Tips to Prepare for Your Baby’s Arrival

05 August, 2020
The birth of a baby changes the lives of their parents, siblings, and even pets. Find out how you can prepare for your baby's arrival in this article!

Preparing for your baby’s arrival involves much more than simply buying a crib or a changing table. Parents, siblings, and even pets need to be emotionally prepared for the coming changes.

The birth of a new family member is typically a moment of absolute happiness. However, that new tiny human will modify everything you once knew. Below, we share some tips to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival on a practical and emotional level.

Tips for preparing for your baby’s arrival

We divided these tips into practical and emotional ones to make it easier for you to orient yourself throughout the article.

First, we’ll talk about the things you must do and buy before your baby is born. Secondly, we’ll address the mental and emotional preparation required to face the new changes.

What should you do and buy before your baby’s arrival?

A mother with her newborn.
Prepare for your baby’s arrival by organizing all their things. Also, emotional preparation is equally important.

We know you have a thousand things on your mind right now. Pregnancy is a time of introspection, happiness, and nerves. Surely, at times, you’ll feel that you don’t get to do everything you want and that stresses you out. Take a deep breath and relax. Nothing is more important than you and your baby.

Here’s a short list of tasks that can help you make decisions and prioritize what to do and buy.

1. Where will the baby sleep?

The first thing you should ask yourself is where your baby will sleep. The answer to this question is the initial kick to know what you need to do and buy. Here are the options:

  • Sleeping with your baby in the same room. If this is your decision, before starting to decorate your baby’s room, you should think about whether the crib fits in your room and where and how you’ll locate it.
  • Co-sleeping. If you opted for this option, you must make sure to practice it safely. The Spanish Pediatric Association recommends using a sidecar crib in these cases.
  • Your baby will sleep in their own room. In this case, you should have their room completely ready for their arrival.

2. Essential purchases for your baby

A newborn room to prepare for baby's arrival
Decorating the baby’s room and preparing all the essentials is exciting for future parents.

There’s nothing more tempting than going shopping for your baby. However, this can lead to buying unnecessary things. We recommend that you prepare a list of the essentials and stick to this list to avoid overspending. However, you should know that you can splurge on some things.

Here are some of the fundamental purchases:

  • A bassinet, if you plan to use it (you can always choose to use a crib)
  • A crib, either sidecar or nest
  • A changing table
  • Bedding
  • A sleeping bag (or two)
  • A bathtub
  • Towels (at least two)
  • Diapers and wipes. We advise you not to buy too many, as babies grow fast

This article may interest you: How to Calm Down a Baby that Cries Non-Stop

3. Baby stroller or carrier?

Another of parents’ big questions, and one that you must decide on soon, is if you want to buy a baby stroller in one of the stores in your city. Keep in mind that parents usually order a stroller at least three or four months before the likely due date.

Here, you need to decide how you plan to carry your baby. A combination of baby sling and stroller can be interesting, as it allows you more maneuvering space. Think about it!

4. The baby’s clothes

A mother changing her baby's diaper.
When it comes to preparing for your baby’s arrival, you should pay attention to the different types of clothing and diapers you need. Nevertheless, keep in mind that they grow fast!

Also, you may be wondering how many clothes you need to buy. As with diapers, you should avoid over-purchasing newborn clothes for two reasons:

  • Babies grow very fast and usually change sizes in a matter of weeks.
  • People who give away clothes usually buy the smallest sizes.

At this point, you may be wondering what you should do. The most practical way to manage the situation is to talk to those people who you know will give you gifts to coordinate with them what you need, as well as the size. Your baby will need approximately:

  • 10 bodysuits
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 10 T-shirts and pants
  • 10 pajamas
  • 5-6 sweaters
  • 2 baby bonnets

5. The hospital bag

Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare your hospital bag. Prepare it in time so you don’t forget anything important, such as your cell phone charger, clothes for you and your baby, diapers, and everything else you need for your hospital stay.

6. Get your home ready for your baby’s arrival

When your due date approaches, your home needs to be ready. This means fully stocking your pantry, keeping your home tidy and clean, and having an action plan. In other words, for example, knowing who will take care of your other children or your pet while you’re gone.

You may like this article: A guide to your baby’s first months

Preparing for your baby’s arrival on an emotional level

A mother with her baby in bed.
Having your baby will change your life forever, so relax and enjoy this stage.

The birth of your baby will turn your life upside down. The first days will be exciting and exhausting at once, and you must be well aware of this during your pregnancy.

Being a parent isn’t easy. It’s facing an unknown world, even if you already have other children. Each baby is different, with their own needs and expectations, just like each parent.

If you have another child, it’s important to prepare them for the changes to come. It isn’t easy to become an older sibling. Therefore, you should talk to them, read stories about this situation and, above all, be very patient during the first months. Show them how much you love them because they may feel displaced by the new baby’s arrival.

The same thing could happen with your pet, as it’s had your full attention for so many years. Companion animals are like children, meaning they also need your patience and understanding until they adapt to the new situation.

Read on to learn more: How to Bathe a Newborn Baby

Don’t minimize changes. Be aware that your life, as well as the life of your entire family, is about to change. Prepare for the unexpected, embrace your new life, and don’t let a bad night keep you from enjoying this wonderful moment you’re living.

As you can see, preparing for your baby’s arrival is much more than going shopping. You must be aware that this is life-changing and that you won’t be able to control everything. Despite the fear that this may cause, there’s nothing more beautiful in the world!