Tips I Discovered - Attn. First Time Mom's

Jennifer - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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This are just a few things I wrote down following the birth of my first child, Jackson. I wish someone had told me some of these things when I was pregnant, so I thought I would share my information with you. If any other moms have anything to add please let me know. Hope this helps. Good luck ;o)

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Baby goes through 8-10 diapers a day, so plan on stocking up prior to giving birth because you will not feel like going to the store.

When you are buying clothes buy 3-6 months or bigger because when people get you gifts it is primarily newborn or 0-3 month sizes.

Do not buy Equate baby wipes, they will give your child diaper rash.

Target brand wipes are the best and least expensive.

Wal-Mart brand diapers are terrible, your child will leak through the diapers easily.

My personal favorite diapers is Pampers Swaddlers, but Huggies is next in my opinion.

The hospital will give you a nasal aspirator, underarm thermomator, diaper bag, and infant hat. (Genesis East)

Using an emery board in the beginning is the easiest way to trim baby's nails, I was (still am) nervous about cutting his little fingers.

Vaseline can be used for diaper rash or dry skin (per doctor recommendation) and is also used in the case of a male circumcision..

When/if your water breaks it is not a big gush like in the movies, but more of a constant shower until you deliver.

Rubbing alcohol is used to help dry up the umbilical cord and for cleaning of the belly button.

Aquaphor is great for clearing up dry skin patches, or "baby pimples" that may occur.

Jackson generally goes through a baby wipe refill each week, so keep that in mind when you go shopping prior/after baby.

Sex, nipple stimulation, spicy foods, masturbation, caster oil are all known to induce labor if you get desperate. Do not do any of this options until you are at least 37 weeks along. At that time you are considered to be full-term, prior to this date you may run of the risk of your child's lungs not being fully developed.

Keep at least one large storage container to store clothing your child grows out of. They grow quickly, and if you plan on having more children this will be necessary to keep yourself organized.

I wouldn't waste your money on toys, you will get a lot of toys are Christmas and other holidays.

Get a bouncy chair/swing, I consider it a necessity.

Keep a blog/calendar updated with new and exciting things that happen in your baby's life. It is a lot easier to jot something down than dig out the baby book and write it in, etc. You child will change quickly.

If you are planning on nursing make sure to be well hydrated because if you don't you will not build up a sufficient milk supply, and you will have painful bowel movements.

It is normal to not have a bowel movement for 1-3 days after a vaginal delivery. Your body doesn't want to go through that pain again, and bowel movements and labor are similar (although not exactly, but the best way to describe it to someone who has not gone through it). You can take a stool softener or a mild laxative.

Your child can not sleep with any stuffed animals or blankets near his/her face because of possible suffocation. This also reduces the chance of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Jackson only sleeps with a blanket swaddled next to him, that he can not easily get out of, or move to his face.

If your child wants to be held all the time, even when sleeping, a bobby pillow is great to give the child the illusion of being held. Only use when you are able to watch infant constantly.

However you sleep in the hospital is what the baby will get used to. I slept with the t.v. on and the lights low, so when I got home (for the first few days) Jackson would only fall asleep with the lights on low and the t.v. going. Oddly enough, he preferred Fox News Channel....we are raising a little republican from the beginning.

In order for your child to become accustomed to your "scent" you and your husband should use only soap/shampoo with very little scent. This allows you both to bond, and he/she will be able to tell the difference between Mom/Dad and "strangers". This is especially important if you choose to breast feed.

Buy cloth diapers for your burb cloths. They are much more absorbent. Target (I know for sure) has colorful ones, rather than just white.

When you are creating your registry try to stick primarily with the things that you need, not the things that you want. Because you will probably get more the things that you want, and then you will will to go out and buy the things you need yourself. It's more fun to buy the stuff that you want anyway.

You will get some pads from the hospital, but it will not be enough to last the entire time you will need them. So, stock up prior to delivery.

You will bleed for several weeks after a vaginal delivery, I was bleeding for just over 4 weeks.

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Andrea-Jayne [AJay Jimajay] - posted on 06/06/2009

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OOOOOOOH! when potty/toilet traingin your child, use the cheapest nappies you can, cuz they will more than likely go through many dry nappies, or ones which has small trickles of pee in them. i HATED using the expensive ones when the next day it was dry and having to chuck it away. felt like a waste of money. of course my child was doing a good job toilet training which was a good thing.

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Alaura - posted on 11/02/2009

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Quoting \m/, Ajay \m/,:

OOOOOOOH! when potty/toilet traingin your child, use the cheapest nappies you can, cuz they will more than likely go through many dry nappies, or ones which has small trickles of pee in them. i HATED using the expensive ones when the next day it was dry and having to chuck it away. felt like a waste of money. of course my child was doing a good job toilet training which was a good thing.


My husband told me a trick with potty training boys that I thought was just ingenious. When potty training a boy drop a few cheerios in the toilet and play sink the cheerios. This must be done with the father so that it becomes a game and whoever sinks the most wins!



 



Yet another thing he has taught me is when buying a stuffed animal, when they're old enough to pick it out that is, make sure to get 2 at the same time. That way if you ever need to wash the stuffed animal you could use the other one.....just make sure you put them both, before washing the old one, in the drier for a few minutes so that the smell is all the same. Or if something were to happen to it, you lost it or forgot it at grandma's house or something, you'll always have a back-up.

Mhist - posted on 10/27/2009

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awesome! im expecting my baby end of january.. can't wait..
thanks for the tips

Jennifer - posted on 10/16/2009

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Quoting Kimie:

Thanks so much for posting this! I still have three months of my pregnancy left to go. Some stuff you posted I knew from my sister having two children a few years ago, but everything else that I didn't already know is incredibly helpful.


Glad I could help!  Good luck with the remainder of your pregnancy!  ;o)

Kimie - posted on 10/15/2009

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Thanks so much for posting this! I still have three months of my pregnancy left to go. Some stuff you posted I knew from my sister having two children a few years ago, but everything else that I didn't already know is incredibly helpful.

Donna - posted on 08/25/2009

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wow, so uhh didn't know masturbation could put you in labor...huh interesting the things you can learn. Thanks for all the tips

Kirsten - posted on 08/06/2009

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These are extremely helpful to kno... I am due Sept 4th with my first and both my husband and I are pretty clueless come to babies... Ive babysat but noone younger then 6 months so a newborn is a scary thought... but theses tips are very helpful knowing whats cheap AND good quality... Thank you soo much

Jessica - posted on 06/30/2009

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Something I shared with my sister.......you aren't going to brake your baby. Just dress them, yes you have to be careful with their neck but they aren't going to fall apart.

Jennifer - posted on 06/29/2009

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Quoting Karisa:

Thank you sooo much for posting this. I'm due oct 1st with my 1st child! this is so helpful!


Good luck with your first little one!  I am glad this list will help you.

Karisa - posted on 06/29/2009

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Thank you sooo much for posting this. I'm due oct 1st with my 1st child! this is so helpful!

Christa - posted on 06/17/2009

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Great list! I agree with you on most of it. Another I would add the parents choice wipes at Walmart are TERRIBLE! They are like wet notebook paper. We bought them one time because they were cheap and came in bulk. It cost us more money because I immediately had to go out and buy different ones. :-)

Kelly - posted on 06/16/2009

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Just thought of something else - if you have relatives near, instead of presents ask for help with the day-to-day chores like cleaning etc. You'll be really tired and want to spend every minute with your new baby, so until you get into a routine this will really help. Before you have the baby, cook some casseroles/lasagnes/pies and freeze them if you can, that way you only have to stick them in the microwave. Don't throw away stained clothes either - as long as they are clean you can just use them when you're alone or you may find you're throwing away everything! Write down all your baby's firsts too, as you'll be surprised how many of them there are to remember!

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

Invest in a baby sling. It was the best thing I got for my son. Having your baby swaddled in so close to you and still having ability to use both your arms is comforting for baby and so helpful to busy new moms. And if your breastfeeding it can be done very discretly with a sling. Walmart makes a fairly cheap and very nice one.


You can also make one....it is very simple to do.  I don't even like, or have any interst, in sewing.  Just google "baby sling template" and you should come up with some really good designs.

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2009

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Invest in a baby sling. It was the best thing I got for my son. Having your baby swaddled in so close to you and still having ability to use both your arms is comforting for baby and so helpful to busy new moms. And if your breastfeeding it can be done very discretly with a sling. Walmart makes a fairly cheap and very nice one.

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

This was all so helpful! Thanks so much!


Thank you!  I appreciate knowing people read my random thoughts ;o)

Kelly - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

However you sleep in the hospital is what the baby will get used to. I slept with the t.v. on and the lights low, so when I got home (for the first few days) Jackson would only fall asleep with the lights on low and the t.v. going.


 



I totally agree with this!  I know a few people who tip toe around and have the TV turned off when their baby is asleep, but in my opinion its easier if the baby gets used to noise.  From the moment my daughter was born we would carry on more or less as normal around her when she was asleep, and its so much easier than having them wake up at the slightest noise!  I didn't start to turn the lights/TV off for a few months until it was time to teach her the difference between night and day.

Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Pampers have never worked for my son. He is totally a Luvs shaped baby. I havent tried the Target brand wipes. Mainly because once I discovered the pure awesomeness of Huggies Thick n Clean wipes, I have never strayed!


We tried Luvs but I don't like the fact that the strap don't stretch to fit the child perfectly.  I have a bigger baby, and it could just be that....but, I feel Pampers fit for a longer period of time.  I haven't tried Huggies Wipes.  When I began my search for the best, I started at the lowest price point and worked my way up.  I got to Target Brand and thought they were perfect.  May be worth a try if you want to save a little bit of money.

Emily - posted on 04/30/2009

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Pampers have never worked for my son. He is totally a Luvs shaped baby. I havent tried the Target brand wipes. Mainly because once I discovered the pure awesomeness of Huggies Thick n Clean wipes, I have never strayed!

Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2009

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Quoting Emily:

I think some of these things are more of your opinion. My son never had a problem with Equate wipes. Your son just might have more sensitive skin. And to me, Huggies wipes are thee best. It all depends on your preferences and the baby. Like the Walmart brand White Cloud diapers. They probably didnt fit your babys body type correctly, and thats why they leaked. Each diaper is shaped a little different. It's really trial and error to see what brand will fit him best.


That is true.  Some of these are my opinion, but I think they are a good starting point for new mother's to begin their search to find what work best for their child.  I have never claimed that I know what is right are EVERYONE, but these are just a few things that I have found out along the way.  I have never heard of Pampers not working for a child, or Target brand wipes leaving any sort of rash on the child.  I may be wrong, but per my experience this is what works best.

Emily - posted on 04/30/2009

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I think some of these things are more of your opinion. My son never had a problem with Equate wipes. Your son just might have more sensitive skin. And to me, Huggies wipes are thee best. It all depends on your preferences and the baby. Like the Walmart brand White Cloud diapers. They probably didnt fit your babys body type correctly, and thats why they leaked. Each diaper is shaped a little different. It's really trial and error to see what brand will fit him best.

Jennifer - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Leah:

Some advice that I discovered that nobody told me:

When dressing you bub in seperates like t-shirt and pants (ie not a romper suit), put them in a singlet that has do up press studs... that way it will keep their little back and tummy covered... especially when they get passed around. I still do this now with my 9 month old.

Seems kind of obvious now... but at the time when you're a first time mum it's all pretty overwhelming.


Great idea.  Thanks for adding it!  ;o)

Leah - posted on 04/29/2009

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Some advice that I discovered that nobody told me:



When dressing you bub in seperates like t-shirt and pants (ie not a romper suit), put them in a singlet that has do up press studs... that way it will keep their little back and tummy covered... especially when they get passed around. I still do this now with my 9 month old.



Seems kind of obvious now... but at the time when you're a first time mum it's all pretty overwhelming.

Jennifer - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting \m/, Ajay \m/,:

great tip. i wish someone had told me this last time. i didnt use deodorant or anything in the first few weeks after birth cuz it made me nauscious and daddy laced himself in his cologne so when baby was held by him she preffered me and wouldnt be comforted by him. i thought it was funny!


Haha, my husband basically knew nothing about babies so he always took my advice in the beginning (unfortunately not any more) ;o).  He was really good will using the unscented soaps etc to form that bond with our new little one.

Andrea-Jayne [AJay Jimajay] - posted on 04/28/2009

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In order for your child to become accustomed to your "scent" you and your husband should use only soap/shampoo with very little scent. This allows you both to bond, and he/she will be able to tell the difference between Mom/Dad and "strangers". This is especially important if you choose to breast feed ---

great tip. i wish someone had told me this last time. i didnt use deodorant or anything in the first few weeks after birth cuz it made me nauscious and daddy laced himself in his cologne so when baby was held by him she preffered me and wouldnt be comforted by him. i thought it was funny!

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