- Get informed
- Anticipate purchases before welcoming baby
- Preparing for childbirth (and parenthood!)
- Prepare for postpartum
- Thinking (already) about after maternity leave
Before any practical aspect, it can be useful for future parents to find out: about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, their future new role as parents... Finding out, reading and informing yourself allows you to better prepare yourself , to collect a certain amount of useful information, to alleviate fears and doubts and to prepare for the arrival of the baby on a practical level without omitting any major points. Everyone can get information in their own way: listen to programs on parenting, watch documentaries on how to welcome a baby, follow podcasts on the subject, participate in discussion groups such as our Entre Mamans circles, read books … These theoretical data must of course be adapted to your life and your personality, but they can constitute an interesting basis for reflection.
To inform you about postpartum, our book Mama Saver is a wealth of informed information thanks to expert interviews and testimonials from mothers. You can find it in our Mama Saver postpartum kit, combined with 5 other postpartum essentials.
Anticipate purchases before welcoming baby
You will quickly realize: the arrival of a baby generates some expenses ! Bed, car seat and stroller are among the essential childcare items, just like clothes, diapers and baby care. Because these purchases can represent a significant budget, it is better to anticipate them and spread them out over time.
Besides, have you thought about making a birth list ? In an online store or in a store, the birth list is very practical for directing your loved ones to gift ideas that would please you, or the products that you need. A personalized changing bag, a baby monitor, a matching mother/child t-shirt, a care box... Write down each gift and share the list among your loved ones or each time you are asked what you are missing for baby . And then if we ask you what would make you happy for yourself...(and yes, you also have to think about the mother-to-be!), you can definitely suggest that they offer you the Mama Saver postpartum kit that we mentioned a little higher, or care to pamper you, you deserve it!
The significant advantage of a birth list? This will prevent you from ending up with two deckchairs and fifty items of clothing size 3 months ;-) Remember to include gifts for all budgets, and to clearly specify if you need certain items before the birth (for example, clothes to bring in the maternity ward, a baby sling that you want to use immediately, or even decoration for the baby's room).
Speaking of the baby's room , if you have some work to do or furniture to buy, we can only recommend that you do not wait until the last moment. Already because preparing your little cocoon is a good way to plan ahead and make the upcoming birth more concrete for you, the future parents. And you never know, your little one might be in a bit of a hurry to arrive, and having everything prepared in advance will take a lot of weight off your shoulders. (not to mention the stress of leaving to give birth with a house under construction!) The same goes for the maternity suitcase : around 7 months of pregnancy, it is time to prepare it to cover any eventuality.
Preparing for childbirth (and parenthood!)
Perhaps you have been offered to take childbirth preparation courses ? From the 6th month of pregnancy, each pregnant woman has the opportunity to take 7 courses with a midwife , fully covered by Social Security. And this, whether it is a first child or not.
The content of the courses varies depending on your midwife: she will be able to offer you relaxation sessions, swimming pool activities, but also more theoretical courses, in which she will detail the different stages of childbirth and teach you how to breathe properly. and to push well on the big day, etc.
Your midwife will discuss concrete topics around baby care (how to bathe him, blow his nose, feeding an infant, sleeping, breastfeeding, etc.), sometimes with workshops where you can practice with a plastic doll. She will give you information and valuable practical advice to organize yourself well and prepare you for your role as parents. Of course your partner - the future father or your partner - is welcome and can attend these sessions alongside you, to also benefit from this valuable information. This will allow him, on the one hand, to properly prepare for the baby's arrival at your side, and on the other hand to give a concrete aspect to the upcoming birth, to help him feel a little more involved ( e) in this pregnancy where you are the only one carrying the child.
Note that some maternity centers or associations organize workshops for future and young parents. This can be a very good idea to meet other couples in the same situation as you and share your experience.
Prepare for postpartum
However, this period is intense: you will have to recover physically from childbirth, manage the psychological aspect which is not always obvious and devote yourself fully to your baby. Getting ahead of certain tasks and defining a framework will be very useful!
In particular, you can prepare meals that you freeze and distribute tasks in advance with your partner in order to make everyday life more fluid. You can also set visiting times for your loved ones in order to keep calmer moments in your daily life.
To help you with this organization, we have created a postpartum checklist. Do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we would be delighted to share it with you.
Thinking (already) about after maternity leave
It's difficult to plan towards returning to work when the baby isn't even here yet. During pregnancy and the first weeks of the child's life, you will probably just want to make the most of your life as a young parent (and you will be right!) But it is also important to think a little further ahead and to arrange childcare , if you plan to return to work at the end of your maternity leave. In some cities, applications for admission to crèche must be submitted from the very beginning of pregnancy, in others finding a childminder is an obstacle course: so remember to anticipate the care of your child. This also applies if you wish to follow up with parental leave: it is better to notify your employer early enough so that they can organize themselves.
You will have understood that to properly prepare for the arrival of your baby, it is better to anticipate, whether by obtaining everything you need in advance, by taking childbirth preparation courses, or by planning a mode of care well in advance. Freed from chores and time-consuming tasks, you will be able to fully concentrate on your little wonder as soon as she shows up! We wish you a wonderful meeting with your baby.