As any new mom will tell you, no matter how much you prepare… you’re never really prepared for the arrival of a new baby. You can read books, prepare a nursery, stock up on diapers and bottles, but a baby changes our lives in ways we never really imagine. Luckily, most of those changes are for the (much) better and there are things we can do to mitigate the upheaval of our lives brought on by a sweet 7 pound package.
Preparing for Baby
1. Educate Yourself. Particularly important if you are expecting your first baby, read up on the practicalities of parenting a newborn. As the saying goes, “knowledge is power” and, yes, that applies to knowing how many dirty diapers to expect from a 2 week old baby. If you plan to breastfeed, read some basics about latching on and what to expect from nursing to build your confidence. There are TONS of amazing resources both online and in good old-fashioned books. You won’t regret taking the time to educate yourself.
2. Purchase Essentials. As you know there are thousands of baby products out there, and there are a few that you simply must have on hand when you bring baby home from the hospital (or even in the hospital!). In addition to the five baby registry must haves, get diapers – even if you plan to cloth diaper, many find it easier to use disposable for the first few weeks – and other baby registry essentials. You’ll also want some products on hand that help you to soothe baby like pacifiers and swaddle blankets.
3. Stock Your Freezer. So even though new babies sleep a lot, they still throw your daily routine upside down making tasks like cooking dinner seem overwhelming. Put your nesting instincts to work and prepare some freezable meals ahead of baby’s arrival so you have some easy go-to meals with little preparation. There are lots of great ideas on Pinterest for freezer-friendly and crock pot recipes. If all else fails, stock up on your favorite take away and delivery menus!
4. Line Up Help. Listen, we know it’s hard to ask for help. Really hard. But, if possible, it’s amazingly beneficial to have a support system lined up to help when baby arrives. Whether it’s an online community to vent to and chat with, friends bringing meals or family to help care for your child(ren), help comes in many forms and is vital for a new mom.
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