There is nothing like anticipating the birth of a new baby, whether it is your first or your third. Parents wait nine months for their new addition to to arrive, and they go through the process of planning the event and preparing to bring the little one home.
However, when it starts getting close to your due date, there are a few key things that can be done to help better prepare the growing family. From ensuring that the nursery is ready-to-go to taking care of the needs of other family members, it’s best that these things are done in advance.
Taking Baby Inventory
One of the most useful places to start is taking inventory of your needs. With all the excitement, even the most organized mother and father-to-be can forget some of the tiniest, yet most important things. If you haven’t done so already, make a list of the essentials.
This includes items that will be used frequently for the baby, such as bottles, diaper rash ointment, purified water and formula (if not breastfeeding), blankets, onsies, socks, and the like. A car seat is always a must. Although some of these items are necessities, this will depend on the family. For example, some things such as a pacifier may not be used by all parents. For this reason, it’s usually best to compile your own list using your own judgment rather than go by what others think the family may or may not need.
Putting It All Together
After assessing what is needed, you may want to go ahead and get these things ready. This includes sterilizing bottles, washing clothing and blankets and getting all the furniture put together. These things can seem minor but they can be time consuming, which is something most do not have a lot of after the birth of their child.
Practice with items that you may not be familiar with, such as the car seat. Believe it or not, they can get pretty complicated. At this time, you may also want to pack your overnight bag for the hospital and get everything ready for the baby. It’s always a good idea to have a few different outfits for the baby to come home in. Although you may have your heart set on one particular item, should it not fit, you have backup without running back-and-forth.
Things You May Want to Wait On
There are certain purchases that you may want to hold-off or go lightly on, including some of the essentials. While stocking up on diapers and formula can seem like the wise, money-saving thing to do this isn’t always the case. Start with a normal sized package of diapers and don’t buy excess formula. Your baby could be sensitive to certain diapers or may not handle the formula well. Even if special formula is not required, it may or may not have to be changed. This can actually save you quite a bit of money when this is the case.
Caring for the Family
Right now would also be an ideal time to cross some items off of your usual to-do list. Completing grocery shopping, getting chores caught up and spending a little extra time with your spouse and other children if you have them is always a good idea. Address or re-address plans with your family about how the household will be run after bringing baby home. If relatives are to come and stay, confirm when they will be there and for how long. Your life is about ready to change drastically within a short time so most of all, take a little bit of time to relax and enjoy yourself and your family.
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Olivia Nicholas is a busy mom and a writer with Storkie.