When you’re expecting a baby, it can often feel like a chaotic juggling act. You’re balancing your emotions and your fears, your excitement and your anticipation, you’re also conscious of your partner’s feelings and it’s a race against time to have everything in place before the new arrival makes their grand entrance.
Knowing you have everything organised and ready for your baby will certainly give you peace of mind. But how can you be sure that you have everything you need? Have you overlooked something? Read on to discover some simple new parent essentials that will put your mind at ease.
Your baby may not have arrived just yet, but it’s never too early to start thinking about their future. More parents than ever are planning ahead and building a brighter, financial future for their children through junior ISAs.
A junior ISA gives parents the flexibility to deposit up to £9000 each year for their child and it’s completely tax-free. The money deposited belongs to the child and can only be accessed when they turn 18, giving you plenty of time to contribute as much as you wish into their savings. This selfless gesture could help to get them on the property ladder, put a down payment on their first car, access driving lessons or help them to fulfil their travel dreams. Knowing that your child’s financial future is looking bright, will bring you total peace of mind.
You’re probably as ready as you can be for labour, and you have everything in place for the baby when he/she arrives. But, what about you? Mothers are often forgotten about once the baby arrives, yet they can need the most care! Having a range of essentials ready for when you’re in the hospital and when you return home will make post-partum recovery much easier and hopefully, faster. Consider stocking up on the following items:
- Mesh underwear to save all your favourite underwear from certain ruin
- Painkillers for those afterpains and to help with discomfort
- Perineal cooling pads to help with swelling and discomfort
- Breastfeeding cooling pads, to help you as you get used to nursing (if applicable)
- Plenty of your favourite meals, pre-made and frozen in the freezer!
Clean and fresh baby clothes
This step is optional, but it may put your mind at ease, especially if you’re worried about your newborn’s sensitive skin. Washing their new clothes, whether they’re store-bought, been in storage or bought second hand ensures they’re 100% clean, soft and ready for the new arrival. They’ll smell great too. Prepping all the baby clothes is an activity you and your partner could do together.
And finally, get to know your baby’s car seat
You won’t be allowed to leave the hospital via car if you don’t have a car seat ready. So, get to know your baby’s car seat before the big day. Ensure it’s fitted correctly and that you can install and remove the seat with ease. You don’t want to be wrestling with a car seat whilst your newborn is crying! Doing this now will certainly make your life easier.