The first few weeks and months with your new baby are incredibly special, but also very busy! Follow these tips to organise your life and help make those early days as stress-free as possible.
Think beyond the nursery
As well as getting your baby’s room ready, try to de-clutter and free up space. Babies may be tiny at first, but they come with a lot of bulky gear – so now’s a great time to sell, recycle, or give stuff to charity.
Get ship shape
Tackle any repairs, decorating, or odd jobs now while you have free time, as this will be in short supply once your little one arrives.
Take the stress out of shopping
A regular grocery delivery from Tesco.ie will save you having to traipse around the shops with your baby and will ensure you never run out of nappies, wipes and other essentials. You can buy in bulk so you need never miss out on offers, plus you’ll collect Clubcard points on your purchases.
Budget for your bump
If you’re taking maternity leave you’re going to have less money coming in, so you’ll need to plan how to make your income last until you return to work. Don’t forget to use your Clubcard vouchers, or spend them with Boost partners to make your points go further.
Cancel any memberships or subscriptions you no longer need. Will you really keep going to the gym near your office with a newborn in tow? Your life’s going to change, so look into other ways of getting out and about with your baby.
Set up direct debits
This helps to spread the cost of your bills and ensure that you don’t incur unnecessary penalties for late or missed payments.
It may seem a long way off, but if you plan to go back to work, it’s a good idea to check out your childcare options and how much they charge. Also, some popular nurseries and childminders have waiting lists, so there’s no harm in putting your name down early.
Feel the benefits
There are various entitlements relating to both employment and social welfare that may be available to you depending on your circumstances, so make sure you’ve applied for any benefits you’re eligible for.
Get to grips with your admin
Make sure your home and car insurance are up to date and that you’ve dealt with any correspondence. It’s can be hard to focus on filling in forms when you have a new baby to look after!
Keep on top of things
Invest in a wall chart or diary to make a note of important dates such as dental and medical appointments as well as reminders e.g. when your motor tax or passport are due for renewal. You may now have a good excuse for forgetting family birthdays, but who knows, you might even surprise yourself.