With all the gear options available, even diapering can seem confusing. Simplifying baby prep is the inspiration behind The Baby File, a book of lists and worksheets by Amanda R. Dobbins. She hopes to save other moms-to-be from her own inefficient system—sticky notes with shopping lists, which she never had when she needed them. Here’s what she recommends buying to comfortably diaper baby:
For more tips and log sheets for baby’s early days, go to babyfilebook.com.
Once upon a time, pregnant moms were told to keep off their feet and avoid exercise, but today’s experts say quite the contrary . “Exercise is great. I recommend it,” says Barbara Dehn, a nurse practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area with more than 20 years experience. Walking is a good mom-to-be workout, but marathon runners and other fitness fans need not downsize to strolling, Dehn says. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:
For more information about pregnancy from Dehn, go to her website. There you can pick up Your Personal Guide to Pregnancy, her at-a-glance manual, and check out her free downloads for moms.
Your birth partner plays an important role in the delivery of your baby. To help keep nerves calm and focus high—as well as let him know his presence means a lot—prepare a hospital bag full of goodies for him. Gift wrap it and present it two or three weeks before your deliver. Here’s what to include, from Queens, NY, baby coordinator Roselle Andrea: