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Friday, September 23, 2016

A Checklist for Moms of Newborns #FormulaForHappiness #HappyGerberBaby

A Checklist for Moms of Newborns #FormulaForHappiness #HappyGerberBaby
My baby is due tomorrow and I just can't sleep!  I know that I should try my hardest to get a good night of rest, but our little family is about to be complete and I can't wait to meet my baby.  Plus, my morning sickness has no boundaries and woke me up from a sound sleep. That brings me to this post where I thought that I would share my personal checklist for moms of newborns.  I've done so much research to prepare for my baby and am happy to share with others.

I previously shared my hospital bag checklist, but this post is different as it focuses on things to have ready for when you return home from the hospital.  Let's get started!

1. Crib and bedding: Be sure to wash all of your crib bedding and prepare the crib so that you have a safe and clean location for your baby.

2. Clothing: Wash all of the baby's clothing and blankets in fragrance-free laundry detergent.  Personally, my older son had a rash from an allergic reaction to the hospital blankets and clothing, so it was great that we took precautions before went to the hospital and had already washed his clothing and blankets at home in detergents for sensitive skin.

3. Stock up on diapers: Diapers are surprisingly tricky because many babies grow out of size "newborn" quickly. My first baby outgrew them within a couple of weeks and my husband had to make an emergency run to get size 1 diapers.  I have even heard of babies who completely skip the newborn size and go straight to size 1 from birth!  You will eventually use the size 1 diapers, so it's convenient to stock up on them before you bring the baby home.

4. Use a humidifier if you are in a dry climate: We didn't realize that our first baby would need a humidifier. My husband and I were fine without one, so it never occurred to us.  We quickly thought that our son was sick and took him to his pediatrician only to find out that he simply needed a humidifier!  It was a quick and easy fix, but we wish that we would have known and prepared ahead of time so that he wouldn't have suffered for the first few days.

5. Sanitize your bottles, nipples, and pacifiers:  You won't want to simply open the boxes of your bottles and pacifiers to pass them to your baby.  It's a good idea to sanitize them by following the instructions to boil them in a pot or use a microwave sterilizer.  This is great to do before you get home from the hospital.

6. Have friends and family create a schedule: If you have friends and family who are willing to help, ask someone to coordinate a schedule for whatever you need. For instance, we had friends who took turns bringing us dinner. It was such a relief to be taken care of and to have a nice dinner to look forward to in the evenings.

7. Do your research on formula: Personally, my first baby had a sensitive stomach. I think that he inherited this from me because my mom said that I had a sensitive stomach as a baby too.  There are  different formulas out there, but after all of my research, we ended up using Stage 1 Gerber® Good Start® Infant Formula because it uses proteins that were not harsh on the baby’s stomach. Personally, we bought this formula at Kroger and Target. Here is a photo of it on the shelf at Target:

We are stocked up on this formula for our second baby since I learned that this formula worked well for my previous son.

8. Set up an area in your kitchen with bottles and formula: Newborns have no respect for time. I always joked that my son was so happy to enter the world that he couldn't stop partying!  While he woke up every few hours around the clock, he was particularly energetic around 11pm to 2 am.  My husband and I took turns sleeping during the first three intense months.  We felt like we were constantly running to the kitchen to make new bottles of formula.  Setting up a nicely organized area in the kitchen for our baby supplies was a lifesaver.  This time around, we are ready with a great setup.   We store most of our bottles in the cabinet. We then have a few clean bottles and Stage 1 Gerber® Good Start® Infant Formula on the counter so that everything is ready to go as soon as we need it.   We also have a convenient bottle drying rack. I think that it looks cute, but it's also practical! 

I hope that you enjoyed these tips!  In addition to sharing my personal tips, let me also share a link for $6 off of the Stage 1 Gerber® Good Start® Infant Formula (for cans of size 22.2 ounces or larger) that we are using. Babies are expensive, so it's really nice to have good coupons like this for $6 off.  At this time of year, use the coupon at Kroger or Target and then rationalize that you just saved $6 and treat yourself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte. After all, it's easy to rationalize the special treat since you are sleep deprived! 

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