Today our post is a bit different Katie Moore is visiting us from her blog Moore From Katie. Katie approached me a while back to ask about sharing on a topic near to her heart, and I think a lot of us as well – Pregnancy. Last month was Pregnancy Awareness Month, so I thought it would be fitting to detour a bit from the norm and share what Katie had to say. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.
Take it away Katie!
Preparing for New Baby
Having a baby is a life-altering experience that nobody can ever be fully prepared for. However, there are many things you can do to help make sure his or her arrival and first experiences within the world are as safe and happy as they can be. Often times preparing for what you can makes things easier on you, too.
1. Washing your baby’s blankets and clothes before they begin using them will ensure they’re clean and ready to be worn; it’ll also help make them more comfortable and soft. It is advisable to use a mild dye and fragrance free soap with your baby’s things, as their skin is very sensitive to the chemicals.
2. As you near the big day, you may want to pre-pack your hospital bag. Good things to include are a comfortable change of clothes, socks and pajamas. Some things to distract yourself during labor can also keep nerves down for both you and the baby, like music or a movie. Packing well ahead of your due date will also make you less likely to forget something important in your rush to the hospital.
3. Multiple studies have been showing that talking to your baby in the womb can have a significant impact. Your baby’s relationship with you is the essential foundation of how they will relate with the rest of the world. There is no better time to begin fostering a healthy relationship with your child than during pregnancy.
4. When you take your baby home from the hospital, you will need to place him or her in a car seat designed for newborns to keep them safe and to be compliant with the law. These can be troublesome to install properly, but there are many public places that provide this service for free.
On the Back Burner
In all of the excitement and planning, certain details can evade your attention. Here are some important but often overlooked preparations to make.
1. Baby-proofing your home isn’t necessary until they start crawling, but getting started early can help safety precautions become second nature later on and give you time to consider other hazards. The first months will fly right by and they’ll be trying to get into things before you know it!
2. Consider optional procedures like cord blood banking for your family’s future. Mothers who choose to collect and save their baby’s umbilical cord blood do so in the event a future illness should occur with the baby, or possibly a sibling the family would have access to a source of stem cells. Research has indicated that the stem cells found abundantly in cord blood could provide effective treatment against a number of medical conditions.
Thanks again Katie for visitng us today and for the great info!