Adding a baby to your family is one of the most exciting things you can go through. It’s difficult to really understand how your life will change before it happens. There are some things you can do ahead of time, though, to be sure you are as prepared as possible when the little bundle arrives.
Take Care of Business
No one wants to think about life insurance and wills, but if you’re going to be having a baby, these are two critical issues to get in order. Even if you already have some life insurance, or if your employer provides a small policy, you’ll likely want more once you have children. These days it’s easy to get a quote for affordable term life insurance. If you don’t already have a family lawyer, ask friends for recommendations and talk to someone about having a simple will drawn up as soon as possible.
Take Care of Baby
Unless one parent will stay home after the baby is born, you’ll want to start thinking about your child care options as soon as you learn that you’re expecting. Infant care can be expensive, so be sure you know how you’ll pay for your baby’s care. Also, many child-care centers fill up quickly and have waitlists. Get your baby on several waitlists if needed to ensure you’ll have the care you require when the time comes. Both parents should also take infant CPR and first aid classes before the baby is born. This can be a good way to meet other parents who will have babies around the same time as you as well as providing life-saving skills.
Take Care of Needs
Babies don’t need many things when they’re born, but they do have some basic needs. Parents often enjoy convenience items to make parenting their little one a bit easier as well. Be sure that your baby has a safe way to ride in a car and a safe place to sleep at home. Decide what type of diapers you’ll use for your baby, and figure out how you’ll approach feeding him or her. Registering for many of the items you need is a great way to stock your nursery. Friends and family love to buy things for a new baby, and you can celebrate the baby’s imminent arrival with a fun shower.
No one can plan for every eventuality that comes with adding a baby to the family, but some planning can make everything go a little easier. Take care of business before the baby is born so that you can enjoy simply spending time with the baby once the time comes.