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April 8th, 2014 at 9:03 am

Apps for Expectant and New Parents

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Baby on the way? Congratulations! Such an exciting, expectant, and nerve wracking time, especially if it’s your first. So much to learn, so much information about what to do and not to do. It can be overwhelming. But, while there’s no app for the hard parts, there are plenty of apps that can help you prepare.

Hello Baby app for iPhone  is a great way to learn about all of the stages of growth of your baby during pregnancy. It’s full of images and information that can help you understand the magic that is happening in the womb.

There is also the What to Expect apps for both pregnancy and the early years. This trusted series of books has been invaluable for so many of us as we navigate all of the stages of babyhood.

Sprout ($4, iPhone only) is another really helpful app for information and tips on pregnancy, weight tracking, prepping for doctor visits and what to know about all that’s happening to your body right up to timing your contractions.

Baby Bump is another app that not only provides information on your pregnancy but also has a social networking component so you can share your experiences with other moms-to-be.

And if baby is here, how about something to help with nursing, and tracking your newborn’s progress in those critical early weeks and months? WebMD Baby  provides many resources and really useful information about sleep, growth, feeding, and milestones to help you through the fraught early days of caring for your child.

I wish these apps were available when my kids were born, especially in the middle of the night when you just didn’t want to call mom, again!

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January 24th, 2013 at 11:01 am

Introducing Baby to the Family Pet

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Most of us with pets consider them to be a part of the family… sometimes even our first “babies” (or “fur babies”). It’s quite an adjustment for them when we suddenly have another little bundle that takes up a lot of our time, energy, and affection. Having babies and pets living under the same roof requires some planning, both before you deliver and when you first bring your newborn home. Here are some tips for making sure you all become one big happy family!

Before Delivery:

Research the hazards

Diseases can be transferred from your pet to you, and from you to your unborn baby. You may have heard of the dangers of the cat’s litter box. If you are pregnant and cannot have someone else change the litter, wear rubber gloves.

Prepare your pet

  • If your pet has any obedience or training issues, now’s the time to address them. Consider a training class at your local pet store or do some training research to handle it yourself. Be consistent and firm and keep treats on hand! Doing so will ensure your pet will listen to you when your baby is home.
  • Make sure you keep their coats washed and nails trimmed to avoid scratching and shedding issues.
  • Schedule a vet visit before your due date to make sure they are up to date on vaccinations.
  • Familiarize your pet with the smells and sounds of a baby with baby powder and audio of babies crying (you’d be surprised how animals react to new sounds and smells!).

After Delivery:

  • Have a family member bring home a blanket or item of clothing the baby has been wrapped in, and let your pet smell it. Some pets will enjoy sleeping with it once they are familiar with it.
  • When you come home from the hospital, your pet will likely be excited to see you. Let someone else hold the baby in another room while you greet your pet calmly and show it love. Once they are calm and collected, bring the baby in and carefully let them see and smell him or her. Give them treats for good behavior around the baby.
  • Always supervise interactions between your child and your pets. While you may be convinced your pet would never hurt them, it’s important to remember that they sometimes don’t know their own strength or roughness.
  • Try to stick to your pets’ routines as best as you can. It may be difficult so enlist your family members to help if necessary. Remember to give them lots of love and affection and involve them in your new baby’s life.
  • Sometimes it’s best to wait to introduce your new baby to your pet. Birds, reptiles, rodents and some other caged animals require different care than a cat or dog. Keep them separate until your child is old enough to understand the proper way to hold and care for them.

Did you have any problems introducing your bundle of joy to your pets? Share some of your own tips and tricks!

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October 4th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Packing for Labor and Delivery Part 2: Mom’s Bag

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Yesterday I wrote about the baby bag, now it’s mom’s turn.

Comfort is a big deal during labor and after delivery. Most moms agree that loose, flowy clothing works best and is easier for breastfeeding. While you’ll be spending a lot of time with your baby, you’ll still need to keep yourself occupied while they’re in the nursery or sleeping. Again, the hospital will provide you with a lot of things such as nursing pads, sanitary napkins, etc. but some like to bring their own. Here’s what we recommend your bring in your mom bag:

  • Flip-Flops/Slippers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Nursing bra/sports bra (depending on whether you’re planning to breastfeed or not)
  • Comfortable outfits (2-3) – pajama bottoms, stretch pants, loose t-shirts, etc.
  • Snacks/gum
  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion (travel-size items are perfect and can be thrown away after use)
  • Hairbrush, hair elastic, headband
  • Hand sanitizer (perfect for when your visitors want to hold baby!)
  • Camera/camcorder (with extra batteries or charger)
  • Magazines/books/word games
  • MP3 Player/Tablet
  • List of phone numbers (anyone you might want to contact to make the announcement)
  • Signed copy of your birth plan
  • Chapstick
  • Pen

Optional:

  • Bathrobe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Journal
  • Wipes
  • Makeup
  • Cell phone charger
  • Nipple Ointment
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Pillow from home

Sometimes labor happens at the most unexpected times, so it’s a good idea to keep this bag in your car in case you’re out somewhere and don’t have time to grab it from home before you go to the hospital. It’s also a good idea to keep the phone number and address of your doctor and hospital in your purse in case of an emergency, and plan a hospital route. If you have kids or pets at home, have a plan in place for who will take care of them when you go into labor and leave them with any important information they might need. Make sure you have a rear-facing infant car seat ready to go as well.

We want to know… do you have any packing tips for moms-to-be? Was there anything you forgot to bring to the hospital? Was there an item you were SO GLAD you had with you?

Photo Credit: monicasecas

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