Preparing for a baby is a monumental responsibility, especially if it’s your first child. However, if you take time to plan and prepare in advance, you’ll be much less stressed and more capable of enjoying your little bundle of joy when he or she finally arrives.
Although there are hundreds of things you could potentially do to prepare for your newborn, we’ve tried to simplify this process so it can be as stress-free as possible. Below is a checklist of the top things to do as you prepare to meet your newborn!
Celebrate with a Baby Shower
Before you go out and purchase every item from the closest baby store, remember that you will receive a lot of necessities and conveniences during your baby shower. While it is important to be prepared with some of the largest items like cribs and car seats (unless you aknow someone is planning to give you these items), you may want to wait on a lot of these other things. That’s why it is important to throw a baby shower a couple of months in advance, so you still have plenty of time to purchase the things you may not receive during your shower.
In order to increase your chances of getting the things that you need during your baby shower, take the time to sign up for at least one registry. Signing up for two or three registries is ideal because then your guests will have plenty of locations to choose from when they go shopping for your baby shower gift. A registry will also help you avoid getting duplicate, unnecessary gifts. Just make sure you let the host of your baby shower know where you have registered so that they can add the registry information to the baby shower invitations.
You’ll probably want to be involved in the baby shower planning process (which is only natural, it is a party in your honor!). If you’re still in the planning phase, check out these baby shower themes for a dose of inspiration, and this baby shower etiquette guide to avoid any social blunders on your shower day.
Shop ’til you Drop
It’s time to shop, once your baby shower is over! Shopping for a baby can be unbelievably fun, but don’t go overboard on the non-essentials. You should also keep in mind that newborns grow out of their first diapers and clothing very quickly. It’s impossible to know exactly how large your child will be, so don’t buy too many newborn items or you may be disappointed that your child doesn’t get the chance to wear them all. Instead, purchase a few newborn outfits and set some money aside so that you can go shopping for appropriate clothing sizes after your baby is born.
Prepare the Nursery
Once your little one arrives, he or she will need a safe place to sleep. Make the nursery space as comforting as possible to encourage healthy sleeping habits. Keep your baby safe by purchasing baby monitors that will allow you to hear any noises he or she might make while in bed. It is also important to purchase an updated crib, since very old models may be constructed in a way that does not measure up to modern safety standards.
Many people like to have a changing table right there in the nursery so that diapers can be changed in the easiest and most sanitary way possible before putting the baby to bed. If you live in a noisy area of town, you might also find it worthwhile to invest in a noise maker, which can help some babies sleep more soundly in loud environments. While it’s important to prepare a safe area for the baby, don’t become so wrapped up in practical matters that you forget to have a little fun dressing up the room with colorful décor and themed bedding.
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Child-Proof Your Home
You aren’t used to seeing things from a baby’s perspective, so it can be easy to overlook dangerous things and areas around your home. As silly as it may seem, it is a good idea to crawl around your home before the baby arrives and look for things that could be hazardous to your child. Outlets should be plugged with outlet guards and all household chemicals and other harmful substances should be locked or put up out of reach. If you have any stairs in your home they should be constantly blocked off with a childproof gate until your child is finally old enough to navigate them safely.
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Prepare Your Pets
If you have a pet, their world will be turned upside-down once you bring baby home. Depending on your pet’s personality, they may become jealous or simply curious at the squirming, funny-smelling little human you carry around with you. Prepare your pets in advance by introducing them to the baby’s room and allowing them to become familiar with baby items such as swings, jumpers, etc.
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Bringing a new baby home is one of the most precious moments a parent has to look forward to. What things would you add to this list?