Preparing for baby
So, you’ve made a human, aren’t you clever! No doubt you’ve been thinking at length about your upcoming labour, mulling over your birth plan and debating (or going hand to hand combat) with your significant other over names.
There’s so much going on right now that life AFTER labour might seem all too overwhelming to navigate. Well I got you mama. I have curated the best, no nonsense tips below to help cut through the noise. Let’s begin.
1. Breathe, you don’t need everything in a baby store. Save your pennies for:
– A good pram
– Car seat
– Capsule (lifesaver for when bubs is sleeping)
– Bassinet on wheels so you can move he or she from room to room
– Bouncer, I recommend a vibrating one. They are the bomb 👊
– Zip swaddles 👏👏👏
2. Borrow what you can from friends. Forget designer brands, I know they are pretty but not necessary. Save your money for when your child is older and can appreciate beautiful things.
3. Don’t buy jeans and fancy clothing for a newborn. Seriously, put the kid in a onesie and for the love of god, make sure they’ve got zippers NOT buttons, trust me.
4. Breast, formula or a mix of both, just do you, sweetheart. Happy mama, happy bubba.
5. Smile and nod to all the well-meaning advice givers, then do whatever the eff you want. You know what’s best for you and your child, not them.
6. When your loved ones ask you what you need, tell them dinner! Having a stockpile of nutritious, freezable meals is a huge relief. Alternatively, there are heaps of healthy meal delivery services
7. Allow yourself time at home with your family to heal and get to know your baby without outside pressures or stress. Visitors can wait.
8. Make up a little medicine kit for baby with saline nose drops and snot sucker (I know, gross), paracetamol and gripe water so you’re not caught out in the middle of the night with a sick child.
9. Give bubs a nice warm bath, then dream feed at 10 pm. You can thank me later.
10. Download “The Baby Diaries” quick smart. It’s a free and easy to use app that lets you keep track of baby’s feeds, sleep, change times, medical and milestone achievements. A lifesaver for a tired mama’s brain – hallelujah!
Who does she think she is? Sian Broadbent. Mama Bear to Big G and Little b. Wife to Evan. Freelance writer and manager of Facey group ‘Gippsland Mama’ (www.facebook.com/groups/gippslandmama). Personal development junkie, music and fashion addict. Lover of melted cheese and bad karaoke. Visit @sian_broadbent for incriminating snaps or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org