Preparing the Nursery for the Birth of Your First Baby

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Retailer for baby gear offers tips for for preparing for the arrival of a new baby.

Don't let this happy time become a source of stress for you and your spouse or partner.

The exciting news has been shared you’re going to have a baby! Congratulations, the next 8 months will fly by. Not only will they fly, they will be filled with excitement, exasperation, and expenses! From prenatal vitamins to comfy new shoes; from the “necessary” body pillow to the “mandatory” ice cream indulgences. Don’t let this happy time become a source of stress for you and your spouse or partner.

As you share your news, family and friends will feel compelled to share their experiences, the good, the bad and the one you would have preferred not to hear! Keep in mind every ones pregnancy and birth experience is a personal event. Amid the various tales told and life events shared, there’s bound to be a slew of emotions as hormone levels grow.

While we can’t control the hormones, the well-intentioned family and friends or the spouse who can’t read minds, finding balance and a means for de-stressing each day will certainly make for a more pleasant experience. For every moment of joy there will be a moment of madness; for every hour spent leisurely, there will be hours of chaos; and the good days will be equally matched with bad days.

And as you move through your pregnancy, one of the high points will be planning the nursery. Again the excitement and exasperation set in, this time with the added burden of expenses! What do you need? What do you want? What can you afford? And what can you live without? (at least for now!) A knowledgeable retailer will know the gear your going to need and the timeframe for which you’ll need it, eliminating some unessential expenses. Here’s a list of bare essentials all new moms should have on hand, to take the guess work out of shopping so they can cherish the moments before baby is here as much as those after!

Bare Essentials for Baby:
Bath
    Baby bath tub with sling and/or adjustable back rest/seat
    Hooded towels, soft washcloths
    Moisturizing baby bath soap or bath gel
    Moisturizing lotion
Bed
    Crib Sheets, mattress pads, etc.
    Waterproof mats (small ones for the changing table [I put them on top of the cloth cover because they're easier to change], large ones for the crib)
    Mobile
    Sleep sack, it's like a small wearable sleeping bag with arm holes.
Toting Around/Travel and Fun!
    Car seat/baby carrier
    Stroller
    Pack and Play, great for a family room play area or convenient for trips
    Bouncy seat with vibrating seat
    Infant swing
    Brightly colored, high-contrast toys (Lamaze has great ones)
Layette
    Diapers...cloth or disposable
    Wipes
    Diaper rash cream
    Monitor, either audio or video
    Newborn first aid and Medicines
(bulb syringe for nose, thermometer (ear one), baby nail clipper, baby nail file,
little noses saline solution, Tylenol infant/baby drops, vitamins)
Feeding
Breast pump
Bottles
Burp clothes and bibs
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