Last week, we discussed the nursery, this week, we will
talk about the clothes and other equipment you may need for
The most important thing is your baby's carseat. These are available
in two main types. An infant carseat/carrier, which has a handle for
portability is the most common type. They are usually for birth to 20
pounds. The other type is a convertible car seat, these usually are
from birth to 30-40 pounds. There are pros and cons to both types. Be
sure to consider your lifestyle and needs when making this decision.
You may wish to ask if you can try the floor model in your car before
purchase, as not all car seats fit in all models of cars. Most of the
larger retail stores, i.e. Toys R Us, Babies R Us, will allow you to
You only need a few basic things in newborn size. Babies rapidly
outgrow these small sizes. When choosing baby clothes, think of
comfort and ease of changing. Onesies, creepers, t-shirts are all
great for this. You will probably need 2-3 changes a day at first.
It's a good idea to have 6-7 crib sheets and light blankets. If you
are using a crib, you may also want a crib bumper as well.
The are many different styles of strollers available. Before making
your purchase, consider where you will using your stroller. Will
you need it to be small and portable? Do you need it larger with
space to carry shopping bags? Be sure to look at all the styles before
making your decison. Some moms choose not to use strollers, but instead
use slings or baby carriers. These keep your baby close to you, and is
often soothing to your young infant.
SYMPTOMS YOU MAY EXPERIENCE
- Breast Changes, tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola
- Frequent Urination
- Indigestion or heartburn
- Occasional headaches
- Stretch Marks (cocoa butter can help with these)
- Round ligament pains
Hiccups? Have you felt your baby get them yet? Do you
know what causes them? Baby is now beginning to
practice breathing. He is inhaling and exhaling the
amniotic fluid. Sometimes, he may swallow too much,
giving himself the hiccups! He is about 13.5 inches
long, and weighs about a pound and a quarter.