Becoming a parent is a whole new feeling, and an alien one too if you are having your first baby. As the expected date of your baby’s arrival in this world approaches near, you cannot help but worry about the arrangements that need to made and the equipment that must be bought and every other thing that needs to be done. Here are some tips that may help you to prepare yourself for welcoming your baby with a happy and a peaceful mind.
1. Make a birth plan.
It can be a good idea to write and prepare a birth plan where you jot down the notes about your preferences for the baby’s birth. You can tell the midwife about the kind of birth you would like, and the pain relief you want. You can specify if you want delayed cord clamping and also if skin-to-skin is important to you straight after birth. However, whatever plan you make, it needs to be flexible, in case the circumstances change and your preferences cannot be met. Anyway, it can be a really useful guide for you as well as your partner, and the doctor’s team that is going to take care of you.
2. Talk to your partner.
As the date of delivery approaches, it is natural to feel a little anxious or afraid. Have a heart-to-heart chat with your partner and discuss all your fears and worries openly. Confide in him to give yourself some peace of mind. Apart from that, you also need to have a conversation so that you both know that you are on the same page before the baby arrives. Do not assume that he knows what is demanded of him during labour and after birth. Divide up the chores clearly beforehand and start your life as a family together.
3. Spend time with children.
This experience can come handy when you are going to have to deal with your own baby. This will keep you busy and you can actually learn how babies and little children think and behave. It will give you an insight into their psychology and that will help you in raising your baby. Also, if you have older children, spending time with them makes them feel not neglected or displaced by the arrival of another one. Take time to bond with them and tell them that you love them.
4. Arrange for help.
Once you go into labour and your baby arrives, you will need all the help in the world that you can get. The first few weeks after the baby’s birth are going to prove themselves as overwhelming. Your friends and family members who are willing to help will be your greatest support during this time. Make arrangements with them beforehand and have a chat about the specifics before the birth of the baby. Schedule your and your partner’s leaves in accordance with their availability. If you are hiring paid help for your older children, do this well in advance.
5. Wash your baby’s laundry and bedding.
You may have purchased new clothes and bedding for your arriving baby beforehand. It is a good idea to wash them properly using a non-biological detergent before using them. The baby’s skin is extremely delicate and washed clothes will be gentler reducing the chances of irritation.
6. Clean the house.
Once the baby arrives, you will have your hands full and there will be no time for cleaning the house. So, get the house cleaned, dusted, and vacuumed before the baby’s birth. Bringing the baby to a clean house is also good for his or her health as their immunity system is not strong and they can easily get infected by microbes in the dust.
7. Get plenty of nappies.
Little babies get through so many nappies that it will leave you surprised. You will not get any time to wash them and use them again. Stock up on nappies now. You will need 10 to 12 nappies a day if you wish to use disposable nappies.