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There’s nothing like extreme preparation when you’re facing the great unknown.
And becoming a mother is a great, big, scary unkown.
Which is why I have gone just a little bit cocoa puffs with the preparations for baby!
In this article I’m just throwing a few at you!
So here are just a few things you can do to prepare for the arrival of your little one!
And remember…if you want to prepare absolutely EVERYTHING, like your girl, don’t forget to sign up for the “prepare for baby” challenge….You’ll find the sign up boxes sprinkled all over this post girl (or boy)!
Purchase a baby book
This will be something you’ll probably want to take to the hospital with you, or at least have shortly after baby’s birth.
Much like a pregnancy book, a baby book is a scrapbook & journal hybrid where you can document everything about baby!
From the moment of conception all through the first year (usually) though you do see some variation!
We are definitely going to get one of these, who knows, maybe my son will never actually care…haha but I will at least have a record of everything about his first year of life to look back on, or share with my grandkids!
We are going to get this adorable one from Amazon, but Etsy also has some cute, handmade options as well.
2. choose the going home outfit
The shirt says “Hi, I’m new here,” and the hat has his name on it (name reveal coming soon).
Anyway I fell in love with this little shirt but there are a million options on Etsy, Amazon, or even in baby stores near you!
3. get the diaper bag ready
Here is the diaper bag we opted for on Amazon. I chose a backpack because I thought it would be easier to carry around than a purse looking thing, and we chose a relatively low-cost option because we wanted it to be budget-friendly.
It has a lot of cool little compartments and it’s at an affordable price!
But your options for diaper bags are literally unlimited! So my suggestion is to think about practicality, budget, and then go wild with cuteness.
Inside the bag you’re going to want to put the following essentials:
Diapers (inserts if you’re doing cloth)
Wipes (disposable or reusable)
Wet Bags (disposable or reusable depending)
A Change of Clothes for Baby (maybe even a clean shirt for yourself)
A Mini First-Aid Kit
Of course this is just a quick little list you’ll end up tailoring it to you and your baby’s needs! But there’s a place you can start!
For related reading see: THE COMPLETE CHECKLIST: HOW TO PREPARE EVERYTHING FOR THE HOSPITAL, LABOR, & DELIVERY
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4. Find a pediatrician
This might seem like a daunting task, so I’m going to give you the best advice that I can to make it as simple as possible.
Just go with your gut. Meet with a couple and make note of how you feel after leaving the office. Do you feel valued? Appreciated? Did the experience run smoothly with booking, arriving to, and sitting in the appointment?
Also it might be a good idea to be very up-front about what you like and dislike concerning how you will raise your child. It’s ok if you don’t get along with the doctor, you certainly shouldn’t be rude, but not all doctors are made equally so being honest at the beginning is likely to help you in the long run.
It’s ok not to think of this as a personality contest, like: how nice and accomodating can I be to this stranger?
Think of it more as a first date…you’re just getting to know each other and finding out if you might be a good fit!
Really take note of how you feel after the appointment!
On the more logisitcal side of things here are some important questions you might want to ask the pediatrician/yourself to find out if you’re compatible:
What is your stance on natural remedies?
What is your stance on routine vaccinations?
What kinds of programs does the doctor or office run?
Is your insurance covered? If not, what are your likely out-of-pocket costs?
Is it close?
Does it have convenient hours?
There’s always a lot to consider but for me those are the big things. A lot of site will suggest that you base your decision on credentials or where they went to medical school, but for me, those things are less important!
But for you they might be, so take an extra minute to decide what’s important for you and your partner when it comes to a pediatrician.
5. Choose birth announcements
OMG such a fun part!
A couple of decisions to make here…
Will you do paper or electronic?
If you’re doing paper, think of the costs associated, gather all of the addresses you’ll need, and start buying stamps!
If you’re doing electronic, gather email addresses or phone numbers.
Who will you send them to?
Make a quick list of who you would like to update about the birth of the baby! Maybe not everyone makes this list, which is ok…a Facebook announcement for those who are perhaps less concerned with the baby is a good idea, and then maybe to the grandparents etc. you could send paper ones!
Etsy has an adorable & handmade selection that you should 100% check out!
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Tell us in the comments sections below…what do you still need to do to prepare for baby? OR What do you wish you’d done??