The arrival of a baby at home is a real upheaval in the life of parents. Food, clothes, childcare items, books … There are so many things to plan! Without rushing to the stores from the third month of pregnancy, it is still recommended not to wait for the days preceding the term to buy the equipment and clothes your baby will need. It may indeed arrive earlier than expected.
Baby in preparation: how to prepare well for his arrival?
Planning a budget is not a bad idea: calculate in advance how much the kit will cost you, the shopping for bottles and meals, diapers …
Baby birth: when to start preparing for the baby’s arrival?
In general, it is recommended to start the preparations around the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy, that is, at the end of the second trimester and at the beginning of the third. You can start preparing your room, find out about childcare equipment, etc.
How to occupy yourself while waiting for the baby’s arrival: prepare your room!
You may be lucky enough to have a house or apartment large enough for your baby to have his own bedroom. Or you will surely set up a very cozy and quiet corner.
- In both cases, think a few months before his arrival to prepare everything. Indeed, if you have to paint, you have to wait a while before you can bring in a newborn;
- It is desirable to use washable, non-fragile materials, not dangerous from floor to ceiling. Your child will quickly crawl on all fours and want to explore his little world;
- We also check that the sockets are not too low or we install socket covers;
- To prevent allergies, it is better to avoid rugs or carpets. For toys, you will surely not miss them with the birth gifts (comforters, music box …).
Baby’s essentials checklist: what to buy?
The toiletry bag on the pharmacy side
You are not immune to your baby getting sick as soon as you get home. As a precaution, prepare him, with the advice of your doctor, a first aid kit. Slide in:
- Several doses of physiological serum. It will be useful for you to clean his nose with the baby nose device or his eyes;
- One antiseptic, a drying up (2% Eosine® type) and compresses for cord care;
- From rehydration fluids in case of diarrhea;
- For diaper rash, plan to take zinc oxide water-based paste ;
- One thermometer ;
- From paracetamol against fever;
- From gel to relieve her teething;
The toilet bag on the toilet side
In its toiletry bag, you will need:
- From wipes, practical if you have to move. Otherwise for his change usually prefer water and soap;
- One fogger thermal water to cleanse the face;
- For his bath, take a soap-free gel pump ;
- A pair of scissors to cut his nails and a nylon brush for her hair.
Essential childcare equipment
For his room, you will need choose between the pram and the bed. The latter is more practical because he can stay there until he is three years old. But the pram is very calming for babies, so check your surroundings to see if someone can lend you one for the first few months.
Add a changing table to be able to change it more easily and a small chest of drawers to store your things.
To move with him, opt for the pventral baby toe, a stroller with a pram, a shell seat to transport it in the car.
If you have to go away for a few days, buy or rent a folding bed. Go around your family and friends, they will surely have kept equipment to help you out.
Clothing and especially layette
This is the first point you need to worry about: the layette. Because you will need to dress your baby from birth! Do not hesitate to take the tour of your family and friends, they surely have little outfits and clothes to lend you.
- Pay attention to comfort, to the ease of maintenance, the absence of danger (ribbon, etc.) and synthetic materials (prefer softer cotton);
- Plan an outfit in “newborn” size and other pajamas or onesies in “1 month” because your child is getting fat and growing very quickly. So do not buy too much in advance but as it grows;
- Also think that your child will need to be well covered : hat, socks, waistcoats, cardigans, sleeping bag, bathrobe for getting out of the bath. But also bibs and some bodysuits which button on the side.
And if you want to get started in the in-house manufacture of knitwear, sweaters, for baby etc., you can find books with patterns, like Timeless for babies by Astrid Le Provost (Flammarion ed.).
Second-hand childcare: what to check before buying
You have decided to buy the second-hand crib, high chair or changing table. Nevertheless, be vigilant: worn items to outdated standards can be dangerous for your child. The key points to check before buying.
- Check the solidity and good general condition of the item. Don’t be fooled by appearance: you have no information on the conditions under which it was maintained and used. Some parts essential for safety can be damaged or worn. The only way is to test on the spot;
- Ask the seller for the date of the first purchase. If the item is old, it may no longer meet current standards at all. It can endanger the safety of the baby;
- Ask for the user manual so as not to make mistakes when assembling the item;
- Avoid the opportunity for children’s bed mattresses (hygiene issue) and coach seats, you do not know if they have already suffered an impact.
Finally, pay attention to the labels: the CE marking means that the product complies with the safety requirements set at European level. The NF mark indicates that the product meets the quality requirements of the French standard NF. In particular, the manufacturer has had his products checked in a workshop provided for this purpose or by a certified and independent laboratory.
How to prepare the eldest for the arrival of the baby?
Start talking to him about the baby from the start of pregnancy. When childbirth approaches, tell her what’s going to happen so she can know what to expect. Plan to help your family and friends for the first few weeks at home.
It is not the bedroom itself which conditions the child’s good mental health, but the way in which the parents will help him to appropriate space. In other words, the child has above all need to listen and pay attention to learn how to structure your place of life (sorting, tidying up, playing, working …), more than a single room.
The rules to follow for a good cohabitation:
- A space for everyone : each child must benefit from a individual surface to acquire his autonomy and build his personality: a play corner of his own, his own shelves to store his clothes, his toys, his books …
- The mutual respect : parents must make each child understand (especially the youngest) that he cannot touch his brother’s or sister’s business without his permission. Otherwise, the cohabitation will no longer be experienced by the children as sharing but as a frustration of their freedom.
- Acceptance of different rhythms of life : the elder needs peace to work? The parents ask the youngest to play in silence, or to play with them in the living room. Is the little one still taking naps? His big brother or his big sister lets him rest. Likewise, children should not go to bed at the same time : the eldest has the right to benefit from a slightly longer evening.
How to prepare your dog and cat for the arrival of a baby?
It’s not something you think about right away, and yet it can be a real problem when baby arrives home! If you have a dog, you will have to adjust to the new life with your baby. First of all, it is worth “avoid sudden changes“, advises Gabriella Atamy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, for the Affinity Petcare SA Foundation (Source 1). You need to get your dog used to stay alone longer by introducing activities that do not require your participation or your presence, such as being alone in your basket. Use interactive toys and let it have fun alone in another room“, advises the Foundation.
He must also be taught not to jump to say hello, to play without biting and … not to assimilate baby’s toys with his own! To do this, never use baby’s toys to play with your dog.
A cat requires less preparation because it is more independent. Nevertheless