How to prepare for a new born

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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!

 

 

 

Talk to your partner

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. 

Talk about:

  1. your finances
  2. chores
  3. diet (meal prep)
  4. do you want them to stay in the labor room?
  5. do you want your mom or his mom to visit?
  6. nursery decor (what can you afford)?
  7. parental leave
  8. getting extra help (nanny, family, or friend)

 

 

 

Find a Healthcare Provider

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.

 

 

 

Workplace

Learn about your company’s policy on maternity leave and talk to your supervisor to get further clarity. Some useful points to consider:

  • Decide if you want longer maternity leave and be ready to negotiate
  • Learn about your company’s childcare policies 
  • Get everything in writing - you do not want to have someone say “I never gave her approval…’
  • Create a setup for remote work - install the necessary software, and hardware. 
  • Collect useful contacts (HR, manager, team leads, clients, etc).
  • If you have clients that you work with regularly, tell them you will be unavailable.

 

 

 

Baby proof your house

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. 

  • Cleaning products - keep them out of reach
  • Keep Kerosene out of reach
  • Keep firearms out of reach
  • Some of us place plastic bags behind our doors (for recycling purposes). With the newborn on their way, you should ensure plastic bags are out of reach as babies can mistake them for toys leading to suffocation.
  • Items like coins and small toys should be out of reach. Babies can swallow or push them into their nose
  • Cabinets that are not out of reach should have magnetic locks.
  • Get a staircase and door guards

 

 

 

Childbirth Classes

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.

 

 

 

Financial plan

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.  

  • Cost of having a baby (Vaginal, C-Section)
  • Create emergency savings. This is useful when you have unexpected expenses. 
  • A new baby means an extra mouth to feed and new things to buy. Consider the cost of diapers(disposable or reusable) , baby formula, wipes, clothes, and toys. 
  • If you do not have a car, it is important to set aside money for transportation (uber, train, public bus, or taxi). 
  • If you do have a car, plan expenses such as gas (or fuel) and servicing.
  • Set money aside for doctors visit 
  • Think of child care fees such as creche or daycare. Start planning this as soon as you can. Reach out to daycare centers and get their fee plan or talk to family and friends to help you babysit when the time is right. ALWAYS PLAN AHEAD
  • Add your child to your health insurance plan
  • Set up Education Fund (primary, secondary, and college)
  • Update your will (or beneficiaries list) 

 

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.

 

 

 

Birth Plan

“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:

  • Your preferred pain medication
  • Where you want to give birth (location)?
  • Who you want in the room (parents, spouse, friend)
  • CS or Vaginal birth
  • Do you want your baby boy circumcised?


Feel free to discuss your birth plan with the midwife and do not hesitate to ask them any questions.

 

 

 

Get help

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.

 

 

 

Meal prep

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: 

  • Get food delivered daily (from a reputable caterer - hygiene is everything)
  • Get ingredients delivered. This saves you time as all you have to do is prepare the meal
  • Ask family or friend to help prepare the meals or ingredients

 

Regardless of your choice, do ensure you have a menu. This allows you to plan healthy and balanced meals for yourself and the family. 

 

 

 

Stock up on the essentials 

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.

 

 

 

Prep your hospital bag

Remember ‘panic’ mode is a NO-NO, prepare your hospital bag in advance. Items you should consider: 

  • Birth Plan
  • Flip flops
  • Nightdress (nothing fancy and preferably dark - to hide stains)
  • Reading material (book, magazine)
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads
  • Extra cash (in case you need to buy something)
  • Power bank (to charge your phone)
  • A mobile phone (ensure you have call credit and data)
  • Toiletries (face wipes, hairbrush, toothbrush, deodorant, soap, and other items that you find helpful)
  • Baby blankets 
  • Diapers (disposable or reusable)
  • Outfit for the newborn (onesies, socks, hat)

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Ref:

 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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