It’s the day you have been waiting for…finally being able to bring the newest member of your family home. If this isn’t your first rodeo, you know that leading up to this highly anticipated day and throughout your pregnancy, there are copious amounts of things to get done to prepare for your baby’s arrival. However, if this is your first rodeo, we’ve got you covered! Below are a few things to keep in mind when preparing to bring your baby home for the first time.
Around the House
First thing’s first, your house is going to need an upgrade. This part can be the most fun, but also takes the most work. From letting your inner Joanna Gaines loose and creating the picture-perfect nursery for your little one, to baby proofing every square foot of your house, making your home safe and comfortable for your baby is a top priority. Keep in mind that this takes time and is quite a large upfront cost, so planning and budgeting is also crucial.
Researching, interviewing, and setting up appointments with healthcare providers for your newborn can be done while you are still pregnant. In fact, it is highly advised. Getting to know your baby’s healthcare provider before delivery gives you the chance to start building a relationship with the doctor. You can also ask any questions you may have about your baby’s care and come up with a game plan for after your baby is born.
You’ll want to enjoy and cherish the time with your newborn as much as possible once you have been discharged from the hospital. In order to make the first few weeks easier, stock up on all the necessary items beforehand. This includes things for your baby, such as diapers, baby wipes, and formula if you decide not to breastfeed. But this also includes items for yourself. Do the laundry ahead of time. Prepare some meals and freeze them for a quick dinner option. Anything that you anticipate using a lot of, buy it ahead of time.