Saturday, September 24, 2011

Learning the Basics

This morning we had our Baby Basics class! Our class was taught by an RN with 20+ years of experience in L&D, she was a hoot! I thought the class would be bigger, but including Ant and I there were only five couples in attendance. Three were due in October, one in November, and then there was us, due in December.

There was a ton of information to take in during the class, but I thought it was presented in a clear and concise manner. Some of the topics covered included: what happens in the hospital after you give birth, circumcision, swaddling, umbilical cord care, bathing, diaper changing, breastfeeding, sleeping/tummy time, when to call the pediatrician and general safety guidelines.

We also got to meet with a local pediatrician who was able to answer any questions we had. I didn't realize that our baby will be seen by the pediatrician every day we're in the hospital, how great is that?!? I really liked the pediatrician we met, however her main office is closer to the other hospital in our "network" and I'm sure we can find a good office that is a bit closer (her office is only like 20 minutes away, so it's not that far or anything).

One point the teacher made really resonated with me. She said to take try out of your vocabulary when talking about breastfeeding. So, I am no longer going to try to breastfeed my baby, I am going to breastfeed! Wow, that makes it seem so much more real, because I have been saying try this whole time.

I will say that the $45 we spent on the class is some of the best money we've spent this entire pregnancy! We really learned a lot of invaluable information. Plus, we got some neat swag!

Taco shells not included
Lots of free samples!

In the folder we got a print out of the PowerPoint used in the class, a father's guide to L&D, infant CPR and car seat safety class info, a bunch of other brochures and the Caring for Your Newborn DVD by Howbility. And I'm loving the little organizer all the samples came in, I was going to look for something similar to put all our creams and stuff in for the changing table, but now I don't have to!

Next on our agenda is to schedule our nursery tour! True, I've spent a significant amount of time in the L&D wing of our hospital already, but I'd still like to take an official tour since I was confined to my room the entire time I was there. I'm thinking we'll probably schedule the tour for the end of October.


  1. Wow, that's a wealth of info that you were able to get! That's fantastic!

    Haha, I chuckled at the taco shells thing.

  2. The tacos were our dinner that night!


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