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Decisions To Make Before You Bring Home Baby

newborn baby african american - © Michel Borges - Fotolia.comPregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, and it brings with it many changes in body and lifestyle.  While you certainly don’t need to have all the answers before your baby comes home for the first time, there are some plans to make and decisions to consider that will make the transition easier.

Whether To Save Cord Blood

This is a call that has to be made before your baby is born.  Stem cells from preserved cord blood have been used in medical treatments for a number of diseases, including anemia, leukemia, and cerebral palsy.  There is substantial debate about the cord blood banking pros and cons, but whatever you choice, it needs to be made at least a week or two before the birth.  Depending on your family history, saving your baby’s cord blood could be crucial to his or her future health or just another added expense.

Breastfeeding or Formula

This is another important decision to make before baby comes home, since you will need to stock up on supplies and make a plan.  If you intend to breastfeed your baby, you may want to invest in a breast pump, some bottles, and a few nursing bras.  You may also want to talk to your doctor about ways to help your baby latch on and encourage lactation.  If you choose formula, you will need bottles, formula, and possibly a bottle warmer in your baby supplies.  Knowing the plan for feeding baby can reduce the stress on the care takers and make this transition easier.

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Who Watches The Baby

Will mom be staying home with the new baby on maternity leave?  Will dad be taking off of work or rearranging his schedule?  Has grandma offered her babysitting services, and how often is she willing to help out?  Figuring out schedules ahead of time can reduce the stress of trying to plan after the baby arrives.  If at all possible, try to get a family member or friend who is willing to come give mom and dad a break now and then during those stressful first few months.  Even if you just take the time to get a solid night of sleep, recharging your own batteries can give you the energy and patience to be the best parent for your child.

Cloth or Disposable Diapers

As going green becomes more and more important to our society. more women are turning to cloth diapers.  They are easier on the wallet, the environment, and baby, but they do require a little more work than disposables.  While it is entirely possible to change your mind at any point, it helps if you have the supplies and have done the research before you bring baby home.

There are many choices to make for your little one, but it’s okay to not have all the answers right away. Try to enjoy the process and learn with your little one to figure out what works best for your family.

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Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "