As a parent, welcoming your new baby home can be one of the most rewarding moments of your life, but it can also prove to be quite daunting. Fortunately, a little preparation when you’re expecting can go a long way in easing stress.
Here are our top 5 recommendations from our experts at The Parents Class on how to plan for your baby’s arrival.
Attend an antenatal class
In addition to helping you to prepare for your baby’s birth, attending an antenatal class can enable you to feel more confident and informed about the process.
They will give you a chance to talk to professionals and other parents about your birthing plans and any concerns you may have.
Plus, antenatal classes are also an excellent way to get to know other people who are expecting a baby at a similar time to you.
If you’re thinking about booking an antenatal class then check out the midwife-led courses offered by The Parents Class.
With up-to-date and evidence-based information, our courses are designed to help you make safer and healthier birth choices.
Create a birth plan
A birth plan outlines what you wish to happen during labour and after birth.
While childbirth can be unpredictable, and you may need to change your birth plan later down the line, it can be helpful to discuss your preferences with your midwife, partner and family to ensure everyone is on the same page.
With The Parents Class, your antenatal course will help guide you in creating a birth plan, diving deep into the detail of what kind of approach you may want to take to help you feel prepared.
Pack your hospital bag
Only about five per cent of women give birth on the exact date they are due . So it may save you a lot of stress if you pack your hospital bag ahead of time! Below are some suggestions on what to pack:
- Pyjamas, a bathrobe and slippers
- Toiletries, including a toothbrush and hairbrush
- Comfortable, loose clothing for the journey home
- Baby grows
- Baby blanket
- Sanitary towels
- Comfortable pillows
- An eye mask and earplugs
Get all the baby essentials
Gathering all the essential baby items ahead of your little one’s arrival can relax your mind and prevent you from worrying.
The most important things you’ll need during the first few weeks after birth include:
- Nappies, baby wipes and nappy sacks
- A cot
- A pushchair
- Car seat
- Formula milk or a breast pump
- A changing mat
- A baby bath or bath support
- Soft baby towels
- Non-biological detergent
Decorate the nursery
Putting together your baby’s nursery is one of the most exciting parts of preparing for a new baby.
It’s best to start decorating and buying furniture well before your due date, as it will become difficult to move things around and paint the further along you get into your pregnancy.
Although your baby should sleep in your room during the first 6 months of his or her life , picking a room that is close to yours will make your life easier once they move into their room, as you’ll be nearby when they wake up during the night.
Are you expecting a baby? Join The Parents Class
Antenatal classes can be a great resource for your pregnancy planner checklist or birth plan. They can provide you with valuable information and support as you prepare for your baby’s arrival.
If you live in Woking and are expecting a baby why not attend an antenatal course with The Parents Class?
Find your nearest antenatal class using our search filter today, and choose from our range of course options in your local area.