Preparing for your baby
You need to get yourself prepared for your new baby both mentally and physically. You will also need to adjust your house and car for the new baby too. Here is some new baby preparation advice we hope will help.
Mentally preparing for the new baby
Women generally adjust to having a new baby quicker than men; so don’t necessarily expect husbands to start being all fatherly after the pregnancy is announced. Women tend to adjust better to the new baby mentally because they experience physical, emotional and psychological changes. These changes can help them adjust to the new baby more quickly. However, men start feeling the new baby when they see the bump or feel the flicker of baby movement over the belly of mummy to be.
Physically preparing for the new baby
There is nothing much mentally a new father can do to prepare to the new baby. What needs to be done by a father needs to be done BEFORE the new baby is conceived. However, the new father can try quitting smoking, quitting drinking and other vices once the new baby is conceived. The new mother needs to do the same too.
Planning for the new baby; the house and car
Depending on whether you are planning to co-sleep with the baby, or whether you are planning to have the baby in a separate room, will dictate the changes to your home. Either way, we recommend having a separate room for your new baby, even if the new baby is going to be sleeping with the new parents for the first couple of months.
A baby cot, some toys, a place to put all the baby’s clothes, shelves to convenient grab lotions, creams, nappies, baby wipes etc. located near the changing table are recommended. Getting these things in place before the baby is born will help.
You will also need to think about getting a baby chair too; baby chair for the house (at the right height for the dining table) and a car seat so you can travel with your baby. Some baby chairs can be adjusted to fit the adult dining chair AND fit into the car at the same time. They are a little bit more expensive than the conventional baby chairs, but the multi-function is extremely convenient for you and comfortable for your new baby.
Don’t forget to baby proof your home and prepare for this before the baby is born if you can.
Other essentials for your new baby
The other essentials for your baby depend wholly on your own preference, budget and lifestyle. You can live without some of these things if you think you would rather not waste the money.
If you have had already had a baby previously you probably do not need too many new baby clothes. New babies outgrow their clothes very fast and it would be a waste of money to splurge on new clothes. You can get hand-me-downs from nieces and nephews, and from your friends if any of them have previously had babies. Recycling clothes is now the way forward and why not start your baby’s environmental recycling habits right from the start! What you should probably buy new are blankets, sweaters, coats, and clothes for going out. At home, you or your new baby is not going to mind recycled clothes. In fact, your new baby is probably going to like wearing the worn in clothes better than the new clothes.
Don’t forget the feeding utensils like baby bowls, and if you’re planning to pump breast milk for your new baby – a breast pump. You’ll also need baby bottles, cloth nappies, disposable nappies, baby wipes, lotions, shampoo, bath gels, towels, baby blankets, baby bedding, bibs, stroller, etc. And do not worry, you will do fine. The best thing to do is to get unbiased advice from friends and family when you are planning for your new baby.