Things every Parent to be should do before the Baby Arrives

Having a baby is a wonderful experience for families, so it is important to get many things accomplished before the baby arrives to lower your stress levels. One of the first things to think of as soon as you know you’re expecting, is to come up with a list of baby names, both boy and girl. Why a list? You do not want to be caught off guard if you find out later on in the pregnancy that you will be having twins or triplets! If you have a list of names handy, you can pick and choose which ones you think would work for your babies, should you have more than one. If you have children in the future, at least you can be rest assured that you have a list to fall back on.

The second thing to do is to go to parenting classes. It is not too early to go to a parenting class, because every new parent needs to have many months to prepare so that they know what they will be getting into. Sure, many parenting moments are the spur-of-the-moment variety; however, you will be nice to have the background lessons to fall back on. Learning about the different birthing options such as Lamaze and home births  fall into the information that you will find in the classes.

Choosing a pediatrician is another important step to take before a baby arrives. It is important to start researching this as soon as you know you are having a baby. Look to see if there are client reviews of the people who had previously used the pediatrician. After that, look at the different pricing available and whether or not the pediatrician is available to take on any more clients. Add the baby to your insurance about a week or two beforehand so that you can fill out all of the paperwork and get it over with.

A baby needs a place to sleep, so adding a nursery in an area of the house is an important step to take. If you do not want to know what the gender of the baby is, make the nursery theme/colors neutral such as yellow and/or green. Baby items need to be stocked up on. If you haven’t received everything that you need during a baby shower, pick up the missing items as soon as you are able to.

A month-three months in advance, pack a suitcase with all the essentials you may need for when you need to go to the hospital. Prepare a telephone and E-Mail emergency contact list for yourself for when the day arrives, and for a trusted family member or friend if you decide to have somebody watch after the house while you are away.

About a week before the baby is due to arrive, make sure the car seat is properly installed. Some hospitals refuse to allow the parents to take the baby home if there is no car seat in the vehicle. Another thing to do is to make as many meals as you can and freeze them (such as casseroles, lasagna, ect.).  Stock up the pantry and refrigerator about two weeks in advance so that you do not have to worry about going to the store with a new baby in tow.

Unfortunately, many women have postpartum issues with needs such as creams, pads and liners. Pick some of these up before you go into labor so you have them just to be safe. You may want to pick up a variety of these items to make sure you have what feels more comfortable to you. If you take these little, but important steps, bringing home your baby will be a lot less stressful.