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myamax
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Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:38 pm      Reply with quote
Hello! I recently learned I am expecting a baby (my first) and have started loading up on the 'what to expect when you are expecting' books etc.

I am wondering if anyone has any tips/advice they would like to share - whether it be related to skincare, clothing, or even 'stuff for baby' that you are glad you utilized.

Thank you in advance for sharing; I really enjoy the EDS forums as there are so many great ideas and information sources available, and I am looking forward to reading your posts!
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Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:17 am      Reply with quote
Congratulations!!

Well I found out quickly that a lot of things that are marketed to new parents are really unnecessary. First off, nursery bedding. It looks REALLY cute, sure. But there is no need for a crib bumper (in fact I never thought they were safe if a baby rolled over and his face was in the bumper)
There is no need for a crib comforter. I never put it on my baby, I just folded it and threw it over the back of the rocking chair. Like I said it looks cute but I never used it.

I used a bassinet so the babies could sleep next to my bed for the first two months. I would highly recommend doing that, it makes it so much easier when you have to get up in the middle of the night.

Also, there is no need for a bottle warmer. (if you're pumping and taking it out of the fridge it might be nice to take the chill off) But It's an old wives tale that babies need warm milk. Room temperature is perfectly fine. When I started formula I bought bottles of distilled water, mixed it and gave it right to them. After a while on the distilled water I just started using filtered tap water.

The car seat that snaps into the stroller is a must (I'm pretty sure they all do that now). Also, my kids loved the toy that snapped to the side of the crib that played music and projected onto the ceiling.

As far as clothing, sleep n plays, my kids lived in them in the winter, and onesies in the summer. They're the most comfortable looking things. There's no need for anything else unless you're taking baby out.

I know there's more but that's all I can think of right now!

Oh and Target and Old Navy both have really CUTE maternity clothes. Affordable too!
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Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:21 am      Reply with quote
Oh one more thing .. during the first trimester, my skin broke out pretty bad, but after that, in the second and third trimesters, my skin was divine. OH I miss it! The hair too! So thick and healthy! Wink
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Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:27 pm      Reply with quote
CONGRATS!! My recommendation is eat drink and most especially THINK healthy. Use yoga, meditation, massage and any other relaxation techniques you have...
Also research nutrition very very deeply, do not assume because someone is selling something in a store that it is healthy. Unfortunately that is far from true. (soy and cow's milk comes to mind)

Finally find out all you can about breast feeding (la leche league is a great source) and do it as long as you can. The Womanly Art of BreastFeeding is a good book as well. Don't fret, ask questions, don't just do what you're told, trust your own instincts, logic and common sense, remember the colustrum is there for a reason and if mom is calm the rest usually follows. Nine months minimum if possible.

Two fascinating things I learned while researching during my pregnancy; The human brain would be best served by an additional nine months in utero, but would kill most of us on delivery so breast milk helps the brain develop to its best potential.

Secondly avoid walkers, babies need the creep/ crawl stages to develop good hand eye co-ordination and further brain development which assists in reading/writing. Cultures which carry their newborns on their backs until they walk typically do NOT have a written/reading language...
Also that same creeping crawling activity has been recreated in older children with learning disabilities to try to fill that 'blank'.

There is a terrific book called Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) which I really liked as well, offers a lot of good info on how to raise decent human beings...

Good luck have fun, enjoy and most importantly - stay connected to what truly matters and RELAX!! Very Happy
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Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:55 pm      Reply with quote
Aw congrats! ummm....hmmm.. ...GOODLUCK!
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Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:56 pm      Reply with quote
Congratulations!!
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Green Smoothies spring to mind when thinking of easy ways to get high nutrient food into your diet, and it goes without saying that getting enough nutrients is very, very important for pregnant women.

I think I'll post this article in the supplements thread too; I know I feel a lot better when I have green smoothies and a friend told me that when she has them her blood sugar levels are so much better and they've cut her head aches down by 50%.
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Ode to Green Smoothies

As the Russian proverb says: New- is something old, that has been long forgotten. This summer I re-discovered green smoothies. What do I mean by green smoothie? Here is one of my favorite recipes: 4 ripe pears, 1 bunch of parsley and 1 big cup of water. Blended well. This smoothie looks very green, but it tastes like fruit. I like green smoothies so much that I bought an extra blender and placed it in my office, so that I could make green smoothies throughout the day. More than half of all the food I've had in last several months have been green smoothies. I have so much more energy and clarity that I have removed green juices from my diet. (Juicing has been something that I've been doing regularly for years.) Green smoothies have numerous benefits for human health.

Green smoothies are very nutritious. I believe that the ratio in them is optimal for human consumption: about 60% - ripe organic fruit mixed with about 40% - organic green vegetables.

Green smoothies are easy to digest. When blended well, all the valuable nutrients in these fruits and veggies become homogenized, or divided into such small particles that it becomes easy for the body to assimilate these nutrients, the green smoothies literally start to get absorbed in your mouth.
Green smoothies, as opposed to juices, are a complete food because they still have fiber.

Green smoothies belong to the most palatable dishes for all humans of all ages. With a ratio of fruits to veggies as 60:40 the fruit taste dominates the flavor, yet at the same time the green vegetables balance out the sweetness of the fruit, adding nice zest to it. Green smoothies are simply the best tasting dishes for the majority of adults and children. I always make extra smoothie and offer it to my friends and customers. Some of them eat a standard American diet. They all finished their big cup of green smoothies with complements. They were quite surprised that something so green could taste so nice and sweet.

By consuming two or three cups of green smoothies daily you will consume enough of greens for the day to nourish your body, and they will be well assimilated. Many people do not consume enough of greens, even those who stay on a raw food diet. The molecule of chlorophyll has only one atom that makes it different from a molecule of human blood. According to teachings of Dr. Ann Wigmore, to consume chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.

Green smoothies are easy to make, and quick to clean up after. Many people told me that they do not consume green juices on a regular basis because it is time consuming to prepare green juices and clean the equipment after juicing, or to drive to the juice bar.

Green smoothies are perfect food for children of all ages, including babies of six or more months old when introducing new food to them after mother's milk. Of course you have to be careful and slowly increase the amount of smoothies to avoid food allergies.

When you consume your greens in the form of green smoothies, you can greatly reduce the consumption of oils and salt in your diet.

Regular consumption of Green smoothies forms a good habit of eating greens. Several people told me that after a couple of weeks of drinking green smoothies, they started to crave and enjoy eating more greens. Eating enough of green vegetables is often a problem with many people, especially in children.

Green smoothies can easily be freshly made at any juice bar, restaurant or health food store for the great convenience of health-oriented customers.

I encourage the readers of this article to start playing with green smoothies, and to discover the many joys and benefits of this wonderful delicious and nutritious addition to the menu.

Here are more ideas for your green creations.

Some of my favorite greens to add to green smoothies: parsley, spinach, celery, kale and romaine. My favorite fruits for green smoothies are: pears, peaches, nectarines, bananas, mangoes and apples. Strawberries and raspberries taste superb in green smoothies, when combined with ripe bananas.

Delicious Combinations

Strawberry-banana-romaine

1-cup strawberries
2 bananas
1/2 bunch romaine
Water


Pear-kale-mint
4 ripe pears
4-5 leaves of kale
1/2 bunch of mint
Water

Finger banana-spinach

10 finger-bananas
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
Water

Bosc pear-raspberry-kale

3 bosc pears
1 handful of raspberries
4-5 leaves of kale
Water

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Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:31 am      Reply with quote
Ohhh, thank you so much for your thoughts and words! I have made little notes etc. based on your advice and will put them to good use.

I really do enjoy the EDS forum - it is such a great community. Thank you again!
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Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:36 am      Reply with quote
Saw this podcast and thought of you: http://www.pregtastic.com/ Smile
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Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:46 am      Reply with quote
Congrats!

Instead of lotioning, creams or vaseline is better to help with the stretching.
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Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:12 am      Reply with quote
Congrats!!!!!

I think organic food is better choice for you now...you know the food safe is the first problem you should consider.
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Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:48 am      Reply with quote
Congratulations!!

organic food and natural skincare maybe OK

Weleda,Clarins,NUXE can be choosed.
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Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:23 pm      Reply with quote
I just had a baby so i can go nuts telling you about baby things. I spend my entire pregnancy reading reviews on baby items. So i will just recommend some things.


1. Swaddling does wonders. Practice on a doll and make sure to get about 4-6 swaddling blankets (at least). My favorite are Aden and Anis. They are extremely light and large thus easy to swaddle. Atleast for the first 3 months you will want to swaddle. It calms MOST babies instantly.

2. Onesies, onesies, onesies. Footed onesies, long sleeved onesies, and more onesies. Also sleep sakcs. Aside from that, you dod not NEED any other baby clothing. it is a waste. You think you will dress your baby up in those cute outfits, but trust me, until about 6 months you will not. It is annoying, and in most cases it doesnt matter.

3. Bibs are useless until your baby is 6 months old and starts eating real food. Do not get newborn bibs. instead of bibs buy a set of Gerber flatfold diapers. They make for the BEST wipey rags, just place them under the babies chin and voila, bib and wipey all in one.

4. Socks- socks are useful as not all onesies are footed, however MOST socks fall off. The only ones that are good are Trumpettes. Booties are useless, they fall off before you even put them on.

5. Diapers- pampers swaddlers SENSITIVE. The regular ones are much heavier in scent in my opinion.

- Will continue later, i have to go feed the baby. Ask me if you want specific recommendations otherwise i will just continue randomly.

Ohh and what is your stroller budget, i can give you a mini review of the strollers you should get wihtin your budget, i am a stroller freak and member of strollersandprams.com
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Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:29 pm      Reply with quote
Congratulations!!!

And, while this might be obvious, this is a good time to take a break from actives in your skincare, especially any retinoids. You can resume once you're finished with the pregnancy-and-nursing period...
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Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:11 am      Reply with quote
Thanks for the great ideas - please do keep them coming! It's week 12 now (and I have never been so nauseated in my life...it just goes on and on...and on). Other than that, its going ok!

Some friends have purchased the buggabo stroller and all really like it - think that is the one we are eyeing up.

Thanks again for all your tips and such. It helps me to prioritize and really know what to do/pick up/avoid and such.
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