Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Photo by Kekka
I started this blog when HB was a few months old. My sisters and friends who had babies after me were constantly asking me baby-related questions. Being an efficiency freak, I thought that starting a blog was the perfect solution. I could answer the question once and send everyone a link. There was also a purely selfish aspect -- I also wanted to document what we did for HB so that we could remember for baby #2. I have a terrible memory, so I knew that I wouldn't remember if it wasn't written down. Two-and-a-half years later, AB is now 9 months old, and the advice that I've written for myself has been given a second go-round with some good results.
This post rounds up all my newborn baby advice.
Before you have your baby, you should decide how you want to give birth. Please know that you do not need drugs to have a baby.
If you want to know what to pack for the hospital, see my Hospital Pack List.
About three months before the baby is born, you can start reading from my list of Newborn Reference Books. If you are only going to read one book, it should be the Baby Whisperer. However, if you can also get through The Happiest Baby on the Block and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, you will be all set! Hint: you only have to read the chapters pertaining to the first three months. Anything you read for beyond 3 months, you will not remember anyway. You will have time to read the rest on an as-needed basis.
Next, you will want to get everything all set up for you baby. I tried to keep my gear to a bare minimum. Here is my comprehensive Newborn Gear List.
You will also want to Organize Your Nursery.
When you bring you baby home, you will quickly wonder, "Will my baby ever sleep?!?". Please be assured that they eventually will, but the key is to getting them on a good routine.
Use Organized Mommy's Baby Log (free PDF download) to keep track of everything baby-related in a compact graphical format. This will let you monitor and modify your baby's routine to suit their needs. Sleep routines change rapidly in the first year. So, please read about sleep routines in the first year.
Speaking of sleeping, remember to use a fan in the baby's room.
Another favorite topic of conversation among parents is baby poop. (Yes, it's really that fascinating!) To cope with the hundreds of diapers you will change, please see my diapering tips.
As your little one grows, they will inevitably outgrow enough gear to cover a land-fill. Keep track of it all with my tips on tracking baby gear weight/height limits.
Hopefully, you will have an angel baby, like HB. But, if you get a colicky guy, like AB, there's hope for you yet! Run, don't walk, to my post on what to do if you baby has colic.
If you are going to be traveling to show off your little one to family and friends, please see my series on traveling with your baby.
Finally, for those of you who will be returning to work, here are some tips on returning to work and pumping milk.
For you experienced moms out there, what invaluable piece of advice would you like to pass on? For you soon-to-be moms, what are you most worried about? For you new moms, what are you struggling with? Please share in the comments.