The impending arrival of a new baby is often received with such excitement with everyone looking forward to meet the new girl or boy child. However, most people get lost in the excitements and forget to do proper planning, which makes them overwhelmed by the challenges that come with last minute planning.
Some of the factors to consider when planning for a new baby :
Clothes For The Baby
If you are a new parent you might find it quite challenging to find the right clothes for your newborn. Old parents may have made some mistakes with their first children and may not be so eager to repeat them.
When buying clothes for your baby, you should stick to a reasonable number because newborns tend to outgrow clothes very quickly and buying many little clothes is not sensible.
You should also consider their comfort as you change them and this means sticking to clothes with buttons or zippers at the back or across their stomach to make it easy for you to remove them.
You should also balance and buy an assortment of clothes ranging from sweaters, rompers, t-shirts, vests, shorts for the boys and dresses for the girls. At this point, you should also remember to buy flannels and shawls for carrying the baby.
Unlike in the past, parents now have a choice when it comes to diapers. You can choose to buy disposable diapers that entail material that will stop the baby from soiling their clothes. At the same time, they also entail material that will let the baby feel comfortable for some hours despite the urinating in their diapers several times in the day.
Alternatively, you can use cloth diapers which have the same concept but the difference is that you can use them again after you have laundered them. The cloth diapers entail Velcro closures or snaps, waterproof banding for the legs and waist as well as breathable, natural fibers that do not need any soaking.
Preparation For Their Meals
For the first six months, mothers are expected to breastfeed their babies. You may, however, need to pump some breast milk for your baby. In such cases, you will need to use a manual or electric breast pump.
Baby bottles and plastic spoons plates are essential for when you will start weaning the baby. Do not forget bibs because they will prevent food from getting to their clothes.
Once you are done with their clothes, you will need to consider their nursery as well. You will have much fun decorating this room which can be adjustment or opposite to yours. Here, you will need to use soft pastels or warm colors; you might want to consider some nursery wall decals too, which can be removed and changed as the baby grows. The colors should soothe or stimulate the baby as well.
Some of the furniture essential for a nursery include a reliable, sturdy and safe crib and a table for changing diapers. There should also be many blankets, toys and clothes on a shelf or a dresser. You should also not forget to buy crib sheets, mattress pads and blankets.
The Baby Shower
Once you have bought all the essentials for the baby, you will need to welcome them in style. In some instances, the baby showers are planned by the family and friends of the mother meaning that the parents may not know or have much say in the planning of the highly anticipated event.
In other cases, the mother may be allowed to plan her baby shower or have a say. If you are in the latter category, you will need to consider factors such as the guest list of the people who will come for the baby shower.
You will also need to plan for meals and drinks for the guests because they will be there for some time. Baby shower decorations can make a difference between a lively or boring baby shower.
Luckily, there are many options as far as baby shower decorations are concerned and these include banners, balloons in various colors and swirl decorations. You can use table centerpieces, confetti, paper fan decorations and letter balloons as well.
Most people stick to the conventional decorations but there are other decorations such as paper lanterns in blue or pink that can also make the party lively. You can use some patterned skirting for the tables so that they are presentable. As you plan for your bundle of joy, always consider colors that look good for boys and those that are mostly for girls.
About The Author
Crystal is the founder of MakeYourBabyLaugh. She started to write the blog to help mothers and fathers who are struggling to raise their children. She hopes that her experiences in child-rearing can inspire and help parents overcome their parenting struggles