No matter how much you read or how well you plan, welcoming your first child into the world can be overwhelming. You can, however, take some steps to be prepared so that when issues arise, you’re ready to meet them.
Quick, Healthy Food for the Whole Family
When your little one arrives, you won’t have much time to think about planning healthy meals, but Mum and Dad still need to eat well, as does your new baby. When shopping for groceries, begin thinking about foods that are healthy but easy to grab on the go. Fresh fruits and vegetables make great, wholesome snacks and can be easily packed in a purse or personal cooler to take to work or on errands around town. Once your baby arrives, keeping healthy snacks in the kitchen will help you resist the urge to fill up on junk food or order takeout every evening. A few great options to keep on hand include:
- Raw almonds
- Fresh sugar snap peas
- Baby carrots
- Fresh fruit in season
- Dried fruit
- Whole grain crackers
For meals, plan menus that are quick and easy to prepare. Breakfast smoothies made with your choice of fresh or frozen fruit, plain yogurt and a few ice cubes can be blended quickly for a nutritious meal on the go. For healthy dinners, a crock pot can become a new parent’s best friend.
Providing for Your Baby’s Future
At happy times like the birth of a child, no one wants to think about tragedies that might lie ahead. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in life, and making preparations in case the unthinkable happens can set your mind at ease.
One of the best ways to prepare for your child’s future is by purchasing life insurance. Carefully consider the contributions both parents make to the family budget, and choose a policy that will provide for your child’s wellbeing. Getting great rates on these policies can be accomplished by comparing life insurance providers online. You might even consider shopping around for a life insurance policy for your new baby.
Taking Care of Yourself
Although there’s no way to avoid the sleepless nights that come with parenthood, it’s vitally important that parents do not neglect self-care. Many new mothers get so overwhelmed with caring for their babies that they forget to take showers, while many new fathers have been caught dozing off at work after several sleepless nights spent walking the floor with a colicky baby. Other new parents pack on the pounds because they skip sessions at the gym or give up trying to eat right when convenient fast-food options are presented. To ward off these hazards, try a few of the following tips:
- Take turns getting up with the baby rather than both of you staying up all night
- Schedule time at the gym while the other parent watches your little one, or go together and leave the baby in the gym’s nursery
- Take your shower during the baby’s morning nap
- Double recipes or prepare meals in advance so all you have to do is heat and eat when you have a particularly busy day
Of course you’ll have concerns, as every parent does, but remember that being prepared will help. Meanwhile, what preparation doesn’t cover can best be faced with a healthy dose of flexibility. Congratulations on your new baby – parenthood is going to be an incredible adventure!