Having your first baby can be overwhelming! Prepare with these simple steps.

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Are you having your first baby and looking for some tips on preparing for your baby’s birth? After having my first baby, there were many things I wished I knew to prepare for!

If you’re a perfectionist, like me, then preparing for your first baby is an all-consuming task.

There are so many resources it’s difficult to know where to begin. And experienced mommies take a lot of things for granted — they have forgotten what it was like to be a new mom!

Well, it’s still fresh in my memory, and because supplies were limited when my son was born, I know how difficult it can be. (My son was born during the level 5 lockdown of the pandemic.)

Step #1: Don’t Be Too Proud Or Scared To Ask For Help

Preparing for your first baby, giving birth and then coping with a newborn can be a very overwhelming time in a woman’s life.

Don’t be scared or too proud to ask for help, mama. Most people will be more than willing to help out if they only knew what you needed help with.

Step #2: Prepare Food In Advance

You will have very little time or energy to cook once your baby is born. Prepare some food in advance that you can freeze and reheat later.

Step #3: Prepare For Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding does not come as naturally as you would expect.

I know there are lactation consultants and midwives, but I strongly suggest checking out the Thompson Method

And prepare while you are pregnant already, so you know how to prevent breastfeeding trauma.

Step #4: Newborn Products You Should Have

  • Coconut oil helps with a lot of things, from cradle cap to moisturising your baby’s skin.
  • Sleepsuits that zip up, with feet — it’s a lot easier to manage diaper changes in the middle of the night with these than with the press-studs.
  • A thermometer with a humidity reader will make it easier for you to decide how warmly to dress your baby. The humidity reader will let you know whether you should put a humidifier on. If the air is too dry, it can clog up your baby’s nose. Experts recommend a humidity of between 30% to 50%.
  • Small baby beanbag — you can warm this up to put on your baby’s tummy to help them with gas, and it will also provide them comfort.
  • Bigger beanbag or water bottle — you can warm these up and put them in your baby’s cot to warm up the linen. Your baby will be less likely to wake up if you put her down in a warm spot.
  • Medicine dropper or syringe— a medicine dropper is the easiest way to get medications into your baby when they’re so small. They can’t drink tablets, and a spoon won’t work.

I hope these tips helped. I tried to stay away from the more commonly mentioned ones! Moms are superheroes, don’t worry, you got this!

Click here for a handy list of newborn clothing sizes from favourite SA shops.

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