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.
You are at one of the most precious junctures of your life- Parenthood is just round the corner!
Firstly, it’s normal to be nervous, but anticipating and preparing for a few things before your baby arrives can help calm your nerves. Here are some things to do before the baby arrives to make the experience as smooth & memorable as possible for both, you and your child!
Engage Your Baby’s Senses
Your baby’s first sensory stimulation comes from your touch through the stomach while she’s in your womb. Next, around the 28th week of pregnancy, she begins to smell what you smell! A human being’s olfactory sense is the #1 sense linked to memory, thus triggering more emotionally vibrant recollections than other senses. For starters, you may want to use some of JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotions and Oils to moisturize your own skin, so that your baby is already familiar with these scents when she is born. Preparation before delivery need not always be stressful. We at JOHNSON’S® aim to make this as soothing and enriching for mothers as we can with our range of baby products!
Take Parenting Classes
Parenting classes can be very helpful for first-time parents. Ask around about these classes in your area before your baby arrives! Consult your OB/GYN (Obstetrician/ Gynecologist), friends and family or even enquire at the hospital where you plan to have your baby.
Find a Pediatrician
A trusty pediatrician is the first thing you need to put on your baby preparation checklist! Prepare for the birthing process well before your due date- 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 or 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 about your current state.
Pack for the Hospital
At least a month before you’re due, pack your suitcase for the hospital. Prepare a checklist for the baby’s arrival so that you don’t miss out on any essentials!
Don’t forget to include the following things in your baby preparation checklist:
- Nightgown and slippers
- Toiletries, including toothbrush and hairbrush. Don’t forget supplies for dad (perhaps even a change of clothes)
- Clothes for your return back home: choose comfortable clothes you wore mid-pregnancy or later
- Clothes for your baby to wear when coming home: Pack an 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
- The charger for your smart phone
- 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 take your baby home safely?
Your “pregnancy to-do list” MUST include a concrete plan to take your delicate young baby back home in a comfortable and safe way! Choosing the right travel gear will certainly help ease the journey.
If you are flying, a front carrier or baby sling is an ideal way to carry 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 and worry out of changing your baby’s location every now and then, this can keep her sleep cycles intact. With a detachable car seat, you can carry your baby around with ease, and make sure she is super-comfortable, no matter what the mode of transport.
Prepare the baby room
You and your baby will be spending a lot 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. Brighten the room with a wall colour that is soothing to your baby’s eyes, include beautiful wallpapers or posters, soft toys, and of course a warm and comfortable crib!
We, at JOHNSON’S® understand how imperative it is for any parent to make sure their baby is pampered with the best care from day one! To this end, a baby preparation checklist ensures that you have everything you need before the wait is finally over and your beautiful baby is here to brighten up your life!
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