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Essential Shopping List For Baby (Registry must haves)

I am posting a list of things I used as a checklist of essentials that I wanted to buy or add to registry in order to prepare for the arrival of the baby. Some things I was gifted at the baby shower before the baby was born but most other things my husband got after the baby was born. It was good to have a list ready for him so all he had to do was take the list and find the item in the store. I am not adding brands yet. I am just adding the different types of items needed. Hope this helps you make your list.

Nursery

  1. Crib
  2. (Our baby slept in the crib till 3 months of age and since then we co-sleep)

  3. Crib Mattress
  4. Changing Station/Dresser
  5. (I used the top of the dresser as changing station)

  6. Changing Pad
  7. Changing Pad Covers
  8. Crib Mobile
  9. Baby Monitor
  10. Diaper Genie
  11. (love this to keep the smell away even from the garage)

  12. Laundry Basket
  13. Crib Bedding Set
  14. Crib Mobile
  15. Nursery Decor
  16. Extra Fitted Crib Sheets
  17. Car/Travel Safety

    1. Car Seat
    2. Stroller
    3. Mirror
    4. Portable Changing Pads
    5. Diaper Bag
    6. Window Shades

    Bathing Essentials

    1. Bath Tub
    2. Baby Soap
    3. Baby Shampoo
    4. Baby Moisturizer
    5. Diaper Cream
    6. Hooded Towels
    7. Mug
    8. Pail
    9. Diapers
    10. Wipes

    Baby Clothing

    1. Onesies
    2. Pajama Sets
    3. Sleep N Plays
    4. Outfits
    5. Hats
    6. Mittens
    7. Socks
    8. Booties
    9. Sweaters
    10. Sleep Sacks
    11. Receiving Blankets
    12. Burp Cloths
    13. Bibs

    Feeding Essentials

    1. Milk Bottles
    2. Extra Nipples
    3. Bottle Warmer
    4. ( I did not end up using one)

    5. Bottle Sanitizer
    6. ( I used this extensively and was an awesome gift from a friend)

    7. Bottle Drying Rack
    8. Electric Breast Pump
    9. Milk Storage Bags
    10. Formula (just in case)
    11. Pacifier (we never ended up using)
    12. Bottle Brush
    13. Nipple Brush
    14. Boppy Pillow

    Mommy Essentials

    1. Nipple Butter/Cream
    2. Nursing Cover
    3. Nursing Pads
    4. Nursing Tops
    5. Front Button Tops
    6. Nursing Bras

    Other Nice to Haves for Baby

    1. Baby Bouncer Seat
    2. Baby Swing
    3. Baby Jumperoo
    4. Baby Floor Mat/Gym
    5. Baby Floor Mirror
    6. Baby Teethers
    7. Baby Soft Books
    8. Baby Carrier
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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #6 Drink Lots of Water!

Drink Lots of Water! Or at least 8 cups of water per day at the minimum. Water helps relieve muscle cramping. It also helps with reducing chances of urine infection which is common during pregnancy. Many pregnant women also have found that drinking water helps with constipation, the dreaded hemorrhoids, gases, etc. I never had swelling on my ankles or legs or any part of my body during pregnancy and I feel it is because I really kept track of how much water I drank during pregnancy. The more water you drink, the less your body will tend to retain.
Even after delivery, it is best to keep drinking enough water , especially if you are breastfeeding as it helps in milk production and prevents you from getting dehydrated.

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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #5

Combine your gift registries online. You can open as many registries you want in different stores and link them all into one page and forward this page to your friends and family. This way you do not have to remember 20 different registries and wonder what all you have registered for. My sweet friend Sa found this idea online and combined all my registries before sending out my baby shower invitation. I think it was an awesome idea!

Here are a few websites that can help you combine your registries.

http://www.myregistry.com/
http://www.amazingregistry.com/

Amazon.com has a universal registry button. I have not used it but according to the site you can add items from different websites on your Amazon registry through their universal registry button.

Hope this tip helps you and your guests!

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Expecting Mommy Tip of The Day #3 : Kegels and more.

Your friends may find this difficult to discuss with you or it may not come across their mind to warn you about this when they first hear that you are pregnant. As awkward as it may sound, urinary incontinence is a side effect of pregnancy. It is very important to keep doing Kegels throughout pregnancy. Kegels are exercises for the pelvic floor muscles that can easily be done at home. These helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Strong Pelvic muscles also help during pushing your baby out during delivery. Your doctor/doula or midwife or your yoga instructor can help you show how to do these daily.

Also in order to avoid awkward situations like “peeing in your pants while sneezing or coughing or even vomiting, due to weak pelvic muscles” always carry extra underwear and maybe use pads or panty liners. This tip will surely help in saving you from embarassment in office meetings or other important public places or even at home with guests around.

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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #2 Sleep Sleep Sleep

Pregnancy can give insomnia to some mommies and I know things can be uncomfortable and it might be difficult to sleep but you must sleep and take rest as much as you can. A good night’s sleep will help you feel refreshed for the next day. It may probably help relieving your aches and pains,  your acidity and heartburn and other issues you may have. Also once baby comes  you might be sleep deprived and you need all the stored energy during the first couple years of the baby/toddler stage.

Some ways to fall asleep that worked for me when I was pregnant were:

1. Read books before sleeping.

2. Watch a very boring movie

3. Write your diary at night. Once you have everything in your head out on paper, you probably will sleep better.

4. Drink a cup of warm/hot milk sometimes with a pinch of turmeric.

5. Get a nice back rub or foot massage from your partner. While getting a foot massage make sure your ankles are not massaged. I am not sure if it is an old wives’ tale but someone told me that there is a point on the ankle which if massaged, can put you in labor. Unless you are past due, then that needs a whole different post 🙂

6. Ask your husband to tell you a story.. i know this sounds stupid but it worked for me so many times.. I used to fall asleep within one or two sentences 🙂

7. Close your eyes and count the sheep!

8. Talk all your worries out with your partner, parents or close friends before sleeping.

9. Listen to soothing music

Please feel free to add to this list in your comments. Hope you all have a good night tonight! If not feeling sleepy yet, try one of the above and tell me if it worked for you!

 

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Expecting Mommy Tip of the Day #1: Pregnant Belly is Not Buddha’s Belly! Stop Rubbing it!

I decided to start a new “tip of the day” category. Let’s see how many tips I can come up with 🙂

Today’s Tip of the Day : Pregnant Belly is Not Buddha’s Belly! Stop Rubbing it!

People somehow think it is ok to rub a pregnant woman’s belly! Be prepared to face this situation!  While some pregnant woman are ok with it, some really get offended! If you don’t like being touched like that by strangers on the street , neighbors or even co-workers, come up with a reasoning to give people  and stick up to it! Religious reasons really work well with general people so even if you are not really religious, you can use it to save you from unwanted physical contact. Or if you are pretty straightforward, you can just directly ask people to not rub your belly. If you don’t want to be called mean after being straight forward , feel free to blame it on pregnancy hormones and mood swings!!!!