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Date: 3/21/13 4:09 PM

I'll have a neice come this September!!


...ooh, how scary. XD She will be the first baby in my family.

Any suggestions for an apprehensive aunt? I've never even held a baby before!!! @__@

DS has asked for Boopy covers and blankets, and I plan to make a changing pad as well. She hasn't decided yet on nursing and doesn't want a sling. No idea how big to make the blankets. XD;;

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Date: 3/21/13 4:32 PM

Congratulations!

I had a baby girl 9 months ago. Here are a few lessons that I've learned over my first 9 months as a parent:

* Your idea of making changing pad(s) is a great idea. My mom made us several in different sizes. I love having the different size options for different uses. (I use a larger pad when I cover the table in a public restroom than, say, when I'm at a friend's house and just changing her on the bed.)
* Since we started solid foods, we've been going through bibs like water. Bibs (hand made or simply embroidered blanks) make a great gift.
* If your sister is overweight or large/low-busted and decides to nurse, the "My Brest Friend" pillow will probably make a better nursing support pillow than the Boppy brand one. (I speak from experience on this.)
* I bought a nursing cover and never used it. My daughter had some issues latching and it was way to difficult to do that while she was covered. I found it much easier to just excuse myself to a private space when needing to nurse while out.
* Our daughter has always hated being swaddled, so we've always used a wearable blanket or bunting for nighttime warmth. (All babies are different--your niece might love being swaddled.) Kwik Sew has a few options for buntings/wearable blankets. A few of these in various sizes will also make great gifts.

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Date: 3/22/13 11:47 PM

Agreed about the My Brest Friend pillow being much more suitable than a Boppy, if a nursing pillow is helpful to her, and it often is.

I'm a board-certified lactation consultant and certified obstetric nurse (16+ years) Nayy...

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Subject: Its going to be a girl! Date: 3/23/13 9:01 AM

Thank you so much for the advice!!! <3 Ellen is a pretty average size, about a 10 RTW I think. I will suggest she consider the My Breast Friend as well.

Michelle, those are so many great pointsk thank you so much!!! I downloaded a bib pattern and witll make a few for her as well. I am hesitant to make too many of any "typical" baby gifts before the baby shower, in case she gets a million of them. But I will make several of a few things, and do any extras if she ends up short on anything. I think that's the best way to cover her bases in terms of getting her things she needs.

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In: 93 yards
Sewn: 59 yards

I'll try anything once :)

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Subject: Its going to be a girl! Date: 3/25/13 4:38 PM

Blankets: 45 x 45 is a nice size. I had several light flannel swaddle blankets in this size and they were perfect.

Blankets and burp cloths (same idea but smaller) are something that I used in quantity when I had a newborn, mostly to save on doing laundry every 5 minutes.

If she gets a ton of these as baby gifts, she can always save the packaged store bought ones and pass them on to another mom. I did that with a few things and the gift-giver was none the wiser. ;)

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