Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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Q&A: Wash baby's clothes before delivery?

Should I wash baby's clothes before she's born? Why? And when should I do it?

Re: Should I wash baby's clothes before she's born? Why? And when should I do it?

The Bump Expert

Yes, you should wash baby's clothes, blankets, and other washable items that will come in contact with his or her skin. It's not necessary that you do it before she's born, but it is recommended that you do it before she wears them. The reason for this is that baby's brand new birthday suit hasn't toughened up yet. Her skin is sensitive and the finish that's put on new clothes to make them look cute enough for you to snatch up can irritate baby’s virgin skin.

But it's not enough to simply load all of baby's gear in the washer and toss in your favorite lavender-scented soap. You should be sure to use a gentle, baby-friendly detergent -- one that doesn't include dyes or perfumes (scents) since those, too, can irritate skin. Whether you use a baby-specific or a gentle everyday detergent that omits these potential irritants is up to you. Either should do the trick. Some mommies double-rinse new baby gear. I didn't and my daughter never balked. But she surely would have if she had irritated skin. When drying gear, skip the fabric softener and dryer sheets, too.

Erika Lenkert

Q&A: Wash baby's clothes before delivery?

I found that ALL Baby was way cheaper then Dreft by about $6 at Kmart. I also bought Baby Fabric Softener sheets at Babys R Us. They make the clothes soft but are made for baby's skin. I'm sure you can check Amazon or Ebay as well. I have 8 weeks to go and I received so much baby clothes that I've been washing baby clothes for 2 weeks now. But I would rather have it done now than try to do it when the baby is here. I feel like the more prepared I get now the less stress I'll have later. Good luck to all!

moonlitrose25 |

Q&A: Wash baby's clothes before delivery?

I received a ton of hand me downs for my son so I washed everything and arranged it by size and style to make the first couple of months easier. I'm glad I did it because it was so much easier to find everything during those bleary eyed middle of the night and zombie like daytime chantings. It also helped my hubby if I said please grab me a onesie. I'm having a girl in December and didn't get any hand me downs so I bought some stuff (primarily onesies, footed sleepers and 3 piece legging outfits) and I washed and put those away. I focused on these basics and only bought a couple of newborn sized footed onesies and opted for more clothes in the size (and seasonal appropriateness) of 0-6 months. If the baby is small, my mom is going to go and buy more newborn sized basics and get them ready while I'm in the hospital. I hope this helps!

jdklein |

Q&A: Wash baby's clothes before delivery?

CVS has a free and gentle brand that is REALLY inexpensive. Some mom's to be prefer to wash everything ahead of time. My advice is to wash a few clothes and the blankets. I received a ton of newborn clothes, and I doubt my little one will wear all of them. If I don't wash it, I can take it back if he doesn't get around to wearing it. I would say do a few weeks worth of clothes before baby comes whenever you feel like doing it, and then do a load a week so that you don't get stuck with a ton of clothes that baby is too big to wear and you now can't exchange. Remember that you don not have to wash everything ahead of time as baby gets older.

gotschencked |

Q&A: Wash baby's clothes before delivery?

Definitely wash blankets and sheets, and some of the clothes. I say some because you can never be sure how big baby will be, so washing all those newborn size clothes might end up a waste of time. Plus, once you wash them, you won't be able to exchange them for a larger size at the store. Maybe just do a handful of these smaller sizes and leave the tags on the rest until after baby's born. Skin-to-skin contact is great in the beginning anyhow, so naked baby will be happy either way!!

bwinski84 |

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