They say the third time’s the charm, but there’s nothing more charming than your first baby! Yes, that magic moment is just around the corner, and there’s so much to do! As future parents you now face all that preparation, all that responsibility, and yes, all that anxiety! It can certainly feel overwhelming, but just sit down, take a deep breath, and let’s walk through it, you’ll do fine!

Preparing your space for baby

Well, if you needed an excuse to do a major housecleaning, here it is! The main thing is the bedroom. Ideally, your baby will spend the first year of their life with you at night, they’re helpless, so stay close to watch over them. Baby will need a sleeping place of their own, stop by the best baby shop in Melbourne, their expert staff can help you choose the right crib! They have everything you need to welcome a baby into your life!

Gearing up

While you’re there, check your list to make sure you have everything you need ready. Here are a few essentials:

  • Burp cloth- it’s ba-ack!
  • Bibs- better here than everywhere.
  • Bottles and Nipples- gives mom a little break.
  • Bottle warmer- it’s critical to get the temperature just right, and no, your arm is not a thermometer!
  • Breast pump- it never hurts to save some for later.
  • Milk storage bags- no, this is not an alphabetical list. A safe way to store that breast milk!
  • Bottle sterilizer- no bad germs allowed!
  • Alarm clock- It’s feeding time! Although, chances are baby has already let you know.
  • Latex gloves- I’ll tell you why in a minute.
  • Changing table- maybe not a necessity, but it helps.
  • Disposable diapers- yes, just use them. Have you ever tried to wash a diaper? Don’t ask.
  • Baby wipes- remember those gloves? Here’s your other new best friend.
  • Pram- at some point you will need to leave the house and have your hands free. Baby loves to take a ride!

Speaking of prams, that reminds me of another subject- travelling with a baby! Take a look here for some great advice on that!

On the naming of names

OK, we need to take a rest and do something fun. What are you going to name the baby? There are so many traditions, but remember it has to be something that you, the parents, and your future human being will be happy with. A good rule of thumb is to pick a name and then scream it loudly to see how it sounds! -My mom told me that one. It sure worked for her! Once you have a name (and the baby it’s attached to!) it’s time to register with the government as per Australian law.

Well, that’s a start. Now take another deep breath, it’s all going to be great, and once the baby arrives you’ll know it was all worth it. Then take another deep breath, there’s more to come…