Getting ready for a baby can be exciting, but there are many things to think about as you prepare. The 2nd trimester is a good time to start planning. You’ll want to think about your birthing plan, arrange your home to accommodate the new arrival, plan your budget, make a shopping list, and handle other details as they come up.
Babies need clothing and linens, diapers and wipes, toiletries, medicines, feeding supplies … even furniture! Add in a stroller and car seat, and it’s a pretty extensive shopping list.
If you have older children, it’s important to help them feel involved with the new baby. Ask their opinion when planning for the baby, get their input on names, and allow them to help you once your new baby is home. Big brothers and sisters need to be reassured that they’re just as special to you now as they’ve always been.
If you have a house pet, there are also some specific things that you can do to make sure they don’t feel threatened by your new baby. One example is to bring home a piece of clothing that your baby has worn at the hospital and have your pet smell it, so that he will become familiar with your baby’s scent.