Although you may have just received the joyous news that you are expecting a little one, you will soon find that there are many preparations that need to be made. Whether you are a first-time parent or an experienced parent who has already been through the process, make room between assembling the baby furniture and buying baby clothing to think about ways to welcome home your new bundle of joy.
1. Talk to your older children
Some kids will be ecstatic to learn that a new brother or sister is on the way, while others will seem anxious and upset. Let your kids know that you love them no matter what, and that you will need their help in caring for the new baby.
2. Surround yourself with a support system
Whether you are a single parent or have a supportive spouse to share parenting responsibilities with you, building a network of supportive family and friends is very important. Stay in touch with family and friends, and be willing to accept support during this joyous but also stressful time.
3. Your feelings are OK
Realize that you may from time to time experience negative emotions about the impending birth of a new child. A new baby is a major life change, and it?s alright to fell worry or nervousness. Allow yourself to experience and work through these emotions.
4. Educate yourself
There are many options for classes about childbirth and newborn care. Even if you think you know it all, chances are there are untapped resources and information that you haven?t yet considered. At the very least, you can meet other expectant parents to build your support network.
5. Arrange for pet care
If you have pets, consider whether their behavior will work well with a new baby in the house. You might consider obedience training, if necessary. Learn about introducing your pet to the new baby as soon as possible after birth. The sooner they meet, the sooner your pet will learn to accept the new baby.
6. Think green
Many new parents want to care for their child in a way that minimizes environmental impact. Think ahead about ways to achieve this goal. Choices about how you feed and diaper your child have an effect on the environment. Planning ahead will help you make green choices that also work for your parenting style.
Bringing home a new baby is momentous event, and it is perfectly normal to feel nervous. Taking the time to prepare ahead of time for your new baby?s arrival can help things go much more smoothly for you and your family.