You're pregnant. It's wonderful news, and you know that your new son or daughter will change your life forever. Now it's time to prepare to bring baby home. What do you need to consider? Wardrobe, please?
Did you know that most babies are overdressed for their homecoming, even though they are the guests of honor? If your baby is born in a warm month, he or she probably will be comfortable in a clean T-shirt, a diaper, and a warm baby blanket. If you want to add a hat for the sake of pictures, that's fine. In colder seasons, a snowsuit and an extra blanket are good choices. Chances are your baby will be happier if you dress him simply instead of spending too much time putting too much on him.
Grandparents, siblings, and friends want to see the new family addition. You're already overwhelmed, and yet you're barely through the front door. Take a deep breath and try to relax. If you're worried about getting too many phone calls, change your answering machine message to announce your bundle of joy to the world, and warn callers it may take a day or two for you to get back to them. There are a few other steps you can take to make homecoming easier for you and your baby:
- Is your baby someone's younger brother? Consider buying a small gift for the new big brother or sister and present it as from the baby.
- Don't feel bad about asking friends to wait a few days to visit. Everyone in your family including the baby is tired and needs to adjust to a new schedule. Your family and friends will understand.
- Remember that newborns sometimes cry as much as five hours out of every 24. It's normal, and it should decrease over time.
Picking the Best Products
Just like any other proud parent, you adore your new baby. Naturally, you want him or her to have the safest products. How do you select the best bathtub, car seat, and crib?
- If you're looking for the safest car seat, look for a seat that is narrower than the non-stick base. Also, be sure the seat has safe, sturdy locks and washable seat belts.
- Buying the best bathtub is easy if you remember to look for a tub that's thick enough to maintain its shape, even under the weight of the water and the baby. Smooth edges are ideal, and space to hold baby shampoos and soaps may be nice features on the perfect tub.
- Want your baby to have a blissful night's sleep? Look for a crib with tightly fitted joints and slats that won't wobble or move. Also consider choosing a natural wood crib and paint it at home with a water-based paint to perfectly match the nursery. The mattress should fit perfectly into the crib to ensure your baby's safety.
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