The excitement of getting pregnant, especially for the first time is a once in a lifetime experience. For this reason, planning for the arrival of the baby is full of great excitement.
You will consult, read, research, and even spend hours on Pinterest. Once the baby arrives, you have to adjust your life to accommodate with the new arrival, which can be a challenge.
Before and after the baby arrives is tiring. There are things you can do and have prepared in advance to make your time easier during the first few months.
Have a Pediatrician
If this is your first baby, it is the best time to look for a pediatrician. Do not just settle for anyone but seek referrals from friends and relatives. You can also browse online websites and surveys if your hospital has subcontracted some.
You definitely do not want to have your baby without any pediatrician in mind. Booking a pediatric before the birth of the baby will help you schedule appointments without any challenges. The meet and greet appointment will help you have a smooth pregnancy journey.
Install Baby Car Seat
Get your car ready. Hire a lightweight baby capsule for your vehicle well before the baby is due. Dedicate your time to select the best capsule for your baby. Having this all prepared in advance saves the stress and hassle of trying to arrange this near your due date.
Invest in a Waterproof Bed Pad
This is for you and not for the baby. The bed pad will help prevent any mattress damage if your waters break during the night. With it, you do not have to get nervous about sleeping because you are near your due date. Acquire one and place it under the sheet on your side of the bed.
Don’t Deny Help
Accepting the help of family members and friends for a couple of days is one of the best things you can do. They can help you with laundry, pick up some groceries, hold the baby and let you relax for a while.
Do not feel you have to allow everyone who calls in for a visit. We put up a mother and baby sleeping sign on our front door to let visitors know we were resting. People accepted this and came back at another time.
Help your Baby Bond with Dad
Your voice and that of Daddy are different. His touch and voice will give you a break because it will be the beginning of the bonding process. This will also enable the baby to get used to someone else other than you.
It will be hard in the beginning. However, you can make it easy by creating a routine of feeding your baby and letting them rest. Leave them alone and ensure your baby cannot see you even if when you are around. This is how your child will learn different ways to get comfort.
Learn how to Get your Baby to Sleep
For every new parent, sleep becomes a focal point. It is not easy to tell whether your baby is tired or not. Still, you do not know how to get your baby to sleep. Well, if you seem to battle with all these questions, you can get help from your pediatrician before the baby arrives.
Besides, you can get help from nurses. They have different tips and ways of doing things. Let them show you what will work for you.
If you want to learn from an example then look at Gordon Ramsay and his wife, how they give attention to their child Megan Jane Ramsay.
You should not get discouraged with breastfeeding because it can be a challenge for the first few days or weeks. Allow your baby to lead the way and be patient. Relax, babies come when they are ready. The experience is amazing.