Dear Diary,


I’ve spent A LOT of money this past year as a first time mom.   I flushed some dollars down the drain on things Baby C never used or on items that never lived up to their rave reviews.  But I did purchase and receive some stuff that I can’t live without.  Here are five things I go ga ga over.



Fisher Price Cradle Swing

I would like to personally thank Fisher Price for producing the swing that saved my sanity.  Like her mommy, my daughter is a night owl.  And unlike most other infants, my daughter was not a napper.  Even when she rubs her eyes, kicks, screams and cries, she doesn’t go down for the count.  But if I put her in the swing, she was out like a light.  At first, I felt guilty.  I asked myself, am I a bad mother? Will the swaying make her dizzy?  Will she never be able to fall asleep on her own?  But then I friend told me I was a good mom for using the swing, because I made sure my daughter was well rested and healthy.





Designer Diaper Bag

Your diaper bag will become your purse.  In addition to diapers, wipes and infant outfits, I stuff my bag with my makeup, wallet, cell phone and water bottles.  When I became I first time mom, I didn’t want to lose my style when I lost my freedom.  And I didn’t want to carry something with cartoon characters embroidered in the fabric.  So, my mom bought me the best bag ever!  And it’s not a Coach purse pretending to be a diaper bag.  It actually came with a matching changing pad, lots of pockets and places to hold your bottles on the outside.





Trumpette Socks

I lost count of the number of compliments I received when Baby C sported trumpette socks in public.  The socks “look like” shoes but are much more comfortable and much more affordable. Some have ruffles.  Some have ribbons. Others are adorned with flowers.  No matter what style, the socks are a perfect pair.




If you can’t comfort your baby in times of need (or when she needs a nap), a blankie will.  Blankies, also known as lovies or beegas in the Hopson household (think my nephew couldn’t pronounce blankie as a toddler), wipe away tears, stop screams and  shut eyes.  Thanks to Ella the Elephant (pictured below), Baby C is able to finally sleep through the night!  Make sure you buy more than one.  I keep a spare at Grammy’s house.




Baby (Fast) Food

These portable pouches are quick and easy meals for babies on the go.   Sometimes, there isn’t a sanitary spot to stop and feed Baby C, so these squeezable meals hit the spot.  We’ve tried Plum, Earth Organics and Gerber Grabbers so far when we’re shopping, traveling or sightseeing.  Some mix in cereal with fruits or vegetables or come in a yogurt smoothie flavor. You can serve it to your little one as is by using the pouch as a bottle or you can purchase a snap on spoon.




About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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