Having a baby, particularly when it is your first child, is an exciting and emotional adventure. Nobody can truly prepare you for the joy and the unexpected challenges of having your first baby, but planning ahead as much as possible before this new arrival can make everything just a little easier later. Below are some great ways to prepare yourself for your first baby, including creating a baby essentials list and packing a hospital bag for delivery.
Communicate with your partner, before first baby arrives
Open, honest communication with your partner is essential in the weeks and months leading up to the birth. A lot will change once your baby arrives, as your priorities will change dramatically. Your free time and daily patterns will focus on making sure you are doing everything you can to care for your newborn.
Important conversations to have with your significant other now include how to best manage time and the roles you will individually take once the baby is born. You don’t want to add unnecessary stress to the situation later; a calm conversation or two before the due date can help keep that from happening to you.
Baby essentials list: Stock up on supplies
Another great way to prepare for your first baby is by loading up on supplies for the little one. Make a baby essentials list now so you won’t have to make any stops on the way home from the hospital for the right baby formula or diapers. Try and sort these baby supplies a few weeks before the due date.
Draft up a baby essentials list of everything necessary, including gentle products for bathing your child, appropriate bedding, and clothing too. You might want to wash any new clothes or bedding to remove harsh substances that could irritate your newborns’ delicate skin.
There are detergents especially designed to be kind on baby’s skin. You may want to research about them. In terms of the right diapers for your baby, Thirsties diapers can be found online and you can stock up easily before the due date.
Pack a hospital bag for delivery
Your labor is going to happen soon so try to pack the essentials now for your hospital stay. Prep your overnight bag a few weeks before your due date so you’re not caught out. In your hospital bag, include anything you need for before and after the birth, including:
- Your birth plan
- A change of clothes for you and baby
- Emergency contact numbers, and
- Any other comforts you may require during the hospital stay
Along with creating a hospital bag for deliver, also learn the quickest route to the hospital. For the emergency contact numbers, examples are your GP, midwife, friends, and members if you need help getting to the hospital, for example. Make sure your car is always full up with gas in the weeks leading up to the birth. Running out of gas on the way to or from the hospital would be stressful, inconvenient, and time-consuming too.
Tidy the house and prepare meals
Returning to a messy home and empty shelves after giving birth will be the last thing you need. Clean up the house regularly in the time leading up the due date; if you’re not able to move around easily, which is likely as the special day approaches, ask your partner to pitch in with vacuuming and other tasks. Hopefully you two have an equal partnership anyway where you divide household chores.
When the place is tidy then you’ll have a soothing relaxing space to come home to with your baby. Reducing stress is why you created that hospital bag for deliver beforehand too. Stock up on food and maybe prepare meals in advance as you prepare for your first baby. You and your partner’s focus will be on the newborn, so take the pressure off by having food sorted beforehand. You will both likely be exhausted too, which will mean you’ll most definitely appreciate easy-to-prepare meals.
Don’t forget the pets
Don’t forget about those furry friends at the same time that you prepare the hospital bag for delivery. You likely won’t know how much time you’ll be in hospital for, so arrange for someone close to watch your pets. And make sure they are fed and looked after while you’re away.