Thursday, October 27, 2005

10 Things To Do Before the Baby Arrives

  1. Choose a Pediatrician Your newborn will be checked within 24 hours of their birth along with regular appointments after 2 weeks so it's good to have a pediatrician beforehand. Doing this ahead of time can give you the assurance that you have the best possible doctor and that you feel comfortable with him/her.
  2. Clean House! The last thing you want to do when you come home is to have a messy house so if you clean now, you'll just feel better and you can focus all of your attention on the newest member to the family.
  3. Install Your Car Seat This is a biggie! I've covered this in the past - it's important to install your car seat properly and correctly. Visit seatcheck.org to find an inspection site in your city.
  4. Child Care? If you plan on working, it's best to look into your child care options. Ask friends, ask your neighbors - weigh the options between day care, a nanny or a family member.
  5. What's In Your Medicine Cabinet? You don't need the whole pharmacy in your cabinet, but it's good to have the basics: Tylenol, cotton swabs, diaper rash ointment, alcohol, ibprofen, infant medicine dropper, baby nail clippers, nasal bulb syringe, saline nose drops, oral electrolyte solution, digital rectal thermometer.
  6. Decide on Circumcision If you are expecting a boy, you will want to have this decision made. Whether you look to religion, your family, your doctor for the answer - consider all the options.
  7. Decide on Cord Blood Banking Cord blood stem cells have the potential to save over 80 diseases - are you going to bank or not? Many who choose to bank consider doing so as a form of life insurance in the case that you hope you would never need it.
  8. Best Route to the Hospital If you are giving birth at a nearby hospital or somewhere else other than home, consider all the ways to get there and plan on how you will get there.
  9. Pack that Bag! Half of all deliveries come early so be sure to have that bag packed!
  10. Take a Nursing Class If you are breastfeeding, it will come naturally to some and it won't for others. Taking a nursing class can help you figure out what's going on.
  11. Bonus
  12. Enjoy This Time!