How to prepare your home, family and yourself for the arrival of your second baby?

Without a doubt, children are a definite blessing to our lives. They enhance it, showing us how to love life. Their unspoiled joy and wonder at the smallest things brings light to those simple joys that we’ve over looked as adults. And the birth of a child is always an experience that is mixed with joy, apprehension, and of course, so much stress!

One might argue that the delivery of the second child is slightly less stressful than that of the first. After all, you are a little “experienced” this time around. But the second time has newer stress to deal with. And if you are someone who’d trying to deliver your baby with as little stress as possible, then here are our tips for you.

Get time off work

We get it. You’re an independent woman who has many, many responsibilities. But bringing a child into the world is no easy task, no matter how many times you’ve done it before. And because it is, we strongly advice that you take time off from work, at least those last few months. If you’re a business owner, then take time out to hand over the reins temporarily to someone you trust. You can still run the show; just let them handle those pesky little details that use up a lot of energy.

Prepare your home in advance

You have nine months’ notice in advance, so make use of it. Prepare the baby room in advance. And since you know better this time around, gather all the “equipment” that you know you’ll need right after the baby arrives. It’s possible that you won’t be able to run your home the same way as when you weren’t carting around a baby; so do consider to hire domestic helpers for those last 6 months at least. Since you have a child to look after even during the baby’s arrival, consider making a few simple “make ahead freezer meals”.

Don’t forget to think about their emotional needs as well

Very young children tend to get a little emotionally unstable when they learn of their new baby sibling. If your child is showing signs of it (like tantrums and unusual clinginess) then don’t ignore it. While we advise you use domestic helpers Hong Kong for your chores, we don’t think babysitters or nannies will help here. Your child needs your attention, so make sure they get it; especially after the baby arrives.

Call in the cavalry

Despite trying all the above, if you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed, then it’s time to call in the cavalry. Your parents, siblings, best friends, or neighbors; any or all of them will fit the bill. Just make sure your child is comfortable and happy to spend time with whoever you choose. Getting them to stay at your place long before the baby arrives will help your child adjust to those moments when you’d be away from home for the delivery.

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