Are you an expectant mom wondering how to prepare for the arrival of your tiny pumpkin? We get it. The anxiety can be nerve-racking, especially if you’re a first-time mom. The good news is, you’re not alone. Many new parents simply don’t have a clue on where to start when preparing for a newborn.
Nevertheless, we’ve got you covered on three ways to prepare for the arrival of a new baby. It doesn’t matter if this is your first baby or third baby. These tips will help calm your anxieties and leave you feeling ready to welcome your new bundle of joy.
1. Be futuristic with your plans.
Let’s face it, one of the most exciting things about preparing for a baby is buying all those cute baby items and interior decor for their room. However, as exciting as this might be, we’ll advise that you pull the brakes and slow down with the nursery decorations.
Instead, be futuristic with your plans by thinking of a five-year plan. This way, you can avoid renovating it after a couple of years because your child feels the bedroom is too “babyish.”
For instance, instead of going all out on expensive paints and art decor, you can opt for vinyl removable wallpaper installation. You see, a removable vinyl wallpaper (also referred to as adhesive wallpaper, temporary wallpaper, or stick wallpaper roll) is cheaper than painting and traditional wallpaper. They’re also durable and can easily be replaced with new wallpaper as your child grows.
You can choose inspiring wallpaper patterns like geometric patterns or go for bold colors in high-traffic areas like the playroom to avoid having visible stains. However, if you’re a minimalist, a cool color or natural earth tones like browns and charcoal will be a perfect choice.
Alternatively, you can use an interesting pattern with a matte finish to create an accent wall. So, assuming your kid’s room is gray or green, you can choose the perfect complement vinyl wall murals for your statement wall.
2. Have your baby shower and photo shoot ahead of time.
While there’s nothing wrong with having a later baby shower toward the end of your baby’s due date, we would suggest that you hold it earlier. Perhaps at the end of your first trimester or middle of the second trimester. At this stage, while your baby bump will be showing, you won’t be feeling too tired to come up with creative baby announcement ideas. After all, it’s only normal to want the perfect announcement in this social media age, and you’ll need the time and the energy to accomplish that.
A great creative pregnancy announcement idea that you can use for your close family and future grandparents are attaching a handwritten note to the ultrasound photo saying that they are about to become either a future aunt, uncle, grandpa, or grandma. You can add a good pun to make it a funny pregnancy announcement.
3. Sort out your closet.
While reorganizing your closet might not be a major priority when preparing for a baby, it’s still essential. No doubt, it can be tough to feel good about yourself during this sensitive time and seeing racks of items that don’t fit can be demoralizing. Therefore, we advise that you sort out your wardrobe and store away things that no longer fit so you’ll have room for new post-partum clothes. Remember that comfort is key after childbirth, so stock up on those comfy and loose outfits, nursing bras, and stylish sneakers.
We hope these tips come in handy to calm your nerves when preparing for your bundle of joy.