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Here Comes the Baby in the Baby Carriage! 5 Considerations for New Families

With a new baby on the way, there’s a lot of things to consider. Whether you’re welcoming your first or fifth child, adding a new member to the family is a major change that raises all sorts of questions. Parents can’t help but think about the future, and it’s important to plan ahead to make sure you’re able to truly enjoy the present when your little one makes their grand debut.

Here are five considerations for new families to consider before their bundle of joy arrives.

Should You Move Before or After the Birth?

A lot of families want to upgrade their space before a new baby comes, but it’s important to consider the impact of relocating. The earlier you are in the pregnancy, the better. The farther along you are, the more difficult moving will be. Stress during pregnancy can lead to health complications, and it can be tricky trying to navigate a move with a baby bump in the way.

If you’ve decided to move after the baby is born, consider your recovery time and the lack of sleep you’re inevitably going to face. Moving after building a home can be difficult but, ultimately, the decision should be based on your personal feelings and capabilities at the time. Consult your doctor about your plans to get a better perspective on how moving at a certain point in your pregnancy could affect you and your baby’s health. Both of your well-being is always the most important priority.

Who Will be the Guardians?

In the event of an accident or death, who would take care of your child? Legal guardians should be important, reliable people in your lives that you trust to raise and nurture your child in the event of your passing. You can always amend your decision later, but it’s good to have guardianship established early on. 

How Will You Save for Education?

With the total student loan debt over $1 trillon, it’s important to consider your child’s future now. You can start a separate savings account, but it’s best to look for a 529 plan or trust fund that will give you some tax benefits and earn interest.

Have You Chosen a Pediatrician?

Check with your insurance and find a pediatrician within your network, or research online for one who accepts your coverage. A pediatrician can care for your child well beyond high school, so make sure you invest some time in looking for doctors and choosing the right one for your family.

You can ask your OB/GYN for recommendations, and follow an interview guideline like this one from healthykids.org to make sure you find the right fit. Credentials are essential, so make sure that, at the least, your pediatrician is always board-certified, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has an FAAP listing.

Remember to Embrace Your Pregnancy!

Amid all the preparation, make sure you enjoy the moment! Having a child is an exciting, wondrous experience. Even if you’ve had a tough pregnancy and can’t wait for the delivery, preparing for your baby is a special time that will forever alter your lives. Make sure you commemorate the occasion, pamper yourself and rest well before the big day.

Tim Esterdahl

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

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