I often think: "probably it was easier to rise a child in the past". It comes to me from the overload feeling; too many options today; too much information; so hard to refuse; so hard to choose the best; so much money needed. Everybody offers us something, saying "I'm the best; pick me; your child really needs me". You pick it and later you find out it contains bisphenol or parabens or too much aluminum or toxic paint or dioxin or too much hormones, or it comes from a very polluted river of China, or it can lead to autism and so on...
I know that every generation does the best possible. I know how wrong I am thinking that for our parents was easier to rise us, but all I want to say is that even today, with so many helpers around us, is not as easy as it may seem to be from "outside the box"! We have automatic washing machines, single use diapers, blenders,... but we don't have our parents' peace of mind, their leisure, their calm anymore.
Yes, it's easier in some ways, but harder in some others.
All of the above being said, we are REALLY grateful for progress and I want to share here some of our great helpers in rising Ilaria so far:
* vertical blender
We are using it daily, since Ilaria is 5.5 months old
* high chair
Very useful since the baby can sit. By sitting in this chair, for Ilaria was a great relief many times to see that mommy was working on her food and soon she would have been eating. So it was not necessary for her to cry, cry, cry,.... ;-)
* forehead thermometer
I didn't see yet THE thermometer which tells you for sure the body temperature. With this one is also not the case. Anyway, knowing the normal baby's temperature (in Ilaria's case, with this thermometer: 36.9), you can tell if there is any problem and how severe it is, without disturbing baby's sleep
* baby bottle warmer
This is useful especially in the first 6 months of baby's life, when you have to sterilize baby's bottle and maybe you don't dare to use a simple cup for warming baby's food. We became so addicted to it, that we used it until 2 months ago, when we forgot it when paying a visit. That was the moment when we realized it's faster and cheaper not to use it anymore :-)
* sound monitor
This is smart, as it tells you the temperature in baby's room.
On the other hand for me is such a relief not to stress about: "What's Ilaria's opinion on me taking a shower now?".
* baby carriage
Simply sooo useful (except during the winter, on snow)
* baby sling
we've used it:
- during Ilaria's 1st winter, when was snow outside and baby carriage was useless
- inside the house when our imagination was poor enough not to know what else she was needing not to cry anymore.
And it helped ;-)
- and even as a hammock
* bath thermometer
The optimum water's temperature, as written on it, is 37 Celsius degrees. We start the bath from 38.
Thanks Manu for it! ;-)
Thanks Manu for it! ;-)