If you’ve never had a baby before, you’ll only truly know how to prepare for your second one. There are bound to be things you’ve forgotten, and things you’ll learn as you go along. That’s OK! As long as you have the main things in place, you can get ready for your baby in 8 steps. Read on to find out what they are:
Create a Safe Place for Your Baby to Sleep
You need to have a safe place for your baby to sleep. For the beginning of their life, it’s in your bedroom. You need to make sure that the temperature is suitable, and that there’s nothing toxic that could affect your baby. The cot should be researched to make sure that it’s safe, and put together carefully. You shouldn’t put them to sleep with any large stuffed animals or anything similar for a while as a safety precaution!
Train your pets to know that they can’t come into your room anymore, if they do already. You’ll need to be consistent if they are used to sleeping in your room, so make a bed for them elsewhere in the home. You’ll also want to make sure your baby is supervised at all times around your pets, as they can get curious and accidents can happen.
Make Lots of Food
Lots of new parents don’t have time to eat, and when they do it isn’t very healthy. Fast food and processed rubbish is usually what they go for, as it’s easier and quicker. To stay healthy and feel good, take the time to make lots of healthy food and freeze it beforehand. It’ll then be really easy for you to grab something quick while your baby is occupied or sleeping.
Discuss Expectations with Your Partner
Have a lengthy conversation with your partner beforehand so that you both know what is expected of you. They should be pulling their weight too, but you need to work out a system that works for both of you. Who will do the night feeds? Will you take it in turns to do different tasks? Make sure you both know what’s coming to avoid any arguments as emotions run high.
Stock Up on Things You’ll Need
It makes sense to stock up on the baby products you need so that you don’t need to worry. However, remember that your baby will quickly grow out of small nappies, and other people will buy you gifts too.
Speak to Moms You Trust
It may help you to speak to moms you trust to give you an idea of what to expect. Take everything with a pinch of salt, as no situation is ever the same. However, listening to them can help you to learn from other’s mistakes and even give you some valuable tips.
Arrange Help if You Need it
If you need help from a family member or someone you trust, arrange it with them beforehand. I’m sure they will be more than happy to help out in anyway you need it.
Pack Your Bag Weeks in Advance
Don’t leave this part until last minute! Pack your bag weeks in advance so that you can rest soundly knowing you have everything prepared.