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It's easy to prepare for most things in life like a new job or interview, but parenthood is not one of those things. No matter how prepared you think you are, once your child arrives you'll realize how much more there is to do. So chill out, create your registry, and look forward to meeting your bundle of joy!

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Your baby’s home has been your belly for the past nine months and now that he or she has arrived, are growing, learning and being a part of the world, you’ll undoubtedly freak out about a few things. But you’re not alone. Here are some things all new parents freak out about and how to ease your mind. 

Childbirth

Women have been having babies for centuries. If they can do it, so you can you! It sounds like a scary concept but every mother goes through this scare the first time around but there are so many resources out there to help you - take advantage of them.  

Driving With Your Child

All new parents are terrified to drive because they now have precious cargo. If you stress about it too much, you’ll make yourself too nervous behind the wheel. 

Dropping Them

Many first time parents, have only held a baby maybe once or twice in their lives, so holding a newborn can be a little terrifying! Trust in yourself that you won’t drop them, and know that you’ll get the hang of parenthood as soon as you arrive home. 

Taking Off The Baby Weight

You’ve been gaining weight over the past nine months, so how could you possibly lose it all? You can and you will! Breastfeeding has actually been shown to jumpstart some weight loss! 

You'll Be Clueless

There are no perfect parents and all new parents feel like they have no idea what they’re doing. 

Clipping Their Nails

You’ll probably Google how to do this every time you need to clip their nails. Take a deep breath and buy baby clippers. They have a safety feature so you won’t hurt their tiny fingers. 

Why Do They Make Noise In Their Sleep?

You’ll probably hear whistling or gurgling noises but it’s normal. The breathing control center of their brain is still developing. 

They Sleep All The Time

Newborns sleep - that’s what they do. It’s normal, so enjoy it while you can! 

iStock 615245944 CroppedChoosing all the products and items on your wish list and building out your baby registry is a rite of passage for any new mom - and it can be one of the best bonding experiences with your significant other as well. However, as wonderful and dedicated as your partner might be, they are never going to have as much insight as a friend who's recently had a baby herself.

She's Been There

That's because a new mom has already thought through many of the things that you'll need, and she's experienced all the difficulties and surprises that come with having a baby. After all, you'll never be 100% prepared, but you can try your best - and your fellow moms are your allies. When you're having a baby (especially your first), you need all the help you can get.

She Knows What You Definitely Need

Of course you need a crib, a stroller, and all that. However, did you realize that a certain type of stroller is infinitely easier to fold up and place in your car, or that you can find one that will snap around a car seat for infants? You will also probably never ever use certain items so there's no need to register for them. Having been through it already, a new mom knows what products were the biggest help for her and her baby and you can learn from it.

She Knows You What Need

Another reason why you should have your mom friend or relative help with your registry is that she also knows your personality and lifestyle. For instance, if you're a techie type who'd love a baby monitor with audio and video along with plenty of other bells and whistles, then that's worth a splurge for you personally. Or if you are obsessed with design and aesthetics and want a certain look for your baby's nursery or other gear, it might be worth upgrading to some premium brands.

And What You Definitely Don't

Walking into a store or shopping online to build a registry can be incredibly overwhelming, especially with everything else you have to do as a new mom. And since you're not buying it (yet), it can be tempting to just throw everything on there and sort it out later. However, that approach can definitely lead to you not getting the things you actually need from your registry, as well as getting things you'll never really use. And who wants that?

Becoming a mom, especially for the first time, is a complicated but rewarding journey. But you have help along the way in the form of more experienced moms, so ask for it! Especially when building your registry at our sponsor Babies"R"Us - ask for your fellow moms for tips, must-haves, and advice to help you Be Prepared-ish.

 

Screen Shot 2017 11 29 at 12.21.30 PM CroppedAre you struggling to pick out a gift for the new mom in your life? Can’t decide between a diaper bag and some new pacifiers, or perhaps something for mom herself? Check out this holiday gift guide and pick out a great holiday gift for mom and her new babe.

iStock 492653040 CroppedStarting your baby registry can be overwhelming, especially if you're a first time mom. Our advice? Ask the experienced moms in your family and social circle, and check out these six things you'd never think to register for (until you need them in the middle of the night). Granted, you'll never be able to be prepared for everything, but you can Be Prepared-ish!

iStock 612372968 CroppedWhen you're expecting a new bundle of joy, keeping your registry organized and checking off the all the key boxes might be the last thing on your mind. However, making sure that you not only get everything you want, but everything you definitely need before baby comes is easier said than done.

Accordingly, you'll want to make a plan when you create your registry. We're big fans of ranking items according to Needs, Wants, and Wishes in our own shopping lists (and ecommerce carts), and recommend this system for such a big, complex process like registering for everything your new little family member will need.

Needs: Can't Live Without It

These are all the things that you and your your baby simply have to have, like a crib, blankets, a car seat, a stroller, and more. These should be the priority on your registry if you don't already have them, and you should make sure these boxes are checked before your baby greets the world. What's more, the needs should be things that you require in the first few months of your baby's life, when you're going to be in the exhausted (but happy) newborn stages and will have little time or inclination to shop. It can be helpful to think of your Needs in three month increments.

Wants: Would Be A Good Item To Have

There's plenty of things that you might want, but don't really need. Things in this category include the majority of baby toys, a breast pump, or potentially unnecessary items like travel bassinets, an infant swing or bouncer, and similar items that would be awesome to have, but aren't make or break (and your baby probably won't miss them). This category also covers things like the luxury versions of standard items; for instance, no baby really needs a designer logo on their onesie (as adorable as it may be).

In addition, Wants can be things that you probably won't need until your baby gets a little bigger, like clothes in larger sizes, toys that a newborn won't be ready for, or even an oversize umbrella stroller.

Wishes: Reaching For The Stars

Most of the items in the Wish category are a stretch for most budgets, but you never know - you could have a surprisingly generous friend or relative, or perhaps a group of friends will go in on a gift together. Or maybe they are something to save up for! Either way, the Wishes are items that you and your baby will be okay if you never receive.

Those of you who are already moms know the feeling - you start thinking about all the things you need to get before the baby comes, and it's pretty overwhelming! But a little organization and dividing your list into chunks goes a long way towards combating that feeling, and using the "Needs, Wants, Wishes" formula is the first step. And using our sponsor Babies"R"Us to build your registry with their must-haves and good-to-have options is the next step to helping you Be Prepared-ish!

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