Specialists in childcare advise couples to plan a baby beforehand. Letting a new person in couple’s life is not an easy decision and all cons and pros must be thoroughly weighted. Basically, it is a question of time and money. It is hard to pick perfect timing, but a family can try. Talk to your parent, families, who just had children, spend time with their children. This way you will know whether you enjoy being around kids, if you can manage with them and in which way they respond to you. If everything is all right and both sides are satisfied so to speak, it means that you are ready to have your own one. In case you have doubts about whether or not you will good parents, take a course. There are lots of courses for parents-to-be, where experienced teachers prepare you for the most responsible role in your life — the role of being parents.
Consider all expenses that you will come along with. Regular doctor check ups, nutritions for a pregnant woman and a new bigger set of clothing are expenses that the family has to take care of even before having a baby.
Delivery and aftercare medical costs vary depending on what type of hospital you choose. It is usually cheaper when choosing a public one, but a private establishment offers more comfort.
When a happy mother with a child are back home, how long will she be able to take care of him all day long? Will the father help? A task of babysitting needs to be solved once the baby is born or even before. Not every couple is lucky to have parents or siblings living close and willing to help on a regular basis. It’s great if the mother can dedicate herself totally to raising a child till he is old enough to go to a kinder garden and the father receives enough money to provide for the three. In other case, decision has to be made. If the family needs help of a nanny, the best way to find one is through friends or acquaintances who have hired one before. Maybe they still have her contacts or can advise you a reliable agency. Another option is to ask a neighbor or a friend or a relative to babysit your kid for a fair price.
Finally, let’s discuss shopping for child products. Keep in mind that each baby is special and you may not be able to find a perfect brand, perfect size or a perfect material from the first try. Consults a pediatrician and he will certainly make your choice easier. Some things that you always need are nappies, bottles, suckers, linens, different cremes and powders, nutrition supplements if needed and toys, of course.
And remember that a prior planning makes parenting an exciting experience!