Congratulations, you’re having a baby!
It’s totally normal to be feeling nervous and excited—but have no fear. I’ve compiled a short checklist to make sure you’re ready.
Remember, the more you accomplish before bringing your baby home from the hospital, the easier the change will be.
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Get a car seat.
Set it up in the car ahead of time, so you have one less thing to worry about for the trip home. Not sure if you’ve installed it right? Many local fire departments will check your car seat for free.
Make some meals ahead of time.
Have pre-made meals in the freezer that are ready to go for when your newborn first comes home. Things may feel hectic at first, but having a home-cooked meal without the cooking will help!
Find a pediatrician.
Get references and decide on a pediatrician or healthcare provider before your baby is born. Once your baby arrives, you can schedule your visits.
Prep your pet.
Even your animals will feel the transition! To ease into the change, ask a friend or family member to bring one of your baby’s onesies home while you are still in the hospital. Letting your animal get familiar with your baby’s scent will take away the surprise once you actually bring the baby home. As they’re getting adjusted, never leave your pet alone with your newborn, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
Pack your hospital bag.
Be sure to pack what you need and what your baby will need, including their outfit for coming home for the first time.
Accept help from those you trust.
Often friends and family members will offer to help by cooking you some meals or cleaning your house while you’re at the hospital. Let them! Building these support networks and getting into the habit of accepting and asking for help when you need it will be beneficial for when baby comes home.
There are lots of resources out there to make sure you have all the info you need to feel confident to welcome your new baby! It will be tough, don't let anyone fool you. But, being prepared can ease your mind and your transition into parenthood!
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