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4 Everyday Changes to Expect When Expecting Your Firstborn

Having a baby changes everything. Future parents who are awaiting the arrival of their firstborn would do well to prepare themselves. From lost sleep to finding ways to juggle personal responsibilities with a much busier home life, knowing what to expect helps to ensure a smoother transition into parenthood.

Sleep Habits

When it comes to caring for a newborn, sleep habits often the thing that suffers the most. From 2 a.m. feedings to the earlier wake up times needed to get ready for the day, sleep quickly becomes a scarce commodity, especially in the early days. Expecting parents should not be surprised to find themselves developing a new appreciation for a good night’s sleep.

Clothing and Wardrobe

While it may seem like a minor concern, high-end clothing is rarely baby-friendly. Downgrading your day to day wardrobe to something more causal and comfortable can quickly become a necessity. Clothing and outfits that can be washed frequently, worn without fear of stains and messes and (most importantly) is comfortable enough for a nap is often the best choice.

Relationship Maintenance

The stress of a more hectic schedule and the chronic lack of sleep can lead to tension within a marriage or relationship. While finding opportunities to spend quality time together can be difficult it may also be essential. For parents who are taking a break from work or who have given up their career in order to care for a child full time, finding ways to make sure they feel appreciated can also be important.

Personal Time

From hobbies and professional pursuits to relaxation and downtime, personal time is often at a premium once a new baby enters the household. Making friends with other parents or taking a trip to a Chevy truck dealer in order to upgrade to a larger family-sized vehicle like a Suburban can be quite helpful. From errands to social outings, structuring personal time around the baby is often the only viable option. You will end up needing something that can carry strollers, wagons, extra groceries, diaper bags, and be safe for you to drive. You won’t be able to drive whatever you want and comfortably parent your child.

From Infant to Toddler

The experience of caring for a newborn can be very intense. First-time parents can expect the impact that children have on the day to day routine of the household to shift gears as their newborn begins to age. Caring for a toddler will involve new challenges, many of which will be quite different from the first few months after the arrival of a newborn. While there will be fewer sleepless nights over time, trying to keep up with a toddler can often be just as exhausting.

There are many changes that come with having children, however they can bring a joy into your life that makes these tiny sacrifices worth it. You will adjust and by doing so will also have an easier time as a parent. They depend on you, so finding ways to make your life easier helps you become a better parent.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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