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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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Baby Moon Destination 2 – San Diego

DSC_0421 My next baby-moon destination recommendation is San Diego, California. It is just a very happy place in my mind and so beautiful. And with so many “To-DO” options to choose from.

Beaches : Coming from desert, ocean and the sound of waves seem very fascinating to my soul. San Diego has 17 different beaches to choose from with options to go surfing (which I am hoping people don’t do while pregnant unless they take permission from their doctors), just lie and read a book on the sand, go swimming, just walk by the beach or on the pier , make sand castles, watch sunset, etc.

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Balboa Park : An awesome place with lots of parks along with the famous San Diego Zoo , museums, lot of cultural and perfoming art venues. It also provides a perfect scenery to get maternity pictures taken. DSC_0525

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Gaslamp Quarter : Gaslamp Quarter offers large number and variety of restaurants, shopping boutiques, accomodations. If you are a party person and want to get most of the crowd, this is where you should definitely plan to visit and spend a day.

Cruises : From the San Diego Harbor you will have options to many dinner cruises or whale watching cruises. DSC_0464

Wine tasting : For the dads (I do not recommend even a sip of wine or any other alcohol when pregnant) there are quite a few local wineries to choose from.

Old Town San Diego To get close to local mexican culture and delicious mexican cuisine you must visit this place. From history tours, parks to art festivals, shopping , music and entertainment , this place has a lot to offer.

There are hundreds of other things that I would want to mention about San Diego and this post will not be enough for it. Pregnant Moms will have a gala time here and that I guarantee!! If you want to email me more about how to plan a babymoon in San Diego please email me at ninemonthsofshower@gmail.com

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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!!!!

 

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Crochet Baby Cap!

When I talked about stress busters during pregnancy I forgot to mention “crochet”. I learnt crochet and have made two crochet projects only based on youtube videos and books and internet instructions.

Here are the best instructions out there for crochet on the internet on the following website :

http://www.crochetgeek.com/2008/04/newborn-head-circumference-13-14-hat.html

I made this hat for my baby which really fit him when he was around 6 months. The hat was a one-two day project and it really took my mind off of all the little worries I had during those two days. And the art instructions made it seem so simple that I really enjoyed what I was doing.

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What will you be  making on your own or you made already for your newborn? Please share your ideas!