It has admittedly been a whirlwind fall for the Grimm’s. We met new friends, watched two of our dearest friends get married, traveled to Napa and have the next three weekends booked solid.
Fritz is now nine months (his well child appointment is this week), but I did have a nurse weigh and measure him when we took him in for an ear infection and he is 87% for height and 86% for weight. He was a tiny newborn, so I am so happy to see him growing like crazy! He is doing his own version of crawling, pulling himself up and sleeping in his crib. He loves chatting, saying “dada” and “hey” and is getting the hang of waving. His biggest milestone has been going from crawling to sitting in one fluid movement, his balance is getting amazing!
While I think a Fritz update was overdue, it’s not why I sat down to write! As a first time mom I am definitely not a source of expertise, but I am finding my footing where it matters.
I’ve really enjoyed chatting with new(er than me moms) and soon-to-be moms about what we loved, hated and couldn’t live without product wise. I do not take it lightly that my friends and even some strangers trust my opinions and ask for them! I’ve become passionate about what has worked for us and am always doing my best to find safe products for our family (I have a baby monitor review coming soon! We’ve tried three thus far and I’m hoping we found the ONE).
My friend Carly and I were chatting on Instagram stories about daycare. She has the sweetest new baby girl who will be going off to daycare soon and she asked, “What do I bring?!?!!!!” I remember feeling totally overwhelmed the week before we sent Fritz. Where do I find labels, what does he need, will they be able to mix my breast milk with formula? I texted Miss Rachel the week before and we hopped on the phone to talk about what Fritz needed. I shared it with Carly and we both immediately thought “ummmm this would be a good blog post!”
As a first time mom you do your best, but are constantly questioning if it was right. While everyday is different, this is what we do for Fritz!
Diapers: I typically order a months worth and daycare stores them. If we run low Rachel lets me know on his daily report.
Wipes: We stock up on these at Costco and they last forever. I usually give Rachel two packs when Fritz is running low. Extras are stored at daycare in his cubby.
Formula: Miss Rachel lets me know when Fritz is running low and I supply another carton. We use Costco formula and love it. I label the top with “Fritz Grimm” and the date I deliver it.
Food: Fritz is now at an age where he can eat what the other kiddos are having, just more mashed up. When he was an infant I brought baby food because I wanted him to have organic purees. I also pack him snacks like Mum Mums, puffs and pouches. I update his snack haul about once a week! I eventually want to pack him bento boxes!!!
Backpack: I do bring this with everyday! I keep a wet bag (this is a lifesaver) in it for soiled clothes and drooled through bibs. I like to do his laundry at home. I also keep his outdoor suit, an extra hat, sunscreen and extra toys in here. I also keep a portable white noice machine in his backpack incase he is having an off nap day or the other kiddos are being loud.
Bottles: I have an additional set of Dr. Brown’s bottles that are kept at daycare. His teacher washes and drys them.
Extras: I try to keep his cubby full with three extra outfits, two blankets, (literally) 10 pacifiers and a ton of burp clothes.
Drop Off: This was one of the parts of daycare I didn’t really understand! I now can’t get in and out quickly because Rachel and I could chat forever (we adore her), but since Fritz is still in his infant carseat I carry him inside in it. I take him out, slip my shoes off, and put his carseat in its dedicated area (they have to be behind a baby gate so the kids can’t get to them). I keep his winter coat in his cubby, but keep his blanket, an extra paci and Sophie in his carseat so they are ready to go after work.