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Before Baby Comes

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Moms-to-be have a lot on their mind when pregnant.   Most moms enjoy picking out clothes, buying new baby equipment, attending showers, and decorating the nursery.  As it gets closer to the due date, you may be wondering if you’ve done everything that you need to do.  After 3 kids, I picked my top 5 things that you CAN’T forget to take care before the baby arrives.

Before Baby Comes

1. Have a doctor picked out  I talked to friends and had several doctors in mind.  I even made an appointment and went in to speak with him before my son was born.  When I got home from the hospital after the birth, I called to make my sons first appointment.  The receptionist told me that only people that had the consolation could have appointments!  Thank goodness, I had done all that work before I gave birth.  I would have broke down crying if they told me I couldn’t see the doctor I wanted.

2. Install your car seat before you go into labor  I know so many people that wait to do this.  Luckily, we did this before hand.  My husband must have been out in the garage for hours trying to get it to fit properly.  He probably had it right the first time, but it’s good for both parents to know how the carseat works before you even leave for the hospital.

3.  Plan for healthy food  When you get home from the hospital you won’t be able to jump up and make something healthy or run out to the grocery store.  I recommend that you have easy, healthy foods available to snack on and have for meals.  Peppers and hummus, fruit, and cucumbers and dip don’t take much work and are much healthier than chips and cookies.  Eating healthy will help you get back to yourself quicker and it’s a must if you’re breastfeeding.

4. Circumcision  When I had my first child I didn’t know if I was having a boy or a girl.  It was a boy!  The doctor started talking to me about circumcision and I was clueless.  I hadn’t even thought about it.  There are different procedures, but I didn’t know anything about them.  I suggest researching this a bit so you are informed before going in.  Talk to your doctor at one of your prenatal appointments.

5.  Blood banking When my son was born 10 years ago, I had heard of cord blood banking, but didn’t know much about it.  I actually got a pamphlet in the hospital, after the fact.  I wish I had been informed beforehand.

CariCord has a great video that’s only a couple of minutes long.  It will explain cord blood banking and in an easy to understand way.

I didn’t know that it can save your baby’s life and saving the cord blood is a way to plan for the future health of your child.  As technology advances,  there could be even more opportunities to use cord blood instead of drugs or surgeries.  If I had the opportunity to go back and do it again, I would save my baby’s cord blood.  It’s so easy for peace of mind for the future health of your children.

You can go to the CariCord website and enter your information and they will send you a blood cord banking information kit to your email.  You will also be automatically entered to win over $2000 dollars in baby gear!  What new parents wouldn’t want that?

Before Baby Comes

Join us in the conversation about cord blood banking on Twitter – July 30th at 7pm CST using the hashtag #CariCord.

Make sure you call CariCord with any questions you may have.  They’ll be happy to answer them for you and tell you about their interest free payment plans.

Tennille@ Two Kids And A Budget

Thursday 30th of July 2015

These are great tips! A good doctor can be so hard to find. I had to go through a few before I found someone I liked. When they moved to another practice I followed.

Jessy @ The Life Jolie

Monday 27th of July 2015

This is all important stuff to remember, especially the car seat installation. They won't let you leave without it :)

Shann Eva

Monday 27th of July 2015

Great tips! I was lucky that I already had a family doctor with my first, but my twins required a special doctor, and it was hard to find one. Also, the healthy meals are so important. Thanks for sharing!