On your registry you are going to have so many things to choose from, but let me tell you the one thing that I couldn’t have lived without after we had Theo. It was the boppy.
The boppy is such a great invention altogether and I’ll tell you why.
Theo was a NICU baby , he would have low oxygen levels while slept and while he ate. We had to pace Theo during his feedings and monitor him pretty closely while he ate to make sure he was okay and not turning blue or choking. We then also monitor him after a feeding, since he was also prone to spitting up due to the amount of air he would get from us pacing him. Our doctors said for Theo that pacing him and getting more air is okay, but typically you want to limit the amount of air so he or she doesn’t spit up.
We noticed that Theo would still spit up if we would lay him on our chest or just try to sit him upright on our own. We were at a bit of a loss on what to do. We hadn’t busted out the boppy quite yet since most people use it as a nursing pillow, and we had the “my breast friend pillow” for that- another good one but nothing like the boppy.
Finally when Theo was three weeks old (he had been home for two weeks about, since one week he was in the NICU), we busted out the infamous boppy.
Now new moms, don’t be like me, bust out this boppy the minute you get home. It not only stopped his spitting up by propping him up, but it also allowed him to be on the couch with us sitting on his own, so we didn’t have to hold him 24/7 while on the couch. He could chill in his boppy next to us.
We also used this boppy when we couldn’t get Theo to go to sleep- it’s great for day naps if you watch your little one in it and closely monitor- if you have a leather couch like me he might continually slide down and you need to move him back up onto the boppy so his chin isn’t touching his chest – you want to be able to see their neck.
Make sure to watch your little ones and never have their feet pointed outwards towards the couch, turn the boppy so his feet and body are parallel to the seat of the couch, otherwise if he or she sits facing the way we all normally do, he or she could slide right out and fall out and off the couch- not safe.
So new moms, take this advice, register for a boppy and if you don’t get one – purchase one. They have several cute patterns, and you won’t regret it! With your first little one you will be watching lots of Netflix- don’t feel guilty for doing so, just enjoy your little man (or woman) chilling next to you. This boppy will allow you to have a binge watching partner in crime who will have less spit ups and probably more naps too!
As a P.S.— One thing I do wish that Boppy would improve upon is the quality of the center of the Boppy. I have noticed that over time, maybe just because Theodore has a big noggin, but the center of the boppy where he rests his head, it starts to sink and loose its cushion. We have to prop that part up with another pillow!