Bringing a new baby home is one of the most exciting times in a parent's life. It can be stressful, too, if you're not prepared for the necessary adjustments. For this post, I'm teaming up with Seventh Generation and SocialMoms to share a few hints and tips to make that time as easy and fun as possible!
1. My first tip is to be mentally prepared. There will be obvious changes to take place, and if you don't realize this, it can make the adjustment much more stressful.
2. Ensure your floor and low-topped objects are clean and free of any debris. Once baby starts crawling (which comes faster than you think) or even just wiggling around, this is extremely important! You don't want Junior getting hold of something harmful and swallowing it!
3. Stock your nursery well! Diapers, wipes, etc. will run out much faster than you would think possible! It's better to be stocked up well in advance rather than having to run out every few days to replenish your supply.
4. Purchase baby-friendly, safe items. Baby products without harmful chemicals may be slightly more expensive, but they are worth the difference! This is where Seventh Generation can help you. Check out their new Free and Clear diapers and wipes! These are "free and clear" of all alcohol, fragrances, chlorine and other harmful ingredients!
5. If you have other children, be sure they are prepared for the change. Even though they will love their younger sibling, they may not be thinking about the time you will have to spend caring for baby.
6. Make sure you have a supply of comfy baby clothes on hand. Onesies, t-shirts and soft warm pajamas are necessities!
7. Purchase a properly-sized car seat for the new infant. Safety while traveling is so important at all ages, but especially when so young! Make sure the seat buckles into your car safely. I also recommend getting one that easily snaps in and out, for ease of carrying.
8. This is personal preference, but I recommend a rocking chair in your nursery or living room. This is such a help for getting fussy babies to sleep! I can not count how many times we have rocked and sang the kids to sleep when they were young.
9. Ensure you have toys that baby can play with safely. Please make sure they are for your youngster's age! Don't give them a toy with pieces that pop off easily, or small parts that could become detached!
10. Schedule your days and meals. Life will become much more hectic once your new little blessing arrives, so be sure to have things planned out as much as possible.
Lastly, be sure to enjoy your baby! They grow up way too fast, so enjoy every minute you have!