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Welcoming Your First Baby: A Preparatory Guide


Caroline Daniels 2016-10-31 10:00:00

Getting ready to welcome your first baby is exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming. You want to make sure you are doing everything right and to make sure you have purchased the right things. You also want to know exactly how you can take good care of the little one who will soon be a part of your life.

Here are some tips to help you get ready to welcome your first baby.

1. Visit baby shows

Attending baby shows in your area is a great way to find everything you will need under one roof. Baby shows feature a variety of exhibitors offering innovative products from major brands or talented artisans, as well as important services for parents.

Baby shows are also a great occasion to meet with pregnancy and birth experts and to ask them questions about anything that worries you. You will leave the baby show with awesome baby products, and with different tips and advice that will reassure you. If you have any questions about baby shows, check out the helpful FAQ at BabyTime Show for additional information.

2. Do some shopping

You will need diapers, a baby car seat, a stroller, a baby bed, baby monitors, baby clothing, toys and stuffed animals, and many other baby products. Fortunately, you will also have plenty of time to shop around and find the best items to welcome your new baby.

Most of your shopping can be done at baby shows, but you can also go to the mall or visit stores that specialize in baby products in your area.

3. Take parenting classes

If you have never taken care of a newborn before, you might feel unsure about changing diapers, bathing your baby, and holding him or her properly. It might be a good idea for you and your partner to take parenting classes so you can learn how to be exceptional new parents.

If you don’t feel like taking classes, you could still find answers to your questions by reading magazines or books that are full of information and helpful advice for parents. Websites for new parents can also offer you the support you need.

4. Prepare the baby’s room

Your baby will need a quiet room with soft, calming colors. You could choose to hire a professional to decorate the baby’s room for you, or you could do it on your own using what you have bought at the baby shows.

Make sure the room will be comfortable, and that most of the décor items will still fit when your baby starts growing up so you won’t have to change the whole decoration of the room every 2 years.

5. Baby-proof your home

It’s never too early to start baby-proofing your home. Your little one will be crawling around the house before you know it, and you have to make sure they will be safe at all times. Put away any item that might be dangerous, and cover your electric sockets with plastic protectors.

If you have glass furniture or furniture with sharp edges, you should store them away, or at least, wrap these edges wtth plastic guards or bubble wrap to make them less dangerous for your baby. For more ideas on how to baby-proof your home, Parents.com have a Babyproofing 101 guide that you may be interested in reading.

6. Communicate with your partner

If you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed about becoming a new parent, your partner certainly is as well. Don’t be afraid to talk about your fears, about your expectations, and about the things you are most excited about.

You will be able to support each other and to reassure each other, so you can become the best parents you can be for the little one who will soon be a part of your beautiful family.

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