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1. I’m totally baby’s favorite. Lane laughs and smiles when I come into the room and cries when I leave. It breaks my heart, but it also makes me feel like the most important person in the world!
2. Baby rolled from tummy to back for the first time! I’m not sure who’s more excited about this — me or baby. Lane won’t stop practicing this new trick!
3. I never, ever leave baby on a bed, changing table, or any other high surface. Now that Lane is rolling, it’s even more important that I always follow this safety rule.
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4. I think it’s time for another date night. I’ll try to find a babysitter this week so my partner and I can go out for a little while, even if it’s just for a quick coffee.
5. If I don’t already have a nasal aspirator, I’ll get one this week. Baby’s first cold is probably coming soon, if Lane hasn’t had one already!
6. My partner and I are making time for sex again, but things are a little different these days. If I’m breastfeeding, it’s totally normal to leak milk in the middle of an intimate moment. I know this is nothing to be embarrassed about (and my partner might even get a kick out of it)!
7. I talked to my pediatrician about when baby should start solids. I also asked about good choices for baby’s first foods. I’m looking forward to this new culinary adventure!
1. Is the 4-month growth spurt starting already? Suddenly baby wants to breastfeed all the time. I’m continuing to feed on demand — I know it won’t last forever.
2. Baby is starting to like colors! I’ve started offering more brightly colored toys instead of the high-contrast ones Lane used to enjoy.
3. Singing, whistling, clapping, and even blowing raspberries — baby loves sounds! I have lots of fun making sound effects for baby throughout the day. This helps Lane’s language development, too, so I’m okay with sounding silly.
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4. Baby is finally getting the hang of using Lane’s hands! Lane is grabbing everything in sight — especially my dangling necklace or hair. Time to take off my nice jewelry for a while.
5. If baby gives me a minute to myself this week, I’ll go online and find some healthy recipes. Soon I’ll be cooking for baby, too! — but in the meantime, I want to make sure my partner and I are eating healthy, especially if I’m breastfeeding.
6. My breast milk is changing as baby grows. I’m making sure to eat healthy fats like nuts and avocados to get all the nutrition I need.
7. I’m enjoying the fact that baby’s schedule is getting more predictable! It’s tempting to use every extra minute to catch up on chores, but I’m making time to rest and unwind, too.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #11
1. I’m working on helping baby enjoy her crib, so I got Lane a projection soother that attaches to Lane’s crib and projects a scene onto the ceiling. Lane loves to look at it!
2. Baby might try to interact with other kids. Lane is interested in other babies!
3. I’ve learned to give baby a massage. It’s fun for both of us! — it’s relaxing and soothing for Lane, and it’s bonding for me. We’ve made it part of our bedtime routine.
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4. I’m taking time to exercise regularly — at least three times a week. Even if I don’t have a lot of time, I take a quick walk with baby in the stroller to help myself relax and lower stress.
5. My partner and I talked about when we plan to start solids. Most experts recommend waiting till after baby is six months old.
6. I’ve talked with my pediatrician about when I need to call if baby gets sick. Especially if baby is in daycare, I know what symptoms to look for and when I should worry.
7. We made it past the newborn stage! My baby is officially an infant now!
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #10
1. I double-check baby’s environment for choking hazards whenever I put Lane down to play. Anything smaller than a toilet paper roll is small enough to fit down a baby’s throat.
2. My baby’s skin is a little dry, and Lane’s starting to get eczema, so I use a gentle hydrating cream after every bath — and apply it again throughout the day.
3. Baby loves familiar people — and right now, Mommy and Daddy are his favorites. Whenever Lane sees one of us, Lane smiles. Sometimes Lane even reaches for me!
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4. I’ve organized our schedules! I made a calendar with all my appointments for work and home.
5. I made a list of baby essentials that I need to have with me at all times. I’ve packed a diaper bag that can travel with baby to daycare or a babysitter, and I’m keeping it stocked with everything baby needs.
6. I’m keeping baby’s bum healthy! I chose a diaper cream that’s natural and hypoallergenic, with no petroleum.
7. Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself all day long, because I’m constantly talking to baby — and even singing to Lane. I sound silly, but baby loves it! And I know it will help develop Lane’s language skills, so it’s worth it.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #9
1. My baby’s growing! Lane eats 4-5 oz of formula at every meal. If I’m breastfeeding, I don’t need to measure how much Lane eats — I just feed Lane on demand.
2. Baby can figure out where a sound is coming from! When Lane hears something that interests Lane, Lane turns Lane’s head and locates the source of the sound with his {name}’s eyes.
3. My baby seems a little constipated — Lane’s not pooping every day, and when Lane does, it’s hard. I move Lane’s legs in a bicycle motion to help get his digestive system moving.
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4. I’ve set up the baby monitor, and it’s my new best friend! I can get stuff done on the other side of the house while baby is napping.
5. I really don’t feel like getting it on right now! I’ve never been so uninterested in sex. I know that breastfeeding can affect my sex drive, and my partner and I talked about how I’m feeling and how we can work together to stay connected even when I’m not feeling inspired.
6. My lactation consultant thinks that dairy I eat might affect baby, so I’ve cut milk out of my diet temporarily to see if it helps constipation or eczema.
7. I think my partner and I are ready for our first real date night! We’ve hired a babysitter, and we’re going to go out for a short dinner in the early evening. We’re prepared to come home early if baby gets fussy.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #8
2. If I hold baby up on Lane’s feet, Lane puts some of her weight on Lane’s legs. I don’t do this often, because it can affect Lane’s hip development, but Lane just loves it when I do! — it’s like Lane can’t wait to start standing on Lane’s own.
3. Baby is starting to get picky about who holds her {name} — and just when we were feeling ready for a babysitter! Lane needs time to get to know new people.
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4. I’m taking care of my health by keeping caffeine to a minimum and drinking plenty of healthy liquids like water and fresh juice.
5. My partner and I had a heart-to-heart about chores. Between childcare and household jobs, there’s a lot more that needs to be done these days! We talked about how much each of us can do and how we can work as a team.
6. I made a list of emergency contact numbers for babysitters. It includes our cell phone numbers as well as poison control and our pediatrician’s number. I hung it somewhere visible like the fridge or right next to the phone.
7. I’m working on remembering who I am apart from being a mom. I took an hour this week to rest and do something just for me.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #7
1. When I dangle objects in front of baby, Lane follows them with Lane’s eyes.
2. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m starting to be able to put baby down when Lane ’s sleepy but still awake. Lane can sometimes put himself to sleep if I catch Lane at just the right time!
3. My baby has had Lane’s two-month checkup, which included a lot more vaccinations! The two-month vaccination series includes the first dose of rotavirus, the first dose of DTaP, the first dose of Hib, the first dose of PCV13, and the first dose of IPV.
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5. I don’t have much time for make-up these days. But I’m getting the hang of putting on a couple of things quickly — some lip gloss and mascara or eyeliner, so I can feel a little dressed up without spending a lot of time.
6. I squeezed back into some of my pre-pregnancy jeans! Sure, they used to be my loose, comfortable jeans, but hey, I’m finally out of maternity clothes! I’ll take it.
7. I’ve thoroughly researched my daycare provider. They have plenty of experience with young babies, they’re certified, and they know infant first aid and CPR.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #6
1. I’m getting really good at knowing what my baby is saying. I’m learning to read Lane’s cues, and know if Lane’s hungry or tired — usually even before Lane starts to cry.
2. I thought all those freezer meals I prepped when I was pregnant were going to last forever, but now they’re starting to get a little low. Time to start cooking again.
3. My baby’s immune system isn’t fully developed, so I’m making sure to protect Lane from germs. When we’re out in public, I keep sanitizer handy, and I never give Lane a toy or pacifier that’s fallen on the ground.
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4. I’m making sure to stay hydrated, especially if I’m breastfeeding. I bought some extra water bottles so I can always keep one filled and nearby. 
5. My partner and I have talked about choosing a babysitter. We’ve started making a list of instructions about our baby’s bedtime routine so we can get an evening babysitter when we feel ready.
6. My baby startles easily. If Lane hears a sudden noise or if I put Lane down too quickly, Lane throws Lane’s arms out and then pulls them back.
7. I love talking with my baby! Lane doesn’t talk back, but Lane does imitate my expressions. You should see her smile!
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #5
1. My baby is starting to pay more attention to the world. Lane notices sounds and looks around to try to figure out where the sound came from.
2. My baby tries to reach for things! When I put Lane in the play gym, Lane looks at the different colors and bats at the hanging toys. Baby doesn't really have control of Lane’s arms yet, but Lane seems to enjoy trying.
3. If I’m breastfeeding, I’ve talked with my lactation consultant about how my food affects baby. We’ve discussed whether I should make any changes to my diet.
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4. My doctor said I can start regular exercise, so I joined the gym! I plan to work out in the evenings while my partner spends some quality time with baby.
5. My partner and I aren’t ready to leave baby with an evening sitter yet, so we’re planning some “date nights in.” We’re taking some time to focus on each other and stay connected.
6. I had my 6-week postpartum doctor visit. I talked with my doctor about my birth control options and about whether I’m ready to start exercising.
7. Before I start pumping to save breastmilk, I’ve learned about how to store breast milk so I can reuse it later.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #4
1. Milk or formula is all my baby needs! I know not to give baby any water. Even if it’s really hot outside, breastmilk or formula gives Lane all the hydration Lane needs.
2. I’m giving baby a chance to experience different textures and colors. I put different fabrics on the floor for Lane to touch during tummy time so Lane can explore the sense of touch.
3. My baby is starting to get better head control. I still support Lane’s head when I lift Lane, but it doesn’t feel like lifting a bobble head toy anymore.
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4. I’m getting plenty of opportunity to use those cute bibs I got at my baby shower! Baby drools a lot, so I keep a bib on Lane all the time.
5. Is it really time for me to go back to work already? I decided to start back on a Wednesday to give myself a short first week back. This will help me ease back into work.
6. I’m going to spend some quality time with baby! — I signed up for a Mommy and Me class like a yoga class or a postpartum exercise class.
7. I got my hair done! I told my stylist I need something that’s quick and easy for me to style at home.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #3
1. My baby had another checkup. Lane may also get a second dose of the Hep B vaccination.
2. My baby likes to look at things. If I move an object across Lane’s vision, Lane follows it with Lane’s eyes.
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4. Breastfeeding should be pretty established at this point. If I have any pain when baby latches, I’ll schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant.
5. I still sleep when baby sleeps, but if I have the energy, I try to spend some one-on-one time with older kids during one of baby’s naps.
6. Breastfeeding is not birth control! My partner and I have talked about our plans for birth control after I’m ready to resume intimacy.
7. I scheduled my 6 week postpartum appointment with my doctor. I also scheduled my baby’s two-month checkup with our pediatrician.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #2
1. It’s never too early for tummy time! I’ve started laying my baby on Lane’s belly for a few minutes every day to help baby build Lane’s neck and back muscles.
2. I’ve been feeling a little down and stressed. It may just be the “baby blues,” but I’ve scheduled an appointment to talk with my doctor about my risk for postpartum depression.
3. How do I feel about pacifiers? My partner and I have talked with our lactation consultant and decided whether we want to introduce a pacifier.
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4. My baby knows me! Lane turns Lane’s head toward my voice and studies my face while I’m talking.
5. Ouch. If I had an episiotomy or tear, I’m adding a few drops of tea tree oil in my bath to help me heal faster.
6. I’m getting my energy back! If I had an uncomplicated vaginal birth, I might be ready to start light exercise with a short walk around the block.
7. Baby is sleeping most of the day, but only for a few hours at a time. I’m doing my best to sleep whenever baby does so I can get some rest during the day. We probably won’t be sleeping through the night for a while!
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #1
1. My baby’s crib might look sparse right now — no blankets or pillows! I use a sleep sack to keep Lane warm at night.
2. It may just be a reflex, but it’s still the sweetest thing when my baby grabs my finger if I touch Lane’s palm. Lane also has strong opinions — Lane cries to tell me how Lane feels! Right now Lane can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Lane likes to look at patterns with strong contrast.
3. I’m in the “fourth trimester,” and I still look pretty pregnant! I’m wearing comfortable clothes, like the maternity pants I wore in the first trimester.
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4. I’ve got my baby’s safety kit ready with a digital thermometer, a night light and a nasal aspirator.
5. If I plan to pump, I’ve got a good electric or manual pump. An electric pump is essential if I need to pump full-time; a manual is fine if I’ll only need to pump occasionally.
6. Is my baby getting enough to eat? Sometimes it’s hard to tell! If I’m concerned, I won’t hesitate to ask my pediatrician or lactation consultant.
7. Baby doesn’t get very dirty right now, but I’ve learned how to give Lane a sponge bath. I won’t be using the baby bath or putting Lane all the way in the water till after his cord falls off.
Ashley answered to:
Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Lane’s first vaccination — a dose of Hepatitis B that’s given at birth. I also scheduled my baby’s first doctor appointment.
2. Who knew poop would ever be so interesting? I’m counting my baby’s diapers to make sure Lane has at least 6 wet ones and 3 dirty ones every 24 hours.
3. I’m hungrier now than I was when I was pregnant! I need 300-500 extra calories if I’m breastfeeding, so I’m eating at least 2,000 calories every day.
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4. We’re ready to bring baby home! I washed all the baby clothes and bedding in a hypoallergenic detergent that’s designed not to irritate baby’s sensitive skin.
5. This hospital underwear is pretty practical. I’ve bought some disposable underwear of my own and some extra-long pads to protect me during postpartum bleeding.
6. I’ve got a postpartum support belt or wrap to support my belly as I’m healing. If I had a C-section, I’ve also bought some scar healing cream with vitamin E.
7. If I plan to bottle feed, then I’ve got the right equipment. My newborn needs small, 4 oz bottles and stage 1 nipples. I’ve also got a bottle brush to keep my bottles clean.
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