The first few months off parenthood are possibly some of the most difficult, scary and overwhelming months the new parents will ever have in their lives and they will be looking forward to time alone and privacy during this time to look after their new baby, to get to know their new baby and to just be themselves without grooming and other societal expectations placed upon them. Yet, this is also the time that people will be walking in to their houses without announcing themselves first, people will be getting in the way and just making a nuisance of themselves when they are certainly not welcome. In some cases, people will visit out of obligation even though they do not want to and the new parents will not want them there either. As such, if you are visiting new parents, it is vital that you call ahead first.

Check with the parents first

It is vital that you always call ahead before going because it is important that you go to visit when it is convenient for the new parents. They may not want visitors but might be inundated with them so your call will be very much appreciated by the new parents.

Appropriate gifts

It is customary to take a small gift for the new parents and for the baby. In some cases people will take a gift for the baby and in some cases, they will take a gift for the parents but ideally, you will want to take both because the parents could use something small to cheer them up. However, if you must choose between the two, the best you can buy is a small useful gift for the baby such as sensory blankets for babies or nappies because the parents will very much appreciate saving a little money on this.

You do not have to buy something that the baby will use immediately. You can even choose to buy some educational toys for the baby that the baby will be able to play with after a few months.

If you choose to also take a small gift for the parents as you should do, buy something that will help to eat the parents stress and tiredness such as a box of cookies, chocolates or some of their favourite food. It would even be a great idea to check if the parents first and buy them lunch on the day of your visit as they may not have had time to have a proper meal since the baby was born.

One of the most memorable and life changing moments in a mother’s life is when she gives birth. The opportunity to bring another to life is a soul changing experience. However, there are many things you need to prepare yourself in order to have a smooth pregnancy. Here are a few things you must keep in mind;

Health – In order to have a healthy body to have a smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby it is important to have an organised and scheduled life. One of the most important steps is scheduling preconception visits to your family or personal ob-gyn. At the visit you are most likely to discuss about unhealthy habits, dieting, exercising, health and your overall health. If you have a healthy body to conceive, you will be advised to take multivitamins, be immunised properly and be told to have strict control of your blood pressure, diabetes or asthma if you suffer from any of these. Once you have been given the approval of a practitioner, then you will most likely have a smooth pregnancy.

After this you can take folic acids, totally prohibit yourself from alcohol, smoking and taking in caffeine. Maintain a balanced diet with your necessary vitamins, and then you will have a healthy pregnancy.

Home – Once you are approved of a proper health, then you need to move onto preparing your home and yourself for a baby. This starts with a nursery and baby proofing your rooms. In addition to these you need items such as Medela breast pump which can be bought as baby stores.

For your nursery, you will need proper cribs, changing tables, rocking chairs and a dresser you can opt this items from baby shops in Adelaide. Ensure that you have easy access to the nursery at all times because during the beginning months, you will need to constantly feed the baby many times a day.

For your kitchen and living room, always ensure that shelves, cabinets and drawers are locked so there is no access, keep sharp tools and equipment way and ensure that your furniture is mounted or kept stabilized so as to not injure your baby.

In the case of bathrooms, it is best to keep the doors closed at all times, and in the case you need to be with your child, keep away all sharp items such as razors, keep soaps away to avoid injuring their eyes, and jeep toilet lids locked so as to avoid choking hazards.

Being a mother is an amazing experience; however it comes with many a responsibility. In order to have a healthy pregnancy and baby, reach out for the help of loved ones.