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Top 10 Baby Must-Haves For First-Time Parents

Top 10 Baby Must-Haves For First-Time Parents

Being first-time parents can be a nerve-wracking prospect for clueless couples who are caught unprepared with the ordeal of parenthood. If you’re one of them, knowing about these baby must-haves will make parenting easier for you.

Prepare your baby must-haves in advance to save yourself some headaches. Not knowing your baby’s sex is not a reason to stop you from shopping for baby must-haves before your child is born. Opt for neutral colors so you will prevent instances where you have to cloth your baby boy in girl clothes or vice versa, or be forced to shop again for appropriate things for your baby to use.

Make a list of things to buy that include the 10 baby must-haves (listed here in helpful categories) that first-time parents should prepare.

Here are a couple of items that will help in feeding/nursing.

1. Milk Bottles and Bottle Warmer

Although you would want to breastfeed your baby, you still need milk bottles to store breast milk when you go out. It would be awkward to whip out your breast to feed your baby or suffer milk leakage on your clothes. BPA free milk bottles are safe.

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Milk Bottles and Bottle Warmer

    A bottle warmer is also handy for warming up milk as microwave heating is not advisable to prevent the possibility of scalding baby’s mouth with very hot milk.

    2. Breast Pump and Accessories

    Electric Breast Pump 1

      Breast pumps can be a lifesaver when you encounter nursing problems. Some babies do not latch on the breast right away, so you need to pump the milk out into the bottle for the baby to feed on.

      Here are a couple of items that will help with bathing.

      3. Bath Tub with a Sling

      Bath Tub with a Sling

        Newborns are very fragile and have no neck control, so it is important that the bathtub is equipped with a sling. Sponge bathing your newborn using warm water and washcloths is recommended for the first month.

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        4. Cotton Hooded Towel Set and Cotton Washcloths

        Cotton Hooded Towel Setand Cotton Washcloths

          The washcloths will be used to sponge bathe your baby. Babies shiver easily so you have to wrap your’s in a hooded towel to transfer the baby from the bath into the room. Cotton is the recommended fabric because it is gentle on the baby’s sensitive skin.

          Here are a couple of items that will help with health and safety.

          5. Thermometer

          Thermometer

            This is a thing that you should not go without. Buy a set of thermometers to measure your baby’s body temperature like the one pictured above.

            6. Infant Nail Cutter

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              Don’t attempt to use your own nail cutter for your baby. You don’t want to harm them in anyway. Pick one made especially for babies. If you have vision problems, you can choose a nail cutter with a magnifying glass to help you get a clearer visual of your baby’s nails.

              Here are a couple of items that will help with playtime.

              7. Baby Swing

              Baby Swing

                Babies can be fussy sometimes. Instead of calming your child down by carrying them in your arms, use a baby swing. A baby swing with music and motion can entertain the baby and lull him to sleep. It is also great for feeding when the swing motion is off.

                8. Baby Gym or Activity Mat
                Baby Gym or Activity Mat

                  Keep the baby entertained by buying a musical baby gym or activity mat. Toys with sounds and mirrors will keep the baby occupied so you can attend to some chores or just relax.

                  Here are a couple of items that will help with travelling.

                  9. Car Seat and Stroller System

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                  Car Seat and Stroller System1

                    Having a car seat for the baby will keep them safe and secure in the car while you drive to travel anywhere that you need to go. Whether you are shopping for things in the mall or just want to take the baby out for a walk in the park, a stroller system will make things a lot easier for you and more comfortable for your baby.

                    10. Baby Carrier or Sling

                    Baby Carrieror Sling

                      If your baby is old enough for a carrier or a sling, then ditch the stroller. It is safe, reliable, and will make navigating the crowd easier for you. Having a baby carrier is also handy when you go to establishments where elevators or escalators are not present.

                      In Conclusion

                      Buying baby essentials will put a hole in your pocket if you don’t know how to cut costs. Look for great things on sale or use coupons like eBay redemption codes to get savings on must-have baby stuff.

                      Featured photo credit: Baby Carrieror Sling via flickr.com

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                      Published on April 9, 2021

                      50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                      50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                      Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

                      Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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                      The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

                      Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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                      1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
                      2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
                      3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
                      4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
                      5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
                      6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
                      7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
                      8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
                      9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
                      10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
                      11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
                      12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
                      13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
                      14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
                      15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
                      16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
                      17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
                      18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
                      19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
                      20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
                      21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
                      22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
                      23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
                      24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
                      25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
                      26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
                      27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
                      28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                      29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
                      30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
                      31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
                      32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
                      33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
                      34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
                      35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
                      36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
                      37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
                      38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
                      39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
                      40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
                      41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
                      42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
                      43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
                      44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
                      45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
                      46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
                      47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
                      48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                      49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
                      50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

                      Final Thoughts

                      Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

                      They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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                      If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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