When planning for your new arrival, there are a few things that you definitely won’t forget: setting up the baby’s room, deciding how you want to handle the birth, picking out a name, and so on. These are natural steps in getting ready to welcome your new addition. However, there are a few vital, yet easily forgotten things you’ll want to have in order before your little bundle of joy arrives.
Clothing For All Sizes
There aren’t many things more exciting than purchasing newborn clothes for your baby. “The adorable onesies and jumpers you find for your infant will help keep your baby comfortable and cute, so picking the right ones is crucial,” Ladida, a children’s clothing retailer, states. And while the tiny little shoes and sweaters will make your heart swell with happiness, it’s important to be aware that you can never be sure how large your infant will be until he or she is born.
Yes, doctors can give you an estimation of how big your baby is, but babies grow so much in their last few weeks in the womb that you can’t bank on anything. For this reason, you should keep various sizes of clothing available to take your baby home in. If you only have newborn clothing but you end up giving birth to an 11 pound baby, you’re going to need to find some larger clothes quickly! To be on the safe side, get a few clothing items in a few different sizes to make sure you’re prepared for anything.
Prep Your Pet
Not only will a new baby affect you and your partner’s life, but it will also affect those around you as well, including your pets. If you don’t have any other children at home, your pet may be used to being the center of attention. But when you bring home the baby, that will all change. ASPCA states that the best things you can do to make sure your pet is ready for your new arrival are to teach “the skills needed to interact safely with the new family member” and teach him or her how to “adjust to the many new experiences and changes ahead.” While this can be a difficult and stressful task to take on while pregnant, you’ll be glad you took the time to get your pet ready before the baby comes home.
Take Care of Your Teeth
You know you have to make periodical visits to the doctor or obstetrician in order to make sure your body is handling your pregnancy correctly, but did you know you also need to make sure your oral health is in order as well? According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, good oral hygiene during pregnancy can “decrease the amount of caries-producing oral bacteria transmitted to the infant during common parenting behaviors,” such as sharing a spoon or cleaning something with your saliva. So although you will have a million other things on your to-do list during your pregnancy, there’s no excuse for not continuing to take care of your teeth, especially if it will help you to have a healthier child in the long run.
The anticipation of bringing home a new baby can be both exciting and scary. But if you’re prepared, you will be able to rest a little easier knowing that you’ve taken care of every aspect of child care that you can.