New parents have a fierce instinct to protect their new bundle of joy. We know it is not possible to shield your baby from every germ, but sterilization of all bottlefeeding equipment is one way you can protect them from bacteria, viruses and even parasitic infections.
1. Bring a nightgown. After you give birth, you will probably stay in the hospital gown for a while, but once the doctor is done and you’re all cleaned up, most hospitals will let you change into a gown of your own. You might prefer pajamas with shorts or pants as a bottom, but it might be easier to wear a nightgown. There will be many trips to the bathroom and you won’t be very stable, so pants might be hard to manage. Also, if you’re planning on nursing, be sure to bring pajamas that can work for nursing.
The countdown to when the new baby arrives has begun! Whether you’ve had a baby before, or this is your first bundle of joy, it’s an exciting time for you and your family. While doctor’s appointments and planning for the long-term are being dealt with, there are other aspects to consider. Decorating the nursery can be one of the most important parts of preparing for the new arrival. This is a space that you and your baby are going to be spending a lot of time in, so it’s essential to make it as comfortable as possible for both you and baby.
Maybe your diet needs some improvement or you already eat pretty healthfully. But once you discover you’re pregnant, your nutritional intake becomes even more important. How much and what types of food should you eat to help ensure a healthy baby? What nutrients are particularly important? And what’s the best way to eat after the baby arrives? Read on for a brief overview of what every mommy-to-be - and new mommy - should know about maternal nutrition. (If you have any specific questions about what you should be consuming during or after carrying a baby, talk to your doctor.)
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