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Filed under: BABY PREPARATION MUST-HAVES — auntemma @ 6:27 pm

Not everyone can afford a champagne budget for welcoming and newborn. Mothers on a budget find themselves to be  abit stressed out on what to buy vs what they really need. We all know that the baby paraphernalia can be very expensive and if not carefully thought out, can leave you with hundreds of dollars spend on things you only used once or never used. As far as baby toys/swings/cribs and changing are concerned, if you are on a budget try and locate mother’s groups in your area that are willing to lend out some of these things or another option is to visit second hand baby stores that guarantee these items for a fraction of a price. DON’T get caught up on the looks, but seek out what seems functional.

Below are some of the  things that you must have:

hey list of must-haves:

  • Diapers
  • wipes
  • shampoo and body wash and baby lotion
  • washcloths
  • towels
  • diaper rash cream
  • mother’s nipple cream(i recommend lansinoh)
  • breastfeeding bra pads
  • nursing bras
  • breast pump( If you’ll be leaving your child with a caregiver), but buy this after you give birth just because you want to make sure you have enough milk, cause if you don’t then formula will take its place, breast pumps are expensive so that’s why), if you do end up having to buy one or rent one from the hospital, you need breastmilk bottles and packages to save the milk in…
  • thermometer, nail clippers, nasal syringe
  • cotton wipes or cotton wool
  • bassinet crib sheets
  • receiving blankets
  • socks
  • lots of onsies, long sleeves and short sleeves
  • pyjamas and some clothes, now make sure you buy different sizes, buy very few newborn sizes cause they grow so fast, focus on 3mons and up and 6 mons and up
  • bathtub
  • bibs, lots of bibs
  • burp cloths
  • car seat
  • stroller
  • hand sanitzer( make sure people sanitize their hands before they hold your baby, especially if its a newborn)
  • diaper bag( it should consist of diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, thermometer, diaper changing mat, change of clothers, pacifiers if your baby needs some, your nipple cream, extra breastfeeding  bra pads for you, hand sanitizer, sun hat or winter hat depending on the weather, a few baby toys, bibs and burp clothes)
  • breastfeeding pillow( make sure you take this to the hospital, its a great breastfeeding tool)
  • breastfeeding discreet cloth( its at target, you put it on your neck to cover the baby and you while you breastfeed… instead of exposing yourself to the whole world while you breastfeed.. its like $9.
  • infant motrin (you don’t want to be caught off guard when baby is not well in some wee hours… always consult your dr before dispensing any medication to baby)

so that’s the must-have list so far….  hope this helps….




Filed under: Uncategorized — auntemma @ 3:46 pm

I came across with article that i thought has really great tips on how to deal with strong willed/stubborn children.
The key is consistency, you and your caregiver have to be consistent on the methods you feel are suitable for your household. I realize not all households are the same and quite frankly not all children are the same even if they are brought up in the same household. A time-out might work for one and not for another. Learning your child’s personality is also important in getting them to do the right thing at the right time. You have to take to time to understand your child’s behavioral patterns on why they do what they do. Some children act out based on neglect and feel like perhaps doing the wrong thing is one way of getting your attention, others is because of the kind children they are around, children are like sponges and adopt behavior patterns based on what they are exposed to. What they watch also plays a part on their behavior. It could also be based on home affairs, if there is no stability in the home it shows on their behavior as well. And it also could be for the simple fact of just testing your parental instincts.Children can sense when you are vulnerable to disciplining them, so letting them get away with it two or three times can make it very difficult for you later on.
I found this article to be quite helpful but it will take alot of patience to make this work. Enjoy!,2&cid=cnn
Alot of facts come into play


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