OK I'm going to see what I can do with all these questions. (edited: took me so long to write this book other's had had gotten there before me
me and my big typing fingers . . . blah, blah, blah) Anyone coming across this that is still thinking in whole sentences, please give better answers than this.Jecaly, are there slings better for newborns?
Depends on who you ask. Some talented folk would do fine with an old bedsheet and a paperclip. I've tried a new native baby carrier (supposed to be one of the best with nb) and the maya wrap. Neither of my kiddos liked it until they were about 2 months old. It really, truly might just be me - other people swear by both. I'm looking to get a wrap this time (moby or hug-a-bub) or a fleece pouch - both are supposed to let you carry even a nb vertically. (Neither of mine liked the sling until the could be upright in it)MonikitaUT, Do I need bottles right away? Do I need a breast pump before I have the baby? Can anyone recommend a good book for taking care of a baby naturally?
Nope, don't need bottles right away. Almost everyone agrees, even if you want them to be willing to take a bottle, not to give one in the first few weeks when they are perfecting their latch. A breast pump, on the other hand, can come in handy if you get really engorged in those first few days when your milk comes in. Everyone is different - some women swear by hand pumps, some by electric, some have luck with either, some have luck with neither. I know that isn't very helpful, just take advice about 'the best breast pump' with a grain of salt.
As for books, I'd really recommend The Baby Book by Sears for a good general how to take care of a baby book. It's not homeopathic or herbal or anything (so you'll expand your collection as yougo), but good with childhood illnesses, how to give a bath, etc.MonkeyPrincess, What is the spray solution for the wipes? Do you buy it or make it? What are you using for wipes? How many wipes do you have? What the heck is a wet bag?! (Maybe a bag to carry wet dipes when your out?) As far as a pail goes, can you just use a regular trash can with a lid and a trash bag?
Some people spray their wipes ; they keep a solution in a spray bottle next to where they change the baby. Other people just run a few under the tap every time they go to change a diaper. I keep mine in tupperwear already wet. Just like they way people wet them varies, what they wet them with varies. Just water; water with a few drops of natural baby soap; water with lavendar or tea tree oil; water with apricot oil; etc, etc. The list in endless. You can look up recipes online or head over to the diapering forum - those are the real experts!
Wetbags are just waterproof bags you put wet or dirty diapers in. Small wet bags for when you are out of the house; giant one for inside your trash can (or don't use a trash can). Of course zip lock bags and garbage bags work too - it's just that they are disposible. If you go for wetbags, remember you'll need an extra one while the used one is washing.