Preparation: books, classes, getting house in order? — The Bump
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Preparation: books, classes, getting house in order?

I'm new to all this. 8 and a 1/2 weeks pregnant starting to think about what I'm suppose to be doing besides making a baby, eating right and seeping all day. (the exercise hasn't crept in yet either due to fatigue, but its lifting slowly). 

Are there and other type "A's" out there that can help me with what/ how to prepare the things I might need to be doing right now? I don't want to have to reinvent the wheel, I'd love to learn form others who had that - "ohh I would have done this, it made my life so much easier..." moment!

Re: Preparation: books, classes, getting house in order?

  • It's not too early to start thinking about finances.  Maybe meet with a financial advisor about ways to start saving money for the future.

    You could start researching the big purchases like cribs, strollers, infant carriers , swings to figure out what style you like and what might fit best in your home/car.

    Depending on where you live you might have to start researching daycare options (if you're going to be a working mom).

    A couple of my friends joined a mommy meet-up group and they formed friendships with other women who were in the same stages of pregnancy and they went through the whole experience together.  I wish I could have done that.

    Don't do too much because 40 weeks can be really really unbearably long when you do too much in advance!!

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  • Others have given you great advice.  I would add - 

    -Do you know what your maternity policy is?  Double check with HR to see if you need to submit a letter in writting regarding your leave

    -Are you familiar with your insurance policy?  I would call them anyway to double check.  This way you can budget now for expenses that might arise.

    -Start trying out freezer meals.  The last thing I wanted to do and in some cases couldn't do was make supper.  I wish I had done a ton of freezer meals.  

    -If you run out of things to think about/plan out give some thoughts as to what your philosophy is going to be about how you will teach your baby to sleep.  Happiest Baby on the Block, The Sleep Whisper and Ferber were all books I wish I would have read before baby came.   

     Happy planning!

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  • @RedHead - which Mayo Clinic book? When I looked online there were two? What is the title of yours that you recommend.

     

    Can you clarify further what the Baby Bargains/Lucie's List are as well?

     

    Thanks for the information! :) 

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