How to Prepare Your Home and Life for Your First Baby

Having your first baby can be a scary, yet exciting experience. It’s uncharted territory for many men and women. But if you’re serious about taking this big step, then congratulations! You’re on the path to becoming a new mom or dad and now you need to get your life in order. There are several things you need to do and consider before you get pregnant or deliver your baby.

Let’s review what lifestyle changes are in store to accommodate your little addition to the family.

Deciding the Work Schedule

If you’re married or with a significant other, the two of you have to work out who will be home with the baby. Will the both of you continue working? Do either of your jobs off maternity or paternity leave? If so, use this to your advantage. Meanwhile, you’ll need to find a really good nanny that’s great with infants and toddlers. It’s best to hire someone that will be around for years, so your baby doesn’t have to get used to strange faces too frequently.

Choosing a Daycare

If you don’t want to go the nanny route, there’s always a daycare. Obviously, you want to try and find one that has a great track record and reputation. Ask your mom friends or a local online forum to see what other moms recommend. Do a lot of research to make sure you’re putting your little one in the right hands. He or she can’t talk and won’t be able to tell … Read More . . .