Sounds like the glove will get enough reps to break in fairly quick. All of this will be in my opinion. Don't do anything to accellerate the breaking in period. Games, bullpens, catching off a machine will break it in properly with your hand in it. Stay away from petroleum based oils or creams. I love using Lexol on mine. You can buy it at auto part stores, hardware stores, etc. It's a leather conditioner, very lite. Won't build up or add weight to the leather. Apply as needed, when it dries out or weekly after a good cleaning. As far as the shaping, again don't do anything to manipulate the shape, other than the shape you like with your hand in it. I like to spread the glove out/open it up when not using it. Consider buying your next mitt before you need it, start using it for practice or bullpens and have it game ready by the time it has to be used. Good luck and wear your cup, even to bed.