When it comes to your newborn baby, even before they arrive you’re ready to do anything for them. The excitement of having your child will be overwhelming and you should be able to enjoy it as much as possible!
That’s why we’re going to help you prepare for the arrival of your newborn. This way, you’ll be ready when they come and instead of scrambling to get prepared, you can enjoy this precious time with your little one!
Understand Maternity and Paternity Leave
When it comes to maternity and paternity leave, laws vary from state to state. It’s important to make sure that you understand what you’re entitled to where you live when it comes to maternity and paternity leaves. You can be given several weeks of paid leave and sometimes longer. First time parents often get 12 weeks of unpaid leave.
Whether your leave will be fully paid, partially paid, or unpaid and the length of time you’re given varies depending on where you live and some specific circumstances. Be sure to understand what you’re allowed and how it will work for you!
Lots of Poop
While you’ve been warned about how much of a mess your baby will be, nothing will prepare you for the mountains of poop that arrive with your baby. For such a small human, it’s actually pretty astonishing.
There are ways of getting ready for this before the baby arrives. This will help you keep your home less of a mess and much less stinky!
You’ll definitely want to stock up on diapers before they come so you’re ready. However, some babies are big and may skip the smallest sizes of diapers. Others will grow fast and grow out of a size fast. You don’t want to be stuck with diapers that won’t be used, so try to be conservative when stocking up on diapers as you don’t know what will fit properly (or for how long).
Another must-have is a diaper pail. These handy contraptions keep your baby’s waste in one place and help to control the odor effectively. This lets you get rid of odor problems more efficiently and make sure that it isn’t stuck in your home!
Budgeting and Expenses
There is no arguing that a baby costs a large sum of money. It’s important to consider the added expenses for when the baby arrives – including clothes, food, supplies, and extra gear – and prepare for them ahead of time. By planning ahead of time and knowing what to expect will help you budget properly for life with your new baby.
It will inevitably take some balancing and adjustments, as this is a big responsibility and huge burden. However, if you plan ahead, start early, and budget right, you’ll be prepared for the baby before it arrives!
By taking some steps to get ready before the arrival, you should be prepared and able to handle anything that comes your way. Don’t panic; breathe and keep pushing forward. Hopefully, preparing early will let you spend more time enjoying your child!