When you’re expecting a new baby you’re bound to be feeling a million different emotions all at once, especially if your baby will be an addition to a blended family. When you add to a blended family you need to be even more aware of the delicate needs of the children already in the family. To do so, you need to stay grounded and calm. As with any pregnancy, there is lots to do, and these simple ideas will help you to make a start.
1 . Mentally prepare
When you’re expecting a new baby you’ll want to get yourself mentally prepared. Getting ready for the journey ahead is about looking after your health, and plenty of self-care. Ensure that you eat lots of healthy foods, and practice relaxing activities from yoga to mediation. For some women, hypnotherapy can be helpful to get into the relaxed mindset that you’ll need. Relaxation means different things to different people, whether it’s aromatherapy or walking amongst nature, find the activities that work best for you. Easing your stress levels is important to keep your unborn child healthy.
It may not always be easy, but it is important to try and get all the family members on the same page and explain to children that their role in the family will not be compromised by the new addition. On the contrary, it will be enhanced and elevated. Focus on the new role of big brother or sister and get them excited for what’s to come. This will help the entire family mentally prepare for the new baby too.
2. Baby supply checklist
Make a checklist of baby supplies to ensure that you get everything that you need. You’re going to need things like a baby crib or rocker, a moses basket, a baby mattress, and storage furniture. You’ll need a pushchair, baby safety gates, and plenty of clothing and toys. To help you find everything on your baby supply checklist take a look at Foryourlittleone. Here you’ll find all the items you need to welcome your new baby into the world.
3. Decorate the nursery
Decorating the nursery is an exciting task, and one that the entire family can get involved in. You’ll want everything to look beautiful for the arrival of your new baby. When you’re decorating the nursery here are a few areas you might want to consider:
- Choose a theme for your nursery together, (you might choose under the sea, the jungle, or fairy tales). This will ensure that the kids feel like they have a say as to what happens.
- Ensure that you choose eco-friendly items from fabrics to paints and furniture.
- Furniture items should have rounded edges, (these are much safer than sharp corners).
- Make sure that you use a soft carpet and plenty of rugs to cushion the floor.
- It’s a good idea to create a budget before you start shopping.
- Purchasing second-hand items is a great way to help you save money or even better using your kids’ hand me downs is a beautiful way for your kids or step-kids to bond with the new baby.
4. Learn all you can
When you’re preparing for a new baby it’s helpful to learn all that you can. Learning about pregnancy and parenting will help you to feel more confident and relaxed. You might read baby blogs, purchase pregnancy books or listen to podcasts. Steps like these will help you to answer all your burning questions and feel more at ease.
5. A supportive community
When you’re expecting a new baby you’ll want to have a supportive community around you. Make sure that you turn to family and friends for help. Alternatively, you could try joining online support groups for expecting and new mothers. The Mush app is a great resource to connect with other mothers and learn new things. Another resource for you is our new Step into Parenting Facebook group. Take a look at all your options and find what works best for you.
Expecting a baby can be a fantastically exciting time, but you’re also likely to feel rather stressed. During this emotional journey ensure that your body and mind gets lots of TLC. Your new baby will thank you and your family will benefit from it every step of the way.