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Items To Keep Safe After Your Baby’s Birth

Brand New Baby

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The hours and days straight after your baby is born are a total whirlwind! You have just welcome precious new life into the world; this will become your priority. However, in the months or years to come, there may be some things you wish you’d thought of at that time. One of those things might be items you wished you kept safer- or kept at all! So, what are these items? Let’s look at a few that you may want to get hold of early on, before something else distracts you! Some of these items are baby essentials; others are purely for nostalgia. Collect them all, or just a few. But make sure you get the first one, and keep it safe and sound. You’ll need it in years to come for a number of things. Of course, we are talking about the…

Baby Ink Foot Prints

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Birth certificate

When your baby is born, he or she will be issued with a birth certificate. Rather than a cute and official looking piece of memorabilia, it is really important to keep it safe! He or she will need it for things like travel, education and healthcare. That being said, don’t panic if you do need it further down the line, and can’t find it. This is one of the few items from your baby’s first moments that can be replaced. Or maybe it’s just tucked far away in a box upstairs, and you need it quick! Whatever the circumstances, you can now order a birth certificate online. Phew!

Baby Reading Newspaper

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A Newspaper

This tradition tended to be more prevalent in years gone by but is still a super sweet thing to do today. Ask somebody, be it a friend or a family member, to pick up the day’s newspaper on the day your baby is born. In years to come you can look back on all the different things that were happening in the world on that day!

Hospital bracelet

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Hospital tag

If you have a hospital birth, to identify your baby, the nurse will put a little hospital tag around your baby’s foot! This just shows things like his or her name, as well as other basic details. Lots of parents like to keep this as a special momento. If your nurse goes to cut it off before you leave, be sure to ask him or her if you can keep it. Pop it in a safe place and be sure it doesn’t get thrown away by anyone thinking it is rubbish.

First Photograph of Baby

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A physical copy of the first photograph

Computers, social media and our phones now all mean that our photographs tend not to be printed out. However, be sure you make a physical copy on the first photograph, or photographs, of your baby. Keep it somewhere safe, where it won’t get damaged. Don’t keep this copy out in the bedroom either, even in a photo frame. Sunlight can fade photographs. That way, even if you lose your digital copies of these photos in the future, you will still have a physical one.

Benefits of Swaddling brought to you by the new SwaddleSure by HALO Adjustable Sleep Pouch + Giveaway

As a new mom, I can tell you those first few weeks with your newborn are nerve racking.  You are constantly wondering if you are doing things right, and hoping you are making your new little one comfortable.

From the moment Caleb was born, he was just the sweetest little thing.  I will not lie when I say we instantly bonded and I am loving every minute of it.

I brought my SwaddleSure by HALO sleep pouch to hospital with me along with my bag of :everything I really want to use from day one: so Caleb was put in the SwaddleSure by HALO Sleep Pouch from day one.  And from day one, he slept SO well and was hardly fussy.  If he was fussy, I would swaddle him and it seemed like he instantly calmed.  Caleb Halo Sleep Sack

The SwaddleSure by HALO Sleep Pouch is my favorite swaddle wrap because it is SO easy.  In 3 quick steps, he is swaddled, comforted, and happy :-)

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Some benefits to Swaddling are:

  • Swaddling is a great way to soothe and calm a fussy baby by giving him a feeling of security, similar to being in the womb.
  • A newborn cannot regulate his temperature as well as an adult, so swaddling keeps his body warm. (Just make sure that he doesn’t become overheated.)
  • Swaddling often helps a baby sleep longer because it prevents the sudden movements (startle reflex) that can cause him to wake up.
  • Swaddling can help a baby focus on breastfeeding, helping to keep his arms and legs out of the way
  • Swaddling prevents a newborn baby from scratching himself with his nails.
SwaddleSure became available in January 2015, and can be found at babiesrus.com and buybuybaby.com for a suggested retail price of $14.99.
Also- one VERY important thing about the swaddle sure is the Hip Healthy design.  One os the common worries of Swaddling is hip dysplasia from wrapping the legs.  With the design of this sleep  pouch the legs are loose, so Hip Dysplasia is not a concern :-)
I am a huge fan of swaddling and the Halo SwaddleSure is my top pick of all the swaddle wraps I have tried.  If you are expecting… definitely add this one to your registry :-)
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I am not Spoiling my baby, I am loving him

Everyone has a way of butting into your parenting style.  Everyone wants to pipe in and tell you how to do it and what you are doing wrong (notice, I didn’t say right because if you are doing it right, they wouldn’t have anything to say LOL).  Right now the most common thing I am hearing is “You are spoiling him”  “You hold him too much”… I will admit I have been joking about what a spoiled baby he is.  But the truth is, he is not spoiled at all, he is LOVED.  Caleb is a VERY loved baby.

Yes, I hold him a lot, but why wouldn’t I want to hold my baby a lot?  I don’t understand why someone  wouldn’t want to hold their baby all the time and enjoy those little baby snuggles.  He will only be this little for a short time, he will grow and be 5, almost 6, like his big brother in the blink of an eye.  So yes, I will hold him and I will :spoil: him.  And if he cries when I put him down, I will pick him back up and enjoy the snuggles and love even more.

I am not spoiling him, I am loving him, I am bonding with him, I am teaching him that I will always be there to fulfill his every need.  And guess what… that doesn’t mean I am “ruining” him or making him needy.  In fact, babies that are held a lot tend to be more secure kids.

Why are we rushing independence?  He will learn independence on his own, as he grows and explores– there is no need for me to force him into being independent at 2 months old.  Why would I do that? So he is an “easy” baby that sits in his bed or swing all day?  Why on earth would I want that… oh because I have :other: things I need to do?  To be honest… I don’t really care about all those other things.  If my baby needs me… those other things don’t matter.  They will be there later and I can work on them while this little guy sleeps.  He is what is important and spending time with him (and of course Big Brother Colton), is what matters most.  Being a mom isn’t supposed to be easy.  But it is supposed to be rewarding and if I am paid in hugs, kisses, and baby snuggles… I think that is all I need for the rest of my life.

So no, I am not spoiling my baby, I am loving him.  And I am enjoying having a baby that loves me and thinks I am the most important person in the world :-)

Caleb Vincent