Congratulations! Your bun is about to pop out of the oven. Before you take them home, however, there are a few things that you might want to do around the house to prepare it for your little one’s arrival. Here are just four useful steps to take when readying yourself for a new baby.
1. Stock Your Nursery
Always buy more diapers than you think you need. You’ll also want to clear out the grocery aisle of things like pacifiers, baby wipes and bottle nipples. You’re going to be stunned at how quickly they can disappear, so it’s worth the extra effort of buying them in bulk. You’ll appreciate your foresight when it’s 3AM and you can’t find that bottle brush to save your life.
2. Ready Your Stereo
Studies have shown that babies react to music on a cognitive level. But it’s not too late to reap the benefits of music therapy even if you didn’t play Mozart to your baby bump! There are apps that will allow you to make your own music with an exciting combination of beats, instruments and synthesizers, so you’ll be able to flex your creative muscles and boost your baby’s brainpower. Apps can be a great way to stimulate your child’s mind in general, so don’t be shy about going digital to educate them.
3. Buy Plenty of Scrapbooks
Be prepared to document absolutely everything about your baby’s first few years of life. This record-keeping urge will fade in time, but when everything is a “first,” you’ll be overcome with the need to mark it and remember it. Stock up on empty scrapbooks; prepare diaries and baby books where you can chronicle important milestones; make sure that you have a camera with fully-charged batteries.
4. Start Saving for College
It’s never too early! In fact, studies have shown that parents who start saving for college when their child is still small are more likely to keep up with the habit while their child grows. Go ahead and invest in those pesonalized piggy banks. Not only will they encourage you to keep saving, but they’ll also remind you of why you’re doing it.
These are just a few ways to prepare for your newest bundle of joy. You’re about to participate in a really exciting adventure, but as with any trip, it’s important to be ready before you start scaling the mountain!