Nine months is not a short period of time and sometimes pregnancy can seem like it takes forever. However, many women who were pregnant say that time just flies when you enter the last trimester, so your baby comes before you even know it. Before that happens, it’s important that you and your partner are well prepared. Here are some steps for how to get ready for your baby’s arrival, from finding a good pediatrician to seeking all the extra help that you’ll need.
Look for a good pediatrician and inform yourself well
Once your baby is born, a good pediatrician who will give you great pieces of advice and tell you all the things you need to know about a newborn is a must. You can start looking for a family doctor for your baby midway through your pregnancy, because you want to make some good choices and find a perfect fit for your family. You can even talk to your health insurance provider to learn about adding your baby to your policy and see which local doctors are covered. You will also need to know how your insurance plan works to be well informed about the benefits for labor, delivery, and maternity care.
Discuss your expectations with your partner
You are not the only person in your family who is going to become a parent, since you can also say that for your partner, and as the two of you will need to be on the same page when it comes to everything concerning your child, expect that you’ll need to talk a lot. You can start by discussing things that both of you expect from each other, being a parent, and everything regarding this topic. There are a lot of subject matters to cover, and it’s a good thing you will have nine months for doing so!
Prepare all the essentials in advance
Having a newborn in your house also means preparing a lot of things your baby will need. Wipes, diapers, clothing, an installed car seat, a good crib where your little cutie will sleep, bottles, etc. The list is quite long, but in order for your baby to feel good, clean and safe, you will need to think about everything. These things also include what you need as a mother, for example, you’ll need good nursing bras that offer great support for your chest but also make things easier for you when you breastfeed.
Establish a clear set of guidelines for the labor
When it comes to questions like who to call, when to leave and where you go – you’ll need a firm plan. Long before your first contractions occur, you should be familiar with the whole process and know what to do when labor starts. It’s a good idea to plan the route that you’ll take ahead of time, and even think about the banalities like where to park and which entrance to use in the time of checking yourself in.
Talk to experienced parents and seek extra help
To get all the information you need, talking to veteran moms and dads can be quite helpful. They can give you plenty of useful advice and they can help you find quality stuff you’ll need for your baby and yourself. It’s also a great idea to think ahead about seeking help once you give birth. Ask family members, relatives and friends – anyone who is willing to be there for you.
If you are becoming a parent for the first time, these five tips should be of great help. If you’re not, you are probably already familiar with all this, but now you are just reminding yourself of some important steps. Don’t forget to talk to older siblings and prepare them too, and the same goes for pets. Congratulations and enjoy every step of the process of becoming a mommy (or daddy)!