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Puff Preparations

I have been working on getting the Puff all registered at www.target.com

Apparently people like to buy things for babies and have parties for them before they even get here. ;)

So if anyone has any suggestions of things that they never thought that they needed and then loved, or things that they couldn't live without when thier kidders were wee and tiny, please let me know.

I have most of the basics figured out, I think, but I am sure that there are a million things that I am forgetting.

Oh and just for information's sake I plan on breastfeeding and the Puff will be in a crib in our bedroom for the first several months if that makes a difference on any recommendations.

Thanks for all the help!

And I am feeling better. I don't really feel "sick" anymore, but my ribs are still pretty tender and I am basically taking it easy to give them every chance to heal up. I really think that this second round of antibiotics finally did the trick. I haven't been coughing much at all and I have been able to sleep all the way through the night for the past three nights with no coughing fits. So finally there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

If I am up for it I may head out to the actual Target store tomorrow because for some reason they do not see fit to sell socks for babies online *eyeroll*. I know they have them I have seen them at the store! Ah well.

Thanks so much for all of your well wishes and suggestions over the past few weeks. I really do appreciate them all.



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Jan. 27th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're feeling better!

Re. baby stuff, I'm not a mother myself, but several of my friends are, and one of the cool things they have found is a little mirror that can be attached to the back window of your car and angled so that the driver or can see into the baby capsule by looking in the normal rear-view mirror. Also, my sister swears by Bonjela, which is a gel you can put on baby's gums to numb the pain when they are teething. I don't know if it's sold under the same name overthere, but you should be able to get something similar.

Have fun with the shopping :)
Jan. 28th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
1. A swing
2. Vibrating Pumpkin seat
3. Regular Diapers-you throw them over your shoulder for burping.
4. Little tiny finger nail clippers
5. A Nipple rack for the dish washer
6. A changing table and to go pad
7. formula if you're not going to breast feed.
8. Breast feeding pads for your bra.

I can think of a few more if you like.
Jan. 28th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Yay for breastfeeding!

Things I've found useful over the years:
• a sling (this is a personal preference, though--some people like the front-carriers better)
• a boppy/nursing pillow (useful to help support the puff while you're nursing, and then later to help support him during tummy time and when he's learning to sit)
• a good breast-pump (I've had really good luck with both Avent and Medela). The best ones are more expensive, but they're so worth it.
• Good nursing pads so you don't leak all over your clothes when you're nursing (I like the Avent or Lansinoh ones)
•If you have room, a swing can be nice, as can one of the bouncy-chairs
• a good diaper bag--it should be easy to organize, large enough to carry what you need without being too large to carry comfortably
• diapers and wipes! You can never have enough diapers and wipes.

Yay! Have fun with the baby stuff. And I'm glad you're feeling better.
Jan. 28th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
You had to get bottles when you went back to work didn't you?

I was wondering if you know of a brand that will be easier for the baby to switch back and forth between breast and bottle?

I saw some called breastflow that seem like they might be good. If you have any advice in that area I would appreciate it!

My mom and my sis both breastfed, but they both had the luxury of being stay at home moms. I have 12 weeks of maternity leave.
Jan. 28th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
It depends on the baby, really. We've used the platex disposable with their new nipples designed for breastfed babies (that's what Maggie uses) and the Avent (with Luke and Tyler). "They" (the books, etc) say that you should start breastfed babies with the slow-flow nipples, but if the puff doesn't take them, don't be afraid to try a faster-flow nipple (my milk comes so fast that Maggie got frustrated with the slow-flow nipples and wouldn't take the bottle, but didn't have any problem with a faster-flow nipple). We seem to have had better luck with bottles with the bigger area, so the baby's mouth has more surface area to latch on to, if that makes sense. I've seen adds for the Breastflow, but I've never tried them.

Really, my only advice is to try a bunch of different things until you find something that works...and be patient while you're trying them. It may take more than one try to get the baby to accept the bottle, and he may not ever really like them if you're the one trying to give it to him. Actually, one of mine never did take a bottle unless he absolutely had to. He'd take an ounce around 10 am and another ounce or so around 2pm, and then he'd wait for me to come at noon and 5. It wasn't that he couldn't; he just preferred it straight from the tap. I have the luxury that our daycare is VERY convenient and I can go nurse on my lunch hour, so that worked out all right for us.

If you're going to pump milk once you go back to work, I strongly recommend that you get a good double electric pump (one that will let you do both sides at the same time). I bought my Medela Pump in Style when I had Luke, and I'm using it for the third time with Maggie--I pumped for a year each with both Luke and Ty (I unfortunately didn't know enough when I had Andy, so he got formula during the day). They run around $250 or so, but I think I made my money back by not having to buy formula within about three months.

Feel free to contact me if you've got any questions when it comes time to start nursing. I've nursed all 4 kids, so I'd say I was pretty experienced. :) (aggiebell90 at livejournal dot com will get to me)
Jan. 28th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
it is my most fervent belief that every new mom should have a Boppy. (A nursing pillow) We've got two (one for upstairs, one for down) and I really don't know what we'd do without them. I use the ones with the removable covers, because Hogan spit up a TON when he was brand new. He loved to lay propped in it when he was little and the once he really started tummy time, we'd lay him in it, across his chest, under his arms, and it helped him learn to hold his head up. We actually took ours to the hospital, and it was a welcome relief for tired arms.

Like I said, Hogan spit up constantly when he was little, so we had to change his clothes quite a lot. We found that the pjs that zipped down one leg were the easiest to use during those first bleary eyed weeks.

If you do bottle feed at all, the Dr. Brown's bottles seem to work the best for reducing air in the tummy. They're the only ones Hogan would take. And if you do end up bottle feeding at all, whether formula or just to suplement, a munchkin bottle brush is a wise investment.

Um, what else? We had a little gym type thing with hangy toys that we let Hogan play in from about the time he was a month old. It was great to have something to occupy him for a few minutes while I cooked or did laundry or whatever.

You can't have enough burp clothes. We used, and still use cloth diapers. They wash well and get softer with time.

Hogan is almost 4 months old now, and he got a BeBePod chair for Christmas and is LOVING it. It might be a wise investment in a few months. Also, he has some soft blocks that he's in love with. They're actually what prompted him to start rolling over. We just put them out to one side and he rolls over to get them.

Puff is a boy, yes? If you're going to have him circed, you'll want to get a tube of petroleum jelly to go on his diaper for the first few days, while his skin is healing. Keeps the diaper from sticking to the skin while it heals.

Hogan hated his sleep positioner (I know I'm spelling that wrong) and we never used it. He liked his mobile above his bed for about 5 minutes.

If I think of anything else, I'll let you know. After showers, if you still need anything and woul feel comfortable sending me your address, I'd be happy to send you a box of barely used everything.

Glad you're feeling somewhat better.

Jan. 28th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
So since the mom's have been putting in their recommendations, I thought you should get a Dad's point-of-view. These are a few of the things that are a must.

1. A good swing. Let me recommend the Cradle Swing by Fisher Price clicky for Baby's-R-Us linky We used this type of swing for both girls and it works wonderfully. The attached toys are a great distraction for the puff, and it is also very easy to break down and take with places. There were many a sleepless night that all it took was a little while in the swing and a restless baby was out like a light. It's also battery operated so there is no unnecessary winding.

2. I saw someone already recommended a Boppy. My recommendation is get two, one for you, and one for the puff. They are great for feeding time, or play time to prop them up, or even to rest your arms on if you are holding them. As for why you should get two, there will be many nights where you fall asleep sitting up with the puff in your arms. Use one to support your arms and the puff, the other to support your neck. Trust me, as a dad, I swear by this process. *wink*

3. For when the Puff gets a little older, a portable high chair for going out to peoples houses or restaurants. once again, clicky for picture I know there are cheaper ones than this on the market, but this will give you the idea. These are great because you don't have to worry what infant germ factory was sitting in the public seat last, or how good it was cleaned. Also works great and Grandma and Grandpa's.

4. A must for the baby... a baby wipes warmer. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want a cold wipe touching me there. Warm wipes also keep fountaining *ahem* to a minimum, where as with cold wipes you better give 'em room once you pull the diaper back.

5. 2 diaper bags. One large carry all, and one small one for just the necessities. That way you can keep the big one in the car as your storage and the small one you can take with you in to stores and the like. Carrying a huge diaper bag around gets very tiring on everyone's arms.

6. A good bouncy is also a life saver at times, preferably one that vibrates. and yes, another clicky These are also very easy for travel, and are great for pacifying a restless puff.

There are many other little things that you will find you can not live without, pacifier clips in you decide to use pacifiers, a good bottle brush for washing bottles, A portable bottle warmer(if you can find one that doesn't suck), and the list goes on from there.

These were just a few of my recommendations from a Dad's opinion. I'll leave the fun nursing stuff to the Mom's on your flist. *smile-wink*

Jan. 29th, 2007 08:22 am (UTC)
The only thing I couldn't have lived without was stacks of good quality cloth diapers. Even if you use disposable, you should have cloth diapers in every bag you own, on every shelf, in every drawer.

Why? I never, ever ceased to be amazed at my babies capacity for puking up twice what they had taken in. "Spit up" is such a friggin euphemism. That sounds like just a few drops. I am telling you, amazing amounts can projectiled out of your baby. Those cloth diapers rock for taking care of that.

Then when the baby grows, you can use them for cleaning house.
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