First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! on your new born baby or if you are about having a new baby! Now, you are going to get yourself prepared for your new baby, mentally, physically and emotionally and you will need to adjust your house for the new baby too!
Mentally preparing for the new baby
Remember this, women adjust to having a new baby faster than men; so, do not expect husbands to start being all fatherly after the pregnancy is announced. They are not like that. Women adjust better to the new baby, mentally, because they experience physical, emotional and psychological changes.These changes help them adjust to the new baby quicker. However, men start feeling the new baby when they see the bump or feel the flicker of baby movement over mommy’s belly. Sometimes, unfortunately, moms and dads may experience a disconnect from their new baby. If this is you, BetterHelp is a great service available online, on your schedule, to help with whatever you’re struggling with.
Physically preparing for the new baby
There is nothing much a new father can do to prepare for the new baby. What needs to be done by a father needs to be done BEFORE the new baby is conceived. However, the new father can try helping the mum to prepare the house for the arrival of their bundle of joy.
Planning for the new baby: the house
With the new baby, depending on whether you are planning to co-sleep with the baby or whether you are planning to plonk the baby in a separate room affects the changes to your home. Either way, we recommend having a separate room for your new baby, even if the new baby is going to be sleeping with the new parents for the first couple of months. A baby crib, some toys, a place to put all the baby’s clothes, shelves to conveniently grab lotions, creams, diaper wipes, diapers, etc. off near the changing table is a MUST.
You will also need to think about getting a baby chair too; baby chair for the house (at the right height for the dining table) and a baby chair for the car (for traveling). Some baby chairs can be adjusted to fit the adult dining chair AND fit into the car at the same time. They are a little bit more expensive than the conventional baby chairs, but the multi-function is extremely convenient PLUS it is downright comfortable for your new baby.
Other essential stuff for your new baby
Frankly speaking, the essentials depend wholly on your own preference, budget, and lifestyle. You can live without some of these things if you think you would rather not waste the money.
If you have had previous babies before, you probably do not need too many new baby clothes. New babies outgrow their clothes terribly fast . What you should probably get more are overalls, and clothes for going out. Don’t forget the feeding utensils like baby bowls, breast pump, baby bottles, cloth nappies, diapers, baby wipes, lotions, shampoo, bath gels, towels, baby blankets, baby bedding, bibs, stroller, etc.
And do not worry, you will do fine, wishing you the very best with your adorable.
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Precious NkeihJuly 19, 2016 at 7:16 am
I always enjoy shopping for a new baby. For some reason, I just find it soothing.
I agree that the essentials depend on your preferences. There is a whole lot of baby "essentials" that aren't really essential. Food and clothing are must-haves. The rest will depend on what you choose.
Tessy OnyiaJuly 19, 2016 at 7:17 am
So true Precious. Thanks!
Paola LauretanoNovember 21, 2016 at 3:47 pm
Such an interesting guide and lovely tips!