Turn-Key Parenting: 7 Ways to Preemptively Prepare For Your New Child’s Arrival

 

Having a baby is exciting, daunting, stressful and an overwhelming experience. The more you can do to prepare, the more your future self running on 2 hours sleep will thank you. Here’s a few things to consider organising before you first bring home baby.

 

Practicality

One thing about parents is that they need to practical. Your clothing choices will more than likely simplify as you opt for comfort, flexibility and durability rather than keeping abreast of current fashion trends. Your choice of baby pram should also carry that element of practicality; take your time and browse the huge range of prams or twin prams available and find one that appeals to you, but is also practical.

Find one that has ample storage space and is going to be comfortable for your baby. An adjustable handle is also a great idea if you and your partner are different heights. You want to make sure both of you can push the pram.  

 

Prepare Your Baby’s Siblings

If this is your second, third or more child, then you need to start preparing your children for the arrival of a new baby. As has been noted over and over again, older siblings can have adverse reactions to a new arrival suddenly taking their mummy and daddy away from them in what feels like a gas bottle swap-and-go. They need to still feel they are cherished and of just as much importance.

A great way to prepare them is to involve them in organising things for the new baby. Help them pick out a soft toy for the new baby and to decorate the nursery. If you’re painting walls, get them involved with that. Ask them what they think of names, the more you involve them the more they will feel like they are part of the reason why this baby is coming to join the family.  

 

Make a Plan With Your Partner

Ensure that both you and your partner are on the same page. Let them know what they can be doing to help out when the baby arrives. Try to divide household chores in an equitable way so that you aren’t arguing over the simple things once the baby is in the house. Figure out meal plans, cooking rosters, baby duty times on weekends and also try to figure out when the two of you can spend time together.

 

Learn From the Vets

Whether it’s your mother, mother-in-law, siblings, next door neighbour or a local shop owner, talk to mothers and fathers who have been there and done it all before. Just like reading blogs and articles helps you gain an insight into hints and tips, talking to parents who have weathered to storm can be hugely beneficial. Even if it’s just to make you feel like you’re not alone and that your baby isn’t weird.

 

Prepare Your Pooch

Prepare your pets for the arrival of the new baby. There are classes for dogs that can help with this, read articles, and find out ways to help ease the transition your pet will feel. You also have to think about whether or not you will have time to walk your dog or if it’s worth thinking about a dog walking service (which there are plenty of in major cities these days).

Try to make sure your dog is as obedient as possible so that you feel safe having them around the baby. Most dogs understand the situation, it’s natural to welcome new pups to the pack, but you must involve them, don’t shut them out or they may grow to resent the new baby.

 

Line Up Some Help From Grandma

Especially in the last few weeks of pregnancy and the first month of bringing your baby home, you are going to need all the help you can get. So, ask mum or your mother-in-law to stay with you and help out. It’s likely that you will really appreciate their help and they will love being involved and welcoming their grandchild. It’s a special time for both of you, so share it together.

 

Decide On Visiting Rules

This is something easily overlooked, but try and think about who you want to visit you in the hospital after the birth. Keep in mind that the initial 24 hour period after baby is born is an extremely special and personal time that you and your partner will probably just want to share alone.

Friends and family should be able to respect that. Of course it’s nice if they are excited to come and visit your brand new baby, but be sure to give yourself some space first. Even if that means delaying sending out the ‘new baby text message’.

 

Try not to stress too much. Plan and prepare and savour this moment in your life because there isn’t much in this world that matches up to the beauty of childbirth.

 

 

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