8 Things To Remember Before Bringing Your New Baby Home

You have a new baby coming and it's getting closer and closer to the big day. If it's your first child, you are pretty much bonkers crazy with trying to prepare mentally, as well as get the house in order. If this is not your first rodeo, it's still a daunting task without a doubt. Getting everything ready for the big day and for the arrival of your little addition doesn't have to be completely overwhelming. Here are 8 things to remember before bringing your new baby home.

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1. Get used to the idea of being utterly and completely exhausted.
You won't be sleeping much any time soon. And that's ok. Yes, the first few weeks or months can be a very trying time. You can prep all you want and "sleep as much as you can" prior to the big day, but there's not much to prepare you for the sleep deprivation that will ensue. Just deal with it as best as you can and if you are home try to nap when the baby naps. Drink tons of caffeine and enjoy the ride. It may seem like a lifetime, but it passes, quickly enough, so try your best to not freak out too much. Oh yeah..let the nurses take the baby when you are in the hospital. It's your last grasp at normalcy for a while!

2. Prepare the baby's room now.
We all love the idea of having the perfect nursery. It looks wonderful in the magazines, it feels fantastic when you are liking some amazing pins, and we all love the idea of having the perfect place for your little one to sleep and play. I love it all. No matter what it is you are planning to do, be as realistic as you can be and get it all done with weeks to go before the baby is to arrive. There's no time like the present and this can't be more true in this case. Yes, it seems like you have all of those 40 weeks to get it done, but time flies, things happen, life is tricky. You don't want to be caught off guard, or, if you're like me, stuck with bedrest, hospitals, and babies coming 3 weeks early. Just do it now. Even if it just sits there. It's ok. You want it to be done the way you want it to be done. Don't complicate your life further. The baby will do all of that on his or her own.

3. Buy a great baby monitor.
This is something you should splurge on. Pick out the best you can afford, even if it seems excessive. It's such a wonderful piece of mind, you don't know. What's more important than the baby’s safety...nothing. What's second to that...your sanity. Do me a favor, if it has cameras, multiple handsets, even wi-fi link-up, just do it. You will feel so much better. Trust me, you won't want to let it go. You will use this way past the point that you really need to. The baby has bumpers and a security blanket. This is yours.

4. It's not silly...get a rocking chair.
This may seem like something that's excessive, quaint, and even outmoded...but it's not. Depending on how you and your little one operate, it could be your saving grace. Natalie was super colicky and she would be up all night. The one thing that relaxed her and kept me comfortable through it all was the chair. Sure it can seem big and maybe out of place, but it works and it's fantastic. I would think that pretty every baby likes this type of motion and the chair makes it all smoother and easier than you could do while standing up. It's MUCH easier when you are feeding your little one, too. Sure, you might not be getting that muscle-ripping workout this way, but I think you'll be happier. Bill got so attached, he doesn't want to give it up!

5. Get on a schedule.
No, it's not always perfect. Yes, you have every intention to make it perfect. Do your best and you'll thank yourself later. Get into some habits and onto a schedule right away. Try to get the baby to eat and sleep at similar times each day. Get yourself into a schedule, too. Take some of the uncertainty and guesswork out of the day. It's better for the baby and much better for you.

6. Try your best to prepare everyone in the family.
This is pretty much the biggest life change you will ever experience. Get yourself, your spouse, your kids, and anyone else in your lives about as ready as you or they can be. Be conscious that everyone will have their lives turned upside down and that everyone in the family is just as important as they ever were. It's also great if everyone feels involved in caring for the new baby, so think of things that everyone can do once he/she comes home. This goes for your spouse, your kids, your dog...everybody

7. Baby proof your house.
Babies get into everything. Sure they don't do much at first, but before you can blink, they are crawling then hobbling then running and getting into just about everything. Stuff you never thought possible. Pad the table corners, cover the outlets, deadlock the doors. Gates are your friend. So is everything sensitive you can imagine. From laundry detergent to the scent in your house, everything has to be as sweet, subtle, and baby-friendly as possible.

8. Acknowledge and accept how mind-blowingly fantastic it all is.
You're bringing a new life into this world. Hello. It's kind of a big deal. Revel in it. Celebrate it. Get really excited about it. Get nervous about it. Savor every bit of it. Time flies and anyone with kids knows that it moves so much faster when you have kids. It's a big deal, but it's also a lot of fun. Don't make it a job. Don't worry too much (worry, but not too much). Try your best to take it all in and appreciate what it's all about. I know it's hard, especially if you don't have a child yet, but trust me...don't let it get away from you. Before you know it they are walking, talking, going to school, and getting married. What? You bet. I can't believe my oldest will be 11 in June. My little baby just turned 3! It's madness and life has a way of making you forget

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To find out more, please check out the following and best of luck in getting ready!!! Enjoy every minute...even the most crazy ones you don't think you will ever survive! ;o)

This is a sponsored post in partnership with CafeMom and Renuzit® brand. All opinions, suggestions, and commiseration is my own.

Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

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