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7 Things To Do Before Baby Arrives

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We all have fun buying baby clothes and picking out cribs for our little bundles of joy, but there’s more to becoming a parent than the color of your nursery and the type of diapers you’ll be using. There are several big decisions you need to make before baby gets here so you can relax and enjoy the amazing first weeks.

7 Things To Do Before Baby Arrives

Cord blood banking – While cord blood banking can provide some insurance for your child’s future health it can also come with a cost of several thousand dollars over your child’s 1st 18 years of life. Before your child is born you will need to research cord blood banking to decide if it’s something your family would like to do and can afford.

Circumcision – There are two sides to this debate and both feel equally passionate. Nay-sayers insist that there are several reasons you should not circumcise your little man, with most focusing on the idea that circumcision is actually genital mutilation that reduces the sensitivity of the penis. On the other hand, many believe that removing the foreskin decreases the chance of infection, especially once your little man is old enough to bathe himself but not quite good at it yet. There are also religious tenants that require circumcision. Make sure that you have analyzed arguments for both sides for making a final decision.

Formula or Breastfeeding – It’s important to know if you will be breastfeeding or if you will be using formula once your baby is born. If you are nervous about trying breastfeeding you can check with your local hospitals for breastfeeding classes that discuss the basics and provide support to new moms.

Religion – Typically couples will have already decided what religion they will practice. But if you find that your religious beliefs are no longer in line with one another, now is the time to discuss how you will raise your child and which religion(s), if any, they will be practicing.

Childcare – There are several options in the childcare arena. Childcare centers tend to offer a more rigorous curriculum as your child ages, and really good centers will offer a number or enrichment activities for your child through the week (anything from swim lessons to gymnastics). Home-based childcare usually has one or two caregivers in their home and a lower total number of children than center-based care. While the center would group children by age, home-based childcare will have children that are a range of ages. In-home childcare means you will be bringing a sitter or a nanny into your home to care for your child. Many families also ‘nanny share’ to help reduce the cost of hiring a private childcare provider. Finally, SAHMs and SAHDs (or SAHPs as we like to call them) are also a childcare alternative for you. Being a Stay At Home Parent has risen in popularity recently, with millions of people choosing to leave work to care for their children full-time. And not all SAHPs completely drop out of the workforce. Many are also working online or working from home as a way to help fill any financial gaps.

Godparents – If you are going to be naming godparents for you child you need to decide who they will be before your child is born. There is a rush of excitement when a new baby is born and the last thing you want to do in the fog of new baby bliss is tell your crazy 3rd cousin Chelsea she can be the godmother.

Will – It seems like a morbid thing to do just before welcoming a new baby into your family, but wills protect your children and provide final directions for their care if something terrible happens to both parents. Take the extra step to decide who you would want to care for your child and how you would like any assets preserved for their future.

Taking the time to make important decisions before your baby arrives will pay off big in the long run. Plus it’ll leave you more time once your peanut is born to cuddle, which is the best part of motherhood.