Are you getting ready for your baby months in advance?
Have you been so excited since the day you found out you were pregnant that you started shopping for your newborn right away?
We know, we know exactly how it is.
When thinking about our baby’s needs we can get caught up in buying too much of one thing, and maybe too little of another.
Here are five tips to keep in mind when getting ready for your baby!
1. Friends and family will most likely buy you baby clothes.
Still, you need to get the basics. If you don’t have and exact idea for your newborn’s start of life, here’s a good checklist. For starters, it’s much more important you have tons of “onesies” and diapers than cute outfits. Chances are, you’ll most likely be changing your baby numerous times throughout the day, and friends and family will most likely be the ones showering you with presents like this. Keep in mind that babies grow most rapidly during their first year of life! That means too much Newborn (0-3 month size) clothing will soon be too small. Always look to buy baby clothing that’s bigger in size.
2. Get the nursery gear in advance
Grab your significant other by the hand, and get it over with – and enjoy! How often is it that you shop for these things, anyway? Look for quality pieces that can be reused for the future, whether for yourself or passing down to friends. It’s best to check out a selection of cribs, car seats, strollers, and similar nursery gear in advance online, avoiding the hassle of browsing through big stores with a big bump.
3. Plan out your maternity leave
It may seem very obvious, but in the rush of everyday life and changes, one can forget to specify important things such as dates, duties, shifting responsibilities, and all the administration, health or legal care that go along with your maternity leave. Weigh out all your options and think your maternity leave through before that day has come!
4. Find a trusted pediatrician for your baby
Good doctors are worth gold. You want someone trustworthy and conscious that your baby’s health is your biggest concern. Take time and seek help to find the perfect doctor for your newborn child. This can help in feeling secure and safe about any questions or needs you will have from the very birth of your child.
5. Remember – there’s no such thing as a stupid question
Many of us feel intimidated asking questions for things that may seem very simple or intuitive to others. Becoming a mother and taking care of a new life is a big deal. In fact, it’s the biggest deal of our lives! Why not make the most of it and do whatever is in our power to inform ourselves about everything we need? Ask your mother, ask a family member or friend. Ask your doctor, ask the internet. Don’t be afraid to ask and get what you need to feel at ease!
Can you give us a tip or two, mom?