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I read this in Martha Stewart Baby the other day (I know I know <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: its a guilty pleasure!).<br><br>
To count the number of dirty diapers your new baby makes each day start with a pile of 10 every morning. That way at the end of the night you can count how many are left.<br><br>
I thought this was great idea - wish I had it 8.5 months ago when my first was born!!! Between trying to count breastfeedings and naps and times of feedings and times of naps alls I knew is she was peeing and pooping and had no response to the ped when he asked about the number of diapers.<br><br>
Happy births and happy babies to all of you!
 

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I don't think that new moms necessarily need to count anything, but my dd would have needed more like a pile of twenty.
 

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I agree. You may not <i>need</i> to count anything. But it can be helpful to those of us to walk the line between being a complete free flowing mommy (oh how I wish) and a little bit of a nervous nelly.<br><br>
As a new mom I was trying to get the hang of things. Diapers may be the least of the concerns....but for sure I was especially mindful of feedings. It was rather challenging for me in the beginning to figure out when my milk came in, what let downs felt like, etc. etc. I also kept track of naps to try to figure out her natural schedule.<br><br>
Now I dont count anything....unless baby has a bout of constipation then I count the days between bowel movements. Poor dd!
 

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That is a really good idea. I would have especially loved it with my first dd.<br>
My advice is to get a sling and learn how to use it BEFORE baby comes. We had one for my first dd but never used it. Never felt the need. We had free arms and she was so easy going she would lie by herself alot. When my second dd came along I had to learn how to use one fast. She needed to be held literally 24 hours a day. The one thing I wish I had done is practice more before the birth. It took me way too many days/weeks to learn how to hold her in it I know that it is hard to practice without a newborn around, lol, but I say get a doll and practice with that. At least its something.<br>
Good luck all first time mommies!!!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
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