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Old 04-29-2009, 06:00 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Make a instruction sheet for any machine he doesn't normally use. Like for the washer, how much soap, what compartment, what temps, what buttons to push, if different loads get different settings, etc. That way, not only can he use it, but anyone else who wants to help can use it too. I'm going to have to do this because my DH doesn't have a clue about the laundry (and I don't use commercial detergents, so nobody else would be able to take over either).

As for clothes, my plan is none. Baby and I are going to hang out in bed as much as possible for the first few weeks, naked time/diaper only. Weather here doesn't tend to start to turn until late October, so clothing is completely superfluous (no a/c). Baby is liable to be born during the height of "Indian Summer". I do have some clothes, which will come in handy for the trip to go see great-grandma we'll have to do after about a week, but other than that I'm not planning on going anywhere/doing anything. DH currently has a month of vacation time saved up, so he'll be home with me that entire time. CSA delivers to my door year-round and the freezer will be stocked with food (and WF is a block away). So I won't have to really worry about clothes until Thanksgiving.

So, along with diapers... a Moby wrap, a car seat, breast pads, nursing bra, and mama cloth. I have a wool sleep sack just about ready to be bound off, and a few wool covers. Along with a few tees, that's it for the newborn period. But then I also am not expecting a small baby - most of our clothes are in the 3-6 mo size.
good idea about the washing instructions for DH. i'll probably send him down there one day before the birth and see how he does on his own first.

i was thinking about doing a lot of naked time (w/diaper) with my baby too, the first two weeks at least, from what i have read they regulate their temp and body functions better this way. that is why i didn't think i would need that much, i am glad you mentioned this. i still don't know what to get. anybody else do kangaroo care/naked time with their NB?
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hmm, same stuff i had for the others, i guess

dozen or so onesies
dozen footed sleepers
6-8 pairs of socks
too many cute outfits that get worn maybe 3-4 time before being outgrown

and 3 dozen cloth diapers plus a bunch of covers

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As for laundry, instructions are good, as are labeled baskets for sorting in the laundry room (if you have room), ex: lights, darks, whites, colored towels and sheets, delicates (don't wear these until you figure out your leaking, from boobs and below, control measures). Also, usually cold water does just fine for all but towels and sheets (and that's just my preference to get funky smells and germs out), and of course diapers (cold rinse/wash, hot hot wash, cold rinse).

This helps my hubby, though we do have a rule that he only washes his and baby clothes (too many favorite sweaters tossed in the hot wash and dryer ). And you might keep extra towels by the bed to lay under you - you'll not only leak, but also sweat like crazy as you lose a bunch of water weight the first 2 weeks - and that way you can just change towels instead of sheets every time you soak through. Oh, and fleece blankets work great as fluid-resistant pads under you and baby (under sheets or towels).

Good luck, you'll survive either way, and just let people take care of you. Have a list of things people can do if they come over, and don't let them get away with just holding baby - which is your job . And the freezer full of food is a great idea. Oh, and be ready a month ahead - my ds came 3 weeks early, right BEFORE the weekend we had set aside to do a thorough cleaning and prep of the house. I made dh vacuum bedroom before we left for birth center because at least the bedroom had to be livable, and the rest of the house didn't get a good clean for, um, months .

Boy am I going to be ready ahead of time this go round!

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Ok I am sorry but my eyes came to a screaming halt on this piece. I am a bit clueless...I guess. Bleeding?! I guess I thought this was all going to be pretty and nice and a bit of work. Guess I have some research to do! Bleeding from tearing? or you body cleansing itself? or ummmmm yep I am at a loss didn't consider this in the least.
Okay, this could have been me with my first child! The first time a nurse came in the room and said"I need to check your pad" I thought I ws going to die of embarassment!! I then went on to bleed for six weeks, and I used up many, many bags of pads. I had bought a big pack, thinking that was all I needed.
With my third child, I stripped naked in the bathroom postpartum without being asked, so the nurse could wash me off, lol. I also bought a LOT of pads.
With my fourth, I felt so great that I took a shower an hour or so after the birth. I still bled for six weeks, but it didn't freak me out, and I just bought a few CASES of pads to get me through. I have a case of 7th generation pads in my basement right now and plan on buying more, lol.
See the progression? It took me till my fourth baby to realize that I was allowed to take a walk with the baby at the hospital, DUH, lol. Noone told me I could leave the room, haha.
Basically, buy TONS of pads, enough sleepers/onsies/gowns for 3-4 per day, and don't worry about day/night clothes for a while. Neither you nor the baby will be paying much attention to day or night for a while. It will all run together. :-) A few going out outfits is fine. I have mostly handmedowns and stuff from yardsales. I hit the jackpot last weekend!
The truth is that birth and motherhood are messy, but manageable! Your breastmilk will leak at least some, and you will go through a few shirts a day at first, probably. You may want to put something under you when you sleep, because you will get your sheets wet when the baby pops off the breast as you start to let down. A towel works. Your pad may overflow when you nurse, and don't be surprised to have a recurrance of heavier bleeding at 2 weeks, as your placental site heals. Take it easy, lay down with baby, and it will subside.
There will be pee and poo everywhere, most likely. Boys pee up at you, walls, their own face, etc. Girls pee up, then down and up their backs. Much messier than boys. A total change is required, onsies, socks, sleepers, the works. As soon as you go to put thesse back on, he/she will either spit up or poop loudly and leak. It is Murphy's law, and you WILL laugh about it later, even if it makes you cry now.
Oh, this got long, lol.
You will do a great job, and feel very accomplished, when you find yourself deftly changing a screaming, peeing or pooing baby and having a conversation at the same time. It will happen, but it takes a while.
The mess gets less as they get older, and then you will miss it. :-(
Don't forget ibuprofen, gas-x and some witch hazel pads, which feel great even if you don't tear or have stitches.

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I taught my DH to do laundry when I was pregnant with baby #1. He still has to do his fair share and remembers all the rules. He forgot exactly once when DD was a baby and accidentally dyed all her clothes the wrong color. Never forgot again.

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Okay, this could have been me with my first child! The first time a nurse came in the room and said"I need to check your pad" I thought I ws going to die of embarassment!! I then went on to bleed for six weeks, and I used up many, many bags of pads. I had bought a big pack, thinking that was all I needed.
With my third child, I stripped naked in the bathroom postpartum without being asked, so the nurse could wash me off, lol. I also bought a LOT of pads.
With my fourth, I felt so great that I took a shower an hour or so after the birth. I still bled for six weeks, but it didn't freak me out, and I just bought a few CASES of pads to get me through. I have a case of 7th generation pads in my basement right now and plan on buying more, lol.
See the progression? It took me till my fourth baby to realize that I was allowed to take a walk with the baby at the hospital, DUH, lol. Noone told me I could leave the room, haha.
Basically, buy TONS of pads, enough sleepers/onsies/gowns for 3-4 per day, and don't worry about day/night clothes for a while. Neither you nor the baby will be paying much attention to day or night for a while. It will all run together. :-) A few going out outfits is fine. I have mostly handmedowns and stuff from yardsales. I hit the jackpot last weekend!
The truth is that birth and motherhood are messy, but manageable! Your breastmilk will leak at least some, and you will go through a few shirts a day at first, probably. You may want to put something under you when you sleep, because you will get your sheets wet when the baby pops off the breast as you start to let down. A towel works. Your pad may overflow when you nurse, and don't be surprised to have a recurrance of heavier bleeding at 2 weeks, as your placental site heals. Take it easy, lay down with baby, and it will subside.
There will be pee and poo everywhere, most likely. Boys pee up at you, walls, their own face, etc. Girls pee up, then down and up their backs. Much messier than boys. A total change is required, onsies, socks, sleepers, the works. As soon as you go to put thesse back on, he/she will either spit up or poop loudly and leak. It is Murphy's law, and you WILL laugh about it later, even if it makes you cry now.
Oh, this got long, lol.
You will do a great job, and feel very accomplished, when you find yourself deftly changing a screaming, peeing or pooing baby and having a conversation at the same time. It will happen, but it takes a while.
The mess gets less as they get older, and then you will miss it. :-(
Don't forget ibuprofen, gas-x and some witch hazel pads, which feel great even if you don't tear or have stitches.

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i'm not sure if i should laugh or cry, A WHOLE CASE of pads?????
3-4 sleepers per day???
: are you for real?!
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Um....I'm pretty sure after reading that, that baby and I will be stripped down to our diapers/undies for the first 2 months! Yikes! I knew about the bleeding but I didn't know it could go on that long...gee, and here I was thinking that if Chris came home when the baby was 2+ weeks old we could go on a camping trip.....HA!!!!!!

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Lots of good advice here hon! Ditto the others on needing a LOT more stuff though!! Newborns poop a lot and throw up alot and just generally leak a lot. Honestly though, the onesies are kind of a pain with CDs. I would try to either get more lap tees (look like regular tshirts) or you can cut and hem the onesies. Makes for quicker changes AND elimintates having to change the shirt AND pants if poop leaks out the legs. JMHO though!

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Um....I'm pretty sure after reading that, that baby and I will be stripped down to our diapers/undies for the first 2 months! Yikes! I knew about the bleeding but I didn't know it could go on that long...gee, and here I was thinking that if Chris came home when the baby was 2+ weeks old we could go on a camping trip.....HA!!!!!!
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baby boot camp indeed!!!!
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DH still laughs about the time he walked in the room and I showed him how I had every possible bodily fluid on or around me and the baby. There was blood, drool, breastmilk, pee, and poop. Niiiiiiice.

Which reminds me...if you're going to use a Boppy, have an extra cover for it, also. Mine got really messy and stained.

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OMG - you guys have me laughing SO hard over here. That's the perfect way to summarize- should you laugh or should you cry? :Lol

ENJOY IT!!!!! I promise you you'll look back at that time with such warm feelings - even though you are probably a mess during that time. (I remember bursting into tears, bc baby spit out like 1 tbsp of milk and I had so little supply - it was like GOLD! Or the first time I tried to pump and it was on 'high' and I didn't know it - THAT was an amazing moment...to see the milk squirting on high volume - YIKES! ) I guess I should be thankful? I didn't have leaky boobs?????

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This a great thread. I second the witch hazel pads for afterwards. Aaahhhhh. And eating fiber rich foods and drinking tons of water so when you poop for the first time, it will be somewhat easy. I remember being so scared to go to the bathroom. LOL But I had a few stitches.

Change them quickly too. I took my time once, and Eleanor ended up shooting poop onto the wall. That was funny. Clean under their necks regularly (a lot) as the spit up and milk will collect in there. And it is stanky.

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oh gosh! I've been away for a few days and missed all this!

My mom has been insisting that I stay with her for a month after the baby is born. I didn't think I needed to... but I think you all are changing my mind.

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I guess I'm in the minimalist clan.

I use fitted cloth diapers, so the only time poop gets on clothes is if I'm not careful when I do the diaper change. With sposies (when I've used them on vacations), every time my child poops they leak and the entire outfit needs to be changed. You so could not pay me to use disposables full-time.

As for other clothing changes due to bodily fluids such as breastmilk or spitup...I love premie Indian prefolds as spitup cloths. A dozen was sufficient for us, and we had spitters. I've never changed clothes because I had spitup or breastmilk on them. It just looks wet. My 2-year-old slobbers on me all the time. I always put on fresh clothes when I go to town. In the morning on days when I'm at home, I put on fresh clothes if there are spots I can see on my clothes from the day before. I hate wearing clothes that look like they've been washed a hundred times so I only wash my clothes when they look dirty.

So two or three sleepers and two or three onsies plus any gifts we get are about all I have to start out. My first outgrew 0-3 months stuff around 6 weeks, my second lasted until 8 weeks. With this baby, by then the season will be changing and they're not selling winter stuff here right now. So I'll buy what I need once I see how quickly baby is growing and once the clothes I'll probably need are in season and available in stores.

If I find good deals at garage sales this summer, I may buy a little more. But I'm not going to have clothing in quantities that some people on this thread have recommended.

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I've also read that eating placenta can cut down dramatically on PP flow.

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I've also read that eating placenta can cut down dramatically on PP flow.
i'm so not sure i can do this. sorry but ewww.
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i'm so not sure i can do this. sorry but ewww.
count me in on this one... I've heard that it's like eating meat :, and it can help with ppd, but I'm a vegetarian and the whole things grosses me out.

is it that it has a lot of iron? Can I just take a pill instead?

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: Same here. I'm a vegetarian, but even if I weren't not sure I could do it. I know its not killing an animal or anything, but the thought just kinda freaks me out. I've heard it tastes like organ meat, so if you like liver. . .

Anyway. . .as for the NB stuff. I don't know yet! I think I will be visiting my mom the end of July and having a baby shower while there, so I don't want to buy too much before then. But then again it seems like a long time to wait till July to know if I have everything on hand. The clothes at least, I think others will want to buy (everyone loves baby clothes! and I will likely end up with cute but useless outfits. . .maybe I need to discourage this somehow).

But I'd like to have 6-12 sleepers (I kinda assume baby will live in these the first few months), two hats, dozen socks, a few onesies, 2-3 outfits, 6 receiving blankets, lots of diapers (yep, I 'm using sposies), wipes, spit-ups clothes. Haven't bought any nursing bras yet, but I will at least get some of the sleeping kind that will accommodate growing breasts.

A boppy and/or my breast friend pillow, and I assume I will be mostly home in yoga pants for a couple months. I told a friend I wouldn't leave the house till I had lost most of the pg weight. . .but I am sure I will get stir-crazy before then. We have a nice little shopping area a couple blocks from us, so as soon as I am up to it, I am sure I will be walking over there for a Jamba juice or to rummage at Ross.

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just want to remind everyone that YOUR PP experience and YOUR baby will be different from everyone else's- my boobs never leaked, for instance- it felt like they would explode if I didn't pump on time (was an EPer, see sig), but I never needed breast pads. I also stopped bleeding before my son came home from the NICU, so no more than 2 weeks.

one thing is a constant, though- I really think babies soil clothes MUCH faster than you could possibly anticipate.
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Honestly, I woldn't invest much in clothing for the nb period, they are out of that stuff really fast! I'm kind of a minimalist about tiny baby clothes- I just plan to do a wash every day or so. I cloth diaper as well, and never really had a problem with blowouts- it just takes some practice- I use prefolds and love a bikini twist with a decent cover.

I do suggest extra outfits for you (comfy without restrictive waists etc- the stuff that fits you now through month 7 will seem about right for most people.) Don't bother worrying about prepregnancy clothes- most women can't wear them comfortably for a while (mine fit ok within about 8 hours, but I still can't tolerate anything without stretch around my waist- I find myself wanting to LIVE in yoga pants.) Also, you may want to invest in some good breast pads, and some really ugly (but totally comfy) granny-panties.

Moving right along.... DS was born in July, he often hung around in just a diaper. If it's still hot at that point we'll likely do the same. (He was usually in a sling or wrap, adding nother layer was uncomfortable for him.) When he was dressed, it was usually in a onesie or sleeper- I didn't give a second thought to the umbilical stump, and unless I notice signs of infection, I won't again. Cleaning it seems unnecessary to me...


Have your husband start doing the laundry now so he's comfortable with it later on, and while it's nice to plan to not do anything for 2 weeks straight and just be with the baby- they sleep- a lot. Sometimes it's nice to get little things done.
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i'm so not sure i can do this. sorry but ewww.


It grossed me out at first too, but I am going to try. My husband is gone and coming home on R&R when the baby will probably be about a month old. I kind of feel like if eating some makes me have less PPD and (hopefully) less flow, it will be worth it. I read the eating your placenta thread and some of the women have great sounding experiences. You see it in nature all the time, so it sort of makes sense to me. Worse comes to worst, I'll try it and it won't work out.

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Honestly, I woldn't invest much in clothing for the nb period, they are out of that stuff really fast!
Totally depends on how fast your babies grow All 3 of mine wore newborn size clothes for longer than 3 months. They were in 0-3 till past 6 mos, esp. DS. I always wondered what it would be like having a baby who fit into 0-3 stuff right off the bat

The one size diapers don't fit my kids for at least 2 months after birth, either. We're the family of skinny, chicken legged newborns

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I can't believe I forgot these two ESSENTIAL items in my earlier post:

Swaddling blankets - all babies love being swaddled in the beginning, and if you end up with a colicky baby (prayers that you don't but be prepared for it after the first 2 weeks JIC) they are godsends. Get a real swaddling size - at least 40" by 40". My mom made great ones by cutting a queen size flat sheet in 1/4s and sewing simple hems around. But you can buy pretty ones, though they are expensive. Flannel (light flannel is good even for warm weather) is best because it grips. Again, don't think regular size baby blankets will work, too small to be effective.

Happiest Baby on the Block book - read it, watch DVD if you find it; learn how to properly swaddle your lo BEFORE they are born, practice on a doll or something. I don't agree with all the doc's theories but man oh man are his soothing techniques lifesavers. And book is so short and easy to read, and make sure hubby reads it too, and anyone else who will be there helping out on a regular basis.

In case you couldn't guess, my ds1 was colicky, and these things really really helped, but I didn't find out about them until a few weeks into the hell period. They won't get rid of the colic, but will help you soothe your child no matter what they are dealing with.

Also we found infant probiotics to be very essential to treating his gas and easing colic symptoms, not to mention cutting out dairy for me - and there is no food allergy history for either of us. This time my stocked freezer (another thing I found the hard way, because you will be starving with no time to cook - forget hot meals for a while, baby senses it ) will be full of non dairy slowcooker/oven friendly food for hubby to heat.

And last, in this way too long post , check out the homebirth supply list. Long sticky in Homebirth forum, but has lots of tips for pp supplies, like honey and seaweed to help heal tears, frozen diapers for sore areas, etc.

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I just have to second Kaylezoo's post - my kids are ABSOLUTELY SWIMMING in 0/3m stuff for several months after birth - hell, Grace is 3.5 and still wears 18m bottoms some of the time!!! She even has some 12m shorts that still work

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Totally depends on how fast your babies grow All 3 of mine wore newborn size clothes for longer than 3 months. They were in 0-3 till past 6 mos, esp. DS. I always wondered what it would be like having a baby who fit into 0-3 stuff right off the bat

The one size diapers don't fit my kids for at least 2 months after birth, either. We're the family of skinny, chicken legged newborns

lol- I have to admit that DS wan't out of nb for ages- but he was a tiny/preemie sort of baby who barely fit into nb to begin with.
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Didn't anyone tell you first timers that the newborn phase is such a sexy time for mama? With leaky diapers and spit up from baby and leaky breasts and bleeding from mom? I've never felt so better about myself as when I'm leaking, baby is leaking and I can't even get a shower in for the day Oh, I can't wait!

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Wow! With my daughter, Newborn stuff fit for mybe a coupld of weeks. She was out of 0-3 months by 2 months old, she was in 6-9 months by the time she was 5 months old, and was in 12 months by the time she was 7 months old. Then she stayed there until after her first birthday. She was in 18 months until she was 2 and is now going to be 5 in June and wears a 4 T, but some 3T's still fit. They are so unpredictable!

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I still laugh at my experience with ds and newborn clothes. People told me that newborns will be swimming in 0-3 month size, so to make sure I bring clothes that say 'newborn' on them to the hospital. So all I brought to the hospital was newborn clothes and ended up having a 10 lb baby that didn't fit into anything we brought!! I had to take ds home in the gown that they provide at the hospital! It's a good thing he was a July baby!!!

I'm really hoping for a tiny baby this time around!!! One that might fit into the newborn outfits that I had gotten when I was preggo with ds, even if it's only for a couple of weeks!
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Wow! With my daughter, Newborn stuff fit for mybe a coupld of weeks. She was out of 0-3 months by 2 months old, she was in 6-9 months by the time she was 5 months old, and was in 12 months by the time she was 7 months old. Then she stayed there until after her first birthday. She was in 18 months until she was 2 and is now going to be 5 in June and wears a 4 T, but some 3T's still fit. They are so unpredictable!
I totally agree- they are so unpredictible! Ds started out in 0-3. I can't remember when he grew out of those but he was in 12 month clothes when he was 6 months and stayed in them for well over a year! It was nice to get so much use out of 12 month clothes.
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