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November 21, 2014

How to Prepare for a New Baby on a Budget

Expecting a new baby soon? Bewildered by the vast array of products to buy? 

 

Here are 10 Baby Items You Don’t Need to Purchase

 

1. Change Table

Change tables are expensive and take up a lot of space. Instead, paint an old waist-high dresser and top it with a plastic change pad. The dresser can do double duty as storage. Have a look on Pinterest for inspiration.

If you don’t have space for a dresser, gather a basket of changing supplies. Together with a change pad, you will be ready to do diaper changes on any flat surface!

 

2. Baby Bathtub

A baby bathtub is costly and will only be used for a short time. Save your money. Line your sink with a towel or put a couple of inches of water in your own bathtub and lean over the rail to do the bath.

 

3. Crib Bedding Set

Although they are adorable, you should pass on bumper pad and quilt sets. Bumper pads are not recommended, as they are a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The quilts, while beautiful, are rarely soft enough to use to wrap your baby.

 

4. Baby Laundry Soap

Most laundry soaps marketed for baby are more expensive than similar household products. Select a dye and fragrance-free, hypoallergenic laundry soap that you can use for your entire family.

 

5. Stuffed Animals

It can be tempting to buy soft teddy bears or other stuffed animals for your nursery. Babies, however, are not really interested in them for the first few months of life. In addition, safe sleep guidelines would caution against having these in your baby’s crib.

 

6. Fancy Baby Clothes

Babies grow quickly. It is not uncommon for babies to outgrow clothing before you have had a chance to dress them in it! Borrowing or purchasing second hand clothing is much more economical. Save your money for when your child is a teen and they really care about their clothing!

 

7. Baby Shoes

Baby shoes are so adorable but so unnecessary! They are probably not comfortable for baby either. There is no need to purchase baby shoes until your little one is walking.

 

8. Breastfeeding Products

Breastfeeding is a fantastic way to save about $3,000 in baby’s first year! There are many products marketed for breastfeeding women but most of them you will not need.

 

Some people like to use a breastfeeding pillow but bedroom pillows can be easily substituted if needed. Once you and your baby have had a bit of practice, you will find that no pillows will be needed at all!

 

Women have the right to breastfeed anytime, anywhere. Nursing covers have become popular but you do not need to use one! Do whatever works to make yourself comfortable; we support you either way!

 

If you are considering purchasing a breast pump, this article will help you to decide what type of pump to purchase, or whether you really need one at all!

 

Here are two freebies to help you get started with breastfeeding:

 

9. Fancy Garbage Can

Fancy nursery garbage cans are marketed for odor control. Simply taking out the trash often can easily substitute for making this purchase.

 

10. Wipes Warmer

This is a luxury item and by no means a nursery necessity. To warm a wipe, simply hold it in the palm of your hand for a few seconds. Consider using a washcloth and warm water as a way to save even more!

 

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Worth Spending Money On

There is one item that we do think is worth spending your money on — a car seat. Car seats have expiry dates as plastic will break down over time. We do not recommend purchasing a car seat second hand as it is important to know the car seat’s history. Even if there is no visible damage, the plastic may have been weakened by being dropped or having been in an accident. The instruction booklet for the car seat is invaluable as you learn to adjust it to fit your baby.

 

Do you have any other suggestions for ways to save?

 

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Continue learning by reading this post: Preparing to Breastfeed During Pregnancy or check out Cindy &Jana’s Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes.

 


 

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About the authors:

Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.

Download their app NuuNest – Newborn Nurse Answers and Baby Tracking for expert guidance through the first crucial weeks after childbirth.

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November 17, 2014

 

If you are pregnant or work with pregnant moms, you too will be interested in this free app!

 

  • To see how a baby moves through the birth canal, have a look at the 3-D animation.

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  • To better understand baby’s “station” and what it means to be a +1 or -2, manipulate the graphics.

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  • To better understand what fetal positions mean, interact with the 3D model to move the baby into a variety of positions in the pelvis.

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We were pleased to meet one of the creators at the Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nursing (CAPWHN) national conference in Regina last month. We are always excited to meet people who are interested in using technology for health teaching.

 

Nancy Hewer is a Perinatal Nursing instructor who strives to teach care practices that promote, protect, and support normal birth. We asked her what sparked the creation of Perinatal Pal.

 

“I have found it difficult for people to visualize and understand the cardinal movements of labor, fetal positions, and fetal station by reading from a text.  In my nursing classes, I used a doll and pelvis to demonstrate these concepts.”  She began to think about creating something 3-D, something for her students to interact with to better understand the importance of upright postures and maternal movement in labor.

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Together with a talented team at BCIT, they created some 3-D learning objects to insert into online perinatal nursing courses.

 

“We then wondered, how could we share what we have done?  The Perinatal Pal IPad app was born.”

 

You can download this app for free from the App Store. (Note: only available for iPad at this time.)

Nancy Hewer may be contacted at Nancy_hewer@bcit.ca.

(Images of Perinatal Pal app used with permission.)

 


 

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About the authors:

Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.

Download their app NuuNest – Newborn Nurse Answers and Baby Tracking for expert guidance through the first crucial weeks after childbirth.

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September 27, 2013

Life with a Newborn – the 2nd Time Around

This guest post originated from a twitter conversation about the effects of having too much company in the newborn period. Carolyn from Moments in Mommyland graciously agreed to share the changes she made when her second child was born.

 

My first delivery was a bit of a blur. It was long, draining and emotional. My son was descending in a posterior position making things slow and giving me painful back labor. Once he was finally in my arms, I was beyond exhausted and very weak. So weak in fact, that I couldn’t walk across the room without help. But being excited first time parents, we wanted to share our joy and excitement!  Within an hour of him being born, the world knew through phone calls and Facebook that our little bundle had arrived! It wasn’t long before people began showing up to visit, despite the fact that I hadn’t even had a chance to shower yet. To say I didn’t feel like socializing would be a huge understatement!

So when it came time to have our second, I laid down some ground rules.

 

Rule number one: No visitors at the hospital except immediate family!

It felt a little cruel, as I knew there were many who were excited to meet our latest. But it took away so much pressure knowing that I didn’t have to look presentable or make small talk. I could doze in and out of sleep when needed and it allowed me endless skin to skin time. Very important when trying to establish good breastfeeding! It kept things private, and I really cherish the memories of that.

 

Rule number two: We allowed a very limited number of visitors during our first week at home!

Again, I know everyone was excited, but I was tired! Unlike the first time, my labor was fast and intense. It also happened in the middle of the night resulting in being awake for 48 hours. Once home, I was not only adjusting to life with a newborn again, but also with an active toddler. So we instead planned an informal get together for a week later where everyone could come together at one time to meet the baby.

 

Rule number three: Let the housework and cooking go!

This was and still is a huge struggle for me, since I like to be organized and keep to schedules. But it’s just not worth the added stress when you are tired and hormonal. Just leave it! Right now your job is to take care of your children and yourself, period.

 

Welcoming a new life into your family is an incredibly special time. I encourage you to savor and enjoy it. They are babies for such a short amount of time, and before you know it they will be walking, talking and no longer depending on you to fill their needs.

So go ahead and make your own rules. Do whatever you need to do at the time and have the confidence to say no when things are becoming too much for you. Focus on what’s best for your family and your baby. You’ll be glad you did.

What would you do differently after your next baby?

 

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Carolyn Bechard is a stay at home mom living in Vancouver raising two boys aged 2 years and 3 months. She the voice behind momentsinmommyland.com, where she writes about the daily ups and downs of her parenting journey. Though some days are hard, there is nothing else she’d rather be called than wife and mother.

You can follow her on facebook at www.facebook.com/momentsinmommyland

or on Twitter @carolynleanne 

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