preparing for baby: tips to help you and your partner get ready for the big day


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Having a child is one of the most life-changing events you can experience. Whether it’s your first child or fifth, bringing a new baby into your home is an adjustment for any parent. Even if you’ve been expecting the little bundle of joy, getting ready for the baby is no small feat. Making preparations ahead of time will help ease some of the stress associated with giving birth and being a new parent. Preparing for a baby can be overwhelming, but there are many simple things you and your partner can do to get ready sooner rather than later. There are so many things to consider when getting ready for a baby that it can feel impossible to know where to start. Here are some helpful tips that will assist you in getting ready for baby.

Make a list of the items you will need for the baby.

The list can be seemingly endless regarding what you need for a baby. But the essentials include diapers, disposable or cloth, wipes, cleaning essentials, a stroller or a stroller and car seat combo if you will take the baby in the car, a bassinet, blankets, towels, feeding equipment, and baby toiletries, to name a few. You can then work towards getting what you need as you can afford it. Bear in mind some items you won’t need instantly, so while it can be fun to create a nursery, you might be using it from the day you come home, meaning you can leave this job until a few weeks after birth if you wish.

Decide how you plan to feed the baby.

One of the first things you and your partner will decide is how you plan to feed the baby. You can consider many different infant feeding methods, including breastfeeding, formula feeding, and combination feeding. Breastfeeding is a natural way to feed your baby, but it isn’t suitable for all parents. A combination feeding method might be a good choice for you and your partner if you are unsure whether you want to breastfeed or formula feed your baby. Formula feeding is a common way to feed a baby, allowing both parents to take part in feeding the baby. If you want to breastfeed your child, you and your partner should start preparing for it as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Getting advice and tips can help you prepare for how to breastfeed correctly and what you can expect when feeding your baby.

Organize your leave from employment.

One of the first things you should do is organize your leave from employment. Whether employed full-time or part-time, you will likely be entitled to some time off from work. In Canada, there is paid maternity leave for up to 15 weeks; however, you can take up to 62 consecutive weeks of maternity leave. However, employees should consult with their employers to discuss their options regarding maternity leave and what is expected of them per company guidelines and legal maternity allowance.

** This was a contributed post.

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