Babies are the most incredible gift parents can receive. The sight of watching a newborn grow and develop is always fulfilling to a parent. But managing their development can be challenging. Before you even think of how they will look when they are one year old, think of how you will nurture and care for them once they are born.
There’s a lot you should know about newborns – what is expected in the first few weeks after birth, the walking stage, and later on. But first, you need to prepare yourself in all aspects, and then make the necessary baby preparations. Here is how you can prepare for your newborn.
Prepare the Perfect Room
Most parents prefer having their newborns sleep in a room with beautiful baby aesthetics. First, you can achieve that by decorating an empty room in your house for the baby. If the current wall paint seems boring, consider the painting color of your choice. Build or buy a baby crib that matches the wall paintings. Have a baby bathtub and install hot and cold water taps. Don’t forget about dressing tables and a wardrobe that fits your baby’s clothes with easy access. Lastly, ensure to baby-proof the room and the entire house.
Shop for Essentials
Your baby will require clothes, shoes, and toys. Start by having a checklist of baby clothes and identify what stores you will buy from. Buy sleeping clothes, gowns that cover the feet, mittens, sweaters, t-shirts, and socks. It might be early for your newborn to wear shoes, but you can still buy them to avoid revisiting the store. Babies require something to grasp as they grow, so consider various infant toys and ensure they are safe. A two-week-old baby will not play with toys, but consider having them as soon as they are four months old.
Taking care of a baby can drain you mentally, physically, and financially. As a parent, you should prepare for this new adventure. For mental preparations, you can read books about new mothers to get an insight into what you will experience or go for self-care retreats.
Research on the best foods you can eat for physical growth and development. It would be best if you also planned for your finances accordingly. Newborns can dig deep into your pockets with little necessities that you need to provide for. Besides, learn a few simple baby hacks to apply in minor baby emergencies and make taking care of a baby easy.
Have a Nanny and a Doctor
All these can be a bit too much to handle, so getting a nanny can save you significantly. Hire one who is excellent with children to get the best care for your child. Interview various sitters and perform background checks for safety reasons. If you already have one, it is advisable to take them for driving lessons so that in case you are unavailable, they can take your child to the children’s park or even the clinic.
You can also prepare them mentally to take care of the child without mental suffering and challenges. Additionally, get a personal doctor to attend to your child in case of a medical emergency. This way, you can avoid going to the hospital each time your child feels unwell.
A newborn will change your life completely. Ensure that you adapt to this new life by getting ready to take significant responsibility for your child.