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There are few moments in a couple’s life than the moment when they look down at the pregnancy test and see that all-important positive result. It can often feel as though you’re living on cloud nine for days as you celebrate the fact that, in nine months, you’re going to have a new arrival in your home. Of course, what tends to happen after that is that both of you settle into a rhythm of waiting around for the big day. Sure, there are plenty of this happening in the meantime, an expanding belly and frequent morning sickness are far from the least of them. But pregnancy can often feel like a whole lot of waiting around for your new arrival to… well… arrive! However, you should take advantage of this nine-month waiting period so that you can get as many things ready for your baby as possible. With that in mind, here are just a few things that you should make sure to have ready before your family gets just a little bigger.
It’s kind of crazy just how drastically your relationship with your car changes when you have a baby. When you’re younger, you might love the thrill of getting out on the open road and picking up speed. Or maybe you’ve got an old rustbucket that you’ve owned since you were seventeen. But then, your baby arrives, and suddenly the speeds that you used to drive at seem unbelievably dangerous and your beloved old car suddenly looks like a total death trap! That’s why it’s a good idea to make sure that you’ve got a safe and reliable car to drive before the baby arrives. Not to mention you need to start shopping around as early as possible to get the convertible car seat that you like best. Road safety is always important, but there are few things more important than the safety of your baby when you’re out on the road.
One really common mistake that new parents tend to make is that they assume that they can leave babyproofing for a while since it’s going to be a long time before the baby can even get around the house, right? Well, not exactly. Sure, your baby isn’t going to be particularly mobile for the first few months, but kids grow up fast and when you’re surrounded by the joy and chaos of being a new parent, that time going much more quickly than you’d expect. There are few things more stressful than trying to babyproof your house while also trying to make sure that a curious baby isn’t crawling around getting up to anything dangerous. It’s far easier to get it all done before the baby is even born so that you no longer have to worry about it.
Here’s something that children have a habit of sapping from their parents: energy. You know what takes a lot of energy? Decorating. It hardly takes a genius to be able to do that math here. Since you’re going to be spending a decent amount of time waiting around for your new arrival, why not pass the time by getting their room ready? Painting the walls, getting the cot, and decorating the room, in general, is a great way to prepare for your little one’s arrival and make the time go just a little bit faster. Just make sure that you have plenty of storage in their room. You might not think that you’re going to need it, but babies have a habit of accumulating a ridiculous amount of stuff in the first few years.
Clothes and toys
Here’s an important piece of advice that a lot of people don’t tend to know: do not buy a huge amount of baby clothes before your baby is born. That might sound a bit odd, but it’s true. Sure, you want to have some clothes that you baby always has something clean to wear. But buying things for months and months in the future is pointless because you simply don’t know how your child is going to grow. It’s actually a lot easier to buy stuff as they grow. And thanks to online shopping you don’t need to leave the house to do it. Of course, you don’t have that problem with toys so feel free to go nuts and buy as many as you want!
Sure, there are also plenty of things that you’re not going to be able to fully deal with until your baby arrives, but the more things that you can deal with before that happens, the easier it will be for you to focus your time and energy on getting to know the new addition to your family.