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This week’s Ask Sorta Crunchy Mom covers how to cut those teenie, tiny, baby fingernails, how to choose a baby monitor, and to get started in baby wearing. Let’s dig in!
How do you manage to clip your baby’s fingernails without cutting her little fingers? 😢 She moves around so much! I try to clip them when she is sleeping, but that always wakes her up! Help!
When A was very tiny, I did it when she was asleep, but as they grow that seems to stop working. So, I am with you there! There are a variety of tools on the market to clip those tiny little finger nails. This is the set I have had the most luck with. I love that they are a little bigger than a standard set, which makes them much easier to hold. I tend to clip one or two at a time, cause that is all she will sit still for. Alternatively, you can try to bite them off, which I was never able to master.
What is the best baby monitor to use? There are SO MANY OPTIONS, and I am overwhelmed!
‘Best’ is subjective, because everyone has different needs. We use the Summer Infant Digital Color Camera with Night Vision, which I do like. It has a video monitor, voice capabilities, and adjusts at the touch of the button. That model appears to have been discontinued. But, I do highly recommend Summer Infant, I have not had any issues with ours at all. When looking for the best baby monitor for your life, here is what you should be considering:
- Do you want video or sound only?
- Does it have night vision if you want video?
- Do you want to be able to view the monitor while away from home?
- Do you need multiple cameras for more than one child?
- How big is your house, and how long of range to you need?
Honestly, if I could do it again, I would choose to go with basic security cam like this one that I can view from my phone. Way cheaper and I would love the option to check in when we go out for a date night.
I am thinking about babywearing for #2 so I can have my hands free to help my toddler. But there are so many options. Which one is best? Are those ones that are hundreds of dollars really worth it?
So, here is the deal with baby carriers. Yes, some of the expensive ones are worth it. But some of them are super limited prints that people go crazy for, which drives up the prices. Those prices are based on scarcity, not on the carriers being better. The top carriers are Tula, Ergo, Bjorn, and Lilliebaby. These tend to offer more support for the back and lumbar, making them ideal for longer carries. You will likely need an infant insert to wear a tiny baby.
Personally, I have used the Ergo (that is a tiny A napping in my Ergo as I worked!) and the Lilliebaby Toddler, and I love them both. BUT, what works for you is really going to depend on your body. I highly suggest finding a local chapter of Baby Wearing International. They have tons of options, and if you go to a meeting, you can try on all the options to see what works best for your body. Some even have lending libraries, where you borrow a carrier for the cost of membership to the group.
For my money, I loved the ring sling for my girl when she was tiny. Easy to adjust and no infant insert needed.