The first few weeks with a new baby (whether you have one or three) are so amazing – and so incredibly exhausting. It’s funny how you really do block out all of the hard parts and in hindsight it really didn’t seem THAT hard, until you’re right back in it! Even though I’m still trying to find my groove with three, we’re doing pretty darn good. I mean, it was crazy before the baby…it’s just a little more crazy now. I think by assuming the hardest was about to come, and knowing it WILL get better – it hasn’t been quite as tough as I thought. Plus, by the third time around, there’s really no big lifestyle change. You’re already used to complete chaos, a full night sleep is a thing of the past, you’re already living in yoga pants and a baseball hat, and you can multi-task like nobody’s business (as I nurse and type this at the same time). You also know that these first few weeks/months won’t last forever – you will sleep again. You will be social again. You will have sex again (clearly – since the babies keep showing up). And you’re not afraid to ask for help. I no longer feel like I should be doing everything myself. If something, or someone, can make my life easier, I’m all for it.
With that said, I have put together a few survival mode mom tips that have helped me stay sane and have even included a product that has been allowing us to actually sleep more! Game. Changer.
1.) Get Ready.
There’s such a head change as soon as I get ready and put a little makeup on. Even if it’s just my same ol’ leggings and hoodie. I feel completely different and get that “I got this” feeling and am SO much more productive.
2.) Get Out.
I am NOT a homebody. I kind of wish I was because getting out of the house can be incredibly hard with 3. I wish I was totally content staying home all day. But I go stir crazy. When things get extra crazy around here, I get everyone out and either go for a walk to get some fresh air, the park to get some energy out, or a drive-thru Starbucks to get myself a treat to get through the rest of the day.
3.) Just dance.
This has been one of my tricks since Leighton was a baby. Around 4pm when the day seems to be dragging on – I make some coffee, put on some of the girl’s favorite jams and we have a dance party. It’s an instant mood booster and makes for some of the best memories with the girls. Works every time!!
4.) The kids don’t want a perfect mom, they want a happy mom.
I saw this quote awhile ago and find myself repeating it in my head EVERYDAY. I get so caught up in making sure the house is clean, the girls aren’t watching too much TV, getting enough active time, the list goes on. It becomes overwhelming how much pressure I put on myself to be a “perfect mom”, which then causes me to get even more stressed and in a bad mood. The girls don’t care if the house is a mess, if the laundry is folded or if the sink is full of dishes. They just want to have fun with me. So I remind myself that those things aren’t what’s most important and if it’s causing me unnecessary stress – put it aside.
Owlet Smart Sock 2
Now about that product that has been providing us peace of mind AND more sleep, which, lets be honest, is the best tip to staying sane. It’s the Owlet Baby Care Smart Sock 2. With my other two girls, I was the mom who, even though they were sound asleep, would have anxiety and constantly be checking on them making sure they were still breathing. I could never just relax. Well, the Owlet is designed to notify you if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen fall outside the preset zones. The reassurance it provides me is amazing. The technology is essentially the same as the little wraps they put on your child’s finger or toe at the doctor’s office but instead it is designed as a sock and you get the luxury of having it right at home.
I’m not going to lie – I was a little intimidated to get it all set-up. I absolutely despise reading directions and was afraid it would be this long process. Wrong. It was SO easy. First, it comes with different size socks to fit either foot at different ages along with short instructions about how to wear it. From there, all you have to do is plug in your base station, charge your sock, download their super user-friendly app and register your sock! Easy peasy.
When you’re done with all of the setup it’s time to get your baby ready. The sock can fit on either foot and is secured by Velcro to keep it on nice and tight. Plus, the new Smart Sock 2 has breathable toes for all sizes. The app will then track your babies heart rate and oxygen level through the sock, providing you with some serious peace of mind. It doesn’t matter if your baby sleeps in your room or their own room. The Smart Sock 2 has improved Bluetooth range, up to 100 feet, between the sock and base station.
One of my concerns was if the radio waves coming from the sock are harmful to the baby. They’re not. The Smart Sock uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to communicate to the base station. The radio waves generated from the sock are more than 20 times below that of cell phones.
The best part about the Smart Sock is that you can check everything on your phone. I don’t feel that constant need to get up and check on her since the app will notify me if her heart rate goes too low or too high or if her oxygen levels start to decline outside of the preset zones.
Plus, when David and I decide to go on date night and she stays with my mom, I can make sure that Mia is doing ok just by checking the app. Or I can give whichever family member is watching her, access to the app so they can have the same peace of mind as they babysit!
I would highly recommend this product. The cost is $299.99, which can seem like a lot, but the reassurance it has provided and the increased sleep we’ve enjoyed makes it worth every penny!
I hope that if you’re a new mom or expecting a baby soon, that my tips and my product review of the Owlet Smart Sock will help you get more sleep and enjoy those amazing moments with your kids even more!
Now if we could find a way to keep Mia in a sister-proof cage while I shower, we would all sleep even better at night.
What is your best survival mode mom tip? Comment below!
*Thank you to Owlet for sponsoring this post!