How many diapers does a baby really need in the first 3 months?

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Sabrina Garibian

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How many diapers does a baby really need in the first 3 months? About a million.

pampers swaddlers diapers

When I read in my pregnancy and parenting books that a newborn will go through 7-12 diapers a day at first, I didn’t believe it. I could not imagine changing that many diapers and how repetitive and exhausting that would be. If you have kids, you know where this story is going. The books were right and newborns really do go through that many diapers!

I was officially introduced to Pampers Swaddlers at the hospital after delivering my first child six years ago.

pampers swaddlers #1 choice of hospitals

The unique liner helps your baby feel dry and keeps him comfortable. For good sleepers (in my dreams), the diaper offers up to 12 hours of overnight protection.

My absolute favorite feature about Pampers Swaddlers is the color-changing wetness indicator that lets you know when your baby needs to be changed. A yellow line means the diaper is dry, and a blue line means it’s wet. Easy peasy. This is especially useful for middle of the night feedings where you want to quickly check if baby’s diaper needs to be changed or not.

The first days at home with a baby are a jumbled and blurred mix of changing diapers, feeding and burping, putting your baby to sleep, rinsing and repeating. It was months before I would only need to change my little one’s diaper 6 or 8 times a day. Usually it was closer to 10 times.

I did the calculations so you can see exactly how many you might need in those first few months (I went with the low end!):

7 diapers x 7 days/week = 49 diapers every week
49 diapers/week x 4 weeks/month = 196 diapers every month
196 diapers/month x 3 months = 588 diapers in 3 months

That’s a lot of diapers!

With that many diapers going on your little bundle of joy, using the right brand is important. I prefer Pampers Swaddlers because I can feel confident that my baby will stay comfortable and dry. And I really love that little blue line.

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What’s your record number of diapers changed in a day? Mine is 15.

 

This post is sponsored by Pampers. All opinions are truthful and my own.

Pregnancy exhaustion is no joke, folks

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Michelle Stein

posted in Pregnancy

When I was pregnant with my very first baby, my daily routine was highly predictable.

After throwing up on the side of the road in the middle of my drive to work (and then about an hour after arriving,) I would graze on food for the rest of the day (while working, of course) before heading back home. The second I walked in my front door, I would plop myself on the couch and proceed to take a two- to three-hour nap.

I’d then wake up, grab some dinner, shower and go back to sleep for the night. Repeat.

Man, did I take those glorious, interruption-free pregnancy naps for granted.

Fast-forward 7.5 years, and I’m expecting my fourth child. Midday naps are a thing of the past because I have an almost 7-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old running me around all day. Hey, it’s the life I signed up for.

But that doesn’t change the fact that I feel like a constantly-nauseated, sleep-deprived shell of a person.

These days, I sneak in extra sleep whenever I possibly can. Like during those earlier-than-usual mornings when our 2-year-old is up 6 a.m. sharp and I pretend not to notice. (So my husband gets up with her.) Or when we’re at my in-laws’ house for lunch, and I know the kiddos have plenty of supervision. So I just “rest my eyes for a moment.”

The few naps I do sneak in are heavenly. But, overall, they don’t make a dent in the fact that I’m So. Freaking. Exhausted. Each morning, I wake up feeling like I got hit by a bus — even if I clocked 7-8 hours. And every once in a while, I’ll force myself to go to bed ridiculously early so I can “catch up” on sleep. But even if I’m in bed for 11 hours straight, it’s never enough.

NEVER.

Ten years from now — or probably even two years from now — I’m sure I’ll forget all about the extent of my current fatigue. Instead, I’ll look back at this time in my life through rose-tinted glasses. “Man, feeling those little kicks and hiccups was so cool,” I’ll reminisce. “And there’s nothing quite like seeing those two pink lines for the first time. Ah, the magic of creating life.”

I’ll read and hear stories about others who are struggling to keep their eyes open like I am now, and I’ll think to myself, “Suck it up, buttercup. I did this whole pregnancy thing four times, and I survived.” Well, feel free to slap future me in the face, ladies.

Because pregnancy exhaustion is no joke.

Did pregnancy exhaustion kick your butt, too?

Images by Michelle Stein, Thinkstock

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What I would do differently with my second pregnancy

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Jamie Reed

posted in Pregnancy

Now that my baby is turning 6 months old next week (how?!), we’ve decided it’s time for another baby. Just kidding, it’s not time for a new baby, but my husband and I have decided we’d like another baby one day!

Coming to this decision had me thinking a lot about my pregnancy and the birth of my son, and specifically, all the things I might do differently the second time around.

 

  1. Find out the sex of the baby

ultrasound photo

My husband and I really wanted a baby girl. We tried not to, we really did. So when we decided to keep the baby’s sex a surprise, we thought that we’d be so elated at the birth that we wouldn’t care one way or the other. Instead, we dealt with some major gender disappointment.

While those feelings of sadness left pretty quickly, I think that next time around we’ll just find out ahead of time. I think knowing ahead of time might have helped me bond a little bit better with the baby while I was pregnant, too. I think waiting until birth can be fun and great surprise, but for us? I think we’ll try the other route next time.

 

      2. Go straight to the blood sugar testing

glucose monitor

As someone who is afraid of needles I knew that the dreaded pregnancy glucose test was one of the things I was most afraid of the entire pregnancy. And, of course, I failed it, meaning I had to go to round #2, which was even more feared. I survived, obviously, but next time around? I think I’ll just go right to the blood sugar monitoring if my doctor allows it! Pricking my finger multiple times a day sounded awful at first, but it was so, so easy!

  1. Plan for meals

I asked my husband recently what he’d do differently next time around and his suggestion was for major meal planning before a new baby arrived. The task of food preparation really fell on him a lot in the first couple of months as I was doing my best to nurse/feed/bond and having ideas and grocery lists ready to go would have been really helpful. Those meals family and friends brought early on didn’t last nearly long enough! 😊

  1. Not buy so many clothes before the baby comes

baby clothing

I tried not to go overboard with baby clothes buying, especially since we didn’t know what we were having, but I still ended up with more than we needed. I had several newborn-size onesies and outfits that my tall baby was too big for immediately. Next time around I think I’ll save most of the clothes shopping for those middle-of-the-night feedings. (No one ever over-buys when they’re high on new baby and low on sleep, right?)

  1. Not fear labor

Another thing that took a lot of joy from my first pregnancy were my fears of labor. I know every labor and delivery experience is different, but now, knowing that things can go well (easy, even!), I think I might be able to relax a little more and enjoy the experience.

mom with newborn baby

I know a second pregnancy, especially with another child, will still have its own set of challenges, but I think trying out these things might work for me next time around!

pregnant woman

What things would you/did you do differently with your second pregnancy?

13 ways waiting to go into labor is like hoping that cute guy will call

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Melissa Willets

posted in Pregnancy

For me, waiting to go into labor has been the most brutal form of anticipation there is. I have no idea when it will happen, but it’s all I am thinking about. It basically controls my life.

Last night I got to thinking how the last time I felt this on edge waiting for something to happen, was back when I was dating, and had given a guy I liked my number. Obsessing over when he would call, unfortunately, would rule my world.

Here’s how hoping your labor will start is like waiting for that guy to pick up his phone.

1 – It’s torture.

2 – It never happens when you think it will.

3 – Instead, it’ll happen when you least expect it to, which is so, so frustrating because you’re always hoping it will happen.

Waiting for a guy to call be like...

4 – The anticipation could kill you.

5 – You can’t think about ANYTHING except the phone ringing or contractions starting.

6 – You do everything you can to distract yourself from obsessing over when your labor will kick in, or when the guy is finally going to pick up his phone to dial you.

7 – No matter what you do to keep yourself busy, the truth is, you are still thinking about when it will finally happen.

8 – You are, at times, completely convinced he will never call. Or that you will NEVER go into labor.

9 – You look for signs. If this happens, he’ll call. If that happens, your baby will be born today.

10 – You can only get your mind off it for a few moments at a time. Then it’s back to tormenting yourself.

11 – If the phone rings and it’s not him, your depression deepens. Kind of like how if you have a few contractions, but they taper off, your excitement fades into total despair that you aren’t going to get to hold your baby in your arms yet.

12 – Each morning you wake up and CANNOT believe you are still pregnant.

Still pregnant

… Or that he didn’t call!

13 – Each night you are hopeful that the next day will be THE DAY.

Photos: Flickr and iStock

19 things that actually take longer than the end of pregnancy

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Melissa Willets

posted in Pregnancy

The end of pregnancy is torturously long. It’s actually hard to think of too many things that take longer. But I managed to come up with a few, such as…

1 – Translating the entire Harry Potter series into Russian

2 – Driving from Seattle to Maine with three kids, and then back

Driving across country takes longer than the end of pregnancy

3 – Watching every single episode of Game of Thrones

4 – Waiting in line at the DMV

5- Planting your lawn one blade of grass at a time

6 – Counting every granule of sand in the desert by hand

Things that take longer than the end of pregnancy

7 – Sitting through a recorder concert starring 400 second graders

8 – Waiting for kids to finish dinner with the TV on

9 – Reading an entire set of encyclopedias in French, except you don’t speak French, so you have to translate every single word

10 – Traveling 360 billion light years to another galaxy

Space travel takes longer than the end of pregnancy

11 – The time it takes for your husband to finish a to-do list you made for him

12 – Anticipating Christmas morning when you’re a kid

13 – Potty training octuplets

14 – Waiting for AAA when you get a flat tire

15 – Climbing Mount Everest on a Pogo Stick

Only a few things take longer than the end of pregnancy

16 – Trying to locate the one stuffed animal your kid is looking for among the 246 she can find

17 – Re-shingling your entire roof blindfolded

18 – Deciding between two throw blankets at Target

19 – Finding a parking spot at the mall during the holidays

Yeah, that’s about all I can think of. Every other task makes the end of pregnancy seem like an eternity. Because basically it is. At 39 weeks along with my fourth child, I am almost 100 percent sure I will never actually give birth. I. Will. Be. Pregnant. Forever.

Save yourselves.

Photos: Flickr

In the future, blood tests could predict your due date

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Claudia Boyd-Barrett

posted in Pregnancy

Scientists are working on a blood test that could one day predict your due date without the need for an ultrasound or asking you to remember when you had your last menstrual period.

The test, which is still being developed, may also be used to detect whether you’re at risk of giving birth prematurely, according to scientists at Stanford University.

Stanford and Danish researchers examined the blood of more than 31 women every week during their pregnancies. They noticed that levels of some genetic messenger molecules, called RNA, changed as the women’s pregnancies progressed.

Using blood samples from two thirds of the women, the researchers created a model to predict how RNA levels change over the course of pregnancy. They tested the model on the remaining 10 women’s blood samples, and found they could predict the baby’s age and due date with 45 percent accuracy, or within 14 days of the actual due date. That’s similar to the accuracy rate of ultrasounds during the first trimester, the researchers said.

Woman-getting-blood-test 

Next, the scientists used a version of the model to see if they could predict a woman’s risk of preterm delivery. This time, they used blood samples from two previous studies involving 38 women with high-risk pregnancies. By applying their model, the researchers correctly guessed whether the women would deliver preterm more than 75 percent of the time, according to the paper published in the journal Science.

There’s still a lot more work to do to validate this type of test before healthcare providers can use it. The researchers are planning a much larger study to see if the test works when applied to a broader population of women.

If the test does work, it could make predicting your due date a lot easier and cheaper in the future. It could also be another tool to help doctors identify high-risk pregnancies early on and prepare for preterm deliveries, potentially saving babies’ lives.

Given that 1 in every 10 infants is born prematurely, that could make a huge difference!

Would you take a blood test to predict your baby’s due date if it were available?

Celebrating the arrival of twins: 29 incredible birth photos

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Sara McGinnis

posted in Pregnancy

Way before I had children of my own I actually thought it would be “fun” to have twins. Easy-breezy, walk in the park, two at a time.

When I finally welcomed my first son and experienced just how much work babies can be, I chuckled at my naïveté. One infant to care for at a time was plenty as far as I was concerned — and I didn’t even get into thinking about going through the marathon of birth only to have to immediately do it again.

It’s incredible what you moms of multiples have done, and I’m proud to celebrate you all with a collection of birth photography images gathered by Birth Becomes Her. Take a look at 29 families welcoming their sets of twins…

Dad showing baby two some love, while mom cradles their first arrival. (Aly Renee Photography)

Newborn twins relaxing in an herbal bath with their parents. (Aly Renee Photography)

Dad lending a hand as mom tandem nurses her babies. (Michelle Glenn Photography)

Skin-to-skin with a pair of new arrivals. (First Embrace Photography)

The first opportunity in a long time for little limbs to stretch out. (Point Four Photography)

Skin-to-skin with dad in the operating room — a first at this particular hospital. (Jennifer Mason Photography)

Four wrinkly feet and 20 impossibly tiny toes. (Hello Baby Birth Photography)

Dad’s first opportunity to hold both his babies. (Lane B Photography)

Twin placenta. (Bluegrass Birth Stories)

Doctor and midwife work together to deliver these two. (Monet Nicole)

Comforting her crying sister. (Song Bird Photography)

Wrinkled hands and whole lot of newborn hair. (Beloved Bits Photography)

Big brother getting his first peek at his new sisters. (Danielle Hobbs Photography)

Sharing word of two arrivals from inside the NICU. (Fincher Photography)

Skin-to-skin with mom. (Birth Unscripted)

Looking over to see who is making all that noise. (Dorothea Schulz Photography)

Nursing one baby while in labor with their second. (Jennifer Liv Photography)

Dad peeks in on mom’s skin-to-skin time. (Momma KT Shoots)

All the emotions. (Ashley Marston Photography.)

Another look at a twin placenta. (Melissa Cate Photography)

Getting used to carrying two. (Growing Wings Photography)

Holding hands outside the womb. (New Creation Birth Photography)

A big bow for such a little one. (Bluegrass Birth Stories)

Looking at mom as they try out tandem nursing. (Lane B Photography)

Brother and sister snuggle time. (Life Unscripted Photo)

Grandparents meeting their grandbabies for the first time. (Dianne Hamre)

Snuggled up with mom after a home water birth. (Megan Crown Photography)

Keeping track of who’s who. (Kourtnie Elizabeth Documentary)

A window to the womb, revealing baby’s toes still inside the amniotic sac. (Kimberlin Gray Photography)

Did you hope for multiples? How did your family end up being made?

Photos courtesy of Birth Becomes Her, which you’re welcome to connect with on Facebook, and the talented photographers noted above.

This post was originally published in February, 2017.

6 things to think about before you head to the hospital

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Sabrina Garibian

posted in Pregnancy

I’m about to give birth to my fourth child, and I forgot about all the things you need to think about before you head to the hospital to deliver, so I’m scrambling to get everything ready for our new baby’s arrival.

I made a checklist for myself that I thought might help you too.

1. Birth plan

birth plan

Whether you choose to print this out for your healthcare provider or not, it’s important to think about what decisions you might make during labor. Enter the birth plan. Are you open to having your doctor break your water? Do you want an epidural? How soon do you want it, ideally? There are so many decisions to make during labor, even for a picture-perfect delivery. Plan ahead and think through what choices you might want to make in the moment.

2. Diapering

pampers swaddlers diapers

All babies need to be fed and all babies need diapers. Picking the right brand and type of diaper will make my baby comfortable and make my life easier too. As a veteran mom I have found that Pampers Swaddlers are the best, especially in those first few months when you are changing diapers nonstop. If you don’t believe me, believe the hospital. Pampers Swaddlers are the #1 choice of hospitals*.

My babies love them because they are blankie-soft, wrapping them up in cush and plush. I love them because the color changing wetness indicator lets me know when the baby needs to be changed. A yellow line means the diaper is dry, and a blue line means it’s wet and needs to be changed. It couldn’t be easier, especially for a new mom.

Having a few diaper stations throughout your home will make those first days easier too. I have three diaper stations, one in my family room, one in my bedroom, and one in the baby’s room. Each basket has diapers, wipes, diaper cream, hand sanitizer, a burp cloth and a changing pad for the baby, and chapstick and bottled water for me.

3. Sleeping arrangements

sleeping arrangements

I prefer to sleep in a bed in the baby’s room with my baby in the crib from day one. It works best for my family when my husband gets a good night of sleep so he is well-rested to help during daytime hours, especially since I breastfeed. It works for us, but it means making sure I have a bed set up in the baby’s room by the time we get home from the hospital.

4. Safe places to put your baby

safe places to put baby

I’ve found it helpful with each of my children to have a safe place to put the baby in each room of the house. I have a bassinet in my bedroom, the baby’s crib in her room, a bouncy chair in the kitchen, and a swing in the family room. Having a safe space in each room allows me to stay close to my child while taking care of the day-to-day needs of my household and family.

5. Feeding

baby bottles

If you plan on breastfeeding, have you looked into breastfeeding support groups? Do you have a good breastfeeding pillow? If you plan on pumping, have you read your breast pump manual? If you plan on formula feeding, do you have the supplies you need? You will probably want a few different types of bottles from the start to find out which one works best for your child. Plans might change as you get to know your child, but it’s great to have an idea of the options available.

6. Things for YOU

snacks for mom

There are a few things you can do ahead of time to plan that are more for you than for the baby. Make meals for the freezer. Stock up on easy one-handed snacks like granola bars, cheese sticks, and almonds. Invest in a really good water bottle so you can stay hydrated. If you have other children, hang up a calendar that clearly lists everyone’s activities and school obligations. When the days start to run together, it’s helpful to be able to quickly glance at that list. Oh, and quite importantly, pack that hospital bag!

Having a baby is such an exciting and special time in your life! I hope this short list helps get you just a little more prepared for your own birth.

What’s on your pre-baby checklist?

This post is sponsored by Pampers. All opinions are truthful and my own.

*based on sales of the NB hospital diaper