With a new baby on the way, there are lots of ways you could be preparing. If you don’t know where to start or are in need of a refresh, then read our list below to get you started.
1. Pack An Overnight Bag
Whether you are planning a home or hospital birth, it’s always good to have an overnight bag packed just in case. In your bag, you should think about packing your birth plan/hospital notes, loose clothing for labor, maternity pads, 5-6 pairs of disposable knickers, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, change of clothes. For baby, you will need, babygrow, vest, hat, scratch mittens, lots of diapers, and a car seat to take your newborn home in.
2. Decorate the Nursery
Although the baby will spend the first few months in the same room and mum and dad, it’s always food to have the nursery painted and decorated before the arrival. This will allow time for the paint fumes to die down and also, you might not find the time to do it after the baby is here as newborns take up a lot of our attention.
3. Find a Doctor for Your Baby
Mid-way through your pregnancy is a good time to start looking for a pediatrician or family doctor. This will allow plenty of time for you to find the right doctor for your family.
4. Get Tips
If you are a first-time parent, it’s always good to talk to an experienced parent to get tips and advice on looking after a newborn. Do remember, though, what works for other people might not work for you and your baby, so don’t be discouraged if their tips aren’t working when the baby comes.
5. Prepare Older Siblings
Having a newborn will change the household’s dynamic, so it’s always important to slowly introduce the idea to your children that a new brother or sister will be joining them. It can be useful for toddlers and young children to show them how to look after a newborn with their baby dolls.
6. Have Help Lined Up
Giving birth takes a lot out of women’s bodies and some recover slower than others, so you might need a little extra support at home after. There is no shame in asking for help when you feel like you might be struggling.
7. Do Laundry
You might not know, but general practice is to wash all baby clothes before you clothe your baby. There is no doubt that you will probably have an abundance of gifted baby grows to get through, so better to get them all prepared for when your little one comes.
8. Stock Up
You can never have too many diapers, wipes, or bibs to hand. Make sure you have plenty of supply as trust us, you will need them.
Now you have read our tips, it’s time to start preparing for your little one. For ways to decorate your new nursery, check out Rock A-Bye Baby: What You Need For The Perfect Nursery
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