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Preparing for Your Newborn

There’s no hard and fast set of rules when it comes to preparing for the birth of your child. Aside from the obvious – feeding, burping, not sleeping for days on end, etc. – each parent’s experience of coping with a newborn will be entirely unique and incomparable to anyone else’s.

There are, however, a few things which will be the same for every parent, and these usually fall under the heading of ‘what to buy before the birth’. Like it or not, part of preparing for a newborn involves stocking up on the essentials, usually as far in advance of your special day as is both possible and sensible. Of course it’s probably not necessary to buy a million nappies and hoard them covetously before you’ve even found a partner, but sensible baby shopping in the months and weeks leading up to the birth of your child can save on a lot of fuss and trouble later on.

With that in mind, here are some of the key essentials you should be picking up before your new baby arrives!

A Travel System

These days it’s all about having a system for travelling, rather than separate, unwieldy travel items. Your buggy, carrycot and car seat should all fit snugly into each other and should combine total security for your baby with totally on trend style for yourself. Britax travel systems are the perfect example of how parents-to-be can maximise their budget and cut out unnecessary purchases by combining all of the necessary elements. Click here for Britax pushchairs and travel systems, and to find more about Britax’s child safety technology.

Sleeping Arrangements

Sorting out your newborn’s sleeping arrangements can be one of the best things you do before the birth, but is also one of the things which ends up being the most subject to change. Some parents prepare fully by equipping themselves with a carry cot, Moses basket and cot bed, just to be on the safe side.

Baby Clothing

There’s absolutely no reason why you should spend a fortune on your baby’s clothing. Hand me downs are a great way of getting a hold of essential garments without having to empty your wallet and, if you simply have to buy new items, remember that your newborn will grow out of them very quickly!

Non-Essential Essentials

As well as the important items, it’s also nice to indulge in a few non-essential things to mark the birth of your new baby. Stuffed animals are always cute, a sling is great for carrying baby when you’re out and about, and cards from Little One Prints are a great way to say thank you to friends and family for their gifts.

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Baby Gender Predictor: Truth or Myth?

Is it a boy? Is it a girl? Are gender predictors truth or myth?

Being pregnant with my seventh child, I have once again had the privilege of guessing which gender the baby will be. I actually find it quite hilarious, some of the things people do to “predict” the gender of their unborn child…how far would you go to predict the gender of your unborn baby?
The Baking Soda Gender Predictor
One method suggests that you “pee in a cup” and add a teaspoon of baking soda. If the mixture fizzes, you’re having a boy and if it doesn’t…well, you should have a girl! I haven’t tried this one, but I might just do it, to see if it works.
The Chinese Birth Calendar
Lots of women swear by this one! First, find the age that the mother will be when she gives birth to the baby…and then find the month that she conceived. The letter, of course, that is in the corresponding box is “M” for make and “F” for female…the gender of the baby.
Now, to test it for my current pregnancy, I will be 34 (Ugh! That’s hard to admit!) when the baby is born and HE was conceived in December, with no question. But, the corresponding letter is…”F”! And, I had a very clear ultrasound a few weeks ago…Hmmmmm….

The Drano Gender Predictor
Take your morning pee (just about 2-3 oz – and you may want to wear safety glasses) and then add the same amount of Drano. If it turns into a brownish color and stinky, it’s a boy! And, if it does absolutely nothing for about 15-20 seconds, you’re having a baby girl! Again, I haven’t tried this method before…so I can’t vouch for how well it works.
Wives Tales & Quizzes
There has to be a hundred old wives tales that predict the gender of a baby…are you carrying high or low? Which kind of cravings are you having – sweets or sours? Is the hair on your legs growing slower than normal? (how the heck can I tell? LOL) Are you carrying in the front or are you getting thick around the waistline, hips, etc? Is the fetal heart rate fast (over 140 beats per minute) or under 130? Do you have morning sickness just in the morning or all day long?
My pregnancies have all carried similarly, with the same issues and cravings throughout, so do I really believe in the old wives tales? Well, not really, but there’s nothing wrong with playing prediction games!
If you like the old wives tales theories and want to take a quick quiz to find out the gender of your baby, there is a short gender prediction quiz at Justmommies.com.