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Pregnant with first child, during a chaotic and stressful time

Due to an incredible amount of life changes (including marraige, move, new job and death of a parent) I have barely been able to do all the things you are supposed to do when you are pregnant with your first child. Due date is a little over am month away. On top of that I have gained too much weight and feel very uncomfortable, especially at work. My questions range from how do I make the next six weaks bearable (especially at my desk job) given I've outgrown my maternity clothes and feel really uncomfortable physically, to what are the top three things I must learn and/or have before baby arrives? [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien on Jul 14, 2014 - 52 answers

God damn it, you've got to be kind.

I'm expecting my first child in just a few days. Other than Vonnegut's [title], what are some good, creative, sweet, snarky, or famous things to say to a new born baby to welcome her to the world? [more inside]
posted by dmd on May 3, 2014 - 23 answers

Co-sleepers - worth the money?

Considering getting a bedside co-sleeper for my baby. Parents who've used these, were they worth the money in your experience? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Apr 25, 2014 - 25 answers

How can I get my newborn to sleep in the bassinet, rather than my arms?

So, yes, I love it when my adorable newborn falls asleep on my chest. But how can I get her to transition to the bassinet so I can get some sleep? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Apr 10, 2014 - 25 answers

Always be prepared?

Currently 10 weeks pregnant with our first. We are trying to brainstorm everything we can possibly do ahead of time to make maternity leave and the first weeks/months home with a newborn go as smoothly as possible. Some examples: buy a chest freezer and fill it with meals that can just be popped in the microwave or oven. Save up for doggie day care passes to get our dogs out of the house and tired out in the beginning. Veteran parents, please enlighten us as to anything and everything else we can be doing to help us get through the acclimation period! [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on Feb 11, 2014 - 45 answers

What should my newborn baby sleep in?

Complication: moving transatlantically soon. [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Feb 5, 2014 - 41 answers

How do I optimize the gift of diapers?

I would like to give a subscription for diaper delivery to a friend. I want to make sure I do it right, though. Does anyone have experience with diaper subscriptions? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Nov 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Did you enjoy your parental leave?

Our first child is due in the next few weeks! This isn't a question about getting ready - we've done a lot of preparation (see inside). I want to know how you enjoyed those first crazy weeks. Were you able to relax into the sleep deprivation and rhythm-less newborn life? Do you look back on those days fondly? We expect to be tired and frazzled, but we want to intentionally savor this special time. We will have ~8 weeks at home together with our baby. Tell me how you did it. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet on Nov 6, 2013 - 45 answers

What's to like about having a fall birthday?

I’m currently expecting my first child, who is due around Halloween. I have some minor and probably totally inconsequential—yet nagging—worries about her expected birthdate, and would love if those of you who are late fall babies OR a parent of a late fall baby would come in and assuage my concerns. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Aug 7, 2013 - 75 answers

Friend just gave birth. Leaving her husband. What does she need to know?

Not the happiest circumstances to bring a new child into this world. After years of supporting her husband, financially and emotionally, she's reached her limit. He's dealing with some addiction issues, and has become increasingly hostile with the birth of this baby. Maybe they'll work this out one day, but right now she doesn't feel safe, has filled her car with personal belongings and is staying with family. She left him a lengthy note, but does not want to talk to him in the next few days. This has been a long time coming, and while I don't imagine it will be a surprise—his family has actually encouraged her to do this—he won't react well. What sort of legal precautions should she begin taking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I get my newborn to stay asleep?

We're using all the advice from the Happiest Baby on the Block to get Little Stardust to fall asleep. It works the majority of the time and I can successfully get him to fall asleep by swaddling, rocking, white noise, etcetera. The problem is that he'll only stay asleep as long as I'm holding him. [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jun 15, 2013 - 34 answers

Earplugs/muffs to block out a crying baby

In the next two weeks, there will be a new addition to our household -- a baby. (Not mine.) And since it's not mine, I would prefer not to hear it. There are lots of AskMes about earplugs, but many (like the ETY ones) use as a selling point that they don't muffle speech. I want to muffle everything. Best ear protection for the job, <$30?
posted by fiercecupcake on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Babywearing a big baby?

How can I carry my 7 week old who is too big for a sling but too small/young to be carried in a standard upright carrier? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on May 30, 2013 - 26 answers

Looking for tips on nanny hiring from those in the know.

I need to hire a nanny. I've got over 30 applicants to an ad on one of the big caregiver websites, and I'm working on setting up interviews with a couple of the applicants. I need your help so I don't screw up and hire someone I'm going to regret for a really important job. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Mar 31, 2013 - 33 answers

Non-fiction books about relationships between father and a new child

I'm going to be a proud first-time papa in a couple months, and I'm gearing up for the madness and joy to come. I've really enjoyed reading non-fiction anecdotes about fathers and children, and I was wondering if you had any books you might recommend? Hopefully nothing 'Chicken Soup for the ____'-ish, but more along the New Yorker-y lines of Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik and Home Game by Michael Lewis. [more inside]
posted by evadery on Mar 12, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I protect my newborn from getting sick

I have a 4 day old baby and my 2 year old just came down with a fever (101.5 at the moment). We don't have anyone who can take the toddler for a couple of days, but I am afraid the baby or my wife might get sick. I am really worried. What should I do?
posted by crawfishpopsicle on Jan 4, 2013 - 21 answers

Lets not just stand around my baby crying

My 1.5 week old baby was born a month early and is being treated for an extremely rare, incurable genetic disorder discovered last weekend via newborn screening. I haven't told anyone beyond my parents, and in the meantime everyone keeps offering to help with/visit the baby. What should I do with them? I can't bear to have the same horrible conversation over and over. [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Jan 2, 2013 - 30 answers

What Do You Give New Parents?

Parents of Metafilter: What the best gift you can give new parents? Everyone has suggestions for the baby but what about the parents? What are the things you wished you had/realized you couldn't live without when dealing with your first kid? How could someone have made your life easier despite being on the other side of the planet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2012 - 23 answers

Unvaccinated children in the pediatricians office.

I'm expecting my first child next week and have chosen his pediatrician, but the doctor takes unvaccinated patients. How dangerous would it be to bring an unvaccinated newborn into this office?
posted by Circumstands on Nov 27, 2012 - 26 answers

Baby tips for car-free biking couple in Washington DC?

We're Brits in Washington DC about to have our first baby! We have bicycles but don't own a car (use Zipcar / taxis). All the standard baby-prep advice seems to assume owning a car... so do you guys have any tips for car-free baby living? In particular: car seats (for occasional use / quick installation), diaper services and bike trailers? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Nov 18, 2012 - 16 answers

There is more to do after pregnancy?

Expecting our first baby in about 2 months now. I have been so consumed with reading up on this pregnancy & labor that I have neglected to learn about what to do AFTER that. You know, when the little homunculus is actually out of my belly and chilling in our living room. Please share your best book recommendations for newborns. Humorous and serious alike. Telling me not to read and let instincts take over is also acceptable with anecdotes.
posted by MayNicholas on Nov 17, 2012 - 36 answers

To co-sleep or not to co-sleep, that is the question

Please describe your co-sleeping experiences [more inside]
posted by forza on Nov 14, 2012 - 47 answers

What was on your baby registry that you use and what was on it that you don't use?

I'm building a baby registry. a) What was your absolute most-used, wouldn't-survive-without-it thing you had on your baby registry? b) And what were you absolutely certain you'd use all the time that just gathered dust? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Sep 18, 2012 - 67 answers

What was surprisingly easy/hard about having a kid?

A 2-parter for parents (from a soon-to-be): 1) What did you think was going to be easy, but turned out to be hard? 2) What did you think was going to be hard, but turned out to be easy? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Sep 4, 2012 - 42 answers

What tech is out there for babies and their geek parents?

I'm a gadget geek about to have my first baby. What tech do I now have an excuse to get that might help make things easier or even more fun? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Aug 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Newborn insurance?

Is there an insurance option for this snowflake situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Gassy baby is gassy

Please give me your best tips to burp a six week old, or otherwise soothe a gassy infant. [more inside]
posted by bq on Aug 7, 2012 - 27 answers

Was having a baby a mistake?

I am the mother of a beautiful, 5 week old baby girl. I wonder if I've made the biggest mistake of my life. [more inside]
posted by elizamina on Jun 26, 2012 - 75 answers

Looking for a family doctor/pediatrician for newborn in downtown Toronto.

Looking for a family doctor/pediatrician for newborn in downtown Toronto. [more inside]
posted by foxjacket on Jun 12, 2012 - 6 answers

You're a teenager with a newborn. How can a stranger help you?

What does a 16-year-old mom need for her baby and herself? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Jun 11, 2012 - 39 answers

My baby is safe but keeps giving me nightmares.

Every night I dream my newborn baby is in bed with me and is in danger of being crushed or suffocated in the blankets. How do I stop these awful dreams? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Apr 19, 2012 - 22 answers

What do you want out of a newborn class?

A friend and I are putting together the curriculum for a "After the birth: the first six weeks with your newborn" class we're going to start teaching in a few months. We've got a bunch of ideas, but we want to make sure we're covering everything. We'd love your input. [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Apr 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Kittens, kittens, part 2.

In need of young kitten help and advice please! [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Mar 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Go Pack

Moving with a newborn, part 2 - now we know we're going to Milwaukee! Please tell me everything. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Postnatal Depression and anti-depressants

Postnatal depression, advice and success stories, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 - 11 answers

You gotta pay the troll toll (at the doctor's office.)

Chicagomom/dad filter: looking for an awesome pediatrician for our brand new guy. Got one you love, that you're willing to share? [more inside]
posted by esmerelda_jenkins on Nov 2, 2011 - 16 answers

where should the baby sleep?

Is there a good source to neutrally explain various baby sleeping options? [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 on Oct 25, 2011 - 38 answers

Flavoured Milk.

Different foods and breastfeeding - looking for real evidence. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Oct 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Breathing easy

Air purifier and air humidifier for a home with a newborn and two dogs? [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Sep 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Newborn baby hacks?

Is there any way to make the first few months after our baby is born special and meaningful and not just ruled by exhaustion? Any newborn baby hacks you can share? Bonus points for happy newborn stories. [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Sep 6, 2011 - 51 answers

What can you show a newborn baby?

So how do you encourage cognitive development in newborn babies when all they do is eat and sleep? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy on Aug 16, 2011 - 45 answers

New baby on the way! Help!?

I'm a 32 y/o male who has a baby girl due on September 1st This will be my first child and I'm curious about what I need to do and learn beforehand. Please give me advice and/or direct me to must read books or websites. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Paalen on Jun 23, 2011 - 42 answers

Is it OK to Move 2 Week Old Kittens from Where Mother Put Them?

Is it OK to Move 2 Week Old Kittens from Where Mother Put Them? [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on May 31, 2011 - 10 answers

How to have fun with your Baby?

Babyjbenben is 7 weeks old - now what? I want to know the intimate details of hanging out and having good times with my son! I'm looking for reference sources and first-hand accounts that aren't annoying, and instead, inspirational feel-good fun. Please help. [more inside]
posted by jbenben on May 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Terrified new parents seek answers

Our little baby boy has been in the NICU for the past 8 days and should be released in a less than a week. He was born 6 weeks early and before we had bought anything (even a car seat) so we're rushing to prepare for his imminent arrival. We came up with a few questions while shopping for baby stuff... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on May 24, 2011 - 54 answers

Baby suppositories

I need to administer a suppository to a very small baby. Any advice and tricks from people with experience? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on May 13, 2011 - 28 answers

Helping a new mum

How do I help a friend who may or may not have post-natal depression, but is definitely having a rough time due to babies not being well or sleeping? I am not able to pop in for visits to help with babysitting, housework, etc but there must be something else I can do to help, surely? [more inside]
posted by harriet vane on Apr 2, 2011 - 24 answers

What does a kid need its first year?

Okay, what does a baby actually need to survive it's first year? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Mar 20, 2011 - 66 answers

Flying with a Newborn

Logistics of traveling solo with an infant. Looking for tips regarding carriers, going to the bathroom, changing a baby on the plane. I'll be flying Alaska Air and I'd love any special tips for flying these small planes or even Alaska in particular. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Feb 23, 2011 - 29 answers

Good thank you gift for newborn supplies?

Parents who have given away kids stuff: What would you appreciate in return or consider an appropriate thank you? [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Feb 8, 2011 - 27 answers

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