As you prepare for the arrival of your little one, take some time to learn the basics of infant care. Even if you grew up with kids or feel experienced, it doesn’t hurt to refresh on the basics. Also, doctor’s recommendations sometimes change over time! So things that once were “acceptable” (like crib bumpers) are now considered No Nos.
- Get Educated: Your OBGYN will probably recommend educational classes (like labor and infant care). Ask your doctor what classes your hospital, labor center offers. Many pregnancy resource centers also offer childcare classes through an “Earn While You Learn” program– allowing you to attend class, earn points, and “purchase” baby supplies with those points.
- Read: You may be interested in picking up a book, like What to Expect The First Year, to prepare you for the first year.
- Ask Questions: If you have mom friends (or sisters), ask questions! Moms love sharing advice. This can also be a great bonding time for you and your mom. And, of course, you can always ask your child’s pediatrician for advice.
- Watch Videos: You may have the opportunity in your childbirth classes or even in the hospital to review helpful videos. Once at home, you can find a ton of awesome, quick videos on YouTube channels, like WhatsUpMom, The Bump, and ItsMommyLife.
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- More tips here: http://www.newkidscenter.com/Baby-Exercises.html