Preparing for a baby can be mind boggling as there are so many different products out there, that it can be pretty overwhelming and lets face it expensive too.
Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan, on their new addition, their baby boy, Archie. It’s time for those sleepiness nights and nappy changing, and life does change from this point forward.
I wish I had been more prepared, and one piece of advice I would give to parents to be, is to set up a hospital bag as soon as possible. If I had realised and done my research beforehand, I would have made sure I had everything I needed, as my waters breaking at 31 weeks was a shock.
The items you will need are:
- Baby wipes
- Breast pads
- Maternity pads
- Cotton wool balls
- Couple of baby clothes, babygrows and couple of vests, of different sizes just in case
Please don’t spend money on a fancy changing bag, any bag will do as long as it got a few compartments and can fit in your items.
Make sure you have a cot, preferably one that can be leveled down, as your baby grows and you have a baby monitor in case baby is sleeping in another room.
You can also purchase a baby chair which rocks the baby back and forwards, but not necessarily needed to begin with, but is up to you.
Get as much sleep as you can, as when the baby comes sleep deprivation can be tough and for my husband and I this was a culture shock, and took a lot of time to adjust.
Remember to enjoy your baby, and that the time flies by so try to make the most of each day, as before you know it they are starting school.
I wish I had been more relaxed and I think if I had prepared myself a lot more I would have been.
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