When couples find out they’re expecting a baby, the whole world seems as though it just falls into place. It’s an exciting time; however, it can also be stressful. Suddenly, you find yourself struggling to ensure you’re ready! Here are some ways to prepare for your new bundle of joy.
Obviously, it’s important to get your home ready for your new baby. It will be their home, too! Start by giving your residence a good, deep cleaning. Babies don’t have built-up immunity to things like dust and pollen, so it’s a good idea to bring your newborn home to a clean dwelling. Additionally, you’ll want to “baby-proof” your house. A few quick tips include locking up medicines and chemicals, covering open power outlets and moving clutter off the floor. You'll want to get the nursery area ready. Whether you want to keep the crib in your bedroom or set up your child in their own room, it’s critical to get everything set up ahead of time. Ensure that you have your crib, changing station and rocking chair where you want them. It’s easier to get your house ready ahead of time than to try to do everything as you’re toting around your child.
When you’re ready, tell your boss that you’re expecting. It’s important to talk to your employer about accommodations for pregnant employees so you know what to expect at work during your pregnancy. For example, if your work involves heavy lifting, your employer will change your tasks to ensure the safety of you and your unborn infant. Additionally, every expectant mother wants to know about maternity leave. This is the time you’re allowed to stay home to connect with your little one. Companies handle this benefit differently, so you’ll want to reach out to your human resources manager to discuss your options.
Babies are expensive. They require diapers, food and cute little clothes that they’ll quickly outgrow. It’s a good idea to be prepared financially for your new addition. Of course, you'll need a steady source of income. You’ll also want to establish a budget to make sure all your other obligations are being met. If possible, consider paying down credit card debt. For unforeseen circumstances, it’s ideal to have an emergency fund. You could also set up a fund just for your baby. Your newborn will require regular doctor visits, so it’s also recommended to obtain some health insurance.
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby! Ensure you’re ready by preparing your home, your workplace and your finances for the new arrival. Above all, enjoy the time you have with your child. Those moments are precious.