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Baby is on the way, so now is the time to put together your wish list!  Shopping for a new baby can sometimes be overwhelming, so use our convenient registry guide to help you sort through the mountains of baby gear.

You can also build your own registry using Amazon. Be sure to fill it with a selection of useful things for baby AND mom!

Pregnancy
  • Good Gradient Compression Hosiery
  • Comfortable shoes
  • 3-5 versatile pants/short/skirts
  • 5-8 maternity shirts
  • 1-2 maternity dresses
  • Pregnancy pillow
  • Preggie pops!
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Support Band
Nursery
  • Crib
  • Crib Mattress
  • Dresser
  • Rocking Chair
  • Baby Monitor
Baby Bedding
  • Crib Sheets – at least 2, but 3-4 is better
  • Mattress Pad – again 2-4 is good
  • Receiving Blankets – 4-6 (lightweight for summer babies, heavier for winter ones)
  • Baby Quilts – 2
Diapering
  • Changing Table w/ Cushioned Pad
  • Diaper Pail and Liners
  • Functional Diaper Bag – Go for lots of compartments, easy access to necessities, and light on the feminine features (you want Dad to be willing to carry it, too)
  • Diaper cream – 1 tube for now since you may need to switch brands depending on what works best for your baby
  • Wipes – Unscented are best on delicate skin. Get a whole case of these things. You’ll seriously use them.
  • Washcloths – Soft baby ones are best
  • Diapers – Have a couple of boxes on ready because you won’t want to run out in the middle of the night when you’re suddenly out of them. It’s a great idea to have some Size 1 on hand because most kiddos won’t stay in the Newborn ones long.
Bath Time
  • Baby Bathtub
  • Baby Soap
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Baby Lotion
  • Hood Baby Towels – 2-4 are good, many times they come in 3 packs
  • Wash Clothes – Soft baby cloths, separate from the diapering ones
  • Laundry Detergent – Scent and dye free is best
  • Baby Bath Seat – For when baby is old enough for the big bathtub
  • Knee Saver – Trust me, you’ll need this for bathing baby
Breast Feeding
  • Nursing Bra
  • Sleep Nursing Bra – Make sure it’s super soft and seamless
  • Nursing Pads
  • Nipple Cream
  • Nursing Pillow
  • Electric Breast Pump
  • Bottles – 4 oz and 8 oz – You won’t need as many as you would for a bottle-fed baby, but you’ll want some
  • Nipples – assortment of flow levels to use as baby ages
Bottle Feeding
  • Bottles – 4 oz and 8 oz – at least 10-12 of each
  • Nipples – assortment of flow levels to use as baby ages
  • Bottle Warmer
  • Formula
General Feeding
  • Burp Cloths
  • Pacifiers – Several as these tend to get lost fairly easily
  • Bottle Brush
  • Baby Spoons
  • Baby Dish
  • Snack Cups
  • Sippy Cups
  • High Chair
Health and Grooming
  • Baby Nail Clippers
  • Baby Thermometer
  • Baby First Aid Kit
  • Assortment of Medications – Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, gripe water, gas drops, etc.
  • Bulb Syringe
  • Petroleum Jelly and Sterile Gauze (for circumcised boys)
Baby Gear
  • Infant Carrier Car Seat
  • Convertible Car Seat
  • Baby Swing or Bouncer Seat
  • Stroller – Choose based on your needs – full size, lightweight, umbrella, jogging, etc. – You may want to get more than one for different baby stages
Baby Clothes
  • Onesies
  • Pajamas
  • Blanket Sleepers
  • Socks and Booties
  • Hats
  • No-Scratch Mittens

*** The time of year your baby arrives will alter your baby’s clothing needs

 

 

 

 

 

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month.

When a mama is pregnant with a little one, there are so many decisions that she and her partner must make – big ones, little ones and everything in between.  But, one decision that pregnant mamas may not know much about is Cord Blood Banking.  Cord Blood Banking is honestly a lifesaving decision.  So, before you check yes or no to this decision, read a little bit more about it.

 

What is Cord Blood?

So, what is cord blood?  Well, quite literally, it is the blood leftover in a baby’s umbilical cord and placenta after birth.  Cord blood is really special, because it contains the powerful stem cells that are used to develop a baby’s organs, blood, tissue and immune system during pregnancy.  Once the cord is clamped and cut, your baby no longer needs the cord blood.

Cord blood is already special because of the important role it has for a baby during development, but now because of the awesome powers of science, cord blood has another equally amazing role.  The stem cells in cord blood have a unique ability to rebuild a healthy immune system damaged by disease.  Today, it can help treat nearly 80 different diseases.  Researchers have even begun expanding its uses in clinical trials to help treat conditions such as autism and brain injuries.

 

Who Can Benefit From Cord Blood?

Cord blood has been successfully used to treat several types of cancer, blood disorders, bone marrow failure syndromes, metabolic disorders, and immune deficiencies.  When blood is collected at a baby’s birth, it can be stored and used to treat future diseases and conditions for not only the newborn, but for any matching siblings, as well.  Depending on the disease or condition being treated will determine if the banked blood is more useful for the baby itself, or a sibling.  A parent can also choose to donate cord blood allowing donation and transplantation to the general public – kind of like a basic blood donation.

Researchers are now working with cord tissue, as well.  They hope that their work will lead to treatments and cures for diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, liver fibrosis, lung cancer, and sports injuries.

 

History.

In the world of medical science, the history of cord blood banking seems to be truly in its infancy.  It’s crazy to say it, but nearly all of the advancements have occurred during my lifetime!

The first ever report on cord blood stem cells was published in 1974, and this became the springboard for this new science.  In 1983, Dr. Hal Broxmeyer and his colleagues proposed using stem cells from cord blood for transplant.  A short 2 years later, Dr. Broxmeyer discovered transplantable stem cells in human cord blood.  It’s a major breakthrough.  And only 3 years after that, the first successful cord blood transplant is performed.  The patient is a 5-year-old boy suffering from Fanconi Anemia, a rare inherited disease affecting the bone marrow.  Cord blood was used from the boy’s newborn sister.

By 1992, the first public cord blood bank opened, the New York Blood Center.  A year later, a 1-year-old child is cured from acute leukemia after a cord blood transplant from an anonymous unrelated donor.  The blood came from the newly opened public bank.  In 1995, the first successful cord blood transplant is performed for an adult leukemia patient.

In 1998, the National Marrow Donor Program launched a cord blood program.  Also, a cord blood transplant is used to cure sickle cell anemia.  By 2004, Congress was involved passing and funding the Health & Human Services Appropriations Act to create a National Cord Blood Program.  The state of Illinois took it a step further passing legislation mandating birthing women be given the option to donate their baby’s cord blood to a public bank free of charge.  In 2005, Congress passed the Stem Cell Research & Therapeutic Act creating a national inventory of high-quality cord blood samples.

In 2007 cord blood is identified as being able to help metabolic disorders.  Research also shows that it is comparable to the matched bone marrow.  In 2008, researchers discover a way to enhance the growth of stem cells from cord blood after transplantation.

And as we’ve rolled through the second decade of the 21st century, the advancements in medical treatment with cord blood stem cells is literally multiplying.  Last year, the number of cord blood transplants around the world reached over 30,000.  This science has truly come a LONG way!

How to Bank:

There are a number of private banks around the country with varying costs to bank your child’s cord blood.  There is usually also an annual fee to store your cord blood.  Many hospitals in states around the country will also collect your baby’s cord blood for public donation.  Public donation is free.  You may have to fill out a detailed questionnaire outlining the health of you and your partner.

This is just scratching the surface on learning about Cord Blood Transplantation, Donation and Banking.  To gather the information above, I read from the following sources below.  There is abundance of additional information in each of these sites, so if you would like to look more into Cord Blood Science, please visit one or all of these sources.

 

** Sources:

  1. https://www.viacord.com/
  2. https://www.americordblood.com/
  3. https://www.fatherly.com/
  4. https://bloodcell.transplant.hrsa.gov/

My daughter was born during one of the hottest summers I can remember in my hometown of Kansas City.  So, technically it wasn’t the hottest summer on record, probably wasn’t even close, but it felt like it to me.  I do remember repeatedly pulling out my phone and snapping pics of the thermostat on my dashboard when it showed temps reaching 103; 105, even 108 degrees!  That’s hot when you’re not 9 months pregnant.

The first weekend the pools were open, I loaded up my son and headed for the cool heaven of the water.  After 30 minutes of this oasis, I looked over and noticed my son’s blue lips as he chattered, “cccan we ggggo home nnnow, Mom?” Of course, even in the hottest weather, a recently filled pool can still be pretty cold.

So, since a pregnant mama can’t live at the pool until the baby arrives, what can she do to stay cool?  Try a few of these tips to get you through the hot summer.

Stay Indoors in the Air Conditioning When You Can

I know, I know, easier said than done, right.  But, when the temperatures are really high, it’s best to stay in where fans and air conditioning can keep you more comfortable.

Plan Outdoor Tasks Early and Late in the Day

Well, you can’t stay in forever, right?!  When the temperatures are expected to be really high, try to plan any of your outdoor activities for the early morning or evening.  Doing all your necessary outdoor excursions when the day is the coolest will help to minimize time when the heat is the most uncomfortable.

Wear the Right Clothes

Wearing lightweight and loose clothing will help keep you cool, as well.  And it’s best to leave the dark colors at home, too, since they will absorb more of the heat.

Wear Compression for Swelling

The heat will inevitably make you swell.  Help cut down on the swelling by wearing compression.  Preggers by Therafirm has several lightweight options that won’t add a bulky layer to contribute to the heat.  Lightweight Maternity Footless Tights or Maternity Trouser Socks are both great options.

Drink Lots of Water

Everyone from your doctor to the checker at the grocery store is telling you that right now, right?  But trust us on this one – it’s great advice.  The last thing you want to do it to become dehydrated.  So, get yourself a sturdy refillable water bottle and don’t leave home without it!

Cooling Towels or Spray Bottles

Water isn’t always readily available, but it is a perfect way of cooling off.  You can carry a spray bottle with you to spritz yourself when you feel yourself getting too hot.  Or, you could try a cooling towel.  This towel is designed to cool you instantly and will stay cool for several hours.

Use Gel Pads

If you have trouble sleeping, try sleeping on a gel pad.  These pads help cool your body while you sleep.  You can put one in an office chair, too, to help cool you on the job!

Swimming

And of course, take advantage of any pool time you can get.  Not only is the water cool and soothing, but immersing yourself in water will help to alleviate some of the pressure on your back, hips and joints that your precious little bump gives you.  Swimming was truly the best relief I could find when pregnant with my summer baby.  I think I would have spent the last couple of months living in the water if I could have.

 

We hope these tips help you to keep cool while you wait for your little one to arrive!  Happy summer.

Layout 1Preggers by Therafirm Comfort Nursing Bras are featured in the 2018 September issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Convenient nursing and a seamless silhouette make the Preggers Comfort Nursing Bra a functional and comfortable option for mamas.  This super soft bra features an easy clip down design for discreet nursing. Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

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Preggers by Therafirm Comfort Nursing Bras are featured in the 2018 September issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Convenient nursing and a seamless silhouette make the Preggers Comfort Nursing Bra a functional and comfortable option for mamas.  This super soft bra features an easy clip down design for discreet nursing. Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers benefits here!

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Preggers by Therafirm Light Support Maternity Leggings are featured in the Fall 2018 Buyer’s Guide issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  As the crisp fall air settles in, you’ll want to be sure to have a pair (or five!) of Preggers Light Support Leggings.  Not only will your legs stay warm and your outfit be fashionable, but you’ll experience the amazing benefits of true gradient compression, which will help to reduce and prevent swelling and energize tired and achy legs!  Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers legwear benefits here!

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Preggers by Therafirm Maternity Support Bands are featured in the December 2018 issue of Pregnancy & Newborn.  Preggers Maternity Support Bands provide an expectant mom with superior comfort and gentle support during pregnancy. The seamless garment is made from super stretchy fibers and expands during the varying stages of pregnancy. The supportive band helps ease back discomfort and provide active moms additional abdominal support.  Thanks P&N for introducing your readers to benefits of Preggers and Therafirm legwear!

Read more about Preggers benefits here!