Becoming a parent is not all that glamorous as everyone makes it seem, at least not when you have to think about your financial status. When you get a baby, everything will turn upside down, and you will have to deal with a lot of stress as well as to prepare your home in order to baby-proof it; and to make it as safe as possible so that your baby does not get hurt somewhere. But most importantly, it is vital to sit down and draw up a budget to see how you are doing and what you can afford.
So much to buy
Probably the first thought in your head will be that there is so much to be bought for your baby, but before you head out and spend all your money, you need to first make sure what the necessary baby gear you will absolutely need is. Of course there will be certain items which are necessary and which you will have to buy, but before you go into debt, make sure that you buy only the essentials your baby will need immediately, and the rest you can buy along the way.
Secure your newborn
Good health coverage is extremely important nowadays, not just for you as the mother, but also for your unborn baby too. It is vital that you think about health insurance for yourself and for your baby, even while the baby is the mother’s belly. However, make sure that the terms of your insurance covers everything that might be risky and that you will need to maintain your insurance no matter what. But be aware how much you gain from the insurance and how it will benefit your child.
Maternity or paternity leave
Make sure that you first check with your company in order to provide the best care for your new baby and to secure your job, however, not both parents should take the family leave as it might be too risky for the jobs. Find out your options well in advance so that you can decide on exactly how much leave you will be able to take and get the necessary paperwork started; but always make sure that you leave some extra time for anything that might happen in the meantime so that you are well prepared.
Expect your life to change
While the hardest part of preparing for a newborn is mostly burdening your budget, you should be prepared to have your life turned upside down, but for the better. Having a child will only improve your overall lifestyle and you will be happier and more fulfilled. Of course, there will be ups and downs, but that is what parenting is all about. You should ask for advice along the way, and who better to ask than your own parents, after all, they were parents once too.
You will have to make sure that you redecorate the room of your baby so that it is baby-proof and that it is warm and welcoming. One way to ensure that the floors stay warm and cushiony is to use shaggy rugs. Your baby will enjoy the texture of the rug and it will not hurt the skin of your baby. On the other hand, you have to be careful with maintaining your rugs, as it can gather dust and dirt quickly, especially if it is shaggy, but with regular cleaning every other day, you will have made a very safe environment for your baby to grow.
Your baby’s arrival
When you finally have your baby, it will be hard, and demanding but all of it will be worth in the end. Remember that the beginning will be stressful and it will burden you not only physically, mentally but also financially, but once you get through it, you will look back and laugh how much you worried in the beginning. Remember that parenthood will affect every parent differently, but it is something that is well worth the struggle and the hardship as in the end you will have the most wonderful gift you could ever wish for; and when in doubt ask your parents for help.