Your baby’s almost here! Are you all ready?
WORDS SAMANTHA TAN
Don’t leave planning for your baby’s arrival to the last minute. It pays to be prepared well ahead of time.
Maternity Leave Planning
First, check with your human resource department and your supervisor on the benefits you’re entitled to. You can then start preparing and submitting the necessary paperwork. This might take a while so do get started on it soon. Next, decide on the amount of time off that you’re going to apply for and plan for situations where pregnancy complications may arise. To ensure a smoother transition and less stress on your part, set aside sufficient time to wrap up any current projects and hand over assignments and tasks to your colleagues.
Consider your childcare options if you’re heading back to work after your maternity leave ends. If the grandparents are able to help care for your baby or you have hired a helper, that’s one thing settled. Otherwise, review the childcare options around your neighbourhood or your workplace. If you have no idea where to start, ask your friends and neighbours for recommendations or simply head down to the childcare centres to find out more.
If it’s a highly sought-after childcare centre, it never hurts to put your name down on the waiting list.
Even if you decide otherwise, it’s a good idea to keep your options open.
Choosing a Paediatrician
After your baby is born, you’ll need to have a paediatrician in place for vaccinations, monthly check-ups and if your baby falls ill. Get recommendations from your families and friends or even neighbours. You might want to take into consideration the location of the paediatrician’s clinic; a clinic near your home would be ideal.
Planning to breastfeed? If you have friends who have breastfed their children or are currently nursing, talk to them to get a sense of what to expect. Besides that, have your breastfeeding equipment all purchased, prepped and ready to go.
If you’re planning to express your breast milk and store it, then you’ll need to have a breast pump and
storage bags for the expressed breast milk.
Shopping for Baby
The fun begins and you can start buying baby clothes. For the first few months of baby’s life, their skin is super sensitive, so wash all new clothes to get rid of any dust or irritants that may be on the fabric. Remember to use only detergents designed for infants as they are formulated to accommodate the sensitive skin of the baby. You’ll also need newborn necessities like diapers, wipes, bottles, and baby shampoo and soap. Don’t forget baby gear such as car seats, cribs, bassinets, playpens, strollers, mobiles and even baby monitors.