Thursday, September 27, 2012

Creating a Checklist for a New Baby [Guest Post]

Day 154

Day 154 of 365 Days with Henry

Today's guest post was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie, or her twitter, @moorekm26.

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting time, especially for a first time mother. There are countless things she has to do, from decorating a nursery to buying bottle feeding equipment if she uses that method. It helps if she creates a checklist ahead of time to make sure she has everything covered. One way to do this is to divide the list into categories. There are several she might use:

Food 
One of the most important things that the new mother has to consider is how she will feed her baby. Although many women choose to breastfeed, this is not always practical for all mothers. In addition, some mothers find that their new baby is breast milk intolerant. The alternative to breast milk is milk formula. When selecting the brand that they will use, mothers should check the label to ensure that the ingredients in the milk provide the nutrients a child needs.

Sleep 
Where the baby sleeps is also a major consideration. While some mothers will choose to have the baby's crib in their own bedroom, most will create a separate nursery area, especially after the first few weeks. This nursery area should be painted in calming colors such as light blue or green. The paint, crib and any other items that will be in the nursery with the baby should be completely safe and non-toxic.

Clothing 
Before baby comes home, a mother should be sure that all the new clothes and linens that baby will be using are pre-washed in a baby-safe detergent to be sure that they are clean and safe to be put on baby’s delicate skin. Stocking up on diapers, a baby’s main covering, is a good choice to help prepare for baby’s arrival.

Health 
New mothers are always very concerned about their baby's health. Most mothers will take the usual steps of ensuring that their baby has a good doctor and is current on all shots. Other things she may not give as much thought to include allergies to food, dust mites or other things in the home. In addition, before the baby is born, a mother may plan for cord blood banking. This is when the baby’s cord blood is collected and stored in a private facility. Cord blood has the potential to treat a number of medical diseases, should one afflict the child in the future, or possibly a sibling.

The process of bringing a baby home should be as happy and relaxed as possible. By creating a list and being organized, new mothers can make this ideal a reality.

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