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Sarah 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 Bradley all the hydration Bradley needs.
2. I’m giving baby a chance to experience different textures and colors. I put different fabrics on the floor for Bradley to touch during tummy time so Bradley can explore the sense of touch.
3. My baby is starting to get better head control. I still support Bradley’s head when I lift Bradley, 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 Bradley 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.
Sarah answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #3
1. My baby had another checkup. Bradley 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 Bradley’s vision, Bradley follows it with Bradley’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.
Sarah answered to:
Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Bradley’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 Bradley 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.
Sarah 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 Bradley 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 Bradley’s palm. Bradley also has strong opinions — Bradley cries to tell me how Bradley feels! Right now Bradley can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Bradley 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 Bradley a sponge bath. I won’t be using the baby bath or putting Bradley all the way in the water till after his cord falls off.
Sarah answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #2
1. It’s never too early for tummy time! I’ve started laying my baby on Bradley’s belly for a few minutes every day to help baby build Bradley’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! Bradley turns Bradley’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!
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