Having a baby is rightfully considered one of the greatest experiences in life. It’s connected to everything from maturity and personal growth to family, love, and even posterity.
However, the actual process of conceiving, birthing, and caring for a baby involves a lot of different steps, responsibilities, preparations, and emotions. Before diving into the process, it’s important to investigate even the most under-addressed aspects of having a baby that is listed here.
Giving Birth Is Intense, But It Isn’t Bad
The birthing experience is far too often depicted in one of two ways. Either the mother is shown in writhing agony or they’re shown in peaceful bliss. Certainly, there are cases where the birthing process can be both of these things. Most of the time, however, it’s neither.
On average, the act of giving birth can be best expressed as an intense yet good experience — especially if the mother goes into the experience with a positive mindset. That’s not to say that giving birth isn’t difficult. Birth is certainly filled with intense pressures, sleepless exhaustion, and plenty of bodily fluids. In a nutshell, it’s a tremendous labor of love.
However, it’s also not a bad thing either. On the contrary, it’s a very natural activity. When approached with the right attitude, the birthing process can be a positive and uplifting experience, even if it is still one that requires a lot of effort and sacrifice.
You’re Never Fully Prepared — And That’s a Good Thing
Change is uncomfortable. One could even say that it’s unpleasant at times. The impending change of parenthood often makes prospective parents go above and beyond in an attempt to prepare for every possible change that could come with their growing family.
Everything from properly installed car seats to perfectly packed diaper caddies is prepared for ahead of time — and that’s all well and good. However, it’s important to remember that you will never be fully prepared for the changes that lie ahead.
Some of them are going to sneak up on you. Others won’t be quite as you expected. Still, others will be so unexpected, there’ll be no way you could have ever seen them coming — like the fact that pregnant women are particularly prone to infections and gum disease.
Learning on the job is part of the parenting experience, and that’s a good thing. So do what you can to reasonably prepare. Then take a deep breath, relax, and do your best to adopt a flexible mindset in the days ahead.
Decluttering Your Home Is Critical
On a more practical note, once your baby is born, it’s easy to remember to clean your home. After all, your newborn child lives there, and you don’t want them to be exposed to harmful dirt, pollutants, or waste.
However, along with cleaning, it’s equally important to declutter your home regularly. A decluttered space is a great way to improve sleep, decrease depression, and ease stress — all of which are concerns during the postpartum period.
Additionally, a decluttered space is especially important once your little one is crawling around on all fours. At that point, a dusty carpet is far less dangerous than a choking hazard like a LEGO lying around on the floor. In the unfortunate situation that this choking hazard does occur, however, it would be handy to learn CPR and first aid training if you’re going to have an infant living in your home.
Preparing for Parenthood
From practical steps like decluttering your home to mentally planning for a positive birth experience (for fathers and mothers alike) as well as maintaining a flexible attitude toward your baby prep, there are many small-yet-essential aspects to becoming a parent that often gets overlooked.
However, you can face this head-on as long as you’re willing to keep up a growth mindset throughout the process. If you’re always ready to learn and grow through each experience, you can tackle whatever challenges parenthood throws at you while still enjoying the process of growing your family.