Planning for the delivery of your child, especially the first child, can be a very exciting time. It can also be very scary and stressful. We have compiled some tips to help parents get ready for their new baby.
1. Get an infant car seat and install it into your car by your third trimester. You will need a way to get your new baby home. Check with your local police department or fire department if you need assistance installing the car seat. Check out www.dmv.org/pa-pennsylvania/safety-laws.php for Pennsylvania car seat safety information.
2. Find a Pediatrician. Once delivered your baby will need their own doctor. You can take your child to a pediatrician or a family practice provider who cares for patients of all ages. A great place to start is to speak with friends or family members who have children and who have a positive strong opinion of their child’s pediatrician. You may also want to check with your insurance company to see who is participating with your plan.
3. Consider educating yourself on tips regarding breastfeeding your baby. There are several resources on breastfeeding through www.pawic.com, www.llli.org, as well as online support groups and resources.
4. Consider signing up for a birth preparation class. There are a variety of classes from Lamaze to ‘Preparing for your C/section’.
5. Include family members in classes if you wish. There are a few classes in the area which we can recommend. A schedule list can be provided at any of our offices.
6. Decide if you are going to take a CPR class.
7. Consider having your significant other, grandparents, or any other caregivers get a pertussis vaccine (Tdap). Family members can check with their primary doctor or pharmacy for availability of vaccines.
Consider these as some starting points or a brief primer that might stimulate further thoughts or ideas as you begin a spectacular journey!