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Jenna Free answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #10
1. I double-check baby’s environment for choking hazards whenever I put Case 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 Case’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 Case sees one of us, Case smiles. Sometimes Case 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 Case. I sound silly, but baby loves it! And I know it will help develop Case’s language skills, so it’s worth it.
Jenna Free answered to:
Baby Checklist. Week #9
1. My baby’s growing! Case eats 4-5 oz of formula at every meal. If I’m breastfeeding, I don’t need to measure how much Case eats — I just feed Case on demand.
2. Baby can figure out where a sound is coming from! When Case hears something that interests Case, Case turns Case’s head and locates the source of the sound with his {name}’s eyes.
3. My baby seems a little constipated — Case’s not pooping every day, and when Case does, it’s hard. I move Case’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.
Jenna Free 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 Case 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 Case’s palm. Case also has strong opinions — Case cries to tell me how Case feels! Right now Case can only see black and white patterns, not colors, so Case 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 Case a sponge bath. I won’t be using the baby bath or putting Case all the way in the water till after his cord falls off.
Jenna Free answered to:
Baby Checklist. Newborn
1. My baby got Case’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 Case 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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