Monday, August 31, 2020

And Baby Makes Three: Planning for Your First Child

 

You have a positive pregnancy test and you are over the moon excited for the arrival of your first baby. Here are three things to remember to plan for while you are pregnant.

Childcare

Perhaps you or your partner plan to stay home with your baby, then you do not need to worry too much about this first item. However, if you will need any childcare it is important to start your search for infant care Tampa as early as possible. Childcare spots are notoriously difficult to secure and you will want to make sure you thoroughly vet and feel comfortable with whomever will care for your child regularly. Ask your personal networks for leads and look for local social media groups where daycare providers can be found.

Birth Plan

While some mothers prefer to just allow everything to unfold in terms of their labor and delivery, many mothers have specific visions and plans for how they want their labor and delivery to go. Make sure to sit down with your partner or birth support person and write down specific details on what you want for your labor and delivery. There are many ideas online to help you get started if you are not sure where to start. Many women consider a doula to help them make and carry out their birth plan.

Pediatrician Interviews

One thing many parents-to-be forget to do is interview and find a pediatrician or family medicine doctor for their new baby. There are usually many different options for you to explore but make sure to ask your health insurance customer service for lists of who you can interview as a potential pediatrician or doctor. If you have certain medical views or questions, this is a great time to ask.

Having a baby is full of fun and exciting memories. But by planning for some of the important but slightly less exciting details you will ensure when baby arrives you truly have all your ducks in a row and it will make the transition to parenthood less stressful.

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