Checklist Before Having a Baby

Having a baby is both an exciting and frightening experience. Being fully prepared will help alleviate the blow to your daily routine, financial stability and, oftentimes, sanity.

Have All the Necessary Furniture

Your baby is going to need a crib, changing table, bassinet and calming swing. If it’s too costly to buy brand new, consider looking for used baby furniture that could save you a fortune.

Have All The Necessities

The baby will need clothing, shoes, diapers, baby wipes, pacifiers, toys, strollers, car seats, bottles and teething rings. Mark these items on a shopping list and knock them off as you buy. Think low-cost when shopping for items as baby products need to be changed-out often to prevent wear and tear. Create a baby registry and add all of these items to see if others can buy them for you.

Take a Parenting Class

It can be all too easy to get caught up in the pregnancy, but after everything is said and done, you’ll have a living, breathing human being who is totally dependent on you for their whole childhood. Parenting classes will not only teach you how to care for a baby, they can also help with handling toddlers, children and even teenagers.

Enjoy Your Baby

It’s easy to feel run down, exhausted and stressed with a new baby in the house. Sometimes, it’s not all laughs and happy smiles. However, take the time to truly enjoy your baby. They grow up a lot quicker than you think and you’ll be hugging a teenager before you know it.

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