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Tips to prepare for your new baby

Posted April 24, 2014
Updated April 25, 2014

While pregnancy can be a joyful time, there can be a lot to think about. Whether you’re a first time parent or you have a growing brood, welcoming your newest family member is a big task.

Here are some tips for staying organized throughout the process:

• Do your research. While certain parenting skills are intuitive, some knowledge must be acquired. Gather as much information as you can from other parents, your obstetrician, and pregnancy and child development books, magazines and blogs.                 

• Check-up. Maintain a special calendar for your pregnancy that can help you stay on top of doctor’s appointments and other important health reminders, there are several good apps that make this easy.

• Think ahead. Even at a baby store designed for parents’ convenience, shopping will become more difficult once the baby arrives. So think beyond infancy and consider your baby's future needs now, like different clothing sizes, convertible car seats, safety gates, feeding accessories and developmental toys.

• Register. Who knew such a tiny bundle of love could need so much stuff? The best way to ensure your baby will have everything he or she needs upon arrival is to create a registry and make requests.

Friends and family want to get you the things you want -- from bibs to bouncers to strollers. Include a range of price points to provide choices. Early on, use announcement cards and email announcements to keep friends and family in the know.

• Stay organized. Be advised that even with a registry, you could still get gift duplicates. So opt for a retailer that offers hassle-free returns and exchanges, such as buybuy BABY, which also offers other conveniences such as personalized customer service from expert registry consultants, a huge product selection, a mobile app, free announcement cards, free gift packaging in-store, a completion discount, friends’ referral rewards and social media sharing options.

Be sure to take advantage of free reference tools, like their Baby Book and Registry Checklist, which can help ensure you get everything you and your baby will need.

• Get started. From painting and furnishing the baby’s room to stocking up on diapers, start early so you can relax, take your time and have fun. Starting early gives you time to consider your choices and enough lead time on furniture special orders. You'll also be quite thankful if your baby decides to arrive before expected!

More tips for expecting parents can be found at www.buybuyBaby.com.

Don’t let planning for your little one be a cause of stress. With a little organization and the right tools, you can be sure you’re ready for parenthood long before your due date.

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  • busyb97 Apr 25, 2014

    Kids Consignment sales are HUGE in this area. You can't go 3-6 months without a few BIG ones, plus lots of smaller ones. GOAskMom usually has a decent list. Some things you should consider new (like a car seat), but if you don't like yard sales (have to make alot of stops)...find those consignment sales! KidsExchange @ State Fairgrounds has one in July and January/February, and Kids Everywear has one in February/March and September timeframes at the Morrisville Outlet Malls. Those are two HUGE HUGE ones in the area that I have been too.

    (Kids Everywear is also great if you have kids stuff to get rid of!! Easier than a yardsale, and you make better money).

  • Olenc Native Apr 25, 2014
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    Is this article just an ad for buybuyBaby?

    Here's a tip - go to yard sales. There is so much baby stuff there.

    Also, instead of a crib, just empty out a drawer in your dresser, and baby can sleep in there!

  • mystica131 Apr 25, 2014

    Does anyone else see a problem with the changing pad in that picture? You might get away with it for a week or so, but trying to change a growing baby's diaper on a hutch will probably not go very well in the long run. I know my kids would have pulled everything on top of them and I wouldn't even be able to lift their legs to diaper them.