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Getting Ready

Picking A Name

Giving your baby a name that will suit him/her for life is an exciting and fun process. One good place to start is to take a peek at what the most popular names are currently. Whether you want to steer clear, jump on the bandwagon or just use it as a sounding board — here are the top ten boy and girl names reported in 2011 by the Social Security Administration (www.ssa.gov).

It's A Boy!

It's A Girl!

1 Jacob Sophia
2 Mason Isabella
3 William Emma
4 Jayden Olivia
5 Noah Ava
6 Michael Emily
7 Ethan Abigail
8 Alexander Madison
9 Aiden Mia
10 Daniel Chloe

What to Expect

Feeling anxiety about being ready for pregnancy, labor or baby? Two easy ways to calm your nerves so you can enjoy your time are to be aware and be prepared.

Getting to Know Baby! Take a look at these developmental facts & get to know baby as he/she develops. Source: American Pregnancy Association (www.americanpregnancyassociation.org)

First Trimester

First Trimester

3-4 Weeks

At three weeks, your baby is only the size of an apple seed, but the heart has begun to beat.

6 Weeks

Although baby is still much less than an inch, fingers and toes can be seen as they begin to develop.

9 Weeks

Approximately at nine weeks, fingerprints are developing as well as fingernails and hair! Also, in about a week, baby can stretch and even make fists.
Second Trimester

Second Trimester

3 Months

Baby sleeps and wakes up — and soon will be sleeping in regular intervals. Little exercises are performed as baby moves its head or curls its toes.

4 Months

Baby can hear mom's soothing heartbeat as well as muffled voices and noises from outside. Soon, baby will start to suck its thumb and kick!

5 Months

Sh-h-h, baby's hearing is getting better. Loud noises can make baby jump!
Third Trimester

Third Trimester

6 Months

Baby may start to hiccup, causing a jumping sensation in your belly.

7 Months

Baby's senses have developed and become more sensitive, including taste buds! Baby can "see" changes in light and may be blinking frequently in response.

8-9 Months

Baby continues to grow and its bones are getting stronger. By this time, baby will start to gain weight rapidly, approximately one half pound per week! Mom will start to feel less movement as baby doesn't have much room to move anymore.

Safety Tips

While preparing yourself for the arrival of your baby, be sure to prepare your home, too! To do this, you may want to change your perspective — that's right, down on your hands and knees from a baby's view. Follow these tips to safely welcome your baby home.

  • Place outlet plates and plug protectors on all electrical outlets so curious little ones don't pull or play.
  • To keep bathtime fun and safe, always stay within arm's reach of the tub.
  • Be prepared with cabinet locks and drawer latches. Baby will be crawling before you know it!
  • Look for refrigerator, freezer and oven latches, too!
  • Corner guards sometimes help little ones from sharp corners as they're learning to crawl or walk.
  • Purchase a toilet lid lock. Those heavy lids can hurt little one's fingers!
  • Doorknob covers: When turned, the cover moves, but the doorknob does not.
  • Baby gates will also prevent baby from crawling from room to room.
  • Nightlights will help Mom and Dad during those nighttime feedings.

What to Pack for the Hospital

Packing a bag for the hospital well before your expected due date is not only a good idea, it's common practice. To keep the load down in the bag, consider packing two bags for the hospital — one for labor and one for coming home. Below are items that many other Moms have found to be necessary or helpful.

CheckmarkLabor Bag Checklist

  • Bathrobe and nightgown, if you prefer your own to the hospital's. Make sure they are loose fitting and comfortable. Remember, you will want at least one for labor and one for after.
  • Pillows. Many laboring Mothers prefer to bring their own comfortable pillows from home.
  • Nursing pillow
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Shower necessities (shampoo, soap, comb, deodorant, personal toiletries, etc.)
  • Ponytail holder, headband, etc.
  • Any designated relaxing tools (tennis balls for your back, music, candles, books, etc.)
  • List and contact numbers for friends and relatives
  • Cell phone or calling card
  • Snacks
  • Camera/film
  • Change for vending machines
  • Watch with second hand for coach
  • Activities to keep you and coach busy during "down time"

CheckmarkGoing Home Checklist

  • Loose-fitting clothes, nursing bra and pads
  • Change of clothes for coach/partner
  • Going-home outfit for baby, including cap & booties
  • Receiving blanket
  • Diapers
  • Car Seat