Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Questions About Pregnancy and Baby? Walmart Wants to Help! #LetsTalkBaby

When I was pregnant with Boo I read a lot. Like, a LOT. I'm pretty much a solid Type A personality, and a bit of an academic still, so I like to be prepared and do my research. Considering there was a human being growing inside of me, who would have to get out somehow, I needed to know what I was getting into.

I also had a lot of advice from friends, but of course that was all based on individual experience and definitely didn't cover all the possibilities. Though for the record, one colleague correctly told me on January 9 that I should pack up my office because baby was on his way. I didn't believe her, since I still had almost 3 weeks to go. But she took one look at the way I was walking waddling and knew. Water broke that evening at supper (Hubs had made pork souvlaki - I'll always remember that), and Boo arrived January 10. I guess my colleague was a bit of an expert after 3 pregnancies and births.

newborn baby
5 pounds 2 ounces of pure love and joy
In spite of all my reading and all the advice (both solicited and unsolicited) received, I still wasn't truly prepared. Low birth weight baby who refused to sleep and was just darn difficult. He was the ultimate in "high needs." I could have used a lot more information on how to care for and cope with a beautiful baby who didn't quite fit within the range of average. (I hate the word "normal.") The books didn't have a section on Boo. I really struggled with finding ways to soothe him, and I never did find a solution, other than passage of time, to get him to sleep. Baby-wearing did turn out to be a big help, once I eventually found my way there, but even then the options for wraps and slings and carriers were overwhelming.

Walmart Canada knows we all have questions. They are helping new and expecting parents to get the answers they need by hosting professional doulas in select baby departments across Canada this month to advise on topics like breastfeeding, baby wearing techniques and more. In my neck of the woods, doula Kyla Austin will be available at the Walmart Scarborough West Supercentre (1900 Eglinton Ave E) to answer any of your baby questions, on Tuesdays and Saturdays until January 24. This would have been a godsend for me. Free doula advice while you shop!!

This service is a great addition to Walmart Canada's baby departments, building on the recent introduction of their baby registry. Creating your baby registry is an easy way to get organized and let everyone know how they can help you prepare for your family’s big day. It just takes three simple steps on Walmart.ca to set up and share with friends and family.

So, if you are expecting and can't get to Scarborough, check out your local Walmart and ask if they are participating in this program. And congratulations on your new bundle of love!!

Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Walmart Canada. Regardless, all opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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