Hudson Valley Parent

HVP March 2015

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Page 6 of 41 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 7 Expert tips for the delivery room and beyond New moms F inding out you're going to be a parent can be exciting and stressful. Lindsay Pinchuk, mother of two, and founder and CEO of Bump Club and Beyond, offers these mental and logistical preparation tips: • Get a bouncer. Decide who's invited into the delivery room and let the nurses and your loved ones or partner enforce your policy. • Be CEO of your family. When it comes to parenting decisions, listen to advice, but don't be pressured into not doing what's best for your family. • Accept help from friends and family. Bringing a baby into the world is hard work. • Get informed. Take an infant CPR class. Bring along and anyone who will be caring for the baby. • Learn basics. Find a class that teaches basics, such as how to dia- per, swaddle and bathe your baby. • Read the manual. Babies don't come with a manual, but their gear does. Be sure to read life-saving in- formation like your car seat manual before baby arrives. • Pack early. Pack a hospital bag a few weeks beforehand. The hospital is no hotel, so don't forget shampoo, an extra pillow, flip flops for the shower, a robe and an extra bag. • Hoard. Many hospitals will send you home with ice packs, disposable underwear and other supplies to help aid recovery. Take what you can! Still stressed? Take a deep breath and relax. No matter what happens, the love you'll feel for your baby is indescribable. Article courtesy of State Point SHOW US YOUR cellent BUNNY PHOTOS! Hop on over to the Poughkeepsie Galleria for Crafts with the staff of HV Parent & Pictures with the Easter Bunny on March 21 Then submit your child's photo with the Easter Bunny for a chance to win a $50 gift card! E G G Easter Bunny arrives at the Poughkeepsie Galleria on March 14

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