Originally Posted by Alaskanewbie
Hi all, I'm pretty new to Fairbanks and I'm newly pregnant. As the trees turn more and more yellow I've become more and more anxious over my 1st winter in Alaska and my new baby. Any advise?
Hi, mama! Welcome to the Interior!
First, where are you coming from, do you have a preference for health care providers for your pregnancy and birth, do you live in town or out, and do you have any other kids? All that helps us figure out how best to advise you.
Heat: wood or fuel oil? Vehicle or public transit or normally a walker/bike rider?
For good quality secondhand baby stuff, try Once Upon A Child. For secondhand maternity and nursing try Blueberry Baby (also go there for cloth diapers, nursing bras, organic and locally made baby swag, etc). We have a robust breast feeding and home birthing community, as well as tons of homeschoolers and unschoolers. LLL and WIC are both good places to meet other nursing moms (WIC has a breast feeding circle).
For winter gear, secondhand is at Value Village, while good deals are at Big Ray's or Big Ray's Outlet.
There is a cutoff date by which you must have snow tires on (and then one for having taken off) your snow tires. Try not to wait until that date as it gets very busy!
Farmer's Market is going on until the 24th, you must go at least once.
Homegrown Market has nice produce and meat box deals throughout the year.
Go to a First Friday somewhere, anywhere, and enjoy the community of Fairbanks.
. Again, welcome!