If you’ve got your first baby on the way, you’re likely feeling very excited about the prospect of bringing your little one into your home and sharing your life with someone who’s always going to have a little piece of you. But amid this is excitement is also many feelings of fear, overwhelm, intimidation, anxiety, stress, and more. Luckily, you’ve got months between finding out that you’ll be having to baby to when the baby will actually be arriving. And during this time, you can take care of everything that needs to be in order before the baby makes his or her debut. To help you along with this process, here are three tips for preparing for the arrival of a new baby.
Wash Any Clothes Or Bedding
Before your baby gets here, you’re likely going to have a decent amount of clothes that you’ve either bought or have been given to you. And since babies can go through a shocking amount of clothes in a very short period of time, it’s a good thing that you’ve got a little supply on-hand. But before you start putting those clothes on your new little one, Baby Centre recommends that you wash any clothes or bedding that your baby will be using. Newborns have very soft, sensitive skin. Because of this, it’s important that you protect their skin from irritation that can come from new clothes or from some detergent. So when washing all your baby’s clothes and bedding, make sure you’re using laundry soap that will be gentle on soft baby skin.
Get Your Car Seat Installed
For most new parents, they’ll likely be bringing their baby home in their family car. But before you can leave the hospital with your new little one, you have to have a safe car seat for him or her to ride in. The last thing you want to have happen is for your family to get in a car accident and for your fragile new baby to not be protected. To ensure that you’ve got the right seat and have installed it the right way, Parents.com suggests heading over to your local police or fire station for some free help in getting these sometimes complicated baby seats installed safely and securely in your car before you have to start using them.
Think About How You’ll Feed Yourself In The Few Weeks After Baby Arrives
Once your baby is born, almost all of your attention is going to be tuned to him or her. But to give your baby the proper care, you have to be taking care of yourself as well. So before you’re all-consumed with your little one, Pampers.com advises that you spend some time preparing easy meals for yourself and the rest of your family so you can be properly fueling your body while you spend your time caring for and loving on your new baby.
If you have a baby on the way, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for this new arrival.