Bringing a new person into the world is a joy and an honour, but for most mums it’s also a time of worry and anxiety. Although it’s natural to be concerned about how you’ll fare as a parent in the run up to giving birth, there are lots of steps you can take to make your life easier when your baby arrives.
Take a look at my top tips to ensure that your transition from pregnancy to motherhood goes smoothly so you can enjoy the experience fully.
Nesting is a common aspect of pregnancy but there’s a very good reason why women spend endless hours preparing their homes for a new arrival.
The more organised and ready you are when your baby arrives the easier you will find it. As well as giving your home a good clear out and ensuring you have all the essentials like cradles, blankets and bottle sterilisers, it’s also a good idea to consider the practicalities of your white goods.
For many mothers it can seem that the last few weeks of pregnancy are a whirlwind of washing and drying, so if your white goods have seen better days then consider buying replacements. You can find washing machines on credit easily if you don’t want to buy outright, including effective washer driers that will take a lot of the effort out of keeping baby’s clothes clean.
Sort out your outfits
Make sure you’ve got plenty of comfortable clothing for after the birth so that you can find outfits to slip into easily once your baby arrives. It’s a good idea when purchasing maternity clothes that can adjust to your shape as it changes, so you won’t need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe in a few weeks’ time.
If you’re planning on breast feeding then find a maternity bra a month or so before you’re due and wear it to check that it’s going to be comfortable, particularly as your breasts grow.
Make a list
A few weeks before your baby is born, make a list of all the things you’ll need for the first few weeks, such as nappies, baby grows, creams, bottles, milk powder, blankets and baby bathing equipment. Check off the list to make sure you have all the essentials to hand when your baby is born, so you can relax and enjoy being a new mother.
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