7 Ways To Prepare Yourself & Your Home For A Baby
Every mother goes through the anticipation of her newborn baby’s arrival. The wait & pain is excruciating. It cannot be expressed through any emotion, it can just be felt. You are nervous with how life will unfold after your baby’s arrival but excited to embark on this new journey of life. There is a lot of confusion & hundreds of questions running behind this life-changing event!
As it is always said by all those experienced moms out there, that nothing can prepare you for your newborn unless they arrive in your life! No amount of books you read or you hear stories from elders or friends will tell you tips to get prepared.
It is just when the baby is in your hands, you feel that instinct, maybe a just a little passing emotion, that you are going to take care of the new life with all your heart.
Well, there is some really useful piece of advice I have often heard and experienced myself which I would like to share just to keep in mind and follow what you believe truly will help you prepare more for motherhood and the baby.
1. Keeping The House Clean
Hygiene is of prime importance when you are about to bring a baby home. Keep the house clean & disinfected before your baby’s arrival! If your house is infested with any pests, get immediate help from pest control much before you bring the baby home.
2. Importance of Healthy Food
Try to stock up on healthy food items rather than frozen foods because you might not want to get any health issue while you are breastfeeding your baby! Try taking light & fresh meals every 2-3 hours to remain energetic enough to breastfeed your baby and also be active on the personal front.
3. Feeding The Baby
If you are breastfeeding, then clean your nipples with wipes before feeding. With bottle-feeding, you need to make sure that the bottle is properly sterilized. Use only BPA safe plastic bottle. If you are using a breast pump then make sure that the pump and its attachments should be properly cleaned and sterilized. Anything used to feed the baby should be properly sterilized because it may cause infection in infants.
4. Stocking The Baby Essentials
This includes newborn baby clothes, wraps, blankets, cradle, diapers, wipes and everything which you will need before you bring the baby home! Don’t overstock any of these items as babies tend to grow very fast in their initial months. So keep the stock limited in number.
5. Buy Yourself New Clothes
Now that the baby is finally in your arms, you can ditch the extra size clothes and buy some new clothes for yourself. Do not wear too tight clothes even after delivery but yes keep it comfortable for yourself. Invest in good maternity bra and feeding tops to make breastfeeding easy for you.
6. Buy a Baby Monitor
You do not need to be near the baby 24*7 if you have kept a separate room for the newborn. Buy a baby monitor and it will help you in relaxing a bit without worrying about your baby waking up. It will also leave you with ample time for yourself while you are watching your favourite tv show/ movie or spending time with your partner apart from the baby.
7. Don’t Panic
Always let things go in the flow. Do not overthink anyone’s advice and panic. Let things come naturally to you and respond to them instead of getting angry on others. Try to do the things you love. This will help you to do your motherly chores easy and joyful.