It’s true that there is no way to plan for everything. In the lead up to having your first child you have an amazing amount of time to think about all the things you might need, where you want to have your baby (home, hospital, birthing centre, etc.) as well as all the excitement of all the changes that you’re experiencing.
Waiting for your second child, you have a much shorter amount of spare time to think about things as you’re busy looking after a child already. The good news is that you have a lot of things that you’ll need from the first time around. The bad news is that there are certain other things that need to be thought about – a key consideration is childcare if you’re not going to be at home for the birth and not all of us have family that are close enough or able to help at short notice.
It’s impossible to prepare for every eventuality – as unless you are having a planned caesarian you don’t know when exactly you’ll be having your child – and that means the date, as well as time of day or night and how long you’ll be away.
Having some options is a good idea, as taking your first child with you into hospital when you’re experiencing labour pains may not be a welcome solution for anyone! Some of the alternatives include:
– Nursery contacts
Making sure a couple of these groups of people spend some time with your first child so they are familiar with each other as well as ensuring they know their way around your house and your first child’s routine can give you a lot of reassurance.
You can’t plan for everything, but you can have some backup plans in place so you can focus on the new addition to your family.