As a mother, you want to ensure that you are well prepared for the arrival of the baby. In addition to going for regular checkups, you need to ensure that you have bought everything that the baby will need when they come home.
What to do?
1. Buy the essential baby products
One of the most important items that you are supposed to buy is the baby stroller. There are many different types of strollers that you can buy. To end up with the perfect choice, you need to consider the functionality and the reliability of the stroller. It is recommended that you buy a stroller that you can move around with. The lightweight strollers are easy to fold and you can move around with them. You need to check the manufacture’s guidelines when choosing the best lightweight stroller.
Other items that you will have to buy are the baby clothes. You should buy the clothes according to the weather season. As much as you will be buying age appropriate clothing, you also need to buy clothes that are one size bigger. Remember that the baby grows rapidly for the first few months and they will outgrow some of the clothes before they even wear them. Some essential clothing that you should have include; baby socks, baby hats, gloves, baby blanket just to mention a few. You also need to consider buying a diaper bag. Bibs, wipes, diapers (both disposable and diaper clothe). Baby sling, front carrier, car seat are some of the other products that you need to buy.
2. Safe home
Even though the baby will not be old enough to crawl, you need to baby proof your baby. You need to ensure that all the items that may pose harm to the baby are well sorted. The house needs to be clean at all times, remember that newborns are prone to infections. It is recommended that you buy a warmer- to use in the room where the baby is sleeping or when you are washing them.
3. Prepare the baby’s room
- There are quite a few items that you will need to buy for the nursery to be complete.
You will need a baby cot
- Mattress; comfortable and soft
- Cot sheet
- Mattress protector
- Chest drawers for keeping babies clothes and items
- Nappies and nappy liners
4. Find a pediatrician
It is important to have a pediatrician you can trust. When you are going for your antenatal checkups, you need to scout out the best pediatrician. They will come in handy when you are faced with the challenges of handling the new born. It is also important to have one for growth and monitoring of the baby. There are few considerations that you will have to make when choosing the pediatrician.
- Determine if you want to have a female or a male doctor.
- Their availability; it is important to note at what time the doctor will be available. It is important to ask if they have the 24 hour service.
- You need to find out if they accept insurance plan
It is important for you to have the pediatrician for the long term. This is because as the baby grows they will be used to being handled by the same doctor. They not appreciate any changes made.
As you prepare for the baby to arrive, you need to also look after yourself. Good nutrition and exercise will help you during this time. Remember to also go for regular check up as often as possible to ensure that the baby is developing as expected.