Preparing for your first baby is an exciting adventure! And while nine months sounds like a long time, those months can zoom by, leaving new moms wondering where the time went and how they’ll manage to get ready for the baby in time. The purpose of this article is to give you an overview of ways that you can prepare yourself and your life for your first bundle of joy.
Time is money!
You will soon realize that there are unlimited products available to purchase. For this reason, it is critical to find lots of ways to save money as a new mom. When you start to think about saving your money, think about other resources too, like time. Anything you can do to save yourself time in those first few months will give you more time to stare at your new baby or catch up on precious sleep.
You can save yourself time by stocking up on essentials in advance and identifying essentials that can be sent directly to your home whenever you need them. For example, signing up for a diaper subscription limits the chances you or your partner will end up at the baby aisle at midnight because someone forgot to pick them up on a typical run to the store.
Another great subscription option are meal kits. Getting meal kits delivered to your home will save you time and energy. The moral of the story is to think through different services and routines that will save you time and money once your little one has arrived!
Find Products that Work for Your Life
Like I said before, there are so many products for babies. Preparing to be a parent thrusts you into a world of all sorts of objects, from tech gadgets for the savvier moms to more traditional items like bassinettes and wooden toys. All of these have their value, but the most important thing is to think through what works for your lifestyle.
For example, if you are a pretty active person and you want to keep up with your exercise routines through parenthood, explore the world of jogging strollers. If you’re aiming for frequent contact with your newborn (since touch plays a significant role in developing healthy attachment), then invest in learning how to use a baby sling.
The idea here is to think about the routines that you have in your life and your own values for parenting and let them guide the purchases and decisions you make.
Learn how to hold and care for your baby safely
Your baby is born needing a lot of support from you. They are just beginning to develop strength in their muscles, especially in their necks. Because of this, babies need to be held carefully. The more you read up on this and learn about what your baby’s body will need, the more confidence you will feel in holding them while supporting their head and neck. Confidence is key.
Another way you can prepare to care for your baby is to seek out training in infant CPR. While these are skills that you will hopefully never need to use, you’ll be thankful to have them if you are ever in a situation where you need to save your child’s life.
There are so many steps to take and tips to consider as you prepare for your first baby. Following the suggestions above increases your ability to approach preparations in a way that is going to save you time and money, make decisions that work for your life, and increase your confidence in protecting this new life. Enjoy the process and trust yourself!