Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two months worth of sleepless nights. Of singing and dancing at 2am. Of nappy changing every 3-4hrs. Of booger picking. Bum wiping. Poopoo and wiwi galore. Cutting tiny nails. Two months of getting out of the house at 6am to catch the early morning sunlight. Of trying very hard not to drown an infant who wails like a hyena during bath time. Two months of having a mouth constantly attached to my breasts. Of trying very hard to continue breastfeeding.

May muscle na din ako dahil 2 months na kong nagbubuhat. Literal. Daig ko pa adik dahil 2 months na akong gising. 2 months na din siguro ang ibang libag ko sa katawan dahil 2 months na akong nagmamadali maligo.

But all of those are worth it. Two months of pure joy and happiness. Two months of love. Two months sweet kisses. Two months of oohhs and aahhs and cooing. Two months of hugs. Two months of sweet baby breath. Of sweet infant smell. Ang saya saya lang.

HAPPY HAPPY 2nd MONTH BDAY my darling. Thank you for being my source of joy. You are truly my greatest blessing and the best gift ever.

Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

They say that breastfeding hurts on the first few days. I was aware. I was prepared. I studied the proper deep latch to avoid it. I read on what to do during the first few days. I thought I was armed.

So at the hospital, I was breastfeeding Skye. We'd do the deep latch. Masakit pero kaya ko. Very good kami mag-ina. All flying colors according to the lactation consultant. I thought, maning mani! :)

And then we went home. And said goodbye to the pain relievers that I was given at the hospital round the clock for the CS wound. Ayun na! Sh*t!!!

That's when I noticed that I have sore and cracked nipples. And everytime my Skye would latch on them, I'd feel excruciating pain. As in my toes would curl up and tears would start falling. On our first night at home, I was howling in pain. Iyak ako ng iyak. I'd dread the time that my baby would start to stir coz for sure, it'll be another round of breastfeeding. Umiiyak na sya, I'd carry her and sway her in my hopes that she'd get back to sleep. Kaso she won't sleep until I offer her my breast which she'd suck so hard. Ayoko na talaga that time. Imagine? I'm reccuperating from the CS operation. My wound is still painful. I can't move properly. Tapos sobrang sakit pa ng d*de ko?? Grabe naman yun!

On our 2nd night, in the middle of another painful breastfeeding session, I told The Companion that we need to buy formula. Ayoko na talaga. And we're not even on our first week. Actually, I want him to leave in the middle of the night and get formula right then and there. Buti nalang tamad ang lolo nyo. Sabi sa akin, bukas nalang daw. He just hugged me as I breastfeed.

The next day, when my wits are with me, I'd tell myself that I'd give it another shot. Another day to try. I hate to fail on it. Alam nyo naman ako, pag may gusto I would always give it my 100%. Buti nalang I was born and raised to be that way.

So here are some tips for you Mommas who's experiencing cracked and sore nips:

1. Learn the proper deep latch. Its normal to have cracked and sore nipples during the first week of breastfeeding as your nipple toughen up for the job. BUT if the baby is not properly latched on the breast, you'd have painful nipples forever. Here's a very helpful infographic on deep latch. There are also loads of video tutorials on YouTube that you can check out.

2. Breastmilk and airdry. The best remedy for sore and cracked nipples are breastmilk. Apply liberally on the nipples and airdry. Sometimes, I go topless at home just so I could airdry my nipples. Dumidikit kasi minsan sa shirt and its so painful. So after the baby latches on them, airdry first. I never used nipple creams. I know some mummies swear by them but really, just your breastmilk is enough. Well, atleast for me.

3. Its okay to pop some pain relievers. In my frantic search for sore nips relief, I came across a couple (well actually loads) of articles and forums that says pain relievers are okay. Take it atleast 30minutes before feeding to ease out the pain. And honestly, its the reason why I was able to continue breastfeeding. Kasi di ko talaga kaya yung kirot. Sumasabay kasi sa tahi ko so its really painful. I only had mefenamic acid. Hindi gaanong malakas na pain reliever so may pain padin talaga but its tolerable na.

4. Latch. Latch. Latch. Just make your little one latch on you no matter how painful it is. One day, magugulat ka nalang hindi na masakit. It'll be easy breezy and convenient. Just pop the breast and the baby will latch on it. Walang effort. :)

5. Proper posture and relax. Some mummies forgot that proper posture really helps alot in breastfeeding. And make sure you are comfortable and relaxed. Feeding sessions will be easier for you and the baby.

6. Feed on the first sign of hunger. Know the hunger cues. Below is another helpful inforgraphic. Make sure you feed on early cues. Coz if the baby is really hungry and agitated, most probably she'll give angry latches. And angry latches = sore nips. Masakit sya promise. She'll suck hard and the feeding will be longer. Kawawa ang nipples ni mummy.

There you go! I hope this post will help you on your beeastfeeding journey. I must admit, my journey is not easy breezy. And it's far from being perfect. Madaming pagkakataon na gustong gusto ko ng tumigil. Kasi sobrang sakit na. Just a couple of weeks ago I had another round of painful breastfeeding sessions. As in tulo luha. She got sick kasi. So maghapon magdamag gusto nya naka latch. Probably her way of soothing herself. That's one thing kasi with breastfeeding. They don't just feed. It's their pacifier, soother, calmer (meron bang ganyan). Paraan para maramdaman nila ang pagmamahal natin. Na hindi sila nag iisa. Kung may masakit, dede. Pag gutom, dede. Pag natatakot, dede. That's also why I love breastfeeding. Almost every cry can be answered by dede. Tapos healthy pa si baby. :)

2 months of breastfeeding. Now that I'll be back to work in a few weeks time, pagpa-pump naman ang pinaghahandaan ko. 


Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Eversince I learned of the pregnancy, I got hooked on reading blogs, forums, etc. on parenting and motherhood. That's also when I started reading mommy blogs aside from my usual Fashion Blog favorites.

One of the things I learned thru reading up is the importance of breastfeeding. Almost all of the mommy blogs I read are breastfeeding advocates. They share the importance of breastfeeding and their journey on ensuring that they give the best milk for their little ones.

When I was pregnant, I know I'd breastfeed. I am VERY SURE that I'd exclusively breastfeed my child. The mommy bloggers I read are also working moms, they pump while at work and they leave pumped milk for their little one at home to ensure that the baby won't need formula.

I was telling myself, "It'll be easy. I'll get a double electric breast pump and would make my child latch on me when I'm at home." I was very determined to exclusively breastfeed especially after reading the benefits of it. Better immune system, prevents asthma (everybody at home has it), smarter baby. Oh hindi ka pa ba magpapabreastfeed nyan diba?

Honestly, ang yabang ko pa. I was telling everybody I'd breastfeed Skye until she's 7 if she wants. And then I gave birth and my baby started to latch...

Several days of breastfeeding made me realize one thing - breastfeeding is no joke! It's so difficult. Why is it that the most natural thing in this world is so difficult for a mother like me?

I had issues. Painful nipples. Engorged and painful breasts. Zero sleep because theres a baby attached to my chest 24 /7. It'll be alot easier to switch to formula. And free myself. But I am still trying. Almost 2months now of exclusively breastfeeding my child. I won't lie, there are times when I would be so tempted to buy a can of formula but then I'd remember that my milk is the best milk for my baby so I'd tell myself that I'd try for another day.

Don't get me wrong. I have no issues whatsoever with formula. And I strongly believe that the kind of milk you give to your little one won't define you as a mother. Exclusively breastfeeding your child won't make you a perfect parent. The same way that giving formula to your child won't make you a bad one.

It just so happen that after reading up, I learned that breastfed babies have lower risk on respiratory diseases. Lower risk on asthma. I want my child to be protected because asthma runs in our family and the companion's family. Kung sakali man na hindi kayanin ng breastmilk na protektahan ang anak ko sa hika, umaasa akong kahit papaano magiging mas madali sa kanya ang hika dahil protektado sya ng gatas ko.

Now, I am a strike-anywhere kind of breastfeeding mom.

I am not sure how long I can do breastfeeding but I will surely try. So for now, let me share with you my breastfeeding journey. And I hope kayanin ko to kahit until 6months lang ni baby. Also, I do hope you'd learn a thing or two from me. Samahan nyo ko sa pangarap kong ito. :)


Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ze bebe is sick. She's been coughing since Monday and been on meds since Tuesday after her pedia visit. I'm a wreck. I don't understand how she got sick. Coz I am sure I am doing everything correctly.

I've been exclusively breastfeeding her since day 1. We clean the room and her crib twice daily because we were advised by her pedia to make sure she's not exposed to allergens to avoid her getting allergic rhinitis like her Nanay. She's getting enough sunlight everyday. We do tummy time. I make sure our room is well ventilated.

I am so hands on. I read up to educate myself. I ask around then read up to verify. I know I am doing everything in my power to make sure she's healthy. And now she's sick. Imagine my dismay. Imagine my heartache. And worst, my heart is breaking into thousand pieces everytime Skye would cough. Ang sakit sakit tingnan. Ayoko syang nahihirapan.

The thing is, almost everybody in the household has cough. Nahawa sya kahit na pinapalayo ko na sila sa bata. But since we live in the same house, the pedia said malamang yun daw ang dahilan. Nakakabwiset. Gusto kong lumipat sa Mars only to make sure walang virus na makukuha ang anak ko. Now, lahat ng may sakit sa amin umiinom na ng gamot. I told them to take meds on the first sign of any sickness. Wag ng antayin lumala at magkandahawa hawa kami.

Ganito pala yung feeling. I know that there's no such thing as a perfect parent. But I am doing everything to be perfect. And yet she still got sick. I felt like I failed in parenting and I am just on it for a month. I have been questioning myself and my capacity to take care of my newborn when I came across this quote...


No such thing as a perfect one so just be real. And real parents would encounter things like baby getting sick and would take it as a lesson learned.

So I need to get a grip, be strong and do everything to make my baby feel better.

I can do this. For now, the baby is about to cry so I'm off to mother duties.

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My friend, Des, mentioned that she has started packing her hospital bag which made me realize that I haven't made an entry about it yet. This is part of my "help the preggy mommas" series. Coz what to pack on the hospital bag is another thing that made me crazy. Here I am hoping that this blog entry would shed some light to other expectant moms out there. Especially, the first timers.

I'll be posting here my personal checklist with some comments here and there so you could do your personal   checklist based on what you really need and your personality. That's actually one of the things I noticed when I tried to google for a hospital bag checklist, they give you a list and that's it. I was left wondering what they are for and if I really need them.

For Nanay:

  1. Going Home Outfit – I suggest you bring a dress you can easily slip into. Or a nice set of jammies if its fine with you. Whatever you prefer just make sure its comfy and roomy and with easy access for the boobies because your newborn would want to latch on them anywhere. In the lobby while waiting for the car, in the room while waiting for the nurses, while you're on a wheelchair being wheeled into the lobby. Get the picture?
  2. Maternity Pads/Adult Diaper (1 pack)
  3. Socks (1-2 pairs) – It  can get really cold in the hospital.
  4. Extra Slippers – Bring a comfy, big pair. It's possible you'd get manas after giving birth so you really to bring your comfy slippers.
  5. Extra PJs or Dress – Of course there's the hospital gown but if you're like me who doesn't like to wear one, you can bring your own of course. Kasi hubadera ang peg ng hospital gowns eh. Or if you want, you can bring jammy bottoms para di naman masyadong exposed.
  6. Cotton Robe – I find this useful if I have visitors or well-wishers.
  7. 1 Nursing Bra and 1pair Nursing Pads – For when you go home.
  8. Underwear – Bring as much. You’ll be bleeding so you need to change them often. If you’ll use adult diapers then I guess you wont need much. Another option is buying disposable underwear. Atleast you don’t need to wash bloody underwears. :)
  9. Abdominal Binder – Needed for those undergoing C-section. I didn’t bring one, the hospital provided mine. But it got blood stains. So I endured bloody binders for 2 days. Eeewww…
  10. Underpads – I used mine on the car coz my water bag broke and I’m drippin’. You also need to change the underpads provided by the hospital after delivery coz it can get bloody. You don’t want the hospital to change it coz I’m pretty sure it’ll be costly.
  11. Glasses/Contact Lens (if you are using one)
For Baby:

  1. Going Home Outfit
  2. 2-3 Receiving Blanket
  3. 4-6 Pajamas
  4. 2-3 Long Sleeved Tie-Sides
  5. 2-3 Sleeveless Tie-Sides
  6. 4-6 Mittens
  7. 4-6 Booties
  8. 2-3 Bonnets
  9. Baby Wash
  10. 70% Alcohol
  11. 1pack Newborn Diaper
  12. 4-6 Burp Cloths
  13. Cotton Balls and Cotton Buds
  • The number of baby clothes you have to bring depends on the number of days you'll stay at the hospital and of course, how accessible the hospital is from your home. I stayed in the hospital for 3days so that list is just enough. Except that I only bring 2 receiving blanket only to end up asking my sister to bring another one because Skye decided to soil on the first one the moment she was roomed in. I suggest you pack the baby clothes separately and label them so you wont end up rummaging through the bag for the baby essentials. These are very small items remember, so proper packing is a must.
  • I also suggest you ask about the hospital where you plan to give birth. ManilaMed gave my newborn a welcome pack which includes alcohol, a pack of newborn diapers, a small cetaphyl and thermometer. Sayang din kasi sa space yung diaper na dinala ko. Hindi naman nagamit. :)

For Your Companion:

  1. Change of Clothes
  2. Bath Towels
  3. Slippers
  4. Extra pillows and blankets


  1. Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Mouthwash (For Nanay and the Companion)
  2. Facial wash
  3. Wash Cloth (For Nanay because you can’t have a decent bath yet so punas, punas nalang muna)
  4. Shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash (For the companion)
  5. 70% alcohol
  6. Hand Sanitizer
  7. Shaving Kit (For the companion)
  8. Betadine Feminine Wash

Kikay Kit:

  1. Powder or BB cream
  2. Moisturizer
  3. Lip Balm
  4. Comb or Hair Brush
- I personally think that a kikay kit is important. You'll have visitors and well wishers. There'll be loads of picture takings. You wanna look decent even if you feel like crap (with so little sleep and aching body).


  1. Philhealth Certificate of Contribution
  2. Philhealth Member’s Data Record
  3. Philhealth Claim Form 1 for you and your baby
  4. HMO Papers and Card (if applicable)
  5. Doctor’s Admission Slip
  6. List of the Hospital Documents you have to request for SSS and your healthcare provider's reimbursement (if applicable). Better to request for them while you are there coz it usually takes weeks for them to process it.
  7. Mother's Information Sheet (5 copies) - Everyone at the hospital will be asking you questions. And those questions are almost the same. Imagine answering them during labor? Haggard! In my case, just my name is difficult enough. They'd be asking for the details of your first menstruation and the likes, haggard talaga pag di prepared. And promise, effective sya, I just gave a copy to the nurses and they leave me to labor in peace. Medyo naloka lang ng slight yung mga tao dun sa hospital where I gave birth kasi talagang prepared ako. I just told them that I'm really OC like that at madali ako ma-haggard pag may detail na hindi ko maalala. Anyway, here's where I got my format.
  8. Birth Certificate Cheat Sheet - Ang OC ko ba? Hahaha.. I wanna make sure that all information on my child's birth certificate is correct. And if you don't wanna be bothered, this one is handy. Just give it to the hospital people or your companion and just check the details. Format available here.
  9. Mommy Book, Laboratory Results and Ultrasound Results - Even if you'll be handled by your own OB, the resident OBs in the hospital would look for it or double check. Better to have them handy just in case they have questions. Imagine trying to remember a certain detail while in labor. Oh diba? Kalurkey!
  10. Birth Plan (if applicable) – I don’t have one! But I’ve basically discussed everything with my OB so I think a birth plan is not needed.
  11. Valid IDs (just in case)
  12. Ballpen

Other Necessities:

  1. Camera – How can you not have one? This is it! The big day. Have loads of pictures taken. Although the hospital did not allow companions at the operating room, a trainee was tasked to be my photographer. They got my camera and I was left with loads of photos. See my birthing pictures here. Just make sure the camera's battery is full and you have loads of space on your memory card.
  2. Cellphone – Have the important contact numbers on your favorites for easy access. Also, on my third and final trimester, i always see to it that my phone is always fully charged. As in I won't let it go below 50%. Mahirap na no. I also have my portable charger. Doble paniniguro. :) Praning lang.
  3. iPad/Laptop/PSP/Books – Anything na pamatay oras for you and your companion. Matagal ma antayan ang labor. And then, kelangan gising once the baby is roomed in. So make sure you have a libangan.
  4. Chargers – For all of the gadgets mentioned above need chargers. So pack them all. :)
  5. Drinking Water – We bring our own but most hospitals have hot and cold water available.
  6. Food – You need to bring snacks for you (if you are allowed) and your companion atleast while your in labor. Nakakagutom mag intay at mahal ang mga biscuit sa ospital.
  7. Cash/ATM card/Credit Card – You need moolah. Have cash ready, atleast for the deposit.
- Pack the items separately. I use my maleta as hospital bag. I just put my clothes and baby's clothes in separate bags and labelled each. Oo nag-label ako. Para no need na kalkalin nila each bag in trying to look for a specific item. Basically, its like packing for a trip. My organizing bags are so useful!! OR you may use 2 bags, one for you and another for the baby. Whatever you think is easier.
- Labelling helps alot! Especially if you'll be with your husband or partner. Alam nyo naman mga lalaki! Maha-haggard kayo pag di nyo ni label ang mga gamit. Actually nga, nahaggard padin ako kahit nag label na ako. Paano ba naman, nilabas ang mga damit ng anak ko from the bag tapos kinalat lang sa loob ng maleta. Kaloka diba? Kaya nga may kanya kanyang lalagyanan. Kaya nga ko gumamit ng organizer bags eh. Imagine if I didn't label each, baka halo halo na yung mga gamit ko.
- Show your companion the bag and discuss the contents. Hahahahaha! Oo kahit may label, i-discuss nyo padin sa kanya para sa double awareness program. I hope no husband is reading this kasi malamang mabatukan ako. I know you guys are not slow na kelangan ulit ulitin ang mga bagay pero aminin nyo, pagdating sa organizing ng mga gamit, waley kayo!!! And your wife don't need the stress. Please! Hehehe..
It may look like too much but promise, all of those fit in my maleta. And all of those are needed. As in. It’s better to have everything ready and packed kesa naman maghanapan pa on the big day. :) Goodluck on packing!

Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

When I was pregnant, one of my major dilemma is coming up with a list of what to buy for my first born. I tried to google but it only gave me long lists of this and that and things that I haven't heard of. I was lost.

new BABY

Some people are telling me not to buy too much because babies grow so fast. Sayang daw. Some people are telling me to buy things once I reached the third trimester para alam na ang gender and para di ma-stock ang mga gamit ni baby. Some people are telling me to buy early naman. Nakakaloka talaga. And since I just survived the first month of my Skye, allow me to share with you my very own list of newborn must-haves.


  1. Receiving Blankets - You need at least 4 of these. But you can actually buy more coz they are indeed useful. You can use it as swaddle. You can use it as bath towel. It can also be used as unan, kumot and sapin. Very useful. And for sure, they can still use it until their toddler years. Invest in these.
  2. Pajamas - I have 6 of these. Size 0-3 months. They are a bit big on Skye especially during her 1st 2 weeks of life but its okay. Newborns are ginawin so pajamas are necessary. The number of pajamas that you need to buy depends on how frequent you can do the laundry. We wash Skye's clothes every 3days so 6 pajamas are enough. But if you do the laundry once a week, then I guess you need to buy more.
  3. Long-sleeved Tie-Sides - I have 5. Size is newborn. Actually I bought 3 and has 2 hand me downs. I use them during the night to make sure that Skye won't get cold. Actually, if your place is a bit hot or if you don't have AC, I suggest you get the short-sleeved tie sides para naman di pagpawisan si baby.
  4. Sleeveless Tie-Sides - I have 3 of these. I use it on day time para medyo presko for baby. Again, you can get more of these based on how frequent you do the laundry.
  5. Mittens - I have 10 pairs. Mittens are important to prevent your baby from scratching herself. Paglabas ni baby medyo mahaba na ang nails and hindi pantay ang pagtubo. You can't immediately cut her nails coz it's still too soft. Honestly mahirap. We were able to cut Skye's nails when she's 2weeks old. Even then, we were not able to cut it properly. You need more of these because I change it often. Sinusubo kasi ni baby so I have to ensure that it is clean.
  6. Booties - I also have 10 pairs. I also change this one twice a day but since they are more prone to accidents (read: getting poops on it during nappy change) you also need more of these. You can also get a couple of infant socks if you want. You can use them during pedia visits para maarte si baby. All of my infant socks are hand me downs. Until now all of them are still big on Skye pero keri naman. I think she can use these until she's 3 months old.
  7. Bonnets - Get only 3 of these. I have 10 and honestly sayang. 5 of them are gifts lang naman but sayang padin. Sana di nalang ako bumili. :( First, they are not really safe (read my Safe Sleep post here). Actually, I think it has everything to do with the fact that Skye is teeny tiny. All her bonnets are huge. During her first week, we put bonnet on her everyday. Para daw di lamigin. But after that incident, I ditched the bonnet. Anyway, Mila says we can just put alcamforado on her bunbunan. And make her use the bonnet nalang if we have to go outside.
  8. Burp Cloths or Towels - Oh you need lots of these. I have 2 types of soft bimpo that I use. Small white ones that I also use as wash cloth and another bigger and thicker one which I also use in drying her after sponge bath. Make sure you get those soft bimpo coz newborn's skin are sensitive. Also, make sure you change them often.
  9. Lampin - I have a dozen of these but its up to you if you think you need them. Initially, I was thinking of using lampin on Skye for her first month. I was thinking of just getting covers if I think I'll need them but I have a changing mat that I plan to use. Pero ate! When I realize how frequent a newborn poops the entire day, naku! Disposable diapers galore na to keep my sanity. Promise. They poop like every 2 hours. Minsan konti konti lang but still. And Skye HATES nappy changing time. So imagine if I'm using lampin. That'll be nappy change every 30min or so. Mababaliw kami mag ina. But my lampin are still useful coz I use them as burp cloths and we also have presko time. That's 2hours in the morning where I let her use lampin only. That's after her morning pupu session. :)
  10. Newborn Onesies - Skye has some of these. Most are gifted. Though I bought her 2 plain white ones. She was able to use them on her 2nd week. Her Tita Irish gave her 2 super small ones na malapit ng mag retire kasi di na kasya. Imagine? 1 month nya lang nagamit yun. So I really suggest you buy the 0-3 months na onesies. Kasi they can wear them naman kahit medyo malaki. But, if you have loads of friends, better not to buy muna. Baka i-surprise baby shower ka nila. For sure may magreregalo ng onesie. Anyway, we use the onesies on her pedia visits.
  11. Frogsuit - Skye has 1. Buti nalang. Not really needed. We use this sa gabi also instead of pajama plus long sleeves. This is also what we use nung umuwi sya from the hospital. But honestly, you can live without it. Cute lang sya but not needed.

* You don't need bigkis. That's soooo yesterday. It is not advisable to use bigkis actually.
* I personally prefer whites for newborns. Mas malinis tingnan and its easier to spot if may insects or dumi.
* Rumors are true. Babies grow up so fast. So don't buy too much. Again, just buy based on how frequent you plan to do the laundry. But I suggest you do it frequently. Para di mababad ang dumi sa clothes ni baby.
* Use baby friendly detergents. We use Cycles! Please do not use the strong ones. Told you they tend to suck on their mittens and sometimes, pag abot nila, yung mga sleeves ng damit so they have to be clean and baby friendly. With that, make sure binabanlawan mabuti ang damit ni baby.
* I strongly recommend Halo Sleepsacks. But I think you need to delay buying one until your baby comes out. some babies love to be swaddled so you have to get the Halo Swaddle while some like my Skye hates it so just get the sleepsack.

  1. Disposable Diapers - Omg! You need, need, need these. And lots of it. But don't stock up. There are loads of brands out there. You need to atleast try it before buying in bulk. I'm lucky I was gifted with loads of DDs. So by the time Skye was born we have 5 huge packs (24pcs per pack) of 3 different brands - pampers, huggies and EQ. The hospital also gave us 1 huge pack of EQ. All in newborn sizes. And ubos na sila ngayon. All six packs are used in just more than 3 weeks. Imagine??? May presko time pa kami nyan.
  2. Cotton Balls - Lots of it as well. Note that you can't do groceries immediately so if you don't have anybody helping you out, better stock up on these. I use them to clean the baby's face and tushies.
  3. Infant Cotton Buds - You need them to clean the ears and the nose.
  4. 70% Isoprophyl Alcohol (not moisturizing) - This is to clean her pusod. You can also use this before holding the baby or make people use it before allowing them to go near your child. Pero dahil maarte kami, we have the moisturizing alcohol para sa amin. Para this one is just for baby.
  5. Baby Wipes - Alcohol free and unscented. We use this if we're out and she needs nappy change. But now I also use this at night if I'm too sleepy to get the cotton and warm water. BUT I strongly suggest you use cotton and warm water in washing her privates. Mas malinis. Minsan lang ang baby wipes.
  6. Thermometer - I got a decent digital thermometer for Skye coz its really needed especially if you're paranoid like me. I always get her temperature to see if she's giniginaw or naiinitan. But better ask around, coz this is another common baby shower gift. And some hospitals give out themometers and they are pretty decent. I actually got 2 from the hospital and was gifted with another one. So I have 4! Haha.. I gave away the ones from the hospital and kept the other 2.
  7. Baby Wash - I use Cetaphyl. It was gifted. You can give your baby her real bath once natanggal na yung pusod. But you can wash her hair as early as day 1. Skye's pusod is gone on week 2. I give her a bath 4 times a week. Babies dont need to bath everyday. And in her first week of life, just water and cotton are enough. Make sure you get the mildest baby wash for your baby because they are so sensitive.
  8. Petroleum Jelly - Use it on your little one's tushies every nappy change. I had issues with rashes (wala pa naman actually, na-haggard lang ako nung namula ng onti pwet ni Skye) and was advised to use petroleum jelly. Effective naman sya. Another option is Drapolene cream. Alot of my mommy friends swear by it. I recently got one for Skye. Hihihihi.. It's for rash prevention and cure.
  9. Baby Tabo or Small Basin - You use them during nappy change and sponge bath. Your baby need to have her own set of these to ensure that it's clean. Got ours at Baby Company.
  10. Crib/Playpen - This one depends on you actually. Some people say it's useless coz you'll end up co-sleeping with your baby and the crib will be a tambakan. Well, I co-sleep with Skye because she refuse to sleep on her crib at night. But we make her sleep on her crib during day time. That way, its easier for us to move about and she could have uninterrupted sleep, so very useful ang crib. Also, we can convert it into a playpen which she could use pag malaki na sya. But I suggest you don't buy the expensive ones. Just the basic. You won't need those vibrators and music and toys and dancing lights. Believe me!
  11. Crib Matress and Pillows - I got the hypoallergenic one. It's pricey but worth it. Washable too!! I wash Skye's pillows weekly. Sulit sa quality.
  12. Nail Cutter - Told you we cut her nails on her 2nd week. Make sure you get the nail cutter designed for infants.
  13. Cycles Laundry Detergent - We use this to wash baby clothes. Designed for babies so its safe and mild.
  14. Changing Mat - For nappy changing session. I use a hand me down. Just a small plastic one. You can also use the one that goes with your baby bag kaso you have to remember to pack it evrytime lalabas.
  15. Baby Bag - For your pedia visits or Nanay's OB visits. The baby bag must be roomy enough for all the esentials.

* If you plan to breastfeed then you have less things to worry. Although I suggest you get breast pads and a nice manual breast pump. I use Farlin, cheap but very efficient. You need them if you are prone to breast engorgement like me.
* If you are not breastfeeding your little one then you need a little more like feeding bottles, bottle brush, formula dispenser, Cradle (bottle cleaner) and maybe a pacifier, because honestly, newborns use their mother's breast as pacifiers ALL THE TIME. You need them so you won't end up overfeeding them.
* You may also need a bath tub and bath mat for the little one but we prefer to use our old blankets as sapin while bathing Skye. Anyway, dalawang tabong tubig lang naman sakto na sa kanya. Hahahahaha… At sa lamesa lang sya pinapaliguan. :)

I can't believe that I only need this handful to survive my child's first month. I still have some stuff here that haven't used yet or regret I ever bought. I hope I was able to help you with this list. Coz honestly, masakit sya sa ulo!  I also suggest you buy things early. As early as possible. Coz delaying it means you have to shop with a huge belly. Ay promise! Hindi masaya. And I suggest you buy pag may sale! :)

Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Celerhina Aubrey

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