Preparing For First-Time Motherhood: A Guide… Article by Emily Graham… Photo by PixaBay

Preparing for your first child can be a joyous, overwhelming experience in many ways. Knowing that you’ll soon meet the little person who will look to you for every one of their needs is life changing and, as many parents soon find out, sometimes as stressful as it is happy. Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can prepare yourself — and your home — for a new child and boost your mental health at the same time. This is essential for new parents, since having a child is one of the biggest responsibilities you can have.

One of the best ways you can prepare is by taking care of yourself. This means getting enough rest, eating right, and reducing stress and anxiety as much as possible before the baby arrives. Take some time for yourself; sit and read a good book, or watch a movie with a loved one. Use this time to feather your nest and prepare the baby’s room, or set up a little space in your own bedroom where the bassinet will go. Getting things ready can really help you feel a connection to your child and give you peace of mind so you can focus on other things.

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for your first child.

Practice self-care

Whether you will be giving birth or adopting, it’s essential that you practice self-care to keep your physical and mental health on track. This can include anything from enjoying a spa treatment to starting a new bedtime routine to ensure you get enough sleep; anything that makes you feel good in a healthy way. It might also be a good time to get rid of some bad habits or to clear out clutter from your home, which can both be wonderful for your mental health.

Get in some “me” time

Many parents-to-be try to fit in as many activities as possible before the baby arrives, and while you don’t have to pack your schedule, it is a good idea to do some things you won’t be able to do once the baby comes, like going to the movies or having a romantic date with your significant other. Sit down with a good book and enjoy the peace and quiet, or have a Netflix binge night.

Prepare

Preparing your home for a baby requires a lot of effort, including getting the nursery ready, making sure every room is safe, and getting things clean and organized. Even though your baby won’t be mobile for some time, it’s important to go ahead and take care of any safety issues now, such as attaching dressers and other heavy pieces of furniture to the wall, covering electrical outlets, and making changes in the bathroom and kitchen that will prevent falls and accidents.

Cook it up

It’s a well-known fact that new parents tend to forget to take care of their own needs once the baby comes, either because they are too busy learning their new routine or because they don’t want to take even a moment away from their little bundle of joy. However, it’s important to keep up your energy during this time, so think about preparing some meals that can be frozen and easily reheated later on. This will definitely come in handy during the first week, especially when you suddenly realize it’s five o’clock and you haven’t eaten all day.

Your first child will bring so much joy into your home; it’s important to make sure everything is just as you want it before the big day. With a good plan and a little help from friends and loved ones, you can ensure that your child’s arrival is met with happiness and rest rather than stress and anxiety.

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