The Newborn Checklist – Must-Have Items For Your Baby

The Newborn Checklist – Must-Have Items For Your Baby

Purchasing the things the baby needs will have to be done well in advance to the birth of the baby and also the things you will need should also be purchased at the same time. Often, mothers tend to get caught up on all the baby items and forget that they too undergo a massive change during pregnancy, the best thing to do is to purchase all the items you will need as well as the baby items. Below is a checklist of things baby and mother related that would be needed postnatal.

Outfits For The Mommy And Baby

This is probably the first thing you should purchase both for yourself and your little one. Getting the baby clothing is quite simple, you purchase enough pieces that can be used throughout the early stages and possibly a few extra when the baby turns one. It may seem like we are thinkingway ahead but trust me when you are all up in diapers and have no time at all for the last twelve months, you will be glad that you bought the little one clothes so that you don’t have to go shopping. For yourself, purchase some clothes that will fit immediately after the birth and some a few weeks later and some more for a few months after on. These should be in varying or versatile sizes as you will undergo many stages post birth of your baby.

Nursing Items

Nursing items such as a nursing pillow or nursing bras are a good thing to have around the house after your baby is born. A nursing pillow is very useful to be used when either breastfeeding yournewborn or even when trying to nurse them to sleep. Nursing bras come in handy when you are breastfeeding and when purchasing this it is very important to purchase them in larger size than the size you have when you are pregnant.

First Aid Kits

When having a newborn in the house, having a first aid kit stocked with little items is very important and also will come in handy. Make sure to stock it with things such as a baby thermometer, some cotton wool etc. Make sure to also have some baby creams and baby powders that can be used in the instance that the baby develops a rash.

All Things Diaper-Related

Diapers are a part of your life and the baby’s life for the first few months. Make sure to be fully prepared and stocked with everything related to diapers. Have a diaper changing station set up with a table and all other essentials like ample fresh diapers and powder, plenty of baby wipes etc. It is also a good idea to have a fully stocked diaper bag with all your diaper changing essentials ready for when you decide to take the baby out. Make sure to always have a few fresh washcloths at your diaper changing table with some diaper creams. Some diaper liners will also come in handy for when it is the hotter days and this will prevent the baby from developing any kind of heat rashes.

Cricket 101: Fun Facts about This Popular Sport

Cricket 101: Fun Facts about This Popular Sport

If you find yourself traveling to Pakistan, India, Australia, England or New Zealand, be prepared. Cricket is super popular in these countries and you might find yourself in a conversation about it. Learn some fun facts about the sport so when they ask you about Cricket, you would not automatically think and blurt out “Jiminy!”

It Is the Second Most Loved Sport in the World

People might think basketball is the second most popular sport in the world after football. But cricket is. Its followers are mostly Asians, Indians and Pakistanis, two of the most populous countries in the world according to Census Bureau with India taking the number 2 spot and Pakistan in the 6th spot. These fans are devout that Cricket is often considered as a religion in India as well. Not to mention the popularity of the sport as well among Australians who are a sporty bunch.

It Is a Sport That Could Span a Career of Decades for Players

The sport is a bat and ball game and is considered to be less strenuous compared to other sports making the players enjoy fame and other perks of being a professional athlete longer.

It Is a Sport That Open Doors

Since there are legions of fans everywhere, cricketers surely draw in crowds and for businesses, this means money. Most of these athletes are endorsers of famous brands while some have even managed to open their own company like one of India’s most loved player who opened his own brand selling cricket clothing and other casual and sportswear. Several venture into politics while others were lucky enough to have a stint in Bollywood.

It Is a Sport That Could Be Played By Anyone

Young ones wanting to be professional athletes when they grew up are disappointed if in case, they did not grow up to be very tall and there would be little possibility to be drafted in the NBA. Fortunately, these kids could become cricketers since height does not matter with this sport.

It Is an Unpredictable Sport

No one would be bored watching (or playing!) this sport because it is very unpredictable. A lot of rabid fans are often asked why they love the sport and a lot of them are fond of it because it’s very fickle. A strong team that won last game does not necessarily mean they will win their next even if the opponent is someone they already beat in the past. The outcome of a game could only be decided once the last ball has been bowled.

It Is a Very Competitive Sport

The longest cricket match ever played is the match between England and South Africa that happened in 1939. The match unbelievably lasted 14 days! Even after playing for two weeks, England was still persevering since they are down by 42 runs. The match was later declared as a draw since the players from England needed to return back home. If this wasn’t the case, perhaps the match would have lasted for a month or more!


The popularity of the sport is not surprising, and these are only a few of the reasons why.

Quick Facts about Mystery Shopping and How To Can Become One

Quick Facts about Mystery Shopping and How To Can Become One

Mystery shopping, also known as secret shopping is a process where a person visits an establishment and rates the quality of customer experience they provide. The common businesses which hire mystery shopping companies are restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, resorts, and retail outlets. However, other businesses such as amusement parks, movie theatres, and others also utilize this service from time to time to check on their performance.

What is a Mystery Shopper?

People who evaluate these establishments are called mystery shoppers. They are freelancers hired by secret shopper companies to conduct a scheduled visit on assigned areas. Mystery shopping companies look for people who fit the target population of a certain establishment and assign them there to evaluate the place. A mystery shopper should know how to blend in with other customers to avoid being noticed by the management. This keeps the treatment he/she receives bias-free.

Things Evaluated by a Mystery Shopper

Secret shoppers are given a list on what to look for or evaluate in a visit. The checklist varies among companies but the most common are:

  • How long before they are greeted and in what manner?
  • Maximum waiting time
  • Overall atmosphere (temperature, cleanliness, ambiance, noise control)
  • Observance of company standards such as uniforms, etc.
  • Complete services offered

A mystery shopper enters the establishment and makes necessary actions to evaluate customer experience which also includes purchasing a product or a service. Anything they spend while on the job is provided or reimbursed by the company. They may also take photos around the establishment or record few conversations with workers to serve as proof.

How to Become a Good Mystery Shopper

To become a good mystery shopper, you must possess these qualities: attention to detail, objective, memory, and promptness. You must be keen even on the tiniest detail when doing an evaluation. No matter how big or small a detail is, it will affect the overall rating of a place. Being objective means that you set aside your personal preferences when noting your observations. Having a good memory is an essential tool in secret shopping since you have to remember how things exactly went through to make a detailed report. Also, make sure that you finish your task within deadlines. Usually, secret shopping companies allow a day to complete an establishment.

How to Choose a Legit Mystery Shopping Company

There are plenty of scammers out there that are just waiting for anyone to take their bait. When looking for a mystery shopping company to apply for, steer away from those who require joiner’s or shopper’s certification fee. You should never pay anything to get a job. Also, don’t go for companies who offer a set income. Mystery shopping is only a part-time job so never expect a full daytime job salary. To make sure that you’re applying for a legit company, check if they’re a member of the Mystery Shopper Providers Association.

Mystery shopping is a great way to earn extra cash on the sides. If you have some spare time, try this freelance job now.