Getting Ready for a New Baby

One of the most exciting additions in a person’s life is a new baby! But nobody seems to mention all the overwhelming preparation that comes along with it, especially if you’re entering parenthood for the first time. From shopping for the baby, to preparing a nursery, to even post-care, new parents can easily become confused. If that sounds like you, don’t worry because Central City can help you prepare for this life-changing event.

Pre-Baby Stuff

We often think the work begins when the baby is born, but you need to start preparing early just to get everything ready. For new moms, maternity wear and body care is essential in their nine-month journey.

The first thing moms need to do is shop for fabulous maternity wear to accommodate their rapidly changing bodies. For a large selection of versatile, comfortable, trendy pieces that can be interchanged with various outfits, be sure to check out Winners or Walmart. Also, don’t forget to stock up maternity essentials like nursing bras and belly bands.

Let’s not forget about those pesky stretch marks! While some pregnant women never experience them, others are not so lucky. Pick up some vitamin E cream or moisturizing oils from Shoppers Drug Mart to reduce the appearance of stretch marks; the Bio-Oil line of skin care is one of our favourites.

Most importantly, expectant moms need to get enough sleep! Pick up a white noise or sound therapy machine from Best Buy, like the Asti LectroFan Evo Sleep Machine that features 22 soothing sounds to help you relax. If you find yourself waking up often during the night, try to take some daytime naps. Sleep can be made easier with a body pillow to support your back from Walmart or Winners.

Hospital Essentials

Now it’s time to start planning for the birth and time spent at the hospital. Everything needs to be packed for when your baby arrives to easily transition from your house to the hospital. A good idea is to have your bag packed 3 to 4 weeks before your due date for any early appearances.

Stay ahead of your game by purchasing a handy and functional suitcase set, like those available from the Swiss Gear and American Tourister lines at Bentley. In the smaller suitcase, add the essentials for your little one like burp cloths, blanket, soothers, diapers, and newborn clothing. In the bigger suitcase, add personal essentials like toiletries, change of clothes, and even a yoga ball. Most importantly, don’t forget your digital camera from Broadway Camera!

With the packing done, you can now enjoy your nine-month journey with your feet up!

Baby’s First Home

With the long wait over and a bundle of joy in your arms, it’s time to make your way to a baby-proofed home and nursery.

New families often move into condos or apartments before single-family homes which results in less space so they think they don’t have space for a nursery, but closet nurseries are all the range among urban families. If your apartment or condo has a walk-in closet, you’ll have plenty of room to fit a mini-crib and a changing table (both available at Walmart) for all your baby’s needs. Even a regular closet can be transformed into a nursery by removing the closet doors and shelving.

Keep in mind that a nursery is also your personal bonding area with your baby. Pick a theme and give the new nursery a relaxing feel with neutral colour furniture and décor. Visit The Brick for a wide selection of dressers, cribs, rocking chairs, and vanities. The Brick’s Laney line of country-styled baby furniture is chic and timeless and will transition well as your baby grows. Pick up handy baskets and organizers from Walmart or Winners. Fill in the wall space in the nursery with framed family photos from SmArt Frames & Accents Remember with a nursery, less is more and a minimalistic look is definitely trendy. Less clutter will relax you and the baby.

Fill your newborn’s toy box with a selection of stuffed animals, musical toys, and activity play centres from Walmart or Winners. Don’t forget to stock your new baby’s bookshelves with traditional children’s favourite books like “Guess How Much I Love You’, ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, and ‘Pat the Bunny’, all available from Black Bond Books.

Baby’s Wardrobe Essentials

One of the most fun things about being a new parent is dressing up your little one! Stock up on baby wardrobe essentials like sleepers, onesies, shirts, pants, sweaters, caps, bibs, socks, and booties from Urban Kids and Walmart. Both stores have a stylish selection of charming looks for your newborn. Be sure to look for cotton clothing that is soft, comfortable, and easy to wash. Speaking of washing…take care of your baby’s sensitive skin and launder your infant’s delicate clothing with a gentle and eco-friendly detergent, free of dyes and perfume, like the Honest Company’s Liquid Laundry Detergent from Walmart.

Of course, you will also need to stock up on diapers… Visit Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart for a vast selection of diapers. We like the Pampers Pure Protection line made with plant-based fibres – they are free of chlorine bleach, fragrance, parabens, and latex and are perfect for your baby’s delicate skin.

Post-Care for Baby and Mom

New parents often find themselves overwhelmed. So having a plan for after-birth can create a relaxing atmosphere.

Schedule a formal or casual photo shoot for your newborn to update friends and family. Then purchase a monthly time-lapse photo frame from Carlton Cards to store your photos and record how your bundle of joy changes through the months and years. Store precious moments of your baby with a keep sake box from Things Engraved. Keep your baby’s bracelet from the hospital, locks of hair, first tooth and more! Finally, personalize the box with the baby’s name and birthdate engraved on it.

After becoming a new mom, you are so absorbed with taking care of your baby that you often forget to take care of yourself. New mothers often feel the need to “do it all” and exhaustion soon follows. Remember, taking a break can prevent post-postpartum depression and help you recharge.

Start by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Shop local and buy fresh fruits and vegetables from Farm Fresh or T&T Supermarket. Also, have an expert from Alive Health Centre or Shoppers Drug Mart’s pharmacy suggest vitamins to help decrease recovery time. Take some time to fit in weekly exercise at home or at Club 16 Trevor Linden Fitness/She’s FIT! You can work out in the main area or get your fitness in a private women’s-only section. With low monthly payments, Club 16 is a great gym choice while on maternity leave and after returning to work.

Be sure to set some time aside for yourself for small indulgences. Small treats go a long way to rejuvenating your health and mental state at this time and Central City is here with you every step of the way.

Treat yourself with a relaxing massage from Japan Shiatsu, get your nails done from ProfessioNail, and get beauty tips from experts at Shoppers Drug Mart where you can also pamper yourself with luxury beauty and at-home spa treatments. Finally, dinner with loved ones at Boston Pizza or Ricky’s Restaurant are a must to celebrate the new addition; both restaurants offer highchairs for your little one!

We know becoming new parents is often exhausting, and sometimes isolating, but this journey will change you for the better. Enjoy this special time and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. Congratulations on this new chapter!

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