Planning for a New Arrival
A new arrival brings so many changes to a family, not just for the parents but also for any children that are already a part of the family.
Before your new bundle of joy arrives, there is a lot of planning to do,there may also be things that you want to do whilst you still can, make sure you do as much as you can as a newborn takes up a lot of your free time!
Check out our list of ways to plan and prepare for a new arrival.
Checklist of Baby Items
Everyone loves a good checklist and putting one together before your new baby arrives is a good idea. The last thing you want to be doing is running out to the chemist in the middle of the night because you have ran out of nappy rash cream!
Make a list of everything you feel you will need for the new arrival. This checklist does not need to be just baby items. If you can do as much non-perishable shopping as possible before bub arrives, this will help limit the time you need to be out in the crowds. Make sure your list includes items such as nappies, wipes, clothes, creams (for both you and bub) and toilet paper – just a few of the essentials.
If you have the time (and energy) in the last few weeks of your pregnancy this would be a great time to premake some dinners that can be put in the freezer and used at a later date. This reduces the stress and time spent in the kitchen of an evening. Many babies cluster feed in the early evening, so to not have to be in the kitchen cooking at this time is ideal.
Talking to your Children
Having a baby will not just affect you. If you have children already they will be interested and intrigued by all the changes happening. Sit down and spend some time with them explaining what is happening and how it may change their lives – for the better of course!
If you have the time, take them out for the day to their favourite place or out to have their favourite dinner somewhere. Remind them that this does not change your love for them and that the new baby will love them and cherish them and probably end up annoying them at some point
Explain ways that they can help with the new baby; by helping get nappies and clothes, tucking them in at night and giving them kisses.
Let Family and Friends know your wishes
If you are planning on having a few weeks without having visitors or phone calls now would be the time to communicate this to family and friends.
Let them know that you are wanting some family time and will let them know when it suitable for visiting.
This also applies to Social Media. If you would prefer that no one is to announce the birth on Social Media, make sure you let them know.
Have some YOU time
You are about to embark on sleepless nights (sorry I wish I could say you weren’t), long days and lots of nappy changes.
Before this happens, take some time to yourself. Have a day of relaxing either by yourself or with friends. Catch a movie, have a massage or even just stay in your pj’s and watch dvds.
Remember that in order to care for a newborn you need to first care for yourself.
Most of all – enjoy the time before and after your new little one arrives. It is such an amazing time and there will be so many memories to be had.
Congratulations and all the best to all the expecting mothers, you are doing an amazing job!
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