Organizing for a New Baby
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Ask for cash in lieu of gifts and hire a cleaning person to help you around the house.
- Ask friends and family to prepare meals for the first few weeks after the baby is born.
- Join a moms group so you can ask questions and learn from other moms.
Dani shares tips about the essential things she says many new parents forget to do before the baby is born:
- Get a life insurance policy. If something happens to you, your child needs to be taken care of financially.
- Make a will and list guardianship for your child in the event of your death.
- Stock your pantry. The grocery store may be the last place you want to go with a newborn.
- Take your pet to the veterinarian. Making sure your pet is healthy and caught up on shots and treatments will reduce pet emergencies after the baby is born.
Gina shares tips she says can help parents get through the first few weeks with one—or many—newborns!
- Don't splurge on big-ticket baby items right away—buy them as you need them.
- Put the baby on a schedule. Keep a chart of when you feed them, change them and put them down for a nap.
- Don't pick the baby up every time he or she makes a noise. Gina says that this practice helps babies learn how to self-soothe.
- Only give the baby a nighttime feeding if they wake up, otherwise Gina says the baby will not learn to sleep through the night.
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:
- Prepare your other child for the new baby by talking with them and reading them children's books about the subject.
- Spend extra time with your first child after the new baby comes home.
- Bite the bullet and buy a minivan. Even though he vowed he would never own one, Christian says he likes the convenience of a minivan for his growing family.