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The bassinet list

Get outta dodge

If your doctor gives the okay, a romantic getaway with your man will generate memories that can last through the sleepless nights and countless diaper changes of early parenthood. Whether you book a room in a Jamaican resort on the beach or pitch a tent on a nearby mountain, every relationship can use an infusion of carefree indulgence before undertaking the responsibility of child-rearing. Bonus points for last-minute fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants adventures.

Sleep in

A mother's work is never done. This is a nice way of saying that becoming "Mom" means you may never get a good night's sleep again. Soon, you will be up all night feeding and changing your newborn and nursing a sick child back to health. The next phase involves waiting up for your teenager who is out past curfew, worrying about him adjusting to college life and waiting for the call alerting you to the birth of your first grandchild. If this thought alone doesn't make you drowsy then you might be getting too much sleep. Indulge in an early bedtime and fifteen minutes extra in the morning while you can.

Make time for the girls

Get out with your girlfriends and dish about shoes, relationships and your friends' problems because in the near future your favorite subjects will all revolve around your baby. Discussing baby poop — smell, color, frequency — sounds gross now, but just you wait. Take advantage of your flexible schedule and work around your friends' before you have to time departure and arrival times around baby's feeding and napping schedules.

Be prepared

Use this time wisely to make your first days and weeks with baby a little easier. Taking a breastfeeding class in advance can make all the difference. Learn how to tell if your baby is properly latched on and getting enough to eat before you are sleep-deprived and stressed. Also, make a list of lactation consultants and breastfeeding support professionals you will feel comfortable calling if you need more help. This is no small thing. When all your baby does is eat, unsolved nursing difficulties can make life miserable for everyone.

Take a bath

Luxuriate in a bubble bath with a good book and maybe even fall asleep. Check with your doctor first to make sure you don't have a condition (bleeding, ruptured membrane) that would make taking a bath unsafe. Also, make sure the bath water is lukewarm and ensure most of your abdomen stays above the water.

After you get the green light, relax and enjoy. Once baby comes, bathing will probably consist of a quick jump in and out of the shower, making faces around the curtain at baby in the bouncer on the other side. Believe it or not, you may even end up switching to a shampoo and conditioner in one, so pamper yourself with all the bath salts, oils and conditioning treatments you can handle for the time being.

Work out the kinks

Not only can a pregnancy massage ease the ache of your lower back and reduce stress, but it can also decrease swelling, improve your circulation and alleviate pregnancy insomnia. With so many benefits, pregnancy massage is now seen as less of an indulgence and more of a necessity.

Take a load off

Help out your soon to be packed, post-baby schedule by putting together diaper changing stations — at a changing table or just in a box where you will be changing baby — complete with diapers, cream, powder, Vaseline for boys, a burp cloth or two and maybe even some lanolin and nursing pads for you. Your days will run much smoother if you are not fumbling around looking for things.

While you're at it, preparing and freezing a few meals that you can throw in the oven when the time comes can help to de-stress mealtimes for your new little family.

Treat your tootsies

While doctors warn against pedicures or foot massages during pregnancy due to the risk of bringing on labor, this is just the kind of risk that's worth taking once you are full term. Overdue? Even better. And what could make you happier between contractions than looking down and seeing ten lovely, brightly colored toes (maybe even glittering with rhinestones?). Anything that helps you feel pretty while you labor is definitely worth it.

Just be alone

Take yourself to a movie, curl up with a book and follow your whims wherever they take you. The quality time you are currently able to spend with yourself is envied by mothers worldwide. Of course, once he comes you will want to spend every waking minute with your baby, and you will, but for a few more weeks you can leave the house without having to make sure baby is fed and changed, the diaper bag is stocked and the stroller is in the car. Enjoy it!

Bringing baby home will turn your life upside down...nothing will ever be the same but truth be told, you won't care. While you may occasionally miss former freedoms, your life will be full of so many wonderful, even better things that you won't miss them often. Nonetheless, why not take advantage of these simple pleasures? If nothing else, keeping busy can speed the countdown and keep your eyes off the calendar for a few hours.

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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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