Thursday, June 18, 2009

Things I do for my baby that I won't do for you:

1. Wipe his butt
2. Cup my hands in front of his mouth to avoid getting puke on the couch
3. Forgive him when he pees on me
4. Laugh a little when he spits food at me
5. Let you wake me up in the middle of the night to be fed
6. Let him roll around naked on the floor while I'm trying to change his diaper
7. Kick myself after he pees on the floor when I let him roll around naked
8. Grab a boogie that just popped out with my bare hands
9. Stick a thermometer up his butt
10. A good day means he pooped
11. Forgive him when we're playing airplane and drool drips into my mouth (Ewwww)
12. Let you "play" (tug, pull) with the cat
13. (Added 6/23 at 7:30 am) - Not get mad when your butt literally explodes and gets all over me, you, the crib, your toys, and changing table... what a way to start the day!

These are all things that we moms do for our little ones. Not the most glamorous and kind of gross but when its your baby that whole thing goes out the window. These are also some of the things that, belive it or not, makes motherhood awesome. You love that little stinker so much you would do anything for him. Even catch his vomit or pull a hanging boogey out all with your bare hands! So what do you do that's less than glamorous for your little one??

Baby Gadget: Steam Sterilizer (for us moms who aren't in this century yet)

As moms in the new millenium we have so many products available to make our lives easier. Since the invention and common ownership of the dishwasher and microwave, companies have shaped their product lines around our needs even further. Dishwasher and microwave safe everything! So what's a mom to do when she doesn't have any of these technological advances in her house?

When we bought our house we knew there was no dishwasher. I was easily swayed by the 1920's charm of the place. The built-in shelves, crown molding, and designed glass windows swept me off my feet so I really could get over the fact that there was no dishwasher... until I had a baby. Bottles, nipples, breastpump parts, spoons, even the highchair tray are all dishwasher safe. Well that's really grand, but I don't have a dishwasher. Instead of reverting to the early 80's and boiling my baby's feeding supplies like my mom did, I registered for a bottle sterilizer. At under $50, this was sure to ease my fear of not getting everything clean enough.

To use the sterilizer simply fill the little metal "dish" on the bottom with tap water (we do actually have running water), place your bottles, nipples, rings, whatever onto the rack and press the button. That simple! The sterilizer works quietly and a beep lets you know when every thing's done. Be careful not to fill the water up too high. We learned this the hard way. We couldn't figure out why only the Playtex drop-in bottles were melting and coming out of the sterilizer in a deformed contorted version of what they were before we put them in there. They must have a lower melting point than the other bottles we used. Eventually they shrank down so much we had to toss them.

So for the Mad Moms out there that are still stuck in the dark ages before the glorious invention of the dishwasher, try out the Especially for Baby steam sterilizer at Babies R Us. This product is sure to ease your nervousness about all the microscopic germies on your bottles waiting to invade your baby.