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The long awaited day is almost here! Soon you will hold a precious baby in your arms, and you want everything to be perfect!

Bringing home a newborn baby, especially when it is your first, can be daunting. Such big changes and unknowns can cause a new mom stress. “De-stressify” your preparation with this newborn baby checklist. It will help give you the confidence to know you are prepared!

The following newborn baby checklist can be used as a guideline in the quest to be prepared for your new arrival. While no checklist will have you prepared for EVERYTHING (like finding out your mother-in-law will be coming to “help” for a few weeks), this one ought to come close!

Clothing – Newborn babies grow into the next size very quickly! Don’t go crazy purchasing the tiny newborn clothing items, or you may find that your baby has outgrown them before he/she has even had a chance to try them on! By the time your baby is about 8-9 pounds, you will need the 3 month old clothing (these will last until your baby is about 12 pounds). Some larger babies even skip the newborn size altogether!

The quantities listed here are based on the assumption that you will be washing your laundry at least 2 times per week.

  • 5-10 newborn sized outfits
  • 2 sweaters
  • 5-7 sleepwear
  • 2-4 wearable blankets or sleep sacks
  • 4-6 onsies
  • dress clothes
  • 2 pairs of mittens (for preventing scratches)
  • hats – one for warmth and one for shade
  • snowsuit – do NOT use when your baby is in his/her car seat
  • 6-10 pairs of socks (more is better because they are so little that they get lost or “eaten” by the washing machine)
  • accessories – such as shoes, hair decor, jewelry
  • mild laundry detergent

Bathing and Grooming – When my first baby was born, we had very little in the way of baby supplies – and nothing for bathing. Do you know what we discovered? We didn’t really need much. He got perfectly clean when I bathed him in the bathroom sink and washed his hair with the kitchen sink hose.

So why did I include most of the following items in this newborn baby checklist? Convenience. There is a LOT to be said for convenience when you have a newborn baby in the house!

  • baby tub or baby bathing sponge
  • 4 baby washcloths
  • 2 hooded towels
  • baby lotion
  • baby brush
  • infant nail clippers
  • baby shampoo/body wash
  • bath thermometer

Nursery Items – A beautifully decked-out nursery is a fun way to prepare for your new baby. Giving the baby’s room personality and then putting away the items he/she will be using makes it start feeling like he will REALLY be arriving soon! Consider:

  • dresser
  • baby size hangers
  • rocking chair
  • cd player with soothing cds
  • night light
  • nursery decor – wall hangings, window coverings, bed skirt

Diapering – “Changing a diaper is a lot like getting a present from your grandmother – you’re not sure what you’ve got but you’re pretty sure you’re not going to like it.” (Foxworthy) No baby checklist would be complete without “covering” this.

  • wet wipes – either commercial or home-made
  • changing table with a water-proof pad
  • 3 washable changing pad covers
  • hand sanitizer
  • diaper rash remedy
  • wipe warmer
  • diaper disposal or diaper pail with liners
  • basket or diaper holder for keeping diapers orderly

    If using disposable diapers:

  • 10-12 disposable diapers per day

    OR

    If using cloth diapers:

  • 24-36 cloth diapers
  • 8-10 diaper covers
  • inserts and liners
  • diaper pins if the chosen system calls for them
  • diaper sprayer

Feeding – After you have decided whether you will be breastfeeding or bottle feeding, you will want to consider which items you will need to assist you in growing a healthy baby.

    Breastfeeding Needs:

  • 3-5 nursing bras
  • nursing pads – washable or disposable
  • breast pump
  • nipple cream
  • breast milk storage containers
  • breast feeing pillow
  • nursing cover
  • 10 burp rags
    Bottle Feeding Needs:

  • bottles (BPA free) – start with just a few until you know what your baby will prefer
  • nipples (clear silicone)
  • formula – don’t stock up until you know it will “agree” with your baby
  • 10 burp rags
  • bottle brush
  • bottle warmer
  • drying rack
  • sterilization bags

Sleeping – Newborn babies spend about 18 out of every 24 hours sleeping. At least some of that time you will want to put him/her down to tend to your own needs. Your baby’s safety during that time is paramount. Providing a safe, comfortable, familiar place to sleep will help your baby establish good sleeping habits which will in turn facilitate YOUR sleep. You will need:

  • sleeping place – crib with mattress, portable crib, bassinet, Moses basket, or co-sleeper
  • 2 mattress pads
  • 3 fitted sheets
  • 6-8 receiving blankets
  • baby monitor
  • a small fan for air circulation and white noise

Traveling – Whether it is across town or across the country – you will want to show off your baby (or at least re-stock on diapers). Traveling with a newborn is more complicated than grabbing your keys and walking out the door, but you will be prepared for any trip if you have:

  • car seat
  • diaper bag
  • replacement car seat cover
  • stroller
  • baby sling or carrier
  • blankets of varying thicknesses
  • car seat travel bag for air travel
  • portable crib

Health – No one likes to think about their baby becoming ill, but sooner or later it is bound to happen. Be prepared by having the following items on hand:

  • nasal aspirator/bulb syringe
  • petroleum jelly
  • digital thermometer
  • rubbing alcohol & q-tips (for umbilical cord care)
  • infant acetaminophen – use with newborns only under advisement of your pediatrician
  • saline nasal spray
  • a great pediatrician
  • Don’t forget to add your baby to your health insurance policy!

Safety – Your newborn won’t be mobile for a few months, but you will want to have safety items in place well before that occurs.

  • safety gates
  • corner/edge bumpers
  • safety locks
  • outlet covers

Development and Entertainment – Most of your newborn baby’s early development will come from the cuddling, singing, talking, and interaction provided by the ones who love him/her the most. A few items that will stimulate and entertain him/her while you are occupied will be beneficial to you both.

  • baby mobile or a plastic mirror for the crib
  • a few toys of differing textures
  • baby swing and/or baby bouncer
  • baby book for recording all of the milestones

A common “rookie mom” mistake is caring for her baby to the exclusion of caring for herself. Don’t forget to make “mommy care” a priority, too. Add your favorite bubble bath to your newborn baby checklist – and then use it!

Laurie Grismore is the busy mom to 8 great kids ranging in age from 2 to 15. She is the owner of http://www.My-Newborn-Baby-Care.com a site devoted to educating and encouraging parents in caring for their newborn babies. Check out http://www.my-newborn-baby-care.com/newborn-baby-checklist.html to find a printable checklists along with great tips and practical advice for making the first weeks with your newborn baby go smoothly.
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Reality Check #1: The First Weeks of Breastfeeding May Hurt

“I tried to breastfeed but my nipples got so sore and cracked that I had to stop.”

I’ve heard so many mamas say something along these lines as the reason they quit breastfeeding. They see these images of happily nursing women, figure breastfeeding is supposed to be a 100 percent positive experience, and then are disappointed when it’s not only unpleasant in the early days-it’s downright painful. Moms probably wonder what they’re doing wrong and some may even think they can’t breastfeed. So they switch to formula.

Maybe they just needed a reality check. While it’s not normal for breastfeeding to hurt, it’s not uncommon, especially in the early days. We’re all told that breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt but no one says it often does. While it’s true that a proper latch doesn’t hurt, it often takes time to get a good latch. In the meantime, there can be pain. And some blood.

Breastfeeding is a learning process for both baby and mom. Babies need to learn how to properly latch on to get the most milk in the shortest amount of time. Once they figure out a correct latch, the clouds will lift, your bleeding will stop, your cracks will heal, and the pain will go away.

Always have your baby’s latch checked by a lactation consultant.

Reality Check #2: Life with a Newborn is a Life Spent Nursing

Newborns must nurse often (and all the time) to build up mom’s milk supply. Couple this with the fact that newborns have small tummies that quickly digest breastmilk and you have one hungry baby.

A newborn baby may seem like a total leach-a cute, cuddly leach, but a leach nonetheless. Don’t assume your baby isn’t getting enough milk because she constantly wants to nurse. This is just the way the early weeks are. Your best bet is to plan accordingly.

Pick out a nice comfy chair and set up station. Give yourself a footrest to ease any back pains and keep pillows handy to prop your arms on. (Nursing pillows are especially helpful.) Keep a large glass of water nearby along with a stack of books, a telephone, the TV remote control, your laptop, and anything else you need to pass the time.

Instead of wishing you could do other things than sit and nurse, lay back and enjoy it. Now is your time to relax. This won’t last long at all. Pretty soon you’ll be running around the house chasing a toddler, wishing you could sit all day (or at least for five minutes!) and read a good book.

Reality Check #3: The Smell of Dirty Diapers Won’t Make You Cringe

You won’t have to hold your nose during diaper changes if your baby is exclusively breastfed. (The introduction of solid foods greatly changes this scenario. Consider yourself warned!)

The dirty diaper smell may not be unpleasant at all. Many moms say their exclusively breastfed baby’s poopy diapers smell like buttermilk. So if the smell of buttermilk makes you cringe, get a face mask ready.

I’ve even noticed some foods that reminded me of my son’s dirty diapers. Needless to say, even though the smell didn’t gross me out, the association made me lose my appetite for that particular item.

Not only will the diapers smell better, the spit up of an exclusively breastfed baby won’t stink or stain your clothes. Consider this nature’s gift to you. You’ve worked hard to give your baby the best food in life. When you’re covered in spit-up or hands deep in poopy diapers, at least know that Mother Nature saved you from the stink. The perks of breastfeeding keep getting better and better…

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NuAngel Bra Extenders – 2 Hook White Review

NuAngel Bra Extenders – 2 Hook White Feature

  • Provides comfort and extended bra use.
  • Four levels of adjustment
  • Soft, non-elastic for less irritation, 1 1/2″ Wide

NuAngel Bra Extenders – 2 Hook White Overview

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Pregnancy does beautiful yet strange things to your body. Women who are entering their third trimester of pregnancy are often faced with the challenge of finding new and unusual clothing and accessories. Your breast will often grow in size as you begin to create milk to nourish your little one. Once this starts to happen you will need to hit the stores or the internet and find yourself a nursing bra. Before you give birth, a nursing bra can offer you the support and comfort not often available in regular bras. Once you do give birth a nursing bra not only provides you with support and comfort, but it will allow for easy access during feedings. Since it’s not every day you purchase a nursing bra, here are some great tips to help guide your search and ensure you buy the perfect one.

  • Adjustable Cups and Straps: The size and shape of your breasts will change frequently while you are breast feeding, making it seem impossible to find a perfect fitting bra. Adjustable cups and straps will allow you the utmost comfort as your size fluctuates.
  • Function is Foremost: Next to comfort, function and usage is the most important characteristic of a nursing bra. It’s important to find a bra that is easy to use. With a baby in one hand you will want something that you can access using only your other hand. Plastic clips are easy to manipulate with one hand and will allow you to fasten and unfasten relatively quickly. Any bra leaving you fumbling around is going to make nursing a task.
  • Apple Support: Regardless of what bra size you were previous to your pregnancy, you will undoubtedly be carrying more weight around in your chest area. It’s important to find a nursing bra that will give you the added support you need. Look for nursing bras that offer adjustable straps to give you added support when you need it most.
  • Breath ability: It’s important to allow your breast to breath, especially during the months your nursing. Many women wear nursing bras all day long; that, combined with leakage, and sweating can cause uncomfortable skin and nipple irritation. The best material you can choose when shopping for nursing bras is cotton. While there are other materials designed to allow your skin to breath, cotton will offer you the most comfort and breath ability.
  • Forgo the Underwire: Many women, especially those with larger breasts tend to seek the support of an underwire. While this may be beneficial pre-pregnancy and post nursing, during the month you will be nursing it can cause more harm than good. Underwire during nursing can cause discomfort during breast size fluctuation, as well as a decrease in milk production or even blockages due to direct pressure on your mammary glands.
  • Buy more than One: Depending on how long and how often you will be wearing a nursing bra, it’s generally a good idea to invest in at least two. I suggest choosing one with overwhelming support and accessibility for day time use and one that is lighter and less restrictive for evening use when you’re not out and about. This will allow you more comfort and freedom when you are at home and more support and usability when you are taking part in the hustle and bustle of daily life.

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Nursing Pads Ekstra Style, Small Review


Never look elsewhere.

Having a series of breast-feeding problems i.e. fast let-down, heavy leak, engorgement, and oversupply of breast milk, I was saved by these heavenly soft pads. I could not believe how comfortable they were, my jaw dropped;-). They keep your breasts warm, and never feel wet or cold even when soaked with leaked milk. Before I met these, I used organic cotton pads from Under the Nile. As soft as they are, they are no match to these woolen ones (cotton pads get soaked and feel cold right away ).

Although you may think their price tag is rather high, they are quite reasonable because with proper care, you most likely only need 2-4 pairs for your ENTIRE breastfeeding period (12-18 months on average? – I have been breast-feeding for almost two years now, and so far, I bought 4 pairs in total – my 3rd and 4th pairs are still good.) Plus, care is super-easy – you wash them in lukewarm water with lanolin soap once every week or so. Get two sets and rotate day and night. They are the BEST nursing pads you will meet EVER!

Nursing Pads Ekstra Style, Small Feature

  • LANACare nursing pads – the nursing pads women LOVE! Most women need only 2 pairs for entire nursing period.
  • In soft, organic, knitted wool; wicks moisture away from skin without feeling wet, keeping skin dry & comfortable. Triple thickness with inner felted layer gives extra barrier against wetness.
  • Beneficial with most common breastfeeding problems. Larger sizes give protective warmth, which Scandinavian midwives have long felt helps prevent plugged ducts.
  • Style Ekstra (1 of 3 styles & 6 sizes) gives greatest barrier effect & absorption for heavy leaking.
  • Small, 6 in diameter. Most popular size. Cup size B-D.

Nursing Pads Ekstra Style, Small Overview

Soothing! Natural lanolin removes bacteria as pads dry-wash occasionally with LANACare lanolin soap. 3 styles & 6 sizes to suit each woman’s needs. Softline – light leaking. Original – most popular, moderate leaking. Ekstra – moderate to heavy leaking.

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