Friday, September 23, 2011

#Seventh Generation and Welcoming Home Baby!

It's been a little while since we welcomed home a baby in our house and I think we're finally finished. However, my Sister-in-law just had a new baby and when she was pregnant I wanted to give her all the advice I could about being prepared for bringing the baby home. The sad part was, I couldn't remember half the stuff you needed to do to get the house ready for little ones. So I started asking other friends and family to help me out.

Well one of my favorite companies, Seventh Generation wants to help out. Recently I did a mommy party for Seventh Generation where I was able to share their new chlorine-free baby wipes and detergent. I already used the Free and Clear diapers with my little one and I loved them. Personally, we already buy Free and Clear products because my son has super sensitive and dry skin so I can attest to Seventh Generation having some of the best products. Now on to my top 10 tips to help you prepare to Welcome Home your new little bundle. 

  1. This is for all you pet lovers. We had a new dog and we wanted to make sure the dog and the baby got along well. We took one of the blankets that I had wrapped around my daughter in the hospital, brought it home and let our dog Dusty smell it and get used to it. That way he would be prepared for the new little stranger!
  2. Have the nursery ready. Yes, that means have the bassinet/crib already assembled including sheets. Remember that it's safer not to have all the frilly stuff and the bumper in the cribs at this point. We personally used a bassinet. 
  3. Have multiple sizes of clothes. We had tons of clothes from friends and family members for a newborn, but my daughter came early and was basically on the cusp of being a premie. We had to run out and buy itty bitty size clothes for her! So it never hurts to have multiple sizes. You can always give them away or sell them if you don't use them.
  4. Sign up for samples. This is the easiest way to learn what works best for your baby without spending lots of money. Diaper and wipes companies always have samples and as far as formula you can usually get samples from your doctor. Way cheaper than buying it at the stores and then not using it. 
  5. Clean the house before the baby comes home. In my situation I was on bed rest AND the baby came early. Luckily I had an awesome neighbor who came over and helped tidy up so we didn't have anything to stress about when we got home. We were able to devote all our attention to our new little bundle. 
  6. Baby Proof ahead of time. Sure you might not need to do this immediately but it helps to have the materials already in your house. That way when the little one tries to open the pantry door you're already prepared with cabinet and door locks. Trust me, it's lots easier than running out to buy them!
  7. Get baby safe products! I was one of those moms who loved to clean with bleachy cleaning solutions but when my little ones came along I got paranoid. I didn't want them any where around that stuff so I quickly switched to all natural products. You probably have seen a few reviews on my blog for those products...LOL
  8. Read! Yes, read books and magazines. We're not perfect and we don't know it all. Your friends and family can only tell you oh so much, so grab a magazine or a book and read what other parents have to say. You never know what you might learn. 
  9. Be over prepared. It never hurts. Sure you bought three different lotions, two baby baths, three nail clippers but who cares!?! They can seriously come in handy. One bath for home, one for traveling. One nail clipper worked the best. You just never know what you might need!
  10. Have someone show you how to put in your car seat. Yeah I know at the hospital they will check you with putting your baby in the car seat but they don't check to make sure it's installed in your car correctly. I would suggest finding a center (usually a fire dept.) where they will help you properly install your car seat. After all this will be the first place your baby will be before you get home! 
Now as you can see, I'm no expert here. My youngest is almost 3 so it's been a few years for me and I'm sure things have changed. What advice can you give for new moms bringing home babies?  I would love to hear. Feel free to share them in the comments! =)

Disclosure: “I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seventh Generation blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

About Seventh Generation
Seventh Generation is the nation’s leading brand of household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment.  Established in 1988, the Burlington, Vermont based company remains an independent, privately-held company distributing products to natural food stores, supermarkets, mass merchants, and online retailers across the United States and Canada. 

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