Preparing for a New Baby
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If you’re expecting a baby, it’s natural to have many questions and concerns about everything from supporting a healthy pregnancy to when you should start looking for child care. However it’s also important for you and your partner to take care of yourselves.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your new arrival:
- Get as much rest as you can. Pregnancy can be physically exhausting. If you go to sleep even a half-hour earlier than usual, it can pay off in increased energy the following day. And you may find that trading a few social activities for naps will help you feel more relaxed and refreshed, especially if you’re working while pregnant.
- Conserve energy by delegating daily tasks at home. Are there everyday jobs that another adult or older child could take on? If you’re struggling to stay on top of household tasks such as getting clothes or lunches ready for the next day and you can afford it, consider hiring a cleaning service, getting take-out meals, bringing your laundry to a drycleaner, or simply lowering your expectations of what you can get done at this time.
- Sign up for a prenatal class. These community-based classes may be available free or at a fairly low cost and are worth the investment, particularly if you’re a first-time parent. You’ll learn all about labor and delivery, as well as baby care and safety, and you’ll connect with other parents.
- If you have a partner, discuss your feelings and fears openly and often, especially if you have concerns and questions about shifting roles and responsibilities. Do you and your partner both want to take time off of work after the baby is born? How will you divide up chores, nighttime feedings and diaper changes? How will you ensure you make time for your relationship and the other children in your family?
- If you’re concerned about your finances, be frugal. Keep in mind that a newborn baby actually needs very few things. Comparison-shop for baby supplies, wait for sales, and be open to second-hand baby clothes and donations from other parents. Just be sure to buy key items new such as your baby’s crib and car seat to guarantee their integrity. You may also want to research product ratings and recalls online.
Getting ready for a new baby is a big job, but your well-being is most important. Take it easy, and try to conserve your energy for the significant change that lies ahead.
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