How Prepared Are You?
You've given yourself a while to allow reality to set in. You're going to be a parent! Okay, maybe it still shocks you a little to realize that you will be responsible for another human being, but the least you can do is make sure you are physically prepared even if you aren't quite mentally ready! From the moment you realize a baby is on the way the preparations begin and never seem to stop from that moment on. It can be daunting but if you take the nine months you have before the baby arrives and prepare a little bit at a time you will have no need to worry! This is one area of life where you do not want to procrastinate!
Hospital & Insurance Info
Check your insurance policy. It's important to call right away and check out what kind of pregnancy benefits program you have on your insurance. Make note of the length of covered hospital stay, visiting nurse services, and well-baby coverage. Schedule monthly pre-natal visits and once you are into your 3rd trimester see if your hospital allows you to pre-register to avoid checking in delays at the time of labor.
While your most valuable source of info may be your own mom or even friends who have gone through the process, it is still important to educate yourself the best you can. This includes reading a few pregnancy books that will help you understand things that other's may not have thought of to tell you. "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is a popular source known to be loaded with useful information. So head to your local library or bookstore and check out a few interesting books that will help you become educated about the pregnancy experience!
Once the new addition to your family arrives you won't have a second to paint or purchase last minute items! Do yourself a favor and have the nursery prepared before you go into labor. Essential items you should have are...
- Car Seat
- Supply of diapers
- Baby Clothes
- Baby Bath
Having a baby can put quite a pinch on the budget. It seems there are so many items to get and only so many funds! Here are a few tips on ways to be frugal while preparing for your baby.
Borrow Items from friends and family
Wait for gifts before running out and making purchases
Check out local garage sales for great cheap finds!
You don't need everything!
Don't forget to pack a bag full of everything you might need for your stay in the hospital! Make sure to pack everything from Chap Stick to button down nightgowns for breastfeeding! You will never be happier that you were prepared to bring your baby into the world and were able to focus completely on that wonderful gift!