Parental Preparation: What Everyone Must Do Before Their Baby’s Arrival

Parental Preparation: What Everyone Must Do Before Their Baby's Arrival

There’s nothing more exciting than feeling those fluttery little kicks in your abdomen. Before your future soccer star comes into the world, however, it’s important to prepare yourself and your home for their arrival. Here are just a few tips for battening down the hatches when there’s a new baby on the way:

Get Connected

There are a number of blogs, forums and podcasts for expectant parents that can walk you through everything from emergency room protocols to the best breathing techniques for a natural birth. Once your baby is born, you can also find tons of apps devoted to tracking their growth and regulating their feeding schedules. Don’t be afraid to get digital as a parent in the 21st century.

Prepare the Nursery

You’ll probably be too busy cuddling and cooing over your baby to put them down for the first few weeks, but eventually you’ll need a nursery. The first step is installing necessary home furniture, like that from The Century House. That should include cribs, rocking chairs and changing stations. You should also stock up the cupboards with things like bottles, diapers, wipes, rattles and anything else that might come in handy with a new baby. Instead of strewing these items all around the house, let your nursery become your one-stop hub for baby supplies.

Buy New Clothes

This applies to both baby clothes and adult clothes. For your little one, you’ll need plenty of pre-sized, pre-washed onesies to get you through the initial “settling in” period. For yourself or your spouse, you might want to look into things like nursing bras. If you take care of the clothing issue now, you’ll really appreciate your foresight when it’s 3AM and the baby just spit up again.

Attend Classes and Workshops

It can be overwhelming to realize the sheer amount of knowledge that exists about pregnancy and infant care. The good news is that you can take it one day at a time if you start early. For example, you might sign up for a nutrition course during your first trimester and a swaddling class when your delivery date gets closer. You can also pamper yourself a little with indulgences like prenatal yoga. You’re about to become a parent, so splurge while you can.

These are just a few tips for preparing the bakery before the bun comes out of the oven. Don’t stress if you can’t manage everything before your due date, however. Parents have been making frantic last-minute purchases since stores were first invented, so you won’t be alone by a long shot.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.