Preparing for a new baby involves a lot of planning and time. Thankfully during pregnancy a woman’s body naturally goes into nesting mode. Mom-to-be will be decorating the nursery and making sure she has all the newborn gear washed and organized. Dad will be building a crib, installing a carseat, and maybe even prepping freezer meals. Besides all those tangible things that newborns and new parents need, there are postpartum resources that families should look into as well. Let’s delve into the other items on your checklist that you should review when preparing for baby.
Lactation Education or Online Breastfeeding Class
If you plan to breastfeed gain as much knowledge as you can before baby arrives. Research shows that educating yourself about the breastfeeding journey can lead to higher rates of breastfeeding initiation, longer breastfeeding duration, and overall higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding. You can take an online breastfeeding support class to get the ball rolling. Try out this online class written by an RN and IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant).
While pregnant you should also research a local lactation consultant who you can reach out to after delivery. Find one that can come to your home or assist you virtually if you feel more comfortable with less visitors. A lactation consultant can help you shortly after arriving home to get on the right path or come by when you are nearing the end of your maternity leave to provide pumping education or even a customized plan as you head back to work. Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny has certified lactation consultants ready to assist you.
Preparing for Baby: Birthing and Newborn Care Classes
Although you have a due date, your baby will arrive when he or she is ready. And you can have a birth plan but again it doesn’t always go as planned. Attending a birthing class will educate and prepare you for different ways your baby may decide to enter the world. You will learn different positions, breathing techniques, and pain relief options as you go through the beautiful process of birth. Ask your OBGYN, Midwife, or even friends for local suggestions.
Additionally, if you have not had a lot of experience caring for infants you may benefit from a newborn care class. Boston Baby Nurse and Nanny offers lots of parent education, including Newborn 101 and Newborn 102 taught by an RN, in-person or virtually. We also have a great new service, Ask the Nurse consultation. This is a virtual, private consultation with Nurse Ashley. She is an RN, lactation consultant, and pediatric sleep consultant. If you have a busy schedule you my opt for an online class that you can complete at your own pace. You can preview the outline of , Expecting Parents: Newborn 101, here.
Postpartum Doula and Newborn Care Support
When arriving home you may have grandparents there to help for the first few days. However, when they go home will you want additional support? Postpartum Doulas and Newborn Care Experts can provide day or overnight support within the comfort of your own home.
A Newborn Care Expert or Specialist is a newer term. A newborn care expert is most commonly hired for overnight shifts making sure the infants are fed, bathed, and changed regularly, as well as working to get the newborn on a steady routine of feeding and sleeping. A Newborn Care Expert provides new parents guidance and directions about how to take care of their newborn. They are knowledgeable in developmental milestones and will help your baby reach them.
A Postpartum Doula cares for your newborn as well as offering support for Mom and helping with household chores, running errands, and may even give Mom a massage. While the newborns’ needs are important, and doulas are trained in newborn care, their focus is on the family unit as a whole, not just the newborn. Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny offers both services. Feel free to give us a call to discuss what is the right fit for your family. There is no wrong answer, it is more about what particular support you and your family will need as you prepare for baby to arrive home.
Select a Pediatrician
You’ll be seeing the pediatrician quite often after your baby is welcomed into the world. Just one to two days after arriving home you will go see the pediatrician and again the weeks and months to follow. Make sure you choose a pediatrician that understands your wishes and values. Many pediatrician offices have meet and greet time slots available to call or Zoom with expecting parents.
Line Up Childcare
Childcare is important to line up while you are still pregnant as you want to interview different possibilities and find the right match. Daycares often have very long wait lists and finding your unicorn nanny doesn’t happen overnight. Work with a nanny placement agency, such as Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny, to shorten your task list. We save parents time by only sharing profiles of the finest career nannies with impeccable references, experience, & character that match your family’s unique needs. Additionally we provide reference checks, background screening, support with nanny contracts, locating payroll services, and sharing more standards within the industry. Review the pros and cons to the many childcare options available today.
Enjoy the remaining months of your pregnancy and prepare for baby with these suggestions above so that you can savor every moment snuggling your newborn when he or she arrives. Please know that Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny is here to support you from pregnancy and beyond. We hope to have the privilege of working with you in the near future. Reach out anytime at email@example.com or call 781-44-4063.
About The Author
Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and is a Certified Potty Training Expert. At Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny she is the eLearning and Social Media Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her children, going for walks with her family, and discovering local wineries in New England.