One of the most exciting additions in a person’s life is a new baby! But nobody seems to mention all the overwhelming preparation that comes along with it, especially if you’re entering parenthood for the first time. From shopping for the baby, to preparing a nursery, to even post-care, new parents can easily become confused. If that sounds like you, don’t worry because Eagle Creek Village can help you prepare for this life-changing event.
We often think the work begins when the baby is born, but you need to start preparing early just to get everything ready. For new moms, maternity wear and body care is essential in their nine-month journey.
The first thing moms need to do is shop for fabulous maternity wear to accommodate their rapidly changing bodies. Look for versatile, comfortable, trendy pieces that can be interchanged with various outfits. Also, don’t forget maternity essentials like nursing bras and belly bands!
Let’s not forget about those pesky stretch marks! While some pregnant women never experience them, others are not so lucky. Pick up some vitamin E cream or moisturizing oils from Forbes Pharmacy to reduce the appearance of stretch marks; the Bio-Oil line of skin care is one of our favourites.
Most importantly, expectant moms need to get enough sleep! Pick up a white noise or sound therapy machine like the Asti LectroFan Evo Sleep Machine that features 22 soothing sounds to help you relax. If you find yourself waking up often during the night, try to take some daytime naps. Sleep can be made easier with a snuggly body pillow to support your back.
Now it’s time to start planning for the birth and time spent at the hospital. Everything needs to be packed for when your baby arrives to easily transition from your house to the hospital. A good idea is to have your bag packed 3 to 4 weeks before your due date for any early appearances.
Stay ahead of your game by purchasing a handy and functional suitcase set. In the smaller suitcase, add the essentials for your little one like burp cloths, blanket, soothers, diapers, and newborn clothing (all available at Dollar Tree). In the bigger suitcase, add personal essentials like toiletries, change of clothes, and even a yoga ball. Most importantly, don’t forget your digital camera.
With the packing done, you can now enjoy your nine-month journey with your feet up!
Baby’s First Home
With the long wait over and a bundle of joy in your arms, it’s time to make your way to a baby-proofed home and nursery.
New families often move into condos or apartments before single-family homes which results in less space so they think they don’t have space for a nursery, but closet nurseries are all the range among urban families. If your apartment or condo has a walk-in closet, you’ll have plenty of room to fit a mini-crib and a changing table for all your baby’s needs. Even a regular closet can be transformed into a nursery by removing the closet doors and shelving.
Keep in mind that a nursery is also your personal bonding area with your baby. Pick a theme and give the new nursery a relaxing feel with neutral colour furniture and décor. Make sure you have a dresser, crib, rocking chair, and vanity for your new baby. Pick up handy baskets and organizers to store baby essentials from A Step Above. Fill in the wall space in the nursery with budget-friendly frames of your family photos from Dollar Tree. Remember with a nursery, less is more and a minimalistic look is definitely trendy. Less clutter will relax you and the baby.
Fill your newborn’s toy box with a selection of stuffed animals, musical toys, and activity play centres and stock your new baby’s bookshelves with lullaby and nursery rhyme books; Dollar Tree has a wide selection of budget-friendly children’s toys and books.
Baby’s Wardrobe Essentials
One of the most fun things about being a new parent is dressing up your little one! Stock up on stylish baby wardrobe essentials including sleepers, onesies, shirts, pants, sweaters, caps, bibs, socks, and booties. Be sure to look for cotton clothing that is soft, comfortable, and easy to wash. Speaking of washing…take care of your baby’s sensitive skin and launder your infant’s delicate clothing with a gentle and eco-friendly detergent, free of dyes and perfume, like the Honest Company’s Liquid Laundry Detergent from Quality Foods.
Of course, you will also need to stock up on diapers… Visit Quality Foods and Forbes Pharmacy for a vast selection of diapers. We like the Pampers Pure Protection line made with plant-based fibres - they are free of chlorine bleach, fragrance, parabens, and latex and are perfect for your baby’s delicate skin.
Post-Care for Baby and Mom
New parents often find themselves overwhelmed. So having a plan for after-birth can create a relaxing atmosphere.
After becoming a new mom, you are so absorbed with taking care of your baby that you often forget to take care of yourself. New mothers often feel the need to “do it all” and exhaustion soon follows. Remember, taking a break can prevent post-postpartum depression and help you recharge.
Start by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Shop local and buy fresh fruits and vegetables from Quality Foods. Also, have an expert from Forbes Pharmacy suggest vitamins to help decrease recovery time. Take some time to fit in weekly exercise at home or at the YMCA-YWCA. You can work out on the array of fitness equipment or attend one of the facility’s many fitness classes. With low monthly payments, the YMCA-YWCA is a great gym choice while on maternity leave and after returning to work.
Be sure to set some time aside for yourself for small indulgences. Small treats go a long way to rejuvenating your health and mental state at this time and Eagle Creek Village is here with you every step of the way.
Treat yourself with a relaxing massage from Equilibrium Therapeutics and visit Forbes Pharmacy to pick up at-home spa treatments to pamper yourself. Finally, dinner with loved ones at Tim Hortons is a must to celebrate the new addition; the restaurant even offers hi-chairs for your little one!
We know becoming new parents is often exhausting, and sometimes isolating, but this journey will change you for the better. Enjoy this special time and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Congratulations on this new chapter!
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