Ready for Parenthood? A Helpful Checklist
Starting a family is a huge responsibility and whether you are having children through the traditional method, adopting, or utilizing a surrogate mother, the feeling is the same. All intended parents can feel stressed and unprepared about the major life change of having a child. Here at CSP, we talk to a lot of intended parents who feel this way, and we have created something of a checklist to help families feel more ready for this beautiful journey.
- Purchase all necessary baby supplies: This will include clothing, diapers, wipes, formula, blankets, toys, stroller, crib, high chair, and car seat. There might be other items that will be useful, but these are the most important.
- Baby-proof the house: Once your new infant starts crawling, your baby will be everywhere. Mobility is a lot of fun, but it can also present some big dangers. Make sure your home is made as safe as possible for this stage.
- Talk with your partner about expectations: We have seen a lot of conflict come from different parenting expectations between partners who have never discussed their expectations. Not only should couples discuss how they will parent, but also how parenting will affect the relationship and finances. Before the baby comes, sit down and talk about your hopes, your rules, and what role you think each partner will play. This communication can be a huge part of being ready for a baby.
- Get a good pediatrician: Talk to other parents in your area, and begin the process of finding who you want as your child’s medical care provider.
- Spend time with other children: To some, being with children comes quite naturally, but that is not the case for everyone. Take the opportunity to spend time with other children and infants. This will help you feel more prepared and will enable to find good ways to interact with them.
- Understand that nobody ever feels totally ready: We want you to prepare and get some things put in place, but we also want you to know that these overwhelmed feelings you are experiencing are completely normal.