2 Months with the Snoo

When I first heard about Happiest Baby’s Snoo I thought to myself “there is no way a bassinet is worth that much money!” $1,295.00 to be exact. But I’m here to tell you that it honestly is. In this post I’m going to share with you all of the reasons why and also how you can get it much cheaper.

If you’re anything like me, good sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. I simply do not function well on low amounts of sleep. I’m pretty sure I’ve been like this my whole life. Sleeping in past noon was my M.O. as a teenager and my mother claims I slept through the night on my first day home from the hospital after I was born. And while I prayed to the heavens that my baby would be just like me and be a good sleeper from the start, I knew there were no guarantees of this. There is no way to predict what kind of sleeper your baby will be and in my opinion it is better to be prepared for any type of sleeper starting the day you come home from the hospital rather than wait to find out and struggle. That’s why I ordered my Snoo ahead of time and had it set up, ready to go before my baby’s due date.

In the months leading up to my due date, I seriously debated buying the Snoo. Not just because of the steep price, but also because I wasn’t sure it was the most practical baby item. I wondered if my baby would become addicted to the white noise or the swivel motion it provides and when we transition into the crib if I would be in big trouble trying to get my baby to learn how to sleep without these things. I also worried that since it was an item that is only to be used for the first six months that I didn’t really need it. I thought to myself, “people have been having babies for years and have made it through the first six months without the Snoo, so can I.” But as the days drew closer to my little one’s arrival and more people kept commenting on how hard it is to get a newborn to sleep, I finally decided to pull the trigger. And I’m so glad I did. Let me share with you why.

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It is safe

The walls of the bassinet and the sleep sack the baby sleeps in are both made with a mesh material, which allows air to flow through freely and prevent the baby from overheating. The biggest safety feature is that the sleep sack which swaddles the baby is attached to the bassinet itself, so your baby cannot roll over while in the Snoo. That is the main reason why I sleep soundly while my baby is in the Snoo. I know without a doubt, he’s safe and cannot hurt himself.

It is not my intention to defame Fisher Price’s Rock ‘n Play, but it was recently recalled due to several reports of infant deaths related to its use. I think in a desperate attempt to get some sleep, a lot of parents turn to devices similar to the Rock ‘n Play, which soothes the baby by rocking and swaying. The Rock ‘n Play also had a reputation for some time of being a sleep solution for a baby suffering from acid reflux. I can’t tell you how many of my friends and acquaintances recommended the Rock ‘n Play before my little one’s arrival. Obviously I did my research, and we own no such device.

My Baby Falls Asleep and stays asleep

My little guy only falls asleep easily in a few places: my arms, the car, in our Solly Baby wrap, and in the Snoo. And the amazing part about all of these places, especially the Snoo, is that he does it easily even if he’s wide awake. But if I set him down in his baby Bjorn bouncer, or swaddle him and lay him down outside of the Snoo, it isn’t happening easily. And even if he does fall asleep, he doesn’t stay asleep for very long. I attribute this to the white noise and gentle motion the Snoo provides. Not only that, but the Snoo responds to my baby’s cries, so if he fusses at all in the night, the Snoo sways him back to sleep. It has several levels of white noise and swivel motion it goes through to respond to your baby so that you don’t have to be up all night rocking and swaying, praying your little one will fall back asleep so you too can get some rest.

The App

What I love about the app that accompanies the Snoo is that it records when my baby is in the Snoo, how long he’s in there and how often the Snoo had to soothe him. It also takes averages to show you how much sleep you’re getting on a nightly basis. My husband can also view the app and there’s no issues with having it loaded onto two different devices. Additionally, from the app I have control over the levels of soothing the Snoo provides. If my little one is having trouble falling asleep I can manually turn it up to level 3 where the white noise is a little louder and the movement is a little faster, pop a pacifier in his mouth, and that usually does the trick.

I think the app is amazing, so don’t be turned off by the reviews online that say there are some issues with it. Maybe there were when the Snoo first came out, but they are long gone. We have never had an issue with the app, for the record.

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How to Get the Snoo Cheaper

Here’s a little secret - the Snoo goes on sale. And often. If you see it listed full price, check back in a week or two. We bought ours at the end of 2018 during what I can only chalk up to be a year end sale. I kind of thought maybe they were coming out with a new edition in 2019 and that was why it was so cheap, but that was not the case as the same Snoo is being sold currently. Although, I have heard rumors that they are updating it and adding some new features soon!

We caught the Snoo on sale at 40% off. We added an extra sheet to our order since well, spit up, and our total came to just over $800 with shipping included. Truly a steal for how amazing this thing is! If you don’t have time to wait for a sale, I promise you that you won’t have any regrets paying full price when you’re getting as much sleep as I have been, but if you have time to wait, you should.

The Snoo is hands down the most valuable and useful baby item I own. I cannot imagine our nights and naps without it. Do yourself a favor, skip the fancy stroller or cloth diaper to save your pennies (You should do that anyway, read my blog post about it here.) and buy yourself the Snoo.

This post is not sponsored and contains my honest heartfelt opinions.

Cloth Diapering a Newborn

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Cloth diapering comes off as a daunting practice to those who have never done it before. As a first time Mom, I had no idea what I was getting into when it came to all things baby, but I knew I wanted to cloth diaper no matter how much of a chore it would be. What I didn't know is that it’s not really a chore at all! Not only is it an easy task to keep up with, but it’s eco-friendly, a huge money saver, and it’s the healthiest option for my baby.

I purchased four different brands of diapers before my son arrived. Mama Koala, Nora’s Nursery, Alva Baby, and Lil Helpers. All are pocket diapers with the exception of Lil’ Helpers, which is an all in one. I followed all of the instructions on pre-washing my diapers, dried them, folded them, and put their cute little selves on display in my nursery.

There’s several types of cloth diapers on the market. My advice is to buy a few of each kind before you invest in a bunch of one specific brand or type. Personally, I love my Alva Baby’s during the day because the shells are stretchier and thinner, so they don’t appear bulky under clothes. At night time I’m partial to Lil Helpers all in one with the charcoal inserts. Those bad boys can last all night through several feedings without a leak. I have a friend who loves Nora’s Nursery, while I think the snaps on them are hard to button. And Mama Koala’s have the absolute cutest prints! My point is, every diaper is different and every baby is different, so try a few brands before you stock up entirely.

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The first few weeks home from the hospital we were pushed into using disposables. I wasn’t happy about this, but every time I used a cloth diaper it would irritate my son’s healing belly button. With the disposables I was able to fold the front down and prevent the diaper from rubbing it. But that certainly came with a price. Several naps were interrupted with a soaked back caused by a leaky diaper and my son’s poor butt was getting raw off and on from diaper rashes. On top of the physical issues, I realized how much money I spent in those two weeks on disposable diapers - $45.00 to be exact. That money would have easily afforded 6 cloth diapers that I could reuse for years. Once his belly button healed, I happily transitioned over to the cloth diapers.

Something I was not aware of concerning baby poop was that while exclusively breast feeding, there’s no need to worry about removing the poop from the diaper before I wash it. I was worried about the amount of poop going into my washer and wondered if I’d be able to get it out of the cloth diapers. Breastfed baby poop is runny and doesn’t have a lot of solid matter to it. Therefore, it doesn’t need to be removed before washing the cloth diapers in the washing machine. But the day we introduce solids will be a game changer and when it arrives I will be ready with my handy dandy toilet sprayer. My husband installed this thing in a matter of minutes and it’s pretty amazing. Not only does it have incredible pressure, but it conveniently attaches to the side of our toilet so that I can just spray the poop into the toilet and flush it. I’d say this is a cloth diaper essential, but not a necessity until around 6 months when your baby starts eating solid food.

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I have about 24 diapers and I wash my diapers once every two days, which works for me since I am a stay at home. I go through almost all 24 diapers in those two days, so if you plan to only be able to do laundry once every 3 days, I would purchase at least 36 cloth diapers to have in your stash. I wouldn't let your diapers sit longer than three days before washing them as all sorts of fun smells and stains could start to develop. We keep a diaper pail in our nursery to store our dirty cloth diapers and once it’s full, I take the washable liner out, carry it to the laundry room and pull each diaper out of the bag individually, making sure to separate the pocket inserts from the diaper shells. I wash everything including the washable liner with warm water and an extra rinse. I was using a detergent I found on amazon, Rockin’ Green, but then I discovered the Detergent Index at Fluff Love University and switched to plain old Tide.

If your cloth diaper inserts begin to develop stains, which they definitely can, letting them sit in the sun for a few minutes takes the stains right out. It’s pretty amazing! The only condition is they must be wet in order for this to work, so when you take them out of the washer, instead of drying them, stick them outside in the hot sun and watch with amazement as the stains literally disappear.

 
 

I was sure this whole cloth diapering thing was going to be so much harder than it is, but I was completely wrong. I find it to be rewarding knowing I’m not throwing anything extra into landfills or exposing my son to cancer causing ingredients. If it’s something you’re interested in, don’t over think it - just go for it. And know that your baby’s bum is going to be much happier for it.

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I'm Having a Baby!

Actually, I should say my husband and I are having a baby. Thankfully, I’m not completely alone in this. Although, I am alone in the morning sickness when I’m bent over the commode every morning (and sometimes night.) And I am alone in the breathless treks up and down the stairs of our home every day. And I’m alone in the mirror each morning wondering if I can get away with the pre-pregnancy shirt I’m busting out of. But I’m not alone in wanting to dip my pizza in ranch dressing. Or wanting pizza everyday for that matter! My husband’s food cravings have been in line with mine and he is constantly cheering me on, always reminding me that I’m beautiful or cute and that we are actually in this together, even though I am the one feeling all of the side effects of pregnancy. And I am very fortunate for that.

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For those of you who are curious, I created this pregnancy announcement for social media quite quickly. I used a blanket I recently bought at Target for my backdrop, last February’s calendar from Rifle Paper Company, some dried baby’s breath and lavender I had in a vase, and my most recent ultrasound photo. I circled our due date, February 13, with a white pen and snapped a photo of it all. It was wonderful being able to share my pregnancy with everyone who follows me on social media without having to share a photo of myself just yet.

Maybe all of this pregnancy talk will explain my absence on social media and especially my blog for the last few months or so. We took a vacation in June to the West Coast where we found out we were pregnant and I don’t think I’ve felt the same since. I especially haven’t been able to put out the amount of work I was before all of this. I’ve been lethargic, nauseas, and overall overwhelmed with the coming changes. But slowly I am getting back into the groove of things and hope to have plenty of projects completed before baby Miles arrives this February. That’s right, we are naming him Miles! And he’s a boy! It feels really good to have decided on a name so early in the game.

Watch my video below for an update at 33 weeks. I talk about the entire pregnancy up to this point including my unmedicated birth plan, issues with gestational diabetes, and a cystic fibrosis scare.