Preparing for a newborn goes beyond buying baby things or shopping for clothes. Have you considered the hospital? What about your finances? Can you afford the hospital you have selected? What about the food? What will you eat? Do you need extra help? You want to ensure you have everything covered and you have made the right plans.
We have created a list of things you should consider. Let’s not waste time, dive in!
Do not wait till the birth of your baby to have a conversation with your partner. Have that talk as soon as possible. Even if it feels insignificant, share it.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant start researching hospitals. Ask friends, family, and even post on social media. Learn about the hospital’s track records, and if they have a backup power supply. Talk to moms who have delivered in that facility and do not hesitate to ask about their experience - would they recommend it? Do not forget the location is very important. You want to pick a hospital close to your place of residence. When there is an emergency, you do not want to travel a long distance.
Learn about your company’s policy on maternity leave and talk to your supervisor to get further clarity. Some useful points to consider:
A few seconds is all it takes for your baby to swallow something toxic or suffocate. Before the baby comes, do take a look around your house and inspect everything.
A childbirth class is the best place to learn everything. You will learn about labor contractions, breastfeeding, infant CPR, bathing the baby and so much more.
This is one of the most important aspects of preparing for a newborn. You have to plan for every expense no matter how insignificant it seems.
Do not go overboard when buying items for your baby. Buy what you NEED and keep money aside to buy more when the baby comes. Experts advise that you create a budget for the first one year.
“A birth plan is an outline of your preferences during your labor and delivery” [WEBMD]. Make room for other alternatives incase one option is not available. It should include:
Feel free to discuss your birth plan with the midwife and do not hesitate to ask them any questions.
You cannot do it all. Ask for help from family and friends beforehand. Do not wait for the birth of the baby before you talk to those around you. Find out their schedules and see how they can help. If you can afford it, hire a nanny.
Preparing your meals before the birth of your baby will save you from stressing out especially when you have older kids. It is advised to prep meals and freeze them.
For countries with an unstable power supply, freezing meals will be a terrible idea. You have a few options:
Regardless of your choice, do ensure you have a menu. This allows you to plan healthy and balanced meals for yourself and the family.
After the birth of the baby, you do not want to be in ‘panic mode’, you want to feel relaxed. Stock up on essential items such as diapers, formula, vegetables, food ingredients, water, etc.
Remember ‘panic’ mode is a NO-NO, prepare your hospital bag in advance. Items you should consider:
We know it’s a lot to take in but we want to help you prepare for this journey. Do not forget to relax and take it easy on yourself.
Remember you are doing great!
https://wwwmoneygeek.com [Pregnancy Money Moves: Financial Steps for Expecting and New Parents - Accessed July 2020]
NHS.uk [How to make a birth plan - Accessed August 2020]
Babycentre.co.uk [What to pack in your hospital bag - Accessed August 2020]
Webmd.com [How to create a birth plan - Accessed August 2020]
Parents.com [9 things to do to get your house in order before baby comes - Accessed August 2020]
https://fairygodboss.com/ [The office maternity checklist for the type-A professional - Accessed November 2020]
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