Whilst becoming a parent is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life, it is also one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. Having a baby for the first time is not easy in the slightest, and although TV shows and Hollywood movies would have you believe otherwise, in reality, having a baby requires constant care and around the clock attention. Nothing in life worth having ever comes easy however, and once you see your little bundle of joy for the first time, you will literally do anything for them. To ensure you are as well prepared for the arrival of your baby as possible however, below you will find a series of handy tips designed to make your life as easy as possible when you welcome a new baby into your household for the first time.
Accept the fact that life will change – When you prepare for a newborn baby, there is no point in living in denial and pretending everything will be the same as it was before because it won’t. For the first few months you will barely be able to leave the house, you won’t be able to just go out where you want, when you want, and your life will change drastically. Once you come to terms with this however, everything will be much easier.
Purchase everything you need in advance – Preparing for a baby means that you will need to create a nursery, purchase a pram, purchase a crib, a changing mat, baby safety gates, rockers, toys, bottles, nappies, sterilizers, and much more besides. It’s no good waiting for your baby to be born before you buy all of these things, as you will instead need them well in advance. When the baby arrives you’ll barely have a minute to yourself, so getting everything purchased, decorated, and assembled well in advance is vital.
Prep your meals – Meal prepping is very popular amongst fitness fanatics, though your prep will probably need to be carried out for different reasons. When you have a newborn, you won’t have very much time for yourself so cooking meals from scratch will hardly be very high on your list of priorities. Not only that, but you will also be tired. Instead, you should find some spare time, cook as many meals as possible, store them in Tupperware, and freeze them until needed. Then, you can simply get them out of the freezer, re-heat them in the microwave, and you’re good to go.
Accept the fact that you will feel exhausted – Unfortunately, for the next couple of years, getting a good night’s sleep will be incredibly tough as your baby will need feeding through the night, and your baby will cry, as that is what babies do. There will be times when you feel physically sick with exhaustion, but you will simply need to power through, sleep when you can, and remember that things will get easier.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – When it comes to having children, there is no shame in asking for help, in fact, asking for help makes you stronger. Whether you’re looking for nursing tips, feeding tips, tips on changing them, tips on getting them to keep still, or anything else, don’t be afraid to ask. You can speak to experts, you can ask online, or you can ask friends and family members. If you are not sure about something, or cannot do something, don’t be afraid to ask and do not feel ashamed. Becoming a parent is extremely tough, and it is a constant learning curve, so just bear that in mind.
Sleep when your baby sleeps – You’re going to feel tired when you have a newborn in the house, and you need to accept this. Rather than constantly dwelling on the fact that you’re tired, instead, try to sleep when your baby sleeps. It doesn’t matter what time it is, or what kind of a state the house is in, when your baby sleeps, it is important that you sleep at the same time. This will help you to function properly, plus it will help make you a better parent in the process.
Stock up on baby wipes – When we say stock up, we don’t mean just have one or two extra packs in the house, we mean you should really stock up! Babies are messy little creatures, and they will make all kinds of messes. If you’re lucky, you’ll only have to wipe up food and drink spillages, but more than likely, the things you need to wipe up will be far worse. Wet wipes are your best friends in this instance, so make sure you have plenty in each room of the house.
Do things your own way – Of course, when you ask for help and advice, it is a wonderful thing, but unwanted help and advice, well, the less said about that, the better. People will try to tell you how to raise your child, what to feed them, how to dress them, and all kinds of things, and the best thing to do in this instance is to nod, smile, and continue to raise your child the way YOU want to raise them.