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Making The Best Nest

Channeling that energy

During this mysterious time of pregnancy, women have been known to scrub imaginary germs off tiles with a toothbrush, reorganize the foods in their cupboards alphabetically, repaint and wallpaper the new nursery, only to mysteriously end up repainting and wallpapering out into the rest of the house.

Here are a few good ideas for channeling that nesting energy so that when the baby does come and you need to rest, you will be able to pat yourself on the back and reach for a ready-made meal.

Pack that bag

First of all, get your bag ready for the hospital now. Who cares if it's a month early? That is one less thing you need to worry about and there is a sense of security in knowing all you have to do is to GET to the hospital. For an even better precautionary step, put the bag next to the front door. When you start feeling out of sorts and as if you aren't getting anything done, you can see that you at least have the hospital packing finished. Trust me, it is soothing.

Be sure to pack a little goodie bag for yourself in there. You will really appreciate having a soap that doesn't audibly suck the moisture out of your skin like the hospital stuff does, and I have never met anyone yet who wants to smell like a medical institution. A five-star organizational tip is to get the travel-sized stuff from the store. You can fit it all in a zipper-lock bag and if you forget something or it disappears at the hospital, it won't be such a hardship.

Don't listen to anyone who tells you that you won't need things to take care of yourself with at the hospital. You will appreciate being able to run a (real) comb through your hair and put on a little lipstick — if not for any other reason than to remind yourself that giving birth is not a medical procedure and you are not sick.

Stock up

Now, after you are ready to go, think about taking steps to make the house ready to come home to. You are not going to want to go shopping for a couple of weeks. Make sure you are one can, bottle, and jar ahead on all your cleaning stuff. There is nothing more frustrating than having someone say, "Sure, I will do your dishes" and then find that you are out of dish soap.

Next, buy yourself some fancy, exotic bath toiletries. When you do get a chance to finally shower, you want to make it seem as luxurious as possible. Be warned, however, that you may not actually be able to use the new toiletries for a while so make sure they are pretty to look at as well.

Make meals ahead

For meals, I can't recommend cooking ahead highly enough. First of all, get yourself a couple of packs of the foil pans from the supermarket. Then, a month before you are due, start making simple meals to put in the freezer.

Every time you make dinner, make extra and put it in the foil pan. Cover the pan tightly with foil. Take a piece of masking tape and write what the contents are and cooking instructions in case you get lucky and someone offers to heat it for you.

Even if you don't normally do a lot of one-dish meals, you will appreciate being able to just remove a frozen something or other in the morning and heating it up that night. Then, as an extra bonus, you can throw the pan away! For those of you who are thinking "convenience foods," let me just say one thing. Even buying some powdered mix is not easier than turning on the oven and putting a ready-made meal in. This is the ultimate in convenience! Not to mention that postpartum is not the time to start eating junk food.

Some of you may think you can just order out for every meal. Well, you can, but it's mighty expensive and you want your partner home with you and the baby, not out fetching the chicken wings.

A nest for you

The extra burst of energy that we all feel right before our babies are born is our body's way of preparing for the new arrival, it is kind of like Mother Nature's way of saying, "Hey, you better get ready, 'cause things as you know them are about to change!"

With a little planning, you will save yourself from having to deal with the little inconveniences that arise while learning to function with a brand-new baby. If you are going to nest (and you are) why not make the nest as comfy for yourself as you have made it for the baby?

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Top 10 Must Haves
for the Nursery

Mobile

Hang a safe, exciting mobile over the crib and keep the little one happy and content as she falls asleep. Try a black-and-white one during the first few months as she learns to follow high-contrast shapes and objects. Some mobiles even have clips where you can change out the cards or insert family photos.

Glider rocker

Whether it's a large, overstuffed chair or a simple rocker, a quiet, comfy spot is important for breastfeeding, bottle feeding or just rocking the little one to sleep. Pick a comfy one — you'll be spending a lot of time here.

Changing pad and diaper caddy

You don't need to invest in an expensive changing table or dresser with a top — just find a functional changing pad for diaper time. Most are waterproof, with removable covers that are easy to wash. And, you can use a simple wicker basket with a handle as a portable diaper caddy. That way you always have easy access to diapers and wipes.

White noise

Capitalizing on the fact that babies find white noise soothing, many companies make machines that produce sounds such as a rainstorm, a babbling brook — or even the sounds the baby heard inside the womb. Some look like small radios, while others are tucked inside cute stuffed animals. Be careful not to rely completely on these magic wonders, because some children become addicted to the noise and cannot sleep without it. Use only when needed, and you will understand why these are so popular.

Ceiling fan

Overhead fans have been promoted as helping to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) when installed in a nursery. You don't have to run it at full speed to keep a nice breeze moving throughout the room.

Trash can

Whether you choose the Diaper Genie or a simple receptacle with scented garbage bags, you will appreciate the proximity of this item to the changing table. When the trash cans nearby, it's easy to toss out diapers, wipes and other items to keep the nursery clean.

Temperature with control

Babies need to sleep at a different temperature than adults, and they're not able to regulate their own body temperatures. A thermostat just for the nursery helps you keep a handle on the situation and ensure that Baby has an optimally healthful environment in which to snooze.

Play mat or rug

Tummy time is very important for newborns. Buy a mat or rug on which your baby can lie in the beginning months while playing with family members. Later on, you can set his toys out on the rug, which the baby will learn is his special spot.

Books

No matter the age of the baby, the benefits of reading to her are incredible. Read often to the baby, and she will learn to cherish and look forward to this time with you. Knowing this, you can never have too many books (you probably received many as shower presents). Find an accessible space to store them, and in doing so, show her that books are an important part of her world.

Calming colors

While many parents want to go wild with bright green or fire-engine red in the nursery, such choices can keep a baby awake or make her anxious. Soft, calming colors are far better for a baby's sleeping area. Paint stores offer low-VOC paints that are almost odorless, are non-toxic and come in a variety of pastels and soothing colors.

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12 Exceptionally Memorable Moments of New Parenthood

You’ve read every baby book cover to cover, but these are the milestones you never saw coming—and you’ll never forget.

1. When you realize the baby in the hospital bassinet is going home…with you.

2. When you can finally distinguish the difference between a ‘hungry’ cry and a ‘poop’ cry.

3. When other moms ask you for advice.

4. When you get what all the fuss over that "new baby smell" is about.

5. When your baby notices himself in the mirror for the first time.

6. When you see yourself in baby for the first time.

7. When the baby squeals with delight as you change his diaper. Who cares if it’s because you were on the wrong end of a surprise spray?

8. When your baby’s cuteness stops a stranger in her tracks.

9. When you make your baby laugh so hard he gets hiccups.

10. When you discover daddy and junior napping together, in identical sleeping positions.

11. When you’re told that you’re a great mom.

12. When you actually believe it.

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