Getting Ready to Bring Baby Home
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Bringing a baby into the world is by no means effortless, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that bringing a baby into your home is also a challenge. From buying a crib to painting the nursery, making your home baby-ready takes a lot of preparation.
Set Up the Nursery
Think about where you want baby to sleep. Will you practice co-sleeping with your baby in the same room, or even with a co-sleeper crib attached to your bed? Or will baby be in his own room? If you have space in your home, you will likely want to dedicate one area as a nursery to store the baby's clothes, diapers, and toys, even if he won't be sleeping there. And if he will sleep in his own room, it is a good idea to invest in baby-monitoring devices so you can always keep an eye, or an ear, on how baby is doing.
One piece of furniture that many parents-to-be consider essential is a glider. Your little one will likely be awake many times each night needing food, a diaper change, or just your attention. Having a glider at hand will provide you a comfortable place to sit as you feed and rock your baby, and the gentle gliding motion can be helpful in soothing baby back to sleep.
Stock Up on Essentials
You may think that a few packs of diapers is enough to start out with. Think again! Newborn babies need their diapers changes about a dozen times a day1. A dozen! Unless you have stockpiled your diaper of choice, you may find yourself making an emergency run to the store for more.
You should also stock up on food, for both yourself and the baby. For the baby, this means buying extra formula. For your family, this means cooking some meals ahead of time and storing them in the freezer. When you're so exhausted you can hardly think straight, you'll be glad you took the time before hand to make heat-and-serve meals so that dinner time is a breeze.
Attend to Last-Minute Details
When you bring the baby home, you will want to dress him in clean clothes and lay him down in his crib on freshly-washed bedding. To save yourself having to do a load of laundry when you get home from the hospital, make sure to wash and put away everything a few days before the baby is scheduled to arrive.
And if you are planning on storing your child's cord blood, be sure you have everything arranged before your due date. You'll need to enroll with your company of choice and receive your cord blood collection kit to bring with you to the hospital.
1. BabyCentre (2012). 10 tips for newborn nappy changing: 1. How many nappies will my newborn need? Retrieved from http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1053592/10-tips-for-newborn-nappy-changing#section1