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Bringing Home Baby

We have put together some resources and advice for all you new Seattle-area mamas. It seems like just a few days ago that we were in your shoes (or socks and PJs). We know how you feel and what you are going through. You are not alone! Here are some ideas for staying sane:

Meet other new parents and get support!

One of the best resources we found for getting through those first days (weeks… months…) with your newborn is the First Weeks Class in Madison Park’s Birth and Beyond. It is a drop-in, informal question and answer session led by area baby expert Ann Keppler.  Dads are welcome too! The class is currently held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m., and it’s not at all unusual to see parents straggle in at 1 or even 1:30.

Madison Park nowhere near you? The Parent Trust for Washington Children also offers seminars and resources for new parents in several area locations.

The Program for Early Parent Support is a great way to meet other new parents near you. PEPS groups are formed based on neighborhood and baby age, so you get to meet other parents that live close. There are daytime and evening options, and one or both parents can attend.

Several local hospitals also have drop-in and scheduled options: Swedish Ballard and Swedish First Hill offer lots of new parent classes including a weekly new moms support group. There are also weekly new parent meet-ups in Bellevue and Issaquah through Overlake Hospital; and in Kirkland through Evergreen Hospital.

Attachment Parenting International’s Seattle chapter also has events for new parents.

Transition to Parenthood has a more comprehensive list of all new parent meet-ups and seminars here.

Get breastfeeding help!

You are not alone if you are struggling with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is not easy, but it is so worth it! Get the support you need to keep going:

  • Birth and Beyond offers an excellent class called Breastfeeding 911.  The class is led by lactation consultants and only costs $10. Get expert advice and help to overcome your challenges. It’s currently offered on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 and is drop-in.
  • We’ve also heard good things about the breastfeeding classes at Swedish, and La Leche League also offers area support groups in many Seattle neighborhoods and suburbs.

Leave the foraging to your fingers!

Being out in public with your new baby can be very stressful. You’re not sure how they’re going to act, and leaving the house takes about ten times as long as it used to. Luckily, you can shop on the internet–and you don’t even have to worry about coating the cart with hand sanitizer or wiping spit-up off a stranger in the checkout line!

For groceries, Spud delivers local and organic produce and other vittles, including Seventh Generation diapers and laundry detergent, Earth’s Best baby food, and Theo’s Chocolate (for the parents!). New Roots Organics also delivers weekly local seasonal, organic produce in the Seattle area.

Amazon Fresh also delivers to many Seattle area codes, and they have EVERYTHING, including lots of local and organic options, baby supplies, and even gifts and flowers (and booze). Orders arrive the next day, and you can even schedule a delivery for pre-dawn.

Family and friends showing up empty handed to visit the baby? There are several local businesses that can fill your freezer with ready-made meals. Dinner’s Ready offers a variety of entrees, and Turmeric n’ More delivers Indian and Pakistani food.

Diapers and more

Our favorite tip to share with new moms regarding diapers is Amazon Mom. When you sign up, you get 15% off diapers and free 2-day shipping. Not only that, but if you sign up for the Subscribe and Save program (which just means it auto-ships to on a schedule), you will save 30% on your diapers. WOW. I didn’t find this until my son was a year old. I wish I had found it sooner. It’s also nice to have them on auto-ship, I never run out anymore!

Another good site for baby necessities is diapers.com. You can buy diapers and wipes in 12-packs to save money, there is free delivery on orders above $50, and they carry brands like g-diapers, Seventh Generation and Earth’s Best, along with the usual suspects like Huggies and Pampers. They also carry other baby goods like clothes, food and toys, and nursing aids like pads, creams and nipple shields.

Need nursing clothes? Check out Motherwear for nursing bras, tops, swimsuits and dresses. I also love the extralong nursing tanks at Glamourmom–they let you wear all your old tops and still nurse discreetly.

…But do leave the house!

There are lots of options for your first forays into the real world. You’ll find many of them on this site, including yoga classes, baby swimming classes, baby movie screenings and kid-friendly coffee shops.

Take your wee one to a story hour at the library, for a walk around Greenlake, or out shopping.  Just load up the diaper bag, snap on your frontpack, take a deep breath, and walk out that door! Wait, you might want to grab a handful of burp cloths… Now you can go!

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  1. Amy Duncan says:

    I just want to say that I REALLY enjoy and appreciate this site! It’s a great resource! Thank you…!

    -amy, mom to sloane (3 years) and skye (11 days!) and mygreenlake.com (1 year)

  2. Swedish Ballard also has a drop in breastfeeding support group lead by a fabulous lactation nurse. It is $10, and in Ballard from 2-3 on Wednesdays.

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