Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Packing the Bags

And so the packing begins. You have a baby’s bag to pack and you have yours.  I studied lots of different lists that moms have made through the years and talked to friends and family and here is the best list I could come up with. 

This would be a great time for you to provide any tips you may have!


*Make sure the car seat is in the car about 3 weeks before your due date and make sure it is secure.

1.  2 receiving blankets – for me muslin is best since we’re having a July baby
2.  Cap – but probably won’t uses due to heat
3.  2 pairs scratch prevention mittens
4.  2 pairs of little newborn socks
5.  Hand sanitizer for use after touching hospital items
6.  Baby wipes – cloth or wet depending on your preference
7.  Nail clippers, comb, and coconut oil for baby’s bottom (to prevent meconium from sticking) and a nasal aspirator
8.  Newborn diapers
9.  3 undershirts
10.  2-3 “Going home”outfits as you may change your mind on which one you like best!
11.  Pediatrician information


1.  Flip-flops
2.  At least 4 large size pads or Depends underwear
4.  Socks that are comfy
5.  Sports bra and nursing bra
6.  3 pairs underwear
7.  P.J.s that make nursing easy
8.  Going home outfit – maxi dress or large stretch pants to fit over pad, and loose
9.  Snacks for you and dad – bars, honey sticks, fruit smashes, popsicles, juice
10.  Kleenex sanitary wipes for hospital items
11.  Gum – helps some people focus during labor
12.  Phone numbers of your “must call” list:
                        a.  Parents
                        b.  Siblings
                        c.  Doula – who is doing placenta encapsulation
13.  Pen for paper work
14.  Hair tie / head band
15.  Travel size deodorant, body wash, shampoo, Chapstick, toothbrush, hair comb, and make-up for pictures if you want,
16.  Camera
17.  Cell phone and charger
18.  Laptop and charger for movies or while resting
19.  Nipple cream
20.  Change for the vending machine
21.  Blanket for dad
22.  Large ball for laboring on
23.  Shorts and t-shirt change for dad
24. iPod for labor music mix

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Breast-Feeding Class

Last night I took a breast-feeding class. I feel that it is just as important for me as a new mom to absorb what to do, how to do it and trouble-shoot as it is for me as an advising doctor.

I work with moms that are having trouble with breast-feeding and can do so from a clinical perspective helping baby latch using cranio-sacral, jaw work, neck adjustments and palate changes.  I can help treat yeast on the nipples and give advice on plugged ducts. But when it comes to being the patient, doctors are the worst and I am no exception!  Because breast-feeding is so important I want to make sure that I am as prepared for this new role as I can be.  So I attended the Breastfeeding Essentials class at Harmony Birth in Campbell, which is taught by two awesome lactation consultants.  They also make house calls, which can be very helpful, postpartum if you are struggling.

Bridget Owen - http://www.harmonymama.com
Janet Dombro – www.janetbabymom.com

I also decided to attend a La Leche League meeting on June 27, 2013 so that I am plugged in with a support group before I may actually need it. 

La Leche League has tons of resources on their website as well:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Baby Gifts, What to ask for?

Baby Gift Registries are a new and modern invention since we now have ultrasounds that can let us know the sex of the baby before the actual birth.  Many cultures still believe in giving the new parents gifts when they first visit the baby and many more still just give cash. 

If you are going to do a baby gift registry I suggest doing it during your 24th to 27th weeks for one simple reason.  You may find the stores daunting and this is a period of time when you will still be more mobile and able to stand and walk around comfortably.  If you are wondering what to register for most stores will have a very extensive and unnecessarily long check-off list.  These can be overwhelming and scary.  My solution was to poll both experienced moms and recent moms on what they thought was essential.  Since we like to be minimalists this allowed us to hone a list we thought was actually relevant for our baby showers. 

Of course the baby shower goers (especially when you having a girl) like to pick out clothing so I recommend not worrying about registering for much clothing or blankets as you will get quiet a few of these.  We selected two places that were both easy to order online and easy to get to for most of our guests.  Although you can register exclusively online like at Amazon, this may not allow you to touch, feel, and determine the ease of use of some items. It may also be difficult if you have non-tech savvy family members.  We choose Target, which is everywhere, and Buy Buy Baby as we felt they best fit our needs and those of our friends and family.  Here is a sample of what we had on our list.

Jogging stroller
Umbrella stroller
Moby Wrap
Changing table pad
Breast pump
Glass bottles and plastic (no BPA)
Several pacifiers
Cloth Diapers
Wet bags that were cute
High chair
Diaper bag
Temporal thermometer
Baby book
Portable changing station
Ergo baby
Lots of swaddle and burp cloths
Hair brush/comb
Spoons, bowls, sippy cup
Bath toys
Bath towel and wash cloth
Bath soap set
Food mill for on-the-go baby food prep
Bottle brush cleaner
Changing pad cover and crib sheets