Either it is the first time that the couple is expecting a baby or the third time, parents are overwhelmed by joy and enthusiasm to welcome the new little member in the family.
As soon as the couple hears about becoming parents they are excited and begin to prepare for the newborn’s arrival. The bundle of joy that the parents await to welcome may weigh a few pounds but, the responsibilities of parents are not limited to a few pounds.
Becoming a parent means one has to play numerous roles for their children till the end of their lives. Parents should befriend a baby, become their confidant, playmate, and even a cheerleader too if the situation calls for one.
The first three months of a newborn’s life are tough. The baby is new to the environment and feels unsafe. He constantly needs his caregivers to be around him as he feels safe in their presence. Therefore, the first three months are not only tough for a baby but also for his parents.
You must have heard the mothers saying that free time is a luxury, and it indeed is when you have a baby to keep you on your toes.
Once the newborn arrives, he isn’t the only one to enter your life. A whole new set of responsibilities, disturbed sleep patterns, messy house, piles of laundry, etc. are the signs that the newborn has finally arrived in your lives. It is quite natural for parents to get frustrated or worried after the birth of the newborn.
The time after the birth of the baby should be special for parents and they shouldn’t worry about anything else. The simple tip to avoid such feelings of anxiety, anger, and frustration is to prepare for the newborn’s arrival.
Having a newborn checklist will not only help you to prepare in a better way for welcoming your munchkin but it will also help you to stay relaxed.
So, without any further delay let’s prepare a newborn checklist to give a warm welcome to your little guest.
Preparing For Baby - Everything You Need Before Your Baby Arrives
1. Baby Clothes
Who doesn’t love to see tiny humans all dressed up in colorful and soft clothes? Buy clothes of your favorite colors and style to play dress-up with your baby. Infancy is a great time for mothers to dress up their children just the way they want, as the little one won’t retaliate.
Buy the following items for your baby’s wardrobe:
- Newborn hats
- Baby booties
Make sure you only purchase 6-7 pieces of shirts, pants, and onesies. The babies grow quickly and they will outgrow these dresses within no time. Also, after purchasing the items wash them gently to make them soft for the gentle skin of your baby.
2. Set Up A Nursery
Time to awaken the interior designer in you. Setting up a nursery is a fun and happy experience for the parents, especially if it’s the first time they are welcoming a baby.
Parents take their time to select the theme, décor, and the color of the nursery, etc. However, many of them forget the simple fact that nursery is for babies, but parents use it more.
Make sure you stock up your nursery with proper items and at least 5-6 weeks before your due date. The last thing that you want to worry about on your due date is to set up the nursery or stock it up with essential items.
The baby nursery must have the following items:
a. Baby Toys And Accessories
Newborns need entertainment too. It is not an easy job to lie all day, feed, poop, sleep, and repeat. Baby accessories and toys are specially designed to keep the little one busy. Different colors, sounds, textures, etc. engages the different senses of the baby.
b. Diaper Station
Things are sure to get messy with the little one around. Prepare a portable basket containing all the items that you need while changing a diaper. Keep loads of diapers, wet wipes, rash cream, and paper bags for soiled diapers, etc.
c. Dark Curtains
While it’s good to have natural light filling the room, having dark curtains certainly helps the parents to calm down a cranky baby and make him fall asleep faster.
d. Baby Monitor
Buying a baby monitor might put a little strain on your budget but it’s going to be a smart investment to save your time without compromising on the safety of the baby. Test it before the arrival of the baby to make sure it’s working fine.
e. Crib Or Bassinet
Decide either you want to go for a crib or a bassinet. Consider your budget, the space of the nursery, and then select the one.
3. Buying Baby Gears
Investing in baby gears is not mandatory especially if you have a limited budget. However, buying baby gears will ease your life with a baby and you’ll feel proud of yourself for making a wise decision.
Consider buying the following items for your baby. Keep in mind that your baby won’t be needing all of them right after his birth, so if you want to wait to make a purchase, you can do so.
a. Infant Car Seat
Installing it before the arrival of the baby will keep the hands of parents free from carrying the newborn in the car. Plus, in case of sudden brakes and jolts, the baby is least likely to be hurt if he is made to sit in an infant car seat.
b. Baby Carrier
If you are a mother who is busy and cannot keep her hands occupied the entire day then grab a good quality baby carrier or a sling to keep your baby close to you without having to hold him.
You are not planning to keep your baby inside the house every time, are you? Little ones need fresh air too. A stroller will become your best friend to take your baby on long comforting walks with you.
d. High Chairs
Babies become extra wigglier during mealtimes. It makes it next to impossible for the mother to handle the baby, feeding items, and to make the baby the baby eat all at the same time. High chair with footrest are your weapon if you want your clumsy baby to have a peaceful mealtime. Footrest for high chair
4. Declutter Your Home
Stop deceiving yourself that the items that you haven’t used in the past few years will be used by you in the future. Once the newborn arrives you will have to think twice before getting a long warm shower, let alone cleaning and decluttering the house.
Ask a family member or a friend to help you to declutter your house and make some space. Donate or sell the items that you haven’t used in the past few months or years.
5. Grab Comfortable Clothes
Having a baby doesn’t mean you don’t have to dress up and feel good about yourself. Dressing up and feeling good about yourself cheers your mood and fills you with positivity.
It is natural to gain a few pounds after the delivery and there is nothing to be ashamed of about it. You might find fitting in your old clothes a little uncomfortable. Therefore, when you set out on a shopping spree for your baby, grab a few comfortable pieces for yourself too.
6. Stock Your Freezer
Taking care of the baby, disturbed sleep patterns, and raging hormones will drain you out of energy to stand in the kitchen and prepare dinner for your family. A few weeks before the arrival of your baby stock your freezer well to avoid the hassle of making the dinner from scratch or ordering online.
A simple way to do this is to double the recipe every time you cook and freeze half of it in a proper container. After the baby, all that you have to do is to take out the container, defrost it, and put it in the microwave for your mealtimes.
7. Keep Some Extra Household Essential
Will you get time after your newborn to run to a nearby store to buy medicines, deodorants, toilet paper, shampoo, soaps, detergent, etc.?
During your last month, it is an amazing idea to buy some extra household essentials. You can also make the optimum use of online shopping to stock up some extra household essentials. By doing so, you don’t have to worry about going shopping for household essentials with a little one along, especially when the entire world is pandemically stricken.
8. Understand The Birth Process
Let’s face it, giving birth is not like walking in a garden. The idea of delivering an entire human from your body can be scary. Some women dismiss the idea of understanding the birth process, the intensity of pain, signs of labor, etc.
While this may keep you relaxed for the entire pregnancy but can cause a lot of fear and trouble when the due date arrives. Understand the birth process to keep yourself relaxed. Look for classes to prepare you for stages of labor, pain management, and breathing techniques during your delivery.
9. Prepare Your Hospital Bag
Many mothers often forget to prepare their hospital bags until the last moment. Packing your bag in a hurry means you won’t be able to pack all the stuff that you want and you might forget the things which you’ll be needing in a hospital.
During your last month prepare your bag. Discuss with your doctor which items you should bring along. Also, have a discussion with experienced mommies to guide you to select the items that will be needed in the hospital. Keep your hospital bag ready and closest that you don’t forget to take it with you to the hospital.
10. Develop A Solid Labor Plan
Labor pains don’t give time to think. When the first contractions hit, it is generally very intense and mothers are unable to focus on anything else.
Having a proper plan when labor kicks in is very important. It allows you to reach the hospital safely and on time. During your last month make a plan with your partner.
Decide who you will call if your husband isn’t home, keep the contact number of that person saved and make sure you inform him/her about your plan. Furthermore, decide how you are going to reach the hospital and which route will you take. Also, don’t forget to make sure that your car is working smoothly and is well stocked on gas and fuel.
Taking care of all these details will allow you to focus only on welcoming the child when labor pain hits.
11. Plan Romantic Getaways
This may sound absurd to many parents, but this is important before the arrival of the baby. Often when the couple becomes parents they get so deeply involved in their new roles that they completely forget about their partners.
While there is no harm in spending time with your kids, don’t forget that you both need each other too. Therefore, make the most of this time. You won’t get this time alone until your children go to college or get married.
Plan to go on a babymoon even if it’s just for the weekend. If leaving the city is not an option then plan something romantic at your house. Play a good movie, have a candlelight dinner, take tons of photos, etc. Just keep in mind that you won’t get these precious moments again.
12. Pamper Yourself
Make the most of the alone time that you have. After the baby, you’ll have to think twice before washing your hair. Go to the salon, have a movie night with your girlfriends, read that book, get a new haircut, etc.
Take ample rest and eat as many fruits and veggies as you can. Don’t stress out about being a perfect parent for your child. Just keep yourself happy and cherish the arrival of your baby with happiness and joy.
Wrapping It Up!
Welcoming babies in your lives is a happy yet anxious moment for most parents. Giving birth to their babies, and making them comfortable and safe is the endeavor of every mother.
By having a newborn’s checklist you somewhat have control over how things will go during and after the birth of the baby. So, prepare your checklist now and get ready to welcome the tiny human who will occupy the most space in your warm hearts.