HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE BABY'S ARRIVAL ON THE WAY IN AN ORDERLY MANNER
Preparing your baby's arrival is the most beautiful experience after you know you're pregnant. Do it in good time and in an orderly manner because you may need to make some changes at home. They'll all be good!
PREPARE THE BABY'S ARRIVAL. MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
It was 6 a.m. when my pregnancy test pointed to the word "zwanger" (pregnant in Dutch). I didn't want to wake up the future dad, so the first moments of emotion and nervousness I spent in intimacy with my little bud, growing already millimeter by millimeter inside me.
After a few days, which I remember in a state of unprecedented happiness, my head began to work as usual and I became absolute aware that I was pregnant, so I decided to start preparing for the baby's arrival.
She was a Professional Organizer so she didn't have time to waste!
The first thing I did? Download me a mobile app for pregnancy tracking: EMBARAZO +
COMMUNICATION OF PREGNANCY
Communicating that we are pregnant is a very personal thing and only you will know how and when the time is right to do so.
I had read the recommendation to wait until the end of the first trimester (for the increased risk of abortion), but I was clear about it; the good news has to be shared and even more so with the people who love you.
Of course I was worried about the possibility of a miscarriage in the first trimester! And I was worried to the end, but at the time I was overwhelmed with happiness and I couldn't shut up like that.
After the first few days, I communicated my pregnancy to family and my best friends.
Everyone was delighted with the news, especially since they had already given up hope that she would be a mom.
It is here that I have to thank my sister, for I still remember her words years ago: "you are missing out on the most wonderful thing in life" ...
MY FIRST PURCHASE
My first purchase was to buy two good books: Lesley Regan's "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" (Professor in Gynecology and Obstetrics) and Dr. Miriam Stoppard's "Learning Your Baby Month by Month," (a childcare guru). I enjoyed them so much that I thought I had the wrong profession.
Within a fortnight of testing positive for pregnancy, I made an appointment with my gynecologist who confirmed what I already knew. Pregnant!
During the first month I enjoyed a stadium of permanent happiness. I didn't want it to ever end, until one day the vomiting and nausea that accompanied me everywhere for the next eight weeks came.
On the street, I was looking for discreet places, corners and trees to lean on until I catch my breath again. On those days that seemed never to end I missed my mother's hugs and thanked me for preparing me a soft vegetable cream.
That time when I changed my smile for tears and when I started to question everything, I didn't do much. Striving to eat healthy was already a big challenge for me. But one day, around week thirteen, everything went back to normal. I regained my usual strength and mood. That's when the countdown started for me. There was no time to waste, she was a professional organizer!
I'd heard you end up becoming a childcare expert and I found it entirely true.
As a professional organizer I had the advantage, as hundreds of furs, pajamas and bibs had passed through my hands and some idea I had.
Now I had to try for myself each of the brands, models and colors of carts, cots, car seats, hammocks and endless gadgets. Some necessary and some not so much.
In my case, I started looking into carrycots, strollers and car seats. And after many comparisons, questions and tests I made my final decision.
1. THE WALK
It turned out to be the hardest purchase. What will you find in the market?
If you are reading this post the words carrycot, stroller, baby carrier, stroller ... Let's start by describing each of these elements.
It's the removable part of the stroller. Some people use it during the first few weeks as a crib for the baby to sleep at night, as it has enough depth to insert a mattress into it.
Result of the integration of the carrycot into a chassis.
It's that egg you see other dads get in and out of the car and fit it into the chassis like magic.
The last link until your hij@ goes everywhere with its 2 little feet. It's the traditional chair and the last purchase you'll have to make. Designed in one piece (non-separatable chassis) or in two, chassis with removable seat.
You will have a sea of doubt as to what to use at each stage as the baby grows. It's important to check with your pediatrician first. He better than anyone knows your baby and his needs. If you buy them you do before giving birth, ask her anyway, as it will give you an objective and reassuring opinion. In addition, you will understand better everything that the sellers explain to you.
Check with your friends, too. if they have recently had a baby they will be an open encyclopedia for you and they will enjoy telling you every last detail.
♣ PEDIATRIC ADVICE
For the first few months the spine should remain fastened and completely horizontal. Your baby is at risk of bradycardia, apnea, and oxygen desaturation.
My personal choice
Having put thousands of turns in his head, I decided on a Polish brand called Bebetto. This brand competes strongly not only in price but in design and quality compared to other better known brands. In my opinion nothing has to envy Stokke or Bugaboo and it is much cheaper.
I didn't buy the baby carrier (egg) and I got it right. My daughter was very young and I considered that keeping her in the horizontal position as long as possible as my pediatrician had advised me, it was the best thing.
In the egg, when they are so small, it is not advisable that they are more than an hour and a half, so I completely derailed it.
I used the carrycot from birth until more than a year later, then moving on to the stroller with detachable seat and folding chassis.
What I liked most about this chair was its robust pneumatic wheels, capable of crossing the steepest road.
To give you an idea, the cart, just released, traveled to Lisbon. Those of you who know Lisbon know what I'm talking about. Well, my Bebetto passed this fire test with a license plate of honor, and as you can imagine, I was super proud of my choice.
2. IN THE CAR
Carrycot, baby carrier (maxi cosi) or chair?
If you are travelling with your baby in the car, it will be mandatory that you use a child retention system approved from birth.
In March 2003, the European Parliament adopted a Directive requiring children under 1.50 metres to travel by car in an approved chair or safety system.
INFNATIL RETENTION SYSTEMS (S.R.I.)
Currently you can find the following retention systems depending on height and weight:
- Group 0: up to 10 kg (newborn up to 1 year)
- Group 0+: up to 13 kg (newborn up to 18 months)
- Group 1: 9 to 18 kg (approx. 1 year to 4 years)
- Group 2: 15 to 25 kg (approx. 3 to 6 years)
- Group 3: 22 to 36 kg (approx. 5 to 12 years)
*Always look for a label with the letter E that will tell you which vehicles it is valid for and the weight of children who can use it.
WHAT IS THE ISOFIX SYSTEM?
It is a form of anchoring the Child Retention System (S.R.I) to the car. It is best recommended for your safety, reducing the likelihood of mispositioning the seat.
My personal choice
I told you earlier that I brazened the baby carrier (huevito) from the beginning and that the carrycot seemed very unsafe to use in the car, so I decided to buy a chair for the evolutionary car, which served me from birth to 4 years in my case (my daughter is super thin) and I am delighted!
I chose the Nuna chair. It is a very robust chair with i-size technology. Counter-running position and 360o swivel which for me was a very large plus, because sometimes I have had to take my baby out from the opposite door to where the chair was placed and being able to rotate it completely is of great help.
I have to say it's not a cheap chair, but thinking I was going to use it in the car, I didn't care much about the price.
3. THE CARRYING
You can choose the option of the scarf or baby carrier backpack. Both options with valid.
Personally, I saw it complicated from the beginning, but there are very healthy moms who adjust it in no time and babies go the sea of happy and safe.
If you've decided you'll use a baby carrier backpack, the most comfortable backpacks are those that have wide bands to hold your back and shoulders, as well as a hold for the baby's head. They are so-called ergonomic backpacks, but beware, many say they are and then they are not.
If you're going to use it often, backpacks called "colgonas" where the baby hangs, are not a good option because the baby can be created a hip dysplasia problem.
My personal choice
The Ergobaby backpack is one of the best backpacks on the market, with its four ergonomic positions and the possibility to use it from birth with the baby cushion, make it second to none.
*To keep in mind: I used it, but less than I thought I was going to use it.
Another headache. Moses, carrycot or crib?
To simplify your life, I'll tell you that all options are valid. The most important thing is that the mattress, if you can afford it, is new.
The reason for this is that the mattress used by the previous baby will have a slit, and will not have good back support.
The carrycot and bassinet are usually used until the first 3 or 4 months and then passed to the crib. Again, it's a very personal decision. Some mothers have told me that they place their babies during the day in the carrycot or bassinet and then change it to the crib so that the child can recognize from birth that the crib is for much longer nights and night dreams.
My personal choice
I didn't buy bassinet and the chair carrycot I used exclusively for the chair.
I bought a natural wood crib with 3 positions in height and 4 wheels with brake. It is a great safety what the brake brings, because I suffered the consequences when I was a baby, of falling out of the crib when trying to reach that of my parents. The crib moved and I went head-to-head.
So I recommend as an expert this time is double.
♥ EXPERT RECOMMENDATION
Wheel cot with brake and cotton linens with sets of 2 mattress protectors, 2 adjustable bottoms, 2 countertops or sheets and 2 blankets of very loose fabric
Whether you're going to breastfeed or not, you're going to need bottles.
If we say you'll feed your baby seven to eight times a day, you might need 6 bottles if you give them artificial milk. If you breastfeed, 2 or 3 bottles will suffice.
Bottles should be sterilized up to 6 months. To do this there are electric steam sterilizers that sterilize bottles and nipples in just a few minutes.
6. OTHER ADD-ONS
For the rest of the add-ons like the changer, bathtub and storage baskets I went directly to the paradise of shopping, IKEA.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER TIPS
- Everything at your fingertips. For the first few months you and the baby will be 2 in 1. You both have to be comfortable, so keep your things handy to make your care easier.
- Situation of the crib. You'll feel safer if during the first few months your baby sleeps next to you. Find the most suitable place where the crib could go by taking it away from the roped styrs and the mobile charger's head. It's a very dangerous temptation for babies!
- Changers with storage. The changer will be one of the accessories you'll use most. Furniture-style changers with storage possibilities come in great shape. You will be able to store the bathtub, towels, some ropita and baskets with all its accessories. Once again, all by hand!
- Choose bed linen carefully. Babies don't know how to uncover and can get hot if you warm them up a lot or with inappropriate textiles. Cover it with a small sheet and blanket or better even with a baby coat. Secure the sheets under the mattress to reduce the risk of covered your face overnight.
- BABY PORTA
- WALK CHAIR
IN THE CAR
- BABY PORTA
TIME TO EAT
- STORAGE BASKETS
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