Busy or not, the arrival of a baby is insanely taunting yet extremely exciting. Becoming a parent can feel like you’ve moved to a different planet. The days and nights are upside down, you’re handling a lot of new equipment, and there’s a tiny alien yelling in a language you don’t understand. And what’s with that weird smell?
While moving into this strange new world may seem like a daunting task, you can take comfort in knowing that many have gone before you – and now they can’t imagine living anywhere else. Do take note that one of the most cautious drives you’ll ever take is the one bringing your baby home with you for the first time.
Newborns look and feel fragile, and they represent a new world of uncertainty. Here’s what you need to know to make your transition to parenthood easier, and how do I put this… the truth to what is needed without the fancy unnecessary fabrications that just get dusty and cost a bomb!
It’s true: There’s no official instruction manual for becoming a parent, but let this article give that a shot
Firstly, you’re not the first parent to wonder why you’ve been entrusted with a little person without an instruction manual. The 40 weeks (give or take) of pregnancy allow time for more than just picking out names; it’s your opportunity to plan and prepare for this new being and member of the family. The more you know about your newborn, the better equipped you’ll be when they arrive, so sit tight and listen carefully.
Diapers, wet wipes, a week of clothes, car seat, stroller, oh my! Or, shall we say, “Oh buy?” It’s easy to get overwhelmed by everyone telling you what you “need” for your baby – not to mention the sheer volume of choices available for each product, and then having to wonder what brand is best besides the one that costs the price of a laptop.
But before you max out your credit card, do a little research. While certain supplies are definitely essential (you’re going to need a lot of diapers for instance), others are purely optional (did your parents use a baby wipe warmer for you? I highly doubt it). A little research will keep you from a hefty dose of buyer’s remorse, trust us mommies.
Most important, keep in mind that new safety standards mean some items that used to be must-haves are now definite no-no’s, like drop-side cribs. Our article below will allow you to navigate the aisles safely…
Budgeting And Be Realistic
Baby gear, clothes, diapering supplies, and childcare can add up pretty quickly if you are not cautious. If you – like most of us – are on a budget, planning ahead for these extra expenses can help ease the financial burden when the clock starts ticking.
Your baby’s impending arrival also heralds a host of decisions you might not have given thought to before, like constructing a will, choosing life insurance, and starting a college fund, and even before all that preparing for the initial arrival.
While it may be tempting to leave these things on the back burner until your kid absolutely out of diapers, it’s best to take the plunge and start thinking about them before your baby arrives. They may seem like distant worries now, but they can turn into a big headache later, so it’s time to prepare a supply for the first month, and work out the brands you are going to stick to. That way you can come up with a monthly allowance set aside, so the bills don’t creep up on you.
But it’s not all bad! Along with a price tag, a baby brings tax breaks. Don’t forget to read up on those, too and run run run for all the sales you see that hint “BABY”
Baby and Nursery Gear
Allow us to make two essential lists
- Changing Mat
- Clothes for a month
- Car Seat
- Baby carrier
The above list shows us the narrowed down essentials needed as a starter pack for babies, the things that could be used on a day to day basis and is quite essential for your babies well being and safety in this modern age.
Babies Health Care
A new finding has now recommended something innovative in medicine- The preservation of the cells from the placenta. This helps aid the baby with the baby every needs additional cells or bone marrow in the future. Setting this up for your child is easy, it simply takes a Google search to find your nearest offering clinic or hospital and you just have to register yourself and the company will retrieve your placenta and formulate the cells from you post delivery.
Secondly, another thing that is recommended for parents to register for is medical insurance over themselves and their newborns to be. This aids additional security in the future is an incident or accidents were to take place. We never know nowadays how things are going to play out and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
New Born Basics
They call that first baby the “practice baby” for a reason and that is because new parents usually learn as they go, no book, no friend, no family member and certainly no YouTube video is going to really teach you – “the touch”. While you can’t prepare for everything (just wait for your first public blowout), getting a few basics under your belt can be a tremendous help, and the source for these is the media. So absorb the techniques and mold them to be your own once your baby is in your midst.
You might consider taking a newborn class that covers basics like diapering and bathing, or asking for a little tutorial from a family member or friend will suffice just as well. You can also familiarize yourself with baby care basics by browsing the internet, though remember – that practice baby won’t always be practiced. Soon you’ll be a parenting pro!!
Maternity and Paternity Leave
Ok, allow us to make a comparison with the US, here is a statement of information from the US. New parents are allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, without risk of losing their job, by the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). With this being said, you may not be eligible if your company is small or you haven’t been at your job long (past probation period).
During the tabling of Budget 2018 on Oct 27,2017 Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the mandatory maternity leave for the private sector had been increased from 60 to 90 days, as in the public sector.
Depending on where you work, you may get several weeks of maternity leave during which you’re paid part or all of your normal paycheck and this is typically covered by a short-term disability plan. In the circumstance you don’t get paid leave or you want to supplement it, you can cobble together vacation time, sick time, and unpaid leave. Paternity leave is just as varied as maternity leave.
Study the options in your workplace, and beforehand you need to calculate and decide how much leave you with you take and apply for it early so that you can re-plan it if it isn’t possible as wished.
Now breathe out, everything’s going to be okay, you are not alone in this. These are the initials, get this in place, and of course figure out which direction you are going to turn to during your confinement month – care, bed rest, exercise, work, which ever you choose make sure to stay warm, nutritional and rested. We all freaked out at this stage, so keep it together, it does work out!