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1.Baby-Proof Your House.
This is more in preparation for when your little one gets a bit older, but it helps to do it when they first come home. Make sure all sharp objects are out of reach, cleaners and anything harmful are up on top shelves or in locked cabinets, etc. This is almost like bringing home a new puppy:D JK! But you seriously have to make sure they can't get into anything. This is absolutely top priority.
2.Have a Car Seat and Crib Ready.
This is one of those no-brainers, but you would be amazed at how many people don't have things like this ready. Make sure your car seat is up to the standards set down by the law, buckled in the right positions, etc. Have a crib that is easy to get to but the baby can't get out of. Also make sure no pets can get into it. We had a cat that used to like jumping in the playpen. Not good for the little one:)
3.Make Sure the House is Comfortable.
When you first come home, you are going to be worn out. Have the house comfortable, especially for the little one. The temperature is a priority at that age. Keep the pets locked up or outside at first. Try to have a time of quiet at first.
4.Prepare Other Children.
If you have other children in the house, make sure they are ready for the new one. Sometimes children are funny in that they don't want another young one coming into the house. They get jealous and feel like mommy is no longer just theirs. Other children are just fine with being big brother or sister. Sit them down and talk before hand so they are prepared.
5.Good for the Baby Products.
There are a lot of new products on the market that are good for young ones. Try to get the ones without all the harsh chemicals and nasty stuff. Much better for you and the baby.
6.Have Plenty of Clothing, etc.
Your little one is going to go through a lot of clothing at first. They puke, spit, dribble, leak, etc. Make sure to have plenty of extra clothing handy.
7.Stock Up On Diapers.
This is not just because of the Seventh Generation diapers, but this is a must have. Make sure you have a good amount but remember, babies grow fast, so don't get too many diapers.
8.Diaper Bag Ready.
Have a diaper bag filled with the important products you will need. Baby lotion, wipes, diapers, change of clothing, etc. You never know when you will need it.
9.Have Important Info Readily Available.
Make sure that emergency numbers are easily found. The doctor's info, etc. Mark any allergies or need-to-know info in the same area. If something came up, others need to be able to find this.
10. Have Fun.
Remember to take time for your baby. Those first couple weeks are very important and special. You will never get that back. Spend time talking to your little one, have a rocker ready, etc.
Hopefully this has given you some tips. I also encourage you to leave some for me.
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