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Modern-day Manners for New Moms

Child etiquette expert Cindy Post Senning (Emily Post’s great-granddaughter) helps mothers mind their p’s and q’s—even when they’d rather be catching some z’s.

Q. New babies get lots of gifts, but new moms have zero free time. Is it acceptable to send thank-you notes by email?

A. "There’s nothing wrong with an emailed ‘thank you,’ but make it a little more formal than usual—include a salutation, and watch your p’s and q’s. Also, consider the person you’re contacting. If your grandmother is on the computer once a month, she should get a handwritten note."

Q. While we’re on the subject of gifts, can you return one that really isn’t your style?

A. "Use your judgment! If you got three of the same outfit, it’s fine to exchange two for something else. But if you got something that’s not quite your taste from Great Aunt June and she’s really excited to see your baby in it, it’s a nice idea to keep it and dress your little one in it when you go to visit."

Q. When guests visit, how do you politely ask them to leave when the baby is ready for a nap?

A. "Simply explain it’s time for baby’s nap, and that you’re trying to establish a routine for her. You can always invite them to return later."

Q. What should you do if someone shows up at your home with a cold? How can you ask them to keep their distance without sounding rude—or like a total germaphobe?

A. "This is a classic question that I hear from new parents all the time. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask someone who’s under the weather not to handle the baby. Just explain that you’re nervous about your little one getting sick; you could also suggest a time when she can come back for another visit and a cuddle. That mitigates any awkwardness and makes it clear that you still want them around."

Q. Is it weird to ask guests to remove their shoes before they walk into the home or nursery?

A. "Absolutely not. I like to have a little rack or place designated especially for shoes."

Q. How can you be a good host when you haven’t had time to shower, much less go shopping, in a week?

A. "This is one time when you can get away with not providing refreshments for your guests! They came to see the baby, not have a feast."

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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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