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Being a first-time mom is terrifying...
Like staring off the edge of a cliff terrifying….I mean you’re strapped in probably…but all there is left to do is jump!
And hope to God that your bungee chord whips you back up to safety…instead of falling flat on the canyon floor below.
How can you build in a safety strap?
By preparing yourself as best as you possibly can before baby arrives.
The article talks about fun ways to relax and prepare yourself before baby comes + more practical stuff you’ll want to get out of the way so you can truly enjoy your time with your little one when they arrive.
Keep reading for more info…
Spa Day 0:58, Babymoon 1:42, Maternity Photos 2:15, Birth Prep Classes 3:23, Infant Care Classes 3:53, Prep with Partner 4:53, New Mom Skills 5:20, Read Up 5:52
For related reading see: 11 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR BABY WITH YOUR PARTNER OR HUSBAND
The article continues below…
Fun Ways Mommy can Prepare for Baby
You’ve got a lot of sleepless nights headed your way….you know after the sleepless nights of pregnancy…of course!
So use this time to relax, enjoy yourself and pamper your slightly swollen feet!
have a spa day
Yasss girl, you deserve it.
You’ve been lugging around another human inside of your body for goodness’ sake!
Treat that body to the TLC it deserves.
Groupon generally has deals for massages & manicures…but if you’re on a budget plan a spa day at home.
Clock the time out on your schedule, and treat yourself to a nice facemask, a nice hairmask, and a long soak in the tub.
2. go on a babymoon
Let’s face it, when you’ve got the baby, it’s gonna be much more of a hassle to travel!
So get one last hurrah in before baby comes, and you’ll thank me that you do.
Some things to consider when planning…
The best time to go is late second, early third trimester.
Try to stay close enough to home that you can get to an English-speaking doctor if you need to & where your insurance is valid.
Book in a lot of relaxation, like a spa trip, a nice dinner, and don’t feel bad if you’re not really that keen on leaving the hotel, or the swimming pool.
3. get maternity photos taken
This one is just for fun! You only get to be pregnant for a relatively short time in your life, so document it well.
You can hire a professional photographer.
The people who will do my maternity photos for example are the same ones who did my wedding photos (see some examples below) and they just happened to include a post-wedding photo shoot of our choice. Which I decided to cash in on maternity photos.
If you' don’t currently have the budget, as a friend who’s a good photographer, or a family member!
This is the camera hubby and I use to take photos >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
It works extremely well!
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Practical Preparations for Baby
4. take birth prep classes
Search & find some birth preparation classes in your area. You can find some good ones on YouTube, like the one I’m placing below.
But I really think there’s something to be said about meeting other moms-to-be in your area and connecting with people in a birth class in real life!
5. take infant care classes
Find a class in your area that teaches the basics of taking care of a new infant.
There’s a lot that goes into the care of a baby, and it’s better to be prepared than making panicked 4 a.m. phone calls because baby is making a strange noise!
Another great idea to prepare yourself is to take a firstaid class through the redcross!
6. prepare with your partner
I wrote a whole article on this topic called 11 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR BABY WITH YOUR PARTNER OR HUSBAND.
But if you’re looking for the gist of it…prepare some things with your partner before baby comes:
pack dad’s hospital bag
7. Practice new mommy skills
using the breast pump
bathing the baby
burping the baby
common sleep issues
& a whole hell of a lot more!
Make a list & start practicing on dolls, babies, or slowly-moving dogs!
You can grab the full list as part of the Complete Prepare for Baby Checklist + Printable Pack here.
8. read as much as you can
One of the mommas in my post “15 Moms Share What They Should Have Done to Prepare for Their New Baby” said that her biggest regret was not taking the time to read all of the baby books while she was pregnant.
She read all the pregnancy books, but it didn’t occur to her to really start reading about the first year until her little one was already born!
Learn from this momma’s mistake and start your reading list early…your sleep-deprived self will thank you for it later.
Tell us in the comments sections below…what’s your #1 to-do before baby comes??