As soon as you got to know that you were pregnant, several questions must have popped up in your mind. If this is your first baby, the curiosity is surely coupled up with some fear and uncertainty too. A new baby is going to change your lives quite radically. But it should be one of the best experiences in your life. So, trying to prepare for certain changes is surely a good way to make this an enjoyable experience. Thus, until your bundle of joy is in your arms, here are some tips which will help you be well prepared for a new baby.
Your life as a parent is going to comprise more responsibility. So you need to prepare yourself for this. Now you are going to be responsible for a child, and it is a good idea to start learning some basic things. You might feel it is a bit daunting, but it can be a fun experience. Just imagine yourself doing a course on parenthood! Thanks to the internet you can read through a lot of helpful articles which will prepare you for your upcoming role as a parent.
Clean and organize your house before your baby arrives. This will relieve a lot of stress once you become parents, and you will be able to focus on the most important thing, that is, your newborn.
Buy some things that you are going to need in advance. This does not only include items for your baby, but for yourself as well. Breast pump, diapers, bottles, clothes, abdominal binder, nursing bras, breast shields, diaper rash cream, the list goes on!
Get Insured. Look up all the different baby insurance policies available for your newborn. Even early on in your pregnancy, it is advisable to get insured in case of any complications with the delivery that might require your baby to stay in NICU for an extended period of time. This can be very costly (tens to hundreds of thousands) in a private hospital.
Prepare your baby’s nursery. This is not only important from a practical point of view, but also psychologically because you will be preparing yourself for this important new member to join your family. Seeing where he is going to sleep and having basic items ready for him will enable you to get used to this.
Attending classes together is a good idea. You will be able to learn about what labor involves as well as be provided with helpful information from a medical and psychological point of view.
Make arrangements regarding your job while you are pregnant. Even though financial stability is important (especially once a baby arrives and expenses increase), you still need to make sure that you are going to take good care of your child. He should be your priority. A nursery may be an option, but avoid putting it there very soon. You should cherish your opportunity to be your child’s mother. It may only be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Always involve your husband in whatever preparations you are doing. This child is not only yours, and your husband or partner needs to be active from the start. Remember – even though he is not the one to have a big belly, he is still worrying about it and what changes this is going to bring in his life. You need to be a team in this new adventure.