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Everything You Need to Learn and Do Before Bringing Baby Home

Bringing baby home for the first time is so exciting, but are you prepared? This article covers everything you need to know to bring your baby home including introducing pets, preparing your home, and getting started with breastfeeding.

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The Ultimate Guide to Preparing for Labor and Delivery: Build a Birth Toolbox

In the last month leading up to my daughter’s birth, I thought I was completely prepared for labor and delivery.  The nursery was organized, I had taken my childbirth classes, and stocked my freezer.  I thought I'd checked off all the ‘boxes’, but it turns out that there is so much more that goes into being prepared...

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Your Guide to the Perfect Baby Shower

Planning a baby shower can be so much fun! With this guide, you’ll know all of the details for the ultimate shower. Who should throw your baby shower? When to have your baby shower? What is baby shower invitation etiquette? What are the best baby shower theme ideas? How should I decorate for my baby shower? What games should I play at my baby shower? What do I need to know for the day of my baby shower?

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Your Guide to Creating an Organized and Complete Nursery: No Matter Your Space or Budget

Setting up a nursery is one of the most fun and exciting ways to prepare for a baby.  You want it to look great, be super organized, and have functionality when it comes time to care for your newborn. We’ve got everything you need to know to prepare a nursery for your newborn. 

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My Birth Story and Everything I Learned from It

L was born on a late evening in early July. It was hot and I was very ready to be done being pregnant. I was so excited to have a little baby that I could actually hold after months of feeling her dancing in my belly. I diligently prepared myself for labor by trying to come up with exactly how I wanted to whole process to go, despite never having had a baby.  Now, looking back, I would have done a few things differently so hopefully by sharing L’s birth along with the lessons I learned will help you with your own birth story.

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How to Get your Husband Excited about Pregnancy: A Complete Guide

Pregnancy is often a time centered around the birthing mama. Right from the beginning, you and baby start to bond as baby grows inside you. Are you wondering how to get your husband excited about pregnancy too? I know that in the beginning it was challenging for my husband to get excited about pregnancy and bond with baby while she was still in my belly. This was especially true in the early weeks and months when I wasn’t showing and he hadn’t yet felt her kicks.

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How to Pack the Perfect Hospital Bag and Prepare your Home in the Final Weeks Before Birth

As the countdown to your due date goes from months, to weeks, to days you are likely becoming filled to the brim with anticipation and desire to be completely ready for the big day.  A key component to feeling ready for your baby’s birth is having a bag ready for the hospital...

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9 Baby Items You Need That Aren't So Glamorous

Whether or not you have a baby shower, friends and family all look forward to buying things for your little bundle of joy. While you will receive a lot of awesome gifts, there are a lot of things you need for a baby that aren’t so much fun to give as a gift. Here is a list of those essentials.

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How to Prevent or Repair Pregnancy or Postpartum Pee Problems

There’s nothing like a baby on your bladder to make you feel like you need to PEE ALL THE TIME! While it might be okay to deal with for a short period of time, you do not want to have this feeling forever or even worse, deal with urinary incontinence (bladder leaking) for the rest of your life. During my first pregnancy, I was constantly peeing but my body didn’t return to normal once baby arrived.

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Your Guide to Prenatal Appointments: When, What and How to Get the Most Out of Each Visit

Congratulations, Mama! Pregnancy is such an exciting time in life. From choosing a name, to your baby shower to setting up the nursery there is lots of fun to be had. But if you’re here, you know that getting on a prenatal appointment schedule right away is important for you and baby’s health. But if this is your first pregnancy, or the details from your last pregnancy already seem a bit foggy, you’re probably wondering: How often are prenatal appointments exactly? What happens at all of those prenatal appointments? And when do I need to schedule my first prenatal visit?

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Maternity Clothing - A Guide to Building the Perfect Wardrobe

With your body continually changing size for the length of pregnancy and months after, finding maternity clothing to dress the bump without breaking the bank is important. I learned a lot while going through pregnancy more than once. I now feel I finally have the wardrobe for maternity and post-partum that I really wish I had from the very beginning. With how expensive changing your whole wardrobe over can be, you really want to get it right the first time. This post explains how.

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Discussion Questions to Prepare your Relationship for Baby

As your pregnancy progresses there is no doubt you are in the mode to prepare and plan. You have probably taken steps to prepare a nursery, plan a baby shower, or are at the point where you’re preparing for birth. But have you taken time to prepare your relationship? Bringing a baby home is a life changing event for even the strongest relationships. Today, let’s get that conversation started. Here you will find over 50 discussion questions to help prepare your relationship for baby.

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How to Pick the Perfect Name for your Baby

Picking a name for your baby is a big decision! Before they’re even born, you are deciding what they will be called for their entire life. Most baby naming resources I came across while choosing a name for N were lists. And while these lists are certainly helpful, I think getting a handle on what it is you want in a name is an important place to start.

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Mama Natural Birth Course Review

The Mama Natural Birth Course is the bestselling online natural birth course for a reason and that's why I'm taking the time to review it! It is the gold-standard when it comes to preparing to deliver without medical interventions.

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Prepare your relationship for baby with these 9 tips

Having a baby will change your life and newborns are not easy, that's why it is so important to prepare your relationship for baby. This article covers nine things you can do before baby arrives to make sure that you and your husband are ready for the new addition.

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