The day your child is born is the day that everything in your life changes. It’s a new starting point for you and your partner. Whether you’re becoming parents for the first time, or welcoming your second or third, from this point on your life has changed for the better.
But before your world gets turned upside down and your family expands, there are a number of things that you and your partner should consider when preparing for the arrival of your new little girl or boy.
Here are a few helpful tips to make parenthood more manageable during the first six months.
Preparing the car
It’s a given, but worth repeating. Make sure you have your baby’s car seat properly installed for when you leave the hospital. And don’t forget to pack your hospital bag. There are countless stories of new parents accidentally forgetting them during all the excitement. If it’s your style, a baby on board sticker can also be a nice touch on the back windshield.
The bassinet in the bedroom
For the first six months or so, your baby will likely be sleeping in your bedroom, so have the bassinet or mini-crib set up for them. Your newborn will be logging a lot of shuteye, between 14 and 16 hours a day during the first six months, so make sure baby’s first bed is a comfy one. Here’s hoping you all sleep soundly. Zzzzzz.
Keeping them comfy
Make sure to have a lot of clothes for your baby. It’s a wise idea to have their dresser already filled with all their different cute outfits. But let’s be honest, you’ll probably be shopping online for new looks for them pretty frequently. You’re also going to want to have a lot of baby detergent on hand because you’ll be doing a lot of washing. Despite all the laundry, there are few things more fun than dressing your baby every morning, and probably in the afternoon — let’s be honest, it’s tough to keep their clothes clean.
Stock up on supplies
Get ready to go through mountains and mountains of diapers, so have plenty of packages at the ready. You’re also going to want to have a lot of baby wipes; in all likelihood, your pockets will be filled with them. Most importantly, be sure to have a baby thermometer and diaper rash cream in your medicine cabinet.
There’s an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child, and that’s definitely true. It can be particularly exhausting in the early days, so you might want to consider reaching out to your parents, family members, or close friends to help out. Consider preparing your extra bedroom (if you have one) or pullout couch as a place for grandma and gramps to sleep, so they can be around more often.
Prepare their room
You and your spouse will have your hands full with your new baby during the first six months. So, it’s a good idea to have the baby’s room already finished (for when they start sleeping in there). Enjoy the process of decorating their space. It can be a lot of fun choosing their crib, mobile, dresser and clothes, changing table, toys, books, and so on.
In no time at all, your little one will be crawling and walking, so make sure you start the process of baby proofing your home.
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