127. The Mommy Lists: Baby Care.

Tips for Baby Clothing
  • Start with 3-6 month size clothing (they should fit loosely).
  • Buy at least 6 of each size.
  • You will be doing a lot of laundry use a mild detergent.
  • All sleepwear should be flame resistant.
Tips for Feeding
  • Breast feeding is recommended by doctors but it is not for everyone.
  • While nursing relax. Sit in your rocker chair, put a pillow under your arm, take a deep breath.
  • Start with a manual pump then when comfortable use an electrical one.When using a bottle your baby might be picky about the shape of the nipple.
  • Discuss baby formula brand with your pediatrician. Make sure your baby is not allergic to the formulation. Consider soy-based formulas.
  • Introducing solid food is a decision you have to make not your mother or friends. Discuss with your pediatrician when your baby will be ready for solid food.
  • Ideally prepare your baby’s food at home from organic fresh ingredients.
Tips for Necessities
  • Give your baby a bath every day.
  • Use a small baby tub.
  • Never leave the baby unattended during the bath.
  • Use the mildest shampoo and soap (the fewer ingredients the better for the baby).
Tips for Diapering
  • Washable cotton diapers or disposable diapers. Disposable wins hands down.
  • Choose the diaper that suits your baby. (hint: try a few brands)
  • Set a changing table in the baby’s room. Have diapers, cream, powder and wipes handy.
  • Changing on the go: find a bathroom, wipe the surface with an antibacterial wipe, spread the changing pad, put baby on top and change diaper efficiently and quickly (you’ll be a pro by the second week.)
  • Keep baby’s bottom smooth and dry. Use cream for diaper rash.
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