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So you’re eating with a companion and she trusts in you that she is pregnant. Since you are her closest companion, you will arrange an infant shower for her when she is prepared.
“Baby Showers are a mother-to-be’s right to passage, especially if it is her first baby!” you say. Baby showers have been in existence since the 1940s in America, and they were created so that women could get together and give advice to the mother-to-be. Today, however, there are no set rules as to who is invited or where one is held.
Have your friend register the baby at her favorite shopping location. This can be done almost anywhere: Amazon, Sears, Target, Babys-R-Us, and so on. This will later be put on the invitations that you send.
Decide the theme of the baby shower. Most times this is the same theme as the baby’s nursery. For example ladybugs or whimsical dragons. When this has been decided then everything to do with the baby shower should be theme oriented if possible.
Decide who to invite. Are you only going to invite girlfriends or will it be coed. This is important to know because the food and games will be different depending on what you decide. Guys generally will need real food – something with meat like chicken wings, hamburgers, or hotdogs; where women only will need just sweets and finger foods. The games also will be different if guys are invited, they prefer more active games. Women are okay with guessing games on paper. If you have a close knit group of people coming games will not even be necessary unless you want them, because they will socialize amongst each other and catch up on stuff they have missed.
Pick a place to have the baby shower. This can be a church hall, a park, someone’s house, or anywhere the mother-to-be wants to have it.
Prepare the invitation. This can be a video by email if you have everyone’s email. Or a handmade or bought invitation mailed. Be sure to have everyone R.S.V.P. and send the invitations out at least 2 weeks prior to the event.
Buy the items you will need for the baby shower – the food and beverages; paper products (cups, napkins, and plates, plastic utensils if you need them); decorations; and party favors if you will be playing games.
Prepare for the party. Put up your decorations. Put out the food. Get everything ready for the games if you are playing some. Make sure you take care of everything before the guests arrive so that you can have fun too. Your job will also be to make sure that the mother-to-be is comfortable and has a place to open gifts where everyone can watch.
On the off chance that you are pregnant, moving can be exceptionally testing if not through and through debilitating. It would be further bolstering your good fortune to arrange and altogether arrange your turn to diminish any conceivable anxiety to you or your infant. Buying a house and moving commonly makes a lot of nervousness, however when pregnant the likelihood of extreme hormonal emotional episodes can make your moving knowledge intolerable. At the point when the moving day arrives, recall to drink a lot of liquids and pace yourself so you don’t over-strive. Give yourself a lot of time to unload the fundamental things. In the event that you are moving in your last trimester, it will be a to a great degree distressing occasion and you may feel totally overpowered. It is vital to converse with your specialist about your turn and what guidance they can offer you to make your turn as anxiety free and sound as could be expected under the circumstances.
It is in your best interest to thoroughly plan your move, establish realistic deadlines, and start to prepare weeks ahead of time by packing your belongings before the actual moving date. If you have the financial wherewithal to hire a moving company to pack, move, and unpack your belongings, you will undoubtedly reduce your stress during the move. If you hire a moving company, you should get at least three quotes from reputable companies. Before deciding on a moving company, you should look up each company on the Better Business Bureau website to see if any complaints were filed against them. Make sure the company is licensed and has a good reputation, but if you decide to move yourself it would behoove you to find and accept as much help as you can get from your family and friends. When pregnant, you have to limit your physical exertion. The following suggestions are steps that you can take to make yourself more comfortable on your moving date.
• Thoroughly Plan Your Move – You can reduce stress and minimize any complications by thoroughly planning out your moving day. There will be a lot to do, so seek help from friends and family. The day before your move get plenty of rest. You should create a moving checklist and organize the boxes in the moving truck, so the important boxes are unloaded first at your new house. Remember, don’t move anything you don’t need or want, if it is just clutter, throw it out.
• Research Your New Neighborhood – Search online or take a drive to your new neighborhood and find the local grocery store, bank, hospital, and other places that you will need access to shortly after you move in. It is also important that you find a new doctor for you and your baby prior to relocating to your new home. Ask your current doctor if they have any recommendations for a new doctor near your soon-to-be home. You should complete all the paperwork with the new doctor prior to moving. This should allow them to have your medical records prior to your moving date.
• Overnight Bag – At least a month before your move, you should have your hospital bag packed and stored in the trunk of your car in case you go into labor early. It is in your best interest to pack an essential survival bag which should contain any necessities, such as: batteries, a blanket, a pillow, snacks, etc.
Once in your new home, if you have the urge to clean, remember to try to avoid any toxic products that may be harmful to you or your baby. Also, avoid lifting and moving furniture and heavy objects. Focus on unpacking necessities, such as: clothing, kitchen items, and bathroom accessories. Your hormones may be going crazy from your pregnancy and the stress of moving. You may also become extremely tired, so try to get plenty of rest before and after your moving day. Also, talk to your tax preparer, you may be eligible for some tax advantages due to any expenses you incur in moving.
Choosing to breastfeed is simple. The truth of breastfeeding can be less direct.
During those last few months of pregnancy, you will have to think about how you want to feed your baby. Your midwife will ask whether you want to breast or formula feed, encouraging you to breastfeed because – as everyone knows – ‘breast is best’. The vitamins, minerals and antibodies in breast milk provide everything your baby needs for the first six months. In addition to the nutritional benefits, the closeness and bonding that breastfeeding helps to establish is well documented, along with many other benefits for both mother and baby.
Lots of women have an ambivalent attitude towards breastfeeding before their first baby is born, not wanting to add unnecessary pressure when they have the birth and the baby care basics to get through first. When the baby is born however, the instinct to breastfeed can be very strong.
Sometimes breastfeeding your first baby goes as well as the ante-natal video promised; your new baby is placed on your chest, skin on skin, and their little puckered mouth naturally finds its way to your breast and begins to suckle. This however, is not the end of the story and is not the scenario many women find themselves in.
Lots of new mothers find breastfeeding difficult. To give just a small number of examples, difficult can mean: the baby cannot latch on properly; the baby isn’t getting enough milk and is constantly crying or feeding; breastfeeding is extremely painful; the new mother is desperately exhausted by the every two-hour, night and day feeding schedule. Whatever the difficulties are, many new mothers find themselves shocked and completely unprepared for them. The conversations about the benefits of breastfeeding will have been plentiful, but the ones about what to do when it isn’t working may not have been.
Moving on to formula if breastfeeding is difficult can be the best solution for some new mothers, others simply need some support. Finding out where to go for help when you are taking care of a newborn however, can seem like an impossible task, and physically getting yourself to that help even harder.
Breastfeeding problems are extremely common and some of the best breastfeeding journeys have had a rocky start. Help is out there, and half an hour with an experienced breastfeeding counselor can make a huge difference. Whatever your issue, they will have handled it before, understand how you are feeling and be able to offer practical advice. Many counselors can visit you at home if you aren’t able to attend a breastfeeding clinic and make follow-up visits to see how you are getting on.
Deciding how to feed your baby is a very personal decision that only you can make. If you are planning to breastfeed or even thinking you might want to give it a try, do some research before the baby arrives. Talk to your midwife, ask questions, find out where your local breastfeeding clinic is and when they are open, find out who your local breastfeeding counselors are, how and when you can contact them.
A standout amongst the most vital days in a man’s life is the day that their kid is conceived. Much of the time, they are going to need to impart that exceptional day to you by having an infant shower ahead of time. Regardless of the fact that they don’t plan a shower, it would be a smart thought for some individual inside their family or close friend network to have one for them. Obviously, I’m certain that you are as intrigued as could reasonably be expected in ensuring that the shower goes off impeccably. Here are a few tips to help you to toss an immaculate shower that will be associated with numerous years to come.
One of the first and perhaps most important things that needs to be done is to set up a time line. You need to establish that timeline early because you want to make sure that everything falls into place in the time that is necessary. Keep in mind, some children are going to want to show up a little bit early, so don’t schedule the shower at the last minute. You should also ensure that everybody is aware of the shower well ahead of time so that you will have a turnout that will be impressive.
The type of gifts that are given at the shower is also going to be something that needs to be considered. Provided it is not a surprise shower, it is a good idea to have the mother register at a local store. Some mothers even register at multiple stores to give more choices to those that are going to be attending the shower. It is also possible for you to purchase other items, such as hooded towels or custom baby bibs that will be appreciated by the new family.
It is a good idea to have some games available for the shower. The types of games are going to depend upon the personality of the guests that are visiting. Of course, you would want to avoid any type of embarrassing games or those that would be awkward for the new parents. In addition, you would want to give a choice of many different games to give the opportunity for more people to get involved. It is just one more thing that you can do which will help to make the shower a perfect one.
If this is the first child, it may be a good idea for you to give some assistance in setting up the home for the child to arrive. This can be done above and beyond the shower that is given. Make sure that you give attention to the child’s room, getting it painted and putting everything in place before the child arrives. This not only helps everything to be less stressful but it also is a healthier choice. After all, the fumes from painting can last for quite some time, and you would not want to expose the newborn child to those fumes. Helping the new family with these necessary chores is going to be an act of kindness that will not be forgotten.