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Nesting. Now this is a term we always hear towards the end of pregnancy. Sure you get the crib set-up, pick the perfect rocking chair. But then you see it, the pile of gifts. It is time to wash, fold and organize. And what no one tells you is how long it will actually take you to sort and organize the different sizes of teeny tiny baby clothes.
While prepping for baby, I never really thought about the cleaning side of things. Sure, wipes and hand sanitizer were obvious purchases. But what about cleaning supplies? Could I use the same stuff I have been using for years? What really needs cleaning? Trust me, you’re going to clean the obvious things. But I bet you never saw yourself wiping down the wooden spokes of the crib (what if she chews on them!? Where have they been?) How many times will you mop the floor? Every time you walk across it? So, I did some research, got some free samples offered through local baby retailers, and found some of my now favorite baby safe cleaning supplies.
Natural is best : Trade in Lysol wipes for a spray bottle with 1 part white vinegar and 3 part water and a cleaning cloth, works just as well as a natural disinfectant. I never thought about wiping down the baseboards in my apartment until I thought of my little one crawling on the floor. Vinegar definitely comes in handy!
Newton Crib Mattress – Okay yes, I work for Newton Baby. But, now becoming a Mom I cannot express enough the ease of cleaning the mattress. You can zip the cover right off and throw it in the washing machine, and you can even rinse the core in the shower! Because I don’t have a machine in my apartment, having a back up cover on hand for quick changes seems like the only way to go. I always believe in one on the bed one in the wash motto anyways.
Dreft – there are many options in baby laundry detergent on the market, but I chose to go with the classic Dreft detergent for baby laundry. Look through our options and find the one that is best suited to you and what you think is best for your little one.
-Krystal, Newton Baby Customer Care Manager
"There is so much information to take in during this magical process, it has my brain on overload. I have been researching everything from best diapers to developmental stages and what I should be doing during different trimesters to help keep my peanut healthy and comfortably brewing away in her cozy habitat. I've learned the hard way that finding moments for myself are just as important as anything else I can be doing while getting ready for baby. And let's face it, those lazy, quiet, blissful mornings of coffee and the newspaper are about to be reshaped very soon into a whole new routine. So, while it is currently about these blissful moments, I have made a list of some great prego things that not only am I enjoying but in some cases, have changed my life."
1.) Bump Boxes Subscriptions- These are so fun, and basically like Birchbox for soon to be moms! Bump Boxes has many different subscription options, everything from an individual box to send as a gift (hint, hint) to 9 months of monthly boxes! These boxes contain full-size products of goodies both practical and indulgent to get you through your pregnancy. They even have boxes for each trimester, which is perfect for a first time mama like myself! It's also a great way to be introduced to new products and vendors that you might even continue to use after pregnancy.
2.) Snoogle - Game. Changer. I love my Snoogle. I actually cannot live without it right now, as it is the only thing that helps me sleep. As a stomach sleeper, I started very early in pregnancy to train myself how to sleep on my side. It would have been miserable without this pillow. And let's face it, pregnancy sleep is going to be all over the place anyways, so when you can find a routine and products that help you to adjust to the constant changes with your body, hold on tight, and snuggle in!
3.) Prenatal Massage - This was the ultimate treat for some "Me time". Don't forget you are quite literally growing a human, you deserve to be pampered! Or at least that is what I tell myself. For me, my back and hips have bothered me in ways that I never thought possible. As the weeks tick on, there is always a new surprise as my body changes. I was nervous to get my first prenatal, as I wanted to make sure that I wasn't doing anything to harm the baby, but I was so uncomfortable I was ready for any form of relief. I did my research, checked with my doctor, found a very well known reputable spot in Brooklyn, and enjoyed every single second of it. That night, I had my best nights sleep in months.
Newton Baby's very own Customer Care Manager, Krystal is expecting her first little one this summer! Being a first-time mom comes with a range of emotions, everything from happiness to, "holy smokes, Batman"! This is no different for Krystal, who is surrounded by baby products and baby talk all day long. Krystal has been kind enough to track her journey as a first-time mom, some do's don'ts and some cool finds along the way. First up, her favorite pregnancy resources, which you can use once you convince yourself you may be spending a little too much time on Google!
“Congratulations, you are pregnant! “ My husband and I were so excited to hear those words. Seconds later, my mind was already racing with the thoughts of what this would mean for us, our families, our jobs, and the change of our everyday lives as we know it. I half heard what my OBGYN was saying as I ran through my own internal monologue: Should I have had that margarita a few weeks ago when I didn’t know I was pregnant? Should I still be going to the gym? What foods have I eaten that I shouldn’t have? When was the last time I took ibuprofen? When my doctor asked, do you have any questions, I thought, of course, where do I start? But all I could really do was shake my head. I had already overwhelmed myself so much in that moment, that I didn’t know what to ask. And of course, the minute that we left the office, Google was my first stop on the question train.
While I did go back shortly after my initial visit and talk to my doctor about my questions, there are some resources that I find are super helpful along my journey, and encourage other preggos to find resources that help them along their process week by week.
Bundoo- Bundoo is the only physician-driven pregnancy and parenting site where expecting and new parents can interact directly with doctors and healthcare experts and get the actionable information they can trust. There are great week by week articles, and their network of doctors are there to answer your questions on articles and topics, and engage with you on your experience.
- Ovia Pregancy App- Finding an app that works for you is a great way to track the growth and development of your little peanut( or whatever you choose to nickname your baby), as well as have a great community base of other parents-to-be experiencing similar things to you, posting in a community board, and is done all on your phone. If you are like me, and constantly on the go, this is a great way to track your own milestones as well, and get answers to questions from other community members who are going through similar things.
FIT Pregnancy- Staying healthy for both baby and myself is important to me. As my body changes, finding suggestions on new routines for staying active and healthy, as well as product suggestions, and even new recipes for my ever-changing taste buds is a great resource for a mom to be.
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