Can You Watch Game of Thrones without Cable TV?

The pitch for getting cable TV is that you get to watch all sorts of new as well as classic movies anytime that you want to. And you can often get a package that includes phone service and internet. You sign up and spend the next month watching all available movies. Then the next month and thereafter you watch the same movies again and again. Of course many folks get cable so that they can watch a popular series like Game of Thrones. After all more than ten million watched the series premier last year. But, now you are paying maybe $150 a month for a service that provides an occasional new movie and an insane number of flicks that you have already seen in order to watch your favorite series which airs six or 8 shows a year. At $150 a month you are paying $300 for each new Games of Thrones episode in 2017! So, can you watch game of Thrones without cable TV and all that cost?

If All You Want is HBO

If you are getting tired of paying for a service that offers a lot more than you ever use in order to catch a few flicks and a series on HBO how about just getting HBO. Is that possible?

Grounded Reason writes about how to watch HBO without cable.

Now there are nearly as many outlets for HBO without cable as there are dead Starks.

Here are the options that they list.

Sling TV: Sling TV provides HBO over the internet as an add on to their Internet TV bundle for only $15 a month. Sling works with Roku, Fire TV, Android devices, iOS devices, and more.

HBO Now: HBO Now has been available since April of 2015. It’s essentially HBOs streaming service HBO Go without a cable TV subscription. It provides access to everything HBO has to offer on demand, and current seasons of shows are available the minute they air. That means you can watch Game of Thrones when everyone else in the world does and not have to wait until the next day.

HBO Now is available on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS devices, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Android devices.

HBO Now is already loaded on Apple TV. Simply fire up the app and follow the onscreen instructions. If you are using your iPhone or iPad, simply download HBO Now from the iTunes store.

Cutting the Cable Cord

Consumer Reports asks if now is the time to get rid of cable TV. They describe a customer who saved about $1,000 by getting rid of cable, using an antenna for free local TV and signing up for online Sling TV. For $20 this customer got several cable channels as well as CNN and ESPN. He is not the only one.

Discontent with traditional providers, combined with new online options, are prompting more Americans to experiment with “cord cutting” to get a better deal. Close to 800,000 Americans dropped their traditional pay TV package in the first three months of 2017, according to research firm Moffett­Nathanson. “For the better part of 15 years, pundits have predicted that cord cutting was the future,” says Craig Moffett, senior research analyst. “Well, the future has arrived.”

If you are tired of paying for cable service that you don’t use consider one of the online streaming services.

How to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

Getting sick is no fun and it is even worst when the cost of treating your illness costs so much money. This article is about how to reduce prescription drug costs as a way of helping you keep a little money in your pocket when you need to treat an acute or chronic illness Modern Medicine suggests two strategies to help consumers lower drug costs.

Prescription medications, including specialty drugs, now represent more than one out of five healthcare dollars, when looking at the average American benefit plan.

The good news is that when used as prescribed and sourced well, drugs improve health, quality of life and reduce medical complications, which in turn increases our economic productivity and lowers costs.

Because medications can be very expensive many patients do not fill prescriptions from their doctor (>20%) or do not take the medication as prescribed (>50%). Because you would like to get the full benefit of treatment and not bankrupt yourself what are your options?

Tools for Finding Cheaper Prescription Drugs

Tools like drug cost calculators can help consumers to comparison shop. In addition to price, these tools show consumers how they can save money by ordering through mail order, by ordering a 90-day supply or with generics. However, they can be challenging to use. A new generation of easy-to-navigate web tools, include desktop search features and mobile apps with price comparison data and discounts. These are especially useful for people who do not have prescription insurance or who are in the deductible phase of their health plan and want to lower their out-of-pocket expenses.

Ask your pharmacist if there is a generic option for your prescribed medication. Generic drugs are the same as trade name drugs but cheaper. With few exceptions you can get what you need for a lot less with generics. And shop around if you think you are paying too much. The world of pharmaceutics is very competitive and prices from pharmacy to pharmacy can vary greatly, even within the same drug store chain. And go online. The reason Amazon.com sells things for less is that they are not paying to maintain a bricks and mortar store. The same applies to online pharmacies. The fact is that you need a local pharmacy for a three day supply of antibiotics for an infection right now. And you need an online or generic source for long term medications for high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Insurance Options

These days many companies provide a range of insurance options for their employees. The basic plans typically have high deductibles and often do not include prescription drugs. When you are young, healthy and rarely have any prescription drug costs the basic plan is always the best. And when you need prescription drugs the best choice is up move up the line to a plan that covers better even if you need to kick in every month to qualify for that plan.

Ask Your Doctor

And, don’t forget to ask your doctor if there is a cheaper alternative to what he or she is prescribing. The best results often start right at the source.

Is Induction Cooking Cost Effective?

Once upon a time, people cooked meat over a fire and then in a fire place. Then stoves and ovens were invented using wood and coal for heat. When natural gas became available it became the best way to cook. And when electric stoves were invented cooks loved them. And, of course, there is the microwave oven for heating everything from cold coffee to bags of popcorn. But, now there is a new way to cook, via induction. What is induction cooking? It is safe? And, is induction cooking cost effective because if you are going to get rid of your old stove and buy one of the new ones it shouldn´t cost you an arm and a leg. First of all what is induction cooking?

Induction Cooking

The Induction Site explains how induction works.

An induction-cooker element (what on a gas stove would be called a “burner”) is a powerful, high-frequency electromagnet, with the electromagnetism generated by sophisticated electronics in the “element” under the unit’s ceramic surface. When a good-sized piece of magnetic material-such as, for example, a cast-iron skillet-is placed in the magnetic field that the element is generating, the field transfers (“induces”) energy into that metal. That transferred energy causes the metal-the cooking vessel-to become hot. By controlling the strength of the electromagnetic field, we can control the amount of heat being generated in the cooking vessel-and we can change that amount instantaneously.

The stovetop of an induction stove does not get hot. Only the cast iron skillet or other metallic pot gets hot and that in turn heats the food. Only if you have a lot of pots on the stove, all heating up, with the stovetop in turn be heated from the pots! According to The New York Times induction cooking is cheaper than gas or electric because it heats faster and dissipates less heat.

The extra cost of induction cooking is the stove and the pots and pans. Ceramic, copper and aluminum cookware won´t work. Only pots that a magnet will stick to will work on a induction stove.

How Much Do Induction Cooktops and Ranges Cost?

Consumer Reports discusses the Pros and Cons of Induction and provides a price list.

30-Inch Cooktops

Frigidaire FGIC3067MB, $1,260
GE Café CHP9530, $1,800
GE Monogram ZHU30RSJSS, $2,500
GE Profile PHP9030DJBB, $1,350
Kenmore 43820, $1,440

36-Inch Cooktops

Jenn-Air JIC4536XS, $2,100
Thermador CIT36XKB, $5,000

Ranges

Bosch HIIP054U, $3,200
Frigidaire Gallery FGIF3061NF, $1,540
Kenmore 95073, $1,700
LG LSE4617ST, $3,320
Samsung NE58H9970WS, $3,400

If you already have a functional range and cooktop you need to think about how much you will save over how many years in energy consumption in order to justify buying a new appliance. A 36 inch KitchenAid gas cooktop from Sears will cost you $661.20 plus tax. Compare that to the $2,100 or $5,000 you will pay for a new induction cooktop.

Safety

You will likely never burn yourself on an induction cooktop because there is no heating element. But are there safety concerns? One that was addressed a decade ago is if patients with pacemakers are at risk from the induction field. An article in Europace discussed if induction cooktops interfere with pacemakers.

Patients are at risk if the implant is unipolar and left-sided, if they stand as close as possible to the induction cooktop, and if the pot is not concentric with the induction coil. Unipolar pacing systems can sense interference generated by leakage currents if the patient touches the pot for a long period of time. The most likely response to interference is switching to an asynchronous interference mode. Patients with unipolar pacemakers are at risk only if they are not pacemaker-dependent.

It would appear that a patient with a pacemaker would need to make a concerted effort to get enough exposure to cause a problem but the best advice is for these folks to talk to their doctor before buying or getting near an induction cooktop or range.

How to Avoid Extra Car Rental Fees

How many times have you gone to rent a car believing that you would get a great deal? And how many times did you pay so many extra charges that you wished you had stayed home? And for that matter how many times have you rented a car only to have it break down or have irritating problems during your rental? We saw an article on ABC News online with a warning about Payless Car Rental and thought about problems renting cars and especially how to avoid extra car rental fees.

The Better Business Bureau is issuing a nationwide warning to customers about Payless Car Rental, a major car rental company found at airports across the country.

The BBB says it has received more than 800 complaints about Payless in the past three years and has given the company an F rating.

Let’s assume that you don’t go to Payless until they clean up their issues but you still need to rent a car from time to time and are tired of extra car rental fees. What do you do?

Car Rental Insurance

Perhaps the most common extra cost issue when renting a car is car insurance. U.S. News writes this regarding the purchase of rental car insurance.

You may already be covered through your existing car insurance or your credit card.

Just make sure that you have collision insurance and that it covers car rentals. A call to your insurance agent with an email reply is a good idea to verify and confirm your coverage before refusing insurance coverage on your rental car.

And sometimes the coverage of rental car damage via your credit card is reserved to elite card holders. Again a call to VISA or MASTERCARD and an email reply would be useful.

How to Avoid Hidden Car Rental Fees

SmarterTravel.com comments on 10 hidden rental car fees and offers suggestions on how to avoid them.

Airport Pickup Fee: Very commonly you pay more for the convenience of picking up your car at the airport. If your hotel has a shuttle service you may wish to use it and then rent your car off site.

Under 25 Penalty: Not only is regular car insurance more expensive if you are under 25 years of age but so is car rental insurance. You may be a West Point graduate and driving an Abrams tank in a war zone but the insurance companies don’t care. You will pay more until your 25th birthday.

Fuel Charge: This is not really a hidden charge. They are going to charge you for not bringing the car back with the tank full and the charge will be about three times what it would have cost to do it yourself.

Collision Damage Waiver: We covered this under car rental fees. The one time you should go ahead and pay for the insurance is if you are out of the country. There are places in the world where they will lock up foreigners in jail until car accident issues are resolved!

Extra Driver: This is just a new way to get your money and not all companies do this. Make a couple of phone calls and get an email response to verify.

Early Return Fee: Try to avoid using any company that charges you more for bringing the car back early. It may not be possible.

Stadium Tax: When avoiding the airport pickup fee don’t get stuck with a fee for renting next to a downtown stadium where everything has an excise tax.

Online Booking: If you set up car rental online they may make it difficult not to get insurance and it will likely be more expensive than if you got it when picking up the car.

Having said all of this, remember that your time is important and when you are vacation you should be enjoying yourself. So use common sense when trying to avoid extra fees and don’t ruin your vacation or your business trip by making it too complicated to rent a car.

Are You Wasting Your Money on Supplements for Your Skin Hair or Nails?

People spend a lot of money trying to avoid hair loss, wrinkled skin and dry brittle hails. Are you wasting your money on supplements for your skin, hair and nails or are these useful products? Consumer Reports writes about the truth about hair, skin and nail supplements.

Hair, skin, and nail supplements commonly contain antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E, or Coenzyme Q10, as well as biotin, a B-complex vitamin. The minerals manganese and selenium are often found in supplements marketed for healthy hair, along with fatty acids such as fish oil and flaxseed oil.

If your diet does not contain enough vitamins you may be vitamin deficient. Then you need supplements.

Deficiencies of these nutrients, ­although uncommon, may cause a litany of hair-and, sometimes, skin and nail-changes. Over time, for instance, insufficient intake of vitamins A and E can cause rough, scaly skin patches. A deficiency of biotin may cause eczema and hair loss.

Buy if your diet contains adequate amounts of these do you really need to pay a lot of money for extra?

But for those with no clear deficiencies, experts say there’s no good evidence that supplements can make a difference.

Care of Your Skin, Hair and Nails

Having enough protein in your diet is important for healthy skin, hair and nails. Dieticians suggest that you get 30% of your calories from protein rich foods. And try to avoid things that cause damage. Dry air in the winter in Northern climates results in dryness on all exposed parts of your body. A humidifier can help. Health Line offers suggestions regarding humidifiers and health.

Humidity acts as a natural moisturizing agent that can relieve dryness. For this reason, humidifiers are often used for relieving:

  • dry skin
  • sinus congestion/headache
  • dry throat
  • nose irritation
  • bloody noses
  • irritated vocal cords
  • dry cough
  • cracked lips

You may be prone to these discomforts when the air in your home is dry. This is especially common during winter months or when an air conditioner is being used during the summer.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so wear rubble gloves when washing dishes or working with strong chemicals. Use sunscreen if you are in the sun for hours at a time. And, yes, you can put things on your skin, hair and nails to protect and restore them. But the answers may be simpler, and less costly, than you have been led to believe. Creams and lotions containing tazarotene and tretinoin help fine wrinkles, age spots, roughness of the skin and sun damage. But you need a prescription from your doctor for these.

Too Much of a Good Thing

If you ignore our advice and take a lot of vitamin supplements such Vitamin A be aware that when your skin turns yellow, you have problems with vision, when your bones hurt and you get headaches from increased pressure in your brain that it could be Vitamin A toxicity. If you take too much vitamin C you can get gastritis and ulcers as vitamin C is an acid, ascorbic acid. There have even been reports of problems from taking too much vitamin E. Don’t waste your money on supplements that you don’t need and certainly don’t make yourself sick from overdosing on these same supplements!

Are Surgery Centers Dangerous?

More and more often these days if you need surgery you will have it done in an outpatient surgery center. Why is this the case? Are surgery centers OK or are surgery centers dangerous? Basically outpatient surgery is less expensive than putting someone in the hospital. But what is the down side? Outpatient surgery is described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Surgery does not always require an overnight stay in the hospital. This type of surgery – often called same-day, outpatient, ambulatory or office-based – is becoming more common and can take place at an outpatient facility (connected to a hospital or at a separate surgical center) or in a physician’s office.

Nearly two-thirds of all operations are performed in outpatient facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outpatient surgery provides patients with the convenience of recovering at home, and can cost less.

Most outpatient surgeries can take anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours but are not medical emergencies. Typical outpatient surgery ranges from simple mole removal to hernia repair to knee-replacement.

These doctors suggest that in order to be safe that you do the following before submitting to an outpatient procedure at a surgery center.

Check qualifications: Be sure the physician leading your care is certified to perform the procedure by asking about the doctor’s qualifications and experience. Those who are qualified have special training and passed exams given by a national board of surgeons. Also ask your surgeon how much experience they have with the procedure, and their record of successes and complications with this surgery.

Licensing, accreditation and experience: Be sure the nurses and other clinical staff who will support the surgeon are also experienced with the procedure and have the appropriate certifications. The outpatient surgery center should be licensed and accredited as well.

Emergencies and Complications: Be sure emergency procedures are in place. While complications are rare, they do occur. Prior to surgery, ensure that the surgery site has emergency medications, equipment and procedures in place to safely care for you if an emergency occurs. This is especially important because, unlike hospitals, an office-based or same-day surgery site may not have an emergency facility nearby.

The first two things to check have to do with the competence of those treating you. The last has to do with the pickle you will be in if you have a complication and are in a surgery center that is distant from the hospital where you need to be treated. This can be how surgery centers are dangerous for poorly chosen patients.

Who Can and Who Should Not Use a Surgery Center

Stanford University medical clinics explain who is and who is not appropriate for a surgery center.

Not all patients are candidates for outpatient surgery and some procedures still require hospitalization. A patient’s medical history and the advice of the surgeon and anesthesiologist are important in determining if the procedure is best performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis.

The most appropriate procedures for outpatient surgery are those associated with post-operative care that is easily managed at home, and those with very low rates of post-operative complications, requiring care by a physician or nurse.

The elderly and especially those with a long list of medical conditions for which they are receiving care need to be in a hospital for a tune up prior to surgery and for care of any post-operative complications. If you are eighty years old with diabetes and a bad heart you should not be getting your hip replaced as an outpatient procedure!

 

Are You Going to Lose Your Health Insurance?

The Republican controlled House of Representatives just passed a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill now passes on to the Senate for their consideration. Are you going to lose your health insurance because this? Consumer Reports discusses pre-existing conditions and health insurance premiums.

More than a quarter of adult Americans under 65 have a pre-existing health issue, which includes everything from asthma and diabetes to heart disease and cancer, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Under current law, insurers cannot deny those or other sick people coverage or charge them more than healthy people. It’s one of the ACA’s most popular provisions. 

President Donald Trump insists that the GOP’s American Health Care Act makes good on that pledge, and House Speaker Paul Ryan says on his website that “under no circumstance can people be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.”

But a recent amendment to the AHCA, authored by House Republican Tom MacArthur , from New Jersey, provides a loophole. It allows states to let insurers charge higher premiums to sicker people if their coverage has lapsed, and if the state has set up a so-called “high-risk pool,” or special health insurance programs for sicker patients.

In general you will be OK with an Affordable Care Act repeal if you are young, healthy and wealthy. If you are old, poor and sick you are screwed. Another $8 Billion was allegedly added a planned $130 Billion to help for a few years but health insurance experts say that in the end preexisting conditions will probably not be covered and the old, poor and sick will get priced out of the insurance market.

“If you can charge sick people whatever you want, that’s effectively denying people coverage,” says Linda Blumberg, a senior fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan health policy research group.

The American Medical Association, in a letter opposing the revised bill, warned that allowing insurers to charge much higher rates to sick people would make pre-existing condition protections “illusory.”

What will the senate do with repeal of the Affordable Care Act? The New York Times says that the senate will make changes.

The House measure faces profound uncertainty in the Senate, where the legislation’s steep spending cuts will almost certainly be moderated. Any legislation that can get through the Senate will again have to clear the House and its conservative majority.

House Democrats characterized the passage of the repeal law as political suicide. The problem is that many of the people who voted for Trump and the Republicans benefit from the Affordable Care Act and may well lose their health insurance with a new law. Democrats hope that these people remember this day when they go to vote in the mid-term elections in 2017. The congressional budget office estimates that by a decade after repeal 24 million people will have lost their health insurance coverage. In addition the Medicaid program for health care for the poor would receive substantially less funding going from an opened ended program to block grants that states would handle as they choose. If you are on Medicaid you may well lost coverage.

What Can You Do if You Are Beaten Up and Dragged Off of an Airplane?

Many people have responded with shock at the video of a paying United Airlines passenger who was forcibly removed from one of their jets in order to make room for employees. The New York Times wrote about a passenger dragged from an overbooked flight although it turned out that United wanted to fly four of its employees and intended to remove paying customers to make room.

The disturbing scene captured on cellphone videos by United Airlines passengers on Sunday went beyond the typical nightmares of travelers on an overbooked flight.

An unidentified man who refused to be bumped from a plane screamed as a security officer wrestled him out of his seat and dragged him down the aisle by his arms. His glasses slid down his face, and his shirt rose above his midriff as uniformed officers followed.

At least two passengers documented the physical confrontation and the man’s anguished protests, and their videos spread rapidly online on Monday as people criticized the airline’s tactics. A security officer involved in the episode has been placed on leave, the authorities said, and the federal Transportation Department is investigating whether the airline complied with rules regarding overbooking.

As the story played out the head of United backed his employees and then moved to a pose of concern about customers. The passenger, a doctor who was separated from his wife because of the incident and who simply wanted to get back to his office to see patients the next day suffered a concussion and is suing the airline. Interestingly the police report states that no unnecessary force was used in the incident. The public response has been huge. We are wondering what can you do in you are beaten up and dragged off an airplane to make room for one of their employees?

What Was This About?

This was not about bumping a paid customer from a flight. It was about the Gestapo tactics of those in charge. One Mile at a Time discusses United’s Incident.

This is no longer the kind of altercation you can nitpick with a technical interjection about “well, he should have asked for $1,000 in vouchers” without sounding tone-deaf. Because the conversation has moved on. It’s no longer about involuntary denial of boarding (or being kicked off a plane to accommodate United crew).

It’s about a massive overreach of corporate authority, a horrifying use of violence when utterly unnecessary, and generally thuggish behavior that’s tolerated because, through years of (rightly) valuing our collective security above all else, we have given airlines authority backed up with the tools of law enforcement to handle business matters with the subtlety of a bludgeon. When an airline’s revenue management task force can enforce their bottom line with physical violence and a non-threatening older man is bloodied as a result, people pay attention.

What can you do if you are confronted with this sort of situation? First of all don’t fight because you may get assaulted. If it gets out of hand pray that someone takes a video to show that you did not resist. And then go to see a lawyer about filing assault charges and a civil lawsuit with punitive damages. The only way to change the sort of behavior seen in this case is hit United or anyone else in the pocketbook or better yet put them in jail.

If you are interested the U.S. Department Transportation guidelines for involuntary bumping are on the fly rights page.

Is That Drone Spying on You?

Flying drones were once the stuff of science fiction and now three quarters of a million Americans are registered to operate drones in the USA according to the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). According to Business Insider new technology will help consumer drones proliferate.

MIT students recently unveiled software that enables any user to design and virtually test their own drones, according to Wired.

Other companies are offering similar drone-building tools, strengthening the foundation for a thriving consumer drone ecosystem.

NXP Semiconductors offers a reference design for consumer drones. This is a technical blueprint that drone makers can build from.

 Intel offers the Aero platform for drones. It includes both a microprocessor and sensors that all types of drone builders can outfit their products with.

These building blocks have contributed to a rising number of drone registrations and sightings. About 777,000 people are registered to operate drones in the US, according to March 2017 data from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA). Meanwhile, complaints about drones in the UK tripled in 2016 alone, and drone sales are on the rise in China.

And as prices go down even more people will buy and operate drones. The Business Insider article cites these concerns:

  • Consumers’ privacy. Camera drones flown at low altitudes can often take pictures of people in intimate settings, such as their homes or backyards, leading to privacy concerns. This prompted a ban in Newton, Massachusetts, of drones flying at an altitude below 400 feet.
  • Interference with other aircraft. Pilots are increasingly spotting drones at airports, according to a February 2017 FAA report. These drones could pose a danger to other aircraft and lives.
  • Use in illegal activity. Drones can carry illegal parcels, often out of the line of sight of law enforcement authorities. Last July, a man was arrested in the UK for using a drone to deliver parcels to prisoners, for example.
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) is disrupting businesses, governments, and consumers and transforming how they interact with the world. Companies are going to spend almost $5 trillion on the IoT in the next five years – and the proliferation of connected devices and massive increase in data has started an analytical revolution.

Is That Drone Spying on You?

Metro.us writes about what to do if a drone is spying on you. Their first advice since they are in New York City is not to shoot it.

But barring special permits for professional and official uses, flying drones through the streets of New York City is illegal. Therefor the presence of a drone floatingnear the 27th floor of a Kips Bay apartment building (where one wayward drone flew through a window and narrowly missed a woman at her desk on Saturday) is not just unnerving, but threatening since it’s already engaged in an unlawful act.

Most parts of the country have specific laws relating to the use of drones. They have become common for safety inspections and electronic surveys at places like construction sites. However, if there is one peering in your bedroom window it is engaged in illegal activity.

If that is the case take photo of it and call 911. If the police arrive in time they may catch the person flying the drone and take appropriate action. And close your curtains just like you would for any other peer tom!

Getting Ready for a Baby

You are pregnant and soon to deliver. Your life will never be the same again. And getting ready for a baby is taking up much of your time and energy. BabyCenter.com has some good advice for preparing for your baby’s arrival.

Becoming a parent can feel like you’ve moved to a different planet. The days and nights are upside down, you’re handling a lot of new equipment, and there’s a tiny alien yelling in a language you don’t understand. And what’s with that weird smell?

While moving to this strange new world may seem like a daunting task, you can take comfort in knowing that many have gone before you – and now they can’t imagine living anywhere else. Here’s a guidebook to help you prepare for this beautiful one-way journey. Bon voyage!

There are lots of things that you will need and some that you can do without. There are lots of choices and ranges of expense. Start by making lists, earliest needs first.

First Six Weeks

Here are things that you need when you and baby come home from the hospital. They are arranged by category.

Feeding

  • Bibs
  • Burp cloths
  • Nipple cream
  • Breast pump
  • Formula
  • Bottles and nipples

Diapering

  • Changing table/surface
  • Diapers
  • Diaper wipes
  • Diaper disposal system
  • Diaper bag

Sleeping

  • Crib/mattress
  • Bedding and padding

Bathing

  • Baby bathtub
  • Hooded terrycloth towels
  • Baby wash and shampoo

Trips out of the house

  • Front pack or sling
  • Stroller
  • Car seat

Keeping baby entertained, quiet and happy

  • Pacifiers
  • Infant swing
  • Bouncy seat
  • Mobile
  • Nightlight

Mom’s Needs

  • Nursing bras
  • Nursing pads
  • Maxi-pads and panty liners
  • Hemorrhoid wipes and cream
  • Ice packs

Some of this will vary by preference such as if you choose to breast feed or not. But you will need diapers and baby shampoo and soap and baby clothes, etc. Much of what you need can be found in the appropriate section of the super market or pharmacy. Unless you have decided preferences it is probably best to stick with well-known brands for your baby care items.

Car Seats and Strollers

At some point you need to quit carrying your baby and use a stroller and when traveling you need a car seat. Before going out to buy something take a look at our article as kids and car seat guidelines.

In response to the damage done to the human body in high and even medium velocity collisions the law requires seatbelts for adults and car seats for children. In general children under the age of 13 should sit in the back seat of a car and should not use adult seat belts until they are 57 inches tall and between eight and twelve years old.

Three out of four car seats are improperly installed. Take your time, read the directions and do it right for your child’s safety.


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