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The ONLY Hospital Bag Checklist You Need to Stay Organized

July 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Congratulations! You are almost there and that means that it is time to start packing that hospital bag of yours. I went through this three times and here is the list I compiled that helped me remember all the essentials:

 

Documents /Hospital Essentials:

  • cord blood collection kit to be given to your nurse/doctor
  • insurance card
  • money in case you need to get something at the hospital
  • cell phone
  • cell phone charger
  • camera/charger/memory card
  • iPad 

 

Personal Care Items:

  • anything you typically use for daily skin care such as a moisturizer/eye creme)
  • toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, etc)
  • eye makeup remover 
  • cotton rounds
  • hair brush
  • hair ties
  • makeup 
  • chapstick
  • towel

 

Clothing and Nursing Accessories for Mom:

  • warm socks (the epidural makes you feel really cold)
  • nursing bras
  • nursing gowns - found an excellent one by Jessica Simpson sold at www.motherhood.com. It fits well and is super soft and comfortable. Find it here  
  • robe
  • flip flops
  • slippers
  • nursing pads
  • nipple cream - I've used lanolin Find it here
  • disposable padded underwear if you don't want to wear the mesh ones they provide at the hospital
  • nursing pillow ("My Brest Friend" pillow is truly your best friend at the hospital and at home and is much more superior to the poppy pillow that offers no support). I found the deluxe version to be more comfortable than the original. (Find it here)
  • eye mask - it is not easy to get some shut eye with the hospital's bright lights.
  • belly wrap - it's never too early to start working on getting your flat tummy back. I've used Belly Bandit BFF with excellent results. (Find it here )
  • going home outfit

 

Things to Pack for Your Newborn Baby:

  • a newborn velcro swaddle blanket made it so much easier to swaddle a wiggly baby. You can find them here
  • going home outfit
  • baby hat
  • burp cloth
  • pacifier 
  • car seat
  • baby wipes if you don't want to use gauze pads from the hospital
  • stroller/car seat blanket. 
  • muslin blanket for nursing
  • onesies

 

Clothing and Nursing Accessories for Dad:

  • toiletries
  • change of clothes
  • snacks
  • electronics as mentioned in "hospital essentials" above
  • something to read

 

 

Wishing you an easy labor and a fast recovery! Hope this list helps you pack for your big day! If you have any other suggestions that feel should be added, please feel free add your comments below. 

 

 

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Top Five Early Pregnancy Symptoms

April 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

When a pregnancy test seems like a lifetime away and is just too long to wait for, here are some early pregnancy signs from my personal experience that may help you figure out if you are expecting:

1. Lower back pain - A lower back pain was probably one of the first signs to ever show itself in all of my pregnancies. It felt like a more intense version of menstrual cramps. All the other symptoms listed below seemed to follow. 

 

2. Sore breasts - they were so sore that it hurt to even put/take off a bra.

 

3. Heightened sense of smell - suddenly some things smelled awful even when they didn't bother me in the past.

 

4. Change in body temperature - I was freezing all the time. It felt as if I was coming down with a cold.

 

5. Headache - not your normal type of headache but a full blown migraine.

These symptoms are from my personal experience of multiple pregnancies. If you feel that you may be pregnant, please consult with your doctor. 

Good luck in your journey of pregnancy!

 

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Top Five Questions and Answers about Disney Cruise

May 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I recently traveled to the Eastern Caribbean Islands via Disney

Fantasy which is one of Disney Cruise Line's newer ships.

Many people have asked me the following questions:

1. How does it compare to Disney World?

2. Don't you get bored on the ship?

3. What do you do if it rains?

4. How is entertainment? What?? There is no casino? Is there anything to do for adults?

5. Is it really worth it?

 Honestly, I had asked myself those very same questions prior to our trip. I will try to address them all below: 

1. Disney World and Disney Cruise are two completely different experiences. You must try each at least once in your lifetime. Disney World is a much more active, hectic type of vacation as it forces you to plan everything ahead of time and the vacation itself is running from ride to ride, restaurant to restaurant, which can be exhausting for both parents and children. 

Disney Cruise, on the other hand, has almost no extra planning involved. All you have to do is book your stateroom and flight and can add on activities to your trip after. Disney Cruise is a very relaxing vacation. Everything you need is there on the ship. Disney does such an amazing job catering to kids that it makes our (parents') life so much easier.

2. There is so much to do on the ship at all times that you forget that you're on the ship. There is truly something for everyone there. Movies, shows, restaurants, games, arcades, mini golf, basketball, fitness center, spa, adult and kid pools, water slides, just to name a few. They constantly have different activities and contests that you can participate in. The kids' club is amazing with themed rooms and activities. My kids, who always refuse to stay in any kids' club, loved it so much that they refused to leave. 

3. It actually rained the first day of the trip and was really cold the second day but we didn't feel like we were missing out. We had the time to explore the ship, participate in activities and the kids still enjoyed the heated pool and movies by the pool.

4.  The entertainment was unbelievable. We actually looked forward to watching a show every night. They did a great  job entertaining children but did not forget about the adults. Every night was something new and exciting. Disney's Believe, Disney's Wishes and Disney's Aladdin are some of the broadway quality shows we enjoyed. Pirate night along with fireworks was a lot of fun as well. We also had the pleasure of meeting Ricky Kalmon (celebrity hypnotist and motivational speaker). His shows were incredible!

5. I can go on and on about what we loved about our Disney Cruise but the truth is that you will never understand it until you experience it for yourself! It was truly a magical vacation

and we would go back in a heartbeat!

 

 

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Best List of Online Stores to Shop for Baby and Children

May 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Shopping for your baby is a breeze with these online stores.

From diapers and food to cute clothing and accessories and the

 best part...you don't even have to leave your house!

 

1. Diapers.com Shop Now

2. Amazon.com Shop Now

3. Crew Cuts by J. Crew Shop Now

4. Janie and Jack Shop Now

5. Gymboree Shop Now

6. Crazy 8 Shop Now

7. Baby Gap Shop Now

8. Baby Old Navy Shop Now

9. Carters Shop Now

10. Osh Kosh Shop Now

11. Next Direct Shop Now

12. Walk Into Fashion Shop Now

13. Zulily Shop Now

14​​​​​​. ​Disney Store Shop Now

15. Zara Shop Now

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Four Useful Links During Pregnancy and Beyond

April 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

Top Four Useful Links During Pregnancy And Beyond

 

 

1. Baby Center - Here You will find all the useful pregnancy

and baby related information and tools.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PAGE


2. Rate MDs - Useful when looking for a pediatrician

 CLICK HERE TO GO TO PAGE

 

3. Kelly Mom - breastfeeding calculator and other helpful resources

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PAGE

 

 

4. Dr. Sears Website - a great resource for pregnancy and baby related questions.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PAGE

 

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