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Baby number two will be here before we know it! This pregnancy is flying by and I can’t wait to meet our little girl. With Levi, by this point in my pregnancy, we had his nursery put together and we were just ‘waiting’. Things are certainly different with number two! We have her room cleaned out but haven’t put the first piece of furniture together yet. Yikes! We are working on getting busy preparing for baby number two, and today I’m excited to share Four Ways You Can Prepare for Baby Number Two.
Make a To-Do List Early On: We made a to-do list early on in my pregnancy of things that we needed to get done before her arrival. Things like: moving my office downstairs, cleaning her room, washing clothes, etc. This makes the pregnancy a bit less overwhelming and allows you to feel like you can get it all done without rushing 2 weeks before baby arrives!
Prepare Baby Number One: Levi is two, so he doesn’t fully understand what is going on. Since finding out I was pregnant, we have made it a point to talk about ‘baby’ and ‘sissy’ a lot. I talk about her when we are in her room or if I’m working on things to prepare for her arrival. We also talk about how she is in “mommy’s belly” and he understands a bit. While I don’t think you can fully prepare a toddler for baby number two’s arrival, creating excitement about your new arrival is a great way to involve your toddler. If you have an older first child, you can have them help do things like washing the baby’s clothes, picking out nursery décor, etc.
Make Sure Your Documents Are in Order: While this isn’t something that is fun to talk about or prepare for, you need to ensure your documents are in order before baby number two’s arrival. Things such as making sure you are preregistered at the hospital and that you have an estimated cost of the birth from your insurance are a bit of a ‘given’ in preparing for the arrival.
Other things are just as important, such as: checking your driver’s license expiration date (mine expires a month after she arrives- not sure I want to sit in the DMV one month post-partum, so I plan to renew mine before her arrival; ensuring you have a will (I know this isn’t very pleasant to consider, but it’s highly important considering you now have two children); and ensuring that whoever is keeping your first child while you are in the hospital has documentation for them such as: birth certificate, etc. in the event they need medical care.
Stock Up on The Essentials: Yes, diapers and wipes are important! However, with Levi, we didn’t stock up on formula prior to his birth. I thought I would exclusively breastfeed, but after a rough delivery and NICU stay, my milk just wasn’t there. We had to supplement with formula from day one.
While the hospital was great and sent us home with some, we did have to purchase more. This is not something you want to worry about right after giving birth. Making sure that you have baby formula on-hand is something I highly recommend that will make the transition less stressful on you.
Selecting a formula can be difficult. I highly recommend stocking up on Enfamil NeuroPro™! It has a brain-building fat-protein blend of MFGM and DHA, previously found only in breast milk*. You may be wondering what is MFGM, and how is it beneficial to baby? MFGM has been clinically shown to help close the gap in cognitive development between formula-fed and breastfed infants**. As a mom, if I am going to formula feed my baby, I want to ensure they are receiving the nourishment they need. We fed Levi Enfamil®, which is the #1 brand of infant formula recommended by pediatricians and has been trusted by hospitals for over 25 years
For Rebecca, I plan to stock up on Enfamil® NeuroPro™.
Visit Enfamil® online or call 1-800-BABY-123 (1-800-222-9123) for more information and to request a free sample. Visit Enfamil.com for more information and education on Enfamil NeuroPro.
*In amounts supported by clinical research. As measured by Bayley cognitive scores.
**As measured by Bayley-III cognitive score at 12 months in a different formula with MFGM added as an ingredient.
This is sponsored by Enfamil® Infant Formula.