Preparing for Baby – What You Need to Know

Preparing for baby is one of the most exciting times of your life – and the scariest! These thoughts on how to prepare for a baby are inspired by a midwife’s comment on my “healthy pregnancy” article.

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Here’s another practical tip on how to prepare for a baby: “Have your husband get the baby, change the diaper and hand him/her over to you to nurse each and every time the baby cries at night,” says Renae, a midwife on 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy From a Nurse Midwife. “You feed the baby and put the baby to bed. Otherwise you will shoot daggers at him while he sleeps and he wonders why he is in the doghouse in the morning. Talk about this when you’re preparing for baby. I don’t care if he has to work the next day. He gets a break at work, you don’t.”

That’s one of the most important tips on how to prepare for a baby: teach your husband from the beginning how to take care of diaper changes, feeding, and burping.

How to Prepare for a Baby

These tips on how to prepare for a baby aren’t the practical tips you’ll find in What to Expect When You’re Expecting or Getting Ready for Baby: The Practical Parent’s Organizer. Rather, they’re blessings and prayers for the next stage of your life.

Connection as couple

May you and your husband be equally committed to the care, feeding, and raising of your new baby. I pray for love and respect, as well as honesty and selflessness. May you and he put your own best interests aside, and devote yourselves to your new family. May you be blessed with a love that surpasses all understanding.

If you’re a single mom, I pray for strength, courage, and energy. May you be filled with hope and faith, and may you be surrounded with friends and family who know how to prepare for a baby. May your problems be few and your joys be many.

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Emotional health

In How to Prepare for Pregnancy, a reader shared how important it is realize that all women experience conception, pregnancy, labor, and delivery differently. Preparing for baby is the same thing: what works for one woman may not work for another. For instance, breastfeeding may not be an option for you, while your best friend may breastfeed until the baby is five years old.

May you accept that your pregnancy and baby is unique. May you be blessed with confidence that God knows what He is doing, and He has your best interests at heart. I pray for emotional strength, health, and wellness. May your fears be calmed, your anxieties alleviated, and your worries eased. I pray that you learn all you can about how to prepare for a baby – and that you also relax into God and let Him take care of your family.

Baby blues and postpartum depression

When you’re preparing for baby, I encourage you to learn about the baby blues or postpartum depression. Some women are blindsided by the force and length of this type of depression after the baby is born. Not being prepared makes it more difficult to handle the baby blues, especially if it’s the more severe postpartum depression that changes who you are and how you think.

I pray for protection from both the baby blues and postpartum depression. May your mind, heart, and soul be safe from negative influences, and may the chemicals and endorphins in your body support a good mood and healthy disposition. If you experience postpartum depression or baby blues, I pray for a strong support system and the right resources to help you out of it quickly and easily.

If you’re over forty years old, read 15 Things You Need to Know About Pregnancy After 40. A huge part of learning how to prepare for a baby is being aware of the possibilities – but not being afraid of them.

Family unity

May your extended family be united and supportive. I pray for connection amongst all your family members: moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, cousins, and extended relatives. May they join together in love. May they put aside all differences and opinions, and focus on what’s best for you, your partner, and your new baby.

I lift up the other members of your family: the children, stepchildren, close friends, and even your pets! May your new baby be cherished and welcomed by all, and may any rough spots be smoothed over. May all members of your family join together and start preparing for baby as if he or she was their very own child.

Financial and work-related issues

How to Prepare for a Baby
Preparing for Baby

I pray blessings on your income and expenditures. May you have all you need to pay the medical bills, and may your health insurance cover more than you realized possible. I pray for prosperity in this exciting time. I pray you set aside time to review your budget as you think about how to prepare for a baby. May you be wise and responsible as plan for baby by setting up your nursery and home.

May your maternity and paternity leave be fruitful. I pray for all financial worries to be washed away, and for you and your partner to be able to leave work without worrying about it. May your jobs be secure and your finances be of little concern.

Physical health

May your body bounce back quickly from the pregnancy, labor, and delivery. May your baby be healthy and strong, robust and eager to start his new life with you! May bottle feeding or breastfeeding go smoothly, and may your partner be able and willing to participate in the night feedings.

I pray for fast recovery after pregnancy, and for strength during the first year of your baby’s life. May you and your partner get enough sleep, eat enough healthy foods, and exercise enough. May you be protected from physical health issues that hold you back from learning how to prepare for a baby.

If your body hasn’t adjusted to being pregnant, you may find Pregnancy Hip Pain? 5 Ways to Ease Pain When You’re Pregnant helpful.

Spiritual foundation

May your spiritual connection to God be a continual source of strength, peace, and joy. May you lean on Him through the best and worst times of having a baby. I pray for His spirit to descend on your home, and for His love to permeate your family no matter what life brings.

Stay rooted in Jesus, and you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams. Trust in the Lord’s protection and love as you move into the next stage of your life. He loves you and will always be there for you. May you be blessed as new parents, and may your baby be healthy and strong.

I welcome your thoughts on preparing for baby. I can’t offer advice or counseling, but you may find it helpful to share your experience with us. We’d love to hear from you!

xo

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