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.

<b>Have All the Necessary Furniture-</b>
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.

<b>Have All The Necessities-</b>
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.

<b>Take a Parenting Class-</b>
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.

<b>Enjoy Your Baby-</b>
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.