So You've Got a New Baby Coming

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So you’ve got a new baby coming – congratulations! Bringing a new baby boy or girl into the world is undoubtedly one of the most incredible and challenging experiences that a person could ever have, especially if you’re a new mom or dad! While this is a time of great excitement and preparation, it can also be a rough transition for the whole family, including on siblings who might not know how to handle a new baby brother or sister. If you’re looking to make the transition to new parent as smooth as possible, then read up on these tips and techniques from childcare experts. They will guarantee that the arrival of a new baby will be one of joy and excitement – not of stress!

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Pay Special Attention To Your Other Children

If this isn’t your first time delivering, it can be easy to get swept up in the preparations for your new bundle of joy; but if you want to ensure that the big sister will welcome the new brother or sister with open arms instead of jealousy, be sure to make lots of special time for your child before the new arrival. Assure your child that your special bond won’t change just because there’s a baby in the house, as this will help your child’s transition from only child to big brother or sister a lot easier! 

Ask For Help

No one can prepare for the arrival of a baby on their own; so don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it! Your mother or a friend with a child can be a great source of advice when you need it, so pick up the phone and get dialing. 

Get Your Supplies Ready

If this is your first baby, then you’re going to need all nine months to get ready for the arrival of your bundle of joy! Again, enlist the aid of a friend whose already had a child to get the scoop on what you’ll need for your new baby. From a new crib to plenty of diapers, make sure all of your supplies are stocked and ready for when you finally come home with your new son or daughter.  One important note: if you receive any secondhand supplies, make sure they’re up to speed on safety codes, especially if you’re getting an old crib. Older cribs can pose a choking hazard to newborns, so you might want to rethink that old crib before you accept it.

Enjoy Yourself

Nine months might seem like a long time, but you will be surprised at how quickly time flies when getting prepared for a new baby! Be sure to take time out to enjoy the process, whether you’re the mother or the father. Indulge in the newest travel trend by going on a “babymoon” with your sweetie, get a prenatal massage at your nearest spa or wear a T-shirt that announces your special status. Whatever you choose, be sure to relax and revel in your upcoming parenthood. Trust us, these precious moments will soon disappear once you have an adorable newborn in the house!