Saturday, 1 July 2017

Practical Tips For Expectant Parents: How To Be As Ready As You Can Be

At some stage in your life, somebody has probably told you that there’s never a right time to have children.

Becoming a parent changes you and your life so much, and for many, taking that step and making that decision can be very difficult. Even if you plan everything with military-style organisational skills, you may still be very apprehensive when you take that test, and the result is positive. The truth is that when you’re pregnant, people will give you all kinds of nuggets of information and pearls of wisdom, but everyone is different. It’s never really possible to be ready for that new arrival, but hopefully, this practical guide will enable you to be as ready as you can be.

Shopping and stocking up
If you’ve already been on a couple of shopping trips, you’ll probably know by now that having a baby is not cheap. There are things that you need for a new baby, but if you’re on a budget, try and avoid buying items that you won’t need immediately. Cover the essentials, and you can worry about the extras later on. If you consult guides and articles in magazines, you may be shocked at the number of items you’re encouraged to buy, but if you ask most parents, you’ll find that you don’t actually need half the stuff you’re advised to buy at the beginning.

Make sure you have a supply of vests, sleep suits, nappies, bottles, and wipes. It’s also a good idea to invest in a Moses basket and a cot, a car seat, and a chair for your baby to sit in during the day. It’s worth shopping around for nursery furniture and cots and cot beds, as you want to make sure you choose the right pieces and you can save a lot of money by comparing prices. Look out for baby events at major stores, as this can save you a huge amount of nappies, wipes, and toiletries. You won’t need tons of toys when you have a new born, and it’s not the end of the world is the nursery isn’t completely finished, as most parents have their babies with them for the first six months.
Preparing yourself mentally
Nothing can ever prepare you for parenthood, but it’s a good idea to try and get your head around what’s about to happen as best you can. Rest as much as possible during those last few weeks. It’s easier said than done when you can’t get comfy, and you’re hot and bothered, but try and save your energy. If you have a partner, be open and honest about how you’re feeling, and chat about the impending arrival. It’s completely normal to be anxious and scared, as well as excited. Birthing classes and talking to friends and family can help you get ready for childbirth, but the reality is that you don’t know how your birth is going to pan out. Everyone is different, and every parent has a unique story to tell. Try and stay calm and have a plan in place, but don’t freak out if things don’t quite unfold as you anticipated.
Are you gearing up to welcome a new addition to the family? If so, you’re probably counting down the days with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. It’s not possible to be completely prepared for parenthood, but hopefully, you’ll find this guide helpful. Good luck!


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