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You are about to become a parent—what a special time in your life! It’s normal to be nervous, but preparing as much as you can ahead of time can help calm your nerves. Here are some easy steps you can take to help get you ready to welcome home your little one.

Engage Your Baby’s Senses

Your baby’s first sensory stimulation in life comes from touch while in the womb. And at 28 weeks into pregnancy, she begins to smell. Your little one can smell what you smell! Smell is the #1 sense linked to memory so smell triggers more emotionally vibrant memories than other senses. Because of this, you may want to start using some of JOHNSON’S® baby lotions and oils to moisturize your own skin, so your baby is already familiar with and feels comforted by these scents after she is born.

Take Parenting Classes

Parenting classes can be very helpful for first-time parents. Find out about these classes from the hospital where you plan to have your baby, OB/GYN (Obstetrician/ Gynecologist), friends and family.

Find a Pediatrician 

Adequate preparation before delivery is important. Start looking for a pediatrician about 3 months before you’re due. Compile a list of candidates — ask for recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbours, coworkers with kids, your obstetrician. If possible, schedule a prenatal consultation about 2 months before your due date.

Create a Contact List

Create a contact group (via text, email, or phone) to keep family and friends informed. 

Pack for the Hospital

At least a month before you’re due, pack your suitcase for the hospital. Remember to take along:

  • Nightgown and slippers
  • Toiletries, including toothbrush and hairbrush. Don’t forget supplies for dad (perhaps even a change of clothes) 
  • Clothes for your return home: choose comfortable clothes you wore mid-pregnancy or later
  • Clothes for your baby to wear when coming home: undershirt or one-piece suit/romper, and an outfit with snap closures
  • Receiving blanket (your local weather will determine if additional blankets are needed)
  • Mild Baby wipes like JOHNSON’S® baby skincare wipes
  • Maternity pads 
  • Camera/video camera or the charger for your smartphone
  • Nursing bra and nursing pads for breastfeeding moms
  • Baby wash for your baby’s first bath in the hospital. We recommend JOHNSON’S® baby TOP-TO-TOE® wash.

What’s the best way to transport my baby?

Choosing the right travel gear will certainly help smooth the journey and make it easier to explore your destination once you arrive.

If you are flying, a front carrier or baby sling is an ideal way to transport your baby when she is tiny. Being carried close to you or your partner will make her feel safe.

If your baby is very young, a travel system with a car seat that fits on to the pushchair chassis may be the best option. It takes some of the hassle out of getting in and out of cars and aeroplanes, and means you can move your baby from the car to a cafe, from the plane to the arrivals lounge without disturbing her sleep. 

Prepare the baby room

You and your baby will be spending lots of time in the baby room. A great way to channel your pre-baby excitement is to create a personal space that is perfect for you and your new little one.

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