me her maternity jeans, which couldn't have come at a better time because my leggings no longer fit me and I've been stuck in my few pairs of maternity shorts. If you are on the fence and growing out of your pants, take the leap and invest in a few maternity bottoms!
Something I keep forgetting to mention in my pregnancy updates, is how I've been experiencing heartburn. I had been feeling a really bad burning sensation in the back of my throat which I did not know was heartburn! I have been experiencing it since around 22 weeks and was advised by other mamas to get tums. These work so quickly and have been a purse essential for me because of how frequently heartburn comes up. If you want to hear more pregnancy updates, I just uploaded my 26 week video! Time is flying with this pregnancy and I'm so anxious to meet our little girl!
Gender reveals are the reason I get up in the morning. Okay, totally kidding but I LOVE seeing the creative ways parents have been announcing their newest family member! While there are so many ways you can announce this special moment, I have found 8 creative gender reveals that will make your announcement stand out.
If you are planning on announcing soon and are still stuck on how to do it, check out these creative ways expecting parents have announced and revealed!
Team Pink or Blue
This is how we announced we are having a GIRL! My husband told me when we first found out I was pregnant, that I have full control of announcing the baby, and he gets to choose how we announce the gender. We are huge Utah Jazz fans and had a custom made jazz jersey made to announce our little one! The back has her name and her jersey number. We teased our family and friends by first showing it in black and white and having them guess. This is a great and creative way to incorporate you and your husband's favorite team, revealing if it's team pink or blue!
We also were featured on Utah Jazz's instagram page, so that pretty much made our day too!
Involving older siblings can be such a fun twist as opposed to just the two of you, and can really show your family's personality! Elisa M. had the creative idea of having her boys blast her with the color of what their new sibling will be.
Smoke Bomb Surprise
This is probably the most on trend gender reveal at the moment, but seriously it's so cute, how could it not be?! Ambrel D. and her mister were smoked with their little one's announcement and that color is just gorgeous! This could be a fun twist and having your family members find out before you and surprise you as well as the rest of the party. I personally didn't have the self control to be surprised, but if you can do it I would find a friend or two you trust with the secret and be shocked with everyone else.
If you are more of a simple gal and don't want to go over the top, a minimalist announcement may be for you! Emily C. shared her little boy's gender by adding a bow tie and prince crown to a flat lay of her baby. Such a simple yet impactful photo, and can be customized for either gender and your personal style and taste!
What's more thrilling then being splattered with paint on the beach? Such a fun surprise while getting a little messy! Trust a friend or family member to splatter you with paint and get splattered! You can find out more on this from Pinterest!
Don't want it to just be you two enjoying all the fun? Involve the whole family! You can get creative by using a covered jar and having everyone throw the revealed powder, or switch it out for silly string. This one is super fun and the options are limitless, and the whole family can enjoy the fun and surprise together.
Reveal the baby's gender with some colored confetti and crack open the pinata to reveal the surprise! You can find out how to make this yourself here.
Want to announce during a certain holiday? This is the perfect way to do so! Eggs for Easter, pumpkin for Halloween, small present for Christmas, etc. This one you can get super creative with and it will surely stand out and make the holiday so memorable!
So I am basically smuggling a small watermelon at this point. I am 24 weeks (in normal people terms, 6 months) along and I am just getting bigger and bigger! I have been loving flowy, loose clothing for this pregnancy not only because it looks cute with the bump, but also for major comfort! We just had a doctor's appointment yesterday and she is weighing at a whopping one pound nine ounces. During our first anatomy scan, it was hard for the technician to see a few things so they had us do a redo... Which I'm totally okay with because that means we got to walk away with more pictures of baby girl and see her precious face!
I am loving every second of this pregnancy and I feel like my outfits are so much cuter now as crazy as that sounds. I adore the look of graphic tees paired with flowy, maxi skirts it has the perfect balance of care-free yet put togetherness I love. Also tying shirts up over the belly is a helpful way to show you are pregnant and not like you just ate a few too many slices of pizza. (Totally did, but now I have an excuse!)
Also, I never thought I would be able to find a romper fit this belly! I love rompers for the summertime and I'm so happy I found one that has plenty of room to grow. J and I had a date night to celebrate me finishing my Pharmacy Technician program. I love getting dressed up for our date nights together, and throwing on a printed romper is an easy way to look cute with minimal effort.
My current cravings are: water (yes, still iced cold!), applesauce, Cran Grape juice, milk, and chocolate. I've gained 15 pounds since getting pregnant, which totally makes sense because I'm so weak when it comes to eating! haha The nurse wasn't worried and said I am gaining a perfect amount, but still future Amy is cursing me now for all the sweets I'll have to work off.
I created a baby registry when I was at the end of my first trimester. I was immediately prompted to start adding items to it, and felt one sort of emotion: Overwhelment. So many different options for bottles, diapers, blankets, nursery themes, AH.
I'm glad they have so many different items on the market for baby and moms, but let's be real: it's insane. I wanted to be practical and just have the absolute must haves for baby and anything else I feel is needed I'll buy when it comes up.
The amazing thing about baby registries is it's a time for your friends and family to get together and give a gift to the one on the way. Registries are so helpful, because your family will be buying y'all stuff anyways, so this gives them a great guideline to follow and see what you are needing and what style you are going for. I personally registered on Target, but Walmart, Babies R Us, and Buy Buy Baby are great options too! I just noticed Target had the most average prices and weren't overpriced, and Walmart was kind of hard to navigate.
I am sure we have all heard from a relative or two, how expensive babies are. When compiling a list of what all I wanted to have for baby, I realized just how expensive they really are! But, babies don't have to be! I am a firm believer in if somethings for sale, there is always a cheaper way. Large companies dote on expecting mothers with wide eyes and have an array of expensive, sometimes unneeded products.
While I am all for splurging, and will probably buy a thing or two that I don't need being a new mom and wanting to spoil her; I wanted to put together a list we could all benefit and save a few bucks from! Soon I will be also sharing some freebies that us moms can take advantage of, so be on the look out! This post does contain affiliate links to provide a better and visual shopping experience.
There are a few different money saving tips when it comes to diapers. Every month that passes in this pregnancy, we have bought one box of diapers. I have particularly gone to Target because they consistently have $2 off Pampers or Huggies diapers. Since she's our first, we don't know what diapers she will like so I have been buying a variety. Target will allow you to exchange diapers out for different ones, even without a receipt, so this will be a great way to test out which brand works for your little one. Also, if you have the cartwheel app and scan it after every purchase (even if you didn't apply the coupons), it'll rack up your spending into points and you can turn it around and it will cover one of their rewards. Usually on the list: a free pack of diapers or wipes.
If you are totally not into brands, investing in memberships at Costco or Sam's Club cards would be worth your while and you can buy their brand of diapers in bulk and usually for a little cheaper than on brand. If you don't know what sizes to buy, I discovered this helpful chart that will be posted below on how much of each you should stock up on!
If you are having a baby shower, your friends and family are probably going to help you big time with this one. A great tip is to scour online selling pages, like Facebook marketplace to find huge amounts of baby clothes for a really low cost.
I know the struggle of wanting to buy every single custom onesie on Etsy, or buying that must need outfit at the baby boutique, but honestly I am being realistic and know that my baby will probably go through so many outfits in a day, and I'd rather not have my money crapped on: literally. I recently went to a baby consignment store and got a lot of clothes for a very little cost. The benefit is, when she grows out of them (and they aren't destroyed) I can take them back and make a few bucks off of them.
If you read one of my most recent posts, I purchased the Playtex drop in liner bottles. I am excited to use them because even though I plan to breastfeed, it'll be handy to store them and drop them in the bottles for feedings. I didn't realize just how expensive bottles can be, and it is honestly intimidating with all the different brands and styles on the market! If you go back to my post, Cartwheel app is doing a 15% off all Playtex bottles, which would be a perfect time to stock up!
Another great option is to go to Amazon and find what deals they have. They have a pretty good return and exchange policy, so I would check that before purchasing. You can also read real customer reviews which could help make your decision a little easier! Some things to take in account would be the bottle size and style. You can always fill up the bigger bottles with smaller amounts, and add more as the baby grows and needs more milk. Smaller bottles are nice, but you'll get more use out of the larger quantities. Also, bottles like the drop ins, ones with vents or an angle to them, and any designed to reduce air bubbles would be a great type to start off with. These reduce stomach issues and gas which would save you in the end if your baby did have these problems.
Obviously it is dependent on your parenting style and preference, but deciding on how and where your baby will be sleeping now will save you some bucks in the end. If you plan on co sleeping, maybe investing in a co sleeper for the bed or a connecting bed would be wise, and to just skip the bassinet or free standing beds. If you are choosing to have your baby start off in a crib, you won't have to worry about having alternatives.
It may be tempting to buy a co sleeper, pack n play, and a crib but chances are you'll only use one or two. Cribs themselves can be pricey, so finding one second hand could be a great money saver. If you do buy it from a previous mom, check the recalls and make sure it is a safe version. Take into account what is most practical and fitting for your space.
Kind of a hard thing to avoid purchasing, but man can these things be expensive! I know a lot of moms will have different opinions on what carseat is the must have, so take in account what is a need for you and your family. A lot will say infant car seats are a waste of money because they are used for a smaller amount of time, and others will swear by them because they are lightweight and can easily be carried inside and back to car. The number one tip is to find what fits your needs as a mom and find the best version you can.
All car seats have to pass the same safety test, but some will have additional padding and safety settings. Find a car seat that will fit easily in your car, be light enough if you do plan on carrying baby in it, and won't break the bank too much. It could be tempting to buy a car seat secondhand, and while it's acceptable, make sure you research that model and ensure there aren't any recalls on it. Also, if a car seat has been in an accident, or is over 5 years old, the safety expires and it is not recommended. Finding a car seat with padded head and sides, because this will be vital in impact.
Toys are another tricky thing, because you'll never know what your baby might like and favor. Toys can also be super expensive, so finding tricks to save a few bucks will make you a happy mama! A great way to save is to make your own toys. Make a baby rattle or noise maker by adding some beans or rice to a water bottle, tie together some socks of different fabrics, or even sew up your own toy for your little one. If you are looking to just buy toys on the market already, find some that have a multi-purpose. Toys that have fabric, plastic, and a mirror are great for babies senses.
Investing in a good teether, a few soft animals, and maybe a noisy toy or two will be great starter toys for your baby and give them the most stimulation until you find what they prefer.
I plan on spoiling her, but I feel so good knowing I will be saving in different areas, especially on the must haves! I will be featuring a post soon of different freebies you can get as a mom, because I know there are a ton of other money saving mamas out here too!
Have you found a great deal on a baby essential?
I would love to hear it! I have just finished adding things to my baby nursery, but I am all for saving in areas I can! Thank you for reading.
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