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New motherhood is a joyous time. The early days of bonding with your baby after carrying him around for nine months, feeling him kick and hiccup inside of you, are some of the most precious and beautiful moments a woman has the privilege to experience. From the moment you find out you’re pregnant to the first time you see your sweet baby’s face and feel his breath on your cheek to every moment in between and well beyond, your child becomes the most important thing in your life.
And when it comes to choosing the right items you and your baby will need, it is almost impossible to decide. When I was a first time mother, I was so excited, but I was also over anxious about what I needed. I talked my husband into spending a mini-fortune on things we ended up never using! By the time I had my third baby, I had it whittled into a fine art, and I only bought the basic necessities that I knew I and my son would need.
Things like diapers – more specifically, Pampers® Swaddlers, which I have used with my other kids and knew to be the best diapers for our needs – in various sizes from newborn and up. Every child is different, and I knew that my baby would likely move through the sizes quickly, much like his brothers. I created a registry on Walmart.com in order to organize my needs and allow others to contribute if they wanted to. They have an awesome Baby Registry Checklist to make it easy for moms to know exactly what to ask for. The great thing about creating your own registry is that you can ask for the exact brands you want in the quantities and sizes you need. I wouldn’t be stuck with an untested brand of diapers – I could get the Pampers Swaddlers Super Pack, and people would not be stuck trying to guess.
And it’s not just about getting gifts. There’s a great section of Pampers Baby Basics for Any Mom on Walmart.com’s Parent & Baby Center to help you with impending motherhood. Things like newborn care tips, baby shower check lists and even what to look for in a childbirth course!
Of course, every mom has her own advice to give to expectant moms, and you have to take each one with a grain of salt. But here’s some of the best advice that I got when I was expecting.
First, remember that there are lots of baby products out there, and some of them can make your life a LOT easier. But some are completely unnecessary. For instance, having a dedicated diaper pail for the nursery is a lovely luxury, but a bargain-basement plastic bin would work just as well and wouldn’t require specialist bags! A wipe warmer is nice, too, but it does tend to spoil the baby so that if you’re ever without it, they scream loud and long when the cold wipe hits their nether regions!
Next, remember to accept any and all help that is offered to you. If someone wants to buy you a gift, point them to your registry or tell them flat out what you need. People always mean well, but you may be left with twenty newborn onesies that your baby never gets to wear because he grows out of them too fast! Or you may get twelve boxes of diapers and no one thinking to get you any wipes! Accept gratefully when people get you something you don’t need, but if asked, always be clear about what your needs are.
Finally, remember to sit back and enjoy the time with your new baby. They truly do grow SO fast, and you will want to take it all in. Housework will wait, and you can always shower later. If you want a really special moment, strip that baby down to his diaper and place him on your chest for some skin to skin contact. You will never believe how amazing a feeling it is until you try it. And if you’re using a Pampers® product, at least you know there’s no danger of an accidental leakage while you do it.