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If you have a baby on board, you’ve likely gotten all the significant preparations out of the way. The nursery is all set, you’ve got plenty of diapers, and you’ve read all the baby books you can. In the chaos of expecting your first child, you don’t want to leave any stone unturned.
Here are a few more things to do before you bring your baby home.
Get the Car Ready
When you get discharged from the hospital, you won’t want to spend any time setting up a car seat or cleaning out the passenger seating for more space. Before leaving for the hospital, you should prepare a newborn-ready car. Have a safe and reliable car seat already installed. Make sure to have room for overnight bags.
Make a Few Meals Ahead of Time
The first few days at home with your baby might feel a little hectic as you all adjust. Making time to prepare meals might not be in the cards while you tend to your newborn and find time for you and your partner to rest. Instead, prepare a few frozen meals ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about cooking.
Reach Out To Friends and Family
Having a helper or two will make a big difference in the early stages of bringing your baby home. Reach out to a trusted friend or family member that may be willing to spend a few nights or even just a few hours a day giving you a helping hand.
Find a Pediatrician
Your baby will need to see a pediatrician within their first few days of being released from the hospital. Don’t wait until you’re home to research the right match. Take your time to find the correct doctor before the baby comes. You’ll want to have your new pediatrician on call when the baby arrives, in case of any emergencies.
Prepare Multiple Outfits
Taking care of the little things can make a difference in the first days. Before bringing your newborn home, wash multiple outfits, and have them ready to go. You don’t want to be fiddling with tags and unwashed onesies when your baby needs an unexpected outfit change.
Make sure to cover all your bases before your newborn arrives for an easier transition into parenting life. Here’s what to do before you bring your baby home to better prepare.