Preparing for a baby is exciting, but there is a long list of things to do before they arrive. These preparations begin when you realise that soon there will be a new family member. There’s a lot you can do now to prepare, whether you’re 1 month or 3 months pregnant. You’ll first need to talk with your partner about how you’ll handle parenting and household duties together. After that, you will need to delegate many responsibilities and divide the work. You will also need to begin shopping for baby essentials and plan for help after you give birth. When it comes to labour preparation, create a birth plan, and pack your hospital bag. This SuperBottoms article will help you identify baby things to buy before birth.
3 Things To Do Before Childbirth
Here are some ideas to prepare for the arrival of your baby. To get ready for your motherhood journey, more ideas and tips can be found in our articles on the first, second, and third trimesters.
- Learn about the birthing process
Giving birth can be scary, and you may be inclined to push it all out of your mind until it happens, but preparing for labour and learning about childbirth can make you play a more active role in your birth process.
Consider watching or reading childbirth videos or blogs to learn about the various stages of labour, pain management options during labour, breathing techniques, and medical equipment that may be used during your delivery. It’s a good idea to look into them early in your pregnancy to ensure you can get into one you like and have time to take it.
You can also learn about the various childbirth methods by watching videos of actual births. Among the most common births are:
- The normal or vaginal birth
2. A birth with an epidural
3. A c-section (caesarean section) birth
4. A water birth
- Find your community of Moms
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. The parents, grandparents, relatives, house help, older siblings, friends & fellow parents play an essential role in a child’s upbringing. Of course, you won’t have the same experience as your friends, but knowing certain things ahead of time can help reduce the scare factor – and may help you adjust your motherhood expectations. So go ahead and ask your mom’s pals & other moms in the family for the real stuff.
So that you know – insight from other parents can be invaluable. Consider joining the Parent Tribe for great advice from women at all stages of pregnancy and child nurturing. Additionally, this community is a place for you to meet other new moms who have a similar due date as you.
- Prepare all the Baby Essentials
The most important baby essentials are a properly installed car seat and a safe place to sleep, such as a baby seat or crib.
Once you become a new parent, you might only have little time to shop. Online shopping does come to your rescue, but newborn care and recuperating from childbirth take the front seat and at times, you might need to remember to place the order in time. So, all baby essentials should be arranged and ordered well before your baby is born. Keep the Jhablas, Cloth diapers, nappies, wet wipes & all other essentials ready.
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Many people find decorating and furnishing a nursery enjoyable. However, having a completed nursery with plenty of seasonally appropriate clothes, diapers, and wipes of all these baby essentials will give you peace of mind.
Lastly, remember the hospital bag; prepare it and have it ready in the car (don’t leave it by the door because it will be quickly forgotten in the heat of the moment!).
Important Note From Care For Child Team – Hola parents and parents-to-be! Pregnancy and parenting are a journey that becomes easier if you have the accumulated knowledge of all generations & parents at all stages with you. Care For Child is an attempt by SuperBottoms to create a one-stop destination for all your pregnancy & parenting-related queries & knowledge requirements.