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So You are Expecting Your First Son or Daughter - What All is There to Plan for?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

So you coped with nine months of pregnancy, and a number of hours of labor, and now it is finally time to bring your infant home. You have had time to think about this moment in so much detail that you probably feel sure that you have factored in every possible obstacle. But, there is inadvertently something not calculated in that happens or that detail you're wishing someone had prepared you for. Below you'll find 7 points you should think about when planning for your first baby.

Remember loose fitting clothes to wear home. Most parents spend hours thinking about how to keep baby comfy for her trip home, but many forget to plan properly for their own comfort. A new mom's body has recently been through a huge event. Expect that she will stay sore and aching for some weeks, and she will also carry some "baby weight." The chances of all skin and muscle eventually returning to pre-pregnancy appearance are low, and especially so just after labor. Of course this is not always considered a problem, it just means that your previous outfits will not fit the same. So, bring spacious, wearer-friendly, outfits that feel comfy and cozy. You can take lots of time to fit back into your tight pants, so you needn't be concerned with that now.

Jot down your child's first doctor's appointment before you leave the hospital. The upcoming appointment often gets scheduled for a week following delivery, but be certain you have written down exactly when.

Ask about everything. You will come up with tons and tons of questions after the baby arrives. You might feel too embarrassed to ask, but the hospital staff is ready for you to ask questions. No matter how silly your concerns may be, just ask. After all, it is wiser to learn and grow than to not ask and remain ignorant.

Don't forget you'll need to transport your child home securely with a baby seat. Put the baby seat in on a day when you can plan for enough time to ensure it is just right. If you need help, ask at the hospital or stop by at the closest fire station. Often, they are glad to help you keep your baby safe.

Expect that you might experience the various ups and downs of feelings. It's common and nobody expects a new mom to be perfectly calm. Of course, you will be overjoyed with your newborn. However, you will also be jittery, drained, irritated, short-tempered, impatient, insecure, and terrified. That is what happens. Between the hormonal changes occurring in your body and the major life-change taking place in your family, it is healthy to have a few separate emotions simultaneously. But, if melancholy and rage are too much or do not go away, talk to your doctor. Post-partum depression is an illness and should always be handled as fast as possible.

Nap every time your little one goes to sleep. Many times, new parents push their bodies and attempt to use baby's nap time to complete everyday chores. They think that the dishes have to be done and lying down is a luxury. But really, disposable tableware sets are ok, and getting sufficient rest is a must. You cannot be a good parent if you are not taking care of yourself. Therefore, take the benefits of your little one's sleepiness, and put yourself down for a little sleep too.

Get a bouncy chair or swinging harness. Of all the wonderful baby items in the stores, one of the most under appreciated is the bouncy seat. At those moments when baby is wide awake, but you absolutely must put him down, for example when you genuinely need to take a shower, the bouncy harness is a marvelous invention.

Those seven points are just a small selection of the unexpected possibilities to eliminate from the list of unknowns when getting ready to bring your new baby home. Ask friends and family members who are moms and dads what they wish a parent had told them prior to the arrival of their first baby. And always, always, have faith in yourself. When your baby is safe, fed and healthy, anything beyond that is icing on the cake!



May 19, 2010 11:11pm
great suggestions. this is one of those things for which you can never be fully prepared enough.
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