Preparing for Baby: What to Do Before You’re Due

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Obviously, you've got babies on the brain. What can you do to prepare yourself for a pregnancy?

Get on the same page with your partner.

Don't wait until the nurse is wheeling Junior out the door for his circumcision to realize that your husband is all for it and you aren't. Discuss issues important to you now. Do you want to breastfeed? Vaccinate? Have the birth at home?

You don't have to sit your significant other down and initiate a thorough examination regarding every aspect of pregnancy and parenting, but you should start having these conversations, if you haven't already. When you see the toddler kicking and screaming as his mother drags him through the mall, what happens? If your husband says, “What that kid needs is a good whipping!” and you are opposed to spanking of any kind, it is better to start working that out now, before it is your kid doing the kicking and screaming.

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  1. Ayanna says:

    i am also a single mother to be. I’m only 12 weeks and i dont have any help from the father but God is good and i Know everything will be ok

  2. michaela says:

    I am a single mother to be. I am expecting a beautiful baby girl. And i have no help! So it will be hard but i think i can do it!

  3. Bri says:

    I’m only 24 and I know life changes. Nothing is ever how you ‘plan’ or want it to be. You just have to go with the flow.

  4. LIZ says:

    as much as i planned baby came early then everything was changed suddenly 🙂

  5. mommy nhoj says:

    Nothing can’t be thoroughly planned! After giving birth, I kinda enjoy taking care of the baby and would sometimes wished that my maternity leave would go on freeze for the time being. Just before I return to work, a good news came that we are moving to the US for good – leaving my promising career behind. I’d like to think I can still do better even if we chose me to stay at home and take care of my family.

  6. Marilyn says:

    This is our second boy. We agreed on everything with our first son, so this one will be even easier! 🙂

  7. Joana says:

    Me and my husband have our little fights on whether she’ll be a mommy’s or daddy’s girl but everything else we agree on…

  8. Flo says:

    We are on the same page, so this was pretty good

  9. ChildofGod says:

    My husband and I are equally excited to meet out first babygirl. The only thing we can’t agree on is whether she will be a daddy’s or momma’s girl. Lol……definitely a mommy’s girl

  10. Phammom says:

    We are on the same page. We always talk about it with all 21 of his nieces and nephews around.

  11. Marina says:

    My husband & I are on a same page … whatever I think is appropriate

  12. life says:

    were expecting baby number 2 and thank you fir the tips because we were not on the same page about anything. and now my worrys are all gone

  13. verochka31 says:

    expecting baby #5……………………so we are definitely on the same page

  14. AmyC says:

    My husband and I are in agreement on things so I’m not worried

  15. marlene says:

    My husband and I are on the same page… we are ready for everything!!!

  16. Jeanetta says:

    The father of my baby and I don’t agree on much of anything, and he is also immature for his 34 years of age.

  17. my boyfriend is so immature he has no plan but to keep making babies. I’m over here working as much as I can, planning to have more babies!

  18. Me and my fiance are all on the same page 🙂 He helped me with everything so far including the Birth plan.

  19. emi285 says:

    So far my boyfriend and I have seen eye to eye on almost everything. Somethings he was not so sure about…one of them being breastfeeding. I was finally like, you know what…it’s what is best for the baby and I have nursed all of my other children and this one will not be an acception. He has done some reading on it and is now all for it thank God!

  20. michelle says:

    i made the decision to breastfeed with out consulting with my bf. i found out that it made him uncomfortable. the biggest reason was because he felt that he would not be able to bond with feeding. so we worked out a schedule that we both get up with the bb and he does the changing of diaper and cloths while that give me time to wake up and get prepared for the feeding time. it really worked out, and as well i am going to introduce the bottle w/ breast milk at around two weeks old.

  21. Faleshia says:

    i need to start getting things ready to go to the hospital!

  22. I really need to start preparing my baby’s room. Ugh!

  23. Hope says:

    My husband is circumcised, however, if we have a boy, we’re leaving him uncircumcised. If he decides he wants it done when he’s an adult, then that’s his decision. It’s similar to female circumcision. Would you want your daughter to have her clitoris cut off, because "that’s the thing to do" or "it has its advantages"?

  24. when it came to that usually allowed my husband to make that decision with all our 3 boys…. he would know better from personal experience.

  25. signs4him says:

    Honestly, since my husband is the one with the penis, I defer to his discretion. I guess the big question is why are you against it? The research I’ve done says that, while not medically necessary, it does have its advantages (like not having to clean the foreskin once it is able to start retracting). Part of my husband’s argument is cultural. Even though its not a religious thing, its so common now a days that most doctors probably couldn’t teach you how to care for an uncircumcised penis, which you will also have to instill in your son at an early age to avoid infection. My husband also sited that it can set the boy up for teasing later in life, as he could potentially be the only boy in the locker room who is not circumcised, and boy are notorious for teasing about anything, and this is just opening the door for more.

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