Welcome to Baby's First Year: Everything You Should Know but Probably Don't Blog. On this blog I will discuss different topics about caring for newborns in their first year of life. We all know that that every parent wants to care for their child the best way they can everyday of their young lives. Unfortunately babies do not come home with a how-to manual. This is were I come in. I am a expert a baby care I have 3 beautiful young children myself ages 1, 6, and 7. I am also the author of "Baby's First Year: Everything You Should Know but Probably Don't." Each day I will add a new post to this blog dealing with different issues that arise when caring for your baby. Please feel free to post your comments and/or questions they are welcomed on my blog.
Today we will discuss planning for the baby before the new baby, after all there is some preperation involved before the baby comes, so over the next few post we will talk about different topics leading up to the new baby.
A Guide to Preparing for Your New Baby
by: Dakota Caudilla
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re having a new baby! Now, on to the serious stuff. You’re going to get yourself prepared for your new baby, mentally, physically and you will need to adjust your house and car for the new baby too!
Mentally preparing for the new baby
Remember this, women adjust to having a new baby faster than men; so, don’t expect husbands to start being all fatherly after the pregnancy is announced. They’re not like that. Women adjust better to the new baby, mentally, because they experience physical, emotional and psychological changes. These changes help them adjust to the new baby quicker. However, men start feeling the new baby when they see the bump or feel the flicker of baby movement over mommy’s belly.
Physically preparing for the new baby
There’s nothing much a new father can do to prepare to the new baby. What needs to be done by a father needs to be done BEFORE the new baby is conceived. However, the new father can try quitting smoking, quitting drinking and other vices once the new baby is conceived. Needless to say, the new mother needs to do the same too.
Planning for the new baby: the house and car
With the new baby, depending on whether you’re planning to co-sleep with the baby or whether you’re planning to plonk the baby in a separate room affects the changes to your home. Either way, we recommend having a separate room for your new baby, even if the new baby is going to be sleeping with the new parents for the first couple of months. A baby crib, some toys, a place to put all the baby’s clothes, shelves to convenient grab lotions, creams, diaper wipes, diapers, etc. off near the changing table is a MUST.
You’ll also need to think about getting a baby chair too; baby chair for the house (at the right height for the dining table) and also a baby chair for the car (for traveling). Some baby chairs can be adjusted to fit the adult dining chair AND fit into the car at the same time. They are a little bit more expensive than the conventional baby chairs, but the multi-function is extremely convenient PLUS it’s downright comfortable for your new baby.
Other essential stuff for your new baby
Frankly speaking, the essentials depend wholly on your own preference, budget and lifestyle. You can live without some of these things if you think you’d rather not waste the money.
If you’ve had previous babies before, you probably don’t need too many new baby clothes. New babies outgrow their clothes terribly fast and it’d be a waste of money to splurge on new clothes. You can get hand-me-downs from nieces and nephews too, if you want. What you should probably get are blankets, sweaters, coats, and clothes for going out. At home, your new baby’s not going to mind old clothes. In fact, it’s a fact that your new baby is probably going to like wearing the old clothes better than the new clothes. Don’t forget the feeding utensils like baby bowls, breast pump (if you’re planning to pump breast milk for your new baby at work), baby bottles, cloth nappies, diapers, baby wipes, lotions, shampoo, bath gels, towels, baby blankets, baby bedding, bibs, stroller, etc.
And don’t worry, you’ll do fine. The best thing to do is to get unbiased referrals from friends and family.
I hope you found this post beneficial you can go to www.careformybaby.com to learn even more about caring for your new baby!
Saturday, December 10, 2005