Five ways you can prepare for the arrival of your new baby as a first-time parent #cp

There is perhaps a no more exciting time for a family than welcoming a new baby into the world. Whether it is your first or your third child, every birth is a wondrous, emotional occasion; however, if you are a first-time parent, you might be a bit apprehensive about what life will be like going forward and how you can best provide for your new child. To help you best plan for this time of immense change, here are five ways you can prepare for the arrival of your new baby as a first-time parent.

Compile your baby kit of essential equipment

From cribs to nappies, clothes to prams, babies require a lot of equipment in order to be cared for comfortably. Buying all of your baby kit in one go can be overwhelming, both mentally and financially. Therefore, it might be wise to gradually build up your baby kit throughout the duration of your pregnancy.
Compile a list of baby essentials to help stay on track and avoid purchasing unnecessary items. There are certain items that you can buy second hand or perhaps have gifted to you by family and friends who have older children, such as prams, high chairs, and baby monitors. However, make sure that they are completely safe and well-maintained to help prevent any accidents occurring.

Prepare the nursery

Whether you are planning for your newborn to sleep in your bedroom for the first couple of weeks, at some point, they will have to transition to a room of their own. Prepare your baby’s nursery before they are born so that you do not have the rush and upheaval of doing it whilst trying to juggle childcare. There are several points to keep in mind when designing a nursery that will eventually become your child’s bedroom. For instance, keep d├ęcor to soft, tranquil colours and avoid an overly gendered colour scheme. Ensure that the nursery has adequate heating and ventilation so that your baby gets neither too hot or too cold, and insert blackout curtains to help them sleep through the night.

Look into nursery schools

While it might seem too early to be looking into your newborn’s future education, it is always worthwhile to plan ahead, particularly if you know that your chosen education provider usually has a waiting list. Start by looking into nursery schools, as this is most likely to be your child’s first foray into the world of education. You might have to go back to work sooner than you would have liked after your maternity leave, or you might simply be keen for your child to develop important social skills by mixing with other children. Nurseries provision is available regardless of the age of your pre-school child. For instance, Rainbow Smiles Nursery provides babies with top nursery carefully consistent with their needs.

Write your birth plan

The actual process of childbirth can be traumatic, so to help you mentally prepare for it, you can write a birth plan. This will help you get your head around the birthing process and what will happen to you each step of the way and ensure that giving birth is a positive experience for you. When writing your birth plan, be sure to include where you would like to give birth (whether a home birth or in a maternity unit), what pain relief you would like to receive, and whether you are happy for your baby to be extracted using either forceps or a ventouse if necessary. Creating this plan gives you greater control over your birthing experience so that you know what will happen to you and your baby.

Consider names

Finding the perfect name for your baby is one of the most fun – and most important – preparatory tasks when awaiting your new arrival. There are several points that you should consider when deciding on the perfect name. Firstly, is there a beloved family member to whom you want the next generation to pay tribute, such as giving your newborn son your grandad’s name? Or, you might have a list of several names that particularly resonate with you for their meaning. Discuss your name choices with your other half to find one that you are both happy with. However, keep in mind that you might not know until the moment you meet your new child exactly who they are and what their name is.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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