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  On average a family goes through more than 2500 diapers in the first year, and your baby won’t be fully diaper trained until they’re three years old. That’s a lot of money to spend on anything, even worse when it’s just going in the trash. One option to reduce your costs are using cloth diapers.  These cost more initially to establish a good supply of diapers that will give you enough for each stage, so start buying early to spread the cost out.  You also need to have the space for soaking, washing and drying...

Pregnancy is a complicated process and the effects on your body as a woman are quite drastic as the weeks progress. Once an egg is fertilized and implants itself in the uterus, conception has officially happened, and the pregnancy journey starts. Here is a brief outline of the main stages during the full 40 weeks of pregnancy, from the start of pregnancy till you gift birth. Week 4 The pregnancy is growing rapidly.  By the 28th day it is just visible to the naked eye.  Because growth is so rapid from now to the end of the 12th or 13th...

I think most parents are keen to get rid of the hassle and cost of diapers.  Whether you choose to go with disposables or reusable diapers, most parents do not enjoy the effort involved and look forward to their child being potty trained. Children will master daytime potty training well before they can manage to stay dry at night.  Night time potty training is not merely a case of learning a skill, there are physiological changes required to enable a child to master bladder control at night.  If you start too early, you are unlikely...

“Dispelling the myths that can interfere with successful breastfeeding”   Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most important things that you can do to give her a good start in life. It not only provides your baby with the best possible nutrition (no formula can quite match it, breastmilk is perfectly designed for human babies) but it also provides essential protection aginst infection and illness. A breastfed baby enjoys the comfort of that very special closeness with her mother, and the skin on skin contact that she loves. Breastfeeding...

So you are taking home your new baby, do you know what you are in for? Sure you have prepared for this moment for a long time. You have bought all the right stuff and read everything you could get your hands on. But actually living with a baby 24/7 is a whole new experience. There is a steep learning curve when it comes to parenting. There will be many, many new experiences that you will have to learn to handle and work through. But how exactly do you cope with a new baby? What will be some of the most challenging things you will have...

Whether  you began your pregnancy knowing that you would be a single mom  or whether something went wrong along the way, being on your own and expecting your first baby can be daunting. There’s a bewildering array of baby goods in the stores, online and advertised in magazines. Moms’ forums are packed with people raving about the latest products for babies…and if you ‘re on a tight budget you might well be really worrying about how much you’re going to have to spend. Some moms seem to spend a fortune, but...