First time moms can have a difficult time knowing exactly what needs to be done in the months leading up to the arrival of the baby. There are buys, decisions and plans to be made. Use the guide below to begin preparing for the arrival of your baby.
Your first decision is going to be your OB. You need to find an OB that you are comfortable with and is located close enough to your house that it is not going to be a hassle to make it to all your appointments. Choosing a qualified doctor is going to make this whole process much less stressful for you.
Do you want to know if you are having a boy or a girl? This is a decision that can cause a rift between mother and father. You can usually find out the gender of the baby at your ultrasound during your fifth month. Knowing if you want to learn the gender before you get there will help the technician keep the secret if you do not want to know.
Are you going to breastfeed or formula feed? This decision is a personal one that should be made based on personal feelings by the mother. Do not allow anyone to sway your decision on whether to go with breastfeeding or not. It may turn out that the baby will do better on one or the other. Become fully educated and then make the decision as you see fit. If you decide you are going to breastfeed, you will need to buy a breast pump, milk bags freezing milk, nursing bras, and breast pads to keep your milk from leaking all over the front of your shirts.
What do you need to buy for the baby before he or she arrives? Well, you are going to need somewhere for baby to sleep, so a bassinet or crib. You will need an infant car seat to bring baby home from the hospital. If you buy it second hand, be sure that it is not expired. Bottles, pacifiers, diapers, wipes, receiving blankets, a few nice outfits and several pairs of pajamas and bodysuits will be needed as well.
How much baby gear is too much baby gear? Many babies are soothed in baby swings. The newer models of cradle swings have been reviewed to be wonderful in assisting mothers with babies that have colic. Small bouncy seats are very helpful in keeping baby happy where you can see him or her so you can get some things done around the house. You will not need a whole lot of gear in the early months of your baby’s life.
Are you going to try a natural birth or are you willing to accept drugs? This should be discussed in great detail with your doctor or birthing coach. It is a big decision and you need all the facts before you can decide.
These are just some of the biggest decisions you are going to face during the early months of your pregnancy. Start thinking, becoming educated and making your decisions now so you are ready to enjoy that little one the day he or she arrives.