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There have been a bunch of great baby consignment sales lately and yesterday I was tempted enough to check two out. I bought some basics — more maternity clothes, some 0-3 months baby clothes — but wasn’t sure what else I needed.

Here are three excellent lists that will help point you in the right direction when shopping for baby. They’d also be great resources when creating your baby registry.


My morning sickness has gotten worse this week (first trimester, week 5) and it’s to the point where I have to force myself to eat. I haven’t thrown up, but I constantly feel nauseous.

cheese and crackers

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I started to make a baked potato tonight, but the smell of it was repulsive so I didn’t end up eating it. But when I’ve gone out to restaurants lately, I’ve been able to eat easy-on-the-stomach food without much of a problem.

I realized that the problem isn’t that the food itself is making me nauseous; it’s more the thought and practice of food preparation and cooking that’s making me queasy.

Here are some tips to prevent nausea that are working for me:

  • Breathe through your mouth in the kitchen to avoid the odors that bother you. The refrigerator smell really bothers me and this helps.
  • Choose meals that don’t take long to prepare like instant oatmeal, a waffle with peanut butter, a sandwich, or cheese and crackers.
  • Opt for foods that don’t require cooking.
  • Eat what you can stomach rather that forcing yourself to eat something that’s repulsive. I made myself eat a salad last week when I didn’t want one, and the idea of salad has made me sick ever since.

12 Morning Sickness Preventive Steps has more good tips for avoiding nausea:

If cooking odors bother you, delegate cooking duties to your husband (you can remind him that he loves to bar-b-que!), or ask a friend or relative to help you out on days that your morning sickness makes even the idea of what to cook unbearable. Other tips:

* Pre-cook, freeze, and fill the freezer up with meals on the days that you do feel well enough to cook. Don’t worry – there’s no such thing as “overcooking”, all those pre-made meals will come in handy once the baby is (or babies are) born!

* Microwave cooked meals have a fraction of the odors associated with them that foods prepared in the oven or on the stovetop do.

* Remember: There’s nothing wrong with sandwiches, or even cold cereal and milk for dinner.


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