Well, here you are. You’re on one of the most important journeys of your life, and in a few months, weeks, days, or perhaps even today, your little bundle of joy will enter the world. Everything will be sunshine, rainbows, unicorns, and you’ll all drift off into dreamland as you head off on this magical adventure together.


Okay, I can’t keep that up. Creating life is one of the most beautiful and miraculous gifts known to man, but it isn’t a walk in the park. You won’t be gazing at that bundle of joy with quite so much wonder when they’re smelling, throwing and messing up every single room they enter. You may think you’re ready, but you just aren’t ready; not in this or any universe.


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Still, I want to prepare you for the madness ahead. It’s going to be the most emotional experience of your life. You’ll cry, scream, laugh, cry some more and try, but fail, to sleep. I hope you’re ready for this rollercoaster ride. You’re not, but I’ve got some great pieces of advice that you could take on board to be a little more prepared than most mothers, or fathers, for that matter, are for this magical experience.


Get the essentials.

Stop it. I can see you smiling smugly at the screen. Don’t think this is going to be easy. No, stop! We all fall into that trap. It’s not too late for you – you can still save yourself. You bought a pack of diapers? That’s nice. Those will be gone by day two. The key to mastering the art of motherhood (well, one step out of twenty million) is to always have the essentials in excess.


The first few weeks will be the hardest. Your baby will use up everything instantly. If you don’t want to be returning to the supermarket every hour, you’d better stock up on several dozen packs of diapers per week, because they’ll get through every last one of those in that space of time; trust me. Better still, you could be saving money through buying in bulk. Every last penny counts, because you are definitely going to need them for your greedy little monster… Sorry, I mean “bundle of joy”.


Conduct a little personal research.

As well as reading this article, and I am trying to be as helpful as possible, you should also conduct a little hardcore research into all the finer details of looking after a baby. There is no guidebook, and that’s no word of a lie, but there are rough “guides” to the overall experience of pregnancy, what your baby needs whilst in your womb and what your baby needs in its early weeks or months of life after birth. There are places which offer great help and advice when it comes to preparing for the arrival of your special baby boy or girl, such as BabyPrepping.com.


Stop worrying.

Your healthy brain is the most important gift you can offer to your baby before it arrives into this world, as it’ll keep them healthy too. Stop stressing over little things, because, as I said, nobody really knows what they’re doing until the big day arrives. That’s a good thing, though, because it isn’t a mindset you can plan for; it’s something which instinctively kicks in once that baby is in your arms. All you can do is read up on the basics, get all the physical items in stock that you need, and then keep yourself healthy in the lead up to this miraculous event.