Creating a game plan for caring for your newborn is a smart idea. Knowing what comes next can help quell the anxiety you may feel. Here are a few tips for creating a plan for you and your baby.
- Get an early start – Don’t wait until the baby gets here to create your care plan. You will be too busy being a parent to have time to think about what you want to do, and when you aren’t busy, you’ll be resting.
- Brainstorm – What things are important to you? How detailed do you need to be with your care plan? Take as much into consideration as you can and write down the things that come to mind. You will sort them out later.
- Talk to other parents – Sometimes the best way to figure out what needs to be done is to talk to others who have already been there. Experienced parents are a valuable resource for you, so make sure you tap into their expertise.
- Watch videos about newborn care – There are a lot of good videos out there that answer questions and give advice about newborn care. Use these as another resource when creating your care plan. Videos are especially helpful if time is a premium for you.
- Read books – If you have time and the inclination, choose a book or two that appeals to you and get some ideas.
- Talk to your pediatrician – If you know your baby may have special needs you may want to talk to your doctor and get some guidance for creating your care plan. There may be certain things that you will need to add to your plan to make sure you and your baby are well taken care of.
- Prioritize – Once you have gathered enough information you will want to sort it out and prioritize items on your list.
- Don’t leave out your needs – It’s easy for mothers to forget that they need care also. When developing your plan, be sure to include your needs as they relate to the baby. You will need to get your rest, so schedule in some time for Dad or someone else to be in charge of baby while you sleep.
- Have designated helpers – Figure out who your helpers are going to be and when they will be available; schedule their time on the plan. Get solid commitments from people who offer to help.
- Be flexible – Understand that the best laid plans of mice and men (and mommies too!) can go astray. Your care plan is a guide to help you get through the days, and you will find that it will change as time goes on and you get used to being a parent.
Keeping your baby and yourself on a schedule is critical, and coming up with a care plan will help you do just that. It doesn’t need to be strict and set in stone, but it should be something that sets a reasonable routine for you and your family. Settling into a pattern will help you get the rest you need and your baby will learn to expect certain things at certain times, which will make your life easier. Once a routine is established, you will find that everyone is calmer and happier.