Questions About Cool Baby Clothes Cheap

Donald asks…

How often do you take your baby (or children) to a portrait studio for pictures?

How often do you take your babies (or children) to a portrait studio for pictures of only them? Every time you take them do you have them wear certain attire of a particular theme (such as Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, and etc)? Or just normal clothes or dress clothes without a theme?

Which portrait studio (Sears, Olan Mills, Walmart, etc) is your favorite one for taking the best pictures and why?

Adam answers:

The first year, every month. Superstore was super cheap, $10 for 2 8×10, 2 5×7 and a sheet of wallets. Lots of props, different backgrounds. I wouldn’t do a holiday theme. I booked the appointment close to the day of her birth each month. After that, we get pictures done as a family at Christmas and on her birthday.

I’m a photo fanatic though, so I have tons of ‘real’ photos all over the house. I really liked getting them done once a month, the positioning made it really cool to see just how much they have grown and changed!!

Lately I’ve discovered I can take really good portraits at home so we’ve been going less. I take the back of two chairs, and cover them with a nice sheet. Then use another to cover the floor. If the sheet is long enough, us it to cover the chairs and floor so there is no space or wrinkles. Have your child sit/ay on the floor. You can use your child’s toys as props! I recently did my daughters 2 year portrait with her blanket as a back drop, super cute. Take the photos during the day, infront of a window so the light hits your child’s face. Perfect lighting.

Or for Easter I used an off white back drop with a pink blanket for the floor. Used the plastic eggs we had for our egg hunt as props, and her stuffed bunny. Worked really well!! She was playing with the eggs so the photo still looked ‘real’ yet the back drop made it look neat, professional, put together!

Sandy asks…

how many weeks pregnant should i start Packing baby bag/hospital bag?

Whats Everything I Need to Pack For The Hospital For me and Baby.

Adam answers:

This is a checklist I used I found it helpful and I packed mine around 34 wks

Your birth plan and maternity notes.

Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour and you’ll need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better.

Slippers

Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.

An old nightdress or a T shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t buy anything specially to wear in hospital.

Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.

Lip balm.

Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour. Isotonic sports drinks are good or bring some glucose tablets to keep you going.

Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games and so on.

A hairband. If you have long hair, you might want it tied up.

Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable.

TENS pain relief machine, if you are planning to use one.

Toiletries

Music to listen to. Take a battery-operated machine, as most hospitals won’t let you plug things in. Some hospitals provide their own CD players or radios – again, check first.

For the birth partner

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Water spray, or a hand-held fan to keep cool down the mum-to-be while she’s in labour.

Comfortable shoes. You may be pacing the corridors!

A change of clothes

Watch with a second hand, to time contractions.

Swimwear, if you want to join the mum-to-be in a birth pool.

Digital camera or camcorder. If you want to bring a camcorder, check with the hospital beforehand, because not all of them allow them in delivery rooms.

Address book or a list of phone numbers. You and your partner will be able to use a mobile phone in parts of the hospital, but bring lots of change or a prepaid phone card just in case, for all the calls you may want to make.

Snacks and drinks. You don’t want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you and if you take some with you, they can stay with you rather than leaving the room to search for food!

For after the birth

A going-home outfit. You’ll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you’re in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you’ll be still wearing maternity clothes when you come home – sorry!

Nursing bras. Take two or three.

Breast pads

Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.

Nightshirt or T-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.

Toiletries

Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Old or cheap knickers, or disposable knickers. Don’t bring your best ones as they will get messy. If you end up having a caesarean, the NCT sells brilliant stretchy knickers that are comfortable to wear over your scar.

Arnica tablets to help with bruising after the birth. Although there’s no conclusive evidence that they work (NHS 2007), many women report that taking arnica helps reduce bruising and helps the healing process.

Ear plugs, in case you end up on a noisy ward!

For your baby

An infant car seat. Some hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one.

One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).

Two or three sleepsuits and vests for baby to wear while you are in hospital.

Baby blanket. Take a warm one if the weather is cold.

Nappies

One pair of socks or booties.

Hat

Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies.

Robert asks…

What should i pack in my hospital bag? I’m due in a couple days, July 2nd in the UK?

Obviously it differs depending on the time of year of what clothes i need to take for my little one, with it being reasonably warm this year in the UK (amazing i know) Do you suggest sleepsuits or rompers? Jackets or just blankets just incase its cold?

Adam answers:

Hey hun you should have your bag packed by 36 weeks latest…… But its not too late yet guess…Here is a list of what you should have in your bag….. . My advice would be to buy a fair share of both sleepsuits and rompers and thin blanket like a cellular one or something. Below is a general list i found useful

General:

Change for the car park (easy to forget in the rush)!
Maternity Notes…Quite important to remember!

For Labour:

Birth Plan
Dressing Gown
Slippers
Socks – in case you get cold feet in labour!
T-Shirt – to wear for the birth
Massage Oil
Labour ‘energiser’
Snacks/Drinks
Energy Sweets
Watch – to time contractions
Camera
Books/Mags/Music – to pass the time
Tens Machine
Toiletries
Water Spray Bottle – cool yourself down
CD/MP3 Player (battery, not mains operated) – favourite tunes make labour more bearable!
Small Sponge – great for taking small sips of water & to cool down with
Flannel – get your birth partner to mop your brow!
Hair Brush
Hair Bands
Hair clips
Water – small bottles are easier to sip from
Antenatal Notes
Bach Rescue Remedy – for times of crisis
Birth Ball – some labour wards provide them

For Birth Partner:

Change of Clothes
Snacks & Drinks

For After the Birth:

Going home outfit (someone can always bring that in for you later)
Knickers – disposable or cheap cotton ‘big pants’
Nursing Bras – best to get properly fitted in late pregnancy
Breast Pads
Maternity Pads – take a couple of packs & have someone bring in more if need be
Nightdress that’s suitable for breastfeeding (more comfy than PJs if you have stitches)
Dressing Gown, lightweight – hospitals are hot!
Shampoo
Conditioner
Cleanser/Toner/Moisturiser
Shower Gel
Deodorant – hospitals are hot!
Soap
Hand Cream
Towels – ones that don’t matter, dark colours are good!
Hairbrush
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Arnica – helps with possible bruising
Lavender Oil – a few drops in your bath can help healing and also relax you
Tea Tree Oil – a few drops in your bath can help healing
Nipple cream – well worth packing!
Cosmetics (if you can’t bear the thought of being seen ‘au naturel’).
Favourite breakfast cereal/ tea bags
Fruit juice/mineral water
Tissues
Inflatable Feeding Pillow
Ear plugs – in case you find yourself with the only sleeping baby on a noisy ward!
Small plastic jug – some people swear by it….perhaps best not to ask why beforehand!

For Baby:

Car Seat
One outfit for going home
Babygros/sleepsuits
Baby bundlers/gowns – great for night time nappy changes
Baby Bodysuits/Vests
Blanket
Nappies
Socks
Hat
Muslin Squares
Baby Toiletries (all our toiletries are organic) – Shampoo/bodywash and Moisturiser
Baby Nail Scissors & clippers – babies nails can be surprisingly long at birth
Cotton Wool balls….you’ll be surprised how many you get through
Nappy Sacks – degradable or non-degradable. How eco friendly do you want to be?
Nappy Cream
Baby Wipes – organic or not (useful to freshen up yourself, if not baby)!
Scratch Mittens
Bottles if required/milk – if not breastfeeding

all the best xxxx im due a couple of days after you!

Chris asks…

How to be a creepy looking/puppet looking/doll looking goth girl for halloween?

I don’t want to look ugly I just want to look cool and creepy. Oh I can’t go out and buy a costume. I need to buy it cheap so I can put it together. But what should I wear and what kind of clothes should I buy.

Adam answers:

Wear pigtails in black ribbons or if you have short hair a large black bow. Striped stockings or leggings under a black or dark colored baby doll dress and a white apron. Shiny maryjanes would be great for shoes if you can find cheap ones. For makeup make yourself really pale with red circles on your cheeks and long fake eyelashes or draw long eyelashes with an eyeliner pencil.

Mary asks…

What advice do you have for a first time mother?

Any tips you can give me, from useless items (I have heard I will not use a diaper genie) to help with calming a baby (will a vacuum cleaner really work)
I’m due in September, but just wanting some handy tips from experienced mothers.
Cat – that is my BIGGEST fear and I’m so sure I will do it. LOL

Adam answers:

Oh no whats wrong with a diaper genie? I never had a diaper genie with my first baby, but I saw it on baby’s r us and thought it looked oober cool!

I dont have any major tips except that with my first one i bottle fed, but this next one I am determined to breast feed. I think that will be better for the baby and cheaper.

Oh, and have spare clothes for your kid everwhere…like in the diaper bag, another spare in the car, and save all your plastic bags from the grochery store for dirty diapers and dirty clothes on the go.

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