Articles - Pregnancy - Baby is Coming, Are You Ready?
Baby is Coming, Are You Ready? by: David Kunstek
It has been a long pregnancy. You are probably tired and feeling worn
more often then not. But, are you prepared for baby's arrival? Do you have
all the baby clothes, baby furniture and bedding that you need? Perhaps
you aren't even sure what you need to have? Not to worry, even if you didn't
have a baby shower to help you prepare, you can find all the items you
need for baby right under your nose!
One of the biggest worries when a mom to be is preparing for baby is
the baby's room. Having the proper baby furniture and bedding is essential.
But, what do you need and what isn't necessary? Sure, it's nice to have
a whole room designed to a nursery theme with crib, rocker, bassinet, and
changing table. But, all of those products aren't necessary and in fact,
baby isn't going to care what she gets her diaper changed on. Changing
tables are one thing that can be eliminated as well as the bassinet. Cribs
and baby bedding are made to support any size baby from a newborn to a
toddler. So, while these products are great to have, don't worry if you
don't have them.
As for baby clothing, you will want to pamper baby for sure with cute
outfits, little booties, and hats. But, the truth of the matter is, during
the beginning months of baby's life, he or she won't have too many big
outings to go to. In fact, mom and baby will probably spend a lot of their
time resting up for the next feeding in the middle of the night. Again,
yes it is great to have a dresser full of cuteness, but reality is, a few
cute outfits will do just as well. Now, you should not short yourself on
onesies and sleepers. Baby will spend most of his or her day in these and
will more then likely need a few per day depending on how much baby decides
to spit up. Don't forget the diapers! Having several burping clothes and
blankets will also help.
Does all this discourage you? Every parent wants to give their child
the best every step of the way. But, having the best furniture and clothing
isn't going to help baby in any way. If you really want to find some or
all of these items but don't have a large budget to work with, you do have
other options. The most obvious of these is to ask family and friends for
hand me downs. More then likely, they will be happy to lend you the items
they no longer need. Or, if someone is asking you what you need, don't
be afraid to tell them what you would like to have. Also, search around
garage sales and thrift shops. You can clean and repaint just about anything
you find. Saving money this way will help with the ever demanding diaper
fund you will have to have!