Your prince or princess is on their way, and if you’re like most parents, there’s nothing more exciting. You dream daily of what they will look like, everything you can’t wait to teach them, and whether or not their first word will be Mama or Dada. However, how ready are you really?

Some things are obvious. You’ve likely checked out brands like Nuna, Premium Car Seats, Pushchairs, and Baby Gear AU (if that’s where you are). It’s likely that you’ve also made arrangements for home furniture, clothing, supplements, and grooming tools. But there’s far more than what meets the eye when you have a child coming your way. You would have to make extensive plans; although, more often than not, parents are really not prepared even when there are things organized to welcome a baby home.

So, it is important to ask yourself the question: What about the rest? Below are some ideas that will make the chaos of homecoming for baby a little more celebratory and a little less stressful.

Have Help At Home

When delivering story after story of bringing baby home and how wonderful the birth experience is, most mothers forget to include how exhausting it is. Having a baby is, indeed, an absolutely amazing experience, but it can zap your physical and mental strength.

No one seems to tell you that when you get home, you will start life with your child in recovery. I guess it should be self explanatory, but it’s not usually something we give a lot of thought to. With that in mind, it’s a great idea to make sure you have some help at home.

Dad will probably be back to work sooner than you and baby needs you at your best. A few months before baby arrives, invite family or friends to drop in from time to time and check in on you. An unscheduled nap can do wonders for a recovering mother.

Prepare Your Finances

It is a fact of life, the average family will spend over $300,000 on one child from the time they are born until they are 18 years of age. It’s a no brainer that your wallet is going to take a hit. However, there are a few things you can do to keep things as stable as possible.

One thing you can do in preparation is make sure that you save up the funds to carry you through maternity leave. Most mothers choose to be gone about six months, but there are some that choose to spend the first year at home.

Prepare accordingly. You can get a head start on baby, as well, by starting their college fund before they even make their entrance into the world. It’s a good idea to have your prince or princess’s pediatrician ready to go, too.

Stop Worrying About What You Can’t Control

There are going to be things along the way that you just won’t have any control over. You and your husband will fight battles that are common to every couple and some that not many have been in before. When you stress over the events in life that you are just incapable of fixing, you will raise your blood pressure, your heart rate, and cause your body to release stress hormones.

Whether your child is here or not, they will feel and experience everything you do. If for no other reason than the present and future health of your child, find a way to relax and let go of the instances you have no control over.

Having a baby is an awesome event. Make it a little more stress free by following these tips.