I already write quite a long-justified paragraph but then since this is supposed to be a mere guideline and a refrigerator-paste-checklist like, so I rewrite this back and throw away all the unnecessary babbling.
- First, to the new mother-to-be, you will need a new born checklist. It helps to reduce unnecessary stress and you can prepare your budget earlier. There are a lot in the internet that you can refer to. It is also useful for a reminder to the first time father too.
- Second, do not tend to follow everything in the checklist (if you are referring to the sample in the net).You don’t normally need all those things like baby skin care product, or pacifier or nursing bra, just to name a few. The checklist is just to help you aware of what you and your baby might need and you must be smart to tick which is important and which are just accessories. Set your priorities and your budget limitation.
- Third, make a full use of pure olive oil (the one that we use for cooking). Just apply some olive oil (or coconut oil) at babies under arm, under knee, genital area, bottom and around the neck. Every time the baby need to change (diaper), apply the oil after cleaning, it didn’t just prevent nappy rash, it will also help to clean faster if the baby poop (spray some water and the poop will cleanly ‘swipe’ out, like magic!)
- Fourth, do not introduce any lotion and baby bath to your baby. There is no need to bath the baby frequently during his/her early days. Just bathe your baby with lukewarm water and apply olive oil (or coconut oil) afterwards.
- Fifth, if you are planning to breastfeed your baby, do not panic if your breast milk seems not enough to the baby for the first few days of delivery. Keep nursing your baby and you must drink a lot of hot water and milk. When you are panic, you will allow unnecessary stress and stress is the last thing you will need during confinement.
- Sixth, STUDY EVERYTHING YOU CAN ON NATURAL BIRTH AND BREASTFEEDING. Even if you will be undergoing caesarean, you still need as much information as you can. It will help you a lot.
I think that is all. I am not a list or a diary kind of person but all the above that I mentioned are those that I did during all my pregnancies. Even when I was in my second pregnancy, I still read a lot about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, confinement and babies. Sometime to refresh my memories but most of the time, I gained new knowledge.
Happy preparing mothers! 🙂Qider Firdaus Bandar Baru Bangi