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How to Prepare Your Home for a New Baby

How to Prepare Your Home for a New Baby

IN THIS NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE PREPARE FOR BABY CHALLENGE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PREPPING THE HOME!!

In this article you’ll find tips on how to prepare everything in your home for the arrival of your little one :D

We’ll walk through some cute and fun and more practical stuff to do to prepare for baby’s arrival around the house.


The Complete Checklist: How to Prepare Everything for the Hospital, Labor, & Delivery

The Complete Checklist: How to Prepare Everything for the Hospital, Labor, & Delivery

the birth of your baby (and mine too) is a kina scary time...

I mean don’t get me wrong…beautiful and amazing, and pretty much all you’ve ever dreamed about your whole life (if you’re me anyway) but it’s also a time of great insecurity and fear!

Especially if it’s your first time.

That’s why I’ve created this super-blog-post which is going to walk you through the 13 essential steps you can take to prepare yourself for your trip to the hospital & the birth!

Plus sprinkled throughout I’ll be linking some articles that go deeper into each of these subjects, in case there is a subject you’d potentially like to read more about!

Let’s get started :D.

How to Create a Birth Plan Step-by-Step

How to Create a Birth Plan Step-by-Step

my original stance was to be like those little monkeys...

You know…see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil….

In other words to just kind of go with the flow at my birth!

But then I started doing some research…and the magical world of episiotomies, fundal pressure, and forceps appeared in front of me.

I was shocked honestly…nobody really warns you about these things and they don’t seem to be that widely known outside of the mommy world.

So I did some research and watched a million birth stories…only to come to the conclusion that it probably wouldn’t hurt to have a birth plan after all.

So, like I do with everything else in my life, I dove in head-first.

The following is a compilation of the crazy amounts of research I did reading through first-hand accounts of moms who recently gave birth + hospitals + labor & nurse delivery recommendations!!

All pieced together for your viewing pleasure :D

Enjoy!

The 5 Essential Steps to Prepare for Baby Financially

The 5 Essential Steps to Prepare for Baby Financially

When I started the creation of the “prepare for baby” challenge...surprisingly (to me) there was only one thing on most mother’s minds...

Finances!

I mean I asked like five times to be sure, cause I thought mommas would be more preoccupied with cute onsies…or how to set up a birth plan…but again and again the #1 response was FINANCES.

So I heard you mommas & don’t worry I got your backs.

Below are the five steps I’ve outlined to prepare your house financially for the arrival of a new member.

I did A LOT of research for this post, so you can rest assured this will be your basic step-by-step guide to planning financially for your little kicker.

These are the categories in case you’re a read-ahead type:

  1. Savings Accounts & Budget Cushions

  2. Calculate Costs & Ways to Save Money

  3. Creating a Budget & Reducing your Spending

  4. Earning Extra Money & Finding Help

  5. Insurance

Absolutely Everything Momma Needs for Labor, Delivery, & Postpartum

Absolutely Everything Momma Needs for Labor, Delivery, & Postpartum

The day of, and the weeks following your delivery are gonna be some of the hardest you’ll ever experience!

So you’ll notice a theme all about momma’s necessary gear: comfort!

The following article talks about the things to pack in momma’s hospital bag, what momma needs postpartum, and some comforts for the breastfeeding stage as well.

Read on momma!

10 Ways Mommy Can Prepare Herself Before Baby Arrives

10 Ways Mommy Can Prepare Herself Before Baby Arrives

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…

Avoid Diaper-Changing Wars: Create a Plan for Baby-Related Chores

Avoid Diaper-Changing Wars: Create a Plan for Baby-Related Chores

picture this:

It’s 3:24 am, Junior is crying once again…you roll over and punch your husband in the arm, “your son wants you,”

Part of the turmoil (which quickly turns into desperation) of being new parents is the constant battle of who’s turn it is, or who changes more diapers, or who spends all day with the baby.

Save your relationship the trouble. Seriously…all it takes is a 30-minute sit down with your partner to suss out the details so you both have the peace of mind knowing that the other one is duing their part.

AND the self-awareness to know that sometimes you just don’t feel like it, BUT that doesn’t mean that you can blame, manipulate, or otherwise coerce your partner.

Will you guys always stick to the plan? Nope.

Definitely not…BUT having a plan, like having a budget is an essential part of being a well-working couple.

First start by ahdering to the rules, then you can freestyle.

Why Daddy Needs to Make a Birth Plan too & How to do it

Why Daddy Needs to Make a Birth Plan too & How to do it

during my hours and hours of research, I came across this amazing youtube video

It’s of an awesome midwife who’s been delivering babies for many, many years (I’m putting the video in below for you).

She talks about A LOT of stuff…

But one of the main takeaways for me was that we need to be more understanding of a dad’s role in the delivery room.

I mean to old way to look at things was dad pacing outside the door waiting to light his cigar.

But times have certainly changed.

And the role of daddy has certianly changed! So let’s get with the times and discuss how to empower our partners during the birth process.

How to Plan a Babymoon Step-by-Step

How to Plan a Babymoon Step-by-Step

When I was explaining a babymoon to my spanish friend...she was a little confused.

“A baby moon?! What is that?”

“It’s like honeymoon, but you know instead of marriage it’s baby….baby. moon.”

She smiled and nodded but wasn’t all that convinced!

So it got me thinking…I mean I only heard the term babymoon like maybe a few months ago…but I totally jumped on the bandwagon!

I mean, who wouldn’t want a chance to chill & relax with their hubby (partner, so, etc.) before the shit hits the fan (…or at least you know the changing table…)?

This girl!!

Read on if you’d like a step-by-step guide to planning out your perfect babymoon. Ripe with pictures of gorgeous beaches & cute preggo bellies!

15 Moms Dish: Their #1 Prepare for Baby Tip

15 Moms Dish: Their #1 Prepare for Baby Tip

preparing for your baby is possibly the scariest most rewarding thing on the planet.

I mean what’s the little thing gonna be like?

What toys will they like? What colors? Are all the cute cowboy and cowgirl outfits gonna stay hidden in the closet after one disastrous outing to the zoo?

Times this by a million if you’re a first time mom…like little old me…*nervous laughter….

SO! I did what any newbie would do, and turned to the experienced moms for their best advice!

Below you’ll find some kick-a** tips from moms who have been there, done that when it comes to prepping for baby.

They talk about topics like:

  • Organization

  • Finances

  • Food Prep

  • Breastfeeding

  • Bottle Feeding

  • Second Child Tips

  • Baby Gear

  • & Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Tips for your new little one!

So read on you sexy pregnant thing you!

11 Ways to Prepare for Baby With Your Partner or Husband

11 Ways to Prepare for Baby With Your Partner or Husband

there’s a lot to talk about before baby comes!

And a lot to do!

Below is a list of 10 things you can do with your partner, significant other, husband, baby daddy, or idk maybe your neighbor to prepare for a little baby!

Some of ‘em are fun stuff to enjoy your last few, poop-screaming-milk-and-sleepless-nights-free moments, and some are more serious…like important talking points and more.

Ok! Stop talking Simone and let’s get into it…