We were given a Pack N Play for our oldest at our baby shower, my mom and dad also bought one. I would recommend it to anyone who travels with babies or grandparents who keep baby over night occasionally.
The Pack N Play worked well when we went on vacation, it stored easily in the back of the car with our luggage and didn’t take up too much space. It was cheaper than a crib, so my parents used it with both kids as babies when they stayed overnight.
Pros- lightweight, works as well as a crib, cheaper than a crib, holds up through babies- my girls are almost 5 years apart and we used the same Pack n Plays with both.
Cons- none that I can think of off the top of my head. We used a normal crib on a day to day basis, but she did nap in the Pack n Play more than a few times.
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The What to Expect series goes from pregnancy through the second year. They also have a website full of resources.
I have the full collection and used it as my Bible while I was pregnant. It comforted me when I felt like I was dealing with weird symptoms and helped me with what I needed to do to prepare for my oldest’s birth.
This series, by far, is the one I would recommend to any first time mom. Ignoring the milestones in the newborn, first year and second year when you have a delayed baby works best- it will keep you from stressing, but the rest of the books are gold.
They give tips for feeding, naps, play, and anything else dealing with raising baby. They also give tips on where baby should be and which milestones to expect, which works for preemies adjusted age in the early months.
They give small tips for moms and dads as well in some of the pages and in the front of each chapter, it gives what symptoms to expect or what major milestones and what percentage of babies/toddlers hit them in the months. The easy layout of the book makes it simple to flip to a chapter and read all about the month your baby is turning (or what month you are in your pregnancy)
If you buy these books, you won’t need other books. They will be nice to have, but this series covers everything but extreme complications.
If you know anyone who is expecting their first baby, this is a book to buy them that they can keep and use for all their pregnancies.
From the moment you find those pink lines, your life changes. You start researching, planning and trying to get everything bought and done before the new family member arrives.
If you’re like most women, you turn to pregnancy books, pregnancy blogs and websites trying to find the perfect items. You search, you stress and try to find the absolute best of the best items without breaking the bank.
I started down this journey 9 years ago when I went to Urgent Care to get a doctor’s note because I felt sick and left work early. What I thought was a panic attack turned out to be hormones and when I decided to give him a few other symptoms I felt were strange, he wanted to do a pregnancy test.
In that time, I ended up with a large collection of books and products that either sat and collected dust because they were useless to us or were used to the point of wearing down.
I’m going to break down what I used and what I found most useful from pregnancy through elementary school