Bringing a new baby home doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, with just a little bit of planning, it's possible to bring your newborn into a peaceful and organized household, Peter says. Peter talks with an expert author, the mother of quintuplets and second-time parents about the dos and don'ts when it comes to organizing your home for a baby.
When you have a new baby, it's easy to get overwhelmed—your workload doubles and your free time is cut in half. Peter Walsh says there are small things you can do that will help you to better enjoy the first weeks and months of being a new parent:
In the months before the birth of her first baby, Dani Rasmussen kept a detailed checklist that later became the book 40 Weeks +: The Essential Pregnancy Organizer. "I started putting together my own checklist of things I needed to do to get ready, and by the end of my pregnancy, I had a big notebook full and I decided I wanted to share it with everybody else," she says.
Dani shares tips about the essential things she says many new parents forget to do before the baby is born:
Seven years ago, Gina gave birth to quintuplets. Gina tells Peter that keeping life as simple and organized as possible was her saving grace while caring for five newborns.
Gina shares tips she says can help parents get through the first few weeks with one—or many—newborns!
The new experiences of being a first time parent are exciting and exhausting, but when you are the parent of a newborn and a toddler, consider yourself ready for a challenge!
Christian Oliver is the father of two boys—a 2-year-old and a newborn. "It is as wonderful as everyone will tells you it will be, but it is also difficult—remember to eat!" he says.
Christian shares tips to help you prepare to bring home baby number two:
Published on July 20, 2007