It's only a matter of time now. Your little bundle of joy is on its way, and for the first time you are about to be a parent. Think you're ready?
To give you the leg up you so desperately need, Dawn Dais, author of the parenting book "The Sh!t No One Tells You," offers this advice:
1 Take advantage of your freedom. If this is your first baby, you need to maximize every second of freedom you have left. Go to the movies, order an appetizer and a dessert at dinner, travel, decide to leave the house and then do so 25 seconds later. Watch television shows with cuss words.
2 Sleep now. Dais recently teamed up with Store Brand infant formula to help get the word out about ways parents can prepare before their baby arrives. Earlier this year, they released a "Baby's First Year" survey that found 25 percent of new moms confessed their biggest fear before their baby's arrival was the fear of never sleeping again. You will sleep again, but it might not be for a few months, so it's important to get it in while you still can!
3 Do your research. Make sure to discuss important topics before the baby arrives, such as feeding. The Baby's First Year" survey also found infant formula is the last topic researched by new moms while pregnant, but the No. 1 topic researched after their baby arrives. The survey also found that more than 50 percent of moms experience issues when it comes to breastfeeding baby, with low breast milk supply being the top concern. So knowing your feeding options before baby arrives is vital.
Babies are expensive, so know where you can save big. It's important to note that all infant formulas are required to meet the same FDA standards. That means store-brand infant formulas meet the same federal nutrient requirements for baby as nationally advertised brands.
4 Make the most of your new role as a parent
Having a child is the most monumental change you can make to your life, but the joys that come with parenting make the process entirely worth it. So, plan ahead now by applying the tips above and you'll eliminate some of those potential headaches.