On formula feeding - I found it handy to have 8 bottles with a young bub so there was plenty sterile ones throughout the night and in the morning then I only needed to wash, sterilize etc. once a day. I would also boil and cool the water and measure it out into each bottle so they are ready to warm then add powder in the middle of the night. Easy and no fuss.
Oh and I read another great piece of advice online, start with the cheapest formula and the work your way up if that one doesn't work. They are so very similar and "gold" label types are pretty much just marketing gimmicks.
"If dinner is cooked at the end of the day and you are out of your pajamas you have had a good day." I think this only applies in the beginning though. By the time the child is 10 I don't think it is relevant. :s
Don't take what people say to heart. No one else is mummy to your baby, so do what works and what sits right with you and don't let anyone elses opinions get to you.
1. Prepare to breastfeed as it takes time but is worth it-mags, books, iPhone books, music etc.
2. Don't buy small baby bottles, go for the large straight up and save yourself money.
3. Put away $150 and schedule a lactation consultant 2 days after you get home, you will be comfortable in your own home and this will save you pain!
4. Find a carrier that suits you and baby, not what you think you should have going by others opinions. Try them all, when u get one that suits it's a life saver.
5. Spray bottle in hospital- god send!
6. Capsule that fit your pram are worth the money.
7. In small sizes only buy baby suits with mits built in- other ones don't stay on easily.
8. Buy breastfeeding tanks like the Lovable Ones - so much more discreet than your standard singlets. Make you feel so much more comfortable in public.
9. Babies are easiest to travel/go out to dinner with when they are young so don't be afraid.
10. Find a brilliant OB who will be your own personal cheer squad- you pay them so they should support you and make your birth experience how you want it to be. Don't accept less than what you want, demand the best. There are so many options out there don't be afraid to explore them, it's you and your babies comfort and health at stake.
11. Don't be afraid to call baby shops and price compare- most will price match or off gift vouchers for differences in price.
12. Explore cloth nappy options over disposable-they are cheaper, greener, cuter and better for bubs bottom. They are easy to manage (even old fashioned Terry cloth) and did I mention cheap!
The nurse you see when your baby is little (MCHN is whatever they're called) is not God. She will often speak crap and make you feel like the most pathetic parent around. Nearly 6 years on BH has taught me this - SO MANY women come home from seeing one, feeling like the biggest failures.
So my advice: Don't see one, or if you do, see her for the essentials (weighing, etc) and don't let the risk sink in.
never attempt to grocery shop alone(as in, big shop with a trolley) without a baby carrier of some kind.
Stop watching the clock; watch your baby.
(This is in reference to watching for signs of tiredness or signs of hunger as opposed to doing things at a specific time).
Never leave the house without a spare outfit for baby :-/
Sleep when the baby sleeps, don't look at the piles of washing or dishes in the sink- they can wait or someone else can do them. Noone can sleep for you.
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