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Wednesday, 12 August 2009


Sling or baby carrier? Ben spent hours in one during his first few weeks -- felt good for me to keep moving, and it felt good for him, I think, to be in motion and held close.

Okay, if I'm honest, it also felt good for me to have him held close!

Little bitty hats to keep his/her head warm. Sling is a good idea too. So excited for you!

BTW, Lone Star state is HOT. I live here. It's been over 100 for months. So get ready for that! :-)

No idea what else to take. I hope things continue to move along and that you both will soon be on your way to the lone star state.

I second the sling. Some babies don't like the stroller and slings are good for when baby needs motion but you don't want to get the stroller out.

This is so exciting!!!

For a newborn, consider a few kimono/wrap-style T-shirts instead of onesies. They are easier to get on and off, especially for newbie parents (because you don't have to pull them over that floppy head), and won't rub the cord stump.

No real suggestions just to second that it is HOT, HOT, HOT. And it does not cool down at night. At 8am it's 80 degrees. Most days the high is 104, 105. Hottest part of the day is 5 to 6 pm. We pretty much don't spend much time outside except in the early am. So you may actually have to think about keeping the baby warm in all the AC.

OK, here's my two cents...you may already know this so feel free to ignore...I'm not sure how quickly after birth you will be caring for the baby, but if it's right away, you'll need vaseline for those first black meconium poops, they are so gross and sticky, and a vaselined butt really helps...when the regular poops start you'll need a cream with zinc...I REALLY like the Burts Bees diaper ointment.
I also second (third?) the motion of a baby carrier...although I use it a lot more for my second than for my first...when it's the first there seems to always be someone that wants to hold the baby...
Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed for you. I'm praying so hard that this works out.

I 3rd (or 4th?) a sling or carrier. Otherwise I think you've got it all covered.

It's so great to "hear" your excitement. And hooray for your great consultant!

If you want a great carrier, look into the Beco. Super easy to use.

So you are really and truly taking the train? That cracks me up! However you get there is awesome though...It somehow reminds me of that SATC episode where Carrie and Samantha take the "first class train" to LA from NYC.

I suggest that you take a few different types of bottles/nipples some babies are fussy about bottles. You might find out what they use at the hospital and buy the same thing. Diaper cream and an insane number of diapers, at least 12 per day. Again diaper size might be an issue if the baby is small.

I am hoping this works for you!

I fifth a baby carrier. For a teeny tiny one, I love the moby (awesome for snuggling) or a ring sling. While you are antsy, you can look here for all sorts of carrier tips: http://www.thebabywearer.com/index.php?page=usinglinks

I would also recommend some sort of portable white noise machine for the train/hotel--trust me, you will still be able to hear the baby over it, and it may help you all sleep better or calm a fussy baby.

A book light to check on the baby with--great for late night feedings too.

I would also get some baby stomach drops (you can get them in target, near the antiacids, I forget the name brand, but they are great for colic/gas)--the train is no place to realize that you have a gassy/colicky baby and need them stat!

ok so you already know about the sling and the newborn hats. I agree about the kimono style wraps so you don't have to go over baby's head.

also brilliant reminder about the meconium poops -- we used almond oil not vaseline and it really workes get the tar out! also second the burts diaper cream -- it's the best, and has no extra crap in it. also don't forget the wipes.

I don't think you'll need the white noise thing on the train, since you'll have background sounds, but definitely pick up some "gripe water" if you can -- great for gas, upset stomachs, hiccups, etc.

so exciting! really hoping

I don't know what the equivalent is in the US, but I'd also take some infacol (for helping with gas) and some sudocreme (the best possible nappy cream).

all digits crossed

I love all the Burts BABY products.... the baby wash, lotion, the apricot oil.... smells so yummy! The Gripe Water worked wonders for us.... And yep.... it's HOT, and HUMID. You may think you are trying to breath though a WET SPONGE!

I'm so very very excited for you both....

ok, I meant to finish my last sentence by saying really hoping for the best possible outcome for everyone.

sitting with calm is it's own practice, but also it's own reward. enjoy these moments of anticipation, if you can.

Dude, I have no fingernails left as I am so on the edge of my seat for you guys! I wish I could be there cleaning or doing laundry to help out. You know how much I love doing laundry ;)

I have no baby assvice but I know you got a lot of wise ladies helping you out!

Camera and Camcorder to capture all the PRECIOUS moments.

Sounds like you're well prepared but that won't stop me from sharing. My favorite item for burpy baby is http://www.amazon.com/Gerber-2-Pack-Thermal-Blanket-Sage/dp/B001P307FE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=baby-products&qid=1250207105&sr=1-2 best mutlipurpose blankets ever esp. with hot/cold changes - I recommend a handful. Something to spill-proof your sleeping/lounging surface on the train so you can relax about all the dripping fluids, like a flat waterproof crib or lap pad - they sell things like this in many sizes. I second the small light so you don't have to light up the entire room/space to find something once everyone is settled. Will try to channel your apparent zen and hoping the scales balance firmly in your favor very soon.

It is all so wonderful to read the last few entries.

It sounds like you have a good list going. I would also recommend swaddling blankets to wrap the little one like a taco. :)

I second the waterproof pads. It is great to put down while you are changing, so you do not need to get rid of everything.

Some kind of bags to put dirty diapers in.

Safe travels.

I second the baby butt cream idea. I used Weleda Calendula Baby Cream from Whole Paycheck. Helped make those meconium poops MUCH easier to wipe off with, and the cream actually smells nice.

Wishing you all the best!

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