Doing the Baby Shop
The big dilemma. Do you announce your pregnancy on Facebook and let everyone know in one hit? Or do you tell people individually as you see them? Some people regard the Facebook option as a little OTT, whilst others see it as a convenient and time-saving way of updating friends and family.
Whichever you choose, as soon as you let people know you are expecting, your world is going to change dramatically. From out of nowhere you will be asked by all and sundry how you are feeling, how you are doing and what your plans are for when the baby is born. It can seem a little overwhelming.
Never fear. Approach the baby as you would a job interview. Plan for it, read up about it, get everything ready and then relax. By the end of nine months of waiting, you will be glad to get on with the job in hand and you will certainly be pleased with the result! There is a lot to do, but with the help of your doctor, family and friends, you will be a yummy Mummy-to-be in no time.
You may decide to start shopping for maternity clothes early on in your pregnancy. Do the world a favour: don’t opt for the figure hugging nightmares that the likes of Kim Kardashian seem to favour. Think classy, Kate Middleton style and wear clothes that gently flatter your bump without giving too much away. You might be lucky and be able to wear normal clothes well into your pregnancy.
Then there’s the question of doing the baby shop. You are definitely going to need to buy a ‘survival kit’, if you will, for the first six weeks or so. Don’t go overboard. People will buy you clothes and you will be able to go shopping for more things after the baby is born. Purchase six all-in-ones for day and night wear. You’ll also need a couple of lightweight cardigans made of wool or cotton, a few vests, a baby-friendly blanket, a hat and some socks. In terms of maintenance, remember to wash your baby’s clothes with non-bio tablets and do not use fabric conditioner as this could cause irritation.
Buy a crib, Moses basket or a carry cot for your baby to sleep in. It needs to be warm, very safe and to be kept in the same room as you at night. Should you decide to borrow a cot or crib, make sure you buy a new mattress. The mattress should be firm and fit the cot without leaving any gaps so that the baby will not trap their head, which could lead to suffocation. It also needs to be waterproof. You will need to have four sheets as the sheets will need to be changed quite often.
It is very important to not use pillows or duvets. These are unsafe for babies under one as they can lead to suffocation. Likewise, baby nests and sleeping bags are not safe to leave a baby in.
Choose a cot which has the British Standard mark BS 1753. The bars should be between 1 inch and 2.5 inches apart so that the baby cannot get their head stuck. The cot should not wobble and there should be no opportunity for clothes or fingers to get trapped. Cot bumpers are not safe as babies can get tangled in the fastenings or overheat.
There is a lot to do and much to consider. Step by step, you will get there! Whilst you’re doing the baby shop, try to enjoy it as much as you can!
A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.