From the practical to the practically weird
Raising a child definitely doesn't come cheap, so when there's free samples to be had, why not take advantage of it?
Sam's Club has prepared a box of assorted brand name baby products. The great thing is that you don't need a membership to get it.
Update: they no longer offer the free sample baby products.
Hanging by the pool or lakeside is a great way to beat the heat in the summer, but it can be uncomfortable on a pregnant tummy. This inflatable floating mattress changes that by providing a comfortable hole for your tummy to rest in. Your baby can now stay cool while you're floating belly-down in the water. If lounging in the sun isn't your idea of fun, it works great in the home for sleeping on your front.
Do you know of expectant parents who clearly aren't prepared to be parents? Perhaps you don't, because that expectant parent is you. This book is the missing manual to baby care that you've been looking for. Drawn in the style of flight safety placards, the book details the hilarious Do's and Don't's of taking care of a newborn.
If minimizing stretch marks is important to you, then you'll want to keep your skin soft and supple to increase its elasticity. One way of doing that is by using belly butter, which can keep the skin on your baby bump soft and moisturized. Made with 99% natural cocoa, shea and jojoba butter, this is is specially formulated for mothers-to-be and baby too.
At about week 20 of pregnancy, your baby's hearing has developed to a point where sounds and voices can be recognized. With a pair of baby bump headphones, you can deliver a safe level of soudn to your baby's ears. They have special adhesive on each mini-speaker that stick to a belly, delivering sound right to your baby's ears. You can then play a loved one's voice recording, stream Mozart or even some heavy metal.
When pregant, it is generally recommended that the mom-to-be sleeps on their side as it helps blood flow to the placenta. A curled body pillow like the Snoogle is an absolute must to help prop up the body in bed through the night. It works much better than a pile of pillows that can get bumped off the bed. The Snoogle helps regulate body temperature which allows for a better night sleep.