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It’s pretty safe to say that when you’re expecting, you freak out at least a little bit while trying to prepare. If it’s your first baby (or babies), there’s a tendency amongst parents to over do it. Because I had seen this happen with others, we did our best not to clutter our house with a million things that would never be used. If you weren’t aware, we have twins, so extra items would’ve piled up quickly! Now that we have full fledged toddlers, I wanted to put it out into the world a few USEFUL ways to prepare for baby. I’m thinking I’m not the only one who doesn’t want excess lying around, so I thought maybe this would help some future moms and dads.
First and foremost though, let me just say that these are simply tips from our experience. Your needs may differ a little from ours. I’m also not going to list the obvious, such as setting up a crib, buying diapers, and so on. Now, let’s get to those tips. (SPOILER ALERT: If you’d like to win free formula for a year, scroll to tip #3!)
1. Don’t spend a lot on clothing for the first year.
Man, oh man. Do you have any idea how fast your little angel is going to grow out of that very cute, but very pricey onesie? TOO fast. Use that money on diapers, mama. Go with the basics, don’t break the bank, and don’t be surprised when your baby only wears some outfits less than a handful of times. If you can get hand-me-downs or buy second hand items in good condition, that’s a bonus! Honestly, I think my preemie babies were in a 6-9 month size, when they were only 3 months old. So, don’t anticipate sizes too early either! NOTE: I usually don’t spent more than $5 on the twins’ t-shirts, like the one above.
2. Think “minimalist” when it comes to gear.
Do you really need a bassinet, a crib, a swing, a rocker, and two portable ways to sleep? No. The answer is no. If baby items that you’ve been eying look VERY similar, just choose one. Also, in my opinion, too many toys can be overwhelming.
3. Prepare various feeding options for your new arrival.
Just like you and I might not like the same foods, all babies don’t necessarily eat the same things either. Maybe you plan to breastfeed, maybe you plan to formula feed. Either way, I’ll tell you what: one thing that I wish I had known about from the twins’ birth, is the Enfamil Family Beginnings® program. I mean, what better brand to trust, than the one recommended most by pediatricians? It’s worth noting that their products are scientifically formulated to aid in brain development and nourishment up to age 5. Enfamil Family Beginnings® sends a custom welcome box tailored to your needs, with FREE samples and coupons (that pertain to ANY Enfamil products). The program will also assists you and your baby through toddlerhood.
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4. Think about YOUR feeding options.
That’s right. Prepare freezer meals, have friends or family help, or think about meal delivery options. Your going to be a little short on time and your schedule is bound to change. Because of this, elaborate meals sometimes won’t happen, or you’ll find yourself eating sandwiches for every meal. With a little meal prep, you can make sure you’re not stuck in a rut. Hopefully you can plan things out, so all you need to do is pop a pan in the oven and wait.
5. Think about YOUR closet.
We talked about baby’s clothes, now lets talk about yours. Go ahead and make a little space in your closet for your postpartum clothes. You’re going to be uncomfortable for at least a few weeks after you give birth. There’s the awkward time where you’re all swollen, but your preggo clothes are too big and your pre-baby clothes are too small. Prepare to feel like a hot mess. Prepare that closet to dress that hot mess. Go ahead and put your stretchiest, most forgiving clothes in there. Also, toss in some t-shirts you don’t care about, because you’re about to get spit up all over yourself. Don’t ruin your fancy stuff!
6. Stock up on non-baby items.
Toilet paper, laundry detergent, paper towels, paper plates, whatever it is that you usually use, STOCK UP. Guys, this might seem like over-kill, but when you’ve slept for two hours, your boobs are leaking milk, and you’re out of toilet paper, you will WISH you did this. You’ll run out of things at the most inconvenient times, when you have no help around, and your children are asleep, so you can’t go to the store. Trust me.
7. Look into online shopping options.
This kind of goes with what was mentioned above. The whole going to the store thing isn’t always possible. If you can online shop, not only will you often find better prices, but you’ll be saved a trip. From diapers to food, you can order practically anything! I’m not going to say my favorite place to shop online, but let’s just say that I enjoy quick, free shipping.
Relax, we’re at the end!
That wraps up this post! If you have any out-of-the-box tips that weren’t listed, please leave them in the comments! Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Enfamil Family Beginnings® program, not only for all of the freebies and education they can provide, but also to be entered to win free formula for a year! Click here to sign up, but make sure you do it before December 31, 2017 to enter the sweepstakes.