So you are pregnant and want to know how to prepare for a baby. Nothing can prepare you for the emotional journey you are about to embark upon. However, there are some practical ways that you can start to prepare.
Here are our top 10 tips about how to prepare for a baby as shared by families in our studio.
Write a birth plan
Make a note of things that are important to you, for example, the type of birth you want including chosen pain relief and how important skin-to-skin contact is. Share it with your birth partner and the team caring for you.
Get tips from experienced mums
There’s no such thing as a silly question. Therefore, take tips from friends and family members who have had experience of life with a newborn baby.
Spend time around friends children
If you already have other children, things will be changing for them. It is important to let them know that they are special and loved. Spend quality time bonding with them before the baby arrives.
Arrange for extra help
If you are lucky enough to have friends and family close by, have a chat about how they could help out in those first few weeks. Also, why not consider a cleaner or a baby sitter for older siblings to free your time a little?
Your baby’s skin is very delicate so wash all bedding and clothing in a gentle non-bio detergent. This will reduce the risk of irritating baby’s skin. Get this all done before baby arrives so it is ready to go!
Clean the house
You will be a little short of time once the baby arrives and cleaning will be the last thing you feel like doing. Even better, hire a cleaner in the first few weeks to help you out.
Before baby arrives, prepare lots of meals that can be frozen. This will save you time once baby is here but will ensure you are getting nutritious meals inside you. Click here for some recipe ideas.
Update phone contacts
You don’t want to be looking around for your important phone numbers once contractions start. Have all those important health care numbers stored on your phone as well as numbers of family and friends to share your good news. Keep your phone well charged.
Pack your bag
Have everything ready to take to the hospital. There is a fantastic list to help you know what to pack HERE that even includes a printable checklist.
Service your car
When you have to make a quick dash to the hospital, you don’t want problems with your car. Make sure petrol, oil and water levels are sufficient and that there is air in the tyres. Have a back up just in case (an alternative car or nearest taxi company phone number in your phone)
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