Being a new parent can be daunting and overwhelming. With all the preparation that you have to do before the baby gets home, to the nights of endless crying due to colic, you can feel like you bit more than you can chew.
As a parent myself, I know how challenging it can be especially with the first child. It is with this in mind that I decided to put together a list of resources for new moms and dads. In this list, you will find any information you will need to survive (and thrive) your first baby year!
I have organized this list in categories so feel free to use the table of contents and jump to the section that is relevant to you.
So lets dig in
All things baby! Resources for New Moms and Dads
Table of Contents
- 1 All things baby! Resources for New Moms and Dads
- 1.1 Categories
- 1.1.1 Pregnancy
- 188.8.131.52.1 Fetal Development
- 184.108.40.206.2 Pregnancy progression tracking
- 220.127.116.11.3 The pregnancy bible.
- 18.104.22.168.4 Unusual Maternity Products
- 22.214.171.124.5 Pregnancy Meal Plans and Diets
- 126.96.36.199.6 Baby names.
- 188.8.131.52.7 This year’s Baby names.
- 184.108.40.206.8 Exotic Baby names.
- 220.127.116.11.9 Maternity Clothes.
- 18.104.22.168.10 Dads guide to pregnancy
- 22.214.171.124.11 Packing your Hospital Bag.
- 126.96.36.199.12 Pregnancy Books for Dad.
- 188.8.131.52.13 Sex During Pregnancy
- 184.108.40.206.14 Pregnancy Nutrition
- 220.127.116.11.15 Genetic Prenatal Tests.
- 1.1.2 Baby Nursery essentials and resources
- 18.104.22.168.1 Nursery decoration ideas
- 22.214.171.124.2 Personalized Baby Blankets
- 126.96.36.199.3 Baby Essentials
- 188.8.131.52.4 Nursery Furniture Online Shop
- 184.108.40.206.5 Perfect Nursery On A Budget
- 220.127.116.11.6 Minimalist Baby Furniture
- 18.104.22.168.7 Hand-me-down furniture
- 22.214.171.124.8 Books to read.
- 126.96.36.199.9 Stuffed Animals
- 188.8.131.52.10 Baby Monitors
- 184.108.40.206.11 Crib mobiles
- 1.1.3 Giving birth
- 220.127.116.11.1 Hospital Birth
- 18.104.22.168.2 Home Births
- 22.214.171.124.3 Birth Journal
- 126.96.36.199.4 Birth plans.
- 188.8.131.52.5 Episiotomy
- 184.108.40.206.6 Vaginal birth.
- 220.127.116.11.7 Epidural Anesthesia
- 18.104.22.168.8 Cesarean Section
- 22.214.171.124.9 Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
- 126.96.36.199.10 Multiples birth.
- 188.8.131.52.11 Water Birth.
- 184.108.40.206.12 Best selling books on child birth
- 220.127.116.11.13 Alternative birthing positions
- 1.1.4 Postpartum Care
- 1.1.5 Baby bump and baby photography
- 1.1.6 Reveal Ideas
- 1.1.7 Baby registries.
- 1.1.8 Baby shower planning resources
- 1.1.9 Parenting books
- 1.1.10 Online parenting classes
- 1.1.11 Baby gear
- 1.1.12 The first year
- 18.104.22.168.1 Dealing With Colic.
- 22.214.171.124.2 Colic Remedies
- 126.96.36.199.3 Baby Reflux
- 188.8.131.52.4 Breastfeeding
- 184.108.40.206.5 Manual Breast pumps
- 220.127.116.11.6 Electric breast pumps
- 18.104.22.168.7 Breast Milk Storage Bags
- 22.214.171.124.8 Feeding bottles
- 126.96.36.199.9 Mastitis
- 188.8.131.52.10 Formula Feeding
- 184.108.40.206.11 Feeding bottles
- 220.127.116.11.12 Best baby formula
- 18.104.22.168.13 Baby Formula Mixing machines
- 22.214.171.124.14 Weaning resources
- 126.96.36.199.15 Baby-led weaning (baby self feeding)
- 188.8.131.52.16 Weaning equipment
- 184.108.40.206.17 Crawling resources
- 220.127.116.11.18 Teething
- 18.104.22.168.19 Baby proofing
- 22.214.171.124.20 Walking
- 126.96.36.199.21 Baby Milestones.
- 188.8.131.52.22 Sleep training
- 1.1.13 Meal planning resources and recipes
- 1.1.14 Baby Travel
- 1.1.15 Medical resources
- 1.1.16 Resources for the working mom
- 1.1.17 Conclusion
- 1.1.1 Pregnancy
- 1.1 Categories
What to expect gives you a blow-by-blow explanation of the various milestones to expect as your baby develops. It’s a great place to start if you would like to understand fetal development. They also have apps available for android and iOS.
Pregnancy progression tracking
Baby Center has been around for a long time and they have numerous articles on pregnancy and beyond. Be sure to put in your due date and they will send you weekly emails explaining your baby’s development as well as the changes you are experiencing as the pregnancy progresses.
The pregnancy bible.
What to Expect when you are expecting by Heidi Murkoff has been the pregnancy bible for over 2 decades . The information it contains is timeless and valuable. Get your copy from Amazon.
Unusual Maternity Products
Popsugar.com have an awesome list of unusual maternity products that range from electronics to play music for baby and all manner of bump supports.
Pregnancy Meal Plans and Diets
Parents.com have a great article with meal plans and diets for pregnancy. Be sure to check it out to get an idea of what foods to eat to get the calories that you need to carry your baby to term
Have you decided what you will name your little one yet? Well head off to babble.com and pick a few names. Babble will even give you the meanings of the names you pick. This should be a fun exercise!
This year’s Baby names.
So what baby names are in this year? Through out the last century, there have been a number of names that have been wildly popular. (Think Michael and Elizabeth). Baby names are seasonal, take a look at these sites to see what names are in and which ones are out. The Social Security Administration have a nifty tool where you can see the most popular names by year going back to the early 1900’s. This Today.com article seeks to be prophetic by giving a list on names that may become big this year.
Exotic Baby names.
How about an exotic name? African names, Jewish names or Asian names. There are many unique names from cultures around the world that will make your baby stand out. You can find exotic names on Bellyballot.
As your bump grows you will need new clothes. Thanks to Motherhood.com you can shop for affordable maternity clothes from the comfort of your home.
Dads guide to pregnancy
Dads role in pregnancy has changed a lot over the past couple of decades. So what should a dad expect during the pregnancy? WebMD.com have an awesome article that covers everything from preparing the ‘nest’ to the rollercoaster that is pregnancy hormones!
Packing your Hospital Bag.
What should you carry in your hospital bag? When should you pack it? Take a look at this Parents.com article. It is not an exhaustive list but it will give you a good start.
Pregnancy Books for Dad.
There are also awesome books that dad can get to better prepare and ride through the pregnancy. Pick up ‘The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be’ from Amazon. While you are there be sure to check out other books specially written for Dads.
- Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months by John Pfeiffer Pick it up at this link.
- What to Expect When Your Wife Is Expanding: A Reassuring Month-by-Month Guide for the Father-to-Be, Whether He Wants Advice or Not by Thomas Hill Pick it up at this link.
Sex During Pregnancy
While pregnant, you can enjoy sex. The only difference will be a change from your usual positions. This is a good time to experiment with new positions that are comfortable for mom-to-be. CafeMom have a good blog that can get you started on this new exciting journey.
Nutrition during pregnancy. What you eat while pregnant is very important. Your baby is depending on you for all their needs. A common misconception is that you need to eat for two! Pick up Whole 9 Months: A Week-By-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start by Jennifer Lang and plan healthy meals for you and baby.
Genetic Prenatal Tests.
Non invasive prenatal testing. During the first trimester, you can have a non-invasive test where the probability of your child having a genetic condition can be determined. A blood sample is taken from the mother and ran for Down’s syndrome and other genetic condition checks. This is not a mandatory test. You can read more about it at this link
Baby Nursery essentials and resources
Is there a better place to plan your nursery than Pinterest? Many parents take to pinterest to plan out their baby’s nursery and one such board is Nursery decorating ideas. They boast of 1000+ nursery decorating pins. They are worth a follow!
Head over to Etsy to get personalized blankets, throws and swaddling blankets. Take a look around the site to find other gems such as bibs and personalized toys for your little one.
Before your baby arrives, there are a number of essentials that you will need to have bought. The bump’s list offers the bare basics and no fluff so it’s a very good list to follow.
Wayfair have a comprehensive store where you can obtain many of the items you will need for your new nursery. It is truly a one-stop online store.
If cash is tight and you need low budget baby nursery ideas, babble.com have some great ideas in this article. They list 10 tips that you can use to create the perfect baby nursery and not break the bank.
Ikea take the idea of minimalism to a whole new level. They have simple baby furniture that will give life to any room. They have a wide range of products and you can stock your entire baby nursery from their site.
Many new parents receive bassinets, rocking chairs and changing tables as hand-me downs. This can really reduce the items on your checklist for purchase. Why don’t you ask parents who have gone before you for some items that they are not using. You may be shocked at what you turn up!
Books to read.
One of the most popular books that new parents read to their kids is “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clemet Hurd. The book was first published in 1947 and it has become a favorite earning a place among great classics. Another book series that you can consider getting for your new nursery is the Dr Seuss series.
One oversized stuffed animal in the corner of your baby nursery can totally transform it and give it life. ProjectNursery.com have some few ideas for you. You can also find stuffed toys of different sizes on Amazon.
You will sleep better knowing that your baby is safe in their nursery. You can purchase a classic two way baby monitor or step up the technology and get a video baby monitor. Some of these new monitors can connect to your wifi network and give you an eye into the nursery even when you are away. Very useful when you’ve left the baby sitter in-charge!
These can stimulate your child while adding value to the décor that you have in the room. You can find amazing hand made mobiles on Etsy or you can find them at your favorite toy store.
.Are you planning to have a hospital birth? Many hospitals require that you visit in advance to get most of the administrative details out of the way. Carry along your insurance and other documents. This way you will be attended to faster when you arrive at the hospital in labor. Have a look at this WhatToExpect.com article.
We live in good times now where there is a good hospital within driving distance to have your baby. Since the beginning of mankind, Home births were the only way to give birth! This midwiferytoday.com article will answer your questions about home births. It also gives you handy advice on choosing a midwife for your home birth, supplies that your midwife will need and other supplies that they will bring them.
The birth of your child is a special event. Consider writing a journal or starting a blog to document this special journey. Momtricks.com have listed 100 blogs written by moms for moms. It is worth a visit.
These are simple sentences that will help those that are helping you through the birthing process to better understand your wishes. The birthing plan will also help you think up and research different options way before your baby’s due date. Have a look at a sample birth plan that the American Pregnancy Association has for an idea on how to crate your own plan.
An Episiotomy is a procedure that is done during a vaginal birth in order to create room for the baby. While it is not a routine procedure, it is done in approximately 12% of vaginal births in the US. You can read more on this Mayoclinic.org article.
So what should you expect if you choose to go the natural, vaginal way? What preparations should you be making? These are all things that you can include in your birth plan. Healthline.com have an awesome article on interpartum care that can get you started on your research.
If you choose to have an epidural during delivery, pain-relieving medication will be injected into your lower spinal cord. This numbs the nerves around your pelvic area to aid in a pain free vaginal/cesarean section delivery. Discuss with your care-giver during your prenatal visits so that you can understand all the pros and the cons. The American Pregnancy Association have listed a few pros and cons of this procedure.
A C-Section for short is a surgical intervention to deliver your child in case there are expected and unexpected issues with your delivery. These issues include multiple births, a baby that is in breach position or health danger to mother or child. In recent days, many mothers are electing to have a C-section.
If you would like to try for a vaginal birth after your previous C-section, you will need to find an Ob/Gyn that is willing to walk with you. While it is not automatic that you can have a VBAC, there are number of criteria that you will need to fit into before you are allowed to have one. Take a look at some of the criteria that baby center have to get a better idea.
About 3.5% of births in the US are multiples (twins and more). While many of these pregnancies are carried safely, there are aa number of concerns that you should have. One of the complications most seen with these type of pregnancies is preterm labour and delivery, and low birth weight. Among the steps that you will need to take is to ensure that the hospital you will be delivering in has a Neonatal Intensive care unit (NICU). Have a look at this AmericanPregnancy article to understand more about multiples during pregnancy and birth.
Birthing tubs have become more popular in the past 30 years. The idea here is that the water creates amore conducive birthing environment for the mother and the child. The warm water in the tub soothes the perineum area which significantly reduces that risk of tearing or the need for a episiotomy. The warm water also mimicks the environment that the baby has enjoyed in the womb. Many hospitals offer this option. You can find out from your local hospital if they offer this option way in advance.
Best selling books on child birth
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff Get the book at this link.
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! by the pregnancy experts at Mayo Clinic Get the book at this link.
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin Get the book at this link.
- The Birth Partner – Revised 4th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions by Penny Simkin Get the book at this link.
- Belly Laughs, 10th anniversary edition: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth by Jenny McCarthy Get the book at this link.
The common position for birth is lying down and a semi-reclining position which mimics a seating position. Other positions include the squatting position and the quadruped positions. You can find more information on this site. They have looked through a lot of research to present this article.
Right after birth, there will be the obvious pain and soreness depending on your delivery method. If you had a vaginal birth, the perineum area will be sore (or painful of you had an episiotomy). If you had a c-section, your lower abdomen will be painful and you will need medication to manage the pain. You will also not be able to move immediately after birth. For other changes both physical and emotional, visit this KidsHealth.org page for an extensive an well researched article on postpartum recovery.
In the first 6 weeks your body will go through a number of changes as it adjusts to not supporting a baby in the womb. Your body will also adjust to breast-feeding and psychologically for care of your child. Visit March of Dimes for more comprehensive changes that you can expect in these first 6 weeks.
Baby blues and postpartum depression are easily confused. You may find yourself weepy and moody some few days after the birth of your baby. The symptoms of Baby blues usually disappear by the fourteenth day. If the symptoms go for longer, you may be suffering from postpartum depression and will need the intervention of a doctor. Read more on the symptoms and care here.
Known as the 4th Trimester, hardly any preparation goes into the time right after your baby is born. Many hormones play a role in keeping your pregnancy going. Right after birth, there are changes in hormonal balance in the mother. This can lead to Post partum depression. You can read more on it on the American Psychology Association site.
This is a form of birth control that can be performed during or right after child birth. Known as a tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes that carry the egg from the ovaries to the uterus are closed off or completely removed. If you are having a caesarian section, you can discuss with your ob/gyn about the possibility of a tubal ligation after your baby has been delivered. If you are having a vaginal birth, a small incision will need to be made under your navel to access the fallopian tubes and close them off. For more information, you can download this document from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Having a new baby around can be tiring and stressful. Between the feeds and the diaper changes, one can loose steam very fast. New mom fatigue can be avoided with some changes to your daily schedule and with help from family. March of Dimes have another awesome article on how you can avoid fatigue.
Your baby will need a number of vaccinations as they grow. This protects them from various preventable diseases, many of which are viral in nature (diseases caused by viruses are extremely hard to treat but very easy to prevent through vaccination). Your baby will be vaccinated against Hepatitis B at birth. After that you will need to schedule an appointment with your Childs pediatrician for the next vaccines. You can visit CDC.gov to see the vaccination schedule. You can also personalize it with dates and even your childs name and print it.
Baby bump and baby photography
There are numerous ideas out there on how and where to have your baby bump photo taken. These should highlight your uniqueness and creativity. You will need to find a good photographer who can take your ideas and immortalize them in pictures. You can start a pinterest board and pin your ideas or you can follow a board such as this one that boasts of 1000+ maternity photography ideas.
Some of the cutest photographs making their rounds on the Internet are usually baby photos. Photographs will probably be the first list on the agenda once you get home with your newborn. Make sure that you select a photographer who has a few shoots under their belt. This is because posing your little one to get those images that look cutest is actually a tricky affair and needs to be done safely. This is even more critical if you wish to have an outdoor shoot. Have a look at this article to understand the 6 basic poses that are used for baby photography and how to achieve them safely.
So you are pregnant! Awesome! How are you going to break the news to your partner or to your parents and friends. In recent days, pregnancy reveals have become a thing with many cute videos and pictures making social media rounds. The reveals heighten the excitement of the announcement and make for good stories later in life. Parenting.com have curated some pregnancy reveals from their facebook fans and you can also look at and follow this pinterest board. This article here also has fun and creative ideas for your announcement
There are many ways in which you can announce the gender of your baby. Using clothes with particular color themes or adding bows to your photograph will create an unforgettable gender reveal. The dating divas have put together a list of 100 ways to do a gender reveal. They also give you at least 3 photographic examples of how to use that idea.
You can hold a party where you reveal the gender of the child to your family and friends or you can have a party where it is revealed to you. If you plan to be surprised as well, you can have your doctor write out the gender and place it in an envelope. Hand this envelope to the person who will be arranging the party. It will surely be an epic party! Get your party supplies from etsy.com You can also shop for your party supplies on Amazon. Here you will find tally boards, confetti poppers and other fun party supplies.
What to put on your Baby registry list. It is best to plan out the stuff that you will need for your baby for the first six months. You may not receive everything at your baby shower but many online retailers will give you a discount to enable you to complete your list after your baby is born. Take a look at this list put together by baby center to get started on your practical Baby registry list.
This is one of the most popular registries as Amazon is the largest online retailer. You will probably find all the clothes and gear that you need for your baby. Amazon will also allow you to add things that are not listed on their site. You can also check off items as purchased that have been bought from a brick and motor store. Amazon will also give you a 90-day return period for any items you got that you did not like (and they will not inform the person who gifted you the item either!) Get started on your baby registry at this link.
One of the advantages that Target has over Amazon is that you can purchase on line and in store. This is very useful for friends who would like to stop at a Target as they are on their way to the baby shower. Target has fewer items than Amazon but offer easy returns on items that were bought in store. The Target Baby registry is available at this link.
This is the best store to go with for in store purchases as they will match Amazons price in store if Amazon are cheaper on that item. One huge pro in favor of Babies R Us is that they have a 1-year return policy on items that you listed on your registry. That is a very generous time period. They also offer a 10% completion discount although it can only be used once. So use it for your larger purchases. Babies R Us also offer a cash back coupon that you will receive in your mail way after your baby is born. Have a look at their registry here.
The Buy Buy baby stores have more stock that Babies R us and you will get a bigger selection there. Their stores have experts in all their departments who are at hand to give you information about the product that you are interested in. Their guidance may overload you especially if your pregnancy is advanced and all you want to do is prepare your registry and leave. They offer a standard 90-day return policy after your due date and a range of completion and store discounts.
Baby list probably have one of the most diverse registries. This is because they literally allow you to list anything from any site. This enables you to get those unique items from other stores that the bigger online retailers such as amazon may not have. Baby list allows you to even list services such as home-cooked meals and pet walking or set up an early college fund! Setting up the list will obviously take longer than it would on Amazon because you have to link all the items you need from the other sites on Baby list. Get started on your most diverse Baby registry here.
Baby shower planning resources
Baby showers have long been a preserve of ladies. These days, more and more showers are featuring men joining in on the fun! Would you consider having a coed baby shower? Coed showers would ideally be best for a gathering of friends rather than family. You may also choose to have two showers, one that your family will organize and a coed one that your friends will attend. Here are some ideas to help you organize a coed baby shower
Baby shower activities.
It is not a secret that baby shower games and activities can be very lame. What was in last year is not what will be in next year. You don’t want to throw a lame shower, so here are a few places you can get great ideas .
- Spaceships and laserbeams have put together a list of 43 baby boy shower games. I am sure you will find something fun in their list.
- Take a look at Shutterfly’s site for 25 games that you can play at any type of baby shower party.
- Momtastic have put together a slideshow of different baby shower ideas from all over the interwebs. Whats more, they have pictures that re easy to follow and will get you planning awesome baby shower activities.
- Printable games. Need games that you can print out for your guests to play? Here is a link to the balance who have some free games for you.
- Buzzfeed always has awesome articles and this one does not disappoint. They have some fun ideas for baby showers here.
Finding the perfect theme for your baby shower can be a task. With a little digging around, however, you can find some pretty interesting ideas that you can use. This SheKnows.com article will get you started.
Baby shower favors.
Have a look at this video for some ideas on Baby shower favors.
You can also find the ideas featured on this video and many others on pinterest by following this link.
- What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff . Don’t you wish that babies came with manuals? Well they do, Heidi Murkoffs books have been used to raise generations. This book will make you understand the various milestones that your baby will go through in that first year. It is an absolute must for your home library.
- First time Moms (and Dads) can get overwhelmed those first few days when it seems that your baby is crying constantly and you have no idea how to stop it. Dr. Harvey Karp’s book, The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer, will help you calm your baby faster (some moms even say instantly). Get your copy off amazon using this link.
- 201 Organic Baby Purees: The Freshest, Most Wholesome Food Your Baby Can Eat! Tamika L Gardner. This book is simply written and easy to understand. You will find different recipes that will help you introduce different tastes and textures to your little one.
- You cant raise kids if you don’t have a sense of humor! Your baby, cute as they are right now, will drive you up a wall fairly soon… to be exact during their toddler years. Bunmi Laditan offers a satirical and humorous look into raising toddlers through his best selling manual, Toddlers Are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault.
- The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward by Frans X. Plooij. Your baby will go through some milestones as they grow. There are some predictable weeks when your child will be fussy. This is nothing to worry about as they are going through some mental changes. Pick up Francis Plooji’s book to prepare for these wonder weeks.
Online parenting classes
The Extended learning Centre has an amazing parenting class that is 100% online. You can choose form the various programs depending on the age of your child. For new parents, the 12-hour online class is sufficient to get you started. Later, you do the extended programs. They also offer various Parenting classes for the place that you are in life. They have some classes for divorcing/divorced parents who will be co-raising a child and yet another class for high conflict/anger management.
Baby monitors have been in existence for a long time. With the advent of the smart home, you can now obtain a baby monitor that will not only give you video but you can log in via your smart phone and check up on your little one. Some like the Owlet Baby Monitor feature a sock that can monitor your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and send you an alert if anything is off.
We are in the connected tech age where sensors and other wearable tech keep spawning every day. Take a look at this article to see what kind of tech you can incorporate into your home to take your worry away as your baby sleep or you are away from home.
I am sure we have all heard of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). With the uncertininty that surround SIDS, these movement monitors come in handy where you want to monitor your baby but do not want to walk into the room These come in different types such as sensor pads and clip on monitors that send out an alert to you incase they do not detect movement. A movement monitor can be used together with a regular baby monitor. Have a look at this babygearlab.com article on how to buy a movement monitor.
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The first year
Dealing With Colic.
Colic is probably one of the most mysterious episodes you will have with your baby. Some babies get colicky while others never get the symptoms. Only about 20% of babies get colicky. Colic is not an illness but rather a collection of factors. It usually starts at around 6 weeks of age and tapers off by the third month. You can find more information from the what to expect site.
Simple changes to routine can help you relieve your babys colic. Changes to the formula or on moms diet (if breastfeeding) can go a long way in helping calm your baby. MamaNatural.com have an awesome article that gives 14 natural remedies for baby colic. What’s more they have testimonies form other moms on how they relieved their little ones’ colic. Take heart, it will pass!
Many times, baby reflux is confused for colic. Your baby’s oesophogus (food pipe) is underdeveloped and they are prone to spit up. The valve between the stomach and the food pipe isn’t quite effective so your child will spit up a lot. There are some babies that will not spit up but will have reflux. This is the fussiness that is associated with colic. Most of these symptoms disapper by the time your little one is 1 year old as the oesophogus will have developed well. More info? Read this article on kellymom.com.
Breast milk contains the perfect formulation for your growing baby. Your baby can survive and thrive on breast milk for the first 6 months of their lives. 77% of US moms breast feed their babies and its becoming a popular baby feeding method. Your milk should come in right after giving birth and will be available up until the time you stop breast feeding your baby. On this womenshealth.gov site, you can find breast feeding resources and more information on breast feeding laws.
If you are going the breast feeding route, one of the pieces of gear you will need is a breast pump. They come in a variety of shapes and operation modes. Madela and Avent make some of the best selling manual pumps on amazon. In recent days, the silicone breast pump has become popular. It is inexpensive, has a good fit and really easy to use. Whats more, there is no assembly required as the silicone breast pump comes in one piece. Watch this video review.
These breast pumps take out the effort that you need for manual breast pumps. They are easy to use as they pump breasts milk automatically. Their only draw back is that they often have many parts that you have to connect and are unusable if you don’t have a power supply near you. Some come with a double pump so you can be done expressing milk in little to no time.
These bags come in many shapes and sizes and they are all designed to meet particular needs. Madela make breast milk storage bags that fit into their pumps so the milk flows directly into the bag. There are other bags that are designed to collect breast milk that leaks during let down as you nurse on the other side. Ideally you should look for storage bags that are BPA free as the bags will hold the milk for a long while in the freezer. Here are some of the breast milk storage bags that Amazon sells.
The feeding bottles that you use will mostly determined the pump you buy. This is because many baby feeding accessory manufacturers like to lock people into their various systems. Avent bottles fit into the Avent breast pumps and teats. This is the same for Madela. Some manufacturers even go further to sell spouts that your child can use to drink from the bottle when they are older.
This is an infection of breast tissue that commonly occurs in women that are breastfeeding. Your breasts feel tender to the touch, there a general feeling of not wanting to breast feed your child, redness and a fever. Mastitis is easily treated with antibiotics. For more information and more symptoms visit the mayoclinic site.
Many moms choose formula feeding as the primary method and as a combination with breast feeding. Ordinarily, Formula fed babies tend to have fewer feedings as formula is more filling than breast milk. A new born will need a feed every 4 hours but by the time they get to 4-5 months, they may drop the night feeds. HealthyChildren.org have a great article on formula feeding.
Your choice of a feeding bottles may also determine your choice of breast pumps. This is because many bottle manufactures make their bottles fit into their pumps creating a feeding system. The bottles can also be used when your baby is older as many manufactures also make spouts that replace the teats making a drinking bottle for water or juice. You ideally want a bottle that is easy to clean and sterilize. That would be bottles that have wide openings. Take a look at BabyCenter.com Mom Pick awards for the bottles parents have rated.
There are very many formula brands out there, and all of them have quite a number of formulations that they sell. Due to the different stages that babies are in, they have different needs. If your child has some food allergy, there are brands out there that have special formulations for your child. Some of the formula brands out there also have a very steep price and can put you out of pocket quickly! Visit Parents.com for formula buying tips. They also have a nice video on how to buy formula on a budget. Definately worth a read.
Imagine waking up in the night with a hungry crying baby and have to mix formula! Then you have to warm it to the right temperature before you can feed your crying baby who is now angry! A recent innovation is the baby formula mixer machines. According to the settings you provide, the machine will mix and warm your baby’s formula and dispense it into a waiting bottle, all in seconds! Very handy! Visit Amazon to see what brands are on offer.
Your baby is considered weaned once they are completely off the breast. This is a process that starts around the sixth month until the time baby stops breastfeeding. It can be a scary time as you will have bonded with your baby via the breast and will now have to look for other ways to bond with your baby and comfort him. Have a look at this article for weaning resources, guides and how to start weaning.
Baby-led weaning (baby self feeding)
One of the milestones you will be looking out for is the pincer grip (where your baby is able to use their thumb to pick things). Once they get the pincer grip, your baby is able to pick up things like food. You can introduce some simple finger foods like cheerios so that they have fun as they learn self feeding.
There many pieces of gear that you will need to get started off weaning your little one, many of which you probably already have. An absolute must is a feeding high chair. This will keep your baby still and support her back as you feed her. You will need a blender for making purees. Rubber tip spoons and bowls should also go on the list. Made For Mums have a starter list here.
When your baby gets to 6-10 months, they will start crawling on all fours. It just doesn’t happen, through out their earlier months, the babies back muscles have been strengthening. You can help your baby along by encouraging tummy time and play with soft balls that they will try and catch when they roll away. One of the first steps towards crawling is rolling from their back to their tummy. It enables them develop the coordination they will need for crawling and eventually walking. MamaCot.com have a great article that will get you helping your baby along.
One of the fussiest times you will experience is when your little one is teething. As the teeth break through the gums, it may be accompanied by fever and a lack of interest in feeding as the gums will be quite tender. The lower incisors usually break out first around 6 months of age. Some babies get their teeth by 3 months old and yet others wont get any until they are a year old. This is normal and not a need for concern.
When your baby is ready to start getting around, you will need to go around your house looking for potentially dangerous items. It is advised that you go on all fours and crawl around your house to baby proof it. One of the biggest culprits is usually electrical cables. Ensure that they have been secured and all outlets covered. Look out for loose fittings and drapes that are hanging low and can drop on your baby. Pick up this guide from the National Safety Council and get this app from MakeSafeHappen.com to help you baby proof your house
One of the milestones we often remember is when baby lets go of objects that they have been holding on to and they take their first steps. Different babies will walk at different times. The earliest that a child will walk is at 9 months and some take as long as 17 months to walk. As long as your child is developing normally and is having his usual doctors check ups, there is nothing to worry about. Have a look at this baby center walking timeline to understand it better.
Each child grows at their own pace. Some will hit milestones earlier and others later There are however general milestones that many babies on average hit. To illustrate, here is an interesting infographic from FamilyCord.
At around 4-6 months, you may want to start sleep training your baby. Once your baby can put herself to sleep without needing you to rock them or be in the room, then you can say that she is sleep trained. There are various methods that moms use to sleep train their babies. Some are gentler than others but they achieve the same goal. Visit the BabySleepSite to see the methods and be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get more tips right in your inbox.
Meal planning resources and recipes
Many of the foods that are grown today are grown using fertilizers and pesticides to keep insects at bay. Unfortunately, many of these pesticides make it to our dinner plates. Many moms are turning to organic baby foods as these are not grown using chemicals. Thy are however grown using natural fertilizers and pesticides and these are used sparingly and only when absolutely needed. Momtastic have a great article explaining organic foods in this article.
In the initial months (4-12 months) your recipes will involve fruit purees. These can be purchased but you can also make them at home. Making them at home also guarantees that you know exactly what ingredients made the puree and that they are fresh. During the toddler years, the recipes will involve more cooking and experimentation with tastes and textures. Visit cookinglight.com for how-to-guides and how to best store your baby meals.
Your baby’s feeding needs change as he grows. Under 6 months, your baby’s primary dish is milk. After six months, the needs start changing but milk will still feature highly in the meal plan. By the time he is 2 years old, he should be eating the same meal as you. The growth to grown up food is slow but progressive. You can grab age-relevant planning charts here. You can also look at this site for Apps and websites for busy parents.
This company Babierge will rent you the baby gear that you will need when you travel with your baby. So far they have rolled out in almost 30 cities across the US and they are growing. You don’t have to haul loads of luggage as you go for your cross country trip!
It will take approximately 1-2 weeks for the umbilical cord stump to fall off. During this time, and after you should make sure that the are is clean and dry until the wound heals. For more information see this American Pregnancy Association article.
The American Academy of Pediatrics have put together a very handy tool that you can use to get a pediatrician close to you. You just need to enter your zip code( for better results just input the first three digits of your zip code) agree to their terms and conditions and viola, you get a list of doctors close to complete with telephone numbers and location. Here is a link to the tool.
. What you eat is very important for you and your growing child. You need to ensure that you are eating a balanced diet and you getting the necessary nutrients for your baby. ChooseMyPlate.gov is a site run by the Department of Agriculture and you can make your own food plan.
Resources for the working mom
This is one question that moms get asked a lot. That and what will you name your baby! There are many factors that will determine whether you will go back to work or not. The top factor that moms list as a reason for going back to work is finances. With a new child, your bankbook can take a hit. Have a read at this link for a checklist to see if you need to go back to work.
One of the most trying times for a new mom is when they have to go back to work and hand over their precious one to a daycare facility or leave your child in a caregivers hands. Choosing the right place/person is not a task that should be taken lightly. This Parents.com article will give you 8 pointers when scouting for childcare in your area or choosing a caregiver.
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