There are so many things to think about before a baby arrives. You’re probably feeling quite overwhelmed by it all. The prospect of giving birth is daunting in itself, but that’s not the thing you have to plan. Some people do have a birth plan, of course, but it’s the journey afterwards that really requires planning. If you want to avoid feeling stressed about the many things you’ll have to do when you become a mother, then you should help out your future self by making the necessary preparations right now. Let’s talk about what to do before your baby arrives.
Design a comfortable bedroom for them.
This is one of the most important things to set up before your baby arrives. It should be easy, right? Compared to some of the prepares you have to make, you might be looking forward to designing a comfortable bedroom for your newborn baby. And it can be fun - it’s a creative endeavor, after all. But it needs to be taken seriously. Your child’s bedroom needs to be practical; it should be safe and comfortable. You might want to get them a breathable crib mattress. That’ll help to ensure your baby has a cozy and comfortable sleep every night. Practicality and aesthetic need to go hand in hand when designing your child’s bedroom. They need to feel welcome in their first home. Surroundings matter at such a young age. We’re all affected by our environment, but visuals can be very powerful during the formative years of your life. So, make sure your baby is happy and healthy by designing their bedroom as creatively as possible.
Get your house well-stocked.
Another important thing to do before your baby arrives is to get your house well-stocked. Once you become a mother, your time will be totally consumed by your beautiful child. That’s a wonderful thing, of course, but it does mean you’ll struggle to find time for the things you used to do before your baby came along. That’s fine, right? Well, when it comes to luxuries, you’re probably prepared to make sacrifices. You can give up frequent nights out and relaxing on the couch with a good movie. However, you can’t give up the necessities in life. That’s why you need to get your house well-stocked. You won’t have time to nip out to the store for every little thing you need when your baby arrives, so it’s smart to plan ahead and make sure you have all of the essentials in your house before your due date.
Obviously, you can’t stock everything ahead of time, but you should definitely stock up on things such as toilet paper, handwash, toothpaste, and other necessary everyday items that run out very quickly. As for food, you should prepare as many meals as possible and put them in the freezer. Obviously, you’ll have limited space in your freezer, but if you could prepare meals for the first few weeks, then that will make so much difference. You won’t have the time to go out to the shop, buy ingredients, and prepare home-cooked meals for those first few weeks of your baby’s life. That’s why it’s so smart to have frozen homemade meals that you can quickly heat up and eat at the end of a long day. You don’t want to live on takeaways and ready meals. It’s important to stay healthy and happy as a mother. You have to keep yourself in good physical and mental shape for the sake of your child. You might also want to stock up on lots of non-perishable food in your cupboards to keep you and your family going for many months to come. That first year of your child’s life is going to be the most time-consuming, so you’ll really be helping yourself out if you stock up on the basic things in your house before your baby arrives.
Find a babysitter.
You should also start looking for a babysitter now. You’re only human, at the end of the day, and you won’t be able to function at maximum capacity 24/7. Your baby, however, needs constant care. So, you’ll need help from time to time. This is important, whether you need to go to work, tap a nap after a week of sleep deprivation, or simply go out with friends and family for a few hours. You could hire a babysitter, or you could even consider turning to loved ones. You might be surprised by the number of people in your life who want to help you out. Just try asking your friends and family members if they’d be willing to watch your child from time to time to help you out. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a little time to yourself from time to time. Even if you simply want to have a long soak in the bath, your partner, a friend, or a relative might be more than happy to watch the baby for you.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.