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Newborn Checklist: Essentials You Need Before Your Baby Arrives

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Expecting a new baby is an exciting time in many parents’ lives due to the chance to welcome a new life into the world. According to Baby Center, just under 4 million babies are born in American annually. There is no shortage of advice for expectant parents regarding getting ready to receive their bundle of joy. Nevertheless, there are some bare essentials you will need for starters to prepare for your child. So, if you’re keen to find out which needs to be in place prior to your baby arriving, take a look at these points.

  1. A crib


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Securing a sleeping place for your child is perhaps the most essential arrangement you have to sort out before the baby arrives. Bassinet cradles and three-sided cribs are ideal for the first few months. Many cribs come without mattresses, so you must buy quality, comfortable, and fitting ones. Double-sided mattresses are popular among parents because you can use them for the baby and toddler years, giving a little extra "mileage" in usability. Alternatively, you can choose a certified mattress as a more sustainable choice for your baby. Consider getting more comfort items like crib sheets, light blankets, a sleep sack, and waterproof mattress covers.


  1. Diapering


Reusable cloth nappies and disposable diapers are the options available to parents for their child's diapering needs. Cloth nappies are reusable and eco-friendly, making them a great choice if you are big on sustainability. Also, cloth diapers are more pocket-friendly, considering that a whopping 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used in the US annually! While the idea of using cloth nappies may be new to you, you will get used to them after a while. And even though disposable diapers may seem more convenient, they are costly, more likely to rip during changes, and are less environmentally friendly. Therefore, consider which diapering options will best suit you and invest accordingly.


  1. Clothing


Some experts think you should secure at least six “onesies," about four infant gowns, and three blankets wide enough to swaddle the baby as a start to welcoming your child. You will also need about five pairs of pants, eight stretchy sleepers, a sweater and cap, and about six pairs of socks or booties, scratch mittens (to keep the baby from scratching his or her face), and some cardigans for winter. Experts suggest that you consider the fabric, safety, size, and comfort of your baby’s clothes when making your choices, so keep this in mind while shopping.


  1. Feeding


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Many nursing mothers will agree that bibs, burp cloths, nursing pillows, etc., are essentials for feeding your baby, whether you are breastfeeding or not. So, invest in these items before the baby arrives. You will likely need breast pumps and milk storage containers for convenience in case you have to be at work or somewhere else urgently. Should you choose not to breastfeed, you would need supplies like formula, bottles, and pacifiers. Also, a bottle brush and dishwasher basket will help clean your feeding items, so prioritize this when shopping.

  1. A Baby Support Pillow

Baby support pillows, like the ones sold by the topponcino company are a must-have for any nursery. They ensure that your baby is safe, comfortable and cozy whenever you have to put him or her down for a while. You can also use them to wrap your baby up while you hold him or her for extra support during those first vital months of nursing.



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Fun Ways to Strengthen Family Bonds

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When you’re a parent, one of the most important things you can do is build a strong bond with your children and ensure that they have strong bonds with all of their family - the more loving people a child has around them the better! 


For most people, bonding comes pretty naturally, but it is still a good idea to take the time to strengthen and solidify those bonds on a regular basis. Here are a few ways you can do that:


Tell personal stories


Kids love hearing personal stories about their parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles from the past. They enjoy hearing what their adult family members did when they too were young and care-free, and it’s a great way to show them that as well as being mom or dad you are a person in your own right. Sharing your past ‘secrets’ with them can also make them feel special and help to build a stronger connection between you. Just make sure your stories are appropriate!


Book a family photo session


What could be more fun than gathering everyone together for a family photo session? A good family photographer will know how to make the process lots of fun with jokes and a few well-placed props and you’ll get to show just how much you love each other not only in the moment but captured forever in the images your photographer snaps.


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Have a movie night


Something as simple as snuggling up together on the couch watching a favorite movie can be so special to a child. They’ll feel safe, secure, and loved and you won’t even have to leave the house or go to any special effort other than perhaps buying some of their favorite candy to chew on while the movie’s in progress so it’s perfect for those busy weeks when you just want to relax in your downtime.


Ask them about their life


One of the best ways to build a strong bond with children is by taking them more seriously and listening to them when they speak. Every day, you should make a point of asking your children not only about their day but at least one question about their personality such as their favorite book or what they love most about nature. They’ll feel more appreciated as a person and they’ll be more likely to open up to you in future if they know that you will listen, and more importantly, that you really care about what they think and feel.


Cook together


Cooking with children is a great way to get them interested in food and healthy eating, It’s also a great way to spend some quality time with them, especially if you sit down to eat whatever you’ve created together afterward. 


Go on vacation


Taking a family vacation where you can dedicate all of your time to each other is ideal for family bonding. You’ll build up more shared experiences and have unique adventures that you’ll all remember forever.


How do you strengthen the bonds with your children?


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Having a Baby? Here are 3 Top Tips to Ensure You’re Prepared

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Finding out that you’re pregnant is one of the most exciting experiences in your life. However, it’s also one of the most daunting. Although no one can be fully prepared for what comes your way, it’s good to do your research so that you’re as prepared as possible. Motherhood and fatherhood is a journey unlike any other, and without this preparation, it might come to the due date and you’re not ready for the changes.

Setting Your Kids Up For Success

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You want your children to be happy and healthy above all else. You also want them to grow up strong and secure in themselves and to be able to achieve whatever it is they want out of life. After all, as a parent, it’s your job to give your child everything they need in their first years of life! (And of course, for the next couple of decades too…)

Depression, PPD, and Decades of Living Through It: Chapter 3: Part 3

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So, now I'm pregnant!  That's fantastic, right?  That's what all the affirmations I'd been doing had been sending out into the universe and it happened!  YES!  Except I hate being pregnant or so I learned...

To read click:  part 1 and part 2.

Depression, PPD, and Decades of Living Through It: Chapter 1

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It scared me when I created the above title and picture that it has, in fact, been decades that I have suffered from depression.  I will be 38 in August and have suffered from depression since I was as young as 10 and probably earlier.  I read tonight a blog, www.wildtypebeauty.com, and was taken through this woman's inner struggle with depression and anxiety.  

The Struggle is Real - Getting Through Post Partum Depression and Forgiving Oneself

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I have been very blessed in life.  Is my life perfect?  No, not by a long shot.  Have I suffered from depression for the vast majority of my life?  Yes.  Had I thought that I had gained control of it by 35?
  Yes, I did. 
I was finally functioning like a "normal" person.  I was married, we were happy, and we were starting to try and make a family.