This Huggies® Little Snugglers review has been compensated on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies & Target.
Annabelle recently celebrated her one month birthday. She’s still a tiny little thing, barely bigger than when we brought her home. She enjoys snuggling with Mama, studying Daddy’s face, sleeping (during the day . . . not so much at night), and eating. Everyone comments on how alert she is. She loves to show off her big, beautiful sparkling blue eyes!
Our sweet girl isn’t too keen on crying unless she is hungry or doesn’t want her picture taken, as you can tell from her 1 month photos. Annabelle likes to sit upright in people’s laps and she prefers sleeping at an incline. She adores her car seat, the Mamaroo, her “paci” (pacifier), and bath time but she loathes wearing socks and not feeling snuggled by a blanket or by a human.
Annabelle first smiled at Mama at 3 weeks old and now she is smiling all of the time. Her dimples are delicious! She’s got a blossoming personality and has many animated facial expressions. Mama loves the faces that she makes while she is stretching after a long nap or a satisfying feeding. Annabelle gets a lot of kisses, especially in her “kiss spot” which is at the nape of her neck. She has started to coo and seems to have a lot to say which isn’t surprising because she has had an opinion since day one. I wonder where she gets that. *Smirk*
Mama’s First Month
Not only is Annabelle’s one month birthday quite a big milestone for her but it’s pretty huge for me too. It means that I survived my first weeks as a new mom! Those of you who have ever cared for a newborn know what I’m talking about. It’s difficult, much more so than I imagined. However, being a mommy is also the greatest thing I’ve ever done. It’s mind-blowing and exhausting and wonderful and amazing all at the same time.
I hadn’t given much thought to the hard part before, really. I’d heard about the sleep deprivation and some girlfriends had confided in me about their struggles with breastfeeding. I guess that I assumed that when you want something bad enough, it all falls into place. Trust me when I tell you that I’ve never wanted anything more in life than I’ve wanted to start a family. It’s at the core of who I am. However, I’ve been really surprised, shocked even, at the learning curve of becoming a mother. I’m 31. I’ve been pretty set in my ways. This baby thing has turned my world upside down and right side up again.
What day is it?
I thought that sleep deprivation was a military tactic. Apparently it’s not just for boot camp, although I feel like I’m going through something similar. Sargent Baby doesn’t care if the sun is up or not when she decides to be awake. She’s on her own schedule and you’d better get on it quick or choose to live like a zombie for several weeks. Don’t tell me to “sleep when she’s sleeping”. It doesn’t work.
Hooray for caffeine! I’ve got to have my coffee to be able to get a few things done around here on only 3 hours of sleep. So if she decides that her bedtime is an hour after my cup of jo in the morning, “sleep when she’s sleeping” just isn’t going to happen. There have been so many times I have forgotten what day it is. Amidst all of the confusion and haziness, at least I know that this too shall pass. Baby snuggles make the sleep deprivation well worth it. Could someone please bring me a heavier concealer though? These dark circles under my eyes are starting to resemble war paint.
Drowning in diapers.
Another surprising feat of mamahood is becoming the Queen of Diaperdom. There are way too many diaper brands to choose from but I did, without much thought or research. I had no clue how important diapers were going to become in my daily life. Well, a couple of weeks in and one too many leaky “blowouts” later, I ditched and switched diaper brands. Cleaning poop out of your baby’s hair (and your own I might add) will prompt you to do a little diaper research.
I started using Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers. I had read about the flexible, pocketed back waistband that Snugglers have which is designed to keep in any and every mess and it does just that. Plus, the unique stretchy SnugFit* waistband provides a gentle and secure fit for a fluctuating baby belly. We call Annabelle “Miss Potbelly” after her feedings. I love these diapers because I don’t plan on cleaning up any more blowouts y’all. Ever again. I’m staying with my Huggies.
I must also mention the softness of Snugglers. Think plush blanket meets bum protection. What a perfect duo! A new GentleAbsorb* Liner adds cushion while hundreds of tiny absorbent pillows help draw mess away from my baby’s delicate newborn skin! Snugglers also have a wetness indicator lets me know when it’s time to change her and an umbilical cord cut-out to help protect her sensitive belly button. It’s like Diapers for Dummies! Fantastic features!
Snugglers are available in grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide in 5 sizes, from Preemie (up to 6 lbs) through Size 3 (16-28 lbs). I purchase mine at Target for around $11.99 for a Jumbo Pack and $22.99 for a Big Pack (diaper count varies based on diaper size). Who doesn’t love shopping at Target?
Interested in winning a year of free diapers? Here’s how. First, create a baby registry at Target.com. Then add Huggies Little Snugglers and Natural Care Wipes to your registry. Next, upload the link to your registry on the Huggies Register Your Wish website.
$100 Target Giveaway
While we’re on the topic of winning, how about $100 towards your next Target shopping trip? That could buy you quite a bit of diapers! Simply comment on this blog post to enter or use the giveaway widget below. Good luck! The winner will be announced here next Sunday (9/28/2014) and notified via email.
In conclusion to my recap of month #1 in mamahood, I’ve learned that being someone’s mother definitely has its highs and lows. The highs are so high, however, that nothing can compare. Thank goodness for Huggies and caffeine! They’ll get me through.