How, indeed, to prepare for one of the most monumental events in your life? It is often simply stated, but nevertheless profound to say that “a baby changes everything”. Let’s look at the different ways that it does.
Prepare Your Home
First of all, you have to be physically prepared. This means a room, hopefully, with a crib, changing table and storage space for all those cute little outfits. Expect your living room to be filled with the paraphernalia of babyhood: playpen, bouncy seat, soothing swing. The kitchen has to be cleaned of the exotic herbs and sauces to make room for baby food and cereal boxes. Make room in the bathroom for the diaper genie. When those wonderful first steps occur, make sure you remove all items, especially knick-knacks, that are lower than three feet.
Prepare Your schedule
Your routine will certainly change. If you are lucky enough to stay at home with your baby, you may start to feel some separation anxiety about being away from your career, your co-workers and the stimulation of adult company. Try to schedule some adult time in your day to maintain your sanity, such as play dates or luncheons with friends. A baby is cute, but not much of a conversationalist. If you return to work, you have to make arrangements for a baby sitter or a day care center. You will have to get up a little earlier to drop baby off, and you may have to stay up a little later to make sure your diaper bag is packed with all of his necessities for the day. Make sure you save plenty of your vacation days, since all day care centers, and most sitters, won’t take a sick baby for the day.
Prepare Your Head
And then, of course, there is the psychological preparation. You are now the slave of a small, demanding creature who relies on you totally for every need. Are you really ready for this, especially if you and your spouse have had years of independence and freedom? Are you prepared for the anxiety that each little cough or twitch brings about? Even the most laid back women turn into incessant worry warts once they give birth. Someone once said that the decision to have a baby was like deciding to have your heart walking around outside your body. Be prepared for a level of concern and anxiety like you have never known before.
Yes, a baby changes everything.
Parenting is one of the toughest jobs you will ever have, and no stage is tougher than the first few months with your first born child. By doing a people search you can look up for experienced parents out there who can give you tips and advice on how to handle challenges of parenting. Put your worries aside and get the basics and be the best parent to your first born child.