If you are expecting a newborn soon, the one thing you should know for sure is that proper planning will make the transition to motherhood smoother. But how do you effectively plan for your baby’s grand entry? Well, the best way is to create a newborn baby checklist to help you prepare. Perhaps you are wondering what to include as you prepare the checklist. This guide is here to help. Let us take a look at things you ought to include in the list.
Have an Insurance Cover
Having an insurance cover helps to massively slash your medical bill. It is good to have an insurance company that covers several pregnancy-related costs including antenatal or childbirth costs. If you are using “grandfathered” insurance plans, perhaps some cost coverage isn’t guaranteed because such plans don’t enjoy the privileges enshrined in the Obama care initiative. The best thing is to inquire from your insurance company about the categories of costs they cover in regards to pregnancy. If there is some relevant and sensible additional money you need to add for substantial coverage, then you might be obliged to do so. Most insurance companies will however cover you and your baby for one or two months and afterwards, treat you as separate persons.
Get Some Childbirth and Infant-Care Tips or Classes
Conception is natural but good pregnancy, childbirth, and infant-care practices might not come naturally. Things like breastfeeding, swaddling, and labour for example have a matrix of factors that determine their effectiveness. The good thing is that you can always get good baby ideas from experienced professionals & experts via blogs, sites, podcasts and other forums. You can also take childbirth and infant-care classes. All these will help you prepare for your baby arrival.
Plan your Family Leave
Sooner or later, you will be obliged to take a job leave. Remember the Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees employees an unpaid maternity leave of not less than 12 weeks. Depending on your employer, you might have different levels of payments both for maternity and paternity.
Therefore, you need to inquire from your employer about the dynamics of your leave so that you have important information to help you plan yourself in advance.
Map out a Budget
Having a child is no doubt expensive and hence money is required. The easiest yet effective option is to start saving. While most people would create a budget for the first few years, say one or two, it is highly recommended that you map out a long-term budget that towers to schooling and extracurricular activities. Leverage saving accounts and draw a crystal-clear plan on how you are going to fetch the money. You can use your salary, business gains, or contributions from friends or family to expand your budget and seamlessly meet the financial obligation of a newborn.
Do Some Necessary Home Repairs
When the baby finally arrives, your time becomes so squeezed that you might not have time or energy to fix some things in your house. Whether it is some holes on the wall or lighting problems among others, it is important to fix them while you haven’t welcomed the baby. If one or both of you are handy, then you can fix it. Otherwise, hire a handyman and get those repairs done while the clock still favours you.
Have a Birth Plan
Deciding on a suitable birth plan is important because you personally define how and where you are going to get your child. You have to decide whether you need a C-section or water birth, hospital or home delivery, epidural or all-natural among others. Of course, you can’t just wake up and decide on a birth plan. You have to consult your Ob-Gyn or midwife. Make sure you highlight your preferences, conditions, and other personal factors to get the right advice.
Get a Pediatrician
You should not just focus all your energy and efforts on your pregnancy and delivery. Think about your newborn’s health after entering the world full of uncertainties. Of course, an infant is more fragile than you are and therefore requires special care from a paediatrician. There are many paediatricians across the country but finding the right one is a great move in the right direction.
- Don’t just work with any paediatrician. You can get some good recommendations from family members and friends. You can also try reputable online paediatrics search tools to ensure you get certified ones.
Prepare your Child’s Essentials
Once your child makes a grand entry, there are several essentials ranging from basic to secondary needs that your baby requires. These clothing, feeding, diapering, nursery, bathing, linens, and sleep essentials among others. Draw out all the necessary child’s essentials so that you can prepare in advance as to how you are going to acquire them.
Select a Healthcare Provider
Choosing between an Ob-Gyn and a certified nurse-midwife is a fundamental question for every woman that needs frictionless delivery. While the former is common in the US, the latter is gaining popularity and is being adopted by scores more than it was in the past. Making the right choice as to who delivers your baby is very critical and you need to be cautious before selecting an Ob-Gyn or a midwife. You need to analyze your situation before arriving at your final decision. For example, if you have a serious medical condition or need a C-section, an Ob-Gyn is no doubt the best option. Again, you can get recommendations from colleagues, friends, or family members. It would also be economically good if your health insurance covers their services as well.
Have a Child Care Plan
Perhaps when your job leave expires, your employer expects you to report to work. Of course, you would like to leave your child in good hands or simply far miles away from anything that puts your child’s safety and wellbeing at a risk. There are several options available including nannies, daycare centres, family members, or home daycares. Just explore and see the option that suits you the most so that you can start making the necessary preparations.
From our discussion, it is quite evident that welcoming a newborn isn’t just about sitting and waiting for the D-day but rather involves a series of preparations. Just follow this checklist and be sure to have a smooth preparation for your baby’s arrival.