You have a stranger coming to visit in less than nine months. This stranger is going to eat your food, live in your house, and wake you up several times each night. Why would you put up with such a stranger? Well, because you love them. Baby #1 is on the way, and you couldn’t be more excited.
Since it’s your first, you’re probably trying to prepare as much as possible. This is a whole new world for you, and there are ways you want to be ready. Plenty of things around the house need to change, so when it comes to getting ready for a baby, here’s a quick list of how to prepare.
For the first few months, you might want to have baby near you for easy nighttime feedings. After a while however, with the modern magic of a baby monitor, you can let your little one enjoy his or her own room. (And you can have yours back.) Putting together a nursery might be one of the most fun things about welcoming a new member of the family, so whether it’s Star Wars, Jungle, or Baby Pink/Blue, you can start creating a baby haven.
The Diaper–To Buy or Not to Buy?
Diapers are going to cost you a fortune if you buy all disposable ones. For you, that small fortune might be worth it, because there’s no way you’re putting a poopy diaper in your washing machine. If, however, you like the idea of saving money and doing things the old-fashioned way, there are some great templates online of washable diapers. If you want to buy a sewing machine and get to work on this simple design, check out sewing machines in Portland, OR and get the right one for your blossoming diaper skills.
Getting a New Car
Your current car might be just fine for family car rides, but it might not. If you’ve got a backseat, but only two doors, reaching back to attach the car seat every time will be a massive pain. Similarly, if you’ve got a small car, you might want to consider something sturdier in the event of an accident. Whatever your reasons for purchasing a new vehicle, head to your local car dealership, whether that’s in Northamption, MA, or Spring Green, WI. You and your partner can pick out a new car that’s not only good for you, but also good for your baby.
They say you can’t learn how to parent, but technically you can. While you won’t be prepared for all of life’s struggles, being equipped with parenting knowledge can really save you a headache. There are incredibly successful tips for dealing with screaming toddlers, or diminishing stress and tears in a pre-talking infant. Don’t leave it up to chance–make your life ten times easier by picking up some psychologist-recommended skills. Then, together, with your new car, new nursery, new diapers, and new skills, you and your spouse can welcome your perfect little stranger home.