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Newborn Checklist




The past few weeks we have been ticking off the baby needs list.. No matter how much stuff I collect, I still feel the panic of having something missing when in urgent need.. 

I was happy that the Parenting Course ( provided by the Swedish government health centre ) we took gave me a lot of preparing "Baby Environment" info and assisted me with lots of guiding tips starting from Parents Relation Habits until how to handle the parenting tasks equally to not affect the personal and love life. 

In general I was told to not worry too much, and that its normal to feel like this due to lack of experience of the situation.. the expert said that new parents often expect things to be more difficult than they really are, no matter how prepared and ready.

Here is my recent buys in the image and the list I used as a guide check-list. I hope this can be helpful for you as it was for me. 

Clothing

  • 8 undershirts or onesies (mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve)
  • 5 nightgowns (for use until the cord falls off)
  • 8 one-piece stretchy sleepers (go for ones with zippers; new moms swear by them!)
  • 5 pairs of pants
  • 2 newborn hats
  • 8 pairs of socks or booties, to wear with nightgowns and outfits
  • 2 pairs of scratch mittens, to keep baby from scratching his face
  • 2 cardigans or jackets, more in winter
  • Bunting bag or snowsuit for winter baby
  • Laundry detergent for infants
  • 4 outfits for dressing up (optional)


Blankets

  • 3 large cotton blankets
  • 8 receiving blankets (they also make handy burp cloths)


Feeding

  • If you're breastfeeding, you don't really need any equipment.
  • Some nursing mothers like to have these items:
  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Breast pump
  • Milk storage containers
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing bras (if buying before baby is born, buy one cup size larger than your pregnant bra size)
  • Breast pads (disposable or washable)
  • Lotion for sore nipples


If you are formula feeding:
  • Lots of bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • 8 four-ounce bottles with nipples
  • 6 eight-ounce bottles with nipples
  • Bottle and nipple brush
  • Formula (be sure to check expiry date and note the lot number in case of recalls)
  • Thermal bottle carrier


Diapering

If you are using re-usable cloth diapers:
  • Several dozen (4 or 5) cloth or re-usable diapers
  • 8 waterproof covers
  • 1 diaper pail
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment or other barrier cream to prevent rash
  • Snaps, Velcro or safety pins to secure re-usable diapers
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby's bottom



If you are using disposable diapers:
  • Two boxes of newborn-size diapers (it's better not to buy too many in advance in case your baby is large or grows quickly)
  • 1 diaper pail
  • Changing pad
  • Baby ointment or barrier cream to prevent rash
  • Disposable wipes or a couple dozen washcloths for cleaning baby's bottom



Bathtime
  • 1 plastic infant tub (or use a large dishpan in the sink, or take baby in the bath with you)
  • 12 washcloths, not used on baby's bottom
  • Baby soap or cleanser
  • Baby soft-bristled hair brush
  • 3 soft-hooded towels


Bedtime

If you are using a crib:
  • Approved crib and crib mattress
  • 3 waterproof mattress covers
  • 4 fitted cribsheets
  • 4 light blankets that fit in the crib
  • Sleep sack


If you are co-sleeping:
  • Firm mattress (not a waterbed)
  • 3 waterproof pads to place under baby
  • Light comforter (keep away from baby's head)
  • Sleep sack


Other necessities

  • Approved infant safety seat for car:-
  • Stroller that reclines so newborn can lie flat
  • Nail clippers or scissors (or just bite off baby's nails as needed)
  • Bulb syringe for suctioning mucous
  • Baby thermometer
  • Eye dropper or medicine spoon
  • Medication in case of fever


Nice-to-have items

  • Change table (or just use change pad on top of dresser or bed)
  • Rocking chair for feeding and swaddling
  • Playpen
  • Sling or baby carrier
  • Diaper bag
  • 1 or 2 change pads
  • Plastic hangers for closet
  • Sun shade for car windows
  • 2 or 4 pacifiers (if you choose to use these)
  • Rattles and other baby toys
  • Mobiles
  • Night light


Source: Parents Today

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The World's Healthiest Foods : Cabbage

"Modern nutritional science understands its power comes from its high sulfur and vitamin C content. Either way – it's worth adding this Powerfood to your weekly diet.."




9 Healthy Benefits of Cabbage:

1. Ideal for weight loss!
It has only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, is low in fat and high in fiber. It is definitely a smart carb.

2. It is a brain food!
It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.

3. High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral.
Cabbage helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin. Check out this Homemade Cabbage Face Mask

4. Helps detoxify the body.
The high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid). These are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism and gout.

5. Has well-known cancer preventative compounds lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane.
They stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. A Study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.

6. Helps keep blood pressure from getting high. 
The high potassium content helps by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood.

7. Cabbage for headaches
A warm compress made with cabbage leaves can help relieve the pain of a headache. Crush cabbage leaves, place in a cloth, and apply on the forehead. Also, drink raw cabbage juice 1-2 oz. (25-50ml) daily for chronic headaches.

8. Hangovers from heavy drinking were reduced by using cabbage, since Roman times.

9.  Anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator. 
The natural red pigments of red cabbage (betalains) is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. Of course it has no white sugars and very few simple sugars. Betalains have powerful anti-inflammatory properties just like beets.



Cabbage Recipes :
"Here are some unique cabbage recipes I collected for you.."













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7 Amazing Mom To Be FREE Printables

Hello loyal readers. Here is another Mom to be / baby topic as promised. Now that I am organizing the nursery and arranging things for the baby arrival, I thought of sharing with you what I am up too... I am collecting wall decor and other useful things!  Here is what I collected so far and I wish you guys like them..



Free Botanical Garland - watercolor printable abc garland A-Z. Watercolor floral botanical laurel wreath alphabet.



This calendar is best printed on standard US Letter size paper (8.5 x 11 inches). I recommend printing it on a thicker card stock for a quality touch.



Cute! Free nursery printables or would work in a little kids' room too.





If you’re looking to download some of my free printables and e-books, you’re in the right place! Just enter your email below and all of the free content will be available for you to download!



Free nursery printables: Feather Wall Charts & Free Feather Printables.

It’s so important to be in the right frame of mind when labouring and birthing.Thinking positively, rather than doubting yourself has such a huge impact, as your body reacts to what your mind is thinking.




As you can see, I have also left one blank, so you can write what you wish on it.You just have to import into PowerPoint or PicMonkey and add your own font.




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Baby Room In Progress

Organizing the baby room was not an easy task as I thought especially that It used to be my art workshop and our home office. Getting rid of our personal stuff to make room for the baby thing was the toughest thing.

I changed my mind about changing the wall paper and removing the old furnitures. Instead I decided to just decorate with what I have at the moment since the colors match anyway..and change things later sep by step. The most important thing is to have all the needed nursery items and that task has been done.

The baby bassinet was David´s and his sister when they were born. My mother in law said her daughters grandchildren also use it and now its our baby`s turn. I bought new bedding set for it in white and beige and avoided using the skirt to keep the wooden material visible.

Here is the development so far, I still have to add some wall art, lightings, and nursery chair. And sort out the baby clothes, book and toys in the shelf. I made sure everything is neutral color, colors of nature that are soft, warm and calming. 









Baby Room




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Gentlemen Guide For Timeless Style (InfoGraphic)

Hello loyal readers! as you might have noticed I have a "men style" guide board on pinterest where I collect my favorite men interests..tips and ideas.. as well as gift guide for men and more.. this post has some of those tips that I would like to share with my male blog readers, since this is an open lifestyle blog. If you would like to take a look at the board here it is: Ma Man <3 a="">
  













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2016 Color Trend: Navy Blue For Simply Luxurious Outfit


One of my personal style and fashion taste selections this week for you guys to enjoy and get inspired by! The info are collected from the web, accompanied by my selection of photos collage of outfits that I adored. 

Navy blue makes for a winning fashion color for several reasons:
  • It's one of the best fashion neutral colors. That means it can be worn with any other color, so it's a very handy color for mix-and-match purposes. Navy blue jackets or trousers are good examples of wardrobe staples that mix well with other separates.

  • Navy blue is a slimming color because it's dark. That's the reason, navy blue is one of the top colors to use when creating a monochromatic fashion look.

  • Navy blue reads as a professional, businesslike color, when it's the hue of a typical business garment, such as a jacket or a tailored dress. That makes it a one of the top power colors for women and, thus, a good color for petites to wear to work.

  • It isn't as harsh in tone as black, and so it's a better choice for women who want to wear a dark neutral color, but don't look good in black because wearing black washes them out.

  • Dark blue works well for both casual occasions and business attire.Business-wise, a woman wearing dark blue projects a professional image.



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