Checklist for preparing for a new baby
Preparing for a new baby can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. To make the transition smoother, it's important to have a checklist of essential items to prepare. First and foremost, wash and sterilize baby bottles and pacifiers, and stock up on diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials. Set up the baby's crib and bedding, and install a car seat in your vehicle. Prepare a hospital bag for yourself and the baby, and choose a pediatrician and schedule a first appointment. Baby-proof your home by covering electrical outlets and securing furniture, and learn how to swaddle and soothe a newborn. Stock up on breastfeeding or formula supplies, and prepare freezer meals for postpartum recovery. Attend childbirth classes and prepare a birth plan, and set up a baby changing station with diapers, wipes, and diaper cream. Purchase a baby monitor for peace of mind, install safety gates to block off stairs and other hazards, and prepare a list of emergency contacts and important phone numbers.